City at sea

Here are five of the biggest and newest cruise ships sailing the seas that appear to have it all.

City at sea

In the past decade there has been a trend towards building bigger and bigger cruise ships, which offer cruise fans a plethora of choice. From a wide variety of stateroom options and dining venues, to plenty of attractive bells and whistles, these ships appear to have it all.  Here’s five of the biggest, and newest.

Allure of the Seas

  • 225,282 tons
  • 5,400 guests
  • cruising the Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale.

Highlights: Interior staterooms with a view, an Aqua Theater, two FlowRider surf simulators, a carousel, a moving bar, a dining room seating 3,000 guests and multiple dining venues.

Allure is the older twin sister of Oasis of the Seas, the ship which not only launched a new class for Royal Caribbean, but also the largest cruise ship ever built. Both ships are huge, spacious and have an innovative design introducing many “firsts” to high seas holidays, including the first Starbucks on a cruise ship. Although identical in design to Oasis of the Seas, Allure is said to be a fraction longer, technically making her the largest cruise ship in the world.

Norwegian Breakaway

  • 146,600 tons
  • 4,028 guests
  • cruising Bermuda, the Bahamas, Southern Caribbean and Florida from New York.

Highlights: 15 dining venues, eight bars, a huge spa, an Aqua Park with five water slides and two swimming pools, a sports complex with a sea ropes course and solo staterooms. 

Breakaway was the first of new two ships for Norwegian Cruise Line, and was designed to bring together the best features from the line’s fleet, while also introducing innovations of her own. One of her special features is The Haven By Norwegian, an exclusive area tucked away at the top of the vessel, with 42 suites (and 18 others located elsewhere) ranging from Spa Suites to two-bedroom Family Villas. They come with a range of perks including personalised butler service, and a restaurant and pool.

Queen Mary 2

  • 148,528 tons
  • 2,592 guests
  • cruising the Caribbean, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, world cruises and transatlantic crossings.

Highlights: 12 bars and lounges, a planetarium, a Book Club, golf simulators, a full-sized promenade deck, three dining rooms, a Todd English restaurant and a large ballroom.

Queen Mary 2 was the longest, tallest and widest passenger vessel ever built when she launched in 2004. She is a ship which pays tribute to the golden age of ocean travel while also being a very modern liner; with sweeping staircases and a grand ballroom, classic British heritage is combined with the hallmarks of nostalgia, opulence and style. In 2012 she had a makeover, with the staterooms being completely refreshed, and public spaces including a new Golden Lion Pub being redesigned.

Royal Princess

  • 141,000 tons
  • 3,600 guests
  • cruising the Mediterranean from Barcelona and Venice, and the Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale.

Highlights: All ocean view staterooms with balconies, the largest swimming pool in the Princess fleet, three dining rooms, The Sanctuary and alternative dining options including Chef’s Table Lumiere.

Royal Princess is one of several groundbreaking ships to launch in recent years. Among her features are two havens for adults, the Sanctuary and the Retreat Pool, which have private cabanas in a first for the cruise line. Also unique is the over-water SeaWalk, a top-deck, glass-bottomed, enclosed walkway on the ship's starboard side, which extends eight-and-a-half metres beyond the edge of the vessel, and the cantilevered SeaView bar features cocktails with sweeping ocean views.

MSC Preziosa

  • 140,000 tons
  • 4,345 guests
  • cruising the Mediterranean from Genoa.

Highlights: An MSC Aurea Spa, four dining rooms, 21 bars, a casino, four swimming pools including, 12 whirlpools, a bowling alley, a sports area with playing fields, and a fitness centre. 

MSC Preziosa was the 13th ship to join the MSC Cruises’ fleet, and the fourth Fantasia class ship. Among her very special features are a children’s area including the Doremi Castle Aqua Park, which has a pathway of water features on raised platforms featuring sprays, fountains, a drenching bucket and more, and Vertigo, the line’s longest waterslide. In line with the other Fantasia ships, Preziosa has an MSC Yacht Club with 69 suites and private areas including a bar, solarium, hydro massage pools, a lounge and butlers.


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    6th Sep 2014
    Bigger ships - more people - less care with personal hygiene - greater chance of the dreaded cabin cough or influenza. What a choice but no thanks. Not with the high cost of medical treatment aboard ships. Having just recovered from these matters on a cruise, coughed all over in the lounge and then spat on with saliva, all of my hand washing, Glen 20 in the cabin, eating only in dining rooms paid no heed to this infection. Weeks with
    antibiotics and further treatment to recover not my happy end to a cruise.
    6th Sep 2014
    Unlucky dougie. I cruised on Pride of America (another Norwegian Cruise Line ship) and found none of these problems. 2,100 passengers plus crew and we heard no problems of anyone being ill. There were hand washing stations everywhere to help combat the spread of germs but I guess if some people are going to be grubs that is not going to matter much.
    We found even with that number of people on board there was such a variety of activities available we were never in a crowd - not until the farewell show on the last night when the auditorium was packed. The ship was far from impersonal - crew were fantastic, very friendly and helpful and ready for a chat if that was what you wanted. Same applied with most passengers, quite happy to chat while sitting next to or near us. There were the odd few who acted like they thought they were too good to talk to anyone else (or maybe they were frightened they were going to catch the Black Death) but we just left them to exist in their own little world - they weren't going to impact on our holiday in any way shape or form.
    You get out of a cruise what you put into it. The trip is exactly what YOU make it.
    6th Sep 2014
    Loved the cruise, our fourth on this ship, we know many of the crew and interact with them and the other passengers on board, just do not want to be infected by the other cruisers who have a lack of personal hygiene. Must say that we did meet people whom we had known in our personal life more than 20 years before. Many good things spoilt by the few who should not be allowed to mix.
    6th Sep 2014
    Just go ahead, enjoy your cruise on one of these impersonal monsters, you might as well go on holidays with your whole suburb. I'd rather shoot myself than going on a trip like that - over my dead body. You might have been lured to a cruise by seemingly cheap prices, but buyer beware when the on board price list and the excursions get to you. Good luck you want find me there.

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