The Cruise Ship Crew Leaderboard

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One of the great pleasures of a cruise holiday is being waited on hand and foot by dedicated, skilled crew members. With thousands of guests on board, the major vessels have to employ a bumper staff to ensure that every whim of every guest is met 24/7. With that in mind, we have investigated which cruise lines employ the largest number of crew members and which have the best guest to staff ratios. So here is the cruise ship crew leaderboard, complete with the number of guests per crew members.

# Vessel Cruise Line Passengers Crew Ratio
1 Celebrity Xpedition Celebrity Cruises 100 68 1.47
2 Carnival Conquest Carnival Cruise Line 2,974 1,150 1.56
3 ms Prinsendam Holland America Line 749 460 1.63
4 Azamara Quest Azamara Cruises 694 390 1.78
5 Pacific Princess Princess Cruises 686 373 1.84
6 Celebrity Silhouette Celebrity Cruises 2,886 1,500 1.92
= Celebrity Solstice 2,886 1,500 1.92
8 Norwegian Dawn Norwegian Cruise Line 2,220 1,130 1.95
9 Adonia P&O Cruises 740 373 1.98
10 Norwegian Jade Norwegian Cruise Line 2,222 1,100 2.02
11 Celebrity Millennium Celebrity Cruises 2,035 1,001 2.03
= Celebrity Reflection 3,042 1,500 2.03
13 ms Rotterdam Holland America Line 1,320 644 2.05
14 Norwegian Sun Norwegian Cruise Line 1,936 940 2.06
= Carnival Miracle Carnival Cruise Line 2,124 1,030 2.06
= Carnival Spirit 2,124 930 2.06
= MSC Sinfonia MSC Cruises 1,566 760 2.06
18 Norwegian Gem Norwegian Cruise Line 2,400 1,150 2.09
19 Norwegian Spirit 2,018 962 2.10
20 Queen Mary 2 Cunard 2,640 1,253 2.11
21 ms Veendam Holland America Line 1,266 588 2.15
22 Celebrity Summit Celebrity Cruises 2,160 1,000 2.16
= Norwegian Jewel Norwegian Cruise Line 2,375 1,101 2.16
= Diamond Princess Princess Cruises 2,674 1,238 2.16
= Sapphire Princess 2,674 1,238 2.16
26 Celebrity Infinity Celebrity Cruises 2,170 999 2.17
= Dawn Princess Princess Cruises 1,950 900 2.17
= Sea Princess 1,950 900 2.17
= Star Princess 2,602 1,200 2.17
= Sun Princess 1,950 900 2.17
31 Azamara Journey Azamara Cruises 694 319 2.18
= Norwegian Pearl Norwegian Cruise Line 2,395 1,100 2.18
= Norwegian Star 2,350 1,080 2.18
34 Coral Princess Princess Cruises 1,974 900 2.19
= Island Princess 1,974 900 2.19
= ms Oosterdam Holland America Line 1,848 842 2.19
37 Aurora P&O Cruises 1,874 850 2.20
= MSC Magnifica MSC Cruises 3,010 1,027 2.20
39 Freedom of the Seas Royal Caribbean 3,634 1,360 2.21
40 Carnival Ecstasy Carnival Cruise Line 2,052 920 2.23
= Carnival Elation 2,052 920 2.23
= Carnival Fantasy 2,056 920 2.23
= Carnival Fascination 2,052 920 2.23
= Carnival Imagination 2,052 920 2.23
= Carnival Inspiration 2,052 920 2.23
= Carnival Paradise 2,052 920 2.23
= Carnival Sensation 2,056 920 2.23
= MSC Lirica MSC Cruises 1,560 700 2.23
49 Celebrity Eclipse Celebrity Cruises 2,850 1,271 2.24
= Queen Victoria Cunard 2,014 900 2.24
= Oceana P&O Cruises 2,016 900 2.24
= MSC Armonia MSC Cruises 1,566 700 2.24
53 Arcadia P&O Cruises 1,968 869 2.26
54 Allure of the Seas Royal Caribbean 5,400 2,384 2.27
= ms Maasdam Holland America Line 1,264 557 2.27
= ms Nieuw Amsterdam 2,100 929 2.27
57 Celebrity Equinox Celebrity Cruises 2,850 1,250 2.28
= Carnival Legend Carnival Cruise Line 2,124 930 2.28
= Carnival Pride 2,122 930 2.28
60 Pride of America Norwegian Cruise Line 2,135 935 2.29
= ms Noordam Holland America Line 1,214 530 2.29
62 Queen Elizabeth Cunard 2,300 1,000 2.30
= ms Amsterdam Holland America Line 1,380 600 2.30
= MSC Opera MSC Cruises 1,700 740 2.30
65 ms Zuiderdam Holland America Line 1,848 800 2.31
66 Grand Princess Princess Cruises 2,600 1,100 2.34
67 Norwegian Breakaway Norwegian Cruise Line 4,000 1,700 2.35
68 Caribbean Princess Princess Cruises 2,600 1,100 2.36
69 Oriana P&O Cruises 1,882 794 2.37
70 Norwegian Epic Norwegian Cruise Line 4,100 1,708 2.40
