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The Biggest of the Big

Posted April 28th, 2017

When it comes to cruise ships, size matters. Gone are the days when travelling by boat meant putting up with cramped conditions. From cinemas to swimming pools, the world’s largest cruise liners can now fit the kind of lavish features once only found in 5-star resorts. To understand just how immense some of these vessels are, join as we look at some of the biggest, most luxurious cruise ships in the world.

Ovation of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International

The Ovation of the Seas is one of the most technologically advanced cruise liners ever built. With 16 decks in total, it looks like a skyscraper laid sideways. The size of this vessel may be impressive, but its features are truly awe-inspiring. It quite literally has everything, including a range of entertainment and activities never seen before on a cruise ship.

Size Details

  • Passenger Capacity: 4,905
  • Crew: 1,500
  • Length: 1,141 feet (350 metres)

Most Amazing Features

  • The North Star Observation Capsule – Ascending 300 feet above sea level, this glass capsule provides a bird’s-eye view of the surrounding scenery.
  • RipCord iFLY – Designed to simulate skydiving in a safe and controlled environment, the RipCord iFLY works by lifting people into the air with wind power.
  •  FlowRider – Reaching 40 feet in length, the FlowRider is a surfboard simulator. Even if you’ve never surfed before, it’s suitable for people with varying levels of experience.

You can learn more about the Ovation of the Seas here.

The Carnival Victory – Carnival Cruises

The Carnival Victory’s deluxe design sets it apart from other cruise ships. With 14 decks, luxurious staterooms and huge entertaining areas, this ship offers guests an almost unrivalled standard of comfort. It can typically be found sailing somewhere in the Caribbean, the Bahamas or around Miami.

Size Details

  •  Passenger Capacity: 2,754
  • Crew: 1,100
  • Length: 893 feet (270 metres)

Most Amazing Features

  • Caribbean Main Show Lounge – Hosting everything from major show productions to bingo, this 1,500-seat theatre is one of the Carnival Victory’s main entertainment hubs.
  • Twister Waterslide – Built in a spiralling shape, the Twister Waterslide measures 214 feet in length, providing kids (and the young at heart) with a thrill-seeking onboard activity.
  • South China Sea Casino – This onboard casino features both gaming tables and slot machines. Located on the Promenade deck, the casino’s opulent design and professional staff will make you feel like you’re in Vegas.

Find the perfect cruise aboard the Carnival Victory here.

Harmony of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International

Touring the Caribbean and Europe, the Harmony of the Seas is so big it’s divided into separate neighbourhoods. Each neighbourhood is fitted with luxurious accommodation and high-tech features, allowing passengers to enjoy the ultimate cruising experience. Having launched in 2015, this vessel is currently the largest passenger ship in the world.

Size Details

  • Passenger Capacity: 5,479
  • Crew: 2,300
  • Length: 1,190 feet (360 metres)

Most Amazing Features

  • The Ultimate Abyss Water Slide – As the tallest water slide at sea, the Ultimate Abyss is not for the faint of heart. It plummets 10 storeys in total, dropping passengers into a pool at the bottom.
  • Splashaway Bay – Designed to keep both kids and adults cool, the Splashaway Bay aqua park features waterfalls, a drench bucket and water cannons. Located on the ship’s upper deck, it’s perfect for hours of fun in the sun.
  • Royal Theatre – This Broadway-style, state-of-the-art theatre features musicals and highflying circus acts.

View all itineraries available with the Harmony of the Seas here.

Norwegian Escape – Norwegian Cruise Line

The Norwegian Escape features 20 decks, 22 public rooms and 7 different categories of accommodation. Designed to indulge every whim, no expense was spared in the making of this cruise ship. Escorting passengers through the Bahamas, Florida and the Caribbean, it was built to suit tropical settings.

Size Details

  • Passenger Capacity: 4,266
  • Crew: 1,733
  • Length: 1,069 feet (325 metres)

Most Amazing Features

  • The Snow Room – Perfect for curing aches and pains, the Snow Room offers passengers a frosty spa retreat. Flurries of snow descend from the ceiling, while the room’s temperature is kept at a chilly -10 degrees Celsius.
  • The Cellars – If you’re a fan of fine wines, the Norwegian Escape features its very own wine bar. With a huge selection of wines to choose from and tasty snacks, the Cellars is the perfect place to relax while you’re not busy with shore excursions and onboard activities.
  • The Jewel Box – Located on Deck 8, this onboard jewellery shop sells diamonds, sapphires and coloured gemstones.

You can view all available cruises with the Norwegian Escape here.

This is just a taste of what the world’s biggest cruise ships have to offer! To understand how incredible these vessels really are, nothing compares to seeing them in person. Contact Cruiseabout today for more information on the itineraries currently offered with mega-ships. 

Set sail on a dream holiday

Images courtesy of Getty.

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