1. Allure of the Seas(2010)
Line: Royal Caribbean, Tonnage: 225,282 gt, Length: 1,181.167 ft. Beam: 208 ft. Passenger Capacity: 5,400/6,360
The Allure of the Seas is the largest cruise ship in the whole world. It weighs 225,282 tons and can carry up to 5400 passengers. The number 5,400 is double occupancy as the full load of the ship is 6,360.
The Oasis of the Seas, is quite similar to the Allure of the Seas in many ways such as the neighbourhood concept. This partitions the ship into seven different areas such as foliage filled central park, the Board walk with a handmade wooden carousel, candy shop and burger joint. The Allure boasts some of the best kids programs in cruise ships.
However, the term sister ship does not mean that the ships are exactly the same. The Allure has a unique personality in its form of glass, steel, wood and even trees. The Allure even includes a new retail options like the Guess store, areas for dining such as hot dogs stands, shows like “Chicago” and adaptations from the Dreamworks; an ogre, a donkey and even penguins. The Allure cruise line also has 3D movies, iPod docks in all the cabins and kiosks where guests can print their boarding passes and monitor the bills they are accumulating onboard.
2. Oasis of the Seas(2009)
Line: Royal Caribbean, Tonnage: 225,282 gt, Length: 1,181ft. Beam: 208 ft. Passenger Capacity: 5,400/6,360
Oasis of the Seas from the Royal Caribbean is the largest cruise ship in the world. It was anticipated a lot after the Cunard’s Queen Mary 2. It has new ideas such as the first ever Boardwalk and Central Park at sea. These occupy space that in the middle of the ship which makes it quite memorable.
The ship has a wide range of hotels that are styled in new-to-Royal Caribbean fashion. There are spa cuisine and even staged wood and wine pairings. It is an entertainment hub for people who like to party into the night on their cruise holiday. There is ice skating, comedy, discotheques, jazz and even a three tier theatre that features the famous “Hairspray” Show. Another major attraction on the ship is the AquaTheater. It has the deepest pool at sea and is popular with divers and synchronized swimmers.
The Oasis of the Seas does not only have passenger friendly innovations. The ship has also been altered using new technical and environmental tools to make it an eco-friendly vessel.
3. Norwegian Epic (2010)
Line: Norwegian Cruise Line Tonnage: 155,873 gt. Length: 1,112 ft. Beam: 131 ft. Passenger Capacity: 4,100/5,183
Introduced in June 2010, the Epic showed its innovations that were new to the cruising world. Some of these included solo studio cabins in the shipand the first Ice bar at sea! A never seen before Blue Man Group show right from the sea! “New wave” cabins that previously were not available at sea and even the first translucent bathrooms right at sea! It also has cheeky see through loos in its curved-wall cabin design.
The Norwegian Epic from NCL is large, bold, ballsy and brassy. There are mixed opinions over the success of the Epic but many of the travelers admit that the ship’s entire 19-deck is full of wonders. There are enough whistles and bells to satisfy passengers during the entire cruise duration. There is also Nickelodeon offering to entertain the young children.
4. Freedom of the Seas(2006)
Line: Royal Caribbean Tonnage: 154,407 gt. Length: 1,112 ft.. Beam: 184 ft. Passenger Capacity: 3,634/4,375
The Freedom of the Seas has been recently renovated and showcases some of the best maritime engineering works ever seen. It has many incredible innovations that are bound to put your imagination to play. You can enjoy The DreamWorks Experience and interact with Shrek. You can enjoy a movie at the 3D cinema or at the outdoor cinema screen at pool side under the stars. You can also add some color to your cruise holiday by checking out the art displays in the BRITTO Galler or enjoy frosted delicacies at the Cupcake Cupboard. You can wind down your evening with red or white wine at the quaint Vintages wine bar.
The Freedom of the Seas is also known for a few trademark features such as The FlowRider surf stimulator, ice skating rink, cantilevered whirlpools, rock climbing walls, mini golf course, H2O zone water pack among others.
