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Big ships are more than 70,000 tons and carry more than 1,800 passengers; the largest carry more than 4,000.

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And because of their majestic size, these ships are able to accommodate both more passengers and more options to keep them occupied. Today’s big ships are among the most advanced and feature-rich at sea, offering the widest possible range of amenities and options. Most of these are mainstream ships, but some are premium.

These megaships include the bells and whistles modern passengers have come to associate with a cruise. They have the most amenities, including rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, bumper cars, bowling alleys, and surfing simulators. If there’s a new amenity, you can bet it will soon appear on one of the big mega-sized cruise ships. Big ships often have magnificent spas, expansive casinos, and extensive, high-tech gyms with the latest machines and also a staff able to offer class on everything from ab work to yoga to spinning. They offer nonstop activities designed for all interests: they may have high-energy Las Vegas– or Broadway–style music revues; a wider variety of restaurants and lounges; dance clubs and discos; well-rounded children’s programs; and more.

Crown Princess

Princess Cruises
  • Sails To Alaska

Why It’s Wonderful

Crown Princess incorporates all the line's signature elements, including a stunning atrium with a sidewalk café atmosphere.

Norwegian Pearl

Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Sails To Alaska

Why It’s Wonderful

The sister ships offer more than a dozen dining options and nonstop activities, including bowling.

MSC Divina

MSC Cruises
  • Sails To Caribbean, Europe

Why It’s Wonderful

MSC Divina offers a thoroughly international cruise that appeals to a wide range of passengers, both American and European.

Crystal Serenity

Crystal Cruises
  • Sails To Caribbean, Europe

Why It’s Wonderful

With overnight calls in many ports and some of the best enrichment programs at sea, Crystal Serenity offers an upscale experience on a larger scale than other luxury lines.

Celebrity Reflection

Celebrity Cruises
  • Sails To Caribbean, Europe

Why It’s Wonderful

Celebrity Reflection offers a dozen places to dine, with half of them included in the fare, and a serene atmosphere for total relaxation.

Celebrity Solstice

Celebrity Cruises
  • Sails To Alaska

Why It’s Wonderful

Celebrity Solstice offers a dozen places to dine, with half of them included in the fare, and a serene atmosphere for total relaxation.