THE world’s newest cruise ship, and one of the largest, Quantum of the Seas, arrives in Southampton (on the south coast of England) within days of trials in the North Sea.
Already Quantum is the talk of the cruise world with a swag of signature attractions, including a soaring ocean observation pod – similar to that on the London Eye – and an adrenalin charged sky-diving experience.
With 4180 passengers and a gross tonnage of 167,000, she will have 3rd ranking on the world’s list of mega ships. She sits below Allure of the Seas (built in 2010) and Oasis of the Seas (2009) which rank joint 1st and 2nd as the world’s largest cruise ships. Each carried 6296 passengers, and has a gross tonnage of 225,282.
All three are part of Royal Caribbean’s large cruise fleet, royalcaribbean.com.au
Below australiancruisingnews.com lists others in the largest cruise ship rankings:
4. Norwegian Epic (2010), with the first ice bar at sea, carrying 5183 passengers and a tonnage of 155,873, ncl.com
5-7. Freedom of the Seas (2006), Liberty of the Seas (2006), and Independence of the Seas (2006), each carry 4375 passengers, and a 154,407 tonnage, royalcaribbean.com.au
8. Queen Mary 2 (2004) is the Cunard Line’s stately flagship carrying 3090 passengers, and a 148,258 tonnage, cunard.com
9-10. Norwegian Breakaway (2013) and Norwegian Getaway (2014) each carry 3988 passengers, 146,600 tonnage, and are part of Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleet, ncl.com
Soon on the outer will be Breakaway and Getaway as Royal Caribbean launches Anthem of the Seas next year, and Ovation of the Seas the following year.
FOOTNOTE: Deposed from the top 10 by the arrival of Quantum of the Seas is Royal Princess, (2013), carrying 3560 passengers, and a 141,000 tonnage. Royal Princess’ sister ship Regal Princess (of similar size) will be christened in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (USA) next week with the cast of TV’s The Love Boat in attendance, and actress Tori Spelling, who is the daughter of The Love Boat’s producer Aaron Spelling, princess.com