10 largest cruise ships in the world and who owns them



The world of cruise ships is a showcase of engineering marvels, where size and luxury combine to create floating cities.

These vessels are not only a celebration of human ingenuity but also a symbol of the leisure industry’s growth.

The following article provides a detailed look at the 10 largest cruise ships currently sailing the seas, highlighting their owners, dimensions, and unique features.

1. Icon of the Seas

Owned by Royal Caribbean International, the Icon of the Seas stands as the reigning giant of the seas. Launched in January 2024, this vessel boasts a gross tonnage of 250,800 GTs and stretches 1,198 feet in length. With a beam of 213 feet, it can accommodate up to 7,600 passengers. The Icon of the Seas is the first of its class, introducing groundbreaking amenities and entertainment options.

2. Utopia of the Seas

The Utopia of the Seas, another jewel in Royal Caribbean’s crown, launched in 2024 as the second-largest cruise ship globally. This Oasis-class ship has a gross tonnage of 236,860 GTs, a length of 1,188 feet, and a maximum beam of 211 feet. It has a capacity for 6,509 guests and is distinguished by its eco-friendly LNG power system.

3. Wonder of the Seas

Previously the largest before the Icon class, Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas was inaugurated in January 2022. With a gross tonnage of 236,857 GTs, it measures 1,188 feet in length and has a beam of 210 feet. This vessel can host 6,988 passengers and is known for its seven distinct neighborhoods.

4. Symphony of the Seas

Symphony of the Seas, part of the Oasis class, was a record-holder before its successors. Owned by Royal Caribbean International, it has a gross tonnage of 228,081 GTs and measures 1,184 feet in length. With a beam of 215.5 feet, it can carry 6,680 passengers and features the tallest slide at sea.

5. Harmony of the Seas

Harmony of the Seas is another Royal Caribbean Oasis-class ship, launched in May 2016. It has a gross tonnage of 226,963 GTs, is 1,188 feet long, and has a beam of 215.5 feet. The ship offers a capacity for 6,687 guests and is renowned for its Central Park, a green oasis with over 12,000 plants.

6. Allure of the Seas

The Allure of the Seas, also owned by Royal Caribbean International, shares many features with its sister ships in the Oasis class. Launched in December 2010, it has a gross tonnage of 225,282 GTs, a length of 1,187 feet, and a beam of 215 feet. It can accommodate 6,780 passengers and is famous for its onboard zip line.

7. Oasis of the Seas

As the ship that started the Oasis class, Oasis of the Seas was a game-changer in the cruise industry. It was introduced in November 2009 by Royal Caribbean International. With a gross tonnage of 225,282 GTs, it spans 1,187 feet in length and has a beam of 208 feet. It has a passenger capacity of 6,780.

8. MSC Meraviglia

The MSC Meraviglia is the largest ship operated by MSC Cruises. Launched in June 2017, it has a gross tonnage of 171,598 GTs and measures 1,034 feet in length. With a beam of 141 feet, it can host 5,714 passengers. The MSC Meraviglia is celebrated for its two-deck promenade and LED dome.

9. MSC World Europa

MSC World Europa, launched in 2022, is a marvel of MSC Cruises’ innovative spirit. This ship, with its gross tonnage of 215,863 GTs, is a floating city that stretches 1,093 feet in length and spans 141 feet across the beam. It can comfortably accommodate up to 5,200 passengers. As the flagship of the World class, the MSC World Europa is a pioneer in environmental stewardship, powered by liquified natural gas and equipped with state-of-the-art wastewater treatment systems, setting a new benchmark for sustainable cruising.