Top 10 Largest Cruise Ships In The World 2015



Here is the list of the largest cruise ships in the world 2015, based on gross tonnage



  Allure of the Seas

Allure of the Seas is an Oasis-class cruise ship owned and operated by Royal Caribbean International. The Oasis class are the largest passenger ships ever constructed, and Allure is 50 millimetres (2.0 in) longer than her sister ship Oasis of the Seas, though both were built to the same specifications. Designed under the name "Project Genesis", she was ordered from Aker Finnyards in February 2006 and her construction began at the Perno shipyard, Turku, Finland, in February 2008. She was named in May 2008 after a contest was held to name her and her sister. The keel of Allure of the Seas was laid on 2 December 2008, shortly after the shipyard had been acquired by STX Europe.


While the design length of Allure of the Seas is the same as that of her sister, 360 metres (1,181 ft), she is actually some 50 millimetres (2 in) longer than Oasis of the Seas. According to the shipyard, this is not intentional and such small differences in length may occur simply due to the temperature of the steel in a ship as big as this. The gross tonnage of Allure of the Seas is 225,282 and her displacement is equal to that of Oasis of the Seas, which is estimated to be around 100,000 metric tons, slightly less than that of an American Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Her steel hull alone weighs roughly 54,000 tons.
The ship features a two-deck dance hall, a theatre with 1,380 seats, an ice skating rink, 7 distinct "neighborhoods", and 25 dining options, including the first Starbucks coffee shop at sea. Many of the ship's interiors were extensively decorated by muralist Clarissa Parish. [link]
General characteristics
Class and type: Oasis-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 225,282 GT
242,999 NT
19,750 DWT
Displacement: Approximately 100,000 tons
Length: 362 m (1,187 ft)
Beam: 47 m (154 ft) waterline
60.5 m (198 ft) max beam
Height: 72 m (236 ft) above water line
Draught: 9.3 m (31 ft)
Depth: 22.5 m (74 ft)
Decks: 16 passenger decks
Installed power: 3 × 13,860 kW (18,590 hp) Wärtsilä 12V46D
3 × 18,480 kW (24,780 hp) Wärtsilä 16V46D
Propulsion: 3 × 20 MW (27,000 hp) ABB Azipod,
      all azimuthing
4 × 5.5 MW (7,400 hp) Wärtsilä CT3500
      bow thrusters
Speed: 22.6 knots (41.9 km/h; 26.0 mph)
Capacity: 5,400 passengers at double occupancy
6,296 maximum
Crew: 2,384 as of July 2012
Notes: 50 mm (2.0 in) longer than Oasis

 Oasis of the Seas
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Oasis of the Seas is an Oasis-class cruise ship, delivered to her owner, Royal Caribbean International, in October 2009. The first of her class, she was joined by her sister ship Allure of the Seas in December 2010. Both vessels cruise the Caribbean from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She set a new record of carrying over 6,000 passengers.
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The ship surpassed the Freedom-class cruise ships (also owned by Royal Caribbean) to become the largest cruise ship in the world at that time. She has, however, since been surpassed by Allure of the Seas, which is 50 millimetres (2.0 in) longer, although this difference may have been caused by different temperatures when the measurements were made. [link]
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General characteristics
Class and type: Oasis-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 225,282 GT
242,999 NT
15,000 DWT
Length: 361.6 m (1,186.5 ft) overall
Beam: 47 m (154 ft) waterline
60.5 m (198 ft) max beam
Height: 72 m (236 ft) above water line
Draught: 9.3 m (31 ft)
Depth: 22.55 m (74 ft)
Decks: 16 passenger decks
Installed power: 3 × 13,860 kW (18,590 hp) Wärtsilä 12V46D
3 × 18,480 kW (24,780 hp) Wärtsilä 16V46D
Propulsion: 3 × 20 MW (27,000 hp) ABB Azipod,
      all azimuthing
4 × 5.5 MW (7,400 hp) Wärtsilä CT3500
      bow thrusters
Speed: 22.6 knots (41.9 km/h; 26.0 mph)
Capacity: 5,400 passengers at double occupancy
6,296 maximum
Crew: 2,165 on maiden voyage
2,394 as of July 2012
 Quantum of the Seas
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Quantum of the Seas is a cruise ship for Royal Caribbean International and the first ship of the Quantum class. The Quantum class surpasses the earlier Freedom-class ships by over 14,000 GT, becoming the second largest class of passenger ships behind Royal Caribbean International's Oasis class ships on a gross tonnage basis. Quantum of the Seas was delivered to Royal Caribbean on October 28, 2014 and is sailing from Cape Liberty Cruise Port to the Caribbean and Bahamas.
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Quantum of the Seas has 16 passenger-accessible decks, 8 of which feature balcony staterooms overlooking the ocean. Like the Celebrity Solstice class, those staterooms above the life boats are recessed into the superstructure and don't look down directly at the ocean. There are a total of 2,090staterooms: 1,570 balcony staterooms, 147 ocean-view staterooms, and 373 inside staterooms. Of those staterooms, 34 are wheelchair accessible and 28 are studio staterooms for single travelers (including 12 studio staterooms with balconies).[link]
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General characteristics
Class and type: Quantum-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 168,666 GT
Length: 347.1 m (1,139 ft)
Beam: 49.5 m (162 ft) (max)
41.4 m (136 ft) (waterline)
Draught: 8.8 m (29 ft)
Decks: 18 (16 passenger-accessible)
Propulsion: Diesel-electric
Two 20.5 MW (27,500 hp) ABB Azipod XO thrusters
Four 3,500 kW (4,694 hp) bow thrusters
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
Capacity: 4,180 passengers (double occupancy)
4,905 passengers (maximum occupancy)


