26 Largest Cruise Ships in the World (2022)

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Cruise ships are getting bigger and bigger all the time. It’s pretty often that by the time a new world’s largest cruise ship is built, an even bigger one is being developed.

The largest cruise ship in the world is currently Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas. At 236,857 gross tons, the vessel is almost five times larger than the famous Titanic!

The list of ships changes as new vessels enters service in the fast-paced cruise industry. We will do our best to keep the list up to date with accurate information on these behemoth ships.

Top 26 Largest Cruise Ships

Wonder of the Seas rendering in open ocean
Rendering Credit: Royal Caribbean International

There are many different ways to measure the size of cruise ships. For instance, the size of ships can be based on length, passenger capacity, or gross tonnage. We will be using gross tonnage as a measure for ship size for our list.

Gross tonnage (GT) is defined as the total volume of a vessel, expressed in units of 100 cubic feet, excluding specific open structures such as deckhouses.

The top 25 largest cruise ships in the world are:

  1. Wonder of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)
  2. Symphony of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)
  3. Harmony of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)
  4. Oasis of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)
  5. Allure of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)
  6. Costa Smeralda (Costa Cruises)
  7. Costa Toscana (Costa Cruises)
  8. P&O Iona (P&O Cruises)
  9. AIDAnoa (AIDA Cruises)
  10. MSC Grandiosa (MSC Cruises)
  11. Virtuosa (MSC Cruises)
  12. Mardi Gras (Carnival Cruise Line)
  13. MSC Meraviglia (MSC Cruises)
  14. MSC Bellissima (MSC Cruises)
  15. MSC Seashore (MSC Cruises)
  16. Spectrum of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)
  17. Norwegian Encore (Norwegian Cruise Line)
  18. Quantum of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)
  19. Anthem of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)
  20. Ovation of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)
  21. Norwegian Bliss (Norwegian Cruise Line)
  22. Norwegian Joy (Norwegian Cruise Line)
  23. Odyssey of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)
  24. Norwegian Escape (Norwegian Cruise Line)
  25. Freedom of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)
  26. Liberty of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)

1. Wonder of the Seas

Wonder of the Seas at delivery in France
(Photo Courtesy: Royal Caribbean International)

Wonder of the Seas is the fifth Oasis-class vessel from Royal Caribbean. On her debut in 2022, Wonder of the Seas become the largest cruise ship in the world, overtaking her sister ship, Symphony of the Seas. The ship has one additional neighborhood than previous Oasis-class ships with eight distinct zones around the ship.

The new zone, Suite Neighborhood, is an exclusive area on the ship for guests booked in Suite cabins. Additionally, the ship features a revamped Aquatheatre, ten-foot Ultimate Abyss slide, Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar specialty restaurant, The Perfect Storm, aqua park Splashaway Bay, and the Wonder Playscape.

Wonder of the Seas Stats

  • Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International
  • Entered Service: 2022
  • Gross Tonnage: 236,857
  • Length: 1,188 ft
  • Passengers (Double Occupancy): 5,734
  • Passengers (Maxumum): 6,988
  • Cabins: 2,867
  • Crew: 2,300

2. Symphony of the Seas

Symphony of the Seas docked at Miami port

Symphony of the Seas is the 25th ship in Royal Caribbean’s fleet and the fourth Oasis-class vessel. It is currently the world’s largest cruise ship at 228,081 gross tons and measures 1,188 feet in length.
The ship was built at STX France shipyard and departed on its official maiden voyage on April 7, 2018, on a 7-night Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona, Spain.

The ship was built at STX France shipyard and departed on its official maiden voyage on April 7, 2018, on a 7-night Mediterranean trip from Barcelona, Spain.

Symphony of the Seas Stats

  • Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International
  • Entered Service: 2018
  • Gross Tonnage: 228,081
  • Length: 1,188 ft
  • Passengers (Double Occupancy): 5,518
  • Passengers (Maxumum): 6,680
  • Cabins: 2,759
  • Crew: 2,200

3. Harmony of the Seas

Harmony of the Seas docked at Labadee Haiti

Harmony of the Seas is the third Oasis-class ship, slightly overtaking her two previous sister ships. The vessel is the first ship to feature the 10-story Ultimate Abyss – the tallest slide at sea.

