Come on, is there any better way to spend New Year’s Eve than floating out on Sydney Harbour surrounded by family and friends? I didn’t think so! A harbour cruise is your ticket to actually enjoying the biggest and loudest night of the year. If you’re still a little on the fence (yes, it does look like a big expense) then keep on reading…
Why should I choose a harbour cruise?
The view: This is an obvious one, but really, it’s the main selling point here so there’s no way it’s being missed! The view on Sydney Harbour on the last night of the year is truly breathtaking, with the fireworks, atmosphere, scenery, Opera House, Harbour Bridge, glittering lights – the list just goes on and on! You’ll have memories, videos, and photos that you’re going to treasure for so many years to come. Front row seats without the hours of holding the picnic spot for you, finally!
Convenience: A Harbour cruise on the number one most hectic night in the city of Sydney, and most likely the rest of the globe, is actually super convenient. Your boarding time will save you from the evening rush, you’ll get off a couple of hours after midnight – what’s more convenient than that on New Year’s? Your music, food, drink and comfort needs are all taken care of whilst you party or relax to your heart’s content out on the Harbour…if it sounds idyllic, that’s because it is!
Budget: This might sound crazy (because Harbour cruises tend to be kind of pricey especially on New Year’s) but hopping onboard a ship for the night can be budget-friendly. The ticket is absolutely going to be a sum and a half, however, that’s where your spending is going to stop. If you find the right vessel, your catering, drinks, water, tea, coffee, dance floor, relaxing…pretty much everything, is totally taken care of! We all know the pain of hopping around different bars and restaurants on New Year’s and suffering extortionate cover charges that don’t even include water.
A night to remember: This is an extra special way to spend the last night of your year, so if you’re looking for something totally unforgettable, you should book your spot right away.
How do I pick the right one?
Look at timings: There are a lot of Harbour cruises on offer, so in order to pick the right one the first thing you should take a look at is the pickup and drop off timing. This might not seem imperative, but it can actually be the difference between a great experience and a bad one. Too early and you’ll be exhausted by the time midnight comes around, too late and your view could be obstructed, and you risk missing out on the full experience. Look for timings that work for you – and don’t choose one that docks just after midnight, unless you fancy getting stuck in the city until the early hours of the morning.
Explore dinner and drink options: Different providers will offer different options for food and drink, explore menus and package expenses to make sure you wind up on the right deck!
Keep capacity in mind: Keep your numbers at the forefront of your mind whilst you’re doing your research. Capacity is so important as boats can only offer spaces to a finite amount of people, so you need to be sure there’s enough room for your group before you fall in love with any options.
Location matters: Take a look or ask your potential vessels where they dock, you need to be sure that it’s close to public transport options – and all the action, of course.
Explore your options for the perfect New Year’s cruise in Sydney.