Cruise News5,000+ Passenger Cruise Ships Are the Future of Cruising

5,000+ Passenger Cruise Ships Are the Future of Cruising

Do you enjoy cruising on the mega cruise ships that cruise lines have been building the past few years?  Then you will love to hear about a report by Cruise Industry News stating that 5,000+ passenger cruise ships are the future of the cruise industry.

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There are currently only a handful of 5,000+ passenger cruise ships operated by the cruise lines.  However, the ships that cruise lines are currently building or have on order, have an average double occupancy capacity of 4,000 passengers.  When you add in 3rd and 4th berths, these ships will be able to carry 5,000 passengers.  These ships will also have a crew size of around 1,500.  Four cruise ships being built by Carnival Corp. in the next few years will be able to hold a record 6,600 passengers.

The 2015-2016 Cruise Industry Annual Report also states that these mega cruise ships will eventually replace most of the existing ships in the popular cruise destinations of the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Northern Europe. The smaller, older ships will be relocated to new markets.

Cruise Fever would love to hear your opinions about the mega cruise trend that is currently in full swing.  Do you love the larger cruise ships and all of the extra amenities and activities that they bring to cruising, or do you enjoy the intimate, smaller ships?  Leave your thoughts in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

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Ben Souza
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Cruise News5,000+ Passenger Cruise Ships Are the Future of Cruising


  1. Smaller ship lack many facilities and are older. However I still prefer smaller ship as it is not as crowded as the bigger ones.

  2. No – I don’t like them. It takes far too log to board and disembark. I was exhausted walking from one end to the other and we had great difficulty getting into various venues. If you lost sight of friends and family, you could take all day to find them

  3. I must disagree. Smaller ships will still be around and floating and successful. Not everyone loves being one of six thousand. Niches will survive. Cruise lines are migrating to a “airline cattle car” mentality which puts off seasoned cruisers. No, all sizes will exist. Besides, the megaships cannot dock at many ports thus limiting their destinations

  4. I love big ships – was on the Oasis a few years ago and couldn’t tell there were 6,000 people on board. We had a table for two in the Dining Room and more than once I was the only person in the swimming pool in the middle of the day – amazing! They offer so many options and amazing spaces smaller ships cant. The only down side I can think is that you have less chances of meeting your fellow passengers – a thing I enjoyed enormously in ships between 70,000 and 90,000 tons.

  5. I love big cruise ships!! The bigger the better so many activities, venues , sports never a dull moment especially allure my favorite ship! (Been on it twice!) other sizes are also great too!! After all a cruise is a cruise!!!

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