The first-ever luxury cruise ship was built in 1900, and since then, the ships got bigger and more luxurious than ever, which proportionally requires intensive capital.
Competition in the cruise ship industry is, like any other industry, intense. Every cruise lines want to distinguish their cruises from their competitors.
Managing a luxury cruise line business is all about attracting wealthy tourists ready to pay hefty prices for ultra-luxurious vacations.
The margin is high, but so are the expenses like the cost of the ship itself. Have you ever wondered which among them might be the most expensive ever built?
Here are the top 10 most expensive cruise ships in the world:
13. Anthem of the Seas
Anthem of the Seas is a Royal Caribbean International Quantum-class cruise ship and the second ship of its class.
The first, Quantum of the Seas, is the third-largest by gross tonnage behind the Meraviglian class of the MSC Cruises and Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis-class.
The Anthem of the Seas results from years of innovation, with new features using innovative technology.
The Anthem of the Seas offers dynamical dining options and newly designed staterooms that take the design and comfort to the next level, just like its sister ship.
12. Disney Fantasy
With a gross tonnage of 130,000, a length of 340 m (1,120 ft), and a width of 42 meters (138 ft), Disney Fantasy, structurally, is almost identical to Disney Dream. Disney Fantasy has 1,250 staterooms.
Being the first water coaster at sea, Disney Fantasy has included the popular AquaDuck, matching the one on the Dream.
11. Celebrity Edge
Celebrity Edge is the first cruise ship of STX France in Edge class.
Capable of accommodating 2,918 passengers and 1377 crew members at any time, the 1,004-ft luxury ship offers all your leisure and leisure amenities.
Celebrity Edge includes a rolling spiral stairway and a state-of-the-art theater panoramic displays and fascinating special features.
It has all amenities one would expect of a billion-dollar cruiser.
10. Norwegian Bliss
Norwegian Bliss is a Norwegian cruise ship that entered service on 21 April 2018 for the Norwegian Cruise Line.
Meyer Werft built this vessel in Papenburg, Germany.
The ship was designed to have optimized power efficiency to comply with the environmental regulations in Alaska.
To make the most out of the Alaskan landscape, the ship has two magnificent observation lounges to show a 180-degree view of the calving glaciers.
8. MSC Bellissima
The MSC Meraviglia is the first of its kind new cruise ship, able to dock at any port around the world, which will offer a greater variety to its routes and destinations.
Meraviglia offers a wide range of fun areas such as two pathways covered with LED screens than can show sunrises, sunsets, and starry skies.
For both children and adults, Meraviglia has fun and exciting water parks, bowling, state — gym and fitness centers.
You can expect an enriching holiday on this ship with unique experiences, all based on the European heritage of the cruise line.
From exclusive sea shows at the Cirque du Soleil to gourmet specialty restaurants with Michelin star chefs to an innovative, genuine Balinese spa, this ship has everything.
7. Ovation of the Seas
Ovation of the Seas cost more than Quantum of the Seas for some reason.
This groundbreaking ship made the debut in 2016 and offers a range of activities, entertainment, dining options, and cabin classes in unprecedented heights.
Ovation of the Seas started its first journey as part of the Ovation Global Odyssey, which visits 233 destinations in 72 countries on 6 continents worldwide.
AIDAnova is an exciting new generation of AIDA Cruises ships combining innovative design with cutting-edge technology to offer even more comfort and guest experiences onboard.
AIDA Cruises launched this ship in Papenburg, Germany, with star DJ David Guetta on the DJ deck to entertain 25,000 spectator crowd.
There are 31 suites, 312 interior cabins, 198 ocean view cabins, and 1655 balcony cabins and can accommodate up to 5200 passengers in total 2600 guest rooms.
AIDAnova, with its 20 decks, 17 restaurants, and 23 bars, is the price at $1.1 billion (reported).
It is also the world’s first liquefied natural gas-powered cruise ship (LNG).
