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Top 4 Cruise Destinations to Celebrate the New Year

A cruise holiday is one of the best ways to celebrate the end of 2019 and begin the New Year the right way. Whether you’re an extravagant party or a cosy night in type of person, there’s a range of cruise destinations available, suitable for all budgets, so jump on board and let the festivities begin!

What to expect?

The New Year is a special celebration and a great opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones, family and friends. New Year’s Eve and Christmas festivities carry high-expectations, and cruise lines certainly live up to these expectations by embracing special occasions.

At sea vs on port celebrations

When planning your festive cruise holiday, be sure to look carefully at whether the ship is going to be at sea or at a port when the clock strikes 12. You may want to celebrate the New Year on board when the ship is at sail with deck parties and a vibrant atmosphere. Or you may opt for a New Year’s celebration onshore, celebrating in a popular city, such as New York, watching the outstanding firework displays. Or perhaps even a night under the stars on a stunning beach.

The staff

The cruise lines’ staff will go out of their way to provide you with an unforgettable New Year’s Eve. Expect excellent service and for the staff to really take care of you.


Larger cruise lines especially embrace big occasions such as New Year and want to ensure you’re celebrating in style and having a great time. There tends to be big parties with countdowns to midnight, special dining options and not forgetting, champagne! More luxury cruise lines also aim to impress, with carefully selected dinner menus and more formal balls.

However, we understand that flashy parties aren’t for everyone. A cruise can also be the ideal venue for a more low-key New Year’s Eve. You may prefer a romantic dinner under the stars followed by a peaceful evening spent in your cabin. If a cosy New Year’s Eve is more your style, you may choose to opt for a cabin with a private balcony and select a cruise line that offers room service so you can celebrate the end of the year within the comfort of your own cabin.

Whatever New Year’s celebration style is most suited for you, when the night draws to an end and it’s time to say one last goodbye to 2019, you can start the New Year the right way by continuing your cruise, exploring exciting destinations and relaxing at sea…

Whatever you decide is best for you, make sure you check out the ships journey and itinerary and plan your celebrations accordingly.


We offer a range of cruises perfect to bring in the New Year. Here are our top 4 picks of luxury cruise destinations…


Escape the cold of the Christmas period with a Middle Eastern cruise. Dubai is known for its fireworks, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. So why not spend your New Year in Dubai, watching the spectacular firework displays over the city? The fireworks can also be admired from the public beaches for a more relaxed evening.

If you want to indulge yourself in the lavish Dubai culture, you may want to wine and dine at one of Dubai’s most famous restaurants and hotels. Be sure to dress to impress and head out for a three-course meal to celebrate in style. 

2.Caribbean Christmas

Picture this…partying all night under the stars with cocktails and champagne, and waking up on a stunning island. Sounds like the dream, right?

Imagine spending the day of December 31st relaxing on the beautiful beaches of the Bahamas, followed by spending the evening at vibrant parties and festivals. After a night of celebrations and fireworks, waking up to a view of the ocean and nursing your hangover on the beach is a perfect way to kickstart the year.

3.European Cruise

With a range of European and Mediterranean cruises on offer, spending your New Years in destinations including Paris, Rome, Barcelona and Venice is another great way to kick off the start of the year.

From a romantic evening tucking into a candlelit dinner on a gondola around Venice, to enjoying a glass of champagne whilst admiring the Eiffel Tower, European destinations will provide you with an evening you won’t forget.

Alternatively, you could also spend your New Year’s cruising the Mediterranean whilst enjoying the dining experience and parties aboard the ship.

4.New York

If there’s anywhere that knows how to throw a magnificent party to end the year, it’s New York. Celebrate the New Year at Times Square amongst the crowd of one million others for an unforgettable atmosphere.

This is sure to be an experience to tick off your bucket list!

Whether it’s the bright lights of Dubai or the relaxing beaches of the Bahamas that appeal most to you, there’s a huge range of cruise destinations perfect for your New Year celebrations to suit you and your budget. Discover the stunning cruise destinations we have to offer and make sure you have an unforgettable end to your 2019.


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