Many of today’s cruise ships are essentially floating cities at sea, with the capacity to carry more than 6,000 passengers and crew with a multitude of different attractions on-board. The following are just a few of the world’s largest cruise ships.

Royal Caribbean’s Harmony, Oasis and Allure of the Seas

Currently, the three largest ships on the ocean today all come from Royal Caribbean International. All three of these ships, including the Harmony of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, are tied for largest operating cruise ship. They have the capacity to carry up to 6,680 passengers and offer many different options for transatlantic and Mediterranean voyages. The Oasis launched in 2009, the Allure launched in 2019, and the Harmony launched in 2016. All three have a variety of different accommodations and attractions for passengers to enjoy.

Symphony of the Seas

The second largest ship is also a vessel operated by Royal Caribbean. The Symphony of the Seas was deployed in 2018 with the capacity to carry 6,680 passengers. While technically the gross tonnage of the Symphony makes it the largest and heaviest vessel operating, it is behind in terms of passenger capacity, which makes it the second largest ship, next to the Oasis, Harmony and Allure of the Seas. The Symphony operates exclusively out of Miami and offers Caribbean cruises.

MSC Bellissima

Launched in 2019, the MSC Bellissima is one of the newest and largest cruise ships operating. It is the third-largest cruise ship by passenger capacity, being able to carry up to 5,686 passengers. The Bellissima offers voyages in waters near France, Spain and Italy.

Spectrum of the Seas

The fourth-largest cruise ship is another Royal Caribbean vessel, the Spectrum of the Seas. This ship was deployed in 2019, with Shanghai as its home port. It has the capacity to carry 5, 622 passengers and offers a variety of culinary options inspired by Asian culture for those on board.


The fifth-largest ship, the AIDAnova, is unique in that it is the first cruise ship powered by liquified natural gas. The vessel belongs to the German company, AIDA Cruises, a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation. It is the first of seven ships that the company will be producing as an effort to move away from using heavier fuels to power their ships. This ship will be sailing through the Mediterranean coast, venturing out as far as the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.

MSC Seaview

The MSC Seaview is one of the newer ships operated by MSC Cruises with the capacity to carry up to 5,179 passengers on-board. MSC Cruises operates out of the Miami area and officially began operating in 2017. They offer cruises in the Caribbean and Antilles, but the Seaview was the first of MSC ships to begin voyages in the Mediterranean in 2018.

Costa Venezia

This ship is the first offered by Costa Cruises, an Italian subsidiary of Carnival Corporation. The Costa Venezia was inspired by famous explorer, Marco Polo, and is offered exclusively to serve the Chinese market. The ship offered its first voyage in March of 2019 with a three-stage cruise beginning in Trieste, Italy, to Yokohama, Japan, with multiple stops at ports between these locations.

Costa Diadema

The Costa Diadema is the smaller of the two larger cruise vessels offered by Costa Cruises. However, this vessel was created to be more child-friendly for the 4,947 passengers sailing on the ship. The Costa Diadema operates out of the United Arab Emirates and sails to Genoa, Rome; Savona, Italy; as well as Barcelona, Spain; and Marseille, France.

Ovation of the Seas

The ninth-largest cruise ship by passenger capacity also belongs to Royal Caribbean and is included in the company’s Quantum class cruise ships. It was launched in 2016 and has the capacity to carry just shy of 5,000 passengers. The Ovation of the Seas offers cruises along the Pacific Rim region and embarks from locations including Sydney Australia; Vancouver, Canada; Seattle, Washington; and Tokyo, Japan.

Independence of the Seas

The tenth-largest cruise ship is another operated by Royal Caribbean, the Independence of the Seas. Launched in 2008, the Independence can carry 4,560 passengers, offering cruises through the western Mediterranean, as well as shorter voyages through the Bahamas.


If you have been injured on your cruise, on a wet and slippery deck, down a poorly lit staircase or steep gangway, in port on an excursion, or on a tender boat- it is important that you speak as soon as possible with a lawyer who specializes in personal injury claims against cruise lines. Most cruise lines, including CarnivalRoyal CaribbeanCelebrityNorwegianMSCDisneyHolland AmericaPrincess, Costa, Regents Seven Seas and Oceania require that claims against them be pursued in a very specific place under very strict deadlines. Failure to comply with each individual cruise lines deadlines can result in a complete loss of any and all legal rights.

Aronfeld Trial Lawyers is a personal injury firm located in Miami, Florida since 1991.  We have fought hard to hold cruise lines accountable when they put their profits ahead of passenger safety.  We are available 24/7 and encourage you to contact us even if you are still on your cruise. The sooner we can begin our investigation and preservation of key evidence, such as the CCTV footage of your trip and fall, slip and fall, assault or other type of injury the more likely we will be able to understand and prove how the incident occurred. Remember, the cruise lines have the most aggressive and well-funded defense lawyers in the world- protecting their profits.  You need an experienced legal advocate in your corner who will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve for lost wages, medical expenses, transportation reimbursement and pain and suffering.  Call us today and speak with a cruise ship claims lawyer about your potential claim- toll free 1-866-597-4529305-441-0440, or by email. We are ready to help.


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