5. Norwegian Epic
The Norwegian Epic is a unique, luxurious cruise ship in an individual sense.
The ship looks like a stretch of Humvee limo, all muscular, and functional because she lacks the graceful curves of most modern cruise ships.
But as our parents were trying to teach us, it’s what matters inside when it comes to beauty.
Epic is a unique blend of cost optimization, functionality, innovation, and party theme with the spontaneity of freestyle cruising.
Many cruise lovers, especially those on a modest budget, will find plenty of beauty in that.
Additionally, with elements such as an ice bar, a water slide that weaves tube riders floating around the giant bowl, circus-inspired Spiegel Tent, and studio cabins with a private lounge for solo travelers, the theme is innovative.
4. Harmony of the Seas
A new ship from Royal Caribbean International Oasis-class cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, is a costly, luxury passenger ship currently in service.
Harmony of the Seas is behind its sister ship, Symphony of the Seas because of the 1,100 tons difference in size despite costing Royal Caribbean the same expense ($1.35 billion).
Harmony of the Seas includes a wide monohull of steel.
It was designed to build on the seven-neighborhood concept of Royal Caribbean lines that consists of Central Park, Boardwalk, Royal Walk, Pool, and Sports Zone, Sea Spa Vitality, and Fitness Centre, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone.
The 228,081GRT-ship is 1188 meters long, 215.5 meters wide, and 238 meters tall.
Harmony of the Seas can accommodate 6,687 passengers (max) and 2200 crew members with 2747 staterooms of different sizes.
Harmony of the Seas has several restaurants and leisure activities abroad similar to its sister ship.
Construction began in 2014, and in May 2016, the ship set sail from STX France facilities to Southampton.
3. MS Symphony of the Seas
Symphony of the Seas is the largest passenger ship ever built sizing about is about five times the size of the Titanic
The ship had its maiden voyage from Barcelona in March 2018.
Everything about the Symphony of the Seas is a large scale than others as you might expect from the biggest cruise ship in the world.
The ship includes 18 decks (16 decks for guests), 22 restaurants, 24 swimming pools, 2759 cabins, the tallest water slide at the sea, and 20,000 tropical plants.
Accommodation options range from royal and family suites to balcony variants and ocean views.
It satisfies your international cravings with 20 dining options, from organic hand-cut steaks in Chop’s Grille to Japanese grill specialties and a new Teppanyaki menu in Izumi Hibachi & Sushi.
2. Oasis of the Seas
Oasis of the Seas is a Royal Caribbean International oasis-class cruise ship. In 2020, behind her sisters, Harmony of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas, she is the third-largest passenger ship in the world.
The Seas Oasis is the second most expensive ship in the Royal Caribbean and entered service in December 2009.
STX Europe (formerly Aker Yards) constructed the ship in Turku, Finland, at the cost of around $1.24 billion.
Oasis of the Seas travels from its homeport in Everglades in Florida to the Caribbean.
The ship offers a variety of passenger features like luxurious staterooms, a zip line, a casino, mini-golf, night clubs, lounges and bars, a swimming pool, an entertainment section, and sports zones.
1. Allure of the Seas
Allure of the Seas is the most expensive cruise ship in the world, costing $1.5 billion.
The ship is categorized in Royal Caribbean International’s latest Oasis-class.
The Allure of the Seas has many entertaining activities, exceptional amusement options, luxurious rooms, and a wide range of restaurants, from casual to fine dining options.
This phenomenal cruise ship, like its sister, also has a Central Park to wander in.
There is a two-deck dance hall, a rock-climbing wall, an ice rink for skating, many pools, spas, gyms, and a theatre with 1380 seating capacity.
There are the touch-screen guides on every deck with buttons for “What to Do Right Now” and “Room Finder,” one of the ship’s classy features.
Also, Allure of the Seas is the first cruise ship ever to include a Starbucks Coffee stand for those who need the daily morning dose of Starbucks coffee.