Norwegian Epic
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Norwegian Epic is a cruise ship of the Norwegian Cruise Line built under that line's F3 Project by STX Europe Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. When built it was the third largest cruise ship in the world.
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The Norwegian Epic surpasses the Breakaway-class as NCL's largest vessel at over 155,873 GT. Norwegian Epic represents the "third generation" of Freestyle cruising vessels and its size allows NCL to have a ship that is in the "mega-class" of their competitors at Royal Caribbean International and Carnival Cruise Lines, though still 32% smaller by gross tonnage than Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, the world's largest and longest passenger vessels. The ship has 4100 passenger berths, with all outside cabins having balconies. The Epic introduced 100 square foot interior studio cabins for solo passengers, including a shared "living room" for socializing. NCL had stated that this ship would have 60% more passenger space than their then largest ships. [link]
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General characteristics
Type: Cruise ship
Tonnage: 155,873 GT
146,495 NT
10,850 DWT
Length: 329.45 m (1,081 ft)
Beam: 40.64 m (133 ft)
Height: 61 m (200 ft)
Draft: 8.7 m (29 ft)
Depth: 21.6 m (71 ft)
Decks: 19
Installed power: 3 × MaK 16M43 (3 × 15,200 kW)
3 × MaK 12M43 (3 × 11,400 kW)
Propulsion: Diesel-electric; two shafts (2 × 24 MW)
Wärtsilä fixed-pitch propellers
Four Wärtsilä bow thrusters and two stern thrusters
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
Capacity: 4,100 (double occupancy)
Crew: 1,708

 Freedom of the Seas
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Freedom of the Seas is a cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean International. It is the namesake of Royal Caribbean's Freedom class, and can accommodate 3,634 passengers and 1,300 crew on fifteen passenger decks. Freedom of the Seas was the largest passenger ship ever built (by gross tonnage) from 2006 until construction of the Royal Caribbean International's Oasis-class ships in late 2009. [link]
General characteristics
Class and type: Freedom-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 154,407 GT
Length: 1,112 ft (338.94 m)
Beam: 126.64 ft (38.60 m) waterline 184 ft (56.08 m) extreme (bridge wings)
Height: 209 ft (63.70 m)
Draught: 28 ft (8.53 m)
Decks: 18 total decks, 15 passenger decks
Installed power: 6 × Wärtsilä 12V46 (6 × 12,600 kW)
Propulsion: Diesel-electric; Three ABB Azipod units, two azimuthing and one fixed.
Four bow thrusters
Speed: 21.6 knots (40.0 km/h; 24.9 mph)
Capacity: 3,634 passengers
Crew: 1,360

 Liberty of the Seas
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Liberty of the Seas is a Royal Caribbean International Freedom class cruise ship which entered regular service in May 2007. It was initially announced that she would be called Endeavour of the Seas, however this name was later changed. The 15-deck ship accommodates 3,634 passengers served by 1,360 crew. She was built in 18 months at the Aker Finnyards Turku Shipyard, Finland, where her sister ship, Freedom of the Seas, was also built. At 154,407 gross tonnage (GT), she joined her sister ship, Freedom of the Seas, as the largest cruise ships and passenger vessels then ever built. She is 1,111.9 ft (338.91 m) long, 184 ft (56.08 m) wide, and cruises at 21.6-knot (40 km/h; 25 mph). [link]
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General characteristics
Class and type: Freedom-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 154,407 GT
Length: 1,111.9 ft (338.91 m)
Beam: 126.64 ft (38.60 m) (waterline)
184 ft (56.08 m) (bridge wings)
Draught: 28 ft (8.53 m)
Decks: 18 total decks, 15 passenger decks
Speed: 21.6 knots (40.0 km/h; 24.9 mph)
Capacity: 4600 passengers (double occupancy)
Crew: 1,300 (average)

 Independence of the Seas
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Independence of the Seas is a Freedom-class cruise ship operated by the Royal Caribbean cruise line that entered service in April 2008. The 15-deck ship can accommodate 4,370 passengers and is served by 1,360 crew. She was built in the Aker Finnyards Turku Shipyard, Finland, builder of Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas, her sister ships of the Freedom class. At 154,407 gross tons, she joined Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas as the largest cruise ships and passenger vessels yet built. She is 1,112 feet (339 m) long, and typically cruises at 21.6 knots (40.0 km/h; 24.9 mph). The vessel operates from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. [link]
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General characteristics
Class and type: Freedom-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 154,407 GT
Length: 338.95 m (1,112.0 ft)
Beam: 38.6 m (127 ft) hull
56 m (184 ft) extreme width of superstructure
Draught: 8.8 m (29 ft)
Decks: 15 (passenger); 3 (crew)
Propulsion: Diesel-electric
Two ABB Azipods and one Fixipod, 14 MW each
Speed: 21.6 knots (40.0 km/h; 24.9 mph)
23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph) (maximum)
Capacity: 4,370 passengers
Crew: 1,360







