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Going on a luxurious cruise is probably on every traveler’s bucket list. After reading about these expensive cruise ships, it could be on yours too!

Before Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Titanic movie, we could only wonder and dream about these expensive cruise ships. But now, we are going to reveal the top fifteen right here!
Everybody loves traveling. Even if you think getting on a cruise ship will never be on your bucket list, you would want it when you can afford it. There is no way you can refuse all the luxury these ships have to offer for your exclusive summer vacation.
To build such exclusive cruise ships, it took a huge amount of money. Let alone the expenses in maintaining, berthing, or simply just running them.
We have amazing images of those ships for you along with some information about their worth and features. So, let’s start the countdown!

15. Costa Diadema ($620 million)




15 Most Expensive Cruise Ships In The World | #15. Costa Diadema ($620 million)
15 Most Expensive Cruise Ships In The World | #15. Costa Diadema ($620 million) | source: youtube.com
Costa Diadema is a part of the Italian fleet, Costa Crociere. This ship is the biggest they have with almost 5,000-passenger capacity. For every luxury cruise, more than one thousand crews are ready to cater to your needs.
Fincantieri took two years to complete the ship from the day it was ordered in 2012. Within those years, €550 million ($620 million) were spent to build the ship and its popular features. Among them is the retractable roof covering three swimming pools and three large dining rooms which serve top-class Italian cuisine.
If I were you, I would go straight to the Birreria Dresden Green. We may find some of the world’s most expensive beers in this German-themed beer garden.
Check yourself into one of Costa Diadema’s luxury suites. I suggest the Grand Suite with Ocean View Balcony on Deck 7. With just $900 per 6-day cruise, you can pamper yourself with this luxury.




14. Carnival Vista ($780 million)




15 Most Expensive Cruise Ships In The World | #12. Carnival Vista ($780 million)
14 Most Expensive Cruise Ships In The World | #12. Carnival Vista ($780 million) | source: osul.com.br
The next one is from Carnival Cruise Line, the Carnival Vista. It was also built by Fincatieri of Italy from 2012 to 2015. But it only got to its maiden voyage last May.
The cost to build this cruise ship was around $780 million. Some of those were spent to build awesome features such as the SkyRide. On its top deck, you can experience thrilling sensation inside pedal-powered capsules.
Its other signature feature is the SkyGreens. It is a mini golf course located on Deck 12. Who says going to the sea means leaving all fun on the land behind?
If you happen to be in Miami this November, you can get the chance to see the Carnival Vista with your own eyes. It is pretty big, you will notice it even from afar.






13. Liberty of the Seas ($800 million)




15 Most Expensive Cruise Ships In The World | #13. Liberty of the Seas ($800 million)
13 Most Expensive Cruise Ships In The World | #13. Liberty of the Seas ($800 million) | source: royacaribbeanincentives.com
Liberty of the Seas is owned by the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Spoiler alert, you will be seeing a lot of this American global cruise company on this list. Royal Caribbean has been known as arguably the best cruise hospitality provider in the world.
This particular ship was built in 2007. And it cost around $800 million. For its maximum occupancy, it can take up to 4,000 passengers. Just like most exclusive cruise ships, over one thousand crews are on board for service.
Like its sister ships, Liberty of the Seas is known for its super sport features such as on-board FlowRider wave generated surfing facility. How cool is that?
It has everything you need. From all kinds of restaurants to nightclub and theater, you name it, you can find it.

12. Freedom of the Seas ($800 million)




15 Most Expensive Cruise Ships In The World | #12. Freedom of the Seas ($800 million)
12 Most Expensive Cruise Ships In The World | #12. Freedom of the Seas ($800 million) | source: advancetravelfwa.com
As you can tell from its name, Freedom of the Seas is also one of Royal Caribbean’s fleet. This one was built from 2004 until 2006. It is now registered to Nassau, Bahamas. Just another reason why it is the home to one of the world’s most luxurious beaches.

When it was first laid down, it was the biggest passenger ship ever. The record was broken by its own sister ships.
Like the previous cruise ship from Royal Caribbean, this too has amazing sport facilities. In terms of capacity and crews, they share similar numbers as well.
If you get the chance to be inside this masterpiece, make sure to spend times at the Royal Promenade. It is a luxurious interior promenade inside the ship. And it features all sorts of entertainment.



