Cruise Ship Cost to Build

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How much does a cruise ship cost to build and how much is the per berth price. See here the largest cruise ship building cost, and of the most expensive cruise ship in the world. You’ll see what is the cruise ship cost per day by following the link to the vessel’s “itinerary-schedule-position” page at our cruise tracker. This page is integrated with our surveys on new cruise shipsship construction and ship refurbishments.

Our unique survey here features, besides covering all the world’s major cruise lines ships, also the building cost of cruise ships like MS The World (privately owned floating  neighborhood) and of the ominous RMS Titanic. These are not just money questions, but also much fun cruise vessels stuff. And this is why we’ll try to give you the best and most accurate answers here – all in one place, on a single page. After some concise explanations, we give you the list of world’s best passenger cruise ships cost to build by line (operator). This is a huge help, since you don’t have to search the Internet any more for a particular ship and its building cost.

How much does the most expensive cruise ship cost?

How Much Does a Cruise Ship Cost

The cost of building a cruise ship generally depends on the vessel’s size, the building shipyard (labor prices, taxes, quality of service), the onboard features (facilities and amenities) and finally – on the economy itself. Lines price the cruise ships building cost by the number of beds (the marine term is “berths”). The most fun fact of all in this category is the berth price of one of the world’s most expensive big cruise ships – the most famous Cunard liner RMS Queen Mary 2 (launched 2004), with a berth cost of over US $300,000 – the industry’s highest ever considering its tonnage. The main culprits:

  • the QM2 ship builder is STX Europe (Saint-Nazaire shipyards in France)
  • high quality of materials
  • unique ship design (this classic ocean liner required around 40% more steel than a standard passenger ship)
  • and finally, the QM2 ship size itself – length 1,132 ft (345 m), width 135 ft (41 m), height 236 ft (72 m) and weight of 151,400 tons. QM2 is also the fastest cruise ship in the world – max speed 35 mph (56 kmh) and service/operational speed of 30 mph (48 kmh). In comparison, the world’s largest cruise ship Oasis of the Seas cost per berth is “merely” US$240,000 for its immense weight of 225,300 tons.

Some info on one of the world’s most famous passenger ships ever – The World cruise ship. Operated by ResidenSea, this top luxury residential ship (construction cost $266 million) offers one-bedroom apartment at the modest price of around $2,000 per night. Purchasing an apartment on board this ship is a quite different matter. The World cruise ship apartment cost (if some of the current owners decide to sell) is a pretty big suitcase deal – the lucky buyer will say a big “goodbye” to US $2 million to over 15 mill (depending on size and deck location) and a hearty “hello” to a ship cabin property of respectively around 620 sq-ft to over 4,300 sq-ft. Additionally to this “initial spending”, the lucky owner will be charged an annual maintenance fee ranging from US $60,000 to over $500,000, again depending on property.

Here are the funny answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the passenger cruise ship cost:

  • How much does the world’s most expensive cruise ship cost? The Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas ship cost to build is US $1,4 billion, closely followed by its sister the Allure ship – US $1,2 billion.
  • And while speaking of 1,2 billion dollars, and just in case someone asks “what is the cost of the most expensive yacht in the world”. The world’s most expensive cruise yacht costs the exact amount of money, and it’s a private property of Roman Abramovich. For its 558 ft in length (170 m) the owner of Chelsea Football Club paid the same $1,2 billion, while the yacht’s actual construction cost is “only” $485 million. But the fun doesn’t stop there. A week-long charter of the Eclipse Yacht costs US $2 million, but a 5,000 sq-ft (465 m2) master suite is included in the price, along with all the 70+ crew members, 2 helicopter pads, 11 guest staterooms, 2 swimming pools, 3 speed boats, and naturally – a small submarine. About the security? How does a defense system capable of launching missiles sounds to you?
  • What is the Royal Caribbean cruise ship cost? The cheapest are the Royal Caribbean Sovereign-class ships Monarch and Majesty (US $150 million each), and about the “most expensive ship precedent at sea” – you already know.
  • What is the Carnival cruise ship cost? The oldest ships in the Carnival fleet are of the Fantasy-class, at around US $250 million each. The newest Carnival ships Dream-class cost $740 million each.
  • What is the Disney cruise ship cost? The newest Disney ships Dream and Fantasy cost to build is respectively 900 and 940 million, the “old” Magic and Wonder cost $350 million each.
  • What was the cost of the RMS Titanic ship? Back in the 1912, the Titanic ship cost to build was US $7,5 million, or adjusted to the current dollar value – around US $180 million. Sadly, this huge investment in the world’s first mega cruise ship (tonnage 46,300 GT) turned out to be a real disaster – the Titanic ship sailed only once and never finished its “bigger than God” voyage.

