Cruise ship

Queen Elizabeth cruise ship in Hamburg

Cruise ships are large passenger ships used mainly for vacationing. Unlike ocean liners, which are used for transport, they typically embark on round-trip voyages to various ports-of-call, where passengers may go on tours known as "shore excursions". On "cruises to nowhere" or "nowhere voyages", cruise ships make two- to three-night round trips without visiting any ports of call.[1]

MS Galaxy at the port of Mariehamn, Åland, in February 2016.

Modern cruise ships tend to have less hull strength, speed, and agility compared to ocean liners.[2] However, they have added amenities to cater to water tourists, with recent vessels being described as "balcony-laden floating condominiums".[3]

Cruise ships in Tallinn Passenger Port at Tallinn, Estonia – a popular tourist-destination

As of December 2018, there are 314 cruise ships operating worldwide, with a combined capacity of 537,000 passengers.[4] Cruising has become a major part of the tourism industry, with an estimated market of $29.4 billion per year, and over 19 million passengers carried worldwide annually as of 2011.[5] The industry's rapid growth has seen nine or more newly built ships catering to a North American clientele added every year since 2001, as well as others servicing European clientele.[citation needed]

As of 2021, the world's largest passenger ship is Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas.[6][7]

  1. ^ Compare: Mayntz, Melissa. "Cruise to Nowhere". Retrieved 2 November 2018. A two-night, three-day cruise to nowhere can offer a quick vacation for a very reasonable price. Ships depart from their home port and sail in a loop to and from the same port, without any other stops.
  2. ^ "What Is the Difference Between an Ocean Liner and Cruise Ship?". Retrieved 20 January 2021.
  3. ^ Klassen, Christopher (6 September 2017). "What's the Difference between a Cruise Ship and an Expedition Vessel in Galapagos?". Santa Cruz Galapagos Cruise. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  4. ^ "2018 Worldwide Cruise Line Passenger Capacity". Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Cruise Market Watch Announces 2011 Cruise Line Market Share and Revenue Projections". Cruise Market Watch. 11 December 2010.
  6. ^ Leasca, Stacey (23 March 2018). "Royal Caribbean Just Beat Its Own Record For World's Largest Cruise Ship". Travel + Leisure.
  7. ^ LeRosasca, Miquel (4 December 2018). "15 biggest cruise ships in the world". CNN.