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Sydney New Year’s Eve cruises | Catch the fireworks in 2020/2021

Get the best view of the New Year's Eve fireworks in Sydney by booking a spot on a cruise from $350.

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The NSW government has given the Sydney New Year's Eve fireworks the green light this year. There will be measures in place to ensure it's a COVID-safe event, including limits to the number of people headed into the city, people making restaurant bookings and how many people are allowd on harbour cruises.

Want to be there, without the crowds and with unimpeded views? Here are some of Sydney's New Year's Eve harbour cruises that are COVID-safe and available to book right now.

Compare New Year's Eve cruises in Sydney Harbour 2020/2021

Cruise NameDeparts from:What's included?LengthMaximum guestsPriceBook
New Years Eve Cruise on Timber FerryCampbells Cove Jetty
  • Canapes
  • Drinks
4 hoursNot specified$450Book now
New Year's Eve cruise on RoyaleTBC
  • BYO food
  • DJ on board
6 hours150$460Book now
New Year's Eve cruise on ProclaimKing Street Wharf 9
  • Food
  • Drinks
6 hours150$595Book now
New Year's Eve cruise on Bass and FlindersTBC
  • Dinner
  • Drinks
  • DJ on board
6.5 hours200$650Book now
New Years Eve on Tall ShipsCampbells Cove Jetty
  • Premium canapes
  • Drinks
  • Live band
4.5 hoursNot specified$650Book now
New Year's Eve cruise on SupercatKing Street Wharf 7
  • All-inclusive food and beverage
  • DJ on board
5.5 hours110$650Book now
New Year's Eve cruise on MagicKing Street Wharf (TBC)
  • Food and beverage package
  • DJ on board
6 hours100$650Book now
New Year's Eve cruise on HestiaTBC
  • BBQ
  • Fruit platter
6.45 hours30$650Book now
New Year's Eve cruise with Soren LarsenIves Steps Wharf
  • Food
5.45 hours70$650Book now
New Year's Eve cruise on V StarTBC
  • Open bar
  • DJ on board
6 hours30$700Book now
New Year's Eve cruise on My WayTBC
  • Canapes
  • Beverages
  • DJ entertainment
6 hours450$700Book now
New Year's Eve cruise on Harbour SpiritTBC
  • Canapes
  • Mini Buffet
  • Drinks package
5.5 hours210$795Book now
New Year's Eve cruise on Sea EscapeWoolloomooloo Wharf
  • All-inclusive seafood buffet dinner and beverages
6.5 hours40$795Book now
New Year's Eve cruise on MorpheusTBC
  • Canapes
  • Beverages
  • DJ entertainment
6.15 hours95$795Book now
New Year's Eve cruise on Major TomRose Bay Wharf
  • BBQ menu including eye fillet steak and prawns
6 hours28$795Book now
New Year's Eve cruise on MV SydneyTBC
  • Canapes
  • Beverage package
  • DJ on board
6 hours120$799Book now
New Year's Eve Bella Vista Firework CruisePyrmont
  • Dinner
  • Open bar
6 hoursNot specified$799Book now
New Year's Eve cruise on The CadmanTBC
  • Canapes
  • Seafood buffet
  • Drinks
  • DJ on board
6 hours300$900Book now
New Year's Eve Dinner CruisePyrmont
  • Dinner
  • DJ entertainment
6 hoursNot specified$911.15Book now

Compare private New Year's Eve charter cruises in Sydney Harbour 2020/2021

Whether you want to kick off 2021 with your nearest and dearest, need to cater for a larger group or simply want a quiet celebration on New Year's Eve, booking a chartered cruise is a great option. See your options below.