How much do cruise ships cost?

how much do cruise ships cost to buildAll the world’s big to biggest cruise ships cost in millions of US dollars, ordered alphabetically by the name of the cruise company operating the vessel. And only in this article – the building cost of cruise ships per berth (bed). Next time you’ll know exactly for how much (as a percentage) you rent a costly cruise ship accommodation on your budget priced or luxury ship vacation. Not to forget, there are also food, service, entertainment and numerous amenities and activities that are usually included in your fares/tickets prices.

Passenger Ships by Line Year Built Ship Weight Capacity Cost to Build (millions USD) Cost per Berth (USD)

AIDA Cruises

AIDAaura 2003 42,300 1,266 $350 $207,000
AIDAbella 2008 69,200 2,050 $390 $146,000
AIDAblu 2010 71,100 2,194 $420 $149,000
AIDAcara 1996 38,560 1,180 $300 $218,000
AIDAdiva 2007 69,200 2,050 $390 $146,000
AIDAluna 2009 69,200 2,050 $390 $146,000
AIDAmar 2012 71,100 2,194 $420 $149,000
AIDAprima 2015 124,500 3,250 $645 $199,000
AIDAsol 2011 71,100 2,194 $420 $149,000
AIDAstella 2013 71,100 2,194 $420 $149,000
AIDAvita 2002 42,300 1,266 $350 $207,000

AZAMARA Cruises

Azamara Quest 2000 30,280 710 $150 $196,000
Azamara Journey 2000 30.280 710 $150 $196,000

CARNIVAL cruise ships cost

Carnival Breeze 2012 130,000 3,690 $740 $158,000
Carnival Conquest 2002 110,000 2,974 $500 $132,000
Carnival Sunshine (2013 Destiny drydock) 1996/2013 101,350 2,642 $400/$155 refit $125,000
Carnival Dream 2009 130,000 3,646 $740 $160,000
Carnival Ecstasy 1991 70,400 2,056 $275 $104,000
Carnival Elation 1998 70,400 2,052 $300 $114,000
Carnival Fantasy 1990 70,400 2,056 $225 $85,000
Carnival Fascination 1994 70,400 2,052 $315 $120,000
Carnival Freedom 2007 110,000 2,974 $500 $138,000
Carnival Glory 2003 110,000 2,974 $500 $138,000
Carnival Imagination 1995 70,400 2,052 $330 $125,000
Carnival Inspiration 1996 70,400 2,052 $270 $103,000
Carnival Legend 2002 88,500 2,124 $375 $140,000
Carnival Liberty 2005 110,000 2,974 $500 $138,000
Carnival Magic 2011 130,000 3,690 $740 $158,000
Carnival Miracle 2004 88,500 2,124 $375 $140,000
Carnival Paradise 1998 70,400 2,052 $300 $114,000
Carnival Pride 2002 88,500 2,124 $375 $140,000
Carnival Sensation 1993 70,400 2,052 $300 $114,000
Carnival Spirit 2001 85,900 2,124 $375 $140,000
Carnival Splendor 2008 113,300 3,006 $700 $137,000
Carnival Sunrise (?) 2016 135,000 4,000 $ $
Carnival Triumph 1999 101,500 2,758 $420 $126,000
Carnival Valor 2004 110,000 2,974 $500 $138,000
Carnival Victory 2000 101,500 2,758 $410 $123,000
Carnival Vista 2016 135,000 4,000 $780 $195,000

iberoCruceros

Grand Celebration 1987 47,260 1,486 $130 $68,000
Grand Holiday 1985 46,050 1,452 $170 $65,000
Grand Mistral 1999 48,200 1,248 $245 $153,000

