Cruise ships are floating cities made with luxury in mind. These enormous ships ferry people around on sapphire waters all over the globe as they head to some of the most stunning locations on the planet. But not all cruise ships are created equal. Some are truly magnificent and insanely decked floating cities. Check out these top 10 most insane cruise ships in the world.
Have you ever wanted to go to the sea and go for a swim, but not swim in the sea? While this may seem a little pointless on the surface, depending on where you live, going for a dip in the pool is a lot safer than doing so in the ocean. Jellyfish, sharks, sea snakes, and sea mites all live in the world’s biggest swimming pool alongside a bunch of other creatures that can kill people in one hit. So, staying out of their backyard and kicking back in a clean sanitary pool on board the MSC Seaside kind of makes a lot of sense. Here’s where things get wild though. Alongside a pool, this cruise ship has an actual water park bolted to the deck. Five different slides let people hurdle around at ludicrous speeds with two looping racing slides that are so large that they hang over the sides of the ship. A little unnerving, no? If that’s not your thing, you can always chill with the kids in the aqua play pool or relax in one of the many entertainment areas.
Princess Cruises are hyped to be the ‘be all and end all’ experience. The people behind the wheel know boats, and they know what they’re doing when it comes to designing a new cruiser. The Majestic Princess hit the waters in 2017 and has been sailing from coast to coast since. What’s truly insane about this particular Princess ship is just how luxurious it is. Not only is the Majestic Princess a floating city, but it’s also basically a floating Las Vegas. Equipped with all the fun you can expect from the neon city, one can lose themselves on this cruise. In the mood for karaoke, a bit of gambling, a movie under the stars or a meal created by Michelin star awarded chefs? The Majestic Princess has got you covered. Plus, you can leave the kids at one of the mini onboard facilities where they can have a blast while you relax elsewhere. That sounds like the ship made for parents that need a break, but don’t want to leave the kids with a babysitter.
With such a serene name, one might think that the Harmony of the Seas ship is a peaceful ride and to be honest, it can be if you stick to certain activities, but this ship is equipped to do one thing better than all the others, and that’s a party. Now we aren’t talking about wild parties. We mean you having a great time, with great company and plenty of things to do. Glide along with the perfect wave in the wave pool on the deck during the morning. Dine on amazing cuisine and spend the night before a live orchestra. Catch an ice-skating show or a Grease Broadway musical right on the open seas. This ship is kind of insane with how much they managed to cram on board. They even put an ice-skating rink around all the other stuff. Wild.
Carnival Vista is trying it’s hardest to pack a theme park, a carnival, and a small city’s worth of stuff onto one boat. Admittedly, this vessel is a rather large ship, so even after all of those additions, there is still plenty of room for spacious suites and boy are those suites decked out. That’s not what got Carnival Vista on this list though. It’s the sky ride. Not for the faint of heart, but most certainly for those that like a thrill or a good workout. The sky ride is a bike in the sky. No, seriously. You strap into a big blue chair, grab onto the handles, and start pedalling. The rail this bike is attached to takes you on an elevated circuit around the whole ship. From that high up, you’ll be able to see as far as the eye can see. That’s one way to get your leg day workout in. You can also amble along in the mini-golf course at your own pace, chill in the Havana bar and pool or test out your muscles on the ropes course.
Now hitting the open seas on a cruise doesn’t always mean you’re going to party city. There are plenty of cruises around that are more laid back, relaxing experiences like Oceania Cruises’ Marina. But you may be wondering, this list is all about insane cruise ships. The ones that are totally over the top bonkers. How is a laid-back ship on this list? See, here’s the thing, this one has earned its place on this list and under being one of a kind. Few other cruises are so dedicated to achieving culinary excellence and helping you do the same. Aside from being able to dine on a huge variety of cuisines and a perfectly paired wine, you can sign up for cooking classes run by the master chefs themselves. Besides gorging yourself on spectacular food, fresh pastries, and delicious coffee, you can kick back with various arts and crafts classes led by various artists. These classes are all about growing your creative flair and teaching you new skills for hobbies you thought about but never had the time or energy to pick up. This cruise is a retiree’s dream. Where do we sign up?
