Length of largest cruise ship

The company announced that

Price Tag: $1.2 billion

Completion Date: 2009

Total Length: 1180 feet

Passengers: 6400

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In the cruise ship industry, the battle for bragging rights has turned into a QE2-size slugfest. In 2003, Cunard stole the crown for world's largest cruise ship when it launched the 151, 410-ton Queen Mary 2; three years later Royal Caribbean topped it with the 154, 000-ton Freedom of the Seas. Now, Royal Caribbean is set to raise the stakes yet again with the 220, 000-ton Genesis, slated to launch in 2009 from a shipyard in Turku, Finland. (A second Genesis will launch a year later.) Why is bigger better? "Having more real estate, we can provide more deck area, " says Royal Caribbean's Harri Kulovaara. "That means more entertainment options and better amenities."

Make no mistake, Genesis will be no lumbering behemoth. The ship's three main propellers will swivel 360 degrees on independent bearings. All will be driven by electric motors powered by the ship's central bank of six diesel generators, and steered by an integrated navigation and control system. From the bridge, the captain will be able to move the ship in any direction — forward, backward, sideways — with the flick of a joystick. No tugboats required.

Sizing Up: Boats

Knock Nevis

Claim to fame
Largest ship ever (now retired)

Length
1504 feet

Displacement
564, 763 tons

Launched
1981

Capacity
4.1 million barrels

Emma Maersk

Claim to fame
Longest ship (in service)

Length
1303 feet

Displacement
156, 907 tons

Launched
2006

Capacity
11, 000 shipping containers

USS Ronald Reagan

Claim to fame

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Q&A

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How many passengers does the largest cruise ship hold.

Both Royal Caribbean ships, the Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas have maximum passenger capacities of 6296. The double occupancy capacity of both ships is 5400 (2700 passenger cabins). The higher capacity is only when some rooms have 3 or 4 passengers. Not every stateroom can accommodate extra passengers and the maximum capacity is dictated by the available space in lifeboats, as International Maritime Law requires every cruise ship to have sufficient space in life boats for all passengers and crew.

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What is the largest passenger cruise ship available today.

The largest passenger cruise ship is the M/S Freedom of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean International cruise ship. on!

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