CityDiscovery.SydneyNewYearsCruise300

Best New Years Eve Cruises Sydney Harbour for 2016

Feel luxurious and grab the best spot in Sydney to see the fireworks by booking a spot on a New Year’s Eve cruise 2016.

This is one of those things that you have to do at least ONCE in your life: see the Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks from the harbour. There will be private parties and then there will be chartered boats. If you can talk your way onto a private boat, we say: go for it. Watch us be jealous and all that jazz, because we will be. But, if you can’t weasel your way onto the water, why not book a spot for you and your love one/s on a cruise?

The answer: everywhere. Pretty much any charter company who’s anybody is going to set sail into the New Year with you on it.


Where can you find a New Years Eve harbour cruise in Sydney?

(See below for more options and  information about each cruise)

Cruise CompanyPrice
City Discovery's Sydney New Year's Eve Cruise on Wangi Queen Ferry$550
AnyBoat's New Year's Eve aboard Skippers Afloat with Buffet Dinner$595
Viator's Sydney Harbour New Year's Eve Cocktail Cruise$650
AnyBoat's New Year's Eve aboard Magic with Dinner and Drinks$650
AnyBoat's New Year's Eve Aboard Starship Sydney with Dinner and Drinks$675
City Discovery's Sydney New Year's Eve Tall Ship Cruise$849

Sydney New Year's Eve Cruises you can book now

New Years Eve Sydney Harbour Cruise with Canapes from City Discovery

Highlights:

  • Five-hour and 45 minute cruise on Sydney Harbour aboard a historic, restored 1922 ferry the Wangi Queen
  • Watch both the 9pm and midnight fireworks from inside the exclusion zone
  • Dine on a cold canapes like sushi rolls, smoked salmon tartlets and prawns followed by dessert plus bubbly, wine, beers, soft drinks, juices and water
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$550

View details

New Year's Eve Aboard Skippers Afloat with Buffet Dinner from AnyBoat

Highlights:

  • Seven-hour cruise on Sydney Harbour aboard a 65-foot boat limited to just 90 people
  • Watch both the 9pm and midnight fireworks from inside the exclusion zone on this sailing that runs from 5:45pm until 12:45am
  • Includes a food package, with cold canapes and antipasto platters followed by a full buffet that's finished off with dessert and cheese
  • Drinks are available to purchase at the onboard bar
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$595

View details

Sydney Harbour New Year's Eve Cocktail Cruise from Viator

Highlights:

  • Six-hour cruise on Sydney Harbour within the exclusion zone
  • Watch both the 9pm and midnight fireworks
  • Dine on a cocktail menu and drinks
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$650

View details

New Year's Eve Aboard Magic with Dinner and Drinks from AnyBoat

Highlights:

  • Six-hour cruise on Sydney Harbour aboard a 66-foot boat limited to just 100 people
  • Get front-row seats to the 9pm and midnight fireworks from this sailing that runs from 7:15pm until 1:15am
  • Includes food, drinks and an onboard DJ
  • Children younger than 18 years old get a $100 discount
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$650

View details

New Year's Eve Aboard Starship Sydney with Dinner and Drinks from AnyBoat

Highlights:

  • Cruise for six hours from 7pm until 1am aboard the luxe Starship Sydney
  • Watch both the 9pm and midnight fireworks
  • Fully inclusive of drinks, entertainment and food including fresh oysters, calamari and sushi
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$675

View details

Sydney New Year's Eve Tall Ship Cruise from City Discovery

Highlights:

  • Five-hour and 45-minute cruise on Sydney Harbour aboard either the Soren Larsen or Southern Swan tall ship
  • Watch both the 9pm and midnight fireworks
  • Dine on a menu items like Sydney rock oysters, king prawns, Asian duck roulade and smoked salmon
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$849

View details

Other Sydney New Year's Eve cruises

Captain Cook Cruises:

One of the biggest names in the biz, Captain Cook has six boats running throughout the evening to capture the light spectacular at 7:30pm, 9pm, and midnight. They have seafood buffet dinner and cocktail packages available. And if you book early, you’ll save even more.