Harmony of the Seas Stats

  • Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International
  • Entered Service: 2016
  • Gross Tonnage: 227,500
  • Length: 155.6 ft
  • Passengers (Double Occupancy): 5,479
  • Passengers (Maxumum): 6,780
  • Cabins: 2,745
  • Crew: 2,300

4. Oasis of the Seas

Oasis of the Seas sailing close to land

The first vessel in the Oasis-class of cruise ships, Oasis of the Seas was the biggest cruise ship in the world when it entered service in 2009.

With 16 passenger decks and 2,742 guest cabins, the ship can accommodate 6,296 passengers. The ship introduced many new amenities that were firsts for the cruise industry, including an outdoor Aqua Theater and an open-air corridor cared out along the vessel’s center, which includes the fan-favorite central park.

In addition, Oasis of the Seas features seven distinct themed zones, two surf simulators, a 10-story high zip line, rock climbing walls, five swimming pools, and much more.

Oasis of the Seas Stats

  • Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International
  • Entered Service: 2009
  • Gross Tonnage: 225,282
  • Length: 1,186.5 ft
  • Passengers (Double Occupancy): 5,606
  • Passengers (Maxumum): 6,699
  • Cabins: 2,796
  • Crew: 2,181

5. Allure of the Seas

Allure of the Seas Arriving at port in Nassau Bahamas

Measuring 50 millimeters longer than Oasis, Allure of the Seas is the second record-breaking Oasis-class ship from Royal Caribbean. The ship features many familiar Oasis-class amenities, including ice rinks, a two-deck dance hall, a theatre with 1,380 seats, an ice skating rink, a concierge club, a spa, and fitness facilities.

The ship also has 25 dining options, including the first Starbucks on a cruise ship.

Allure of the Seas Stats

  • Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International
  • Entered Service: 2010
  • Gross Tonnage: 225,282
  • Length: 1,187 ft
  • Passengers (Double Occupancy): 5,484
  • Passengers (Maxumum): 6,780
  • Cabins: 2,745
  • Crew: 2,200

6. Costa Smeralda

Costa Smeralda sailing in open waters
Photo Credit (Costa Cruises)

Costa Smeralda is the cruise line’s largest vessel and its first ship powered by Liquified Natural Gas (LNG). LNG technology allows for a significant reduction in the ship’s greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional diesel engines, which is a good thing considering the amount of fuel required to operate such a large vessel.

The ship was built at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland and was delivered on December 5, 2019.

As previously mentioned, Costa Smeralda is the largest cruise ship commissioned by Italian cruise line Costa Cruises with 185,100GT and a maximum capacity of 6554 passengers and 1646 crew members.

Costa Smeralda Stats

  • Cruise Line: Costa Cruises
  • Entered Service: 2019
  • Gross Tonnage: 185,000
  • Length: 337 Meters
  • Passengers (Double Occupancy): 5,224
  • Passengers (Maxumum): 6,554
  • Cabins: 2,612
  • Crew: 1,646

7. Costa Toscana

Costa Toscana sailing in open water
Photo Credit (Costa Cruises)

Costa Toscana is the third ship of the Carnival-owned Italian cruise line Costa Cruises fleet. Just like its sister ship, Costa Smeralda, the ship is powered by LNG. In a press release upon the ship’s delivery, Costa Cruises stated that the ship represents a tribute to the Tuscany region in Italy.

Costa Toscana Stats

  • Cruise Line: Costa Cruises
  • Entered Service: 2019
  • Gross Tonnage: 185,000
  • Length: 337 Meters
  • Passengers (Double Occupancy): 5,224
  • Passengers (Maxumum): 6,554
  • Cabins: 2,612
  • Crew: 1,646

8. P&O Iona

P&O Iona sailing in open water
Photo Credit (P&O Cruises)

Another LNG-powered cruise ship on our list comes from British-based P&O Cruises. Iona was initially scheduled to begin service in May 2020; however, the Coronavirus pandemic delayed its delivery was to October 2020.

Once delivered, the ship spent many months on hold as the cruise industry suspended sailing operations. Iona’s maiden voyage sailed on August 7, 2021, which anchored at the ship’s namesake island for a spectacular kaleidoscopic firework display.

P&O Iona Stats

  • Cruise Line: P&O Cruises
  • Entered Service: 2020
  • Gross Tonnage: 184,700
  • Length: 344 Meters
  • Passengers (Double Occupancy): 5,206
  • Passengers (Maxumum): 6,264
  • Cabins: 2,610
  • Crew: 1,762

9. AIDAnova

AIDAnova sailing in San Fransisco with Golden Gate Bridge in the background
Photo Credit (AIDA Cruises)

AIDAnova is operated by the German-based and Carnival-owned Aida Cruises. It is the first new-generation class of ships ordered by any Carnival-owned cruise line and officially entered into service in December 2018.