5. Liberty of the Seas(2007)
Line: Royal Caribbean Tonnage: 154,407 gt. Length: 1,112 ft.. Beam: 184 ft. Passenger Capacity: 3,634/4,375
This is another ship from Royal Caribbean International Freedom. It started regular service in May of 2007. At first, it was supposed to be called the Endeavour of the Seas but the name was changed later on. The ship has 15-decks and can carry up to 3,634 passengers and 1,360 crew members. The ship was built for 18 months in Finland in Aker Finnyards drydock in Turku where the Freedom of the Seas was built as well. She is one of the largest ships and passenger vessel ever built weighing about 154,407 tons. The Liberty of the Seas is 1,111.9 feet long and 184 feet wide and can cruise at 21.6 knot or 40km/hr or 25mph.
On 19th of April 2007, the ship was delivered to the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. She made her first port of call Southampton three days later on a promotional tour. She arrived at the Cape Liberty cruise port on 3rd May 2007.
Liberty of the Seas is the second installation in the Freedom class vessels. The third one is the Independence of the Seas which was delivered in April of 2008. During 2009, new ships in the Oasis class measuring 220,000 gross tons removed the Freedom Class from the number one spot as largest passenger ships in the world.
6. MS Independence of the Seas(2008)
Line: Royal Caribbean Tonnage: 154,407 gt. Length: 1,130 ft. Beam: 184 ft. Passenger Capacity: 3,634/4,375
This is a Freedom Class ship and started service in April 2008 and is run by the Royal Caribbean cruise line. The ship has 15 decks and can carry 4,370 passengers who are tended to by 1360 crew members.
In April 2013, Independence of the Seas was refurbished and additions were made such as a cupcake shop, Royal Babies and Tots Nursery and Giovanni’s Table which is an Italian trattoria. The Ships also got new digital signage with Wi-Fi that covers the entire ship and movie screens at the poolside.
This upgrade took two weeks and cost the Royal Caribbean seven million dollars as part of a three hundred million dollar investment on the feet in their line.
7 Cunard’s Queen Mary 2(2004)
Line: Cunard Line Tonnage: 148,528 gt. Length: 1,112 ft.. Beam: 148 ft. Passenger Capacity: 2,592/3,090
RMS Queen Mary 2 is an ocean liner that crosses the Atlantic. She succeeded the Queen Elizabeth 1 as the flagship of the Cunard. She is one of the most magnificent ocean liners in Cunard’s Flagship. It offers a memorable holiday opportunity as you cross to or from New York. There are also memorable cruises from Southampton. There ship is so spacious and there are so many state of the art facilities such as 3D theaters, an excellent spa and a planetarium. Queen Mary 2 cruises are luxurious and elegant. Her amenities are unsurpassed and they can take you back to the golden age of sea travel. She also has wonderful restaurants that are bound to leave you in awe. She is from the world’s most respected fleet of luxury ocean liners.
Queen Mary 2 follows in the footsteps of the legendary Cunard liners in her grace, inspiration and legacy. From the minute you get on the ship, and enter the magnificent lobby, you start experiencing that inspirational feeling of having a glimpse at history. Even though she has been on the seas for a while, she still boasts some of the best modern amenities and luxuries in ocean liners.
There are so many activities you can enjoy on the Queen Mary 2. These include the cultural enrichment program led by experts in the area. You can enjoy pampering services in the Canyon Ranch Spa Club right from the sea, lose yourself in the plush dining rooms, theaters, ball rooms, relax in the lounges and get inspired in the only Planetarium at sea.
8. Norwegian Breakaway(2004)
Line: NCL Tonnage: 146,600 gt. Length: 1,063 ft. Beam: 130 ft. Passenger Capacity: 4,028/-
This liner was launched in April 2013. The Norwegian Cruise line has two “project breakaway” ships and it is the first one of the two. The Norwegian Breakaway combines some of the best features with novel innovations.
