5 largest cruise ships in the world

By Catherine Sturman
Tourism within the cruising industry has always been popular, providing a hassle free holiday for young families,providing entertainment and activities...

Tourism within the cruising industry has always been popular, providing a hassle free holiday for young families, providing entertainment and activities entertainment for young families and travellers alike whilst allowing passengers to travel the world.

As a result of increased demand within the cruising tourist industry, the market is now a competitive sphere. Developers are now creating exciting designs and builds within their constructions for passengers to enjoy.

We take a look at five of largest cruise ships in the world, featuring ground-breaking designs, leisure and adrenaline filled activities, raising the bar and attracting further revenue within the industry.

MS Harmony of the Seas

Constructed by STX France, the MS Harmony of the Seas has become the largest passenger ship in the world, with a length of 1,188.1 ft.

Owned by Royal Caribbean International, the construction was finalised in 2015 after 32 months and can hold over 5,000 guests, with a variety of accommodation choices on offer.

The ship has been constructed to contain a casino, several theatres, water activities with various slides and play areas for young children. A shopping mall, ice rink and rock climbing facility are also incorporated.

The ship also has the largest slide constructed at sea, the Ultimate Abyss, which has an inbuilt drop of 100ft.

MS Allure of the Seas

Winning the 2014 award for the best overall cruise ship at the Travel Weekly Reader’s Choice Awards, the MS Allure of the Seas, also under Royal Caribbean International was built at a cost of $1.2 billion.

Providing increased entertainment value, an outdoor movie screen has been placed next to a pool and bar area, in addition to an ice skating rink and first-class technology. 

A two deck dancing hall has been constructed for couples to enjoy, alongside a multitude of dining options to choose from.

MS Quantum of the Seas

Launched in 2014, the MS Quantum of the Seas is 1,139 ft long, with over 200 rooms and range on offer.

Featuring a rock climbing wall, skydiving simulator, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the cruise ship incorporates the first dodgems facility based at sea.

The cruise ship also features a lounge and ice bar, providing stunning panoramic ocean views, in addition to an indoor gym and music venue.

MS Norwegian Escape

With over 20 decks, the MS Norwegian Escape by the Norwegian Cruise Line is 1,069 ft and contains one of the largest water parks situated at sea. The cruise ship also contains an inbuilt sports complex, ideal for fitness fanatics who wish to continue with their fitness regimes whilst on holiday.

MS Liberty of the Seas

Perfect for young families, the MS Liberty of the Seas  has 18 decks, incorporating a surf simulator, basketball court, Broadway Shows and DreamWorks experience for young families. The cruise ship even contains an inbuilt wedding chapel for couples to utilise whilst they travel to their chosen destination.

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