The ship was built at the famous Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, and is powered by LNG technology.

AIDAnova Stats

  • Cruise Line: Aida Cruises
  • Entered Service: 2018
  • Gross Tonnage: 183,900
  • Length: 337 Meters
  • Passengers (Double Occupancy): 5,252
  • Passengers (Maxumum): 6,654
  • Cabins: 2,600
  • Crew: 1,646

10. MSC Grandiosa

MSC Grandiosa Sailing in open ocean
Photo Credit (MSC Cruises)

MSC Grandiosa launched in November 2019 and is the first Meraviglia Pluss-class cruise ship for MSC Cruises. The vessel features the world’s first Humanoid Robotic Bartender at Sea!

MSC Grandiosa Stats

  • Cruise Line: MSC Cruises
  • Entered Service: 2019
  • Gross Tonnage: 181,541
  • Length: 331 Meters
  • Passengers (Double Occupancy): 4,842
  • Passengers (Maxumum): 6,334
  • Cabins: 2,421
  • Crew: 1,704

11. MSC Virtuosa

MSC Virtuosa arrives in Dubai for Christening ceremony with burj khalifa in the background

MSC Virtuosa is the second Meraviglia Pluss-class cruise ship built by MSC Cruises. She was delivered on February 1, 2021, but due to a pause in cruise ship operations due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the ship’s maiden voyage didn’t occur until November 2021.

MSC Virtuosa Stats

  • Cruise Line: MSC Cruises
  • Entered Service: 2019
  • Gross Tonnage: 181,541
  • Length: 331 Meters
  • Passengers (Double Occupancy): 4,842
  • Passengers (Maxumum): 6,334
  • Cabins: 2,421
  • Crew: 1,704

12. Mardi Gras

Carnival's Mardi Gras Sailing in open ocean
Photo Credit: Carnival Cruise Line

Mardi Gras is the first XL-class cruise ship operated by the world’s largest cruise ship operator, Carnival Cruise Lines. The 180,000 Gross Ton LNG-powered ship is a tribute to Carnival’s first-ever cruise ship, the TSS Mardi Gras.

Mardi Gras brought new features to the cruise industry, including BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea. In addition, the cruise ship is divided into six distinct themed zones for guests to explore.

Mari Gras Stats

  • Cruise Line: Carnival Cruise Line
  • Entered Service: 2020
  • Gross Tonnage: 180,800
  • Length: 1,130 Feet
  • Passengers (Double Occupancy): 5,282
  • Passengers (Maxumum): 6,500
  • Cabins: 2,641
  • Crew: 2,000

13. MSC Meraviglia

msc meraviglia near land

MSC Meraviglia joined the MSC Cruises fleet in June 2017. One of this first-in-class vessel’s biggest highlights is the large LED roof display along the promenade. 

The ship is recognized for bringing some of the latest advances in customer-centric technology and digital innovations to the high seas. This ship is a fantastic choice for families and food lovers alike.

MSC Meraviglia Stats

  • Cruise Line: MSC Cruises
  • Entered Service: 2018
  • Gross Tonnage: 171,598
  • Passengers (Double Occupancy): 4,488
  • Passengers (Maxumum): 5,655
  • Cabins: 2,250
  • Crew: 1,536

14. MSC Bellissima

MSC Bellissima Sailing in open ocean

MSC Bellissima is the second ship in the Meraviglia-class and is identical to her sister ship.

The ship arrived in 2019 and featured the first AI device in every stateroom. The ship also has many specialty restaurants featuring dishes from around the world, including Japanese, Spanish, French, and a fantastic steakhouse.

MSC Bellissima Stats

  • Cruise Line: MSC Cruises
  • Entered Service: 2019
  • Gross Tonnage: 171,598
  • Length: 316 Meters
  • Passengers (Double Occupancy): 4,434
  • Passengers (Maxumum): 5,686
  • Cabins: 2,250
  • Crew: 1,536

15. MSC Seashore

MSC Seashore sailing in open water on route to naming ceremony
Photo Credit: MSC Cruises

MSC Seashore is the largest ship built in Italy at the time of its construction. The vessel was built by Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. As the first Seaside EVO-class vessel, the ship is designed with 10,000 square meters of additional deck space, giving it the highest ratio of outdoor space per passenger of any MSC ship upon its debut.

