|Cruise ships vary greatly in
passenger capacity (several
a few thousand passengers), style (from the ultimate in luxury to neon
& disco) and amenities. No matter what you are looking for,
is a cruise ship style for you.
Ship size is usually expressed in Gross Registered Tons (GRT) which measures volume, not weight. 1 GRT = 100 cubic feet of enclosed revenue generating space. The breakdowns are...Super-Mega is anything over 100,000 GRT
Mega is anything between 70,000 and 100,000 GRT
Large is anything between 40,000 and 70,000 GRT
Small is anything between 10,000 and 40,000 GRT
Boutique is anything smaller than 10,000 GRT
Another common measurement is in terms of passenger capacity assuming double occupancy (each stateroom occupied by two people except those designed for single occupancy). To use the same breakdowns as above the breakdowns tend to be...
Super-Mega is anything over 2,500 passengers
Mega is anything between 1,800 and 2,500 passengers
Large is anything between 1,000 and 1,800 passengers
Small is anything between 500 and 1,000 passengers
Boutique is anything smaller than 500 passengers
Cruise Megaships, Megaliners or SuperlinersThey are designed for the typical relaxing pleasure trip, many having verandahs that afford beautiful private glimpses of the scenery. They have kind of a boxy look and offer picture windows rather than portholes. These ships are designed to be "floating resorts", each having a wide selection of cabins and other amenities for 1,500-3,000 cruisers. You can take a Virtual Reality Tour of the Veendam (slow-loading, but worth it).
Ocean LinersCruise Liners concentrate on more outdoor spaces, and generally offer the 500 to1,500 passengers smaller staterooms, although a growing number of them boast private verandas.
The Classic Liners were constructed to weather the coldest weather and the highest seas (thus the somewhat sheltered deck areas) while affording luxurious accomodations and amenities for 600 to 1,000 passemgers, and often the finest dining anywhere.
Coastal CruisersThese ships offer about 100 cruisers very limited amenities and concentrate on the scenic experience.
YachtsCatering to 50 to 350 passengers, these are probably the most luxurious. Cabins are usually larger and better appointed, and the amenities are more upscale. On private yachts 25 or so passengers will most often find the ultimate in luxurious (and mostly oceanview) accomodations and amenities. Itineraries on these smaller vessels are flexible since most are privately owned and operated.
River ShipsThese small ships carry up to 200 passengers, and were constructed to navigate narrow rivers which stop at many ports-of-call. Do not expect luxury, fine dining or too many shipboard activities.
Steamboats are built with a shallow draft to more easily navigate rivers. If you want a more relaxed atmosphere and enjoy watching the scenery go by, or are in a mood for gambling, you might enjoy this type ship. About 500 passengers can enjoy the on-board facilities, which are similar to those of a traditional cruise ship.
Expedition ShipsThese trips are largely for the purpose of arriving at some port of interest, and have limited amenities which may focus on lectures instead of lounging.
FerriesTake your vehicle with you on this short cruise...many of these ships have cabins and dining facilities similar to cruise ships, and some even offer entertainment of some kind.
Ships Under SailUp to 500 passengers can enjoy a wide range of amenities on these ships. These may tend to be more casual in style, and even afford an opportunity to be part of the crew.
BargesEven though there are facilities for only about a dozen passengers, they can enjoy private cabins and excellent dining on these narrow ships.
FreightersThere is room for about 50 passengers who want to enjoy a no-pressure voyage with comfortable amenities.
SanitationThe U.S. Public Health Center for Disease Control monitors the sanitation of all ships carrying 13 or more passengers that sail in international waters. They try to inspect each ship every six months and publish their findings every two weeks. Some cruise lines have an in-house sanitation department which keeps ships within the CDC guidelines. This system provides guidelines for safe operation, but does not require a ship to shut down if it scores badly. It can only make recommendations.
SOLASFor ships that sail from U.S. ports, these Safety of Life at Sea regulations are enforced by the U.S. Coast Guard and involve inspectons of the ship's emergency epuipment, machinery and watertightmess of the hull. The ships are re-inspected quarterly, and can be prevented from sailing if determined to be unsafe. These rules are not enforced for cruises that originate in other regions.
Newbuilds to be delivered in 2009:
AIDAluna, Amalyra, Amadolce, Independence, Celebrity Equinox, Carnival Dream, Costa Pacifica, Costa Luminosa, Jayavarman, MSC Splendida, Pearl Mist, Oasis of the Seas, Seabourn Odyssey, Viking Legend, Sea Cloud Hussar, Scenic Diamond, Silver Spirit, Swiss Jewel, A-ROSA Aqua, Avalon Affinity, Avalon Creativity
AIDAluna (2,030 - April 2009) Meyer Werft
AIDAblu (2,174 - April 2010) Meyer Werft
New 71,000-ton ship (2,174 - April 2011) Meyer Werft
New 71,000-ton ship (2,174 - May 2012) Meyer Werft
Amalyra ( - March 2009)
Amadolce ( - May 2009)
(Two more ships have been ordered for 2010 at Grave Shipyard, the Netherlands)
American Cruise Lines, Inc.
