World’s 5 Largest Cruise Ships in 2018

World’s Largest Cruise Ships 2018

Every year, cruise ships get bigger and bigger. If you’re like us, you like to sail the largest cruise ships possible. 2018 is the year of the massive vessels. If you’re starting to plan your 2018 cruise vacations, we hope that this helps to pick your winner.

Despite the post title indicating five ships, we’re actually listing out the Top Ten Largest Cruise Ships in the world. The reason… there’s a bunch of “ties” for biggest ship among the ranks. Ships are built in “classes” and often times the cruise lines will re-use plans. Like they say, “if it ain’t broke…” Evidently, people liked the the big ships, so the cruise lines doubled (and tripled) down on these. You can see this with a few of Royal Caribbean’s largest cruise ships.

Regardless which of these HUGE ships you choose, you won’t be let down. Below we also highlight some of the many features and attractions of these floating cities.

Check out this quick video highlighting the world’s largest ships.

Here’s the list below with some additional facts on each vessel.


1

Largest Cruise Ship in the World:  Harmony of the Seas

In addition to being the Largest Cruise Ship in the World, the Harmony of the Seas is also one of Royal Caribbean’s newest vessels. The company describes Harmony of the Seas as its “biggest, boldest body of work.”

The Oasis-class ship hosts four swimming pools and 10 hot tubs. You’ll find 20 dining venues and over 11k pieces of art! Guests love the “Perfect Storm” water slides and also the 10-story, dry slide called the Abyss. There’s an Ice Rink, Aqua Theater, and Broadway-style Theater. Sporting enthusiasts have the options of basketball, ping pong, rock climbing, or surfing on the Flowrider. Shopping fans can’t get enough in the ship’s promenade mall.

It’s the World’s largest cruise ship and Royal Caribbean makes great use of every inch!

  • Largest Cruise Ship in the World - Harmony
  • Largest Cruise Ship Capacity Passengers
  • Largest Cruise Ship Length Feet
  • Largest Cruise Ship in the World - Harmony 6
  • Largest Cruise Ship in the World - Harmony 5
  • Largest Cruise Ship in the World - Harmony 4
  • Largest Cruise Ship in the World - Harmony 3
  • Largest Cruise Ship in the World - Harmony 2

Harmony of the Seas

  • Cruise Line:  Royal Caribbean
  • Ship Class:  Oasis
  • Year Built:  2015
  • Passengers:  6,360
  • Crew:  2,394
  • Total People:  8,754
  • Cost:  $1.35 Billion
  • Beam:  66 Meters (217 Feet)
  • Draft:  9 Meters (30 Feet)
  • Gross Tonnage:  228k Tons
  • Length:  362 Meters (1,188 Feet)
  • Decks:  16
  • Speed:  25 Knots (29 MPH)
  • IMO:  9682875
  • MMSI:  311020612

2

Allure & Oasis of the Seas

While both ships were built to the exact same specifications, technically the Allure of the Seas is 2.0 inches longer than the Oasis of the Seas. But, we’re including both as our Second Biggest Cruise Ship in 2018.

The Oasis was the first of the “Oasis Class” ships built in 2009 and truly broke the mold for huge vessels. Before the Oasis, nothing close to that size had been seen in passenger vessels.

Innovations never before seen were introduced with this class. Included was the “Rising Tide” bar, which spans three decks and the “Flowrider” surfing simulator. The ship offers unique neighborhoods that vary drastically, like Central Park, the Boardwalk, and the Royal Promenade.

The Allure was added to the Oasis class the following year in December 2010.

These ships raised the bar (figuratively and literally) for cruise ship innovation.

  • 2nd Largest Cruise Ships Allure and Oasis of the Seas
  • Biggest Cruise Ship Oasis of the Seas
  • Biggest Cruise Ship - Oasis
  • Biggest Cruise Ship 2 - Oasis
  • Biggest Cruise Ship 3 - Oasis
  • Biggest Cruise Ship 4 - Oasis

Allure of the Seas

  • Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
  • Ship Class: Oasis Class
  • Year Built: 2010
  • Passengers: 6,300
  • Crew: 2,300
  • Total People: 8,600
  • Ship Cost: $1.2 Billion
  • Beam: 66 Meters (217 Feet)
  • Draft: 9 Meters (30 Feet)
  • Gross Tonnage: 227k
  • Ship Length: 362 Meters (1,188 Feet)
  • Decks: 14
  • Speed: 25 Knots (29 MPH)
  • IMO: 9383948
  • MMSI: 311020700

Oasis of the Seas

  • Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
  • Ship Class: Oasis Class
  • Year Built: 2009
  • Passengers: 6,300
  • Crew: 2,394
  • Total People: 8,694
  • Ship Cost: $1.4 Billion
  • Beam: 60 Meters (217 Feet)
  • Draft: 9 Meters (30 Feet)
  • Gross Tonnage: 227k
  • Ship Length: 362 Meters (1,188 Feet)
  • Decks: 14
  • Speed: 25 Knots (29 MPH)
  • IMO: 9383936
  • MMSI: 311020600

3

Ovation, Anthem & Quantum of the Seas

Tied for the 3rd Largest Cruise Ship in the world, are the three Quantum Class ships:  the Ovation of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, and Quantum of the Seas.

