Top 15 Most Expensive Cruise Ships in the World
As being affordable to a large number of customers compared to yachts, the cruise ships play a big role in meeting the demands of the multi-billion dollar ocean tourism industry. These floating cities redefining luxury travel by offering awe-inspiring experiences coupled with sumptuous, superlative amenities and impeccable services for travel enthusiasts.
With the increasing demand of customers and the competition within the market, the cruise lines are regularly enriching the cruise experiences with innovative and creative offerings onboard, outdoing each other. There are massive cruise ships operating at the sea today. As a result, the industry attracts billions in investment every year, resulting in the entry of luxurious and expensive cruise ships into operation. Fabulaes has enlisted Top 15 Most Expensive Cruise Ships in the World as under:
15. Crown Princess – $ 94 Million
Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum class cruise ships like Crown Princess are reportedly the third largest class of cruise ships behind their own owner’s Oasis class and MSC Cruises’ Meraviglia class ships by gross tonnage. The three ships in this class- Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas- has almost similar features and the cost of production, i.e. about $94 million. The three ships in this series were started their maiden voyage in the years of 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively. Among these 168,666GT vessels, the first two vessels have a length of 1,139 ft and a maximum beam of 162 ft, while the third vessel has a length of 1,142 ft and a maximum beam of 160 ft. The Quantum class cruise ships are capable of housing a maximum of 4,905 passengers and 1,500 crew members.
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14. Celebrity Edge – $ 120 Million
Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Edge is another brand new billion-dollar luxury ship currently in service. Built by STX France, Celebrity Edge is the first Edge-class cruise ship of her owner and started her maiden voyage in December 2018. This 1,004 ft-long vessel has a tonnage of 130,818GT and is capable of accommodating 2,918 passengers and 1,377 crew members. Among other entertainment and dining facilities, the ship is known for its most technologically advanced theatre, offering one-of-a-kind entertainment experience with panoramic projection screens and rotating spiral staircases etc.
13. Independence of the Seas – $ 828 Million
Independence of the Seas, owned by Royal Caribbean, is the third Freedom-class cruise ship introduced in April 2008. The $828m ship was built by Aker Finnyards in Turku, Finland. The 15-deck ship can carry 4,370 passengers and 1,360 crew.
The ship carries the Freedom-class features such as FlowRider® surf simulator, a rock climbing wall, ice-skating rink, cantilevered whirlpools, Royal Promenade and mini golf course.
12. Queen Mary 2 – $ 880 Million
Queen Mary 2 (QM2) is a flagship and transatlantic ocean liner of Cunard Line. Built at a cost of more than $880m (£550m), QM2 is Cunard’s only transatlantic ocean liner operating between Southampton and New York, after the retirement of Queen Elizabeth 2 in 2008.
Queen Mary 2 also sails on an annual world cruise. The transatlantic ocean liner carries 2,620 passengers and 1,238 crew members. It features 1,347-seat Britannia Restaurant, 200-seat Queen’s Grill, Royal Court Theater, Winter Garden, 14 bars and clubs and health and fitness facilities.
11. Disney Dream – $ 900 Million
Disney Dream owned by Disney Cruise Line cost nearly $900m to build. The cruise ship was put into service in 2011 and now sails to the Bahamas. It offers 1,250 staterooms accommodating 4,000 guests and more than 1,458 crew.
The cruise ship gives a glimpse of early 20th-century design as well as cruise-industry first features such as the AquaDuck, the first water coaster at sea.
Disney Dream boasts of being a true family cruise liner offering one-of-a-kind venues and experiences for each member in the family.
10. Disney Fantasy – $ 940 Million
Disney Fantasy is the fourth cruise ship in the expanding fleet of Disney Cruise Line. The ship was constructed at an estimated cost of $940m by Meyer Werft shipyards in Papenburg, Germany.
The on-board facilities were exclusively designed to cater to families. The ship cruises on seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean voyages.
The 1,250 staterooms spread across the 14-deck vessel accommodate 4,000 passengers and more than 1,450 cast and crew members. The cruise ship features a magnificent three-deck atrium lobby, sweeping grand staircase, marble and stone inlay floor, fluted columns, lavish decorative murals and paintings.
9. Norwegian Bliss – $ 1 Billion
Norwegian Cruise Line’s brand-new behemoth luxury ship- Norwegian Bliss– that set sail last year also joins the list with about $1 billion cost of production. Built by Meyer Werft , the 168,028 GT Norwegian Bliss has a length of 1,094 ft, moulded beam of 136.2 ft and maximum draft of 29.53 ft. With 20 decks, the vessel features 2,220 cabins that can accommodate 4,000 passengers in addition to 1700 crew members. Offering a great vacation experience to its guests, Norwegian Bliss features elegant suites, several themed dining areas and bars, a 20,000sq. ft Observation Lounge, an 800-seat Bliss Theatre and two-story go-kart track etc.
