14 sailings that will have you celebrating New Year’s Eve on a cruise

Ring in 2020 on board luxurious ships that host parties and pass out champagne at midnight.

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New Year's cruises are a treat you won't soon forget that sail to destinations as close as the next Aussie capital to as far as New Caledonia.

Their parties sparkle with decorations, balloon drops and epic midnight countdowns – and there are even babysitting services available so parents can join in the fun.

From sunny destinations to breathtaking mountains, these are our picks of New Year’s Eve cruises that you can still book.

Handpicked: Our top New Year's sailings from Australia:

1. Exciting New Year cruise from Brisbane

Celebrate New Year in Noumea, Lifou, Isle of Pines and Mare Island with this 7-night cruise.

  • Ship name and cruise line. Pacific Aria, P&O Australia.
  • Departure destination and date. Round trip cruise from Brisbane departing 28 December 2019.
  • Ports of call. Noumea, Lifou and Port Vila. You will spend New Year’s Eve cruising from Lifou to Port Vila.
  • Ship features. P&O Edge Adventure Park including flying fox, laser tag and abseiling, tennis and basketball courts, mini-golf, multiple themed parties, 2 pools, live music venues and 16 dining options.
  • What to expect on New Year’s Eve. Multiple venues open until late and feature live bands.

2. The Pacific Islands Sydney return cruise

Have a 9-night adventure at sea while waiting for the New Year's countdown.

  • Ship name and cruise line. Carnival Splendor, Carnival Cruises.
  • Departure destination and date. Round trip cruise from Sydney departing 28 December 2019.
  • Ports of call. Noumea, Isle Of Pines, Lifou and Mare. You will spend New Year’s Eve cruising to Isle Of Pines.
  • Ship features. Small and intimate bars, multiple themed parties, 2 waterslides, a water park, barefoot bowling, zip lining, live music venues, two theatres and 12 dining options.
  • What to expect on New Year’s Eve. Start the night dancing away with a live band followed by your choice of multiple venues which open until late.

3. South Pacific from Brisbane cruise

Have a happy new year when you sail on this 8-night cruise and visit New Caledonia and Vanuatu.

  • Ship name and cruise line. Pacific Dawn, P&O Australia.
  • Departure destination and date. Round trip cruise from Brisbane departing 30 December 2019.
  • Ports of call. Noumea, Mystery Island and Port Vila. You will spend New Year’s Eve on board cruising to Noumea.
  • Ship features. Small and intimate bars, multiple themed parties, 2 waterslides, a water park, teens' virtual reality experience, outdoor movie screen, P&O Edge Adventure Park live music venues and 13 dining options.
  • What to expect on New Year’s Eve. In traditional P&O style, you’ll have a choice of venues that open late where a live band kicks off the festivities.

4. Vanuatu and New Caledonia cruise

Plan ahead and get a group together to ring in the new year.

  • Ship name and cruise line. Pacific Dawn, P&O Australia.
  • Departure destination and date. Round trip cruise from Brisbane departing 30 December 2019.
  • Ports of call. Noumea, Mystery Island and Port Vila. You will spend New Year’s Eve on board cruising to Noumea.
  • Ship features. Small and intimate bars, multiple themed parties, 2 waterslides, a water park, virtual reality experience, outdoor movie screen, P&O Edge Adventure Park live music venues and 13 dining options.
  • What to expect on New Year’s Eve. Stay up late with a live band followed by some bar hopping with a choice of 10 onboard bars and lounges.

5. Festive New Year's cruise from Sydney

9-night cruise to explore the best of the South Pacific for your New Year holiday.

  • Ship name and cruise line. Pacific Explorer, P&O Australia.
  • Departure destination and date. Round trip cruise from Sydney departing 30 December 2019.
  • Ports of call. Port Vila, Lifou and Noumea. You will spend New Year’s Eve on board cruising to Port Vila.
  • Ship features. Small and intimate bars, multiple themed parties, 2 waterslides, a water park, barefoot bowling, zip lining, live music venues and 12 dining options.
  • What to expect on New Year’s Eve. Dance the night away with a live band and your choice of multiple venues which open until late.

Radiance of the Seas

6. Cruise with the Radiance of the Seas from Sydney

11-night cruise to the Pacific Islands on New Year's Eve.

  • Ship name and cruise line. Radiance of the Seas, Royal Caribbean.
  • Departure destination and date. Round trip cruise from Sydney departing 27 December 2019.
  • Ports of call. Noumea, Mystery Island, Port Vila and Lifou. You will spend New Year's Eve cruising from Mystery Island to Port Vila.
  • Ship features. Open-air cinema screen located on the pool deck, nine-storey atrium, Brazilian and Mexican cuisine available on board.
  • What to expect on New Year's Eve. Multiple bars open until late and a big balloon drop at midnight in the promenade, esplanade and centrum.

Holland America Line

7. Voyage with Holland America Line from Sydney

Celebrate Christmas and New Year on board with this 14-night Australia cruise.

  • Ship name and cruise line. ms Maasdam, Holland America Line.
  • Departure destination and date. Round trip cruise from Sydney departing 23 December 2019.
  • Ports of call. Eden, Melbourne, Port Arthur, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Portland, Phillip Island and Burnie. You will spend New Year's Eve cruising from Kangaroo Island to Portland.
  • Ship features. Wireless hotspots throughout the ship, traditional high tea and ballroom dancing.
  • What to expect on New Year's Eve. A gala on the ship's lido deck and champagne toast at midnight.

