Cruise Ship Passenger Capacity and Ratings

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View cruise ship ratings and learn what is average/normal and max cruise ship passenger capacity. Cruise ships capacity (passengers and crew/hotel staff) and space ratios of the world’s most famous ships are sorted alphabetically by the names of their owners (companies, lines and operators) according to the official cruise ship data.

The survey is integrated with top 10 cruise ships - the “top best” cruise ships in the world with ratings based on Overall Value, itineraries, shore excursions/tours, service, cabins and food.

Cruise ship capacity and passengers-to-space ratio

cruise ship passenger capacity

The “full” cruise ship passenger capacity is based on double occupancy (2 guests per cabin). The cabin’s capacity varies according to stateroom’s type, category, and also by line and ship. A standard passenger ship cabin usually accommodates 2 or 3 guests, but there are some “smaller” and “bigger” exceptions. Our survey also includes smaller ships (under 500 passengers), and some ships are intentionally omitted from the big table to be included in the small one (about passenger capacity of top luxury cruise ships, with emphasis made on their highest guests-to-crew ratio. If searching for a particular vessel, use the Ctrl+F key combination and type the name in the search box. Good to know things:

cruise ship capacity

  • ships will sail at varying capacities depending on itinerary and season.
  • the average cruise ship passenger capacity is around 3,000 guests for ocean liners and around 150 guests for bigger river cruise ships.
  • the largest cruise ship passenger capacity is 5,412 (at double occupancy) and 6,318 max capacity if all berths are occupied. And, of course, these big numbers are part of the specifications of the first in the list of the biggest cruise ships in the world - the Oasis ship of Royal Caribbean International.
  • Single cruise cabins (called also “studios”, or “solo cabins”), though rarely available, offer some of the cheapest rates for solo travelers by avoiding the double occupancy policy of all the major cruise ship companies, with the range of single supplement rates being between 50 and 100% (depending on line and ship).
  • Family suite cruise accommodations generally have the biggest passenger capacity (up to 6 guests) and are some of the most expensive cabin categories (again, not available on all ships). Cheap suites are available on most Carnival, Royal Caribbean, MSC and Costa ships.

Max (largest) passenger capacity of a cruise ship would signify this ideal financial situation, when all the berths, plus all upper and lower bunks, “Pullman” beds and single and double sofa beds (available in types and numbers according to the ship’s cabin grades) are all occupied by the most numerous crowd the ship can ever gather on board. However, on most of the sailings, even the full-ship capacity (at double occupancy level) is not reached. Which automatically opens the “big ships doors” for great deals, like kids sail for free, buy one get one free, free cabin upgrades, bonus amenities, and also huge price discounts on luxury cruise deals. For more info you can read our survey on unsold cruise cabins/cheap cruise upgrades.

The ship’s “space ratio” (by definition) is the enclosed space (measured in ft3/cubic feet) per passenger. A ship of 45,000 GT (gross tonnage) with capacity 1,000 passengers will have a space ratio 45 (or 45ft3=45000/1000). So if your ship has generally smaller cabins but very large public spaces, she will have a higher space ratio, and the higher the space ratio number, the more guests will enjoy a sense of spaciousness on board.