CELEBRITY Cruises

Celebrity Century 1995 71,550 1,814 $320 $142,000
Celebrity Constellation 2002 91,000 2,034 $350 $137,000
Celebrity Eclipse 2010 122,000 2,850 $640 $203,000
Celebrity Equinox 2009 122,000 2,850 $640 $203,000
Celebrity Infinity 2001 91,000 2,046 $350 $137,000
Celebrity Millennium 2000 90,240 2,034 $350 $138,000
Celebrity Reflection 2012 122,400 3,030 $640 $196,000
Celebrity Silhouette 2011 122,400 2,886 $640 $203,000
Celebrity Solstice 2008 122,000 2,850 $640 $203,000
Celebrity Summit 2001 90,300 2,034 $350 $137,000
Celebrity Expedition 2004 2,840 90 $35 $368,000

COSTA Cruises

Costa Allegra 1992 28,400 784 $175 $175,000
Costa Atlantica 2000 85,600 2,114 $335 $125,000
Costa Classica 1992 53,000 1,308 $290 $173,000
Costa Concordia (accident) 2006 114,140 3,000 $565 $149,000
Costa Deliziosa 2010 92,700 2,260 $550 $195,000
Costa Diadema 2014 132,500 na $790 $
Costa Fascinosa 2012 114,500 3,000 $565 $149,000
Costa Favolosa 2011 114,500 3,016 $565 $149,000
Costa Fortuna 2003 101,350 2,702 $380 $110,000
Costa Luminosa 2009 92,700 2,260 $550 $195,000
Costa Magica 2004 102,600 2,702 $420 $120,000
Costa Mediterranea 2003 85,600 2,114 $335 $125,000
Costa neoRomantica 1993 53,000 1,576 $325 $168,000
Costa Pacifica 2009 114,500 3,008 $565 $149,000
Costa Serena 2007 114,150 3,000 $565 $149,000
Costa Victoria 1996 76,000 1,928 $390 $163,000
Costa Voyager 1999 24,400 832 $150 $167,000

(NYK Line) CRYSTAL

Crystal Serenity 2003 68,870 1,096 $350 $270,000
Crystal Symphony 1995 31,050 952 $250 $243,000
ms Asuka II (ex Crystal Harmony) 1991 50,140 872 $240 $259,000

CUNARD

ms Queen Elizabeth ship 2010 92,000 2,092 $634 $276,000
RMS Queen Mary 2 ship 2004 151,400 2,592 $800 $302,000
ms Queen Victoria ship 2007 90,000 1,980 $522 $243,000

DISNEY Cruises

Disney Dream 2011 128,000 2,500 $900 $225,000
Disney Fantasy 2012 128,000 2,500 $940 $235,000
Disney Magic 1998 83,000 1,754 $350 $146,000
Disney Wonder 1999 85,000 1,754 $350 $146,000

FRED OLSEN

ms Balmoral 1988 43,540 1,230 $180 $243,900
ms Black Watch 1972 28,620 820 $50 $119,000
ms Boudicca 1972 28,400 900 $23 $51,100
ms Braemar 1993 24,350 930 $86 $177,700