Celebrity Solstice

8. Travelling from Sydney with the Celebrity Solstice

A Christmas and New Year's celebration cruising New Zealand on a 12-night cruise.

  • Ship name and cruise line. Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Cruises.
  • Departure destination and date. Round trip cruise from Sydney departing 23 December 2019.
  • Ports of call. Picton, Napier, Wellington, Akaroa, Dunedin, Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound, Milford Sound and Newcastle. You will spend New Year's Eve at Doubtful Sound, New Zealand.
  • Ship features. Enjoy films and food simultaneously at A Taste of Fiim, onboard Sky Observation Lounge with fantastic views, enomatic wine-by-the-glass dispensing system at Cellar Masters.
  • What to expect on New Year's Eve. Multiple venues open until late.

Voyager of the Seas

9. Cruising from Sydney with the Voyager of the Seas

Make New Year's Eve extra special with this 13-day Pacific Islands cruise.

  • Ship name and cruise line. Voyager of the Seas, Royal Caribbean.
  • Departure destination and date. Round trip cruise from Sydney departing 29 December 2019.
  • Ports of call. Lautoka, Suva, Mare, Mystery Island and Lifou. You will spend New Year's Eve cruising to Lautoka.
  • Ship features. Ice skating rink, Broadway style shows.
  • What to expect on New Year's Eve. Multiple bars open until late and a big balloon drop at midnight in the promenade, esplanade and centrum.

Majestic Princess

10. New Year's Eve cruise from Auckland to Sydney

Auckland cruise to Sydney aboard Majestic Princess for an exciting 2020.

  • Ship name and cruise line. Majestic Princess, Princess Cruises.
  • Departure destination and date. From Auckland to Sydney departing 27 December 2019.
  • Ports of call. Tauranga, Akaroa, Dunedin, Fiordland National Park, Hobart and Melbourne. You will spend New Year's Eve cruising Dunedin.
  • Ship features. Small and intimate bars, multiple themed parties, live music venues.
  • What to expect on New Year's Eve. Special New Year's Eve dinner, balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight.

Ovation of the Seas

11. New Zealand cruise from Sydney

Celebrate New Year in Doubtful Sound, Milford Sound and Dusky Sound with this 10-night cruise.

  • Ship name and cruise line. Ovation of the Seas, Royal Caribbean.
  • Departure destination and date. Round trip cruise from Sydney departing 26 December 2019.
  • Ports of call. Picton, Napier, Wellington, Dunedin, Doubtful Sound, Milford Sound and Dusky Sound. You will spend New Year's Eve cruising Dunedin.
  • Ship features. Surf and sky dive in the middle of the ocean, 18 different restaurants.
  • What to expect on New Year's Eve. Multiple bars open until late and a big balloon drop at midnight in the promenade, esplanade and centrum.

Cunard

12 . New Zealand cruise from Sydney

Board on a 14-night cruise to celebrate Christmas and New Year.

  • Ship name and cruise line. Queen Elizabeth, Cunard.
  • Departure destination and date. Round trip cruise from Melbourne departing 22 December 2019.
  • Ports of call. Burnie, Fiordland National Park, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington and Auckland. You will spend New Year's Eve in Auckland.
  • Ship features. Luxurious accommodation, game deck, theater and wide array of dining options.
  • What to expect on New Year's Eve. Special New Year’s Eve ball and champagne toast.

Carnival Spirit

13. Pacific Island New Year cruise

Set sail from Sydney and ring in 2020 aboard for a 1o-night Pacific Island cruise.

  • Ship name and cruise line. Carnival Spirit, Carnival.
  • Departure destination and date. Round trip cruise from Sydney departing 30 December 2019.
  • Ports of call. Isle Of Pines, Mystery Island and Vila. You will spend New Year's Eve at sea.
  • Ship features. Game deck, theater, atrium, bars and wide array of dining options.
  • What to expect on New Year's Eve. Special New Year's Eve party with after party and kids camps.

Princess cruise balcony dining

14. Auckland New Year cruise

Celebrate New Year at sea onboard Princess Cruises's Golden Princess for 4 nights.

  • Ship name and cruise line. Golden Princess, Princess Cruise.
  • Departure destination and date. From Auckland to Melbourne departing 29 December 2019.
  • Ports of call. None.
  • Ship features. Bar, restaurants, mini golf, art gallery, theater and swimming pools.
  • What to expect on New Year's Eve. Special New Year's Eve dinner, balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight.

What does each cruise line do for New Year's Eve?

Each cruise line has very similar New Year's Eve celebrations and often includes celebrations in their lounges, clubs and bars with New Year’s decorations.

  • Princess Cruises celebrates with a special menu just for New Year’s Eve as well as a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight.
  • P&O Cruises hosts parties across multiple venues and a live band leading the festivities.
  • Holland America Line hosts a gala.
  • Royal Caribbean has a confetti drop, party favours for guests and a balloon drop in the Promenade, Esplanade and Centrum.

All cruises have live music from DJs to bands and more to ring in the new year.

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