The Majors: Cruise Ship Roll Call

Those of us who write about cruising sometimes take for granted that those of you who read about cruising are as familiar with cruise lines and cruise ships as we try to be. We assume that you know how many ships Carnival has, which new ship will be next for Royal Caribbean, and what the biggest ship is in the Norwegian fleet.

So we thought it might be interesting to give you a little clarity…and brush up on it ourselves!

What follows is a list of the mainstream lines, accompanied by a little comparative information, as a snapshot. They are listed alphabetically. Call it a cruise scorecard…


Ships in fleet — 23


Biggest ship — Magic (3,720)
Oldest ship — Fantasy (1990)
Newest ship — Breeze (2012)*
Next new ship — Vista (2016)
* Sunshine (2013) rebuilt from Destiny


Ships in fleet — 11
ReflectionBiggest ship — Reflection (3,046
Oldest ship — Century (1995)*
Newest ship — Reflection (2012
Next new ship — None announced
** Leaving fleet next year

Holland America

Ships in fleet — 15***
Nieuw AmsterdamBiggest ship — Nieuw Amsterdam (2,106)
Oldest ship — Prinsendam (1988)
Newest ship — Nieuw Amsterdam (2010)
Next new ship — Koningsdam (2016)
*** Two ships leaving next year


Ships in fleet — 13
Breakaway-Dick ElbersBiggest ship — Breakaway (4,500)
Oldest ship — Spirit (2000)
Newest ship — Getaway (2014)
Next new ship — Escape (2015)


Ships in fleet — 18
RoyalBiggest ship — Royal Princess (3,600)
Oldest ship — Sun Princess (1995)
Newest ship — Regal Princess (2014)
Next new ship — No name yet (2017)

Royal Caribbean

Ships in fleet — 22
Oasis of the SeasBiggest ships — Oasis/Allure of the Seas (6,360)
Oldest ship — Monarch of the Seas (1991)
Newest ship — Allure of the Seas (2010)
Next new ship — Quantum of the Seas (November)

Those are the “Big Six” of major cruise lines, because they the most passengers.

Another day, the upscale and specialty lines.

-Norwegian Breakaway photo by Dick Elbers

Today at The latest in cruise news

Celebrity Solstice
17 nights
October 5, 2014
Honolulu, Lahaina, Papeete, Bora Bora, Auckland, Bay of Islands, Sydney
Inside: $1,199
Cost per day: $70

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3 Responses
  1. drbrooksie says:

    Correction: NCL Epic is still bigger than Breakaway or Getaway
    Response: Epic is officially listed at 4,100 passengers and Breakaway at 4,500

  2. drbrooksie says:

    Actually, NCL’s website lists Breakaway at 3969

  3. Bob & Nancy says:

    Cruise Critic lists it as 4,028, WikiPedia at 4,500 and Ship Parade at 5,100. Clearly this is an inexact science based on things like double occupancy. When we were last on the Epic (4,100) we were told by a Norwegian officer that there were 6,000 people on board.

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