Cruise nameDeparts fromWhat's includedLengthMaximum guestsPriceBook
New Years Eve Cruise On ColinaLavender Bay
  • BYO food and beverages
TBC10$5,000Book now
New Years Eve Cruise On Pier To PierTBC
  • BYO food
TBC11$6,000Book now
New Years Eve Cruises On The HunterTBC
  • BYO food and beverages
710$6,900Book now
New Years Eve Cruises On DorothyTBC
  • BYO food and beverages
622$10,000Book now
New Years Eve Cruise On Reef RunnerTBC
  • BYO drinks nibbles and on board BBQ
6-720$10,000Book now
New Years Eve Cruises On AmberTBC
  • BYO food and beverages
6.512$11,000Book now
New Years Eve Cruises On Double BarrelLavender Bay Wharf
  • BYO food and beverages
6.520$11,500Book now
New Years Eve Cruises On NevaehTBC
  • Skipper and crew
  • Views of harbour fireworks
  • BYO of all food and beverages
6.520$12,000Book now
New Years Eve Cruises On KirraleeTBC
  • Views of harbour fireworks
  • Professional skipper and crew
  • Wharf fees for one pick up and one drop off
  • BYO of all food and beverages
6.520$12,000Book now
New Years Eve Cruise On PearlTBC
  • BYO food
6-730$14,000Book now
New Years Eve Cruises On Happy HourTBC
  • BYO food and beverages
728$14,000Book now
New Years Eve Cruises On Mystery BayTBC
  • BBQ Dinner
  • BYO Alcohol
6.545$14,500Book now
New Years Eve Cruises On AvalonTBC
  • BYO food and beverages
740$15,000Book now
New Years Eve Cruises On ImagineTBC
  • BYO food and beverages
735$16,000Book now
New Years Eve Cruises On Moon GliderTBC
  • BYO food and beverages
6.535$16,500Book now
New Years Cruises On Free SpiritTBC
  • BYO food and beverages
720$17,000Book now
New Years Eve Cruises On AqualuxeDouble Bay Marina
  • Three platters - seafood, antipasto and cheese platters
  • Two complimentary bottles of champagne
610$17,650Book now
New Years Eve Cruise On Fleetwing IITBC
  • All inclusive food and beverage
6.5 hour28$18,000Book now
New Years Eve Cruises On Ocean BlueTBC
  • All-inclusive food and beverage
612$18,000Book now
Cruise New Years On YackatoonTBC
  • All inclusive food and beverages
630$19,000Book now
New Years Eve Cruise On MV EnterpriseTBC
  • All inclusive food and beverages
  • Harbour canapes menu
630$25,000Book now
New Years Eve Cruises On Seas The DayTBC
  • All inclusive food and beverages
725$27,000.00 (Per Hour)Book now
New Years Eve Cruises On Sun SeekerTBC
  • All inclusive food and beverage worth $35,000
634$35,000Book now
New Years Eve Crusie On Sydney SeabirdTBC
  • Gourmet food package
  • BYO beverages
640$36,000Book now
New Years Eve Cruises On CircaTBC
  • Fully catered
  • Choice to BYO food and beverage
6-750$38,000Book now
New Years Eve Cruises On AristonTBC
  • All inclusive food and beverage
  • Canapes
  • Dinner
6-725$45,000Book now
New Years Eve Cruises On Galaxy ITBC
  • All inclusive food and beverages
640$50,000Book now
New Years Cruise On ElementTBC
  • Food and beverage package
630$55,000Book now
New Years Eve Cruise On Lady PamelaTBC
  • Choice of BBQ or Asian buffet
  • BYO beverages
634$60,000Book now
New Years Eve Cruises On MY SahanaTBC
  • Vessel crew
  • Chef
750$65,000Book now
New Years Eve Cruise On Oscar IITBC
  • All inclusive food and beverages
764$90,000Book now
New Years Eve Cruise On ShadowRushcutters Bay
  • Private Bespoke menu prepared by Chef
  • All inclusive food and beverages
720$95,000Book now
New Years Eve Cruises On CorroboreeTBC
  • All inclusive food and beverages
750$99,000Book now

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What's the best Sydney New Year's Eve Cruise?

Can't decide which cruise is best for you? We've narrowed down some of your best options based on what each cruise offers.

Frequently asked questions about Sydney New Year's Eve cruises

How are Sydney Harbour cruises being COVID-safe this year?

This year, all Sydney Harbour cruises have put in specific measures to comply with current physical distancing rules. This includes:

  • Reduced capacity: Ships will sail with a lower capacity to allow for ample room for each passenger.
  • Contactless check-in: Make sure you've got your phone charged up and ready to scan when you arrive.
  • Cashless terminals: On board, only cashless terminals will be available. This is particularly worth noting if yours doesn't have an open bar or food included in your package.
  • More set-menus: Most cruises are offering sit down, course menus this year instead of buffets to reduce multi-contact surfaces. For a cheaper option, there are a few which offer roving canapes instead which will be served to you in a COVID-safe manner. This could be either through individual boxing or by allowing the wait-staff to hand you the canape instead of you picking it up.
  • No shared tables: On select cruises with sit-down menus, guest bookings have their own individual table.
  • Increased cleaning: Cruises will have increased cleaning throughout the night of high-touch surfaces to keep passengers safe.

Why should I book a New Year's Eve cruise in Sydney?

