Ships may be getting bigger, but a new cruise ship planned for Japanese owners will dwarf anything in service today.

Ships may be getting bigger, but a new cruise ship planned for Japanese owners will dwarf anything in service today.

Princess Kaguya is described as an ‘International Urban Cruise Ship’ and will be 500m long with over 20 decks. The 370,000gt vessel will be able to accommodate 8,400 passengers and 4,000 crew, with cabins being housed in three ‘hotel blocks’.

Freedom of the Seas, at 154,400gt, is the largest cruise ship presently in service, but is less than half the size of the Japanese giant. And Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 is even smaller, at 148,530gt and with a passenger capacity of just 2,620.

More than 50 restaurants and 9,500m² of lounge and bar space will cater for passengers’ needs aboard the Princess Kasuga, and diesel electric propulsion will give the ship a speed of 20 knots. It is hoped to place an order for the ship by the end of 2008, with delivery expected in 2012.