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World's Largest Cruise Ship


Top-down view of a massive cruise ship


Check out this fantastic top-down drone video of the world's largest cruise ship as of early 2022, compliments of AirVuz contributor and pilot Santiago.  He managed to film the Symphony of the Seas as it headed into the cruise ship port of Miami, Florida.  Operated by Royal Caribbean, the ship was launched in 2018 as the fourth member of the Oasis Class.  The ship's displaces 228k of gross tonnage and is just under 1.2k ft. long (361 m).  It carries just over 5.5k passengers at double occupancy in addition to a full crew of 2.2k.  

Cruise Ships at the Port of Venice


Port of Venice - Venice Cruise Terminal , Italy

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During Europe's Medieval and Early Modern periods, the Italian city of Venice was home to one of the world's greatest ports.  While its importance to commercial shipping has since declined, it's become one of the most significant cruise ship ports in the Mediterranean region.  In 2018, the port handled just over a thousand cruise ship arrivals and about 1.5 million passengers.  In this drone video by contributor The Hobby Traveler - Gabrsh Gabor, you'll get an aerial view of the port's main cruise ship terminal.  

Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas


Cruise Time in Miami!


Check out this drone video of one of the world's most well-known cruise ships docked in one of its most famous cruise ship ports: Miami Beach, Florida.  AirVuz contributor jcrrgoodlife managed to aerially film the Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas, the fourth of the line's Voyager Class ships.  This behemoth is over a thousand feet long (311 meters) and displaces about 140k tons.  When it was launched in 2002, it was one of the largest cruise ships in the world.  The ship has a crew of 1.2k and can carry up to 4k passengers.  

Crystal Serenity in the Chilean Fjords


Cruise Ship in Chile by Drone

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The complex shape of Chile's Patagonian coastline created large numbers of spectacular fjords, which are inlets created by glaciation patterns.  These natural wonders have caught the attention of cruise ship operators and travelers around the world.  Some of these travelers are also drone pilots.  Contributor Exclusive Aerials was onboard the cruise ship Crystal Serenity with a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone when he created this magnificent video of the ship cruising this remarkably beautiful area on its southern Pacific coast.

Oasis of the Seas


Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas


The Oasis of the Seas, operated by Royal Caribbean, is an examples of the new generation of gigantic Oasis-class cruise ships.    This mammoth ship is 360 meters (almost 1,200 ft), weighs 225k tons, and can carry 6,300 passengers. It is, quite literally, a floating city. Contributor Droneview filmed the mighty ship sailing from Florida with a GoPro Hero 4 camera mounted on a 3DR Solo drone.  The drone captured the ship heading out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida for a Caribbean cruise.  

Carnival Cruise Ship in Grand Turk


DJI Mavic Pro Drone Fly over of a Carnival Cruise Ship in Port on Grand Turk.

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The Caribbean Sea and the area to its north represents the largest cruise market in the world.  Every day, dozens of these massive ships ply these waters with hundreds of thousands of passengers on board, departing en masse at various ports of call around the region.  In this aerial video, contributor Bud's Eye flew his DJI Mavic Pro drone over a Carnival Cruise Line ship at berth in Grand Turk Island.  Grand Turk is one of the more popular berthing spots for these floating cities.

Cruising the Amazon River


Amazon in 4K - Sunset cruising

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The immensity of the lower Amazon River in Brazil is such that even very large cruise ships can access it and cruise some ways up from its mouth on the Atlantic Ocean.  Given the lack of road infrastructure in this vast region, many travelers find that this is in fact the easiest and most comfortable way to see the storied Amazon rainforests.  In this video, contributor Exclusive Aerials was able to fly a drone over the cruise ship Crystal Serenity as it was cruising the mighty river at sunset.  

Cruise Ships in the Panama Canal


Two Cruise Ships Crossing the Panama Canal


When it was opened in 1912, the Panama Canal represented one of the great feats of human engineering up until that time.  Its original size limited its ability to handle the most modern ships.  It is currently in the process of being widened to accommodate bigger vessels.  The 80 km (50 mi) waterway hacked out of the Panama Jungle connects the Atlantic (via the Caribbean Sea) and Pacific Oceans.  In this video, a drone gives us an aerial view of two cruise ships using the locks in the canal to cross it.  

Spectrum of the Seas




Get up close and personal with a giant cruise ship in this fanastic drone video by Asuka_Iam, who managed to film the Royal Caribbean ship Spectrum of the Seas heading into the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Hong Kong.  The ship is one of the five Quantum class ships operated by the line.  With displacemen of around 170k gross tons, the ship was launched in 2019.  With a length of just under 1.15k ft. (a little under 350 m), it can carry nearly 5k passengers.  By gross tonnage, it's one of the world's 20 largest cruise ships as of 2022.   

