Best New Year’s Eve Cruises to Book Right Now

New Year’s Eve is even more exciting and magical when you celebrate it away from home and if you haven’t made plans yet, on board a cruise ship is a great place to spend the evening of December 31st. If you like the idea of waiting for the clock to strike midnight as you stand on the top deck with a glass of champagne in hand, check out our selection of the best New Years Eve cruises available to book right now.

Best New Years Eve Cruises: Admire the coastline of Tauranga on this New Zealand cruise
Admire the coastline of Tauranga on this New Zealand cruise: Photo AlmaArte Photography / CC 2.0

Best New Years Eve Cruises

10-night New Zealand cruise on the Carnival Legend

Carnival Cruises’ Legend is one of the brand’s most spectacular Spirit Class ships. This liner underwent a $47 million refurb in 2014 and has since added many incredible features for guests to enjoy, including several waterslides for adults and children, international bars and restaurants, slot machines in the casino and a plethora of new shows. But it’s not only the fantastic on board facilities that make this cruise worth doing – the itinerary is superb, too. The cruise begins at Sydney then heads over to New Zealand where it stops off at the Bay of Islands, Auckland, Tauranga and Napier. These ports of call give you unlimited opportunities to soak up the sun on golden sandy beaches, test your limits with challenging water sports, visit majestic volcanoes and indulge in some of the finest wines in the world.

Best New Years Eve Cruises: Stop off at Kangaroo Island during this Australia cruise
Stop off at Kangaroo Island during this Australia cruise: Photo Rodney Cambell / CC 2.0

10-night Australia cruise on the Pacific Jewel

P&O Cruises’ Pacific Jewel is another ship which offers so many things to see and do on board that you’ll never have to disembark if you don’t want to. There are ten different bars on the cruise ship, many of which are used to host incredible theme parties – although none of which can measure up to the iconic New Year’s Eve parties which take cocktails, dancing and live entertainment to a whole new level. If you can tear yourself away from the buzzing party vibe and explore the ports, you’ll be treated to rugged beaches, lively coastal cities, world-class shopping, protected heritage sites and stunning gardens on this Australia cruise itinerary.

Best New Years Eve Cruises: Spend at day at Singapore during this Melbourne to Hong Kong cruise
Spend at day at Singapore during this Melbourne to Hong Kong cruise: Photo Kah-Wal Lin / CC 2.0

26-night cruise from Melbourne to Hong Kong on the SuperStar Virgo

If ten days isn’t quite enough of a break for you, consider booking a 26-night cruise from Melbourne to Hong Kong. This cruise takes place on board SuperStar’s flagship Asian liner and is best known for its excellent restaurants which specialise in Italian, Japanese and South Eastern Asian cuisine. There are also several lounges on board where live entertainment takes place, plus private karaoke rooms if you’d rather take centre stage yourself. Although you will spend 13 days at sea during this cruise, you will get the chance to visit plenty of amazing destinations, including Bali, Singapore and Bangkok, before you arrive at Hong Kong.

About Nicola Quinn


Nicola is a travel and food writer living in the Canary Islands who loves exploring far-off places, pushing herself to the limit and trying local eats wherever she goes.

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