  • You'll be allowed into the CBD. This year only event ticket holders (such as cruise passengers) and anyone staying or dining in the city will be permitted into the CBD. This is to reduce crowding due to the pandemic.
  • You'll have a spot held for you. The best places to watch the fireworks fill up fast, which often means arriving early or booking early. If you buy a cruise ticket, simply stroll up at the designated time and you're off.
  • You'll get the gold-class treatment. It wouldn’t be New Year's Eve without a glass of bubbly in your hand, and New Year’s Eve harbour cruises tend to come with a bar.
  • Food and drink are usually included. If you go to a free vantage point, you'll likely need to bring your own food. Most don't sell drinks and BYO isn't allowed. On a boat, you can get good food and booze included.

How far in advance should I book a New Year's Eve cruise?

It's best to book as early as possible to avoid missing out.

Where do New Year's Eve cruises depart?

Cruises depart from various points across Sydney including King Street Wharf, Casino Wharf and Manly Wharf.

What should I wear on a New Year's Eve cruise?

This may depend on the cruise line and the specific cruise you book, but it's best to dress smart casual. As New Year's Eve is during summer you won't need any special layers, though a light jacket may come in handy in the early hours.

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    AbdulNovember 29, 2017

    Hi , I’m traveling from New Zealand to see Sydney fireworks 9pm n midnight . We are total of 5 adults . Please suggests best place / restaurant where we can have a good view of fireworks and good deals

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      JudithNovember 30, 2017Staff

      Hi Abdul,

      I hope all is well with you today. Thanks for reaching out to us.

      As we are a comparison website, I am unable to recommend or suggest a specific option for you as your decision would entirely depend on your needs.

      Aside from the page, you are viewing, you may check our list of best New Year’s Eve Sydney restaurants for fireworks for a list of other options.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Judith

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    VijyOctober 16, 2017

    Hi Stephanie,

    We are newly coupled on our honeymoon trip. We want to see both the fireworks from the cruise. We are pure vegetarian, and hence might just want a cruise that have good options of vegetarian food or does not include cost of food.

    What is the most economic/budgeted cruise available on that night?

    Appreciate your information.

    Thanks,
    Vijy

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      DanielleOctober 16, 2017

      Hi there!

      Thank you for contacting finder. We are a comparison website and general information service, we’re more than happy to offer general advice.

      Upon checking the options that we have, the only one that does not include food cost is Anyboat’s cruise aboard Royale. It is also the cheapest on the list. You may check with them directly if they have vegetarian options, but they do permit Bring Your Own foods.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Danielle

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      VijyOctober 19, 2017

      Thanks Danielle for your quick response !

      Need to know which is the best and budgeted cruise with the best view for new year fireworks.

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      JudithOctober 20, 2017Staff

      Hi Vijy,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder again.

      As we are a comparison website, we’re unable to recommend the best cruise for you. It is best for you to compare each option on the page you are viewing and by going to each website.

      Kindly scroll down and check the topic “Best places to book a Sydney New Year’s Eve cruise.” Choose the one that would best suit your needs.

      Best regards,
      Judith

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    BradDecember 9, 2016

    Hi,
    My wife and I are looking for a NYE dinner cruise that also allows infants.
    We have a 5 month old daughter and would like to experience NYE as a new family.
    Are there any cruises that cater for baby’s, ie space for pram, safety, etc?

    Regards
    Brad

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      DeeDecember 11, 2016Staff

      Hi Brad,

      Thanks for your question.

      I’ve checked the details of the cruises featured above and I can’t find any restrictions when it comes to bringing children or infants. However, If you are looking for a particular cruise feature to make your experience more comfortable and enjoyable, it is best if you confirm it directly with the provider. Just click the “view details’ on our page and you’ll be redirected to the provider’s website where you can check the full feature of the cruise or contact the provider.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    ChristineOctober 23, 2016

    Hi, I am looking for a Sydney NYE cruise for my family and my in-laws, who will be in from Europe. As it is their first time in Australia, it is important that I pick the right cruise for this, since they will likely not be back for a long time. I am looking for something classy with good food and wine, and with people who are there for an enjoyable party but not 20 somethings drinking alcohol by the bucket. Im budgeting 500-700 per person. Any recommendations? Thanks!

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      StephanieOctober 25, 2016Staff

      Hi Christine,

      Thanks for your question.

      For cruises close to your budget, Sydney New Year’s Eve Cruises has a Ballroom New Year’s Eve event. As the minimum age for this is 7, you’re less likely to receive a young, 20-something crowd.

