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5 Largest Passenger Ships in the World

5 Largest Passenger Ships in the World
   We have heard of catchwords like “floating cities” and the like to describe huge passenger ships or aircraft carriers carrying thousands of passengers and battalions of naval servicemen aboard respectively. Here are 5 in the list of largest passenger ships in reference to the length based upon data available at the time of this writing (11 Sept 2010) and while another ship under construction which has the claim to threaten the ranking of those within this category has not yet been rolled off from drydock.

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Royal Promenade inside the ship

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1. MS Oasis of the Seas (Oasis Class) – The Oasis class of cruise ships is composed of two ships operated by Royal Caribbean International and is the existing largest passenger ship ever since the maiden voyage of its first ship, MS Oasis of the Seas on 5 December 2009 (the title it took from RMS Queen Mary 2). The second ship, Allure of the Seas is set to join her in December 2010. Built by STX Europe shipyards in Turku, Finland MS Oasis of the Seas has a length of 1,181 ft (360 m), beam of 154 ft (47 m), height of 236 ft (72 m) and tonnage of 225,282 gross tons. She has a maximum capacity of 6,296 passengers managed by a crew of 2,165. Power is provided by 3 × Wärtsilä 16V46D engines driving 3 x 20 MW ABB Azipod all azimuthing motors giving her a cruise speed of 22.6 knots (41.9 kph).

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Illustrated Comparison of the RMS Queen Mary 2 to the Titanic

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2. RMS Queen Mary 2 – Operated by Cunard Line as an ocean liner  and built at Chantiers de l‘Atlantique, Saint Nazaire, France RMS Queen Mary 2 had her maiden voyage on 12 January 2004. The ship was named by Queen Elizabeth II herself in 2004 after the RMS Queen Mary which was now retired and serving as a restaurant/hotel/museum based at Long Beach, California. The Queen Mary 2 has a length of 1,132 ft (345 m), height of 236.2 ft (72 m), beam of 135 ft (41 m) from the waterline and a gross tonnange of 148,528 gross tons. She has a capacity for 3,056 passengers and an average staff of 1,253 officers and crew. She is powered with 117 MW 157,000 bhp (brake horsepower) CODAG (Combined Diesel and Gas engine) driving 4 x 21.5 MW Rolls-Royce/Alstom “Mermaid’ electric propulsion pods, 2 fixed and 2 azimuthing with additional 2 gas turbines employed when extra power is necessary. This gives her a 30 knot (56 kph) ocean speed however she maintains 26 knots (48 kph) as her normal service speed way faster than Oasis of the Seas’ average speed of 22.6 knots (41.9 km/h; 26.0 mph).

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3. MS Freedom of the Seas - Operated by the Royal Caribbean International, the Freedom Class cruise ship is made up of 3 vessels; the Freedom of the Seas, the Liberty of the Seas and the Independence of the Seas. Built by the Aker Finnyards drydock in Turku, Finland, the first ship (Freedom of the Seas) started maiden voyage in 4 June 2006 and the 3rd ship (MS Independence of the Seas) on 2 May 2008. The operator had actually planned for 4 ships the 4th which will be scheduled for delivery in 2011. Ships in this class has a length of 1,111 ft 6 in (338.8 m) height of 209 ft (63.7 m) above the water line, beam of 126 ft 8 in (38.6 m) and a gross tonnage of 154,407 tons. These ships has a capacity of 4,370 passengers in double occupancy to be served by an average crew of 1,300. Power is by 6 Wartsila 46 V12 diesel engines driving 3 ABB Azipod podded electric propulsion units two azimuthing and one fixed and an additional 4 bow thrusters giving a cruise speed of 21.6 knots (40 kph).

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4. MSC Fantasia – The MSC Fantasia is one of two cruise ships under the Fantasia class operated by MSC Cruises and constructed by STX Europe in St. Nazaire, France. Maiden voyage was in 18 December 2008 with port of registry in Panama. The ship has a length of 1,093.5 ft (333.30 m), beam of 124.3 ft (37.89 m) and tonnange of 135,000 GRT (Gross Registered Tonnage). She has a maximum accommodation for 3,900 passengers and a crew of 1,313. She has a cruising speed of 23 knots (43 kph) from power generated by 2 diesel-electric engines with 54,000 hp.

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5. Norwegian Epic – The Norwegian Epic is a cruise ship operated by the Norwegian Cruise Line which had its maiden voyage just last 24 June 2010. The ship is the largest cruise ship to ever anchor in New York Passenger Ship Terminal with a length of 1,081 ft (329.49 m), beam of 133 ft (40.54 m) and gross tonnage of 153,000 GRT. She has a capacity of 4,100 passengers in double occupancy with 1,708 crew.







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Comments (15)
Ranked #10 in Science

Such large ships I cannot hope to ride.

Ranked #36 in Science

These ships are incredible!

These are spectacular ships. Thanks for the posting. :-)

No thanks... they push you off and you are dead.. I have heard many women get raped on cruise ships - often by crew.. but in international waters.. there is nothing you can do.. plus those things (mega ships) are an environmentalists nightmare.. all the food wasted on buffets!!

They are real "floating cities." Well done Will, great pics too.

Ranked #1 in Science

Thanks for the comments, everyone. Speaking of "floating cities" of course crime and the extremes of socializing in a floating enclosure this size couldn't be denied. Brenda has a point and definitely if cities have difficulties managing their wastes, these ships definitely have some good reasons that they are not dumping their garbage off behind their trail at the expanse of the open sea...

Makes me excited in joining a cruise.

Cool ships but I think they are all too big for the Panama Canal. Still they are all curiosities - I'd pay a small fee just to tour one of these behemoths.

Ranked #35 in Science

very large indeed

Extreme ships list my friend. Another good post.

Ranked #37 in Science

I think if I were to ever go on a cruise I would much prefer being on a really huge ship like one of these.

These are definitely large ships.

very interesting and amazing feats!

Dominic Martinez

the titanic was a better ship

Amazing facts and in the light of the recent cruise ship accident, more interesting! Voted!