Timeline of largest passenger ships

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

Timeline[edit]

Ancient[edit]

The Syracusia depicted in 1798

Early modern[edit]

19th century[edit]

Year Flag and name of ship Tonnage Displacement Length Notes Image
1831 SS Royal William 1,370 ton 49 m (160 ft)
1837 SS Great Western 1,340 GRT
(later, 1,700 GRT)
2,300 ton 76.8 m (252 ft)
1839 SS British Queen 1,850 GRT 75 m (245 ft)
1840 SS President 2,350 GRT 74 m (243 ft)
1845 SS Great Britain 3,674 ton 98 m (322 ft)
1854 HMS Himalaya 4,690 ton 100 m (340 ft)
1854 SS Atrato 3,467 GRT 110 m (350 ft)
1858 SS Great Eastern 18,915 GRT 211 m (692 ft) Converted to cable-laying ship in 1864
1871 SS Adriatic 3,888 GRT 138 m (452 ft)
1873 RMS City of Chester 4,566 GRT 135.5 m (444.5 ft)
1875 SS Britannic 5,004 GRT 143 m (468 ft)
1875 SS City of Berlin 5,491 tons 148.9 m (488.6 ft)
1881 SS Servia 7,392 GT 157 m (515 ft)
1881 SS City of Rome 8,453 GRT 170.7 m (560.2 ft)
1888 SS City of New York 10,508 GRT 17,270 tons 170 m (560 ft)
1893 RMS Campania 12,950 GT 18,450 tons 190 m (622 ft) Matched by sister ship RMS Lucania (1893)
1897 SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse 14,349 GT 24,300 long tons (24,700 ton) 200 m (655 ft)
1899 RMS Oceanic 17,272 GT 215 m (704 ft)

20th century[edit]

Date completed Ship Tonnage Length Notes Image
11 July 1901 RMS Celtic 20,904 GT 214 m (701 ft) The Royal Navy 1919-1939 Q70627.jpg
31 January 1903 RMS Cedric 21,073 GT 210 m (700 ft) RMS Cedric.jpg
23 June 1904 RMS Baltic 23,876 GT 222 m (729 ft) RMS Baltic old postcard.jpg
10 May 1906
(entered service)
SS Kaiserin Auguste Victoria 24,581 GT 206.5 m (677.5 ft) Fred Pansing SS Kaiserin Auguste Victoria.jpg
7 September 1907
(entered service)
RMS Lusitania 31,550 GT 240 m (787 ft) RMS Lusitania coming into port, possibly in New York, 1907-13-crop.jpg
7 November 1907 RMS Mauretania 31,938 GT 240 m (790 ft) Also held the Blue Riband from 1909 to 1929 Mauretania 1930s.JPG
31 May 1911 RMS Olympic 45,324 GT 269.0 m (882.5 ft) Superseded by Titanic in 1912, but held the title again briefly after the sinking of Titanic Olympic in New York cropped.jpg
2 April 1912 RMS Titanic 46,328 GT 269 m (883 ft) Sank on 15 April 1912, making Olympic the largest passenger ship again RMS Titanic 3.jpg
June 1913 SS Imperator 52,117 GT 276 m (906 ft) Imperator LOC ggbain 13359u.jpg
14 May 1914
(entered service)
SS Vaterland 54,282 GT 290 m (950 ft) Hapag Vaterland.JPG
12 May 1922
(entered service)
RMS Majestic 56,551 GT 291 m (956 ft) RMS Majestic, F. G. O. Stuart.jpeg
29 May 1935
(entered service)
SS Normandie 79,280 GT (as built)

83,404 GT (post-1936)

314 m (1,029 ft) Modified in 1936 to increase her size and reclaimed the title of the largest passenger ship from Queen Mary; scrapped in 1946 SS Normandie at sea 01.jpg
27 May 1936
(entered service)
RMS Queen Mary 80,774 GRT 310.7 m (1,019.4 ft) Held the title briefly until overtaken by Normandie which was modified to increase her size in 1936; retired in 1967 RMS Queen Mary Long Beach January 2011 view.jpg
16 October 1946
(entered service)
RMS Queen Elizabeth 83,673 GRT 314 m (1,031 ft) Destroyed in 1972 by fire Queen Elizabeth +.JPG
3 February 1962
(entered service)
SS France (1962-1980)

SS Norway (post-1980)

66,343 GT 315 m (1,035 ft) Became the largest existing ship upon the destruction of the larger Queen Elizabeth in 1972 SS Norway.jpg
18 December 1987 MS Sovereign of the Seas 73,192 GT 270 m (880 ft) Sovereign of the Seas Nassau Bahamas (244161813) (cropped) (cropped).jpg
26 June 1995 Sun Princess 77,499 GT 261 m (857 ft) Sunprincess suvafiji1.jpg
24 November 1996
(entered service)
Carnival Destiny 101,353 GT 272 m (893 ft) First passenger ship to surpass Queen Elizabeth in tonnage Carnival Destiny Miami 12-22-11 (cropped).JPG
27 May 1998
(entered service)
Grand Princess 109,000 GT 290 m (951 ft) Grand Princess in Gibraltar.jpg
29 October 1999 Voyager of the Seas 137,276 GT 310 m (1,020 ft) Voyager of the Seas in Sydney.jpg
28 September 2000 Explorer of the Seas 137,308 GT 310 m (1,020 ft) Explorer of the Seas, Fremantle, 2015 (03).JPG

21st century[edit]

Date completed Ship Gross tonnage Length Notes Image
18 November 2002 Navigator of the Seas 139,570 GT 311 m (1,020 ft) Navigator of the Seas 2014 Galveston 3.JPG
22 December 2003 RMS Queen Mary 2 148,528 GT 345.03 m (1,132.0 ft) RMS Queen Mary 2 in Trondheim 2007.jpg
24 April 2006 MS Freedom of the Seas 154,407 GT 338.774 m (1,111.46 ft) Matched by sister ships Liberty of the Seas (2007) and Independence of the Seas (2008) MS Freedom of the Seas in its maiden voyage.jpg
28 October 2009 Oasis of the Seas 225,282 GT 360 m (1,180 ft) Matched by sister ship Allure of the Seas (2010)[1][2] Oasis of the Seas.jpg
13 May 2016 Harmony of the Seas 227,700 GT 362.12 m (1,188.1 ft) Harmony of the Seas (ship, 2016) 001.jpg
23 March 2018 Symphony of the Seas 228,081 GT 361.011 m (1,184.42 ft) Currently the largest passenger ship in the world. SymphonyOfTheSeas (cropped) 02

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oasis Of The Seas / Allure of the Seas". Royal Caribbean International. 2010. Archived from the original on 20 June 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
  2. ^ "Is a Small Difference a Big Deal?". Royal Caribbean International. 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2014.