Independence (104 - August 2009) Chesapeake Shipbuilding
A-ROSA Flussschiff GmbH
A-ROSA Aqua (202 - Summer 2009) Neptunwerft Warnemünde
A-ROSA Viva (202 - Spring 2009) Neptunwerft Warnemünde
(The two both are river cruise vessels)
Avalon Affinity (- 2009) Den Breejen Shipyard, Holland
Avalon Creativity (- 2009) Den Breejen Shipyard, Holland
Avalon Luminary (- 2010) Den Breejen Shipyard, Holland
Avalon Felicity (- 2010) Den Breejen Shipyard, Holland
Celebrity Equinox (2,850 - Summer 2009) Meyer Werft
Celebrity Eclipse (2,850 - Summer 2010) Meyer Werft
Fourth Solstice-class ship (2,850 - Fall 2011) Meyer Werft
Fifth Solstice-class ship (2,850 - Fall 2012) Meyer Werft (Letter of intent)
Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Dream (3,608 - October 2009) Fincantieri
Carnival Magic (3,652 - June 2011) Fincantieri
Costa Pacifica (3,004 - Summer 2009) Fincantieri Sestri Ponente yard
Costa Luminosa (2,260 - April 2009) Fincantieri Marghera shipyard
Costa Deliziosa (2,260 - March 2010) Fincantieri Marghera shipyard
Unnamed Concordia-Class Ship (3,012 double occupancy - 2011) Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard
Unnamed Concordia-Class Ship (3,012 double occupancy - 2012) Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard
Compagnie des Iles du Ponant (CMA CGM Group)
Le Boreal (134 cabins - May 2010) Fincantieri
L'Austral (134 cabins - August 2010) Fincantieri
Vivaldi (180 -) (River cruise ship)
Princess Sissi (150 - ) (River cruise ship)
Queen Elizabeth (2,092 - Autumn 2010) Fincantieri Monfalcone shippyard
Disney Cruise Lines
New class vessel (1,250 staterooms - 2011) Meyer Werft
New class vessel (1,250 staterooms - 2012) Meyer Werft
Unnamed ship (500 - Neorion Holdings) (letter of intent)
Unnamed ship (500 - Neorion Holdings) (letter of intent)
(There is an option for two other ships)
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Four Seasons Ocean Residence (48,600 grt - 2010) Kvaerner Masa (Aker Yards) (Conditional contract)
Heritage Lines - Trails of Indochina
Jayavarman (27 staterooms - July 2009) (River cruises in Indochina)
Holland America Line
Nieuw Amsterdam (2,100 - Fall 2010) Fincantieri
MSC Crociere - Mediterranean Shipping Cruises
MSC Splendida (3887 - March 2009) Chantiers de l'Atlantique
MSC Magnifica (1,275 cabins - 2010) Chantiers de l'Atlantique (She is the fourth "Musica" class Panamax ship)
MSC Meraviglia (3013 - February 2011) Chantiers de l'Atlantique
MSC Favolosa (3013 - February 2012) Chantiers de l'Atlantique
Norwegian Cruise Line
F3 Class unnamed ship (4,200 - May 2010) STX Europe's French shipyard in Saint Nazaire
Marina (1,260 - September 2010) Fincantieri Sestri Ponente
New class ship (1,260 - July 2011) Fincantieri Sestri Ponente
(There is an option for a third ship to be delivered in May 2012. The option expires on Sept. 30, 2009)
OVDS - Hurtigruten - Norwegian Coastal Voyage
Fram's sister ship (2008) Fincantieri (Option to be confirmed)
Azura (3,076 - Spring 2010 ) Fincantieri Monfalcone Shipyard
Pearl Seas Cruises
Pearl Mist (214 - Spring 2009) Irving Shipbuilding, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Unnamed ship (214 - ) (Originally the ship would be built at the Irving Shipbuilding, in Halifax, Nova Scotia but in March 2008 Pearl Seas decided to built the second ship in a different shipyard)
Residential Cruise Line Ltd.
Magellan (residential cruise ship) - Aker Yards (Memorandum of Understanding)
Royal Caribbean International
Oasis of the Seas (5,400 - Autumn 2009) Aker Yards
Allure of the Seas (5,400 - August 2010) Aker Yards
Fourth Freedom class ship (3,600 - Late 2011) Aker Yards (Letter of intent)
Seabourn Cruise Line / The Yachts of Seabourn
Seabourn Odyssey (450 - June 2009) T. Mariotti Shipyard - Genoa, Italy
Seabourn Sojourn (225 cabins / 450 pax - Summer 2010) T. Mariotti Shipyard - Genoa, Italy
Unnamed ship (225 cabins / 450 pax - Summer 2011) T. Mariotti Shipyard - Genoa, Italy
Sea Cloud Cruises
Sea Cloud Hussar (136 - Autumn 2009) Factoria Naval de Marin (She is a three-mast sailing vessel)
Scenic Diamond (2009 - river cruise ship) Den Breejen Shipyard
Silver Spirit (540 - Fall 2009) Fincantieri Ancona
(There is also an option for a sister ship)
New five-masted vessel (296 - 2010) (September 2007: planning stage)
Tauck World Discovery
Swiss Jewel (118 - April 2009) Vahali Shipyard, The Nederlands
Victoria Jenna (418 - April 2009) - (River cruises in China)
Victoria Emperor (Over 200 - planning stage) -
Viking River Cruises
Viking Legend (189 - 2009)
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