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Below is a list of the Largest Cruise Ships with Dimensions and links to Large Images. Weight is in Gross Tons.

Purpose built Large Cruise ships began entering service soon after the 66,000 ton French Liner France was converted to a full time Cruise Ship in 1980, showing the larger the Cruise Ship, the more Profit it made.

Large Cruise Ships are 70,000 tons and above.

The largest Oil Tanker Seawise Giant was 260,000 tons, largest Container Ships are 232,000 tons, and largest Aircraft Carriers around 100,000 tons.

Since around 2018, many new Cruise Ships have been built with a Vertical Bow, claimed to be more efficient than a Pointy Bow.

A Class of Ship on this page is the same Hull Design, with some ships having the same Hull Design, but slightly different Upper Decks.

Large Images of the Cruise Ships listed below.

Harmony of the Seas image

Oasis of the Seas 227,000 tons. First of six ships in this class to enter service for Royal Caribbean from 2009, the others being Allure 2010, Harmony 2016, Symphony 2018, Wonder 2021, and Unknown 2023.
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AIDAnova 184,000 tons. Entered service for Aida Cruises in 2018. This type of Ship is classed as an Excellence-Class Cruise Ship, with a number of them entering service over the next few years for Aida, Costa, P&O, and Carnival such as Costa Smeralda 2019, P&O Iona 2020, Carnival Mardi Gras 2020.
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MSC Meraviglia 172,000 tons. First of three sister ships to enter service for MSC from 2017, the others being Bellissima 2019, and Grandiosa 2019. Grandosia is slightly larger at 182,000 tons.
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Anthem of the Seas image

Quantum of the Seas 169,000 tons. First of three sister ships to enter service for Royal Caribbean from 2014, the others being Spectrum and Anthem.
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Norwegian Escape image

Norwegian Escape 165,000 tons. First of four sister ships to enter service for the Norwegian Cruise Line from 2015, the others being Joy, Bliss, and Encore.
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Freedom of the Seas 156,000 tons. First of three sister ships to enter service from 2006, the others being Liberty and Independence.
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Norwegian Epic image

Norwegian Epic 156,000 tons. Only ship in this class to enter service for the Norwegian Cruise Line in 2010.
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MSC Seaview image

MSC Seaside 154,000 tons. First of four ships in this class to enter service for MSC from 2017, the others being Seaview, Seashore, and a yet to be named ship.
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Queen Mary 2 149,000 tons. Only ship of this design that entered service for Cunard in 2004.
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Norwegian Breakaway image

Norwegian Breakaway 146,000 tons. First of two ships in this class to enter service for the Norwegian Cruise Line from 2013 with her sister ship Getaway following in 2014.
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Royal Princess image

