If you’re looking for a cruise to remember, there are some monster ships on the sea that will make all of your vacation dreams come true. These huge cruise liners have a huge variety of activities, amenities and onboard luxuries to ensure that you get the absolute most from your vacation. If you’re looking for a big ship to take you out to sea, these are your best bets.

The Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas

Weighing in at a colossal 225,282 tons, the Allure of the Seas is officially the world’s biggest cruise ship, and one of the most famous, too. The ship is divided into distinctive ‘neighborhoods’ all of which have their own activities and themes. You can grab a casual bite to eat by the pool at The Boardwalk Dog House, watch 3D movies on the huge theatre screen and meet your favorite Dreamworks characters like Shrek as they wander around the ship. With the best family program in the business, this cruise is truly one of a kind and a great choice for those with kids.

Cunard’s Line’s Queen Mary 2

The world famous QE2 goes fully traditional when it comes to cruising. The interiors are elegant and refined, the evening meals are a well-dressed affair and afternoon tea is served in the dining room every day. There are no noisy PA announcements or large waterslides- this is a very grown up cruise for those who like a little more sophistication from their vacations. That’s not to say there aren’t activities on board- you can exercise anytime in the fitness area or lay back for a relaxing spa treatment, but this is certainly a more formal cruise than many of the other large ships offer.

NCL’s Norweigan Breakaway

The massive Norwegian Breakaway is one of the most fun and easygoing cruise liners on the ocean, with a wide variety of dining options and plenty of entertainment for the whole family. The ship gives its passengers the chance to do whatever they want, whether it’s getting a spa treatment or watching a professional musical live. You can also make the cruise suit your budget, with everything included in the starting price, but extra add-ons available if you want to add a little more luxury to your trip. 

MSC Cruises’ MSC Preziosa

If it’s an Italian-style Mediterranean cruise that you’re after, the MSC Preziosa is the super-sized cruise ship for you. The kids will be extremely happy with the huge waterslide and aqua park, while adults can revel in the extravagant opulence of the ship and dine every evening on delicious authentic Italian cuisine. Despite its fancy décor, the Preziosa has a relaxed and fun atmosphere, making every family feel welcome and at home.

Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Fantasy

When it comes to family-friendly cruise ships, the Disney Fantasy is the top dog. This massive ship has excitement and thrills that will enthral even the most jaded kids. With 2,500 people travelling on the ship at each journey, the Disney Fantasy travels on seven day excursions around the Caribbean. With the towering AquaDuck watercoaster on board and an endless variety of child-friendly activities, the Disney Fantasy really is every kid’s dream vacation.

Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Reflection

The Celebrity Reflection is the cruise ship of choice for travellers who like casual sophistication and refined luxury. The ship is loaded with amazing art for travellers to admire as they enjoy their vacation, and private cabanas are available for those who like a little extra privacy on their vacation. The highlight of the Celebrity Reflection has to be the dining experience, with luxury restaurants and a variety of cool bars available to enjoy.

Image: “Allure of the Seas Aquatheater” by Wilson Hui