The ship features several environmental initiatives, including selective catalytic reduction, anti-fouling paint, and advanced air sanitation technology.

MSC Seashore Stats

  • Cruise Line: MSC Cruises
  • Entered Service: 2021
  • Gross Tonnage: 170,412
  • Length: 339 Meters
  • Passengers (Double Occupancy): 4,540
  • Passengers (Maxumum): 5,877
  • Cabins: 2,270
  • Crew: 1,648

16. Spectrum of the Seas

Spectrum of the Seas arrives in Hong Kong

Spectrum of the Seas is the first Quantum-Ultra-class cruise ship developed by Royal Caribbean International. The Quantum-Ultra-class is slightly larger than the preceding Quantum-class and provides new features not available on Quantum-class ships.

Spectrum of the Seas boasts a gross tonnage of 169,379 Gross tons, a length of 1,139 feet, and 18 decks. At maximum capacity, the ship holds 5,622 passengers and 1,300 staff members.

Spectrum of the Seas Stats

  • Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International
  • Entered Service: 2019
  • Gross Tonnage: 169,379
  • Length: 347 Meters
  • Passengers (Double Occupancy): 4,246
  • Passengers (Maxumum): 4,905
  • Cabins: 2,137
  • Crew: 1,500

17. Norwegian Encore

Norwegian Encore sailing in open ocean
Photo Credit (Norwegian Cruise Line)

Norwegian Encore first entered service in November 2019 and is part of Norwegian Cruise Lines Breakaway-Plus-class of ships. Norwegian Encore is joined by its sister ships, Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Escape, and Norwegian Joy.

There are 20 decks onboard Norwegian Encore, with 16 reserved for guests. The ship was initially designed for the Asian market, but during development, Norwegian announced that the vessel would cater to the Cruise Line’s Western market.

Norwegian Encore Stats

  • Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Entered Service: 2019
  • Gross Tonnage: 169,116
  • Length: 333 Meters
  • Passengers (Double Occupancy): 3,998
  • Passengers (Maxumum): 4,903
  • Cabins: 2,040
  • Crew: 1,735

18. Quantum of the Seas

Quantum of the Seas sailing in open ocean with the Nort Star Raised
Photo Credit (Royal Caribbean)

Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas is the first in its Quantum-class cruise ships. When the ship launched in 2014, it was the third-largest cruise ship globally. The ship initially sailed in the Caribbean and Bahamas from its homeport in New Jersey before being redeployed in Asia.

Following several years of providing Asian itineraries, the cruise ship now serves the Western United States with regular voyages to Alaska.

Quantum of the Seas Stats

  • Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International
  • Entered Service: 2014
  • Gross Tonnage: 168,666
  • Length: 347 Meters
  • Passengers (Double Occupancy): 4,180
  • Passengers (Maxumum): 4,905
  • Cabins: 2,090
  • Crew: 1,500

19. Anthem of the Seas

Anthem of the Seas sailing in open ocean with the Nort Star Raised
Photo Credit (Royal Caribbean)

Anthem of the Seas, another Quantum-class ship by Royal Caribbean, was launched in 2015. The vessel was built in Germany at the cost of $940 million.

Anthem of the Seas is known for its variety of amenities and entertainment options, including a Flowrider surfing simulator, a rock-climbing wall, a skydiving simulator, and the incredible North Star observatory.

Anthem of the Seas Stats

  • Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International
  • Entered Service: 2015
  • Gross Tonnage: 168,666
  • Length: 347 Meters
  • Passengers (Double Occupancy): 4,180
  • Passengers (Maxumum): 4,905
  • Cabins: 2,090
  • Crew: 1,500

20. Ovation of the Seas

Ovation of the seas in alaska with North Star raised and glacier in the background
Photo Credit (Royal Caribbean)

Ovation of the Seas is the third Quantum-class ship released by Royal Caribbean. It continues Royal Caribbean’s trend of providing significant, thrill-packed cruise ships that are great for families and active-minded passengers.

Fun fact: Ovation of the seas has ten onboard hot tubs.