Cruise ship ratings

cruise ship ratings

  • 0 (or no Stars) doesn’t mean the ship is the worst ever, but not yet rated.
  • “Specialty” means usually a smaller ship offering deals on adventure or expedition cruises. Emphasis on itinerary/destination and unique experiences rather than onboard services/amenities/activities. Cabins are modest (as sizes and amenities), but also comfortable.
  • 3 Stars means “Contemporary” and big resort-like experiences on bigger ships with a multi-generational clientele, a huge variety of family and kids programs, at least 2 swimming pools, huge fitness/spa centers, distinct nightlife (clubs, a casino, deck parties), several dining options. Cabins range from cozy Inside to large family suites and many connecting/adjoining rooms. Itineraries from 3 to 7-night in length (repeating, round-trip) leaving from big and popular ports.
  • 4 Stars means a “Premium” product, medium-sized ships with higher guest to crew ratios compared to similar sized mainstream ships. The onboard experience – fewer kids, larger than average cabins with upgraded (luxurious) amenities, high-level of service, dining and entertainment, extensive enrichment programs, a luxury spa, longer itineraries (from 7 to 14 and even 21-night in length).
  • 5 Stars means a “Deluxe” product, from medium-size to small cruise ships with deluxe staterooms, bedding and cabin amenities, impeccable service, multiple specialty (gourmet) dining options, also less entertainment and onboard activities. The itinerary is mostly port-intensive, and longer than 10 nights, with deals on back-to-back cruises.
  • 6 Stars means “Best Luxury” on small ships, intimate cruising experiences, highest guest-to-crew ratios (fewer guests). These are mostly ships with all-inclusive cruise deals – gratuities and beverages (often alcohol) and gourmet (specialty restaurant) dining are all included in the fares (often with shore excursions and tours), spacious staterooms and public spaces, highest level of service. Many of these are all-suite ships (with different category suites). Port-intensive itineraries and exotic destinations, often offering Around the World Cruises deals.

All cruise ship ratings are based on CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) categorizations and opinions/reviews from “WMPH Vacations” (iCruise, AlaskaCruises, EuropeCruises, HawaiiCruiseOutlet, RegentCruises and CruiseCheap) specialists and advisors. Cruise ratings also may vary on ships age, sizes, cabins/venues/amenities, passenger feedback, etc. Besides CLIA nd WMPH, other cruise ship rating sources are Berlitz Guide, Fieldings Guide, Sterns Guide, CruiseCritic, CruiseReviews and CruiseMates.

All cruise ships star ratings meaning

The world’s big cruise media authorities, like the Cruise Critic website, for example, rate ships based on their amenities (lectures quality, itinerary/destination, special/unique experience).cruise ships star ratings

  • 5,5 stars rating – a top luxury cruising, impeccable and highly personalized service, finest quality food & amenities; attention to detail, perfect maintenance, spacious accommodations, gourmet cuisine, highest level of service, authentic furnishings, top of the line fitness & spa facilities.
  • 5 stars rating – a highest level of food/service in a premium cruising market, high quality meals, attentive service, well equipped staterooms (not necessarily large), list of cabin amenities includes bathrobes; butler service, public spaces are with beautiful decors.
  • 4,5 stars rating – friendly decor, good maintenance, full range of onboard activities.
  • 4 stars rating – best overall experience, above average food & service, satisfactory entertainment.
  • 3,5 stars rating – an average overall experience, very small to large accommodations, good service, delicious food, kids facilities without dedicated areas, mediocre entertainment.
  • 3 stars rating - modest experience on an older cruise ship, may not have balcony cabins, mediocre food & lack of proper service, expect interesting destinations/itineraries.
  • 2 stars rating – the ship is comparable to a low-budget hotel, a major cruise ship refurbisment needed for major refit and renovation of public areas and staterooms, lousy service (the staff will only supply the most basic service), itineraries with little or not popular (cheap charges) ports of call.

