Back in 1912, when the Titanic left Southampton and set sail toward New York, it was the biggest cruise ship of its time, a regular monster of the seas. One century after, it had already been surpassed in size by more than 50 vessels currently roaming the seas. Some of them are simply too big to sail the Panama Canal or to fit in most of the ports throughout the world.
The Mediterranean and the Caribbean are the highest trafficked areas when it comes to cruising. Numerous ships visit their ports each day but it seems that vessels are getting bigger and bigger as we speak, as cruise line companies are in a constant competition, rivaling in shape, size, design, and luxurious facilities. The biggest cruise ships have not even been built yet. They were supposed to be the vessels of the future, but they never saw the light of day. That is, they never got any further than the drawing board, or at least not yet, remaining bold prototypes, overwhelmingly expensive concept cruise ships. These crazy project's sole purpose was to dwarf anything currently sailing the seas. For anyone who is in love with gigantic cruise ships, the excitement of having a sneak peek at the layouts of the vessels of the future simply cannot be matched.
8 Seven Seas Explorer, $450 Million
Regent Seven Seas is a luxury cruise line headquartered in Miami, offering luxury cruises that visit no less than 300 famous ports worldwide. The line has recently announced its third all-suite and all-balcony luxury vessel, the Seven Seas Explorer, which will hopefully set off on its maiden voyage in the summer of 2016. Weighing 54,000 tons, the vessel accommodates only 738 guest, much less than the other ships on our list, but that's what luxury cruising is all about: intimacy and space. Featuring 369 suites, six restaurants, nine-deck atrium, and two-deck theater, the Seven Seas Explorer will be sailing to Alaska, the Mediterranean, and the Caribbean.
7 Titanic 2, $500 Million
Back in 1912, the Titanic was the biggest cruise ship of its time. It set sail in Southampton and crossed the Atlantic toward New York. However, the Titanic is better known as one of the biggest unfortunate disasters in history, as it struck an iceberg and sank, causing the deaths of 1,500 passengers. Passionate about the Titanic and all it stands for, Australian billionaire Clive Palmer announced the Titanic 2 project in 2012, on the 100th anniversary of the original Titanic voyage. The replica of the ocean liner will weigh 40,000 tons, it will be owned and operated by Blue Star Line, and will be built by CSC Jinling shipyard as the biggest cruise ship ever constructed in China. The replica of the RMS Titanic is announced to set sail in 2016, 104 years after the original voyage.
6 Eoseas, $740 Million
The biggest sail concept in history is scheduled to be launched in 2016, although constructions have not yet begun. Contracted by the same STX Europe that developed Queen Mary 2 and Oasis of the Seas, Eoseas is not just a vessel, it is a Green Cruise Ship concept in itself, aiming to install innovative propelling systems that will reduce energy costs by up to half. The double hull designed ship will weigh 105,000 tons, will accommodate 3,311 passengers in 1,403 cabins, and will have long promenade decks. In short, it promises to be the cruise ship of the future.
7. P&O Britannia, $820 Million
Scheduled to set sail in February 2015, P&O's Britannia promises to be the biggest cruise ship designed exclusively for British passengers. With the same basic hull design as Royal Princess, which was launched earlier this year, the Britannia will accommodate 4,372 passengers and 1,400 crew members. No less than 1,082 feet long , it will weigh 141,000 tons, and will have its home port in Southampton. Announced in 2011, she will be equipped with a large spa, 4 swimming pools, 13 bars, and 13 restaurants, all scattered around her 15 decks.
5 Norwegian Bliss, $900 Million
Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Lines, known for their Freestyle Cruising concept which revolutionized the industry, announced they will add a new vessel to their fleet in spring 2017. Norwegian Bliss will weigh 163,000 tons and will accommodate 4,200 passengers on its colorful and fun decorated decks. Similar to the company's current Breakaway class, Norwegian Breakaway, which was launched in May 2013, Norwegian Bliss will feature multiple bars and lounges, Broadway and off-Broadway shows, and luxury villas.
4 Carnival Vista, $975 Million
Jim Berra, Chief Marketing Officer at Carnival Cruise Lines, announced a new class vessel that will most likely leave the shipyards in 2016. He declared that it will look different from Carnival's previous vessels, but it will nevertheless share the same spaces, with modern dining areas. Ordered in 2012, the 135,000 tons vessel is to be built by Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, and will be the cruise line's 25th Fun Ship. Accommodating 4,000 passengers, the Vista-class cruise ship will sail at 23 knots.
3 Oasis 3, $1.4 Billion
Royal Caribbean, with some of the most intriguing ships on the cruising scene, is in a constant search for innovation. In fact, work on a new Oasis-class ship started in autumn 2013. The company’s Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas took cruising to a whole new level. Oasis 3 promises to do the same. Nearly identical to its two sister ships, it will accommodate 6,360 passengers in 2,700 staterooms on 16 decks. The third Oasis ship is to be build at STX Finland in Turku and will feature the same emblematic Central Park, 82-foot long zip line, elevating bar, and Aqua Theater. Although the exact cost has not yet been disclosed, it is estimated that the third Oasis ship will cost no more than the previous Oasis class vessels, which were built for $1.4 billion each. Oasis 3 is expected to set sail in 2016.
2 Carnival Pinnacle, $1.5 billion
Designed by Maurizio Cergol of Fincantieri shipyards, operated by Carnival Cruise Lines, Carnival Pinnacle is a massive cruise ship concept developed in 2004. At the time, the “Pinnacle Project” was Carnival's answer to Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas, but constructions never began. The project was stopped after a worker spilled the details. The prototype vessel was supposed to be 1,246 feet long, weigh more than 200,000 tons, accommodate 6,000 people, and boast magnificent amenities, such as a carousel that would take passengers around the exterior of the ship.
2. Princess Kaguya, $5.4 billion
Referred to as the “International Urban Cruise Ship”, Princess Kaguya was supposed to set sail in 2012, but constructions never even started. Developed by Ocean Silk Road, it was to be built at Aker Yards under Japan Contents Network's supervision. Princess Kaguya is a project for a 1,640 foot long ship, the length of five football fields, accommodating 8,400 passengers in 3,610 cabins, and 4,000 crew members on its 20 decks. The 450,000 tons ship was designed with diesel electric propulsion that would ensure a cruising speed of 20 knots. Princess Kaguya was meant to be a floating hotel, with three independent hotels onboard, a shopping mall, convention hall, sports events hall, concert hall, and 50 restaurants, but the project was abandoned due to size and cost.
1 Freedom Ship, $10 billion
The biggest cruise ship in the world never saw the light of day. In fact, it never left the drawing board. Freedom Ship was supposed to be 0.818 miles long, almost four times longer than the famous Allure of the Seas, a virtual floating town that could support 70,000 people. Rising 340 feet above the waterline, it could accommodate 50,000 residents and 20,000 crew members, as well as 10,000 daily visitors. The 25-deck vessel would have its very own airport, schools, parks, hospitals, and casino. Propelled using solar energy and the energy of waves, Freedom Ship was designed to be permanently at sea, circling the world every two years. While the company announced that the project will be resurrected, reaching an estimated $10 billion, constructions still haven't begun.