From the Sun Princess to the Navigator of the Seas, here are the world’s biggest passenger liners ever built.
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9. The Carnival Sunshine
Formerly known as the Carnival Destiny, the Carnival Sunshine was the first ever passenger liner that was built to surpass 100,000 tons. The name change came back in May of 2013 when the ship was given a multimillion-dollar makeover and was given “all Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades.” For a cost of US$409 million, the ship was completed back in 1996 after being commissioned two years earlier and its gross tonnage comes out to be 102,853.
8. The Grand Princess
Coming out to a grand total of US$450 million, the Grand Princess was built as the flagship for the Princess Cruises line until it was replaced by its sister, the Royal Princess. Though the ship was completed quite some time ago, in 1998 to be exact, the ship is surprisingly still in service today. It has been equipped with a rather large movie theater and a performance lounge where various acts are held. At full capacity, the ship is able to hold 3,100 passengers with 1,100 of them being part of the crew and weighs 109,000 tons.
7. The Voyager of the Seas
It took $US 650 million but the Voyager of the Seas was completed and set out on her maiden voyage back on November 21, 1999. With all that money spent, the construction team was able to install a rock climbing wall and an indoor ice-skating rink which is the first ship to have one of either of those amenities. The ship was also outfitted with an outdoor movie screen located near the pool, a steakhouse, and even a club. All of these new upgrades now total the ship’s tonnage to 138,194.
6. The Explorer of the Seas
Part of the Voyager-class cruise ship, the MS Explorer of the Seas was finished on September 28, 2000, as part of the Royal Caribbean Cruises. She made her maiden voyage exactly a month later. Back in early 2015, the ship underwent some major renovations that ended up replacing the indoor skating rink with a surfing simulator and the new overall tonnage is now 138,194 tons. Fun fact: the ship’s godmother is American athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee and a ship’s godmother is essentially a woman who is invited to sponsor and bestow luck on the ship.
5. The MS Navigator of the Seas
This 139,570-ton passenger liner was commissioned back in 2000 and was finally completed two years later on November 18th. The ship underwent some renovations back in 2014 and was given an additional 81 staterooms and can now hold up to 3,807 guests when at maximum capacity. Equipped with six diesel generators, this is able to power the desalination unit and two energy recovery evaporators that help produce fresh water while the ship is sailing.
4. The RMS Queen Mary 2
Completed back in 2003, the RMS Queen Mary 2 was created as part of the British Cunard Line and to eventually went on to succeed her predecessor the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2. The ship weighs in at 149,215 tons and is 1,132 feet or 345.03 meters long. The Queen Mary 2 is able to hold a maximum capacity of 2,695 passengers and that’s after the ship’s 2016 refitting because it originally could only accommodate 2,620 guests. In total, the ship cost US$900 million to construct.
3. The MS Freedom of the Seas
It was back in 2006 that the MS Freedom of the Seas set sail on its maiden voyage after the whole thing took a tremendous amount of money to make, US$800 million to be exact. At a total length of 1,112 feet or 338.94 meters, the ship comes equipped with amenities such as a 24-hour pizza venue, a gym, and its very own Ben and Jerry’s ice cream parlor. The MS Freedom falls short of the Norwegian Escape, pictured below, that weighs 165,300 tons as it only weighs 154,407 tons. The reason the Norwegian Escape is not fully recognized on this list is that it’s regarded as a cruise ship rather than a passenger liner.
2. The Two Sister Ships
Created for and operated by Royal Caribbean International, both the MS Oasis of the Seas and the MS Allure of the Seas were both created as part of the Oasis-class of cruise ships. The Oasis being the first in the new class of ships was also the first to ever break the capacity record of being able to carry more than 6,000 passengers at once. The Oasis was finished back in October of 2009 and the Allure joined her a year in 2010. Both ships have a total gross tonnage of 225,282.
1. The MS Harmony of the Sea
Currently recognized as the record holder for “largest passenger liner in the world,” the MS Harmony of the Sea was first laid down or built back on May 9, 2014, and was completed a year later in June of 2015. Weighing in at 226,963 GT or “gross tonnage,” the massive ship outweighed her two older sister ships, both the MS Allure of the Seas and the MS Oasis of the Seas that were just previously mentioned. The grand total for this naval giant’s construction was finalized at being a mind-blowing US$1.3 billion.