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The 15 Largest Cruise Ships in the World

A large white cruise ship sitting crystal blue water

A large white cruise ship sitting crystal blue water The largest cruise ships tend to have the most to offer | iStock.com/Rawpixel

The size of the ship may not seem so important at first, but wait until you’re in the middle of the sea. Bigger cruise ships allow for more activities while out at sea and hold more people to meet, which means the largest cruise ships tend to have the most to offer.

Since cruise vacations can be the best (or worst) trips ever, you have to make sure you choose one that’s not going to disappoint you. So whether you’re a cruising connoisseur or a first-timer interested in testing your sea legs, we’ve compiled this list of the world’s largest cruise ships.

15. Britannia

A general view of one of the largest cruise ships in the world, the Britannia, ahead of the naming ceremony for the P&O Cruises vessel.

A general view of one of the largest cruise ships in the world, the Britannia, ahead of the naming ceremony for the P&O Cruises vessel. Britannia may be the smallest of the largest cruise ships, but it’s still an award winner | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

P&O Cruises, 2015
Gross Tonnage: 143,000
Length: 1,083 feet
Beam: 144 feet
Max. Passengers: 4,324

While it may be the smallest of the world’s 15 largest cruise ships, the Britannia is far from a shrimp. As the winner of the “Best New Ocean Ship” in the Cruise International Awards, 2015, the Britannia has proven itself worthy of being the flagship of the P&O fleet. What else would you expect from a ship named by Queen Elizabeth II herself?

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