Ever wondered which are the most expensive cruise ships in the world? Fortunately for you, we’ve listed the costliest cruise ships ever built thus far.
I intended to stress the ‘thus far’, because some very expensive cruise ships have not been built yet. The most exorbitantly prized vessel-to-be will cost around $10 billion and will have over 70,000 people on board during voyages. The Freedom Ship project includes plans for an on-board airport and a hospital. Although the ships on this list do not amount to such a figure, they are luxurious pleasure cruises for unique voyages at sea.
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Now then, let’s take a look at the countdown and find out which are the most expensive cruise ships in the world you can set sail in at the moment.
T9. MS Liberty of the Seas
Cost of the ship: $800 million
As one of the 4,600 passengers this ship can accommodate, you will be able to enjoy an on-board wave generator for surfing, a spa, a fitness center, an ice skating rink and a wide variety of restaurants. Moreover, this is one of the Royal Caribbean vessels on which you can live the DreamWorks Experience.
T9. MS Freedom of the Seas
Cost of the ship: $800 million
The Freedom is another of Royal Caribbean’s notable cruise ships. With a capacity of 3,634 passengers, this 18-deck vessel has amenities ranging from a Johnny Rockets restaurant to an ice skating rink.
The most expensive cruise ships in the world are on the following pages, in all their seafaring splendor.
8. MS Independence of the Seas
Cost of the ship: $828 million
Owned by Royal Caribbean, the Independence can accommodate 4,370 passengers. Moreover it offers an interactive water park, whirlpools, a pool dedicated to sports, an internal shopping street, a two-story theatre, an ice-skating rink, a conference center, a surf simulator, a rock climbing wall and a mini golf course.
7. Norwegian Breakaway
Cost of the ship: $840 million
This vessel cruises to the Bahamas, Bermuda and Florida and has a capacity for 4,000 passengers. On top of the classic cruise features (hot tubs, swimming pools, fitness centers, a mini golf course and an aqua park) this ship has one of the largest open-air spaces in the industry.
6. RMS Queen Marry 2
Cost of the ship: $880 million
This transatlantic ocean liner was designed by British naval architects and constructed in France. She is a tasteful beauty who can accommodate up to 2,620 guests and offers them five swimming pools, a casino, a ballroom, kennels, a nursery, a theater, fourteen clubs, fifteen restaurants, endless bars and the first on-board planetarium.
5. Disney Dream
Cost of the ship: $900 million
Let’s face it, no one does family entertainment as wholesome, innovative and jolly as Disney. This ship currently offers three and four-day cruises to the Bahamas for up to 2,500 guests. The fun never ends on board: mini-golf, basketball, volleyball, soccer, table tennis and the world’s first water coaster at sea.
4. Disney Fantasy
Cost of the ship: $940 million
This stunning ship entered service in 2012 and it is Disney Cruise Line’s fourth cruise ship. With a capacity for 4,000 guests, Disney Fantasy has lots of options for children and adults: the first boutique at sea, a water play area, a London underground-themed night club, a champagne bar, an Irish pub, an adults-only pool deck and a dinner show hosted by Sorcerer Mickey. Being on this ship takes you back to the golden era of cruises, for it’s decorated in Art Nouveau style, glamorous and somewhat nostalgic.
3. Norwegian Epic
Cost of the ship: $1.2 billion
This vessel, owned by the Norwegian Cruise Line, sails through Europe and the Caribbean, making many smaller and less impressive ships very envious. The Norwegian Epic has many facilities to offer its 5853 passengers: pools, hot tubs, live entertainment, an aqua park, sports and more than twenty dining options. On board you can experience the ‘freestyle cruising’ concept that made the Norwegian Cruise Line so famous: no set times, no seating arrangements, no formal attire. Hop on and free yourself from the traditional cruise conventions!
2. MS Oasis of the Seas
Cost of the ship: $1.4 billion
Five swimming pools, a karaoke club, a comedy club, volleyball courts, a miniature golf course, a casino, basketball courts, nurseries, theme parks, night clubs and a zip-line, these are only some of the many amenities the Oasis has to offer. She is the second most expensive and largest ship ever built, surpassed only, in both categories, by its sister and the top ship in our countdown.
1. MS Allure of the Seas
Cost of the ship: $1.5 billion
Owned and operated by Royal Caribbean, the Allure of the Seas is the Oasis of the Seas’ sister. Only two inches longer than her sibling, this ship has the most over-the-top features you can imagine: an enormous theater with 1,380 seats, an ice rink, a two-deck dance hall, rock climbing walls and the first Starbucks coffee shop to ever open at sea. Clarissa Parish, a renowned muralist, decorated most of Allure’s interiors. Moreover, the ship offers 25 dining options and seven distinct neighborhoods for its 8,680 passengers.