Quantum was the first of the three, launched in 2014 with its inaugural season. This class of ship  has 16 passenger decks and 2,090 staterooms, according to Wikipedia.

One game-changing innovation offered on the Quantum Class… “Virtual balconies.” Of the 373 Inside Cabins, every one includes an 80-inch, high-def flatscreen on the wall opposite the cabin door. This virtual balcony view mimics the waterline and even the corresponding ship movements, making it look and feel like an actual balcony! The only thing missing is the salt breeze!

The Quantum ships come equipped with many of the revolutionary amenities introduced by the Oasis Class, including the Flowrider and Rock Climbing Wall.

Another new innovation making headlines at the time, is the iFly skydiving experience on the top-rear of the ship. Passengers can actually simulate skydiving in a wind-blown tube while looking over the ocean.

Possibly the most notable advancement in cruise ship “Wow Factor” with the Quantum Class, is the NorthStar. The glass bubble is lifted by a crane and takes passengers hundreds of feet over the ship, suspended with brilliant views.

Tied for the 3rd Largest Cruise Ship in the World, the three Quantum Class vessels are an amazing trio to be experienced!

  • #5 Largest Cruise Ship NCL Joy Bliss Escape
  • #3 Biggest Ship: Ovation, Anthem and Quantum of the Seas
  • #3 Biggest Ship: Ovation, Anthem and Quantum of the Seas
  • #3 Biggest Ship: Ovation, Anthem and Quantum of the Seas
  • #3 Biggest Ship: Ovation, Anthem and Quantum of the Seas

Ovation of the Seas

  • Cruise Line:  Royal Caribbean
  • Ship Class:  Quantum Class
  • Year Built:  2016
  • Passengers:  4,905
  • Crew: 1,770
  • Total People: 6,675
  • Ship Cost:  $1.4 Billion
  • Beam:  41 Meters
  • Draft:  9 Meters
  • Gross Tonnage:  169k
  • Ship Length:  348 Meters
  • Decks:  14
  • Speed:  25 Knots
  • IMO:  9697753
  • MMSI:  913080071

Anthem of the Seas

  • Cruise Line:  Royal Caribbean
  • Ship Class:  Quantum Class
  • Year Built:  2014
  • Passengers:  4,905
  • Crew: 1,770
  • Total People: 6,675
  • Ship Cost:  $900 Million
  • Beam:  41 Meters
  • Draft:  9 Meters
  • Gross Tonnage:  169k
  • Ship Length:  348 Meters
  • Decks:  14
  • Speed:  25 Knots
  • IMO:  9656101
  • MMSI:  311000274

Quantum of the Seas

  • Cruise Line:  Royal Caribbean
  • Ship Class:  Quantum Class
  • Year Built:  2014
  • Passengers:  4,905
  • Crew: 1,770
  • Total People: 6,675
  • Ship Cost:  $900 Million
  • Beam:  41 Meters
  • Draft:  9 Meters
  • Gross Tonnage:  169k
  • Ship Length:  348 Meters
  • Decks:  14
  • Speed:  25 Knots
  • IMO:  9549463
  • MMSI:  311000267

4

MSC Meraviglia

Coming in at the #4 Spot for the Biggest Cruise Ships in the World is the MSC Meraviglia. It will actually dwarf all of MSC’s other ships in size.

While the name might sound like a congenital disease, the Meraviglia is actually something you’ll want to have in your life. But, you’ll need to wait until it’s completed. As this is the list of 2018 Largest Cruise Ships, we’ve included her even though she’s not yet launched.

The Meraviglia’s inaugural sailing is scheduled for June 2017 and she’ll be sailing the Mediterranean via Miami initially.

Amenities of note include a two-story amusement park and an outdoor Aqua Park. For adventure seekers, the ship offers the “Himalayan Bridge,” where passengers can cross 200 feet above the water. Technology isn’t lacking on this new vessel, and that’s obvious in the Race Car Simulators, Flight Simulator, 4D Cinema, and LED Dome at Sea! Additionally, the Meraviglia will have an 82 ft main pool and an aft pool that transforms into a dance club at night.