The Royal Princess


The Cruise - ITV (Series highlights filmed with the Inspire 2)

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If you want to see what a modern cruise ship REALLY looks like, you have to check out this drone video by contributor Upper Cut Productions.  He captured the footage on a DJI Inspire 2 drone working on a British reality TV show about cruises.  The ship captured here is the 2012-vintage Royal Princess, operated by Princess Cruises.  It has capacity for 3,600 passengers.  One of the Royal class of cruise ships, the Royal Princess is 330 meters (almost 1.1k ft.) long and displaces over 140k tons.  

Ovation of the Seas in Tasmania


Ovation of the Seas Approaching Hobart, Tasmania

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This drone video by FergTas manages to accomplish two things.  It will give you (a) a beautiful bird's eye view of one of the world's largest cruise ships and (b) an equally epic view of the Tasmanian capital city Hobart, which said ship is approaching.   If you look at a map of this Australian island state, you'll also get an appreciation for the navigation skills of the captain of this 167k gross ton displacement ship operated by the Royal Caribbean cruise line: the approach to the Hobart may be the world's most complex.

Disney Magic


Catching the Disney Magic entering Liverpool

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Disney entered the cruise industry in the 1990's to complement its theme park investments.  The company currently operates four cruise ships, which provide a family friendly onboard environment filled with Disney branded entertainment.  Contributor Stratus Imagery was able to capture one of these ships, the 84k ton Disney Magic, as it entered the harbor of Liverpool in western England.  The ship is 300 meters (just under 1k ft.) long and can carry about 2.7k passengers in addition to 950 crew members.  

Cruising Alaska's Wrangell Island


Destination Wrangell


Wrangell is a remote town in southeastern Alaska with a population of around 2,300.  It is situated on the northern end of Wrangell Island,  one of the larger islands amongst the 1,000+ that make up the Alexander Archipelago.  The town and island of Wrangell were initially populated by the Tlingit, a native people who settled into the archipelago thousands of years ago. In this 4K video by AirVuz contributor and pilot Drone Alaska, you'll get a bird's eye view of this beautiful part of America's 49th state.

P&O Pacific Explorer in Sydney, Australia


P&O Pacific Explorer cruise ship visits Sydney

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Check out this magnificent drone video of a cruise shipped docked in the port of Sydney, Australia, compliments of top AirVuz contributor Gizmo Drones.  The ship is the Pacific Explorer, which is operated by the P&O Cruises Australia line (a subsidiary of Carnival Cruises).  The Pacific Explorer is one of four (4) Sun class ship built by the Italian company Fincantieri in the late 1990's.  The 856 ft. long (261 m) ship displaces just over 77k gross tons and can carry just under 2k passengers in addition to about 920 crew members.   

The MSC Preziosa


Venha a bordo do MSC Preziosa | RG CAM

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Take in these fantastic aerial views of a giant cruise ship off the coast of Southeastern Brazil, compliments of top contributor RG CAM.  The ship is the MSC Preziosa, a Fantasia-class ship operated by Italy's MSC Cruises.  Christened in 2013, the French-built vessel has a length of just under 1.1k ft. (333 m) and displaces nearly 140k gross tons.  The ship can accommodate up to about 4.3k passengers in addition to a crew of nearly 1.4k.  Its diesel-powered twin propellers can push the ship though the water at speeds of up to 24 knots.   

Stavanger: Norwegian Cruise Port


Cruise Ships in Stavanger, Norway

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The city of Stavanger in southern Norway is a prime port of call for cruise ships sailing through the Scandinavian fjords, one of the world's major cruise ship markets.  In 2016, this Nordic port in Rogalund County handled a cruise ship nearly every other day, amounting to about 300k passengers over the course of the year.  In this spectacular drone video, top contributor and drone pilot Brent De Bleser captures the hustle and bustle of this busy port as these floating behemoths ply its icy waters.  

The Liverpool Cruise Terminal


Cruise Liverpool Season 2021

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Loccated near the mouth of the Mersey River, Liverpool, England has a storied maritime history: it was once the world's busiest seaport.  It was also the most important eastern terminus for the Trans-Atlantic passenger lines in the days before jet travel.  While much of this port infrastructure moved away from the historic waterfront to more modern facilities upriver, since 2007 the city has been home to a cruise ship terminal.  You can see the terminal and some of its visitors in this excellent drone reel by Stratus Imagery.  