HOLLAND AMERICA

ms Amsterdam 2000 62,700 1,380 $400 $241,000
ms Eurodam 2008 86,300 2,104 $450 $175,000
ms Koningsdam 2016 99,500 2,650 $520 $207,000
ms Maasdam 1993 55,600 1,258 $215 $140,000
ms Nieuw Amsterdam 2010 86,700 2,106 $450 $175,000
ms Noordam 2006 82,300 1,918 $400 $170,000
ms Oosterdam 2003 82,300 1,916 $400 $170,000
ms Prinsendam 2002 38,000 835 $125 $137,000
ms Rotterdam 1997 61,850 1,404 $250 $145,000
ms Ryndam 1994 55,800 1,260 $215 $140,000
ms Statendam 1994 55,800 1,260 $215 $140,000
ms Veendam 1996 57,100 1,350 $215 $132,000
ms Volendam 1999 61,200 1,432 $300 $172,000
ms Westerdam 2004 82,300 1,916 $400 $170,000
ms Zaandam 2000 61,400 1,432 $300 $172,000
ms Zuiderdam 2002 82,300 1,916 $400 $170,000

MSC Cruises

MSC Armonia 2001 58,180 1,554 $245 $117,000
MSC Divina 2012 139,000 3,502 $550 $126,000
MSC Fantasia 2008 137,940 3,274 $550 $139,000
MSC Lirica 2003 58,830 1,560 $266 $129,000
MSC Magnifica 2010 93,330 2,518 $550 $149,000
MSC Melody 1982 35,140 1,064 $100 $67,000
MSC Musica 2006 89,600 2,550 $360 $120,000
MSC Opera 2004 59,060 1,712 $266 $129,000
MSC Orchestra 2007 89,600 2,550 $360 $120,000
MSC Poesia 2008 93,330 2,550 $360 $120,000
MSC Preziosa 2013 139,400 3,502 $550 $126,000
MSC Sinfonia 2002 58,830 1,554 $245 $117,000
MSC Splendida 2009 130,000 3,274 $550 $139,000
MSC (TBA) 2 + 2 optional 2017/2018 154,000 4,500 $950 $211,000

NCL NORWEGIAN

Norwegian Bliss 2017 163,000 4,200 $920 $219,000
Norwegian Breakaway 2013 144,000 4,000 $840 $165,000
Norwegian Breakway Plus 2015 163,000 4,200 $ $
Norwegian Dawn 2002 92,250 2,340 $400 $97,000
Norwegian Epic 2010 155,900 4,228 $1,2 billion $230,000
Norwegian Escape 2015 163,000 4,200 $920 $219,000
Norwegian Gem 2007 93,530 2,394 $390 $109,000
Norwegian Getaway 2014 143,500 4,000 $780 $195,000
Norwegian Jade 2006 93,560 2,402 $390 $108,000
Norwegian Jewel 2005 93,500 2,376 $390 $109,000
Norwegian Pearl 2006 93,530 2,460 $390 $109,000
Norwegian Sky 1999 77,100 2,004 $330 $123,000
Norwegian Spirit 2004 75,400 2,018 $350 $138,000
Norwegian Star 2001 91,740 2,348 $400 $96,000
Norwegian Sun 2001 78,300 1,936 $330 $111,000
NCL America MS Pride of America ship 2005 80,440 2,138 $450 $184,000

OCEANIA

Insignia 1998 30,300 698 $150 $180,000
Marina 2011 66,000 1,258 $600 $380,000
Nautica 2000 30,300 698 $150 $180,000
Regatta 1998 30,300 698 $150 $180,000
Riviera 2012 66,000 1,258 $600 $380,000

P and O (UK)

mv Adonia 1998 30,300 710 $150 $130,000
mv Arcadia 2005 86,800 2,016 $400 $189,000
mv Aurora 2000 76,150 1,870 $375 $192,000
mv Azura 2010 115,060 3,100 $700 $196,000
mv Britannia 2015 141,000 4,370 $770 $176,000
mv Oceana 2003 77,500 2,016 $300 $132,000
mv Oriana 1995 69,150 1,880 $320 $162,000
mv Ventura 2008 116,000 3,076 $700 $196,000
mv (TBA) 2015 141,000 3,611 $790 $219,000

