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10 Most Expensive Cruise Ships Currently Sailing In 2017

  • On March 3, 2017

They are some of the biggest cruise ships on the oceans today, they can hold up to 6,000 people and offer over 43 different types of staterooms with some of them costing billions of dollars to build, that’s why Vidello Productions is taking a look at the 10 Most Expensive Cruise Ships Currently Sailing In 2017.


MS Freedom of the Seas is number 10 on our list of most expensive cruise ships

MS Freedom of the Seas is number 10 on our list of most expensive cruise ships

10. MS Freedom of the Seas

Owned and operated by Royal Caribbean Cruise line, this massive ship has the capacity to house up to 3634 passengers and 1300 crew.

She was considered to be the largest cruise ships in the world until around 2008, when the company created the Oasis class ships.

Although the ship is registered in Nassau, The Bahamas, her home is currently port Canaveral in Florida.

The ship has many entertainment features including a dedicated 24-hour pizza venue, three swimming areas, an interactive water park, a dedicated adult pool, sports area with a rock climbing wall, the Flow Rider surf simulator, a miniature golf course and a full size basketball court.

All staterooms include flat screen TV’s and the entire ship is covered with fast Wi-Fi access.

The ship has an interior promenade which is 445 feet long and is called the “Royal Promenade”, which features a coffee shop, Sorrento’s Pizzeria, the Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream shop, Vintages wine and tapas bar, the Bull and Bear Irish pub, and many Duty-free shops.

Freedom of the Seas is thought to have cost around $800 Million Dollars.


MS Independence of the Seas is number 9 on our list of most expensive cruise ships

MS Independence of the Seas is number 9 on our list of most expensive cruise ships

9. MS Independence of the Seas

One of Royal Caribbean Cruises Freedom Class cruise ships, Independence of the seas opened for service in 2008 and could hold around 4370 guests with a total of 1360 crew.

Made in Finland, this ship has operated in both the UK during the spring and summer and Florida during the winter months.

She features an interactive water park on her higher deck, the H2O Zone, a dedicated sports pool for volleyball and basketball, and whirlpools which extend from the ship’s sides.

Just like Freedom of the seas she houses an internal shopping “street”, called the Promenade, that’s lined with shops, pubs wine bars and restaurants.

The Promenade features a “sky bridge” which can be lowered from the ceiling to provide a performance space above the crowds during parades.

There is also the two story Alhambra Theater, seating 1,200, a complete conference center, Ancient Egyptian themed cabaret lounge and even an ice skating rink named Studio B.

The ship was the first to feature heated fresh water swimming pools that are only heated when sailing from the UK.

Overall its thought that Independence of the Seas cost around $828 Million Dollars.


8. Norwegian Breakaway

Owned by Norwegian Cruise Line, the Norwegian Breakaway was built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

With a size of 146,600 gross tones, she has the ability to carry 3,963 passengers in double occupancy has a total of 1,024 staterooms and 238 suites.

The inside of the ship also includes the Ocean Blue Restaurant and The Headliners comedy club with the top of the ship home to The Aqua Park & Sports Complex with 5 large water-slides including one that has a free-fall section.

The whole ship is thought to have cost somewhere close to $840 Million Dollars


7. RMS Queen Mary 2

One of the most luxurious cruise ships in the world, the Queen Mary 2 was constructed in France in 2002.

Some of the ships features include fifteen restaurants and bars, five swimming pools, a casino, a ballroom, a theater, and the first planetarium at sea.

The ships passengers are somewhat divided by class and those in the lower class do not have access to the upper class restaurants. The ship does have several open all hour’s buffets and restaurants that are open to all guests 24/7.

The ship features an 8,000 volume library, book shop, kennels to house pets on transatlantic crossings and can carry roughly 2,695 passengers.

It’s thought The Queen Mary 2 cost $880 Million Dollars to build.


6. Disney Dream

Disney Dream is a cruise ship operated by Disney Cruise Line, part of The Walt Disney Company, which entered service in 2011.

The ship has the capacity to hold around a maximum of 4,000 passengers, and a crew of 1,458 with the ship featuring 1250 staterooms.

The horn of the ship can play songs featured in the parks and the movies including When You Wish upon a Star from Pinocchio.

Activities aboard Disney Dream include a 9-hole mini-golf course, a walking track, digital sports simulators, a full-sized basketball court that can be converted for use as a soccer pitch, a volleyball court, and a table tennis area.

The ship features the first ever “water roller coaster” at sea, called the “AquaDuck”, which is a 765-foot long winding water-slide with a four-deck drop and a course that winds 13 feet over the edge of the ship and through the ship’s forward funnel.

