Start 2018 feeling luxurious. Grab the best spot in Sydney to see the fireworks by booking a spot on a New Year’s Eve cruise.
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.
New Years Eve harbour cruises in Sydney:
While the big day is still months away, here's what's already available for New Year's Eve 2018. We'll update this table as more become available.
We've already seen some book out, so we'd recommend locking your New Year's Eve harbour cruise in as soon as possible.
Best places to book a Sydney New Year's Eve cruise:
Choose from dozens of sailings on New Year's Eve, including small catamarans catering to just a dozen people to big party boats with hundreds or people celebrating together.
- 23 options for New Year's Eve sailings in 2016
- Choose from sailings that include food, drinks, or are BYO
- Prices started at $400
With a range of New Year's Eve events to choose from, including restaurant packages and cruises, Viator sells something for everyone on New Year's Eve.
- 2 options for New Year's Eve sailings in 2016
- Choose from cruises on historic Sydney ferries and tall-ship style boats
- Prices started at $590
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 winnaar.
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!
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.
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