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Viewing the world-famous light show from the water is the ultimate way to spend New Year's Eve in Sydney. You don't have to battle the crowds at vantage points, or give up the luxury of food and drink (which isn't sold at most of them and BYO is a no-no).
Most cruises last five to seven hours, serve food and drink and give revellers the chance to see both the 9pm family fireworks and the main event at the stroke of midnight.
Some even include a full dinner and an afterparty.
Here are some New Year's Eve Sydney Harbour cruises that you can book now. Get your tickets before they sell out.
Compare New Year's Eve cruises in Sydney Harbour 2020/2021
|Cruise Name||Departs from:||What's included?||Length||Price||Book|
|New Year's Eve cruise on the Royale||TBC||6 hours||$460||Book now|
|New Year's Eve cruise on the Bundeena||TBC||6.5 hours||$595||Book now|
|New Year's Eve cruise on Proclaim||King Street Wharf 9||6 hours||$595||Book now|
|New Year's Eve on Historic Harbour Ferry - Wangi Queen||The Rocks||5.75 hours||$649||Book now|
|New Year's Eve cruise on Bass and Flinders||TBC||6.5 hours||$650||Book now|
|New Year's Eve cruise on Supercat||King Street Wharf 7||5.5 hours||$650||Book now|
|New Year's Eve Bella Vista Firework Cruise||Pyrmont||6 hours||$799||Book now|
|Glass boat New Year's Eve cruise||Casino Wharf||6 hours||$918||Book now|
|New Year's Eve cruise with Soren Larsen||Ives Steps Wharf||5.45 hours||$949||Book now|
|New Year's Eve cruise on Harbour Spirit||TBC||5.5 hours||$795||Book now|
|New Year's Eve cruise on the Kraken||Lavender Bay||6.5 hours||$550||Book now|
|New Year's Eve cruise on Magic||King Street Wharf (TBC)||6 hours||$650||Book now|
|New Year's Eve cruise on Sea Escape||Woolloomooloo Wharf||6.5 hours||$795||Book now|
|New Year's Eve cruise on V Star||TBC||6 hours||$700||Book now|
|New Year's Eve cruise on Kirralee||TBC||6 hours||$600||Book now|
Best for: Classic Sydney New Year's Experience from finder.com.au
Aboard a historic Sydney Harbour ferry, the Wangi Queen built in the 1920s, this classic New Year's Eve experience will have you watching both the 9pm family and midnight fireworks from the harbour. The cruise includes substantial finger food (including fresh prawns, oysters, chicken wraps, gourmet pies and more) and wine (sparkling and still), beer, soft drinks, juices and water. The cruise lasts from about 7pm-1am.View details
Best for: The Ultimate New Year's Eve Experience from finder.com.au
Step aboard a luxury, glass vessel complete with unparalleled views of the harbour from an open-top deck during this 6-hour New Year's Eve cruise. The package includes canapes, a buffet dinner, a DJ on board and an open bar with beer, wine and soft drinks.View details
Stay ahead of the game by keeping an eye on daily deal sites that may offer last-minute tickets.
What's so good about a New Year's Eve cruise in Sydney?
- You avoid the crowds. Cruises limit the number of tickets sold, so you won't have to battle swarms of people to get a good view.
- You'll have a spot held for you. The best places to watch the fireworks fill up fast, which often means arriving as early as the morning of New Year's Eve. 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 and most don't allow you to buy drinks and BYO isn't allowed.
Who offers cruises on Sydney Harbour on New Year's Eve?
Frequently asked questions about New Year's Eve cruises in Sydney
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 Woolloomooloo 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.
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