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These Are The 7 Biggest Cruise Ships In The World Right Now

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Cruising is having a renaissance, with more people than ever taking to the seas.

And cruising is no longer the preserve of the elderly. Groups of young people, solo travelers, couples, and families are all discovering the joys of cruising too.

For this reason, cruise ships keep getting bigger and bigger.

This week, Royal Caribbean’s brand-new Icon Class ship completed its first round of sea trials.

These Are The 7 Biggest Cruise Ships In The World Right Now

Named the Icon of the Seas, this 1,200-foot-long ship will become the largest cruise ship in the world.

The ship will feature the world’s largest water park at sea, with 6 record-breaking slides, as well as 7 pools and 9 whirlpools.

But what are the largest cruise ships in the world you can sail on right now?

Here is a full list:

Wonder Of The Seas

The Oasis Class Royal Caribbean Wonder of the Seas is currently the largest cruise ship at sea.

It is no coincidence that 5 of the 7 ships on this list were built by Royal Caribbean, which specializes in creating floating cities.

The Wonder of the Seas cruise ship in dock with passengers approaching

At 1,188 feet long, this ship can accommodate up to 6,988 passengers and 2,300 crew.

It features an incredible Aquatheatre, the most modern, fully-redesigned pool decks at sea, and a suite neighborhood concept.

Symphony Of The Seas

Another Oasis Class Royal Caribbean ship, the Symphony of the Seas, is the Wonder of the Seas sister ship and was the largest ship in the world until the Wonder took to the water.

Symphony of the Seas was built with families in mind.

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Symphony of the Seas cruise ship leaving port in Miami.

Passengers can plunge down the Ultimate Abyss, which is the tallest slide at sea.

This ship also features a clutch of incredible water slides and a duo of Royal Caribbean’s famous FlowRider surf simulators.

Harmony Of The Seas

With 2,747 staterooms, the Harmony Of The Seas can accommodate up to 6,687 guests.

Like the Symphony of the Seas, the Harmony boasts an Ultimate Abyss slide. Guests can also experience RipCord by iFLY, which is the first skydiving experience at sea.

The Harmony of the Seas cruise ship sitting in dock.

From Royal Suites to small but perfectly formed interior cabins, the Oasis class ships offer cabins to suit a range of budgets. There is also an adults-only Solarium retreat for those passengers traveling without their families.

Allure Of The Seas

The Allure of the Seas is the sister vessel to the Harmony of the Seas, and the two ships were constructed at the same time.

Like the Harmony, the Allure of the Seas is 1,187 feet long and boasts more facilities than your average small town.

A Royal Caribbean cruise ship from above.
Allure of the Seas is an Oasis-class cruise ship owned and operated by Royal Caribbean International. leaving Southampton.

According to the Royal Caribbean website, “the Allure of the Seas is one of the most awarded cruise ships, with awards ranging from best onboard entertainment to best family-friendly activities.”

Oasis Of The Seas

As the name suggests, the Oasis of the Seas was the first of Royal Caribbean’s 5 Oasis Class ships.

The ship was launched in 2008 but was fully refurbished in 2019, meaning that it has the same fresh feel as the other Oasis-class ships.

Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas

The design of the ship features 7 distinct neighborhoods across 16 decks. You’ll find 4 pools, 10 whirlpools, and a huge water park.

Active visitors can also enjoy surf simulators, rock climbing walls, ice skating, and zip lines.

This means that Royal Caribbean holds all 5 top spots for the largest cruise ships in the world.

MSC World Europa

The relatively new MSC World Europa is the first World Class ship from MSC. It is 1,094 ft long and has a capacity for 6,762 passengers.

Construction was completed in 2022, and work is already underway on a sister ship named the MSC World America, which will be delivered in 2025.

shipbuilders and executives stand in front of the new MSC World Europa

During the Qatar world cup, the MSC World Europa was used as a floating hotel in Doha.

This liner packs a punch when it comes to food, featuring more than 30 different dining venues.

Adventurous cruisers will enjoy the 250-foot tall Drop slide, which sits at the back of the ship.

Costa Smeralda

Named after the Emerald Coast in Sardinia, the Costa Smeralda is the largest ship in the Costa Cruises collection.

The Costa Smeralda is 1,105 feet long and can carry up to 6,554 passengers. The ship currently operates exclusively on the Mediterranean Sea.

A Costa cruise ship

The city was constructed to function as a “smart floating city” and is equipped with sustainable technologies that will reduce its carbon footprint while still providing a luxurious experience to passengers.

This is a great choice for passengers hoping to explore the Mediterranean on one of the biggest cruise ships in the world.

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Michael Z (Midtown NYC)

Sunday 2nd of July 2023

Yikes, way too many passengers, Tor. Not for me. I prefer a cruise ship 2,500 passengers or less even with all the seniors that I must bob and weave around every morning - doing my daily fast paced walk on the designated deck circling the ship.