How to Draw a Cruise Ship – a step-by-step guide

Today, we will discover how to draw a cruise ship in a super easy and fun way. We’ll transform your blank paper into a spectacular cruise ship scene.

A cruise ship is used to carry tourists on an adventurous voyage across the sea. It has a big, enormous structure that can be hundreds of feet long. Many modern cruise ships have a pool, a park, dining lounges, bars, and many other things inside them. It carries thousands of tourists in a single run.

So, grab your artistic supplies, and let’s dive into the world of art and adventure! Let’s begin!

What you will need

  • A pencil
  • An eraser
  • A sheet of paper
  • Coloring kit
  • Ruler
  • 30 minutes

Draw a Cruise Ship 

This guide has all the steps you need to draw a cruise ship. Follow each step, and you’ll have an amazing ship. The next 30 minutes are going to be exciting. All you need to do is follow each step. Rest assured, you’ll have a tremendous drawing of a cruise ship.

The steps are as follows:

How to draw a Cruise Ship

Step 1: Draw the cruise ship body

The ship’s body is a large structure that supports its weight. It is slightly submerged in the water when the ship cruises.

To make the ship’s body, draw an inverted trapezoid in the middle of the paper. Let’s learn how to draw a trapezoid.

We’ll draw a horizontal line at the base of the paper. Then, we’ll stretch two vertical straight lines from each end of the horizontal line. These lines should be slanted outward. The line on the left should be a bit bigger than the right one. We’ll draw a horizontal line on the upper side to close the structure. As the slanted lines are of unequal lengths, there will be a slope in the middle of the upper line, as shown in the image.

cruise ship body

Step 2: Draw Two decks

We’ll draw a rectangle on top of the ship’s body to draw the decks. This will be our first deck, just like the double-decker bus. We’ll make another rectangle on the first deck. This will be our second deck. The second deck will be slightly smaller in length than the first one.

Modern cruise ships have several decks. For our drawing, we’ll draw only two decks. We will use a ruler to make the decks.

Two decks

Step 3: Draw two smoke stacks and wind tower

The smoke stacks are used to evacuate the smoke from the cruise ship. To draw the smoke stacks, we’ll draw two vertical rectangles on the upper side of the upper deck. The length of both of these rectangles should be the same. We’ll keep the upper sides of these rectangles slightly bigger.

We’ll draw a thin vertical tower parallel to the smoke stacks to make the wind tower. The length of the wind tower should be greater than the smoke stacks.

smoke stacks and wind tower

Step 4: Draw windows on the Two decks

The decks have several rooms on them. It includes balconies as well. The windows in these rooms give such a scenic view of the ocean.

We’ll draw windows on both decks. On the first deck, we’ll make several small rectangles. These rectangles will serve as the windows. In a similar fashion, we’ll replace the windows on the upper deck as well.

We’ll ensure that each window’s length and size are the same. Our windows are ready.

windows on the decks

Step 5: Draw the railing on the main body

Railings are the fences used for safety purposes. It is present on all sides of the cruise ship. 

To make the railings, we’ll draw two horizontal lines parallel to the upper line of the main body. After that, we’ll draw several vertical lines to connect these parallel lines to the main body of the cruise ship. The vertical lines should have a short gap between them. 

We’ll make sure that no vertical line crosses the parallel line or the main body of the ship. If we notice any irregularities in these vertical lines, we’ll erase them and draw them again.

railing on the main body

Step 6: Draw the main body windows

We’ll draw several circles on the main body to have the main body windows. The size of each circle must be the same, and no circle should overlap another circle. We’ll use any round lid to draw the circle. We can also use a compass. If we don’t have the required apparatus, we’ll use the freehand technique to make the circles. We’ll make nine circles in total. 

main body windows

Step 7: Cruise ship is completed

Congratulations! You did it. Our cruise is all set to sail. We made each step easy for you. We’re sure you followed each step with us and made a spectacular drawing. Now, we’ll outline our drawing. We’ll use a marker to do this. A marker with a small tip will be the best option. After outlining our drawing, we’ll erase the pencil marks. It’ll clean up our drawing.

The completed cruise ship

Taking your drawing to the next level 

A cruise ship doesn’t fly in the air or run on the streets. It cruises on the sea. But in our drawing, there’s no perspective. We don’t know where our ship is standing. For that reason, we need to upgrade our drawing and add more details to it.

Also, our drawing has no colors. Colors can make our drawings appealing. We need to add color to it. Coloring is a fun part, and we’re sure you’re getting really excited to upgrade your drawing. These steps are not difficult. Follow the steps we have provided to upgrade your drawing.

Adding background to your drawing 

Having a background is a must. It gives our drawings a professional look. Drawing a background takes only a few minutes but adds so much value to our drawings.

As the cruise ship is always in the water, we’ll add the sea as our background. We’ll draw multiple waves under the ship’s body. 

Ocean Waves under the ship

We want our ship to be moving. Of course, it cannot move on paper, but we can give it a moving perspective. We’ll draw splashing waves near the ship’s body to achieve that. This depicts that our cruise is moving in the water. How cool is this, right?

Adding more details to our drawing 

Drawing is all about imagination and creativity. We can add anything to our drawings using our creativity. Customizing your drawing is fun. We can add multiple details to our cruise ship.

We can add a flag at the top of the second deck. We can write the name of the ship under the main body windows. If we want our ship to be cruising in the daylight, we can draw a shining sun on the top corner of our paper. Below the sun, we can draw birds by connecting two curved lines. The size of the birds should be way smaller than the sun to give them a realistic look

If you like night, we can add stars and the moon as the background. We can use any round lid to draw the moon. For the stars, we’ll draw several dots around the moon. Everything will give our drawing a scenic look.

Remember, this part depends on your creativity. We have a few ideas, but these are not all. Imagination is limitless. Try multiple things and see which suits your taste best.

Adding colors to your drawing 

Don’t you think that our drawing is lacking something? The attractiveness is not there, right?

To spice up our drawing, we need to fill it with colors. This will give our drawings a lively look. You can use any material to color your drawing. It can be markers, poster paints, crayons, or anything you choose.

Add colors to make the cruise ship drawing magical

As we all know, the sea water is light blue, so we’ll color the water the same color.

We used dark blue to color the ship’s body in our drawing. Red color for the smokestacks and wind tower. Black color for the railings and a light blue color for the windows. You can use similar colors in your drawing or customize it according to your taste. Just make sure to color the drawing in a tidy manner.


This guide explains how to draw a cruise in seven simple steps. First, we drew the cruise ship body. Then we made two decks, two smokestacks, and the wind tower. After that, we drew the windows on the two decks and the railings on the main body. Finally, we upgraded the drawing.

All these steps are quite simple. We’re confident your drawing will be amazing if you follow these steps. Remember that drawing is a good activity. You might have to try multiple times for a perfect result, so go for it again if you think your drawing doesn’t look that good. Ultimately, you’ll have an amazing outcome.

Just practice over and over again.

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