11. Independence of the Seas ($828 million)




15 Most Expensive Cruise Ships In The World | #11. Independence of the Seas ($828 million)
15 Most Expensive Cruise Ships In The World | #11. Independence of the Seas ($828 million) | source: flickr.com
Royal Caribbean got the Finnish ship builder, Aker Finnyards Turku Shipyard, to build the Independence of the Seas back in 2008. And it cost around $828 million.
This is the successor of Freedom of the Seas and the last from Freedom-class Royal Caribbean cruise ship line. With almost 4,500-passenger capacity, this was the world’s largest passenger ship before the Oasis-class was born.
Passengers on board are pampered with tons of on-board entertainment. When the sun is shining outside, head on to the H2O Zone that has sports pool and whirlpools with bars.
Shopaholics will love the Promenade inside this ship. It was designed like a shopping street where shops and bars are lining up and inviting you to come in.
10. Norwegian Breakaway ($840 million)



15 Most Expensive Cruise Ships In The World | #10. Norwegian Breakaway ($840 million)
10 Most Expensive Cruise Ships In The World | #10. Norwegian Breakaway ($840 million) | source: thecruisetraveller.co.uk
Norwegian Breakaway is not the only cruise ship from Norwegian Cruise Line you will see on this list. As you go through this list, you can tell by their distinctive colorful drawings on its front side. Those drawings also tell that this cruise ship caters more to children passengers’ needs.
Bringing your children along in a cruise can be challenging. Especially with those party goers on board who are there to dance nonstop until they drop.
In 2013, this cruise ship was designed based on that premise. As a result, it features facilities and amenities such as children swimming area which are especially designed for kids.
It took around two years for Meyer Werft to build this masterpiece. And the construction cost around $840 million.


9. Disney Dream ($900 million)




15 Most Expensive Cruise Ships In The World | #9. Disney Dream ($900 million)
09  Most Expensive Cruise Ships In The World | #9. Disney Dream ($900 million) | source: disneycruiselineblog.com
As you can tell from its name, Disney Dream is a cruise ship owned and operated by Disney Cruise Line. It is a part of The Walt Disney Company.

The Disney Dream made its maiden voyage back in 2011. It took four years since it was first ordered. Meyer Werft built the ship with $900 million of cost.
The vessel can accommodate 4,000 passengers plus over one thousand crew members on-board to make sure you have the best time of your life. With such capacity, it should come as no surprise that it is 40% larger than its two predecessors, Disney Magic and Disney Wonder.
It is not Disney without facilities for all ages. Even children and teenagers will love spending time on-board with this cruise ship.


8. Norwegian Escape ($920 million)




15 Most Expensive Cruise Ships In The World | #8. Norwegian Escape ($920 million)
08 Most Expensive Cruise Ships In The World | #8. Norwegian Escape ($920 million) | source: travelmarketreport.com
Two years ago, the Norwegian Cruise Line spent around $1.4 billion for Meyer Werft to build two cruise ships, Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Escape. The estimated cost for Norwegian Escape alone is $920 million.
This cruise ship can take around 4,000 passengers. And the number of crews is almost a half of that. That is how serious they are about service.
With such capacity, it should come as no surprise that Norwegian Escape is the second largest vessel of the fleet. It is so big that it costs $219,000 per berth.
In terms of features, food lovers will be pampered with gastronomy as they spend time on board. One of the best restaurants they have is owned by a famous chef, Jose Garces. Enjoy some Latin seafood dishes!
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7. Quantum of the Seas ($935 million)



15 Most Expensive Cruise Ships In The World | #7. Quantum of the Seas ($935 million)
07 Most Expensive Cruise Ships In The World | #7. Quantum of the Seas ($935 million) | source: royalcaribbeanpresscenter.com
Quantum of the Seas is the leading vessel from the Quantum-class. This class is currently the second largest class of passenger ships after the Oasis-class. Both of them are from the Royal Caribbean.
Like most Royal Caribbean’s vessels, this one too was built by Meyer Werft. Before they come up with the name, it was called Project Sunshine during construction in 2011. Three years later, after spending $935 million, Quantum of the Seas went on its maiden voyage.
Being the second largest class, this ship costs $231,000 per berth. It is registered at Nassau, Bahamas port.
The best part of this cruise ship is the availability of accessible decks with balcony staterooms overlooking the ocean. How sweet is that? It is just the perfect luxurious experience you need.
 

6. Anthem of the Seas ($940 million)



15 Most Expensive Cruise Ships In The World | #6. Anthem of the Seas ($940 million)
06Most Expensive Cruise Ships In The World | #6. Anthem of the Seas ($940 million) | source: royalcaribbean.com
Anthem of the Seas is another one from Royal Caribbean’s quantum-class. Meyer Werft built it in 2015. It took two years to finish from the first time it was laid down. And the building cost is estimated to be $940 million.
Like the previous quantum-class cruise ship, this one also has the luxury staterooms with accessible decks and balcony overlooking the ocean.
Even better, while you are on board, you don’t have to go outside to enjoy the ocean view as the ship is cruising. Thanks to Disney’s Virtual Porthole concept, you can see that from inside.
From those luxurious staterooms, you can have the virtual ocean view on a floor-to-ceiling 80-inch high-definition TV screen. So, are you interested in experiencing this Royal Caribbean’s Virtual Balcony?

