Which are the largest cruise ships? The top 5 count down…

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Cruises are synonymous with elegance, opulence and luxury. The cruise liner itself is akin to a floating city – or a skyscraper laid on its side – equipped with all manner of facilities, from five star restaurants to state of the art gyms and theatres.

The 5 largest cruise ships in the world boast a combined tonnage of 915,281 gt. Here they are in descending order:

5. Liberty of the Seas (2007)

Weighing in at a remarkable 154,407 gt, Liberty of the Seas measures 1,112 foot in length and features a dazzling range of on-board amenities, including its H20 Zone waterpark and Everlast boxing ring.

Cruising through the Caribbean Sea, Liberty of the Seas offers seemingly infinite options to its 3,634 passengers.

Seven night voyages feature five casual and two formal nights, while five night voyages feature just one very special formal evening.

This spectacular cruise liner encompasses fifteen individual decks and is staffed by a crew of 1,360.

 4. Freedom of the Seas (2006)

Though it has since been dwarfed by Norwegian Epic, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, it remains among the most luxurious and well-equipped vessels out there.

Staffed by a crew of 1,360, Freedom of the Seas boasts fifteen decks and accommodates 3,634 passengers. Once aboard, holidayers are truly spoilt for choice. From its popular cupcake shop to its five star eateries and contemporary waterpark, Freedom of the Seas was designed with comfort and conviviality in mind.

 3. Norwegian Epic (2010)

Mega ship Norwegian Epic was the first cruise ship to feature an ice bar, so called “new wave” cabins and translucent bathrooms.

Its cutting edge Studio staterooms are geared towards solo travellers, while its 20 freestyle-dining restaurants give passengers the opportunity to eat somewhere new and exciting every night.

Weighing in at a phenomenal 155,873 gt, Norwegian Epic boasts 19 decks, and is able to accommodate 4,100 passengers.

2. Oasis of the Seas (2009)

Measuring 1,181 foot in length, Oasis of the Seas accommodates 5,400 passengers, features 16 decks and boasts a crew of 2,394. The ship features the first ever boardwalk and Central Park at sea.

An entertainment district, comprising several eateries, bars and discos, attracts night owls and thrill seekers alike, while the vessel’s famed Aqua Theatre – the deepest pool at sea – hosts a range of aquabatic performances and shows.

1. Allure of the Seas (2010)

Allure of the Seas

The world’s largest cruise ship, Allure of the Seas, was launched in 2010. Like its sister ship, Oasis of the Seas, it’s designed around an innovative neighbourhood concept.

Allure of the Seas can be divided into seven distinct zones, from leafy Central Park to the impressive on-board Boardwalk. Retail outlets, eateries, bars and theatres give Allure of the Seas its distinct ocean-faring-city vibe.

Passengers are quick to praise its fee-free dining venue, The Boardwalk Dog House, as well as its shows and state of the art cabins.

This awe-inspiring ship can accommodate up to 5,400 passengers and boasts a staff of 2,384.

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Lily Egge

Lily is in her mid 60’s and loves cruising. She and her partner have cruised on at least 40 cruises so far and there is much more to see. They usually travel on a balcony cabin, especially at Christmas where they celebrate on the cruise with the family. She lives in Manifold Heights in Victoria. Lily writes for Cruise 1st on a regular basis.

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