Best Luxury Cruise Ships in 2021


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There are massive cruise ships operating at the sea today. As a result, the industry attracts billions in investment every year, resulting in the entry of luxurious and expensive cruise ships into operation. 

1. Oasis Luxury Class: Allure of the Seas & Oasis of the Seas

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Allure of the Seas is one of the two most expensive cruise ships in operation around the world. The second ship in the Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis-class cruise ships, Allure of the Seas was the world’s largest passenger ship when it launched in November 2009.

Reportedly, around $1.4bn was incurred in the construction of this world-class cruise ship at the STX Europe Turku shipyard in Finland.

The main features of the ship include a two-deck dance hall, an ice skating rink, 25 dining options and a theatre with 1,380 seating capacity etc.

While all other features of the Oasis of the Seas match with its sister vessel, the length of the vessel is reportedly 50 millimetres shorter than Allure of the Seas.

However, it has been stated that the classified length of these vessels was the same and the changes were unintentional as it happened due to the small changes in the temperature of the steel used for construction.

2. Oasis Class: Symphony of the Seas & Harmony of the Seas

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Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis-class cruise ship Symphony of the Seas is the world’s largest passenger ship currently in service. Thus, for obvious reasons, Symphony of the Seas is one the most expensive cruise ships in the world now with a cost of production of $1.35 billion.

Built by STX France, the vessel measures 1188 feet in length, 215.5 feet in width and 238 feet in height, with a gross registered tonnage of 228,081t.

The features aboard this luxury cruise ship include 22 restaurants, 24 pools, children’s water park, ice-skating rink, full-size basketball court, and two 43-foot rock-climbing walls etc.

Another Oasis-class cruise ship of Royal Caribbean International, Harmony of the Seas, is another expensive luxury passenger vessel currently in service.

Similar to its sister ship, Harmony of the Seas features several dining and entertainment options abroad. Started construction in 2014, the ship set its first sail in May 2016 to Southampton from the facility of STX France.

3. Norwegian Epic

One of the most expensive ships of Norwegian cruise lines, the Norwegian Epic cost 1.2 billion U.S dollars to build because of its unique design and size. 

The ship has one of the largest Aqua Park and cabins for single passengers. When built, it was the third-largest cruise ship in the world to carry 4,228 passengers. It was recently refurbished in 2020 making it an updated luxury to travel. 

With 155,873 Gross Tonnage, it measures 329.45 meters in length and 52 meters in width.

4. AIDAnova

AIDA Cruises’ first of the new Excellence-class ships, AIDAnova, is reportedly the fifth-biggest passenger vessel in the world. The cost of the production of this 337 meters long luxury vessel, built by Meyer Werft in Germany, is a reported $1.1 billion.

Launched in December 2018, AIDAnova’s highlight is the Green Cruising concept- the world’s first cruise ship that can be powered at sea and in port by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The vessel has a total of 17 restaurants, 23 bars, a luxury day spa and 360-degree theatre etc. to meet the passengers luxurious dining and entertainment needs.

These are the four best luxury cruise ships in the world currently.

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