The 10 most spectacular cruise ships in the world

The 10 most spectacular cruise ships in the world

Cruises are very trendy and are considered one of the most popular forms of vacation, especially among Americans and Germans. Explore many ports, there is good food and mostly high-quality entertainment on board between the destinations, and the ships excel in terms of their size and the quality of their offerings.

In the ranking of the markets with the highest turnover for cruises, Germany is in second place in an international comparison behind the USA. In 2023, 31,7 million passengers took a cruise, according to CLIA. A good half of the passengers came from the USA. Germany and Great Britain follow in second and third place. The pioneers among cruise lines are Carnival, Royal Caribbean and MSC. The three brands operate the largest and most spectacular ships in the world. We take a look at the top 10 cruise ships and see what they have to offer.

10. Carnival Jubilee

Opinions differ when it comes to tenth place: Most sources list the Carnival Jubilee as the tenth largest ship in the world, although its capacity of 5.282 passengers is behind Carnival's Mardi Gras with a capacity of 6.631 passengers. With a length of 345 meters and a width of 42 meters, the Jubilee is one meter longer than the Mardi Gras. It is also brand new: it was only christened in February 2024. It goes without saying that it is equipped with the most modern facilities.

Carnival Jubilee at the equipment quay - Photo © MEYER Werft

9. Carnival Celebration

Two years before the Jubilee was christened, the sister ship Carnival Celebration set sail with passengers for the first time. It holds 5.374 passengers and offers travelers a complete amusement park on board. The US shipping company's cruise ship is touring the Caribbean. His hometown is Miami. The Carnival Celebration offers a variety of entertainment in seven “zones”. Sports and leisure activities are located in the “Sports Square”. With the “Carnival WaterWorks” it has the shipping company's largest roller coaster.

8. AIDAnova and AIDAcosma

Two ships from the German brand Aida – a sub-brand of the Carnival Group – share 8th place in the rankings. The AIDAcosma began service in 2022 AIDAnova has been running since 2018. Although they do not differ in size, the Cosma is more modernly equipped. It offers two skywalks on which ship guests float above the sea using a glass catwalk. Various restaurants, bars, clubs and pools as well as a wellness area measuring over 3.500 square meters are further trademarks of the newest AIDA ship.

AIDAcosma in Doha

7. MS Iona

The British shipping company P&O Cruises, which also belongs to the Carnival group, sent in the summer of XNUMX the MS Iona on its maiden voyage, currently the seventh largest cruise ship in the world. The Iona, named after a Scottish island, was built by the MEYER shipyard in Germany. It is powered by liquefied natural gas. What is unique is its SkyDome – a glass dome roof that extends over three decks. During the day it offers swimming fun and at night it is an event venue.

6. MSC Europe

The MSC World Europa is also powered by sustainable liquid gas and impresses with its ultra-modern design. The entertainment program also relies on technology; the ship offers virtual reality fun, as well as a water park and various pools.

5. Oasis of the Seas

The top 5 places for the largest ships are held by Royal Caribbean. The Oasis of the Seas is already one of the shipping company's older cruise ships. She began her service in 2009. The ship holds 6.300 passengers. It also offers a wide range of entertainment for young and old; of course, all Royal Caribbean ships are equipped with casinos. Table games and popular slot games such as Book Of Dead. On the high seas, the casinos provide entertaining entertainment day and night and the chance to top up your vacation budget.

4.Harmony of the Seas

Harmony of the Seas celebrated its maiden voyage in 2016 and remained the largest cruise ship in the world for two years, accommodating 6,780 passengers. Like the other fleet ships, she travels the Caribbean Sea. It has water slides, various pools and a zip line. Robots mix drinks in the Bionic Bar.

3. Symphony of the Seas

The first three ranks do not differ significantly. The Symphony of the Seas became the new star of the Royal Caribbean fleet in 2018 and remained so until 2022. It holds 6.780 passengers. There is a water park, zip line and a full basketball court.

Symphony of the Seas Caribbean

Symphony of the Seas in the Caribbean

2. Wonder of the Seas

With a capacity of almost 7.000 passengers, the Wonder of the Seas is a giant among cruise ships. When it enters service in 2022, she will be the second youngest cruise ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet. Its main feature: Central Park.

1. Icon of the Sea

It couldn't be more spectacular - at least until Royal Caribbean puts the next cruise ship into service: the one that went into service in January 2024 Icon of the Seas is currently the largest cruise ship in the world. It offers space for 7.600 passengers. The entertainment offering is gigantic. Just a small selection: The ship has a surfing simulator, ice arena and aqua theater as well as six water slides and seven pools.

rci icon of the seas leaves shipyard

Royal Caribbean Cruises - Icon of the Seas - Photo © Meyer Turku Werft

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