Other amenities include the Buena Vista Theater, three themed main dining restaurants, two adult-only specialty restaurants, a buffet, and multiple bars, lounges, and quick service stations.

The Disney dream is thought to have cost around $900 Million Dollars to build


5. Disney Fantasy

Another ship from Disney cruise lines, the Disney Fantasy is the sister ship of the Disney Dream an is almost identical in gross tonnage and length with approximately 1250 staterooms.

The ship features the same aqua deck as on the dream with its amazing watersides and freshwater pools.

The Nightclub District, called Europa, features a re-imagined and expanded Skyline Club and places to eat on-board include The Tube, La Piazza, O’Gills Pub and Ooh La La are all new to the Fantasy.

The Disney Dream has a “Star Wars” and “Disney Infinity” kids club and The Aqualab, water play area, is an area added to the ship that’s not featured on The Disney Dream
Its thought to have cost Disney around $940 Million Dollars to build the Disney Fantasy


4. Norwegian Epic

Norwegian Epic is a cruise ship owned by Norwegian Cruise Line and was built in France, being delivered to NCL on the 17th of June 2010.

The Epic has 4,100 passenger berths, with all outside cabins having balconies. Staterooms feature curved walls and unusual bathroom arrangements,

The toilet with its glass door, the shower with its glass door, and a small modern vanity sink in the stateroom are all separate.

Norwegian Epic’s Aqua Park has the only tube and bowl water slide at sea and the ship has a rappelling wall and a three-lane bowling alley.

Another interesting feature aboard the Norwegian Epic is a −8 °C) Ice bar where the drinks are served in ice glasses and patrons wear parkas.

The Norwegian Epic has a rather hefty price tag of around $1.2 Billion Dollars.


3. MS Harmony of the Seas

When she launched in June 2015, she was considered to be the largest passenger cruise ship in the world and still holds the title at the time of this video’s publication.

The ship features a massive water park that includes 2 rock climbing walls, 4 swimming pools and 10 hot tubs, 2 Flow rider surf simulators, the “Ultimate Abyss” dry slide at the stern of the ship and the “Perfect Storm” water slides.

The ship is divided into seven neighborhoods, including Central Park and Boardwalk with amenities on board including a casino, Vitality Spa, Large Gym, 20 dining venues, Studio B Ice Rink and a DreamWorks experience.

The back of the ship has a massive Aqua theater which is an open-air stage, hosting diving, aerial and acrobatics shows on a daily basis.

There is a rising tides bar, which can move up and down the levels of the ship while you watch people shopping on the promenade deck. While a zip line through the heart of the ship keeps the thrill seekers on their toes.

The bionic bar is one of the most fascinating places on the ship, where drinks are made solely by two robotic arms and the whole ship is kitted out with high speed internet access nicknamed Voom.

Overall it’s thought to have cost Royal Caribbean around $1.35 Billion Dollars to build Harmony of the Seas.


2. MS Oasis of the Seas

Another Oasis class ship and sister ship to both Harmony of the Seas and Allure of the seas, Oasis of the Seas launched on the 21st of November 2008.

She has many of the modern facilities of her sister ships including the central park and royal promenade areas, theater, ice skating rink, massive aqua park with beach-side pool and Jacuzzi’s, casino, 2 rock climbing walls and 2 surf simulators.

The Oasis of the seas is thought to be the first ship with a living park at sea containing over 12,000 plants and 56 trees.

The gym on board, has 158 cardio and resistance machines, classes, and a range of spa services and there is even a private tattoo parlor

As we said before many of this ships design features and amenities are somewhat similar to that of the sister ships and its thought Royal Caribbean paid around $1.4 Billion Dollars to build her.


1. MS Allure of the Seas

Officially the most expensive ship ever built at the time of this lists publication, MS Allure of the seas is a sister ship to Oasis of the Seas.

The gross tonnage of the Allure is 225,282 and her displacement, the actual weight of the ship, is equal to that of Oasis, which is estimated to be around 100,000 metric tons.

The ship features a two-deck dance hall, a theater with 1,380 seats, an ice skating rink, 7 distinct “neighborhoods”, and 25 dining options, including the first Starbucks coffee shop at sea.

One interesting part of the ship that people may not know about is the 80 kW solar array by BAM Energy Group which powers the shopping district and its thought the system cost US$600,000 and covers an area of 2,000 meters squared.

Overall the cost of the ship is thought to be in the region of $1.5 Billion Dollars.

We hope you enjoyed our video on the 10 Most Expensive Cruise Ships Currently Sailing In 2017, please stay tuned for another video, 10 Expensive Cruise Ships Launching in 2018, that’s set to publish in the coming days, throw a like on the video to support our on-going series, comment down below if you think I missed anything and subscribe for many more top list videos coming in 2017.


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