Royal Princess 143,000 tons. First of six ships in this class to enter service for Princess Cruises from 2013, the others being Regal, Majestic, Sky, Enchantment, and Discovery. Britannia is the same design, in the P&O fleet.
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Voyager of the Seas 139,000 tons. First of five ships in this class built for Royal Caribbean from 1999, with her sister ships being Explorer, Adventure, Navigator and Mariner. Navigator and Mariner differ slightly as they have Glass Balconies on most of their outside Cabins.
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MSC Fantasia 138,000 tons. First of four ships in this class to enter service for MSC from 2008, the others being Splendida, Divina and Preziosa.
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Carnival Vista 134,000 tons. First of five ships in this class to enter service from 2016, with Horizon and Panorama following for Carnival. Venezia and Firenze are in the Costa fleet.
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Celebrity Edge 131,000 tons. First of five ships in this class to enter service from 2018 for Celebrity Cruises, the others being Apex, Beyond, and still to be named ships.
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Disney Dream 130,000 tons. First of two ships in this class to enter service for Disney Cruises from 2011, the other being Fantasy in 2012.
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Carnival Dream 128,000 tons. First of four ships in this class to enter service from 2009, with Magic following in 2011, and Breeze in 2012. Diadema entered service for Costa in 2014
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AIDAprima 125,000 tons. First of two ships in this class to enter service from 2016 for Aida Cruises, with AIDAperia entering service in 2017.
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Celebrity Solstice 122,000 tons. First of five ships in this class to enter service for Celebrity Cruises from 2008, the others being Equinox 2009, Eclipse 2010, Silhouette 2011, and Reflection 2012.
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Diamond Princess 116,000 tons. First of seven ships in this class to enter service from 2004 with her sister ships in Princess Cruises being Sapphire 2004, Crown 2006, and Ruby 2008. Ventura 2008, and Azura 2010, entered service with P&O.
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Carnival Conquest 110,000 tons. First of five ships in this class to enter service for Carnival from 2002, the others being Glory 2003, Valor 2004, Liberty 2005, and Freedom 2007. Four of these ships also entered service for Costa, Serena 2007, Pacifica 2009, Favolosa 2011, and Fascinosa 2012.
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Grand Princess 109,000 tons. First of four ships in this class to enter service for Princess Cruises from 1998, the others being Golden 2001, Star 2002, and Caribbean 2004. Grand Princess had her Spoiler Lounge at the rear removed in 2011, said to be for reducing weight as she rode bow high. This also gave her a more sleek modern look.
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Carnival Destiny 101,000 tons. First of three ships in this class to enter service for Carnival from 1996, the others being Triumph 1999, and Victory 2000. Destiny was renamed Sunshine in 2013, and Triumph renamed Sunrise in 2019. Two of these ships also entered service for Costa, Fortuna in 2003, and Magica 2004.
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Koningsdam 100,000 tons. First ship in this class to enter service for the Holland America Line in 2016. There may be more of these ships built in the future.
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Mein Schiff 3 99,000 tons. First of four ships in this class built for TUI Cruises from 2014, the others being Mein Schiff 4 2015, Mein Schiff 5 2016, and Mein Schiff 6 2017.
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Celebrity Millennium 91,000 tons. First of four ships in this class that entered service for Celebrity from 2000, the others being Infinity 2001, Summit 2001, and Constellation 2002.
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Norwegian Star 91,000 tons. First of six ships in this class to enter service for the Norwegian Cruise Line from 2001, the others being Dawn 2002, Jewel 2005, Jade 2006, Pearl 2006, and Gem 2007.
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MSC Musica 90,000 tons. First of four ships in this class to enter service for MSC from 2006, the others being Orchestra 2007, Poesia 2008, and Magnifica 2010.
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Radiance of the Seas 90,000 tons. First of four ships in this class to enter service for Royal Caribbean from 2001, the others being Jewel 2002, Brilliance 2003, and Serenade 2004.
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Coral Princess 88,000 tons. First of two ships in this class built for Princess Cruises from 2003, the other being Island 2003. This class of ship was designed to be able to use the Panama Canal Locks.
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Carnival Spirit 86,000 tons. First of four ships in this class built for Carnival from 2001, the others being Pride 2002, Legend 2002, and Miracle 2004. Three of these ships were built for Costa, Atlantica in 2000, Mediterranea 2003, and Luminosa 2009. Two of these ships were built for Cunard, Queen Victoria 2007, and Queen Elizabeth 2010. One was built for P&O as their Arcadia in 2005. Four were built for the Holland America line, Zuiderdam 2002, Oosterdam 2003, Westerdam 2004, and Noordam 2006. These ships were designed to use the Panama Canal Locks. Some have an extra deck on the top, at the front.
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Disney Magic 83,000 tons. First of two ships in this class built for Disney Cruises from 1998, the other being Wonder in 1999.
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Pride of America 81,000 tons. Only ship in this class completed for the Norwegian Cruise Line in 2005.
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Norwegian Sun 78,000 tons. One of three ships in this class that entered service for the Norwegian Cruise line in 2001. The other two ships are Pride of Aloha 1999, and Costa Victoria 1996.
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Celebrity Century 72,000 tons. First of two ships in this class to enter service for Celebrity from 1995, the other being Galaxy 1996 that had been enlarged to 77,000 tons. Both ships were sold to smaller cruise lines from 2009.
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Sun Princess 77,000 tons. First of four ships in this class to enter service from 1995, the others being Sea Princess 1998, P&O Pacific Explorer 1997, and P&O Oceana 2000.
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P&O Aurora 76,000 tons. Only ship in this class that entered service for P&O in 2000.
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Norwegian Spirit 76,000 tons. First of two ships in this class built for Star Cruises from 1998 as SuperStar Leo, the other being SuperStar Virgo 1999. Leo was transferred to the Norwegian Cruise line in 2004 as their Spirit.
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Grandeur of the Seas 74,000 tons. One of six ships in this class to that entered service for Royal Caribbean in 1996, the others being, Enchantment 1997, Rhapsody 1997, Vision 1998, Legend 1995, and Splendour 1995. Legend and Splendour have been sold to smaller companies.
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Sovereign of the Seas 73,000 tons. First of three ships in this class to enter service for Royal Caribbean from 1988, the others being Monarch 1991, and Majesty 1992. These were the first purpose built cruise ships over 70,000 tons, large class. Sovereign and Monarch were transferred to Pulmantur.
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Celebrity Century 71,000 tons. First of three ships in this calls to enter service for Celebrity Cruises from 1995, the others being Galaxy 1996, and Mercury 1997. All three ships have been sold to smaller cruise lines.
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AIDAadiva 70,000 tons. First of seven ships in this class to enter service for Aida Cruises over six years from 2007, the others being Bella, Luna, Blu, Sol, Mar, and Stella 2013.
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Crown Princess 70,000 tons. First of two ships in this class to enter service for Princess cruises from 1990, the other being Regal in 1991.
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Legend of the Seas 69,000 tons. First of six ships in this class to enter service for Royal Caribbean from 1995, the others being Splendour 1995, Grandeur 1996, Enchantment 1997, Rhapsody 1997, and Vision 1998. Some of these ships are being sold to smaller cruise lines.
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Crystal Serenity 69,000 tons. Only ship in this class that entered service for Crystal Cruises in 2003.
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