The World’s largest cruise ships

Passenger ships have been increasing in size for many years. A hundred years ago, Hamburg – America Line’s SS Imperator was the world’s largest passenger ship at 51,500 tons. Today many cruise ships are two or three times that size.

1. Allure of the Seas and two other ships of Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis Class are by far the biggest cruise ships in the world. Weighing 225,282 tons and accommodating 5,400 passengers, these 360 metre long ships cruise the Caribbean.

Allure

2. The Norwegian Epic is the biggest ship operated by Norwegian Cruise Lines. It is 155,873 tons and 329 metres long. It carries 4,100 passengers.

3. Freedom of the Seas and it’s two sister ships of Royal Caribbean International’s Freedom class are the world’s third biggest cruise ships. They weigh in at 154,407 tons and accommodate 4,370 passengers

4. Cunard’s famous Queen Mary 2 is 148,528 tons and is 345 metres long. The QM2 is also a liner, regularly crossing the Atlantic between Southampton in England and New York, as well as undertaking an annual world cruise and shorter cruises. As a liner it is faster than other cruise ships and more capable of handling heavy seas. It carries 2,620 passengers and when it was built in 2003, it was the biggest passenger ship in the world.

Cunard QM2

5. The fifth biggest class of cruise ships are Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway operated by Norwegian Cruise Lines. At 144,017 tons and 344 metres long, they each transport up to 4,500 passengers from New York to the Caribbean.

NCL Breakaway

6. The Royal Princess  and her sister ships are the sixth largest. Princess Cruises operate two of this class with a third on order. P&O are soon to take delivery of another, the Britannia. Cruising through the Mediterranean and Caribbean, they weigh 142,000 tons, are 330 metres and long and take 3,600 passengers.

7. Voyager of the Seas is the lead ship of a five strong class run by Royal Caribbean International. Built in Finland at the turn of the century, they are 311 metres long, weigh 138,000 tons and transport 3110 passengers.

8. MSC Divina is one of four similar ships by run by Swiss-Italian company MSC Cruises. At 333 metres long and weighing in at 138,000 tons, they mostly operate in the Mediterranean Sea but occasionally venture over to the West Indies.

9. Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy are 130,000 tons, 340 metres long and run Disney themed trips from Florida.

Disney Dream

10. Carnival Dream and two sister ships sail under the Carnival Cruise Lines banner, while a four ship is operated by their Italian subsidiary Costa Crociere. The 130,000 ton, 306 metre ships operate in the major cruise markets of the Mediterranean and Caribbean seas.

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Queen Mary 2 in Melbourne

While the Queen Mary 2 was in Melbourne I was lucky enough to enjoy lunch and a walk around on this lovely ship. The first impression is the size of the ship. At 151,400 tons and  nearly four football fields in length it is an imposing ship. When walking onboard it is like stepping back in time. Cunard, the owner of Queen Mary 2, is aiming to bring back the classic age of cruising back. Highlights of a cruise onboard include afternoon tea served in the Queens Room, the Royal Court Theatre, where you can enjoy nightly Broadway style shows and dining in one of the restaurants onboard. Each cruise includes a number of formal nights when you get to dress up in black tie.

Queen Mary 2‘s facilities include fifteen restaurants and bars, five swimming pools, a casino, a ballroom, a theatre, and the first planetarium at sea. There are also kennels on board, as well as a nursery.

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Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 will make a 12-night cruise to New Zealand from Sydney in March 2013

The Queen Mary 2 will visit Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, the Bay of Islands and Milford Sound, with fares from $3329.

The cruise will go on sale in Australia/New Zealand on 13 July 2011 – a day ahead of the global launch.

Cunard says the sailing has been sparked by strong bookings for the ship’s planned 2012 circumnavigation of Australia.

As well as the 12-night cruise, there’ll be a 19-night option including a Sydney to Fremantle sector.

Queen Mary 2 will be on a 106-night world voyage, which will go on sale at 10pm on 14 July this year, with pre-registration available from 4 July.

The same arrangement has been announced for Queen Victoria’s 2013 world voyage.

Discounts will be offered on bookings made by 31 December this year.

Please contact Cruise Offers on 1800 616 434 for further information or if you wish to pre-register. For all other cruise enquiries please visit www.cruiseoffers.com.au.

Cruise Offers Wins Cunard, Princess & P&O Awards

Cruise Offers and Travelrite International were very pleased to reach the top sales awards for Cunard and Princess (Diamond Agents) and high sales (Sapphire Agent) for P&O. The photo shows the Directors of Cruise offers and Travelrite, receiving their partnership plaques for 2011 with David Clarke and Sally-Anne from the Cunard, Princess and P&O brands. Thank you to clients who have booked with Travelrite or Cruise Offers making this possible.

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David Clark, Sandra Walliss, Neville Walliss, Simon Walliss, Shawn Walliss, Nigel Walliss, Sally-Anne Matthews