# How Much Would It Cost To Buy A Cruise Ship

Included, you'll find ship cost by brand and per cabin to account for difference in ship size. We also explore the difference in the cost to build a cruise ship over time.

## how much would it cost to buy a cruise ship

There's a clear trend in increasing ship cost by decade! Additionally, we look at the total asset value by fleet and by holding company. It's truly amazing how the industry is so very consolidated!

There are plenty of factors that come into play when searching for the perfect cruise. How new is the vessel? How big is it? What class does it belong to? What features does it have? And, of course, how much does a cruise ship cost? We cover all of these in other blog posts. For now, we'll explore ship cost in depth.

To get a better idea of "value" as opposed to "price tag," you'll want to consider ship size. We're one step ahead! Check out the infographic below for average cost to build a cruise ship based on size. Specifically, we analyze cost verse number of staterooms.

This chart shows average cost by cruise cabin. That allows us to account for ship size and "normalize" the cost data. When buying an apartment building, you'd mostly like value it based on total number of units. Each apartment will command $X in rent. Similarly, each cruise cabin generates $Y in revenue.

It's no surprise that the smaller ships rise to the top. These brands are considered "premium lines." The drastic differences in price are obvious. Seabourn ships have cruise staterooms valued at more than 5x the cost of cabins on Pullmantur!

The data won't completely represent the full picture. Celebrity has massive ships carrying over 3k passengers and also the Xploration with a capacity of 16 cruisers! To avoid this issue you'll want to check out our complete list of ships by cost below.

We also looked at how much does a cruise ship cost to build today vs. in the past? We expected an increase and were not disappointed! The chart below shows the average price tag of ships throughout the decades.

Even with the current speed bump in the industry, we expect this to continue. Vessels are continuously adding capacity and extravagant (read "expensive") features. The average cost per cruise ship is quickly approaching one billion dollars!

You may have counted almost 30 cruise brands included above. Don't be fooled. There aren't that many big cruise companies out there. The chart below is likely to surprise you. The list of cruise companies is much smaller. Two companies (Carnival & Royal Caribbean) own nearly 75% of the entire industry!

Of course we had to include a list of the most expensive cruise ships ever built. Here are the Top 25 biggest price tags ever commanded by cruise ships. The "billion+ dollar club" is a significant portion of the list.

The ship measures 225k gross tons and is one of the largest in the fleet. If we look at the Allure of the Seas cruise ship cost per tonnage, we get a price tag showing $6,658 per GT.

It's also interesting to look at the Allure of the Seas cost per cabin. The ship has a total of 2,742 staterooms. Some quick math shows that Royal Caribbean paid roughly $547k per cabin for this ship.

The ship measures 228k gross tons and is one of the largest in the fleet. If we look at the Wonder of the Seas cruise ship cost per tonnage, we get a price tag showing $5,919 per GT.

It's also interesting to look at the Wonder of the Seas cost per cabin. The ship has a total of 2,745 staterooms. Some quick math shows that Royal Caribbean paid roughly $492k per cabin for this ship.

The ship measures 228k gross tons and is one of the largest in the fleet. If we look at the Harmony of the Seas cruise ship cost per tonnage, we get a price tag showing $5,929 per GT.

It's also interesting to look at the Harmony of the Seas cost per cabin. The ship has a total of 2,745 staterooms. Some quick math shows that Royal Caribbean paid roughly $492k per cabin for this ship.

The ship measures 228k gross tons and is one of the largest in the fleet. If we look at the Symphony of the Seas cruise ship cost per tonnage, we get a price tag showing $5,919 per GT.

It's also interesting to look at the Symphony of the Seas cost per cabin. The ship has a total of 2,745 staterooms. Some quick math shows that Royal Caribbean paid roughly $492k per cabin for this ship.

The ship measures 225k gross tons and is one of the largest in the fleet. If we look at the Oasis of the Seas cruise ship cost per tonnage, we get a price tag showing $5,771 per GT.

