Back in 1912, when the Titanic left Southampton and set sail toward New York, it was the biggest cruise ship of its time. One century after, some ships are simply too big to sail the Panama Canal or to fit in most of the ports throughout the world. Obviousy, bigger is always better, so oyu might want to do your homework before making your choice when hoing on a cruise.
The biggest cruise ships have not even been built yet, but 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. Check out the 8 most expensive concept cruise ships ever.
8. Titanic 2, $500 Million
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. The replica of the RMS Titanic is announced to set sail in 2016, 104 years after the original voyage.
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. It will accommodate 4,372 passengers and 1,400 crew members, and wil lfeature a large spa, 4 swimming pools, 13 bars, and 13 restaurants, all scattered around her 15 decks. Enjoy!
6. Norwegian Bliss, $900 Million
Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Lines announced they will add a new vessel to their fleet, come spring 2017. Norwegian Bliss will weigh 163,000 tons and will accommodate 4,200 passengers on its colorful and fun decorated decks. It will feature multiple bars and lounges, Broadway and off-Broadway shows, and luxury villas.
5. 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. 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.
4. Oasis 3, $1.4 Billion
Work on a new Oasis-class ship started in autumn 2013, and promises to accommodate 6,360 passengers in 2,700 staterooms on 16 decks. It will feature a Central Park, 82-foot long zip line, elevating bar, and Aqua Theater. Oasis 3 is expected to set sail in 2016.
3. 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. 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. However, it never reached completion.
2. Princess Kaguya, $5.4 billion
Princess Kaguya was supposed to set sail in 2012, but constructions never even started. This project was 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. Obviously, costs were way to big.
1. Freedom Ship, $10 billion
The biggest cruise ship in the world never saw the light of day. Freedom Ship was supposed to be 0.818 miles long, 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. Freedom Ship was designed to be permanently at sea, circling the world every two years. A bit too much, I think.