When the subject of the world's largest cruise ship comes up, there's no lack of qualified candidates.
The problem with bestowing a title on one mega-liner is a question of definition: Is the world's largest cruise ship the one that carries the most passengers, or is it the one that weighs the most, or is it the ship that's wider and/or longer than the competition?
In terms of passengers, Carnival's Imagination currently ranks among the leaders, with cabins that can accommodate more than 2,500 passengers and a staff of more than 900.
Both records will be eclipsed in about a year, when Carnival Cruise Lines' superliner Destiny is christened.
Now being hammered together in a massive dry dock on the Italian coast near Trieste, the ship, to be based in Miami, will have a capacity to carry 3,350 passengers and is expected to carry a staff of 1,050. At its highest point--207 feet--the Destiny will tower 55 feet above the Statue of Liberty.