Cruise ships represent represent a luxurious vacation away from everyday life, where voyagers can enjoy extravagant amenities aboard massive, floating resorts on the seas. And cruise lines are going bigger: currently, there are more than 50 cruise ships with a gross tonnage exceeding 100,000.
But cruise ships are also getting “smarter.” In 2014, Royal Caribbean International launched Quantum of the Seas, a ship packed with so many high-tech amenities (robot bartenders, virtual balconies in windowless rooms) that it was billed as the world’s first “smartship.”
Many cruise ships now on-board activities and perks that could rival the most luxurious resorts on the ground. Royal Caribbean International’s Freedom of the Seas features a FlowRider surf simulator, rock climbing wall, ice-skating rink, Royal Promenade, cantilevered whirlpools, mini golf course, H2O Zone water park.
Want to experience the Great White Way on the seas? Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Breakaway, the largest cruise ship ever to home port year-round in New York City, offers three live Browdway performances. It also showcases comedy, jazz & blues club, dueling piano bar.
The 10 largest cruise ships, ranked by gross tonnage:
Oasis of the Seas (2009): 225,282 gross tonnage; 5,412 passengers