Have you ever wondered how many people could fit on every cruise ship in the world?  What if we added up just how many people it would take to fill every berth on every ship?

What is the total capacity of every cruise ship in the world? (Photo Credit: Cruise Fever)

It might seem like a useless exercise, but I’m a curious person. So, once the thought entered my mind, I just had to figure out what the maximum capacity would be of every cruise ship in the world if added all together.

With cruise lines building more and more ships that can carry more people than ever, I wanted to see the actual numbers.

The data below was compiled from available data on cruise ship capacity, crew counts, and which ships are both currently sailing and about to be launched within a year.

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What ships were included in this list?

This list includes some cruise ships that are due to come out later this year or in 2024.   This was done so the information will still be relevant over the next couple of years at least.

River cruise ships were excluded from the count, in addition to some small yacht companies with very few vessels.

The total count includes both passengers and crew, but you can see the separate numbers below as well.

In total, the passenger and crew capacity from 324 cruise ships and from 36 cruise lines were used to compile this data.   There are a few other ships that could have been included but this sum represents all the major cruise lines currently operating with a few single-ship operators as well.

All of the cruise lines and how many ships were included with each line can be seen in the data below.

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What capacity numbers were used?

Cruise ships generally do not sail at maximum capacity but rather at full capacity.  The difference is that max capacity means that every berth on a ship is occupied.

Full capacity usually means double occupancy.  This is why you will see that some cruise ships will sail at 110% capacity or more, meaning that some staterooms have more than 2 passengers.  Since the goal of this task was to see how many people could fit on every cruise ship in the world, max capacity was used for the totals.

What is the total capacity of every cruise ship in the world?

After adding up the max capacity of every cruise ship on our list the total number of people would be 1,098,457.

Out of this number the total number of passengers would be 821,954.

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The total crew count totals 276,457.

The 3 cruise lines with the most passengers + crew capacity are as follows:

Royal Caribbean International:
Passengers at max capacity: 124,374
Crew: 39,543
Total onboard (passengers + crew): 163,917
Ships:  28

Carnival Cruise Line:
Passengers at max capacity: 103,318
Crew: 31,809
Total onboard (passengers + crew): 135,127
Ships: 27

MSC Cruises:
Passengers at max capacity: 97,868
Crew: 29,623
Total onboard (passengers + crew): 127,491
Ships: 23

*Remember this includes some cruise ships that are yet to be launched this year and into 2024.

These numbers mean that Royal Caribbean alone will account for 14.91% of all people on a cruise ship after the debut of its newest ships in 2023-2024.

If the total of 1,099,515 people were equated to the population of a U.S. city it would be the 10th largest city in the U.S, right behind Dallas, Texas.

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Even if we just took the total number of cruise passengers on every cruise ship in the world, the 822,758 passengers would equate to the 17th largest U.S. city just behind Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Below is the breakdown of passenger capacity by cruise line

Aida Cruises

Total ships: 14Passengers at max capacity:  42,452Crew: 10,467Total onboard:  52,919

Azamara

Total ships:  4Passengers at max capacity: 3,114Crew: 1,589Total onboard:  4,703

Carnival Cruise Line

Total ships:  27Passengers at max capacity: 108,334Crew: 33,759Total onboard:  142,093

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CSSC Carnival China / Adora Cruises

Total ships:  4Passengers at max capacity: 15,681Crew: 4,622Total onboard:  20,303

Celebrity Cruises

Total ships:  15Passengers at max capacity: 42,469Crew:  14,503Total onboard:  56,972

Celestyal Cruises

Total ships:  3Passengers at max capacity: 4,628Crew: 1,506Total onboard:  6,134

Costa Cruises

Total ships:  11Passengers at max capacity:  43,774Crew:  13,317Total onboard:  56,991

Crystal Cruises

Total ships:  2Passengers at max capacity:  2,294Crew: 1,165Total onboard:  3,459

Cunard

Total ships:  4Passengers at max capacity:  11,616Crew: 4,278Total onboard:  15,894

Disney Cruise Line

Total ships:  5Passengers at max capacity: 15,378Crew: 6,360Total onboard:  21,738

Emerald Cruises

Total ships:  4Passengers at max capacity: 656Crew: 306Total onboard:  962

Explora Journeys

Total ships:  2Passengers at max capacity: 1,844Crew: 822Total onboard:  2,666

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

Total ships:  4Passengers at max capacity: 5,731Crew: 2,147Total onboard:  7,878

Holland America Line

Total ships:  12Passengers at max capacity: 28,613Crew: 9,968Total onboard:  38,581

Hurtigruten

Total ships:  15Passengers at max capacity:  6,939Crew: 1,180Total onboard:  8,119

Lindblad Expeditions

Total ships:  9Passengers at max capacity:  866Crew: 418Total onboard:  1,284

Marella Cruises

Total ships:  5Passengers at max capacity: 11,799Crew: 4,085Total onboard:  15,884

MSC Cruises

Total ships:  23Passengers at max capacity: 97,868Crew: 29,623Total onboard:  127,491

Norwegian Cruise Line

Total ships:  19Passengers at max capacity: 69,458Crew: 24,416Total onboard:  93,874

Oceania Cruises

Total ships:  8Passengers at max capacity: 9,044Crew:  4,691Total onboard:  13,735

P&O Cruises (UK and Australia)

Total ships:  10Passengers at max capacity: 37,228Crew:  12,180Total onboard:  49,408

Phoenix Reisen

Total ships:  4Passengers at max capacity: 3,350Crew: 1,437Total onboard:  4,787

Princess Cruises

Total ships:  16Passengers at max capacity: 60,642Crew:  19,595Total onboard:  80,237

Quark Expeditions

Total ships:  15Passengers at max capacity: 2,922Crew:  1,682Total onboard:  4,604

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Total ships:  6Passengers at max capacity: 4,600Crew:  2,828Total onboard:  7,428

Royal Caribbean International

Total ships:  28Passengers at max capacity: 124,374Crew:  39,543Total onboard:  163,917*Includes Icon of the Seas and Utopia of the Seas

Saga

Total ships:  2Passengers at max capacity: 1,998Crew: 1,060Total onboard:  3,058

Seabourn Cruise Line

Total ships:  7Passengers at max capacity: 3,530Crew: 1,890Total onboard:  5,420

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Silversea

Total ships: 13Passengers at max capacity: 5,722Crew:  3,724Total onboard:  9,446

TUI Cruises

Total ships:  8Passengers at max capacity:  23,582Crew:  8,100Total onboard: 31,682

Viking (ocean and expedition)

Total ships:  12Passengers at max capacity: 10,036Crew: 5,170Total onboard:  15,206

Virgin Voyages

Total ships:  4Passengers at max capacity: 11,440Crew: 4,640Total onboard: 16,080

Windstar Cruises

Total ships:  6Passengers at max capacity: 1,492Crew: 766Total onboard:  2,258

Single ship cruise lines

Resorts World Cruises

Total ships:  1Passengers at max capacity: 3,400Crew: 2,000Total onboard:  5,400

Margaritaville at Sea

Total ships:  1Passengers at max capacity:  1,680Crew: 620Total onboard:  2,300

Aroya Cruises

Total ships:  1Passengers at max capacity: 3,400Crew: 2,000Total onboard:  5,400

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