Crossing the ocean has always been fascinating, and if we do it in a safe and luxurious way, the journey becomes much more enjoyable. Cruise companies have always been competing with each other trying to become as popular as possible among traveling enthusiasts.
Every year more large ships are built and some are already considered ‘floating cities’. In this article we are going to discuss about the world’s biggest cruise ships.
- PRINCESS DIAMOND
It weighs 116,000 tons and is 293 meters long, three times larger than Buckingham Palace and has twice the number of rooms, and can accommodate 2,670 people. Every afternoon you can enjoy beautiful views, tea and snacks in one of the dozens of restaurants and bars on board. The ship has no less than 700 rooms with balconies. This vessel, built in 2004, carries a British flag, and the total cost was $500 million. Princess Diamond was built entirely in Japan.
- SOLSTICE & EQUINOX
It weighs 122,000 tons, being 314 meters long and can accommodate 2,850 people. Its first sail was in 2009 and is longer than four Boeing 747 aircrafts combined. The “floating city” is also equipped with a cricket pitch with natural grass. The cost of building the vessel was $750 million, and it is owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd and operated under the flag of Malta.
- DISNEY DREAM
The ship weighs 130,000 tons, is 339 meters long and can accommodate up to 2,500 people. It is considered to be the most beautiful floating place in the world. All Disney characters, a 3D cinema, and a 233-meter slide can be found on board. Disney Dream is truly a paradise for kids.
- CARNIVAL DREAM
This vessel weighs 130,000 tons, is 306 meters long and has a capacity of 3,646 people. The boat can be considered a floating amusement park thanks to the two unique cinemas where viewers can sit in the swimming pools and look at the large LED TVs.
It has a capacity of 138,000 tons with a length of 333 meters and a capacity of 3,274 people, an area of 445,000 square meters. This cruise ship is so big that the Eiffel Tower would fit on it.
- VOYAGER OF THE SEAS
It weighs 138,000 tons and is 310 meters long and has a capacity of 3,144 people. The ship has a speed skating rink, a cinema, a ballroom, a small golf course and other facilities.
- QUEEN MARY
The ship weighs 152,000 tons, is 345 meters long and has a capacity of 2,620 people. It is longer than 40 London buses combined. It was the largest ship in 2004 when it was launched and has 1,310 luxury cabins.
- NORWEGIAN EPIC
It weighs 155,000 tons, it is 329 meters long and has a capacity of 4,100 people. There are more than 20 restaurants open 24 hours a day on board. The most important attraction of the ship is definitely the all-season ice bar. This ship is said to have only one mistake: due to its huge size it cannot fit into the New York port.
- FREEDOM OF THE SEAS
It weighs 160,000 tons, is 338 meters long, and the accommodation capacity is 3,634 people. It is so great that even the Basilica of San Petro in Rome could fit aboard. The spectacular cruise ship is a “spring” of relaxation, full of swimming pools, jacuzzi, waterfalls, surf simulators, skating rinks, and a special water park for children.
- OASIS OF THE SEAS
It weighs 283,000 tons with a length of 362 meters and can accommodate 5,400 people. The Oasis was the world’s largest cruise ship until May 2016, and it is just close to the size of the Empire State Building. The ship hosts Broadway style shows on board.
- HARMONY OF THE SEAS
Weighing 227,000 tons with a length of 2,362 meters and a capacity of up to 6,000 people, the ship was completed in May 2016 and it is currently the largest cruise ship in the world. The impressive ship has 4 swimming pools, a complete spa center, a children’s playground, an ice rink, a basketball court, a trampoline and many other restaurants.