THERE is no disputing the cruise industry is buoyant around the world with passenger numbers continuing to grow. Even those who consider themselves landlubbers are now dipping their toes into international waters.
Most cruise lines are opting for larger ships to meet demand, turning them into lively resorts at sea with onboard attractions to suit all-comers.
australiancruisingnews.com notes that the latest arrival to Royal Caribbean’s fleet, Symphony of the Seas, (zip-lining is one of a myriad of onboard activities) has instantly become the world’s largest cruise ship as she sails her maiden voyage in the Mediterranean from the increasingly popular Spanish port of Barcelona.
So which are the mega giants of the seas, and what are their vital statistics?
- Symphony of the Seas, launched just weeks ago, tonnage 228,081, carrying 5,518 passengers.
- Harmony of the Seas, launched 2016, tonnage 226,963, carrying 5479 passengers.
- Allure of the Seas, launched 2010, tonnage 225,282, carrying 5492 passengers.
- Oasis of the Seas, launched 2009, tonnage 225,282, carrying 5400 passengers.
- Quantum of the Seas, launched 2014, tonnage 168,666, carrying 4180 passengers.
- Anthem of the Seas, launched 2015, tonnage 168,666, carrying 4180 passengers.
- Ovation of the Seas, launched 2016, tonnage 167,666, carrying 4180 passengers.
- Norwegian Escape, launched 2015, tonnage 164,600, carrying 4248 passengers.
- Liberty of the Seas, launched 2007, tonnage 160,000, carrying 3798 passengers.
- Norwegian Epic, launched 2010, tonnage 155,873, carrying 4,100 passengers.