Have you taken a cruise recently? Ever? If not, you might be in for a surprise. We’ve come a long way from Love Boat-esque ships like the Stella Solaris, with firms like Royal Caribbean recently launching phenomenal Oasis-class cruise ships such as the Oasis of the Seas, a shining behemoth that looks more like a moving city than a luxury boat.
The Oasis of the Seas / The Allure of the Seas – 362 metres
Launched in 2009, the Oasis of the Seas carries over 6,000 passengers, and is only surpassed for the record of the World’s Largest Cruise Ship by its sister, the Allure of the Seas (the difference between the two is just 5 centimetres!). Both ships are around 362 metres long. Price tag for the Oasis of the Seas….US$1.4 billion.
Luckily for us, it doesn’t cost nearly as much to experience everything that the cruise ship has to offer, with tickets starting from around US$750 for 7 nights. The technical specs of the Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas are mind-boggling, with the total displacement of the vessels coming in at only slightly less than an American Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.
The Oasis-class ships are so big that they are divided into ‘neighbourhoods’ (7 in total), and carry over 2000 staff members, and features include a full-sized basketball court, theatre, 2 surf simulators, a 43-foot high climbing wall, 82-foot Zip line, multiple restaurants as well as nightclubs / bars. Oh, and if you’re worried about a Titanic-style disaster, you’ll be happy to know that the ship carries 18 lifeboats that can hold 370 people each – more than enough for everyone on board.
Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas are both owned and operated by Royal Caribbean International, but they aren’t the only ships vying for the title of world’s best…
Disney Fantasy – 340 metres
Believe it or not, Mickey Mouse has his own luxury cruise line – the ‘Disney Fantasy’! Coming in at 340 metres in length and capable of carrying over 4,000 passengers, the Disney Fantasy was released to great acclaim in 2012, winning over cruise reviewers and passengers alike. Obviously geared towards families (and die-hard Disney fans), the Disney Fantasy accommodates 1,450 staff and a huge variety of rooms, dining areas, pools and clubs / lounges. The world famous Cruise Critic Cruiser’s Choice Awards also awarded the Disney Fantasy as best overall ship in the Large Ship class, proving that the cruise ship is much more than just a brand-name gimmick.
Celebrity Reflection – 319 metres
Rounding out our list is the behemoth Celebrity Reflection, a Solstice-class cruiser by Celebrity Cruises. Looking like a day-spa and golf-club on water, the Celebrity Reflection holds just over 3000 people, and boasts a huge deck, speciality restaurants, an art studio, multiple spas and luxury staterooms. Suites like the Reflection Suite are basically 5-star hotel rooms, with dining spaces, views of the horizon and comfortable bedrooms – perfect for chilling out in between chilling out!
Have you travelled on any of the cruise ships featured here? If so – what was your experience like? Do these giant ships make you feel like you’re king of the world, or are there other cruisers you feel provide the same amount of sophistication? Let us know your thoughts in the comments; we’d love to hear from you!