Fantasia-Class Ship in Norway


DJI Phantom 4 pro plus 2018 - Norway - Flam - MSC Preziosa cruise

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Contributor Mike Miguel created this remarkable drone video of one of the world's largest cruise ships docked in Norway.  It's the MSC Preziosa, a Fantasia-class vessel launched in 2013.  The ship is about 330 meters (1.1k ft.) long and holds up to nearly 4,000 passengers and a crew of close to 1,400.  It was not able to pass through the Panama Canal when it was launched, but it can now post-widening.  Based in Switzerland, MSC is the world's largest privately-owned cruise ship operator.

Cruise Ship in Miami


Cruising through SoFlo

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This drone video by Jpcorzo will show you how Miami's cruise ship traffic relates to the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach. The video follows a cruise liner as it heads out to sea from the cruise ship berths on Dodge Island in Biscayne Bay.  Since the early 1900's, ships have been able to head directly to sea through the Government Cut channel, which essentially chopped off the southern tip of Miami Beach, creating Fischer Island in the process.  Passing through the Cut, South Beach is on the ship's left.  

Virgin Cruises' Valiant Lady


My first time filming a cruise ship, Valiant Lady.

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Check out this excellent drone video of a brand-new cruise ship docked in the port of Liverpool, UK by AirVuz contributor and pilot Chris.  He filmed the Valiant Lady, the second ship launched by Virgin Voyages.  Launched in 2020, the ship's entry into regular service was delayed by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.  The Italian-built vessel is 912 ft. long (278 m) and 125 ft. wide (38 m) at the beam.  Displacing 110k gross tons, the ship can carry up to just under 2.8k passengers in addition to a crew of 1.16k.  

Cruising the Northwest Passge


Crystal Serenity transits the Northwest Passage

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The Crystal Serenity, a 250 meter (820 ft) cruise ship operated by Crystal Cruises, made seafaring history in 2014 by being the first cruise ship to run the fabled Northwest Passage Arctic Ocean crossing.  Contributor Exclusive Aerials was onboard the 69k ton ship when it made its historical passage, and created this stunning video (which was carried on national TV) from the trip.  The opening of the Northwest Passage is one of the less harmful consequences of the global warming phenomenon.  

Cunard's MS Queen Elizabeth


MS Queen Elizabeth

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Top contributor Icarus Aerial created this beautiful drone video of the cruise ship HMS Queen Elizabeth, a Vista-class cruise ship operated by Cunard.  With a length of just under 300 meters (around 950 ft.), these Panamax-sized ships can carry over 2,000 passengers.  The ship's design allows a very high percentage of the cabins to have outside views.  As of early 2019, the Queen Elizabeth is one of three ships operated by the famed line, which retired the Queen Elizabeth 2 in 2008.

Cruising Alaska


Alaska by Drone

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Due to the lack of roads, a popular way to explore Alaska is by cruise ship.  Dozens of large passenger ships regularly travel between the large cities on the West Coast of the USA and Canada and various points on the Alaskan waters.  In this video, top contributor Exclusive Aerials traveled aboard a cruise ship with a drone.  He was able to capture some amazing footage of fjords, glaciers, icebergs, and the overall beauty of the pristine northern paradise sometimes referred to as the Last Frontier.

Cruise Ships in Antigua


The main harbor

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The main harbor Antigua is in the town of St. John's, in the northwestern corner of the island.  The town has a population of roughly 22,000 in 2018, and is home to nearly one in three residents of the country.  It's also served as the capital of the country (called Antigua and Barbuda) since it became independent from the UK in 1981.  In this video from Iain Jordan, you'll get a bird's eye view of the cruise ships MSC Armonia and MS Serenade Of The Seas docked in the harbor at sunset.

MV Columbus in the Faroe Islands


MV Columbus


The Faroe Islands have gone from being a largely unknown North Atlantic atoll to an emerging tourist destination, and one way this is manifesting itself is with the cruise market.  With a comparatively under-developed lodging infrastructure, cruise ships offer a great way for passengers coming from Europe to see these volcanic wonders.  In this video, top contributor DroneDirector was able to use a drone to capture the MV Columbus steaming its way through the Faroes.  

Royal Princess: Royal-Class Lead


Cruise Liner Royal Princess in the Firth of Forth to visit Edinburgh.

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Check out this drone video of the lead ship of Princess Cruises' Royal-class line, compliments of Hightning McQueen.  It's the MS Royal Princess, seen here crossing Scotland's Firth of Forth.  The ship was launched in 2012 and dedicated the next year at a ceremony presided over by the Duchess of Cambridge.  The ship displaces about 140k gross tons, has a length of about 330 meters (just under 1.1k ft.), and can carry up to 3.6k passengers. It's one of seven planned ships in the class.   

Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas


Enchantment of the Seas: Cruise Ship departs Key West, Florida at sunset.

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Check out this stunning drone video of the Enchantment of the Seas, a major cruise ship heading out of port in Key West, Florida.  Contributor Courtice was able to use his DJI Phantom 4 drone to fly over the Vision-class ship operated by Royal Caribbean during the legendary Key West sunset.  In service since 1997, the 280 meter (just over 900 ft.) ship can carry over 2,400 passengers.  Modified in 2005 to increase its gross tonnage to 83k tons, the ship has a cruising speed of 22 knots.  

The Marella Explorer on the Costa Brava


Marella Explorer, Palamós (Gerona Girona) rescuebcn mavic pro 4k dron dron


Contributor Rescuebcn used a drone to aerially film a cruise ship in the port of Gerona in northeastern Spain.  It's the Marella Explorer, a Century-class ship operated by Marella Cruises.  Launched in 1996, it's a fairly large ship by Mediterranean Sea standards - 260 meters (about 850 ft.), displacing about 77k tons and with capacity for just over 1,900 passengers and about 900 crew.  Situated on the famed Costa Brava, the provincial capital city has become an important port of call for cruise ships in the western Mediterranean.  

The Queen Mary in Long Beach


The RMS Queen Mary


Contributor reggiesurfsax created this marvelous aerial view of a sight in Long Beach, California, a 30 minute drive south of downtown LA at the rare times when traffic is light.  It's the RMS Queen Mary, once one of the world's greatest cruise ships.  Launched in 1934, she was the flag ship of the famed Cunard line, and was considered the most glamorous way to cross the Atlantic Ocean before the jet age.  The 310 meter (just over 1k ft.) ship has been moored in Long Beach Harbor since the 1960's.

P&O Grand Class Ships in Melbourne


P&O Cruise Ships Visit Windy Melbourne - Pacific Adventure & Pacific Encounter

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Top AirVuz contributor and drone pilot Gizmo Drones was able to aerially film not one but two giant cruise ships arriving in the port of Melbourne, Australia.  Both the Pacific Adventure and the Pacific Encounter are Grand-class ships operated by P&O Cruises Australia.   Both ships launched around the turn of the 21st century.  Each vessel displaces around 100k gross tons and is about 950 ft. long (approximately 290 m), and can carry about 2,600 passengers in addition to about 1,100 crew members.    

Queen Mary 2: Largest Ocean Liner


Queen Mary 2


Check out this amazing drone video of the Queen Mary 2, the world's largest ocean liner.  Hawkzero managed to aerially capture the Cunard flagship leaving the German port city of Hamburg, heading back to the North Atlantic.  Christened in 2004, she succeeded the Queen Elizabeth 2 as the flagship of the legendary line, now owned by Carnival Cruises.  The ship is 345 meters long (over 1.1k ft.) and carries almost 2.7k passengers on Trans-Atlantic trips in addition to a crew of over 1.2k.

The Viking Star in Copenhagen, Denmark


Viking Star

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With deep roots as a port city, Copenhagen, Denmark has shifted away from freight traffic to become a major port of call for the many cruise ships which ply the Baltic Sea.  In this drone video by AIRFLIX, you'll see the MV Viking Star heading out of the Port of Copenhagen at sunset.  The lead of the Viking Star class operated by the namesake cruise line, the ship displaces just under 50k tons, is just under 230 meters lone (around 750 ft.) and carries a bit over 900 passengers.  

The Majestic Princess


Majestic Princess Arriving Melbourne


Here's a nice aerial view of the Majestic Princess cruise ship heading into the Australian city of Melbourne, compliments of contributor DroneFlyer.  The Royal-class ship operated by Princess Cruises was launched in 2017.  She is 330 meters long (just under 1.1k ft.) and displaces over 140k tons.  Its two 24k horsepower motors power the vessel, which carries up to 4.9k passengers and crew members, at speeds up up to 22 knots.  The ship was built in Italy's Ficantieri shipyard.  

The MSC Bellissima in Keelung, Taiwan




Check out this excellent drone video of one of the world's largest cruise ships near the port of Keelung, Taiwan, compliments of AirVuz contributor LucaLuca.  The vessel is the MSC Bellissima, and it's operated by Swiss cruise company MSC Cruises.  Christened in 2019, the ship is a bit over 1k ft. long (316 m) and displaces about 172k gross tons.  It can carry up to 4,500 passengers at speeds of up to 21 knots (25 mph, 40 km/hr).  As of 2023, it's one of the 20 largest cruise ships in the world based on gross tonnage. 