      FantaSea also has a Platinum NYE Fireworks Dinner Cruise, which includes a cold buffet and a limited vessel capacity of 140.

      If you’re willing to push your budget further, you might like to look into the Tall Ship Dinner Cruise, which includes a gourmet dinner and is a unique experience on the harbour.

      Unfortunately, if you are looking for a cruise on the lower end of your budget, your options are mainly limited to shorter, earlier cruises or BYO food and drink cruises such as those with Bass and Flinders and Fantasea. Depending on how you feel, they might be worth looking into.

      I hope that helps,

      Stephanie

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    GilbertSeptember 19, 2016

    What is Any Boat that you have described above? Can you give me a link or info to their site?

    Thanks

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      StephanieSeptember 19, 2016Staff

      Hi Gil,

      Thanks for your question.

      Any Boat is a private cruise offering. You can find more information on Any Boat New Year’s Eve cruises here.

      Hope that helps,

      Stephanie

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    JamesSeptember 11, 2016

    Hi Stephanie,

    What the nicest venue or boat trip for a family with a toddler of 7 months. We like to see both fireworks at 9pm and midnight and prefer the less crowded spots. Appreciate your information.

    Cheers, James

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      StephanieSeptember 14, 2016Staff

      Hi James,

      Thanks for your question.

      The Tall Ships cruise mentioned above is a nice short 45-minute cruise that might be worth looking into considering you have a 7-month old.

      You may also like to have a look at our New Years’ Eve Sydney guide. While crowded, a lot of them do have max caps as well so if you choose a smaller venue it might be to your benefit.

      Hope that helps!

      Stephanie

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    cassJune 8, 2016

    Hi, we have a group of 10 coming from the Gold Coast wanting to do a cruise for the fireworks this NYE. Can u please let me know the diff prices and packages, i see some have buffet and drinks… some have canapes and drinks.. we will not need a full sit down dinner just nibbles or buffet and however many hours of drinks, please let me know what u think is best, age group is 30-40. thanks cass

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      StephanieJune 9, 2016Staff

      Hi Cass,

      Thanks for your question.

      While not all cruise packages are available as yet, some packages that you can book for the evening are as follows:

      We’ll be updating our cruise deals page as soon as more cruises become available, so if you don’t like either of the above please return soon for our updates.

      Best regards,

      Stephanie

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    JennyApril 29, 2016

    What are the best options to see the early fireworks with children?

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      AlexMay 3, 2016Staff

      Hi Jenny,

      Thanks for your question.

      While most of the New Year’s Eve cruises on Sydney Harbour include both the children’s fireworks at 9pm and the big show at midnight, there are options for you if you’re just looking to catch the earlier show.

      Sail Australia sells tickets for a 7-9:45pm cruise departing Manly for $175 per person ($475 for a family). As well, in the past Sydney Water Taxis offered viewings of just the 9pm fireworks with special pricing for families. While its website hasn’t been updated for this coming New Year’s Eve, it’s one to watch.

      Hope that helps!

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    ektaFebruary 25, 2016

    Hi,
    We want to see the firework from the cruise, but we wish to get a cruise that includes both the fireworks.
    however, we are pure vegetarian, and hence might just want a cruise that does not include cost of food.

    what is the most economic cruise available on that night?

    Thanks,
    Ekta

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      AlexFebruary 26, 2016Staff

      Hi Ekta,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      As it’s still quite early in the year, most cruise companies have not confirmed the details or prices of their sailings.

      We will be updating the Sydney New Year’s Eve cruisesas soon as we know more information about the sailings, I would recommend keeping a close eye on it in the next few months.

      Hope that helps!
      Alex

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      JohnOctober 8, 2016

      I would also like to find non-dinner cruises for the NYE firework show. Unfortunately, most cruises are dinner cruises priced over $500 per person. Have you heard of any non-dinner cruises that will stay out past midnight on NYE?

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      StephanieOctober 9, 2016Staff

      Hi John,

      Thanks for your question.

      Some cruises do offer midnight only fireworks cruises, although it is more common to find dinner cruises.

      Fantasea Sydney still has a midnight fireworks cruise available for $350.

      Captain Cruise likewise has a midnight cruise option for $269 departing from Manly ferry.

      I hope that helps,

      Stephanie

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    ShaneJanuary 31, 2016

    Hi I am wanting to book a cruise that departs Sydney after the fireworks and goes out to sea for 1-2 weeks. We will be 2 adults and 1 child under 2 years old . We want to spend up to $6000 total. Is there anything available for long cruises?

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