6. Silver Muse.
Certainly one of the most opulent and regal of the ships on this list, the Silver Muse is a taste of the high life. Silversea, the owners of the Silver Muse, is of Italian heritage and this seeps into every corner of what this cruise has to offer. Authentic Italian dining, rich wine, and arts and music from all over Europe. The decor is refined and elegant, giving off a contemporary vibe without losing the warmth of the less modern design. If you ever wanted to experience what Europe could be like but are afraid of flying, then the Silver Muse is the ship for you.
A transformative experience awaits you on the Anthem of the Seas. If you’ve ever wanted to push yourself to try new things, make some friends or have a great time with your friends, then this insane cruise is the one for you. Aside from the usual stuff you find on luxury cruises like the over the top luxury, awesome places to eat and drink, and a fully serviced spa, this bad boy comes packaged with lots of stuff for thrill-seekers to tackle. Have you ever wanted to go skydiving, but have wussed out because how do people do something that crazy? Well, then the high fly simulator is your new best friend. After strapping into a jumpsuit, you’ll hop into a funnel with fans strong enough to keep you hovering in the air. There is also the sky tower built on the deck. Simply hop in and fly over 300 feet above the sea. We can only imagine what the view might be like comes sunset or sunrise if you are a morning person. We don’t know how the designers managed it, but this cruiser has rooms that transform throughout the day. Go from a basketball arena in the morning to a roller-skating rink in the afternoon to a performance stage at night. It’s a world of wonder on this ship.
Who hates waiting in line? Everyone. Dawdling during a snail-paced check-in process is not a pleasant way to start a holiday, but Royal Caribbean has perfected the terminal check-in process and it shines true with their newest cruise ship, the Symphony of the Seas. Not only did Royal Caribbean commission a whole new ship, but a whole new terminal and bay to go with it. If that alone isn’t enough to confirm this cruise ship’s place on the list, then buckle up. Besides being a floating theme park with a functional carousel, typical of the old seaside fairgrounds, this ship has a bar and arcade that stretches across almost the entire length of the ship. And your kids can head on over to the ice cream and candy shop while you chill at the bar. And when the time comes for the evening show, these guys deliver with an open-air water theatre that hosts water acrobatics to an incredible soundtrack. And if you dare, you should try out the ultimate abyss slide bolted to the deck of the ship. It just so happens that it’s the tallest slide on the open seas and it is a water-free ride too, so if you aren’t in your swimwear and don’t feel like taking the elevator, just slide on down to the deck.
Now, who could go wrong with a ship called the Norwegian Bliss? Outside of the unusual commodities like deliciously good food, spa amenities, and a plush room, this cruise ship has its very own go-cart course. Yes, you heard that right. The Norwegian Bliss has a multi-floor go-cart course that you can zip around on for hours. This cruise ship is designed to cater to the race car fans. Plus, the indoor observation deck is filled to the brim with comfortable chairs, making the floor to ceiling windows an absolute pleasure to sit at before or during sunset. The ship’s hull itself has been painted with a beautiful decal of humpback whales by the artist Wyland. Watching this cruiser come into port is a memory you won’t forget.
The fun never stops on Carnival Horizon. We honestly don’t know how one could bear to leave this cruise. Very much a family-oriented experience, Carnival Horizon combines the flare and thrill of a classic carnival and the luxury of high-end hotels. After dropping the kids off at the Dr Seuss waterpark, parents can slink over to the adult-only retreat for a glass of bubbly. Of course, relaxation and entertainment don’t stop there. A fully-equipped spa is on the top of anyone’s to-do list, as is heading down to the theatre for playlist productions, a revamp of popular music with mega attitude.