 Queen Mary 2
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RMS Queen Mary 2 (also referred to as the QM2) is a transatlantic ocean liner. She was the first major ocean liner built since Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1969, the vessel she succeeded as flagship of the Cunard Line. The new ship was named Queen Mary 2 by Queen Elizabeth II in 2004 after the first RMS Queen Mary, completed in 1936. Queen Mary was in turn named after Mary of Teck, consort of King George V. With the retirement of Queen Elizabeth 2 in 2008, Queen Mary 2 is the only transatlantic ocean liner in line service between Southampton and New York, which operates for part of each year. The ship is also used for cruising, including an annual world cruise
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The ship was designed by a team of British naval architects led by Stephen Payne, and was constructed in France by Chantiers de l'Atlantique in 2003. At the time of her construction, Queen Mary 2 was the longest passenger ship ever built, and with her gross tonnage of 148,528 also the largest. [link]
General characteristics
Type: Ocean liner
Tonnage: 148,528 GT
Displacement: ~75,000 tonnes
Length: 1,132 ft (345 m)
Beam: 135 ft (41 m) waterline,
147.5 ft (45.0 m) extreme (bridge wings)
Height: 236.2 ft (72.0 m) keel to (top of) funnel
Draught: 33 ft (10.1 m)
Decks: 13 passenger, 17 total decks
Installed power: 4 x Wärtsilä 16V 46C-CR / 16,800 kW (22,848 mHP), 2 x GE LM2500+ / 25,060 kW (34,082 mHP)
Propulsion: Four 21.5 MW Rolls-Royce/Alstom "Mermaid" electric propulsion pods:
 2 fixed and 2 azimuthing
Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Capacity: 2,620 passengers
Crew: 1,253 officers and crew

 Norwegian Breakaway
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Norwegian Breakaway is a cruise ship operated by Norwegian Cruise Line. Construction of Norwegian Breakaway began on 21 September 2011, when the first piece of steel was cut at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. She was delivered to NCL on 25 April 2013. Following the handover, Norwegian Breakaway left the port of Bremerhaven, heading for Rotterdam. Following several inaugural events, she started her transatlantic cruise from Southampton to New York City, where the naming ceremony took place. On 12 May 2013 she headed to Bermuda to start her seven-day cruises.
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She is 144,017 GT in size, and has capacity for 4,000 passengers, double occupancy. The ship has a total of 1,024 staterooms and 238 suites, designed by Priestmangoode and Tillberg Design. [link]
General characteristics
Type: Cruise ship
Tonnage: 144,017 GT
Length: 325.7 m (1,069 ft)
Beam: 39.7 m (130.2 ft) - At Waterline 52.67 m (172.8 ft) - Lifeboats/Tenders
Height: 54.5 m (179 ft)
Draft: 8.8 m (29 ft)
Decks: 18
Installed power: 2 × MAN 14V48/60CR (2 × 16,800 kW)
2 × MAN 12V48/60CR (2 × 14,400 kW)
Propulsion: Two ABB XO Azipods (2 × 17.5 MW) Three Brunvoll bow thrusters (3 × 3 MW)
Speed: 21.5 knots (39.8 km/h; 24.7 mph)
Capacity: 4,500
Crew: 1,600

 Norwegian Getaway
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Norwegian Getaway is a cruise ship of the Norwegian Cruise Line. It was built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, and was delivered to its owner on January 10, 2014. At the time of its christening it was the world's ninth largest cruise ship with a passenger capacity of 3,969 and a crew of 1,640
Amenities on board the ship include restaurants by chef Geoffrey Zakarian, an entertainment venue devoted to magic called the "Illusionarium", and another entertainment venue themed in conjunction with the Grammy Awards. The ship is based out of Miami and mostly sails seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruises. It was christened in Miami on February 7, 2014, with the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders serving as godmothers. The ship departed on its maiden voyage the next day. [link]
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General characteristics
Type: Cruise ship
Tonnage: 146,600 GT
Length: 325.7 m (1,069 ft)
Beam: 39.7 m (130.2 ft) - At Waterline 52.67 m (172.8 ft) - Lifeboats/Tenders
Height: 54.5 m (179 ft)
Draft: 8.8 m (29 ft)
Decks: 18
Installed power: 2 × MAN 14V48/60CR (2 × 16,800 kW)
2 × MAN 12V48/60CR (2 × 14,400 kW)
Propulsion: Two ABB XO Azipods (2 × 17.5 MW) Three Brunvoll bow thrusters (3 × 3 MW)
Speed: 21.5 knots (39.8 km/h; 24.7 mph)
Capacity: 3,963
Crew: 1,640
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