It's also interesting to look at the Oasis of the Seas cost per cabin. The ship has a total of 2,137 staterooms. Some quick math shows that Royal Caribbean paid roughly $608k per cabin for this ship.

The ship measures 156k gross tons and is one of the largest in the fleet. If we look at the Norwegian Epic cruise ship cost per tonnage, we get a price tag showing $7,699 per GT.

It's also interesting to look at the Norwegian Epic cost per cabin. The ship has a total of 2,122 staterooms. Some quick math shows that Norwegian paid roughly $566k per cabin for this ship.

The ship measures 206k gross tons and is one of the largest in the fleet. If we look at the MSC World Europa cruise ship cost per tonnage, we get a price tag showing $5,591 per GT.

It's also interesting to look at the MSC World Europa cost per cabin. The ship has a total of 2,700 staterooms. Some quick math shows that MSC paid roughly $426k per cabin for this ship.

The ship measures 154k gross tons and is one of the largest in the fleet. If we look at the MSC Seashore cruise ship cost per tonnage, we get a price tag showing $7,468 per GT.

It's also interesting to look at the MSC Seashore cost per cabin. The ship has a total of 2,066 staterooms. Some quick math shows that MSC paid roughly $557k per cabin for this ship.

The ship measures 169k gross tons and is one of the largest in the fleet. If we look at the Ovation of the Seas cruise ship cost per tonnage, we get a price tag showing $6,522 per GT.

It's also interesting to look at the Ovation of the Seas cost per cabin. The ship has a total of 1,918 staterooms. Some quick math shows that Royal Caribbean paid roughly $574k per cabin for this ship.

The ship measures 184k gross tons and is one of the largest in the fleet. If we look at the Celebration cruise ship cost per tonnage, we get a price tag showing $5,438 per GT.

It's also interesting to look at the Celebration cost per cabin. The ship has a total of 2,641 staterooms. Some quick math shows that Carnival paid roughly $379k per cabin for this ship.

The ship measures 131k gross tons and is one of the largest in the fleet. If we look at the Celebrity Edge cruise ship cost per tonnage, we get a price tag showing $7,644 per GT.

It's also interesting to look at the Celebrity Edge cost per cabin. The ship has a total of 1,467 staterooms. Some quick math shows that Celebrity paid roughly $682k per cabin for this ship.

The ship measures 184k gross tons and is one of the largest in the fleet. If we look at the Mardi Gras cruise ship cost per tonnage, we get a price tag showing $5,166 per GT.

It's also interesting to look at the Mardi Gras cost per cabin. The ship has a total of 2,641 staterooms. Some quick math shows that Carnival paid roughly $360k per cabin for this ship.

The ship measures 136k gross tons and is one of the largest in the fleet. If we look at the Costa Firenze cruise ship cost per tonnage, we get a price tag showing $7,011 per GT.

It's also interesting to look at the Costa Firenze cost per cabin. The ship has a total of 2,116 staterooms. Some quick math shows that Costa paid roughly $449k per cabin for this ship.

The ship measures 184k gross tons and is one of the largest in the fleet. If we look at the MV Iona cruise ship cost per tonnage, we get a price tag showing $5,163 per GT.

It's also interesting to look at the MV Iona cost per cabin. The ship has a total of 2,610 staterooms. Some quick math shows that P&O UK paid roughly $364k per cabin for this ship.

The ship measures 169k gross tons and is one of the largest in the fleet. If we look at the Quantum of the Seas cruise ship cost per tonnage, we get a price tag showing $5,632 per GT.

It's also interesting to look at the Quantum of the Seas cost per cabin. The ship has a total of 1,839 staterooms. Some quick math shows that Royal Caribbean paid roughly $517k per cabin for this ship.

The ship measures 185k gross tons and is one of the largest in the fleet. If we look at the Costa Smeralda cruise ship cost per tonnage, we get a price tag showing $5,135 per GT.

It's also interesting to look at the Costa Smeralda cost per cabin. The ship has a total of 2,612 staterooms. Some quick math shows that Costa paid roughly $364k per cabin for this ship. 041b061a72