The ship’s cabins are in a traditional Scandinavian layout with some flourishes. You can book one of the twenty eight balcony cabins or twenty spa mini-suites. The mini-suits are located next to the spa and gym so you have easy access to them while getting free access to the Thermal Spa Suite. If you are travelling with your family, you should book one of the larger ocean view cabins. If you are alone, you can stay at the solo cabin-and-lounge complexes. The Haven Suite complex has 42 suites and a restaurant for exclusive access, a gym, swimming pool and sun deck.
Breakaway has so many entertainment options on the ship such as waterslides, sun decks for only the adults and Vibe Beach club. There is a three storey sports complex that features a ropes course, zip track, rock climbing wall and even a bungee trampoline. The spa and fitness area covers two decks and there are so many opportunities for you to relax and just lounge. In the evenings, you can enjoy some of the broad way shows or get serenaded by live music while having a cocktail in the Ice Bar among the Ice sculptures or even try your hand at the Casino onboard.
9. Royal Princess(2013)
Line: Princess Cruises Tonnage: 141,000 gt. Length: 1082 ft Beam: 124 ft. Passenger Capacity: 3600/-
The flagship in the Princess fleet. The ship has a capacity of 3600 passengers measuring 141000GRT. The amenities on the ships include public areas that have been cantilevered over the ship sides on the top decks. On the starboard side, there is a walkway and on the port side, there is a bar. It has fewer swimming pools as compared to the previous Princess ships but it has larger public areas such as the movie theater, the central Piazza atrium and the “Sanctuary” bar. The ship has more dining options than the other vessels in the Princess fleet. This is one of the first passengers vessels built to comply with the latest safe return to port requirements.
The ship was christened by Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge on 13th June 29, 2013. The ship is set to be an interesting experience for its 3560 passengers with all the new innovations and features.
The new Royal Princess will offer among other things:
A larger and bigger atrium that features more entertainment and casual dining for passengers.
A large top deck pool along with a water and light show. There are also enhanced Movies Under the Stars screen and the opportunity to view 128 feet straight down on the SeaWalkSM.
Balconies on all the outside cabins.
10. MSC Divina(2012)
Line: MSC Cruises Tonnage: 139,400 gt. Length: 1,093 ft. Beam: 124 ft. Passenger Capacity: 3,502/4,345
MSC Divina allows you to have a classy and stylish cruise with its elegant new art and deco design throughout the ship. MSC Divina also features activities such as games and entertainment that will delight all family members. There are formula 1 simulators, 4D cinema, aqua park and a calm retreat for the adults only.
The staterooms are equipped with interactive televisions, wide wardrobes, mini-safes and air conditioning. Balcony staterooms also have private sitting area where you can relax away from the other passengers. There are also floor to ceiling panoramic windows that give you an excellent view of the outside.
The daytime activities on ship include movie watching at the 4D cinema, enjoying drinks at the Tritone and Poseidon poolside bars and shopping for souvenirs fragrances and designer wear. You can also go for a spin on the Formula one simulator, enjoy a quiet read in the library or get in touch with loved ones back at home in the Internet café.
There are multiple whirlpools on the MSC Divina and a covered pool the Le Sirene where you can swim even in bad weather. The Aqua pack has a swimming pool and a water slide and the Adults Only retreat also has its own pool and a lounge area where guest can relax. You can enjoy a game at the Squash court or have calming massage in the Aurea spa.
The Pantheon theater, which is the main show lounge features different shows each night. These shows feature comedians, broadway-like shows and magicians. You can relax your evenings away with fine cognac and a cigar at the Cigar lounge. The Luna Piano Bar offers you an opportunity to sing along to old songs and the latest ones. If you are looking for a romantic evening, you can go to the Golden Jazz bar. There are many table games and slot machines at the Casino Veneziano on the ship.