Average- and max cruise ship passenger capacity, ship ratings

All Cruise Ships Names by Line Passengers MAX Passenger Capacity Crew Guests to Space Ratio (standard occupancy) CruiseCritic ratings (max 5,5) Travelocity user ratings (max 5)
AIDA Cruises ships
AIDAaura 1,266 1,691 389 25 - -
AIDAbella 2,050 2,677 607 25,85 - -
AIDAblu 2,192 2,820 611 25,21 - -
AIDAcara 1,180 1,373 369 28 - -
AIDAdiva 2,050 2,677 607 25,85 - -
AIDAluna 2,050 2,677 607 25,85 - -
AIDAmar 2,194 2,822 611 25,19 - -
AIDAprima 2,250 - - - - -
AIDAsol 2,194 2,822 611 25,19 - -
AIDAstella 2,194 2,822 611 25,19 - -
AIDAvita 1,266 1,691 389 25. - -
AZAMARA Club
Azamara Quest 710 764 390 42 4,5 -
Azamara Journey 710 764 390 42 4 -
CARNIVAL ships capacity & ratings
Carnival Breeze 3,690 4,676 1,386 34,8 4 4
Carnival Conquest 2,974 3,630 1,150 37 4 4
Carnival Dream 3,646 4,631 1,367 35,2 4 4
Carnival Ecstasy 2,056 2,634 920 34,23 3,5 4
Carnival Elation 2,052 2,630 920 34,29 4 4
Carnival Fantasy 2,056 2,634 920 34,23 3,5 4
Carnival Fascination 2,052 2,630 920 34,29 3,5 3
Carnival Freedom 2,974 3,630 1,150 25,9 4 5
Carnival Glory 2,974 3,630 1,150 37 4,5 4
Carnival Imagination 2,052 2,630 920 34,29 3 4
Carnival Inspiration 2,052 2,630 920 34,29 3 4
Carnival Legend 2,124 2,680 920 41,67 4,5 4
Carnival Liberty 2,974 3,630 1,150 37 4,5 4
Carnival Magic 3,690 4,676 1,386 34,76 4,5 4
Carnival Miracle 2,124 2,680 920 41,67 4 4
Carnival Paradise 2,052 2,630 920 34,29 3,5 4
Carnival Pride 2,124 2,680 920 41,67 4 4
Carnival Sensation 2,052 2,630 920 34,29 3,5 4
Carnival Spirit 2,124 2,680 920 41,67 4 4
Carnival Splendor 3,006 3,660 1,150 37,69 4 4
Carnival Sunshine (Destiny) 2,642 3,195 1,050 38,36 - -
Carnival Triumph 2,758 3,330 1,100 36,81 4 4
Carnival Valor 2,974 3,630 1,150 37 4 4
Carnival Victory 2,758 3,330 1,100. 36,81. 4 3
CELEBRATION Cruise Line
Bahamas Celebration 1,875 2,300 700. - - -
CELEBRITY ships capacity
Celebrity Century 1,814 2,250 858 31,80 3,5 5
Celebrity Constellation 2,034 2,538 1,000 35,86 4 5
Celebrity Eclipse 2,850 3,145 1,250 38,75 - 4
Celebrity Equinox 2,850 3,145 1,250 38,75 - 5
Celebrity Infinity 2,046 2,550 1,000 35,69 4 4
Celebrity Millennium 2,034 2,538 1,000 35,86 4,5 4
Celebrity Reflection 3,030 3,270 1,250 39,42 4 5
Celebrity Silhouette 2,886 3,184 1,250 38,38 4,5 5
Celebrity Solstice 2,850 3,145 1,250 38,75 4,5 4
Celebrity Summit 2,034 2,538 1,000 35,86 4 4
Celebrity Xpedition 90 95 64 29,92. 4 -
COSTA ships
Costa Atlantica 2,114 2,680 897 31,95 4 -
Costa Classica 1,308 1,680 590 31,50 3 -
Costa Concordia (accident 2012) 3,000 3,780 1,100 30,29 - -
Costa Deliziosa 2,260 2,826 921 32,77 - -
