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Ships in all Shapes and Sizes

The trend in ship size the last decade has been big – bigger - biggest, the largest taking more than 5,000 guests out to sea.  Small ships, carrying up to 700 guests, were common once upon a time and veteran cruisers long for those golden days. Some small ships still sail and are sought-after gems – often hidden in the shadow of a cruise line’s big-ship fleet.  Of course, river cruising only offers small ships.  

SHIPS BY THE NUMBERS

While there are many ways to size up a ship, these are considered the most important.

Passenger capacity: Maximum number of passengers based on stateroom occupancy and include lower and upper berth passengers.

Tonnage: 1 cubic foot of enclosed space = 1 GRT (gross registered ton). A ship's tonnage is a spatial measurement rather than weight.

Space Ratio: Divide tonnage by passenger capacity and you get the space ratio, indicating the relative amount of space each passenger enjoys.  


Azamara Club Cruises

Azamara Club Cruises -   2 ships

Both small ships were former Renaissance cruise ships.

Ship Year Built Passenger Capacity Tonnage-GRT Space Ratio
Azamara Journey 2000 710 30,227 43
Azamara Quest 2000 710 30,227 43

Carnival Cruises - 23 ships

The "Fun ships" are big, bringing tons of fun to lots of people on every cruise.

Ship
Year Built
Passenger Capacity
Tonnage-GRT
Space Ratio
Carnival Fantasy 1990 2,634 70,367 27
Carnival Ecstasy 1991 2,594 70,367 27
Carnival Sensation 1993 2,594 70,367 27
Carnival Fascination 1994 2,594 70,367 27
Carnival Imagination 1995 2,594 70,367 27
Carnival Inspiration 1996 2,594 70,367 27
Carnival Destiny 1996 3,400 101,353 29
Carnival Elation 1998 2,594 70,367 27
Carnival Paradise 1998 2,594 70,367 27
Carnival Triumph 1999 3,400 102,353 30
Carnival Victory 2000 3,400 101,509 29
Carnival Spirit 2001 2,667 86,000 32
Carnival Pride 2002 2,667 86,000 32
Carnival Legend 2002 2,667 86,000 32
Carnival Conquest 2002 3,710 110,000 29
Carnival Glory 2003 3,710 110,000 29
Carnival Miracle 2004 3,710 110,000 29
Carnival Valor 2004 3,710 110,000 29
Carnival Liberty 2005 3,710 110,000 29
Carnival Freedom 2007 3,710 110,000 29
Carnival Splendor 2008 3,710 112,000 29
Carnival Dream 2009 4,630 130,000 28
Carnival Magic 2011 4,631 130,000 28

Celebrity ship

Celebrity - 11 Ships

The Xpedition is bite size - carrying only 92 passengers through the Galapagos Islands.

Ship
Year Built
Passenger Capacity
Tonnage-GRT
Space Ratio
Celebrity Century 1995 1,750 70,606 40
Celebrity Millennium 2000 1,950 77,713 42
Xpedition 2001 92 2,326 25
Celebrity Infinity 2001 1,950 77,713 42
Celebrity Summit 2001 1,950 77,713 42
Celebrity Constellation 2002 1,950 77,713 42
Celebrity Solstice 2008 2,850 118,000 41
Celebrity Equinox 2009 2,850 118,000 41
Celebrity Eclipse 2010 2,850 118,000 41
Celebrity Silhouette 2011 2,850 118,000 41
Celebrity Reflection 2012 2,850 112,000 42

Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises - 2 ships

You'll enjoy mid-size ships with a high space ration on this upscale cruise line.

Ship
Year Built
Passenger Capacity
Tonnage-GRT
Space Ratio
Crystal Symphony 1995 940 51,044 54
Crystal Serenity 2003 1,080 68,870 63

Cunard - 3 ships

The ships may be large, but they carry relatively fewer passengers, giving you space to enjoy your journey.

 

Ship
Year Built
Passenger Capacity
Tonnage-GRT
Space Ratio
Queen Mary 2 2004 2,600 151,000 58
Queen Victoria 2007 1,850 85,000 46
Queen Elizabeth 2010 2,092 92,000 44

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line® - 3 ships

The large Disney Dream™ just set sail and her twin, Disney Fantasy™, will launch in 2012.

Ship
Year Built
Passenger Capacity
Tonnage-GRT
Space Ratio
Disney Magic® 1998 2,400 83,300 35
Disney Wonder® 1999 2,400 83,300 35
Disney Dream 2011 2,000 128,000 32
Disney Fantasy 2012 4,000 128,000 32

Holland America

Holland America Line - 15 ships

With mostly mid-size ships, the ms Prinsendam - formerly a Royal Viking ship - is small.