5. Disney Fantasy ($950 million)



15 Most Expensive Cruise Ships In The World | #5. Disney Fantasy ($950 million)
15 Most Expensive Cruise Ships In The World | #5. Disney Fantasy ($950 million) | source: orlandosentinel.com
Here is another cruise ship from Disney Cruise Line. With $950 million spent on building cost from 2007 to 2012, Disney Fantasy is ranked 7th on our list of world’s most expensive cruise ships.
Disney Fantasy is the fourth ship in the cruise line owned by The Walt Disney Company. It went on its maiden voyage back in 2012.
The vessel cruises the Eastern and Western Caribbean for seven nights from Florida. With $4,000 you can get on board and enjoy a full week in their most luxurious concierge.
Among the four-thousand passengers definitely enjoy Disney’s luxury on every cruise. Not to mention there are almost 1,500 crew members ready at their service.
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4. Norwegian Epic ($1.2 billion)



15 Most Expensive Cruise Ships In The World | #4. Norwegian Epic ($1.2 billion)
15 Most Expensive Cruise Ships In The World | #4. Norwegian Epic ($1.2 billion) | source: empire-empire.com
And the fourth world’s most expensive cruise ship is the largest and most expensive from the Norwegian Cruise Line. When it was built back in 2009, it was the third largest cruise ship in the world.
The Norwegian Epic was built by Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. Since its maiden voyage, it has been representing the cruise line’s third generation of freestyle cruising vessels.
This particular ship put Norwegian Cruise Line aligned with mega cruise hospitality companies such as Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Line.
Out of its total capacity, the vessel can accommodate over 4,000 guests and 1,500 crew members. In addition to that service, it offers facilities like aqua park, live entertainment options, world-class restaurants, and many more.


3. Oasis of the Seas ($1.3 billion)



15 Most Expensive Cruise Ships In The World | #3. Oasis of the Seas ($1.3 billion)
03  Most Expensive Cruise Ships In The World | #3. Oasis of the Seas ($1.3 billion) | source: cruisedirect.co.uk
By the time Oasis of the Seas was built back in 2009, it became the world’s largest cruise ship. Now it is the second largest after it was surpassed by its own sister ship which you will see later on this list.
This cruise ship is so big that it costs $240,000 on each berth. It took three years for STX Europe Turku Shipyard of Finland to finish this mega vessel for around $1.3 billion.
Ordered in February 2006 and designed under the name “Project Genesis”, it offers a great number of facilities such as casino, miniature golf course, theme park, nightclub, and the list goes on.
Measuring 1,187 feet in length and 236 feet in height, this luxurious cruise ship can accommodate over 5,000 passengers and 2,000 crew members.

2. Harmony of the Seas ($1.35 billion)


15 Most Expensive Cruise Ships In The World | #2. Harmony of the Seas ($1.35 billion)
02 Most Expensive Cruise Ships In The World | #2. Harmony of the Seas ($1.35 billion) | source: cnn.com
The runner up for world’s most expensive cruise ship is the current world’s largest passenger ship, Harmony of the Seas. This exclusive vessel has just made its maiden voyage a few months ago.
Royal Caribbean first ordered the ship to STX France SA shipyard in 2012. Four years later, and $1.35 billion after, almost 7,000 passengers plus over 2,000 crew members can get on board to experience this luxury voyager.
This one features the new Royal Class suites. Check yourself into one of these suites, and you will be guaranteed to have the best luxury experience on board.
You can even act like you are one of the billionaire-superheroes, Bruce Wayne, because you will have your own butler throughout the entire voyage. Just don’t call him Albert instead of his real name.

1. Allure of the Seas ($1.43 billion)



15 Most Expensive Cruise Ships In The World | #1. Allure of the Seas ($1.43 billion)
01 Most Expensive Cruise Ships In The World | #1. Allure of the Seas ($1.43 billion) | source: royalcaribbeanblog.com
We wrap our list with a cruise ship which has been the pride of Royal Caribbean since its first maiden voyage six years ago. Allure of the Seas was the world’s largest before its sister, the runner up in our list, came along.
Built by STX Europe Turku Shipyard of Finland from 2007 to 2010, it cost $1.43 billion to build. Like Oasis of the Seas, this was also developed under Project Genesis code.
Allure of the Seas can accommodate over 6,000 passengers in addition to 2,000 crew members. You could be one of them. You are just one itinerary away!
Thanks for reading this article! You may also find our other articles interesting, such as most expensive Sailboats, Concept Cruise Ship, or Luxurious Cruise Cabins.
So, which one of these cruise ships would you book a voyage on?
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