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As promised, here’s some some more information on big ships. I’ve arbitrarily decided to define these as “ships bigger than Queen Mary and/or Queen Elizabeth” – Cunard’s original Queens.

First, here’s a table of 65 cruise ships of over 100,000 gross tonnage:

Name Year Gross Tonnage Cabins Passengers
Standard Max
Harmony of the Seas 2016 226,963 2,747 5,479 6,360
Allure of the Seas 2010 225,282 2,706 5,412 6,296
Oasis of The Seas 2009 225,282 2,706 5,412 6,296
Quantum of the Seas 2014 168,666 2090 4,180 4,905
Anthem of the Seas 2015 168,666 2090 4,180 4,905
Ovation of the Seas 2016 168,666 2090 4,180 4,905
Norwegian Escape 2015 165,157 2,124 4,248
Liberty of the Seas 2007 155,889 1,817 3,634 4,375
Norwegian Epic 2010 155,873 2,114 4,100 5183
Freedom of the Seas 2006 154,407 1,817 3,634 4,375
Independence of the Seas 2008 154,407 1,817 3,634 4,375
Queen Mary 2 2004 148,528 1,296 2,592 3,090
Norwegian Breakaway 2013 145,655 1994 3988
Norwegian Getaway 2014 145,655 2014 3910
Britannia 2015 143,730 1780 3611 4100
Royal Princess 2013 142,714 1780 3560 4100
Regal Princess 2014 142,229 1780 3560 4100
Navigator of the Seas 2002 139,570 1,638 3,276 3,807
MSC Divina 2012 139,072 1,739 3,478 3,959
MSC Preziosa 2013 139,072 1,739 3,478 3,959
Mariner of the Seas 2003 138,279 1,557 3,114 3,807
Explorer of the Seas 2000 138,194 1,557 3,114 3,840
Voyager of the Seas 1999 138,194 1,557 3,114 3,840
MSC Fantasia 2008 137,936 1,637 3,274 4,363
MSC Splendida 2009 137,936 1,637 3,274 3,952
Adventure of the Seas 2001 137,276 1,557 3,114 3,807
Carnival Vista 2016 133,596 1,968 3,936 4,980
Costa Diadema 2014 133,019 1,850 3700 4,947
Disney Fantasy 2012 129,750 1,250 2,500 4,000
Disney Dream 2011 129,690 1,250 2,500 4,000
Carnival Dream 2009 128,251 1,823 3,646 4,631
Carnival Breeze 2012 128,052 1,845 3,690 4,720
Carnival Magic 2011 128,048 1,845 3,690 4,720
AIDAprima 2016 125,572 1625 3250
Celebrity Reflection 2012 125,366 1,523 3,046 3,480
Celebrity Silhouette 2011 122,210 1,443 2,886 3,320
Celebrity Solstice 2008 121,878 1,426 2,852 3,148
Celebrity Equinox 2009 121,878 1,426 2,852 3,148
Celebrity Eclipse 2010 121,878 1,426 2,852 3,148
Ventura 2008 116,017 1,508 3092 3597
Diamond Princess 2004 115,875 1,337 2,670 3,286
Sapphire Princess 2004 115,875 1,337 2,670 3,286
Azura 2010 115,055 1,557 3,096 3,574
Costa Pacifica 2009 114,425 1,504 3,000 3,700
Costa Serena 2007 114,147 1,500 3,000 3700
Carnival Splendor 2008 113,562 1,503 3,006
Ruby Princess 2008 113,561 1,540 3,080 3,861
Crown Princess 2006 113,561 1,532 3,080 3,858
Emerald Princess 2007 113,561 1,532 3,080 3,841
Costa Fascinosa 2012 113,321 1,508 3016 3800
Costa Favolosa 2011 113,216 1,508 3016 3800
Caribbean Princess 2004 112,894 1,557 3,080 3,762
Carnival Liberty 2005 110,320 1,487 2,974 3,700
Carnival Freedom 2007 110,320 1,487 2,974 3,700
Carnival Conquest 2002 110,239 1,487 2,974 3,700
Carnival Glory 2003 110,239 1,487 2,974 3,700
Carnival Valor 2004 110,239 1,487 2,974 3,730
Star Princess 2002 108,977 1,301 2,590 3,199
Golden Princess 2001 108,865 1,300 2,590 3,199
Grand Princess 1998 107,517 1,300 2,590 3,199
Carnival Sunshine 1996 102,853 1,501 3,002 3,758
Costa Fortuna 2003 102,587 1,358 2,720 3,470
Costa Magica 2004 102,587 1,358 2,720 3,470
Carnival Triumph 1999 101,509 1,379 2,758 3,470
Carnival Victory 2000 101,509 1,379 2,758 3,470

(The information above was obtained from Wikipedia.)

Of course, that’s just the ships over 100,00 gross tons. There are also a number of smaller ships that are still bigger than the old Cunard Queens. Some of these are only just bigger, in tonnage terms and are therefore hard to assess. For example, there’s the original Vista-class ships – four with Holland America Line and one with P&O. Of these, three (Noordam, Zuiderdam and Oosterdam) seem to be about the same size as the old Queens, whereas two – Arcadia and Westerdam – are bigger (around 86,000 tons). This is doubtless due to modification  that they’ve received which the other haven’t. But the next generation of Vista – the enhanced Vistas, of which there are at least 6 (Eurodam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Costa Deliziosa, Costa Luminosa, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth) are all just over 90,000 tons. So let’s call that another 9 ships bigger than the original Queens.

Then there are a couple of Princess ships – Coral Princess and Island Princess – and four Celebrity ships – the Millennium class (Millennium, Constellation, Infinity and Summit), all about 90,000 tons. That seems to have been a popular size – all of these ships are to Panamax dimensions – that is, they can pass through the (old) Panama Canal locks, and around 90,000 tons was the maximum that Panamax ships reached. There are the six ships of the NCL’s Norwegian Dawn class and the ships derived from it, and there are four ships in Royal Caribbean’s Radiance class. There are also four ships in Carnival’s Carnival Spirit class, all at about 85,000 tons. So that’s a total of 29 ships to add to the 65 in the table, all of the bigger than Queen Mary and the original Queen Elizabeth.

And one more, of course – Costa Concordia was over 100,000 tons but isn’t listed in the table – she’s “no longer in service”. Still, she was built so she deserves to be counted.

The Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth were the biggest passenger ships in the world for 30 years or more, from when Queen Mary was built in the mid-30s until they were retired in the mid/late 1960s. Ship construction then down-sized a bit – as originally built the QEII was definitely smaller, at just under 70,000 tons. But in the last 20 years or so the old limits have been stretched, broken and blown to the horizon – these days a new ship of about 75,000 tons or so would be described as ‘medium-sized’. We have truly been living through a golden age.

My favourite source of ship pictures is Bart de Boer’s ShipParade. Have a look – well worth it.

 

One Response to “More on the biggest ships”

  1. Malcolm Oliver says:

    As I’ve said before: Carnival have some 180,000 gt ships on order for their brands, MSC and Genting some 200,000 (ish) gt ships on order.

    From 2020 onwards the league table will change significantly with MSC and Genting having the second and third biggest classes of ship, depending which is bigger.

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