There are many biggest ships in the world to travel with. The shipping industry has expanded rapidly in the last few years, which showed no signs of slowing down till the coronavirus pandemic hit the world.
The world has witnessed a complete halt in the cruise business. The cruise shipping companies are doing all the things to make the biggest ships by overcoming all the challenges times. The industry is expected to return soon with some of the largest and most technologically advanced cruise ships in 2023 as well.
Here is the list of the Top 10 Biggest Ships in the world:
Mardi Gras, which is a cruise ship powered by LNG and has a gross tonnage of 180,000, is operated by Carnival Cruise Lines, the world’s largest cruise ship operator. Currently, it holds the position of being the 10th largest cruise ship globally.
Built by Meuer Turku Shipyard amid the pandemic, it was delivered in December 2020.
The ship incorporates a pandemic-proofing plan with a state-of-the-art medical center for testing and caring for passengers in need. It will carry 1745 officers and crew, serving 6630 passengers on board.
Mardi Grass is a tribute to the first-ever cruise ship of the company, TSS Mardi Gras, which was launched in 1972, making into our Top 10 Biggest Ships in the world list.
9. MSC Grandiosa
MSC Grandiosa, launched in November 2019, is a Meraviglia Plus – A class cruise ship, i.e. it is bigger than its predecessor MSC Meraviglia, which was launched in 2017.
MSC cruises operate it, and this new flagship is 331 meters long (16 meters longer than MSC Meraviglia). With 181, 541 GT, it can carry 6334 passengers in its 2421 cabins. In addition, it has the largest capacity shopping area inside the cruise ship.
MSC Grandiosa resumed its operation on 24th Jan 2021 from Genova in the Mediterranean route, making this one of the Top 10 Biggest Ships in the world.
8. AIDA Nova
AIDA Nova by AIDA Cruises is the eighth biggest cruise ship that can be powered at sea and in port by liquefied natural gas (LNG). It is currently the 8th largest ship in the world.
The AIDA Nova has over 2,600 passenger cabins, with a gross tonnage of about 183,900 GT, a length of 337 meters, and a width of 42 meters. AIDA Nova is the first ship of the so-called Helios class that MEYER WERFT builds for the cruise line AIDA CRUISES.
Following AIDA Nova, Carnival Corporation has an additional 10 next-generation “green” cruise ships on order that will be powered by LNG in port and at sea, with expected delivery dates between 2019 and 2025, leading the cruise industry’s use of LNG to power cruise ships.
7. P&O Iona
This time it is another LNG-powered cruise ship from the house of P&O Cruises, Iona, which was supposed to start its operation in May 2020. However, its delivery was delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and the P&O cruise received it only in October 2020.
Lona is the largest cruise ship built to sail for any U.K based cruise line and is the seventh largest in the world. It measures 345 meters in length and has 17 passenger decks. At 185,000 Gross tonnage, Iona can accommodate 5,200 passengers and 1,800 crew members for a high-end hospitality experience, making this one of the Top 10 Biggest Ships in the world.
6. Costa Smeralda
Named after the Emerald Coast of Sardinia, the Costa Smeralda is a technologically advanced LNG-powered Cruise ship operated by the Italian Cruise line Costa Cruises.
It is the largest cruise ship commissioned by Costa Cruises, with 185,100 GT measuring 337 m in length and 42 m in width. It can carry a maximum of 6554 passengers and 1646 crew members. She set out on her maiden voyage in December 2019 and currently operates in the Mediterranean Sea.
The ship is designed with different sustainable technologies, making it a “Smart floating City” that provides luxury to its passengers and helps the environment reduce its carbon footprint.
5. Oasis of the Seas
Oasis of the Seas, the first vessel in the Oasis-class cruise ships of Royal Caribbean, was the largest cruise ship when it entered service in 2009. It is the fifth-largest cruise ship in the world. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines hold all top 5 spots.
Ordered in February 2006, the vessel was launched from STX Europe’s Turku Shipyard in 2008, marking the entry of new-class vessels into the fleet of Royal Caribbean International.
Oasis of the Seas measures 361.6m in overall length, 72m in height above the waterline, and 22.55m in depth, while it has a gross tonnage of 225,282.
With 16 passenger decks, the vessel can accommodate 5,400 passengers at double occupancy and serve a maximum of 6,296 passengers. Oasis of the Seas offers options from two-story loft suites and luxury suites with balconies for its guests, making this one of the Top 10 Biggest Ships in the world.
4. Allure of the Seas
Another 362m-long Oasis-class cruise ship, Allure of the Seas, stands fourth after her sister vessel on the list.
Built at the STX Europe shipyards in Turku, Finland, Allure of the Seas is the second Royal Caribbean cruise ship in the Oasis-class series. At one point, she was the largest passenger ship in service.
The vessel has a gross tonnage of 225,282 GT, a height of 72m, and a maximum beam of 60.5m. The allure of the Seas can house 5,400 passengers at double occupancy. Features of the luxurious cruise ship include a two-deck dance hall, a theatre with 1,380 seats, an ice skating rink, a concierge club and spa, and fitness facilities, among others.
The vessel also has 25 dining options, including the first Starbucks coffee shop at sea. A state-of-the-art Fitness Center that offers classes like yoga and tai chi, and several whirlpools, including those overlooking the ocean, enrich the vacation experience of Allure of the Seas.
3. Harmony of the Seas
Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-Class vessel, Harmony of the Seas, the new vessel follows closely behind her sister ship. STX France built it at its Saint-Nazaire shipyard. The third vessel in the “Oasis-Class” series, Harmony of the Seas, was delivered in May 2016.
With a gross tonnage of 226,963 GT, Harmony of the Seas has a maximum beam of 66m. Featuring 2,747 staterooms with virtual balconies, this biggest vessel can accommodate 5,479 guests at double occupancy.
Harmony of the Seas offers all of Royal Caribbean’s exclusive features, including Central Park, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Centre, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, and Entertainment Place, among others, making this one of the Top 10 Biggest Ships in the world.
2. Symphony Of the Seas
The Symphony of the Seas is the second-largest cruise ship in the world. She held the top spot until she was beaten by her sister’s ship, “Wonder of the Sea”. The giant cruise ship has 228,081 gross registered tons, measures 238 feet tall, and spans 361.011 meters long.
Symphony of the seas is the ultimate family vacation destination with a bold lineup of energy-filled, heart-pumping experiences.
This cruise ship offers the chance to go head-to-head in a glow-in-the-dark laser tag adventure, take the plunge down the Ultimate Abyss – the tallest slide at sea towering ten stories high – or soak up some sun after getting drenched on epic waterslides and FlowRider surf simulators.
1. Wonder of the Seas
The Wonder of the Seas is now the world’s largest cruise ship and weighs 236,857 Gross tonnes. This has been owned by Royal Caribbean International and was delivered in January 2022. The 1,188 feet long vessel will start operations in March 2022. It is the fifth vessel in Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class of cruise ships.
This floating civilization can accommodate 6,988 passengers in addition to 2,300 crew members. The wonder of the seas is equipped with four bow thrusters, with 7500 Horsepower each. This ship can reach cruising speeds up to 22 knots, making this one of the Top 10 Biggest Ships in the world.
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