Costa Diadema 3,708 4,947 1,253 - - -
Costa Fascinosa 3,012 3,780 1,100 30,29 - -
Costa Favolosa 3,016 3,780 1,100 30,29 - 4
Costa Fortuna 2,702 3,470 1,027 29,56 4 -
Costa Luminosa 2,260 2,826 921 32,77 - 5
Costa Magica 2,702 3,470 1,027 29,56 4 4
Costa Mediterranea 2,114 2,680 897 31,95 4 1
Costa Pacifica 3,008 3,780 1,110 30,20 - 4
Costa neoRomantica 1,576 1,940 596 28,89 - -
Costa Serena 3,000 3,700 1,100 30,29 4 -
Costa Victoria 1,928 2,394 790 31,40 3,5 -
Costa Voyager 832 900 360 27,78. - -
CRYSTAL Cruises ships /NYK Line
Crystal Serenity 1,096 1,296 655 53,14
Crystal Symphony 952 1,028 545 49,65
(Crystal Harmony) MS Asuka II 872 928 470 54,03.
CUNARD ships
ms Queen Elizabeth 2,092 2,300 1,000 39,17
RMS Queen Mary 2 2,592 3,056 1,253 49,54
ms Queen Victoria 1,980 2,150 1,003 41,86.
DISNEY ships
Disney Dream 2,500 4,000 1,453 32,42 4,5 5
Disney Fantasy 2,500 4,000 1,453 32,42 4,5 4
Disney Magic 1,754 2,400 945 34,71 4 4
Disney Wonder 1,754 2,400 945 34,71. 4,5 5
DMSE-OMAN - MS Mona Lisa 722 847 330 - - -
FRED OLSEN ships
Balmoral 1,400 1,511 510 28,81 - -
Black Watch 804 868 330 32,96 - -
Boudicca 880 926 325 30,66 - -
Braemar 987 1,026 371 23,73. - -
HAPAG-LLOYD
ms Bremen 164 184 100 36,70 - -
ms Columbus 410 420 170 35,71 - -
ms Europa 408 450 280 64,20 - -
ms Europa 2 516 - 360 - - -
ms Hanseatic 184 194 125 43,19. - -
HOLLAND AMERICA ships
ms Amsterdam 1,380 1,657 615 37,86
ms Eurodam 2,104 2,576 929 33,49
ms Maasdam 1,258 1,534 580 36,23
ms Nieuw Amsterdam 2,106 2,578 929 33,47
ms Noordam 1,918 2,353 820 35
ms Oosterdam 1,916 2,351 817 35
ms Prinsendam 835 910 470 41,74
ms Rotterdam 1,404 1,723 600 34,76
ms Ryndam 1,260 1,538 580 36,29
ms Statendam 1,260 1,538 580 36,29
ms Veendam 1,350 1,628 580 35
ms Volendam 1,432 1,745 615 35
ms Westerdam 1,916 2,351 817 35
ms Zaandam 1,432 1,745 615 35,18
ms Zuiderdam 1,916 2,349 817 35.
IBEROcruceros ships
Grand Mistral 1,248 1,600 470 38,62
Grand Celebration 1,486 1,896 670 31,80
Grand Holiday 1,452 1,800 660 31,72
LOUIS Cruises ships
Calypso 542 912 220
Coral 912 542 280
Louis Cristal 964 1,409 400
Louis Majesty 1,462 2,324 620
Ocean Star Pacific 1,102 1,202 378
Orient Queen 766 938 240
Sapphire 576 680 240.
MSC Cruises ships
MSC Armonia 1,554 2,087 700 28 - -
MSC Divina 3,502 4,363 1,370 31,95 - -
MSC Fantasia 3,274 3,959 1,370 34,84 - 4
MSC Lirica 1,560 2,069 700 28,54 3 -
MSC Magnifica 2,518 3,013 987 31 - -
MSC Musica 2,550 3,013 987 31 3,5 -
MSC Opera 1,712 2,055 740 28,74 - -
MSC Orchestra 2,550 3,013 987 31 4 -
MSC Poesia 2,550 3,013 987 31 - 2
MSC Prezioza 3,502 4,363 1,370 31,95 - -
MSC Sinfonia 1,554 2,087 700 28 4 -
MSC Splendida 3,274 3,959 1,370 34,84. 4 4
