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All Aboard 2016 – Best Australian Cruises for New Year’s Eve

It’s the stroke of midnight on the last day of the year. You’re on the top deck of a cruise ship in the middle of the SouthPacific with the wind roaring through your hair as the ship’s captain counts down to the New Year. There’s no doubt about it – it’s a romantic notion.

But it’s a snapshot that doesn’t have to be imagined. If you do your homework, the decision to go on a cruise may prove to be your very own evmoment of brilliance.

If you’re contemplating a cruise over the New Year period, there are a few things worth considering before you don that festive party hat.


For starters, ringing in the New Year while at sea can make it one of the more expensive times to cruise. The fact that NYE coincides with the summer school holidays in Australia also makes it a popular time for families to set sail. With most ships recording their highest occupancy rates for the year, you should expect it to be busy.

It’s possible to nab a last-minute deal but it will probably only suit party animals who want a place to rest their head at night, as you will most likely be relegated to a room with no view. Having your family scattered around the ship may also be less than ideal.

Prospective party passengers should also know that if the weather is inclement, the New Year’s Eve celebrations will have to be held below deck, at one of the many bars and lounges, which – for some people – might be a dampener.

On the plus side, if you enjoy meeting new people and want to outsource the party planning without the mess and fuss, a cruise might be a really good bet.

For those spending some of the holiday season at sea, expect hilarity with the major cruise lines offering everything from comedy shows to hairy-chest competitions, breakfast bars for late risers and eateries with anytime dining. And while NYE is a popular time to cruise for singles and couples, extended families are also catered to with party plans for everyone from tiny tots to grey nomads. Holiday season highlights on board the major cruise lines such as the Carnival, RoyalCaribbean and P&O all include childminding services, top-deck parties with live bands and exuberant entertainment directors leading the festivities.

Those contemplating whether they should kick off their heels on a NYE cruise might also be enticed by the fact they don’t have to join the queues waiting for a cab, have access to plenty of live entertainment and can sleep the next day away in a clean, comfortable bed which is just moments away.

Happy New Year!

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