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Top 25 Largest Cruise Ships in the World

It’s no secret that cruise lines are building larger cruise ships than ever before, and the trend is going to continue over the next decade.

Norwegian Escape is currently the 11th largest cruise ship in the world.

Cruise ships are measured by gross tonnage, a volume measurement of inside a ship (not to be confused with weight).  The first cruise ship to ever break the 100,000 gross ton mark was Carnival Destiny (now re-branded as Carnival Sunshine) in 1996. There are now over 75 cruise ships over 100,000 GT in size.

Here is the current list of top 25 largest cruise ships in the world:

1. Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas  228,081 GT
2. Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas  226,963 GT
3. Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas  225,282 GT
3. Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas  225,282 GT
5. MSC Meraviglia 171,598 GT
6. Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas 168,666 GT
(tie) Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas 168,666 GT
(tie) Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas 168,666 GT
9. Norwegian Bliss 168,028 GT
10. Norwegian Joy 167,725 GT
11. Norwegian Escape  165,157 GT
12. Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas 155,889 GT
13. Norwegian Epic 155,873  GT
14. Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas 154,407 GT
(tie) Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas 154,407 GT
16. MSC Seaview 154,000
17. MSC Seaside 153,516
18. Genting Dream  150,695 GT
19. World Dream  150,695 GT
20. Queen Mary 2  149,215 (only ocean liner to make the list)
21. Norwegian Breakaway 146,600 GT
22. Norwegian Getaway 145,655 GT
23. Majestic Princess 145,000 GT
24. Britannia (P&O Cruises) 143,730 GT
25. Royal Princess 142,714 GT

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This list will drastically change over the next decade as there are currently seven cruise ships either under construction or on order that will be 200,000 gross tons or more and 19 that will be larger than 180,000 gross tons.  Carnival Corporation has nine 180,000 GT LNG cruise ships on order and MSC Cruises also has several new mega ships on the way.

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