Biggest cruise ships in 2016

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Set sail on two new amazing cruise ships sailing the world: Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas and the Ovation of the Seas.

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Two new billion dollar floating cruise ships by Royal Caribbean launched to much fanfare this year – one the largest cruise ship in the world, and the other will be the largest to visit Australia.

Both mega ships have been designed to cater to a wide range of travellers, particularly multi-generational families and groups of friends looking for non-stop activities, amazing new experiences and a never ending supply of food.

Harmony of the Seas

Harmony of the Seas launched in May and is officially the world’s largest cruise ship. This mega ship has extremely impressive statistics:

  • Cost was AUS$1.38 billion
  • Accommodates 5479 guests
  • 2100 crew members
  • It measures 227,000 gross registered tonnes (1718 tonnes more than the previous record holders, the Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas)
  • 362 m in length from bow to stern
  • 66 m wide
  • 16 Decks
  • 20 dining venues
  • 23 swimming pools
  • 15,000 eggs consumed every day
  • 90,000 square metres of carpet
  • 10,000 plants and 50 trees!

Naturally, for a ship of this size, it features many ‘firsts’, including:

  • Tallest slide at sea with a 30m (10 storey) drop called the ‘The Ultimate Abyss’
  • Robotic bionic bar which can make 1000 drinks per day (2 drinks per minute)
  • ‘Rising Tide’ Bar that moves up and down 3 decks while you sip cocktails
  • Dedicated satellite providing internet speeds comparable to the speeds on land
  • Hand crafted, one of a kind merry-go-round that took a week to install
  • 20% more fuel efficient than its sister ships Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas
  • Debut of Broadway’s hit musical ‘Grease’ at sea

Unfortunately, at three and a half football fields long, our ports just aren’t big enough to be able to host such a huge ship - so you’ll have to travel overseas if you want a taste of the Harmony. The biggest ship to ever visit Australia is Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, and is able to carry 2500 passengers.

However, with our amazingly mega cruise passenger numbers in the past few years, we haven’t been forgotten. Just in time for the 2016/17 Australian cruise season which officially starts in September, the AUS$1.3b Ovation of the Seas will arrive in Perth on the 6th of December. This gigantic ship will eclipse the number of passengers on the Queen Mary 2 by an impressive 1600!

Ovation of the Seas

Ovation of the Seas was launched in April this year and is one of the most technologically advanced cruise ships to ever sail to Australia. Its size makes it the equal 4th largest cruise ship in the world (alongside the Anthem of the Seas)!

It may be smaller than the Harmony of the Seas, but the Ovation’s statistics are still pretty amazing:

  • Accommodates 4100 guests
  • 1500 crew members
  • 168, 666 gross tonnage
  • Length is 346 m from bow to stern
  • Width is 41m
  • 14 decks
  • 18 dining venues including Jamie Oliver’s ‘Jamie’s Italian’
  • Based in Sydney for the 2016/17 and 2017/18 Australian cruise season

The Ovation of the Seas will also bring with it ‘never before seen in Australia’ features including:

  • North Star Observatory – a jewel shaped glass viewing pod more than 90m above the ocean, giving passengers 360 degree views
  • Two70 – a lounge boasting 270 degree ocean views by day and an immersive, multimedia entertainment centre with robotic video screens, digital projections and high-flying aerialists and performers by night
  • Robotic bionic bar
  • Seaplex – the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea
  • Skydiving simulator
  • Dynamic dining – no set dining time, no assigned seating and no need for formal nights!
  • Keyless cabins – guests use radio frequency wristband technology
  • High speed internet

For the ultimate photo op - the Ovation also features a six and a half tonne, 10 m tall mama panda and her 3 m tall baby, as part of the ship's 11, 000 piece art collection!

If you’re in the market for a mega cruise and want to experience what over a billion dollars can offer, check out the Harmony or Ovation for size!

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