71 ms Westerdam Holland America Line 1,494 612 2.44
72 Norwegian Escape Norwegian Cruise Line 4,248 1,731 2.45
73 Norwegian Getaway 4,028 1,640 2.46
74 Legend of the Seas Royal Caribbean 1,800 720 2.50
= Norwegian Sky Norwegian Cruise Line 2,000 800 2.50
= Carnival Triumph Carnival Cruise Line 2,758 1,100 2.50
= Carnival Victory 2,758 1,100 2.50
= MSC Divina MSC Cruises 3,959 1,370 2.50
= MSC Splendida 3,959 1,325 2.50
80 Golden Princess Princess Cruises 2,758 1,100 2.51
81 Carnival Glory Carnival Cruise Line 2,974 1,160 2.56
= Carnival Liberty 2,974 1,160 2.56
= Carnival Valor 2,974 1,180 2.56
84 Enchantment of the Seas Royal Caribbean 1,950 760 2.57
= Grandeur of the Seas 1,950 760 2.57
= Oasis of the Seas 5,400 2,100 2.57
= Ruby Princess Princess Cruises 3,080 1,200 2.57
= ms Volendam Holland America Line 1,440 561 2.57
89 Crown Princess Princess Cruises 3,100 1,200 2.58
= Azura P&O Cruises 3,100 1,200 2.58
= MSC Musica MSC Cruises 2,550 987 2.58
92 Celebrity Constellation Celebrity Cruises 2,449 941 2.60
93 Carnival Splendor Carnival Cruise Line 3,006 1,150 2.61
94 Adventure of the Seas Royal Caribbean 3,114 1,185 2.63
= Mariner of the Seas 3,114 1,185 2.63
= ms Eurodam Holland America Line 2,104 800 2.63
97 Navigator of the Seas Royal Caribbean 3,114 1,181 2.64
= Radiance of the Seas 2,139 868 2.64
= Carnival Sunshine Carnival Cruise Line 2,642 1,042 2.64
100 Explorer of the Seas Royal Caribbean 3,114 1,176 2.65
= Voyager of the Seas 3,114 1,176 2.65
102 Carnival Breeze Carnival Cruise Line 3,690 1,386 2.66
103 Independence of the Seas Royal Caribbean 3,634 1,360 2.67
= Regal Princess Princess Cruises 3,600 1,350 2.67
= Royal Princess 3,600 1,350 2.67
106 Carnival Dream Carnival Cruise Line 3,646 1,367 2.68
107 Carnival Magic 3,690 1,367 2.70
108 ms Zaandam Holland America Line 1,440 531 2.71
= Carnival Vista Carnival Cruise Line 3,936 1,450 2.71
110 Jewel of the Seas Royal Caribbean 2,501 869 2.88
111 ms Koningsdam Holland America Line 3,194 1,025 2.90
112 Serenade of the Seas Royal Caribbean 2,501 858 2.91
113 Ventura P&O Cruises 3,574 1,220 2.93
114 Brilliance of the Seas Royal Caribbean 2,501 848 2.95
115 MSC Fantasia MSC Cruises 3,959 1,313 3.01
116 Britannia P&O Cruises 3,647 1,350 3.10
= MSC Orchestra MSC Cruises 3,013 987 3.10
= MSC Poesia 3,013 987 3.10
119 Emerald Princess Princess Cruises 3,782 1,200 3.15
= MSC Preziosa MSC Cruises 4,345 1,380 3.15
121 Rhapsody of the Seas Royal Caribbean 2,416 765 3.18
122 Liberty of the Seas 4,370 1,360 3.21
123 Carnival Freedom Carnival Cruise Line 2,974 1,150 3.22
124 Majesty of the Seas Royal Caribbean 2,744 822 3.34
125 Vision of the Seas 2,435 66 3.69
126 Anthem of the Seas 4,905 1,300 3.77

So if that’s helped make your mind up about which ship you’d like to spend a few weeks aboard being pampered by the attentive crew, visit the Cruise1st homepage for the full range of our great deals. Or give us a call on 0800 230 0655.

All stats courtesy of Cruise Mapper.

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The Cruise Ship Crew Leaderboard
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One of the great pleasures of a cruise holiday is being waited on hand and foot by dedicated, skilled crew members. With thousands of guests on board, the major vessels have to employ a bumper staff to ensure that every whim of every guest is met 24/7.
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Belinda Goodman

Cruise 1st veteran Belinda has a passion for travel, especially cruising. She has worked in the travel industry for over 20 years, including a 3-year stint working on cruise ships as a croupier. Belinda regularly writes for the Cruise 1st blog, with a focus on company news and advice for first-time cruise travellers.

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