8. MSC Bellissima – $ 1 Billion
MSC Bellissima, a sister ship of MSC Meraviglia, is the second Meraviglia class cruise ship of MSC Cruises. Another ship from $1 billion, SC Bellissima made her maiden voyage in March this year. Constructed by STX France at its Chantiers de l’Atlantique facility in France, the 171,598 GT MSC Bellissima has almost similar features of its sister ship.
7. MSC Meraviglia – $ 1.12 Billion
MSC Cruises’ MSC Meraviglia cruise ship is the lead ship of MSC’s new class of vessels being built by STX France. The cost of production of one ship in this class is reportedly around $1.12 billion as this vessel is part of the Geneva-based line’s $10.2 billion investment for a total of 11 vessels to be delivered by 2026. Set its first sail in June 2017, MSC Meraviglia was the world’s 4th largest cruise ship when it launched, behind Oasis-class ships. The 315.8 meters long MSC Meraviglia features 15 passenger decks and has the capacity to house 4,500 passengers and 1,536 crew members.
7. AIDAnova – $ 1.15 Billion
AIDA Cruises’ first of the new Excellence-class ships, AIDAnova, is reportedly the fifth-biggest passenger vessel in the world. The cost of the production of this 337 meters long luxury vessel, built by Meyer Werft in Germany, is a reported $1.15 billion. Launched in December 2018, AIDAnova’s highlight is the Green Cruising concept- the world’s first cruise ship that can be powered at sea and in port by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The 183,900 GT AIDAnova features more than 2,600 passenger cabins, with a capacity to accommodate 6,600 passengers in addition to up to 1,500 crew members. The vessel has a total of 17 restaurants, 23 bars, a luxury day spa and 360-degree theatre etc. to meet the passengers luxurious dining and entertainment needs.
5. Norwegian Epic – $ 1.20 Billion
Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) spent approximately $1.2bn on its new cruise ship Norwegian Epic. The cruise ship truly represents the ‘freestyle cruising’ concept introduced by NCL. The Epic accommodates 4,100 passengers served by 1,753 crew.
The Norwegian Epic sails to the destinations in Caribbean and Europe. It offers more than 20 dining options, studio rooms for solo travelers and world-class live entertainment, fitness and sports facilities, aqua park, pools and hot tubs.
4. Harmony of the Seas – $ 1.35 Billion
Another Oasis-class cruise ship of Royal Caribbean International, Harmony of the Seas, is another expensive luxury passenger vessel currently in service. Despite costing Royal Caribbean the same expense of its sister vessel ($1.35 billion), Harmony of the Seas comes behind Symphony of the Seas due to the 1,100 tons difference in size with the former. The 228,081GRT-vessel is also 1,188 feet long, 215.5 wide and 238 feet in height. With 2,747 staterooms in various sizes, Harmony of the Seas is capable of housing 6,687 passengers in addition to 2,200 crew members. Similar to its sister ship, Harmony of the Seas features several dining and entertainment options abroad. Started construction in 2014, the ship set its first sail in May 2016 to Southampton from the facility of STX France.
3. Symphony of the Seas – $ 1.38 Billion
Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis-class cruise ship Symphony of the Seas is the world’s largest passenger ship currently in service. Thus, for obvious reasons, Symphony of the Seas is one the most expensive cruise ships in the world now with a cost of production of $1.38 billion. Built by STX France, the vessel measures 1188 feet in length, 215.5 feet in width and 238 feet in height, with a gross registered tonnage of 228,081t. The ship that started its maiden voyage in April 2018 features 18 decks and capable of accommodating a maximum of 6,680 passengers and a 2,200-person crew. The features aboard this luxury cruise ship include 22 restaurants, 24 pools, children’s water park, ice-skating rink, full-size basketball court, and two 43-foot rock-climbing walls etc.
2. Oasis of the Seas – $ 1.40 Billion
The first in Oasis-class luxury ships, Oasis of the Seas is another $1.4bn cruise ship in the Royal Caribbean International’s fleet. This 225,282 GRT vessel was the world’s largest cruise ship when it launched in 2008. While all other features of the Oasis of the Seas match with its sister vessel, the length of the vessel is reportedly 50 millimetres shorter than Allure of the Seas. However, it has been stated that the classified length of these vessels was the same and the changes were unintentional as it happened due to the small changes in the temperature of the steel used for construction.
1. Allure of the Seas – $ 1.45 Billion
Allure of the Seas is one of the two most expensive cruise ships in operation around the world. The second ship in the Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis-class cruise ships, Allure of the Seas was the world’s largest passenger ship when it launched in November 2009. Reportedly, around $1.4bn was incurred in the construction of this world-class cruise ship at the STX Europe Turku shipyard in Finland. This 1,187 feet long vessel measures 215 feet in width with a gross registered tonnage of 225,282t. With 18 total decks, the vessel can accommodate a total of 6,780 guests and 2,200 crew members. The main features of the ship include a two-deck dance hall, an ice skating rink, 25 dining options and a theatre with 1,380 seating capacity etc.