Cruise lines are well known for upping their game and out doing each other with weird and wonderful features – not to mention dazzling entertainment onboard their ships. But did you know that there’s actually some pretty impressive cruise-themed world records?! We’ve complied a list of crazy cruise ship records that’ll blow your mind. Look out for a certain cruise line that appears more than once – there’ll be a bonus question at the end!
1. The biggest ship in the world
Currently the biggest ship in the world is Royal Caribbean®’s Harmony of the Seas®. She can carry 5,479 passengers, has 2747 staterooms and weighs 226,963 gross tonnage. That’s some size! However, the crown will be passed on to her sister ship as of April 2018. The set-to-wow Symphony of the Seas® will carry 5,500 passengers, 2,774 staterooms – 27 more than Harmony of the Seas – and will weigh in at a whopping 230,000 gross tonnage. Wowza!
2. The largest spritzer
The largest glass of spritzer was prepared onboard Costa Favolosa on the 10th May 2016, while on route to from Barcelona to Marseille. The gargantuan cocktail took 17 people over three hours to make, and used a mammoth 667 bottles of sparkling wine, 333 bottles of Aperol and 167 bottles of tonic. There must have been a few sore heads in the morning!
3. The tallest observation deck
The tallest observation deck on a cruise ship is currently held by Royal Caribbean’s Quantum Class of ships. North Star℠ observational pods onboard Ovation of the Seas®, Quantum of the Seas® and Anthem of the Seas® reach a height of 88.6 metres. Each North Star pod rises more than 300 feet into the air and offers breathtaking 360° views.
4. The largest ship to sail around the world
Queen Mary 2 is the largest passenger ship to sail around the world, at 148,528 gross registered tonnes. On the 10th January 2007 she set out on her first world cruise from Fort Lauderdale, with the journey taking 81 days to circumnavigate the globe. We’d happily volunteer to join if Cunard are looking to renew this record again!
5. The busiest cruise terminal in the world
This one goes to PortMiami in Florida. It’s the self-proclaimed ‘Cruise Capital of the World’ and it’s no wonder – in 2016 PortMiami set a world record, with nearly five million more passengers sailing through PortMiami than any other cruise terminal in the world. It’s a pretty impressive place – and home to the global headquarters of five leading cruise lines. Look no further than PortMiami for your next super sailing!
6. The largest LEGO ship in the world
The world’s largest LEGO ship was set in Denmark and was organised to celebrate the 150th anniversary of DFDS Seaways. The aptly named ‘Jubilee Seaways’ was constructed of over 1.2 million LEGO bricks, weighing 2,860kg and 12.035 metres long. We wonder how many times someone accidentally stepped on a stray piece – ouch!
7. The most ships inaugurated in one day
The most ships inaugurated by one cruise line in one day was set by Viking River Cruises with a staggering 14 ships! The marathon ceremony took place on 17th March 2014 and lasted 23 hours, 42 minutes and 59 seconds. Seven ships were inaugurated in Amsterdam, three ships in Avigon and four ships were blessed through video link in Rostock. This might be a tough one to beat anytime soon!
8. The longest live TV documentary
The longest non-stop live television documentary was the complete journey of Hutigruten’s MS Nordnorge sailing from Bergen to Kirkenes in Norway. The broadcast lasted 134 hours, 42 minutes and 45 seconds on the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation’s second largest TV channel, with no advert breaks or news bulletins! The journey included some of the most beautiful locations in Norway – The North Cape, Tromso, The Lofoten Islands, the coast of Helgeland, the western fjords and UNESCO-listed Geiranger. If you don’t have 134 hours spare, you can watch the whole thing in five minutes below!
9. The greatest distance for an unsupported tightrope walk
The greatest distance for an unsupported tightrope walk was achieved by Bello Nock – often called ‘the world’s greatest comic daredevil’ onboard Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas® in CocoCay, The Bahamas. The 130-metre tightrope was suspended between two poles and took approximately 15 minutes to complete. A bit too daring for us!
10. The fastest mile for a marching band
The fastest mile for a marching band was completed onboard MSC Cruises’ MSC Splendida. The 21-strong serving and former military musicians marched round the mile-long course on the lido deck, and completed it in an impressive 14 minutes and 26 seconds. The break-neck pace had the military band marching at a pace of 150 beats per minutes!
Here’s your bonus question!
Which cruise line featured the most in our list of 10 crazy cruise ship records? Comment below with your answers!
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