The true size of modern-day cruise ships has been revealed in a fascinating infographic, with the largest in the world being the equivalent of four football pitches joined together.
The team at HMY have put together the following infographic, which showcases the true scale of this industry in its full glory:
Starting out from the 1800s, where the first transatlantic passenger ship made its name, the infographic tiptoes through the ages and shows how these ships have increased in size.
For example, the SS Great Britain was the longest-running passenger ship in the world when it made its maiden voyage back in 1843. Now, its 98m width looks rather paltry, with modern-day equivalents surpassing the 360m mark.
The Symphony of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas and the Oasis of the Seas are the three ships which take the above mantle, with all being over 360m in length. All three have a capacity of over 6,650 passengers, which again dwarfs that of the SS Great Britain which in its peak could carry around 5% of this total.
It is also worth taking a trip down memory lane to look at the likes of the RMS Titanic, which famously sank in 1912 (and catapulted Leonardo DiCaprio into the spotlight some decades later). Back then, it carried a terrific 2,435 passengers – but this still falls well short of the numbers that we are used to seeing in today’s day and age.
It’s not just cruise ships which are featured through the infographic and towards the bottom of the page there is an in interesting take on other boats, including river boats and yachts which are so common through the country. Some of the non-passenger boats, such as the Seawise Giant, spanned over 450m!
We will leave you to decipher this infographic in your own time but, particularly as the aviation industry receives so much coverage regarding its technical developments, the advancements made within ships certainly should not be ignored.