Ship
Year Built
Passenger Capacity
Tonnage-GRT
Space Ratio
ms Prinsendam 1988 837 37,848 45
ms Maasdam 1993 1,266 55,575 43
ms Statendam 1993 1,266 55,451 43
ms Ryndam 1994 1,266 55,819 43
ms Veendam 1996 1,350 57,092 42
ms Rotterdam 1997 1,404 61,849 44
ms Volendam 1999 1,432 60,890 42
ms Amsterdam 2000 1,380 61,000 44
ms Zaandam 2000 1,432 61,396 43
ms Zuiderdam 2002 2,272 81,769 36
ms Oosterdam 2003 2,388 82,000 34
ms Westerdam 2004 2,272 81,811 36
ms Noordam 2006 2,272 82,500 43
ms Eurodam 2008 2,104 86,700 41
ms Nieuw Amsterdam 2010 2,104 86,700 41

Princess Cruises

Princess®: - 13 ships

In a fleet of soon-to-be 15 ships, two are small-ship standouts: the Pacific and Ocean only carry 688 passengers and were former Renaissance Cruise ships.

Ship
Year Built
Passenger Capacity
Tonnage-GRT
Space Ratio
Sun Princess 1995 1,950 77,000 39
Dawn Princess 1997 1,950 77,000 39
Grand Princess 1998 2,600 109,000 42
Sea Princess 1998 1,950 77,000 39
Ocean Princess 1999 688 30,227 43
Pacific Princess 1999 688 30,227 43
Golden Princess 2001 2,600 109,000 42
Coral Princess 2002 1,950 88,000 45
Star Princess 2002 2,600 109,000 42
Island Princess 2003 1,950 88,000 45
Caribbean Princess 2004 3,110 116,000 37
Diamond Princess 2004 2,600 113,000 43
Sapphire Princess 2004 2,600 113,000 43
Crown Princess 2007 3,110 116,000 37
Emerald Princess 2007 3,110 116,000 37
Ruby Princess 2008 3,110 116,000 37
Royal Princess 2012 3,600 139,000 38
Unnamed 2013 3,600 139,000 38

Regent Seven Seas Cruises - 3 ships

The all-suite ships are deluxe from stem to stern, and have the highest space ratio on the high seas.

 

Ship
Year Built
Passenger Capacity
Tonnage-GRT
Space Ratio
Navigator 1999 490 33,000 67
Seven Seas Mariner 1001 700 50,000 71
Seven Seas Voyager 2003 700 46,000 66

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean - 22 ships

This cruise line believes bigger is better, but the new ships just ordered will be smaller than the last two.

 

Ship
Year Built
Passenger Capacity
Tonnage-GRT
Space Ratio
Monarch of the Seas 1991 2,744 73,941 27
Majesty of the Seas 1991 2,744 73,941 27
Legend of the Seas 1995 2,076 70,000 34
Splendour of the Seas 1996 2,076 69,130 34
Grandeur of the Seas 1996 2,076 69,130 34
Enchantment of the Seas 1997 2,252 80,700 35
Rhapsody of the Seas 1997 74,000 74,000 30
Vision of the Seas 1998 2,435 78,491 31
Voyager of the Seas 1999 3,838 142,000 37
Explorer of the Seas 2000 3,838 142,000 37
Radiance of the Seas 2001 2,501 91,000 36
Adventurer of the Seas 2001 3,838 142,000 37
Brilliance of the Seas 2002 2,501 91,000 36
Navigator of the Seas 2002 3,807 138,000 36
Serenade of the Seas 2003 2,501 90,090 36
Mariner of the Seas 2003 3,807 138,000 36
Jewel of the Seas 2004 2,501 90,090 36
Freedom of the Seas 2006 4,370 158,000 36
Liberty of the Seas 2007 4,370 158,000 36
Independence of the Seas 2008 4,378 158,000 34
Oasis of the Seas 2009 6,296 225,282 35
Allure of the Seas 2010 6,296 225,282 35

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises - 17 ships

These are all small compared to their sea-going cousins. Ship size is stated below in length and width - GRT not used as a river cruise ship measure. Vietnam service begins in 2012.

Ship
Year Built
Passenger Capacity
Length x Width
Space Ratio
European river ships
River Ambassador 1993 120 361' x 37.5'  n/a
River Baroness 1994 120 361' x 37.5'  n/a
River Queen 1999 132 361' x 37.5'  n/a
River Empress 2001 134 361' x 37.5'  n/a
River Princess 2001 132 361' x 37.5'  n/a
River Countess 2003 134 361' x 37.5'  n/a
River Duchess 2003 134 361' x 37.5'  n/a
River Royale 2006 132 361' x 37.5'  n/a
River Beatrice 2009 160 410' x 37.5'  n/a
SS Antoinette 2010 164 443' x 37.5'  n/a
Douro Spirit 2010 128 245' x 37'  n/a
Russian river ship
River Victoria 2011-rebuilt 206 423' x 55'  n/a
Egyptian ship
Princes Abbas 1998 140 280.5' x 50.9'  n/a
River Tosca 2010 82 236' x 46'  n/a
China river ships
Victoria Princess 2004 208 293' x 54'  n/a
Victoria Anna 2006 308 348' x 54.5'  n/a
Victoria Jenna 2009 378 438.9' x 61.7'  n/a
Vietnam ship - service begins 2012
River Saigon 2012 60 180' x 34'  n/a

Important information:
Prices per guest, based on double occupancy, cruise-only, for select travel dates in least expensive stateroom category, Prices are subject to change without notice, availability and confirmation.  Government fees/taxes are additional for all guests.
Ships’ registered: The Bahamas, Panama, Great Britain, Malta, Bermuda, Russia, China, Ecuador, Vietnam, and The Netherlands.

 
 
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