Ovation of the Seas Stats

  • Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International
  • Entered Service: 2016
  • Gross Tonnage: 168,666
  • Length: 347 Meters
  • Passengers (Double Occupancy): 4,180
  • Passengers (Maxumum): 4,905
  • Cabins: 2,091
  • Crew: 1,500

21. Norwegian Bliss

Norwegian Bliss Sailing in open ocean
Photo Credit (Norwegian Cruise Line)

Explicitly built with Alaskan Cruising in mind, Norwegian Bliss made news when it became the largest vessel to pass through the Panama Canal en route to Alaska. If you’ve traveled with Norwegian Cruise Line, you’ll be pretty familiar with the excellent level of service and the great experience you will have onboard.

Norwegian Bliss Stats

  • Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Entered Service: 2018
  • Gross Tonnage: 168,028
  • Length: 333 Meters
  • Passengers (Double Occupancy): 4,004
  • Passengers (Maxumum): 4,200
  • Cabins: 2,043
  • Crew: 1,731

22. Norwegian Joy

Norwegian Joy Sailing
Photo Credit (Norwegian Cruise Line)

The 3,883 passenger Norwegian Joy was delivered from the famous Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, in 2017. The ship was purpose-built for the Chinese market and displayed one of the best hull artworks of any cruise ship.

Perhaps the most exciting feature aboard the vessel is the racetrack located on Deck 19. The Speedway is one of the only go-kart tracks at sea and offers incredible ocean views as you zip around the track.

Norwegian Joy Stats

  • Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Entered Service: 2017
  • Gross Tonnage: 167,725
  • Length: 333 Meters
  • Passengers (Double Occupancy): 3,804
  • Passengers (Maxumum): 3,883
  • Cabins: 1,925
  • Crew: 1,821

23. Odyssey of the Seas

Odyssey of the Seas arriving at Naming Ceremony
Photo Credit (Royal Caribbean)

According to Merriam-Webster, the word “odyssey” translates to “a long journey full of adventures.”

Odyssey of the Seas certainly provides a journey full of adventures. From high thrills to live entertainment, there is something for every passenger to enjoy. The ship boasts the North Star – an observation deck that rises more than 300 feet above sea level. In addition, the vessel has bumper cars, a skydiving simulator, the Flowrider, and more!

Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas lives up to its name and is packed with thrills, excitement, and entertainment for passengers of all ages and interests.

Odyssey of the Seas Stats

  • Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International
  • Entered Service: 2021
  • Gross Tonnage: 167,704
  • Length: 347 Meters
  • Passengers (Double Occupancy): 4,284
  • Passengers (Maxumum): 5,498
  • Cabins: 2,137
  • Crew: 1,663

24. Norwegian Escape

Norwegian Escape Sailing in open ocean
Photo Credit (Norwegian Cruise Line)

The Norwegian Escape cruise ship from Norwegian Cruise Line entered service in 2015 as a Breakaway Plus-class ship. Unlike its sister ships, Norwegian Escape is the only Breakaway Plus-class ship that does not have a race track on board.

Norwegian Escape Seas

  • Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Entered Service: 2015
  • Gross Tonnage: 167,157
  • Length: 326 Meters
  • Passengers (Double Occupancy): 4,248
  • Cabins: 2,124
  • Crew: 1,733

25. Freedom of the Seas

Freedom of the Seas leaving miami

When Freedom of the Seas debuted in 2006, it was the largest passenger cruise ship in the world. Despite its age, the ship remains one of the largest in the world at 156,271 gross tons.

The vessel can hold 3,634 passengers and 1,300 crew members. In 2020, Freedom of the Seas underwent a $116 million dry dock to add new features and amenities, as well as technical modifications and repairs.

Freedom of the Seas

  • Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International
  • Entered Service: 2006
  • Gross Tonnage: 156,271
  • Length: 339 Meters
  • Passengers (Double Occupancy): 3,634
  • Passengers (Maxumum): 4,375
  • Cabins: 1,817
  • Crew: 1,365

26. Liberty of the Seas

Liberty of the Seas sailing in open ocean
Photo Credit (Royal Caribbean)

Liberty of the Seas debuted one year after sister ship Freedom of the Seas and is the second ship in Royal Caribbean’s Freedom-class.

Liberty of the Seas

  • Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International
  • Entered Service: 2007
  • Gross Tonnage: 155,889
  • Length: 339 Meters
  • Passengers (Double Occupancy): 3,634
  • Passengers (Maxumum): 4,375
  • Cabins: 1,817
  • Crew: 1,365
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