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The Biggest Cruise Ships in the World: A Size Comparison
Symphony of the Seas (Photo: Royal Caribbean International)

The Biggest Cruise Ships in the World: A Size Comparison

The Biggest Cruise Ships in the World: A Size Comparison
Symphony of the Seas (Photo: Royal Caribbean International)
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There's something about mega-ships, those floating skyscrapers laid sideways. So here lies our list of the world's largest cruise vessels, ranked in order of gross tonnage, a measure of volume (and not weight).

You'll also find stats on passenger capacity (both double occupancy, the industry standard, and max occupancy, which accounts for all third and fourth beds onboard), length and beam, the width at the widest point of the vessel. We've listed the maximum beam, which is usually the beam of the upper pool deck as opposed to the actual hull at the waterline.

Click on any ship name for a comprehensive expert review covering everything from cabins to dining, hundreds of reader reviews, deck plans and itinerary info.

1. Symphony of the Seas - 228,081 GT

Symphony of the Seas (Photo: Royal Caribbean International)

Length: 1,184 feet

Beam (Maximum): 215.5 feet

Passengers (Double/Max): 5,518/6,680


2. Harmony of the Seas- 226,963 GT

Harmony of the Seas (Photo: Royal Caribbean)

Length: 1,188 feet

Beam (Maximum): 215.5 feet

Passengers (Double/Max): 5,479/6,780


3. Oasis of the Seas - 226,838 GT

Oasis of the Seas

Length: 1,187 feet

Beam (Maximum): 215 feet

Passengers (Double/Max): 5,606/6,699


4. Allure of the Seas - 225,282 GT

Allure of the Seas

Length: 1,187 feet

Beam (Maximum): 215 feet

Passengers (Double/Max): 5,484/6,780


5. Costa Smeralda - 185,010 GT

Costa Smeralda  (Image: Costa Cruises)

Length: 1,106 feet

Beam (Maximum): 138 feet

Passengers (Double/Max): 5,224/6,554


6. Iona - 184,089 GT

P&O Cruises' Iona ready to leave the shipyard for sea trials (Photo: David Hecker von Aschwege).

Length: 1,130 feet

Beam (Maximum): 138 feet

Passengers (Double/Max): 5,250/6,600


7. AIDAnova - 183,858 GT

AIDAnova is the World's First LNG-Powered Ship (Photo: KHB 1958/Shutterstock)

Length: 1,106 feet

Beam (Maximum): 138 feet

Passengers (Double/Max): 5,252/6,654


8. Mardi Gras - 181,808 GT

Mardi Gras (Photo: Carnival)

Length: 1,130 feet

Beam (Maximum): 138 feet

Passengers (Double/Max): 5,282/6,630


9. MSC Grandiosa - 181,541 GT

MSC Grandiosa (Photo: Miklos Mate)

Length: 1,087 feet

Beam (Maximum): 141 feet

Passengers (Double/Max): 5,264/6,761


10. MSC Meraviglia- 171,598 GT

Galleria Meraviglia on MSC Meraviglia

Length: 1,036 feet

Beam (Maximum): 141 feet

Passengers (Double/Max): 4,488/5,655


11. MSC Bellissima - 171,598 GT

Ship Exterior on MSC Meraviglia

Length: 1,036 feet

Beam (Maximum): 141 feet

Passengers (Double/Max): 4,434/5,686


12. Spectrum of the Seas - 169,379 GT

Spectrum of the  Seas in Sydney (Photo: Royal Caribbean)

Length: 1,138 feet

Beam (Maximum): 161.5 feet

Passengers (Double/Max): 4,246/5,622


13. Norwegian Encore - 169,116 GT

Norwegian Encore (Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line)

Length: 1,094 feet

Beam (Maximum): 157.9 feet

Passengers (Double/Max): 3,998/N/A


14. Quantum of the Seas - 168,666 GT

Quantum of the Seas

Length: 1,138 feet

Beam (Maximum): 162 feet

Passengers (Double/Max): 4,180/4,905


15. Anthem of the Seas - 168,666 GT

1792x1200 anthem

Length: 1,138 feet

Beam (Maximum): 162 feet

Passengers (Double/Max): 4,180/4,905


16. Ovation of the Seas - 168,666 GT

Ovation of the Seas

Length: 1,142 feet

Beam (Maximum): 162 feet

Passengers (Double/Max): 4,180/4,905


17. Norwegian Bliss - 168,028 GT

Ship Exterior on Norwegian Bliss

Length: 1,093 feet

Beam (Maximum): 158 feet

Passengers (Double/Max): 4,004/N/A


18. Norwegian Joy - 167,725 GT

TA Norwegian Joy Concierge Lounge

Length: 1,094 feet

Beam (Maximum): 158 feet

Passengers (Double/Max): 3,804/N/A


19. Norwegian Escape - 165,157 GT

The Haven on Norwegian Escape

Length: 1,069 feet

Beam (Maximum): 153 feet

Passengers (Double/Max): 4,248/N/A


20. Freedom of the Seas - 156,271 GT

Exterior on Freedom of the Seas

Length: 1,111 feet

Beam (Maximum): 184 feet

Passengers (Double/Max): 3,634/4,375


21. Liberty of the Seas - 155,889 GT

The Sun Decks on Liberty of the Seas

Length: 1,112 feet

Beam (Maximum): 184 feet

Passengers (Double/Max): 3,634/4,375


22. Independence of the Seas- 155,889 GT

Diamond Club on Independence of the Seas

Length: 1,111 feet

Beam (Maximum): 184 feet

Passengers (Double/Max): 3,858/4,560


23. Norwegian Epic - 155,873 GT

The Main Pool on Norwegian Epic

Length: 1,081 feet

Beam (Maximum): 133 feet

Passengers (Double/Max): 4,100/N/A


24. MSC Seaview - 153,516 GT

MSC Seaview (Image: MSC Cruises)

Length: 1,160 feet

Beam (Maximum): 135 feet

Passengers (Double/Max): 4,132/5,336


25. MSC Seaside - 153,516 GT

MSC Seaside (Photo: MSC Cruises)

Length: 1,160 feet

Beam (Maximum): 135 feet

Passengers (Double/Max): 4,132/5,336


26. Genting Dream - 150,695 GT

Genting Dream (Photo: Dream Cruises)

Length: 1,100 feet

Beam (Maximum): 145 feet

Passengers (Double/Max): 3,348/4,500


27. World Dream - 150,695 GT

World Dream (Photo: Dream Cruise Line)

Length: 1,100 feet

Beam (Maximum): 145 feet

Passengers (Double/Max): 3,348/4,500


28. Queen Mary 2 - 149,215 GT

Queen Mary 2 TA Listings Page Image

Length: 1,132 feet

Beam (Maximum): 147 feet

Passengers (Double/Max): 2,691/3,090


29. Norwegian Breakaway - 145,655 GT

Exterior on Norwegian Breakaway

Length: 1,068 feet

Beam (Maximum): 169 feet

Passengers (Double/Max): 3,969/N/A


30. Norwegian Getaway - 145,655 GT

Getaway Casino on Norwegian Getaway

Length: 1,068 feet

Beam (Maximum): 169 feet

Passengers (Double/Max): 3,969/N/A

Updated January 12, 2021

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