NORWEGIAN Cruise Line (NCL) ships
Norwegian Breakaway 4,028 5,100 1,595 35 - -
Norwegian Breakaway Plus 4,200 - - - - -
Norwegian Dawn 2,340 4,140 1,073 22,28 4,5 3
Norwegian Epic 4,228 5,226 1,753 29,83 - 4
Norwegian Gem 2,394 3,582 1,100 26,11 - 4
Norwegian Getaway 4,000 5,100 1,595 35 - -
Norwegian Jade 2,402 3,590 1,078 26 4 3
Norwegian Jewel 2,376 3,566 1,100 26,22 4,5 4
Norwegian Pearl 2,394 3,582 1,100  26,11 4,5 4
Norwegian Sky 2,004 2,700 934 28,56 3,5 4
Norwegian Spirit 2,018 2,530 962 29,78 4 2
Norwegian Star 2,348 4,150 1,083 22,11 4 4
Norwegian Sun 1,936 3,000 953 26,10 4 4
NCL America - MS Pride of America 2,138 2,440 940 32,97. 4 4
OCEANIA Cruises ships
Insignia 698 834 386 36,30 5 -
Marina 1,258 1,578 800 41,88 2,5 -
Nautica 698 834 386 36,30 5 -
Regatta 698 834 386  36,30 5 -
Riviera 1,258 1,578 800 41,88. - -
P&O Cruises UK ships
mv Adonia 710 1,150 381 26,33
mv Arcadia 2,016 2,120 880 39,48
mv Aurora 1,870 1,950 850 39
mv Azura 3,100 3,574 1,226 32,19
mv Britannia (2015) 3,600 4,300 1,350 - - -
mv Oceana 2,016 2,272 870 34
mv Oriana 1,880 1,980 800 34,93
mv Ventura 3,076 3,574 1,226 32,46
P&O Cruises AUSTRALIA ships
Pacific Dawn 1,596 2,020 730 34,81
Pacific Jewel 1,668 1,915 730 36,70
Pacific Pearl 1,540 1,817 712 35,11.
PAUL GAUGUIN ship 338 338 215 56,80.
PETER DEILMANN Cruises - ms Deutchland 520 546 260 41
PHOENIX Reisen ships
Albatros 884 1,100 340 25,53
Amadea 612 630 280 45,80
Artania (ex Artemis) 1,200 1,300 420 34,30.
PRINCESS Cruises ships
Caribbean Princess 3,096 3,860 1,200 36,50 4 2
Coral Princess 1,974 2,550 900 35,93 4 5
Crown Princess 3,070 3,850 1,200 36,81 4 4
Dawn Princess 2,016 2,370 900 32,68 3 -
Diamond Princess 2,674 3,290 1,120 35,22 4 5
Emerald Princess 3,066 3,830 1,200 36,86 4 3
Golden Princess 2,592 3,188 1,100 34,15 4 4
Grand Princess 2,588 3,184 1,100 34,17 4 5
Island Princess 1,974 2,550 900 35,93 4,5 4
Ocean Princess 678 780 373 38,82 4 -
Pacific Princess 678 780 373 38,82 - -
Regal Princess 3,600 - 1,350 39 - -
Royal Princess 3,600 - 1,350 39 - -
Ruby Princess 3,068 3,850 1,200 36,83 4,5 5
Sapphire Princess 2,674 3,290 1,100 35,22 4 4
Sea Princess 2,016 2,370 900 32,68 4,5 4
Star Princess 2,592 3,188 1,150 34,18 4 4
Sun Princess 2,016 2,370 900 32,68. 3 -
PULLMANTUR ships
ms Atlantic Star 1,200 1,550 550 29,93
ms Empress 1,590 1,877 645 25,87
mv Horizon 1,442 1,828 620 25,94
ms Monarch 2,390 2,744 856 27
Ocean Dream (ex Pacific Star) 980 1,422 526 24,80
ms Sovereign 2,324 2,733 820 26,78
ms Zenith 1,440 1,828 620 25,94.
(RSSC) REGENT Seven Seas
Seven Seas Mariner 708 771 445 62,35 5 -
Seven Seas Navigator 506 545 345 52,39 4 -
