All of us are dreaming of luxury, and part of that luxury is to experience getting aboard a luxury ship. Check out some of the beloved cruise ships here in this article.
The MS Majesty of the Seas is a cruise ship launched in 1992. Built in the shipyards in Saint-Nazarie, France, the ship features lots of luxurious amenities that include an on-board casino, two swimming pools, 11 elevators, on-board bars, a basketball court and a rock climbing wall. Its owner, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced that Majesty of the Seas would be undergoing major overhaul in 2016 to make her up-to-date.
The MS Oasis of the Seas was launched in 2009, and is owned by Royal Caribbean International (the one who also runs Majesty of the Seas). She became the largest cruise ship during her time, but she herself was topped by her sister ship Allure of the Seas by 50 millimeters longer. Shop and dine at the ship’s line of boutiques, bars and restaurants, relax by the pool, flex your muscles at the fitness center, and relax at the spa. There’s also an ice-skating rink, a casino and a nightclub.
The Prinzessin Victoria Luise was a German passenger ship, having the distinction of being the world’s first cruise ship. She was launched in 1900. However, after six years of being service, she was accidentally grounded off Jamaica.
The Queen Elizabeth 2 was built for the Cunard Line and was launched in 1969. She became one of the most storied ships on earth. Before the ocean liner was refitted with a diesel power plant in the 1980s, the vessel was the last oil-run passenger steamship to sail the Atlantic in scheduled line service. She retired in 2008, and was bought by Dubai-based Istithmar World for $100 million. Istithmar planned to convert her into a floating hotel, but the financial crisis and other factors intervened. As of today, the ship remains sitting in Dubai but the future conversion plans are still up in the air.
The RMS Strathaird was an ocean liner launched in 1931; she made her maiden voyage a year later. The Strathaird and her sister vessels were called “The Beautiful White Sisters” or “The White Sisters” as they were all painted with white hulls and buff funnels. She carried both mail and passenger service. After about three decades, the Strathaird became too rusty to be reliable and she was scrapped in Hong Kong in 1961.
The RMS Titanic was the biggest ship afloat when she entered service in April 1912. She was an Olympic-class ocean liner alongside her sister vessels Olympic and Britannic. Her facilities for the first-class passengers met the highest standards of luxury; the ship featured restaurants, cafes, a squash court, a gym, a private massage room, and a swimming pool (yes, Titanic had it!). Her infamous sinking on the morning of April 15, 1912 led to the deaths of about 1,500 people, but this unforgettable tragedy would lead to the major overhauls towards maritime safety.
The RMS Oceanic, considered the biggest ship of her time, made her maiden voyage in September 1899. At the outbreak of the First World War, she served as Royal Navy armed merchant cruiser. She ran aground off Foula, Shetland Islands on September 8, 1914; about a decade later she was salvaged. The Oceanic‘s remaining hull, still very much intact, was also salvaged in 1979 — 65 years after the disaster.
The SS Canberra went into service in 1961, promptly replacing the old RMS Strathaird in 1961 (mentioned earlier in the article). Both of these ships had been constructed by the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, or the present-day P&O. During the 1982 Falklands War she served as a warship. After refitting, Canberra returned to her original service as a cruise ship, and continued to be so until her retirement in 1997. Due to her solid construction, it took quite long before she was totally scrapped in 1998.
The AIDADiva is a German cruise ship who was launched and started her service in 2007. She can carry up to 2,500 passengers and features excellent amenities such as restaurants and food bars, Internet stations, bars, casino, entertainment center, kids center, cafes, sundeck, walking/jogging track, beauty salon, gym and fitness centers, swimming pool with pool bar, and a theater.
The first of the Solstice ship series, the Celebrity Solstice was built in Germany and went into service in 2008. She and her sister vessels offer a wide range of amenities, from several restaurant, bar and club options, to entertainment facilities. It even holds glass-blowing workshops.
Of course, The Walt Disney Company is behind this cruise ship, which was launched in 1997 and was put in service the following year. Disney Magic has 875 staterooms and can carry around 2,700 passengers. Of course, you can expect to find some things there that remind you of the Disney films like the horn that plays “When You Wish Upon a Star,” and Broadway-style shows with familiar Disney characters. It offers lots of sports amenities, cafes, pools, nursery, dining, and kids- and teens-only clubs. In other words, it’s generally a family-friendly cruise ship.
Another cruise ship from Royal Caribbean International, the MS Freedom of the Seas belongs to the Freedom class of cruise ships. It went on service in 2006 and is still in operation. It has three swimming pools, a simulated water surf, a theater, sports and dining facilities.