The MV Viking Sun


Front Row Seats To A Cruise Ship Sunset!


Contributor PO3SMITH was able to film the MV Viking Sun in the middle of a VERY long cruise.  How long?  How about around the world!  Operated by Viking Cruises, the ship is just under 230 meters long (around 750 ft.) and displaces a bit under 50k tons.  The ship can accommodate up to 930 passengers and a crew of just over half that size.  Its round-the-world journey takes just over 4 months.  In the video, you'll see the ship as it sails west through the Cape Cod Canal southeast of Boston, Massachusetts. 

Diamond Princess in Taiwan


Diamond princess IN Kaohsiung City


Contributor JarvisYen created this drone video of a cruise ship docked in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.  Kaohsiung is the center of the second-largest metropolitan area in the country, after Taipei.  Situated on Taiwan's southwestern coast on the island's finest natural harbor, it's home to the country's largest seaport.  The ship shown in the video is the Diamond Princess, one of two Grand Class ships operated by Princess Cruises.  Launched in 2004, the 290 meter (950 ft.) long ship can carry nearly 2.7k passengers.  

Norwegian Spirit in Malta


Cruise liner in Grand Harbour Valletta Port -Malta

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Check out this drone video of a large cruise ship heading into the port of Valletta in the Mediterranean island of Malta, compliments of contributor and pilot wallaby.  The ship is the Norwegian Spirit, the first of the Leo-class vessels operated by Hong Kong-based Star Cruises.  Launched in 1998 as the SuperStar Leo, the ship displaces about 75k tons and has a beam-to-stern length of around 268 meters (around 880 ft.).  It carries just under 2k passengers in addition to a crew of about a thousand. 

Serenade of the Seas: Radiance Class


Cruise Ship Chase Serenade of the Seas


The Serenade of the Seas is one of four Radiance class cruise ships operated by cruise ship giant Royal Caribbean.  Launched in 2003, the 293 meters (about 962 ft.) long ship displaces about 90k tons and carries just under 2.5k passengers in addition to a crew of around 900.  Amongst the world's largest cruise ships when launched, these no longer even appear in lists of the 50 largest ships! In this drone video by jvmpixels, you'll see the Serenade cruising in the port of Amsterdam, Netherlands.  

L'Austral Cruise Ship, Australia


L'Austral Cruise Ship off the Tasmanian Coast

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Drone pilot Fergtas typically flies over the stunning landscapes of Tasmania, but this time he took to the ocean for a flight over the majestic L' Austral cruise ship in this aerial film.  The ship displaces about 10k gross tons, and has a length of about 140 meters (about 460 ft); it can carry up to 264 passengers.  The ship was launched in 2011 and is operated by the French cruise line company Compagnie du Ponant.  The video shows the ship approaching Beauty Point, on the northern part of the island.

Cruise Ship Arriving in Hong Kong


The First International Cruise Ship to Arrive Hong Kong in 3 Years


AirVuz contributor Asuka_Iam was able to aerial film the first international cruise ship arrival in Hong Kong since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Silver Spirit headed into Victoria Harbor in January, 2023 to receive a warm welcome following a nearly three year absence of international cruises due to restrictions imposed by authorities to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus.  Operated by Silversea Cruises, the 690 ft. long ship (210 m) carries up to about 650 passengers in addition to a crew of just over 400.  

MS Silja Serenade Cruiseferry


Passenger ferry departing from Helsinki City Center, Finland

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AirVuz contributor Msinerve created this excellent drone video of a passenger "cruiseferry" heading out of port in Helsinki, Finland en route to Stockholm, Sweden.  The ship is the MS Silja Serenade, which was launched in 1990 and has a near twin (the MS Silja Symphony) which first put to sea the following year.  Both ships dispace about 58k gross tons and are just over 200 meters (about 660 ft.) keel to stern.  The ships can carry a bit over 2.8k passengers and around 450 cars on their Baltic Sea routes.  

The Coral Princess in Melbourne, Australia


Coral Princess - First Cruise Ship to Visit Melbourne in More Than 2 Years

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the normally popular port of Melbourne, Australia saw no cruise ships.  That long draught ended in September, 2022 with the arrival of the Coral Princess, and AirVuz contributor Gizmo Drones recorded the historic occasion with this excellent aerial video.  Launched in 2002, the Coral Princess is operated by Princess Cruises, a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation.  The ship has a length of 964 ft. (294 m) and displaces just under 92k gross tons.  It can carry up to 1,970 passengers in addition to a crew of 900.



Cunard Queen Mary 2

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Cruise Ship Chase, Miami Beach

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