Seven Seas Voyager 706 759 447 55,81. 5 -
ResidenSea ms The World cruise ship capacity 385 645 250 67,48. - -
ROYAL CARIBBEAN International cruise ships capacity
Adventure of the Seas 3,114 3,807 1,185 36 4 4
Allure of the Seas ship capacity 5,412 6,318 2,394 35,66 - 4
Anthem of the Seas 4,100 5,400 2,165 39 - -
Brilliance of the Seas 2,100 2,502 848 36 4 4
Enchantment of the Seas 2,252 2,730 840 30,37 4 4
Explorer of the Seas 3,114 3,840 1,185 35,76 4 5
Freedom of the Seas 3,634 4,375 1,360 35,29 4,5 5
Grandeur of the Seas 1,950 2,440 760 30,25 3,5 4
Independence of the Seas5 3,634 4,375 1,360 35,29 4,5 5
Jewel of the Seas 2,112 2,501 859 36 5 4
Legend of the Seas 1,804 2,074 726 33,33 4 4
Liberty of the Seas 3,634 4,375 1,360 35,29 4,5 4
Majesty of the Seas 2,390 2,744 856 27 3,5 4
Mariner of the Seas 3,114 3,807 1,185 36,32 4,5 5
Navigator of the Seas 3,114 3,807 1,213 36,32 4 4
Oasis of the Seas ship capacity 5,412 6,318 2,394 35,66 5 4
Oasis III 5,412 6,318 2,394 35,66 - -
Quantum of the Seas 4,100 5,400 2,165 39 - -
Radiance of the Seas 2,139 2,531 869 35,59 4 4
Rhapsody of the Seas 1,998 2,416 765 32,49 4 4
Serenade of the Seas 2,112 2,501 891 36 4,5 4
Splendour of the Seas 1,830 2,074 761 33,33 3,5 3
Vision of the Seas 1,998 2,416 742 32,43 4 3
Voyager of the Seas 3,114 3,840 1,176 35,75. 4,5 4
SAGA ships
Saga Pearl II 446 446 252 41,68
Saga Ruby 672 672 380 36,45
Saga Sapphire 752 1158 406 32,21
SEABOURN yachts
Seabourn Legend 212 212 164 47 4,5 -
Seabourn Odyssey 450 462 330 70 - -
Seabourn Pride 212 212 164 47 4,5 -
Seabourn Quest 450 462 330 70 - -
Seabourn Sojourn 450 462 330 70 5 -
Seabourn Spirit 212 212 164 47 4,5 -
SEADREAM Yachts
SeaDream I 110 110 95 39,4 - -
SeaDream II 110 110 95 39,4 - -
SILVERSEA ships
Silver Explorer 132 158 117 38,43 - -
Silver Cloud 302 335 212 50,15 - -
Silver Galapagos - - - - - -
Silver Shadow 388 429 295 65,87 - -
Silver Spirit 540 608 376 59,22 - -
Silver Whisper 388 429 295 65,87 - -
Silver Wind 298 337 212 51,63. - -
STAR Cruises ships
Star Pisces 1,168 1,700 650 23,56 - -
SuperStar Aquarius 1,530 2,156 700 23,67 - -
SuperStar Libra 1,476 1,800 680 23,49 - -
SuperStar Virgo 1,964 3,044 1,196 24,75. - -
THOMSON Cruises ships
Island Escape 1,544 1,741 540 23 - -
Thomson Celebration 1,250 1,350 520 25,13 - -
Thomson Destiny 1,450 1,610 540 23,34 - -
Thomson Dream 1,506 1,790 600 30,59 - -
Thomson Spirit 1,254 1,350 520 25,13 - -
TUI Cruises ships
Mein Schiff 1 1,924 2,700 780 28,52 - -
Mein Schiff 2 1,912 2,700 780 28,63 - -
Mein Schiff 3 2,500 - 1,000 - - -
Mein Schiff 4 2,500 - 1,000 - - -.

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