The largest cruise ship in the world in Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas. It is 1,187.05 feet long, holds 6,296 passengers and is 225,000 gross tons.
The largest cruiseline in the world is Carnival Cruise Line. They currently operate 23 ships under the Carnival Brand. They also own 11 other cruise brands such as Princess, Holland America and Costa.
Over 19 million people worldwide took a cruise in 2011 accounting for $29.4 billion in U.S. dollars.
10 of the 14 largest cruise ships in the world are owned by Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.
A majority of the cruise ships in service by the major cruise lines are at least twice the size of the Titanic (46,000 gross tons).
The first woman to be named captain of a major cruise ship was Karin Stahre Janson. She is captain of Royal Caribbean’s Monarch of the Seas.
The ship build exclusively for cruises was the Prinzessin Victoria Luise which was completed in 1900.
The most popular cruise port is St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. There can be up to 10 ships visiting in a single day during the high season.