I happened to come across an interesting page on the Daily Telegraph site – it lists the 15 largest cruise ships in the world. It’s an interesting mix with some unexpected entries – I hadn’t really grasped that NCL have three entries in the list, for example, nor that Carnival Cruise Line itself doesn’t have any despite having made some of the running 10/12 years ago or so.
Of course, the list is constantly changing. I believe that QM2 was the biggest when she went into service, but now she languishes at #8. Of course, Cunard aficionados would point out that she remains the largest ‘ocean liner’ in the world, and is unlikely to be challenged in that regard.
There are further changes coming up, of course. The MSC duo at =#14 will disappear from the list altogether this spring: first, P&O’s Britannia (near-sister to Princess’ Royal & Regal Princesses) enters service at the end of March, and then Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas does so a month later. And I have a feeling that Royal Caribbean have ordered a third oasis class ship, and also that NCL may be building another big ship. So the list continues to change.