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Visualizing The World’s Largest Cruise Ships in Galveston

A few months ago, it was announced that Carnival planned to bring its largest and newest ship — Carnival Vista — to port in Galveston in 2018.

This came as big news for the island, both literally and figuratively. First, the company placing the pride of its fleet in Galveston is a strong signal of how much it values the Texas market. Just about 15 years ago there wasn’t a single cruise ship sailing from the island. Now it sees the biggest and best ships from the world’s most popular cruise line.

Second, cruise ships in Galveston continue to get larger. Vista is the largest in Carnival’s fleet, but Royal Caribbean continues to increase the size of their ships ported in Galveston as well. Liberty of the Seas, which currently sails year-round from the island, measures more than 1,100 feet and can carry nearly 5,000 passengers. (For comparison, Vista is 1,062 feet and carries about 4,000 passengers.)

And while no word has been made yet, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Royal Caribbean eventually puts an even larger ship in Galveston. It’s already adding a second ship soon (Vision of the Seas). Why not continue to increase its presence with one of its Oasis or Quantum class ships?

With that in mind, we wanted to see just what it would look like if both Carnival and Royal Caribbean ported the largest ships in their fleet on the island.

Below we should how it might look to have Harmony of the Seas (Royal Caribbean’s largest ship) and Carnival Vista docked in Galveston at the same time.

First, here’s what the port looks like now when both Carnival and Royal Caribbean are in dock:

And here’s how those ships would look next to Harmony of the Seas and Carnival Vista. You can see how much larger these ships are!

Finally, here’s what Royal Caribbean and Carnival’s largest ships would look like if docked on their own:


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