Bass and Flinders Cruises: 

Four boats dedicated to the 9pm and midnight fireworks, each departing from various locations on the Harbour. Our advice? Choose which view you’d prefer and book into the cruise that suits. Seafood BBQ and cocktail packages available. Though, if those are beyond the budget, there are BYO options, too.

Sydney New Year’s Eve Cruises: 

The name says it all. If that wasn’t enough to convince, this company’s Lady Rose ship won the 2014 Harbour of Light Parade ‘Best Designed’ competition. Ring in the New Year on a winnaaarrr.

Any Boat:

Want to play things your way? Don’t start the New Year surrounded by strangers. Wrangle a group and book your own PRIVATE cruise ship. Boats are selling fast so Facebook those invites and get sailing.

Fantasea Cruises:

Fantasea’s got both adults and families covered. One of their boats will be dedicated to the 9pm fireworks before returning to get the children home, while three other boats will be on the water all night long to capture both the 9pm and midnight shows. Then, there’ll be a boat just for the midnight fireworks. So many options.


Stay ahead of the game. Keep an eye on daily deal sites that may offer last-minute tickets!

Groupon
Groupon
Living Social
LivingSocial

sb2-sdnye1_banner

How to decide which cruise to go on:

Pretty simple really. They all go on the water and they all will have amazing views of the city on New Year’s Eve. The differences really are in the food and beverage packages, the length of time you’ll be on the water, the price, and whether there’s room for your party. Our advice? Start looking now as these babies sell out fast. That’s it! Happy New Year’s! We know you’ll ring it in nicely.


Why take a New Years Eve cruise?

  • You avoid the crowds. Cruises will limit the number of tickets sold, so you won't have to battle swarms of people just 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 in advance, 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 and offer some food.

Viator.SydneyNYECruise.Crop

More about Sydney New Year's Eve:

Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

Was this content helpful to you? No  Yes

Related Posts

Ask a Question

You are about to post a question on finder.com.au

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com.au is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Disclaimer: At finder.com.au we provide factual information and general advice. Before you make any decision about a product read the Product Disclosure Statement and consider your own circumstances to decide whether it is appropriate for you.
Rates and fees mentioned in comments are correct at the time of publication.
By submitting this question you agree to the finder.com.au privacy policy, receive follow up emails related to finder.com.au and to create a user account where further replies to your questions will be sent.

16 Responses to Best New Years Eve Cruises Sydney Harbour for 2016

  1. Default Gravatar
    Christine | October 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!

    • Staff
      Stephanie | October 25, 2016

      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 limit vessel capacity of 140.

      If you’re willing to push your budget further, you might like to look into a 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

  2. Default Gravatar
    Gil | September 19, 2016

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

    Thanks

    • Staff
      Stephanie | September 19, 2016

      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

  3. Default Gravatar
    James | September 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

    • Staff
      Stephanie | September 14, 2016

      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 Restaurants article, which outlines certain venues hosting parties. As venues can only cater for a certain number of people, they are likely to be less crowded than vantage points in the city.

      If you do wish to mark a spot at a public vantage point, check out our guide of them here. 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

  4. Default Gravatar
    cass | June 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

  5. Default Gravatar
    Jenny | April 29, 2016

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

    • Staff
      Alex | May 3, 2016

      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!

  6. Default Gravatar
    ekta | February 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

    • Staff
      Alex | February 26, 2016

      Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

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

      We’ll be updating this page as soon as we know more information about the sailings, so I’d recommend keeping a close eye on it in the next few months.

      Hope that helps!
      Alex

    • Default Gravatar
      John | October 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?

    • Staff
      Stephanie | October 9, 2016

      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

  7. Default Gravatar
    Shane | January 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?

Ask a question
feedback