P&O AUSTRALIA

Pacific Dawn 2007 70,300 1,596 $277 $137,000
Pacific Jewel 2009 70,300 1,668 $277 $145,000
Pacific Pearl 1988 63,500 1,540 $200 $110,000
ms PAUL GAUGUIN ship 1998 19,200 338 $150 $444,000

PRINCESS Cruises

Caribbean Princess 2004 113,000 3,096 $500 $129,000
Coral Princess 2003 91,600 1,974 $360 $141,000
Crown Princess 2006 113,000 3,070 $500 $130,000
Dawn Princess 1997 77,500 2,016 $300 $126,000
Diamond Princess 2004 115,900 2,674 $400 $121,000
Emerald Princess 2007 113,000 3,066 $500 $130,000
Golden Princess 2001 109,600 2,592 $450 $141,000
Grand Princess 1998 109,000 2,588 $450 $141,000
Island Princess 2003 91,600 1,974 $360 $141,000
Ocean Princess 2009 30,300 678 $150 $192,000
Pacific Princess 2002 30,300 678 $150 $192,000
Regal Princess 2014 141,000 3,600 $760 $211,000
Royal Princess 2013 139,000 3,600 $735 $175,000
Ruby Princess 2008 116,000 3,068 $500 $130,000
Sapphire Princess 2004 116,00 2,674 $400 $121,000
Sea Princess 1998 77,500 2,016 $300 $126,000
Star Princess 2001 109,000 2,592 $450 $141,000
Sun Princess 1998 77,700 2,016 $300 $127,000

PULLMANTUR

mv Atlantic Star 1984 46,390 1,200 $156 $101,000
mv Empress 1990 48,560 1,590 $170 $91,000
mv Horizon (CDF) 1990 47,430 1,442 $185 $101,000
ms Monarch 1991 73,940 2,390 $300 $109,000
Ocean Dream (ex Pacific Star) 1981 35,260 980 $100 $70,000
mv Sovereign 2008 73,190 2,324 $183 $67,000
mv Zenith 1992 47,400 1,440 $210 $115,000

(RSSC) REGENT

Seven Seas Explorer 2016 54,000 738 $450 $609,000
Seven Seas Mariner 2001 48,100 708 $240 $311,000
Seven Seas Navigator 1999 28,550 506 $200 $367,000
Seven Seas Voyager 2003 42,400 706 $240 $316,000

ROYAL CARIBBEAN

Adventure of the Seas 2001 137,300 3,114 $500 $131,000
Allure of the Seas 2010 225,280 5,412 $1,43 billion $240,000
Anthem of the Seas 2015 167,000 4,180 $950 $227,000
Brilliance of the Seas 2002 90,100 2,110 $350 $140,000
Enchantment of the Seas 1997 80,700 2,252 $300 $110,000
Explorer of the Seas 2000 137,300 3,110 $500 $130,000
Freedom of the Seas 2006 154,400 3,634 $800 $183,000
Grandeur of the Seas 1996 74,130 1,950 $300 $123,000
Independence of the Seas 2008 154,400 3,634 $830 $190,000
Jewel of the Seas 2004 90,090 2,112 $350 $140,000
Legend of the Seas 1995 69,130 1,804 $325 $157,000
Liberty of the Seas 2007 154,400 3,634 $800 $183,000
Majesty of the Seas 1992 73,940 2,390 $300 $109,000
Mariner of the Seas 2003 138,300 3,114 $500 $131,000
Navigator of the Seas 2002 138,300 3,114 $500 $131,000
Oasis of the Seas 2009 225,280 5,412 $1,3 billion $240,000
Oasis III-IV ships 2016/2018 227,700 6,360 $1,35 bill $212,000
Quantum of the Seas 2014 158,000 4,100 $950 $231,000
Radiance of the Seas 2001 90,100 2,139 $350 $138,000
Rhapsody of the Seas 1997 78,500 1,998 $275 $114,000
Serenade of the Seas 2003 90,100 2,112 $350 $140,000
Splendour of the Seas 1996 69,130 1,830 $325 $157,000
Vision of the Seas 1998 78,500 1,998 $275 $114,000
Voyager of the Seas 1999 137,300 3,114 $500 $130,000

