List of largest passenger ships

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This is a timeline list of the world's largest passenger ship, ranked by gross tonnage.



The Syracusia depicted in 1798

Early modern[edit]

19th century[edit]

20th century[edit]

Table for 20th century[edit]

Year Ship Tonnage Length Country Notes Image
1901 RMS Celtic 20,904 701 ft (214 m) United Kingdom The Royal Navy 1919-1939 Q70627.jpg
1903 RMS Baltic 23,876 729 ft (222 m) United Kingdom RMS Baltic postcard.jpg
1906 Kaiserin Auguste Victoria 24,581 677.5 ft (206.5 m) Germany Fred Pansing SS Kaiserin Auguste Victoria.jpg-->
1907 RMS Lusitania 31,550 787 ft (240 m) United Kingdom Torpedoed in May 7, 1915 by U-20 RMS Lusitania coming into port, possibly in New York, 1907-13-crop.jpg
1907 RMS Mauretania 31,938 790 ft (240 m) United Kingdom Also held the "Blue Riband" from 1909 to 1929 (20 years) Mauretania 1930s.JPG
1911 RMS Olympic 45,324 882.5 ft (269.0 m) United Kingdom Also held the title again briefly after the sinking of the Titanic Olympic in New York cropped.jpg
1912 RMS Titanic 46,328 883 ft (269 m) United Kingdom Sank on April 15, 1912; one of the only ocean liners to sink by an iceberg RMS Titanic 3.jpg
1913 SS Imperator 52,117 906 ft (276 m) Germany Given to Cunard Line as a compensation for Lusitania Imperator LOC ggbain 13359u.jpg
1913 SS Vaterland 54,282 950 ft (290 m) Germany Seized by Americans during World War I and was renamed SS Leviathan Hapag Vaterland.JPG
1913 SS Bismarck 56,551 956 ft (291 m) Germany Given to White Star Line as a compensation to Britannic RMS Majestic, F. G. O. Stuart.jpeg
1935 SS Normandie 79,280 (as built) 83,404 (1936 onwards) 1,029 ft (314 m) France First passenger liner to exceed 1000 feet and 300 metres in length SS Normandie at sea 01.jpg
1936 RMS Queen Mary 81,237 1,019.4 ft (310.7 m) United Kingdom Held the title for a bit, until Normandie recaptured the largest ship title after being modified in 1936 to increase her size RMS Queen Mary Long Beach January 2011.jpg
1940 RMS Queen Elizabeth 83,673 1,031 ft (314 m) United Kingdom Burnt after being converted in Hong Kong as "Seawise University" Queen Elizabeth +.JPG
1962 SS France 66,343 1,035 ft (315 m) France Became the largest existing ship upon the destruction of the larger Queen Elizabeth; stayed the longest passenger ship until RMS Queen Mary 2 in 2004 SS France Hong Kong 74.jpg
1969 RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 65,200 (as built) 963 ft (294 m) United Kingdom Became the largest active passenger ship in service, upon the retirement of the larger France QE2-South Queensferry.jpg
1988 MS Sovereign of the Seas 73,192 880 ft (270 m) Norway, Bahamas RCI Sovereign of the Seas (cropped).jpg
1995 Sun Princess 77,499 857 ft (261 m) Bermuda Sunprincess suvafiji1.jpg
1996 Carnival Destiny 101,353 893 ft (272 m) Bahamas First passenger ship to surpass Queen Elizabeth in tonnage Carnival Destiny in Castries, St. Lucia 2.jpg
1997 Grand Princess 109,000 951 ft (290 m) Bermuda Grand Princess Leghorn.JPG
1999 Voyager of the Seas 137,276 1,020 ft (310 m) Bahamas Voyager of the Seas in Sydney.jpg
2000 Explorer of the Seas 137,308 1,020 ft (310 m) Bahamas Explorer of the Seas, Fremantle, 2015 (03).JPG

21st century[edit]

Allure of the Seas

Table for 21st century[edit]

Year Ship Tonnage Length Country Notes Image
2002 MS Navigator of the Seas 139,570 1,021 ft (311 m) Bahamas Navigator of the Seas 2014 Galveston 3.JPG
2004 RMS Queen Mary 2 148,528 1,132 ft (345 m) United Kingdom RMS Queen Mary 2 in Trondheim 2007.jpg
2006 MS Freedom of the Seas 154,407 1,112 ft (339 m) Bahamas Two more ships in class of the same size MS Freedom of the Seas in its maiden voyage.jpg
2009 MS Oasis of the Seas 225,282 1,186 ft (361 m) Bahamas One more ship in class of the same size Oasis of the Seas.jpg
2016 MS Harmony of the Seas 227,700 1,188 ft (362 m) Bahamas Harmony of the Seas (ship, 2016) 001.jpg
2018 MS MS Symphony of the Seas 228,081 1,188 ft (362 m) Bahamas Currently the largest passenger ship in the world. SymphonyOfTheSeas (cropped) 02

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Titanic – Timeline". History on the Net Group. 5 March 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Oasis Of The Seas / Allure of the Seas". Royal Caribbean International. 2010. Archived from the original on 20 June 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Is a Small Difference a Big Deal?". Royal Caribbean International. 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2014.