Fifty years ago, no one thought Future Luxurious Cruise Ships would evolve into 1,200-foot behemoths capable of carrying 5,000 passengers. And while we’re excited by the innovations on new ships like Quantum of the Seas, it’s hard not to wonder how dramatically different cruise ships will look 50 years from now.
With our curiosity piqued, we scoured the Internet for the craziest cruise ship concept art we could find. Some designs are plausible; others are a long way off, and some are borderline absurd — but they all make us eager to book a cruise in 2060.
1. Sleek and Sexy
We’re not sure if this is a cruise ship or a mega-yacht, but we sure want to sail on it. There may not be much open deck space, but this ship looks like it travels between ports so fast you could go to sleep in Cozumel and wake up in St. Thomas.
2. The Floating Island
Can’t decide between a cruise and an island resort? With the Tropical Island Paradise by Yacht Island Design, you can have both. The lido deck is rather small, but the huts and palm trees are a classy touch. And it’s impossible not to be excited about the infinity pool on the bow.
3. The City
Think Royal Caribbean’s Central Park concept is impressive? This floating city, appropriately dubbed “Atlantis II,” looks like it’s trying to rival the size of Central Park itself. Open space is clearly not an issue with this
4. The Shark Fin
There’s always something to be said for great views from a balcony, but how amazing would it be to look out your porthole and see a coral reef or a school of fish? What makes this design unlikely is that destination ports would have to be completely redesigned to accommodate a ship that extends this far underwater. At the moment, designer Jacques Rougerie intends for “The SeaOrbiter” to be a research lab, but we cruisers will be keeping our fingers crossed for a commercial version.
6. The Horseshoe
This design doesn’t look very hydrodynamic — or aesthetically pleasing, for that matter — but if they did manage to make it float, this “ship” would have the largest pool in cruising, plus a boat launch in the aft.
7. The Boomerang
With space for three large ships and 5 million square feet of shopping, dining, and entertainment, this terminal-resort hybrid could be the new private island of the cruise industry. Ken Oltheius designed the Floating Ship Terminal as a series of sustainable aquatic
8. The Lilypad
Think a ship with 5,000 passengers feels like a floating city? How about one with 50,000? Green architect Vincent Callebaut designed the Lilypad as a solution to global warming and rising sea levels. It looks as if every available inch of the ship — including the walls — has been covered with greenery, giving it the nickname a “floating