SAGA Cruises

Saga Pearl II 1981 18,590 446 $55 $123,000
Saga Ruby 1973 24,490 672 $35 $52,000
Saga Sapphire 1982 37,300 752 $120 $104,000

SEABOURN

Seabourn Legend 1992 9,960 212 $87 $410,000
Seabourn Odyssey 2009 32,350 450 $250 $540,000
Seabourn Pride 1988 9,980 212 $50 $236,000
Seabourn Quest 2011 32,350 450 $250 $540,000
Seabourn Sojourn 2010 32,350 450 $250 $540,000
Seabourn Spirit 1989 9,980 212 $50 $236,000
Seabourn (TBA) Odyssey-class 2016 40,350 225-604 $ $

SEADREAM yachts

SeaDream I 1984 43,300 110 $34 $309,000
SeaDream II 1985 43,300 110 $34 $309,000

SILVERSEA

Silver Explorer 1989 6,070 132 $50 $316,000
Silver Cloud 1994 16,800 302 $125 $373,000
Silver Shadow 2000 28,260 388 $150 $350,000
Silver Spirit 2009 36,000 540 $250 $412,000
Silver Whisper 2001 28,260 388 $150 $350,000
Silver Wind 1995 17,400 298 $125 $371,000

STAR Cruises

Star Pisces 1990 40,050 1,168 $100 $59,000
SuperStar Aquarius 1993 51,040 1,530 $240 $111,000
SuperStar Libra 1988 42,280 1,476 $120 $67,000
SuperStar Virgo 1999 75,340 1,964 $350 $115,000
Star (TBA) 2 ships 2016/2017 150,000 3,365 $950 $282,000

THOMSON Cruises

Island Escape 1982 26,750 1,544 $100 $57,000
Thomson Celebration 1984 34,000 1,250 $160 $119,000
Thomson Destiny 1982 37,770 1,450 $140 $87,000
Thomson Dream 1986 54,760 1,506 $150 $86,000
Thomson Spirit 1984 33,930 1,254 $150 $111,000

TUI

Mein Schiff 1 1996 77,000 1,924 $320 $118,000
Mein Schiff 2 1997 77,300 1,912 $320 $118,000
Mein Schiff 3 2014 99,300 2,500 $625 $250,000
Mein Schiff 4 2015 99,300 2,500 $525 $210,000
CMV ms Discovery 1972 20,190 710 $25 $31,000
(ResidenSea) ms The World ship 2002 43,520 385 $366 $185,000
(White Star Line) RMS Titanic ship cost 1912 46,300 2,435 $7,5 ($176 in 2012) $3,080 ($72,000)
(Blue Star Line) the new Titanic 2 ship cost 2016 56,000 2,345 $500 $213,000.

In the current universal economy situation of uncertainty and stagnation, most cruise companies prefer to renovate ships rather than building new ones. The cost of cruise lines refurbishments and ship renovation programs may reach close to half a billion dollars. The most mind boggling examples of huge ship-upgrades spending are the case of Holland America’s SOE (“Signature of Excellence”) program – an investment of close to US$450 million, and the Carnival line’s Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades and the latest (“back-up generators”) ship enhancements at US $500 + $300 million. Generally, such renovations include either major refits and improvements (“upgrades” of older vessels with all the line’s feature facilities, amenities and programs) or scheduled refurbishments. Another famous example are the “Fun Ship 1.0″ upgrades of all old Carnival ships of the Fantasy-class – 8 ships, 250 million dollars. The Celebrity line started its over US $200 million one-ship-per-year renovation program in 2010 (including 4 of its oldest ships of the Millennium-class).

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