It’s MSC’s Largest Cruise Ship and will be the 4th biggest in the world in 2018!

  • #4 Largest Cruise Ship MSC Meraviglia
  • #4 Largest Cruise Ship MSC Meraviglia
  • #4 Largest Cruise Ship MSC Meraviglia
  • #4 Largest Cruise Ship MSC Meraviglia
  • #4 Largest Cruise Ship MSC Meraviglia
  • #4 Largest Cruise Ship MSC Meraviglia

MSC Meraviglia

  • Cruise Line:  MSC
  • Ship Class:  MSC
  • Year Built:  2017
  • Passengers:  4,500
  • Crew: 1,400
  • Total People: 5,900
  • Ship Cost:  $956 Million
  • Beam:  43 Meters
  • Draft:  9 Meters
  • Gross Tonnage:  168k
  • Ship Length:  315 Meters
  • Decks:  14
  • Speed:  26 Knots
  • IMO:  TBD
  • MMSI:  TBD

5

NCL Bliss, Joy & Escape

Coming in at the world’s 5th Largest Cruise Ship is another three-way-tie between the NCL Bliss, Joy & Escape. All three fall into Norwegian’s “Breakaway Plus” class and all three top the charts for NCL’s biggest vessels.

The first of the trio was the NCL Escape, floated out in August of 2015. Following will be the Joy in June 2017 and finally the Bliss in 2018.

NCL called the Escape its “most innovative ship ever” and it seems many of these innovations are through its dining offerings. With over 25 culinary options, NCL is heavily focused on “foodies.” The company makes a point to show off its partnerships with notable industry figures like Iron Chef Jose Garces, Michael Mondavi and Jimmy Buffet as well as with known restaurant groups like Pubbelly.

For the adventurous, this class of ships offers an Aqua Park and free-fall waterslide. And for the truly daring, these ships offer a plank, on which you can balance while dangling hundreds of feet over the water. If you get a little over-excited while balancing over the ship’s edge, you can cool down in the ship’s “Snow Room,” which is pretty much a human freezer.

  • #5 Largest Cruise Ship NCL Joy Bliss Escape
  • #5 Largest Cruise Ship NCL Joy Bliss Escape
  • #5 Largest Cruise Ship NCL Joy Bliss Escape
  • #5 Largest Cruise Ship NCL Joy Bliss Escape
  • #5 Largest Cruise Ship NCL Joy Bliss Escape
  • #5 Largest Cruise Ship NCL Joy Bliss Escape
  • #5 Largest Cruise Ship NCL Joy Bliss Escape

Norwegian Bliss

  • Cruise Line:  Norwegian
  • Ship Class:  Breakaway Plus
  • Year Built:  2018
  • Passengers:  4,238
  • Crew: 1,731
  • Total People: 5,969
  • Ship Cost:  $1.4 Billion
  • Beam:  41 Meters
  • Draft:  9 Meters
  • Gross Tonnage:  168k
  • Ship Length:  326 Meters
  • Decks:  20
  • Speed:  26 Knots
  • IMO:  TBD
  • MMSI:  TBD

Norwegian Joy

  • Cruise Line:  Norwegian
  • Ship Class:  Breakaway Plus
  • Year Built:  2017
  • Passengers:  4,238
  • Crew: 1,731
  • Total People: 5,969
  • Ship Cost:  $1.4 Billion
  • Beam:  41 Meters
  • Draft:  9 Meters
  • Gross Tonnage:  168k
  • Ship Length:  326 Meters
  • Decks:  20
  • Speed:  26 Knots
  • IMO:  9703796
  • MMSI:  311000599

Norwegian Escape

  • Cruise Line:  Norwegian
  • Ship Class:  Breakaway Plus
  • Year Built:  2015
  • Passengers:  4,238
  • Crew: 1,731
  • Total People: 5,969
  • Ship Cost:  $950 Million
  • Beam:  41 Meters
  • Draft:  9 Meters
  • Gross Tonnage:  168k
  • Ship Length:  326 Meters
  • Decks:  20
  • Speed:  26 Knots
  • IMO:  9677076
  • MMSI:  311000341

For some additional context, here are some graphics showing these largest cruise ships and how they compare to each other and other stuff.

In the slides below, you’ll find ship to ship comparisons for capacity and tonnage. You’ll also get a couple extra nuggets on the Harmony of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship. Can you guess how many Statues of Liberty you could lay down next to it?  See below for the answer!

  • Largest Cruise Ships in the World 2018
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  • Largest Cruise Ship Length Feet
  • Largest Cruise Ship Capacity Passengers

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