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

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

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.

Sailings from New Zealand for 2020 and 2021 have yet to be confirmed. However, there are sailings departing Australia that you can book right now for New Year’s Eve 2021/2022.

Handpicked: Our top New Year’s sailings from Australia for 2021/2022

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1. New Year's Eve cruise from Sydney on the Pacific Adventure

Clock off work early on 30 December and leave the year behind as you sail off into the sunset toward the Pacific Islands on a memorable New Year’s Eve cruise – with your besties, naturally.

  • Ship name and cruise line: Pacific Adventure, P&O
  • Departure destination and date: Round-trip cruise from Sydney departing 30 December 2021.
  • Ports of call: Mystery Island, Port Vila, Lifou and Isle of Pines.
  • Where will I be on New Year’s Eve? At sea on the way to Mystery Island.
  • Ship features: Multiple venues and themed parties, water parks, live music and entertainment and 17 dining options.


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2. 11-night New Year's Eve cruise from Melbourne on the Pacific Explorer

Celebrate in style waving farewell to the big lights of the city and trading them in for confetti and disco lights on the ocean as you travel from Melbourne to New Zealand with P&O.

  • Ship name and cruise line: Pacific Explorer, P&O.
  • Departure destination and date: Round-trip cruise from Melbourne departing 28 December 2021.
  • Ports of call: Fiordland National Park, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington and Hobart.
  • Where will I be on New Year’s Eve? During the day, you’ll be entranced by the beauty of Fiordland National Park while at night you’ll journey to Dunedin to spend New Year’s Day on the beach.
  • Ship features: The Pantry fresh food area, poolside movie screen, two show lounges, kids’ clubs, climbing course and multiple pools.


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3. 8-night New Year's Eve cruise from Brisbane on the Pacific Encounter

Soak up the sunshine as you hop from beach to beach and paradise to paradise while ringing in the new year.

  • Ship name and cruise line: Pacific Encounter, P&O Cruises
  • Departure destination and date: Round-trip cruise from Brisbane departing 27 December 2021.
  • Ports of call: Mystery Island, Port Vila and Santo.
  • Where will I be on New Year’s Eve? During the day, you’ll be exploring Port Vila; by night, you’ll be celebrating on the ship as it cruises toward Santo.
  • Ship features: This grand class ship has 12 guest decks, can house 3,000 guests, has multiple indoor and outdoor dining spaces and pools and waterslides for small and big kids.


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4. 9-night New Year's Eve Cruise from Brisbane on the Quantum of the Seas

Bring in your new year while sailing the seas of our sunshine state. Featuring stops in Airlie Beach and Cairns, say hello to 2022 in style.Ship name and cruise line: Quantum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean

  • Departure destination and date: Round trip from Brisbane departing on 29 December 2021.
  • Ports of call: Airlie Beach, Cairns and Willis Island
  • Where will I be on New Years’ Eve? Over the 2021/2022 NYE celebrations, you’ll be out at sea on your way to Airlie Beach.
  • Ship features: Multiple dining options, live bands, sports arena, fitness centre, outdoor movie nights, game shows and various bars.

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5. 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 27 December 2021.
  • 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.

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    6. 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 37 December 2021.
    • 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.

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    7. 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 27 December 2021.
    • 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.

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    8. 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 27 December 2021.
    • 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.

    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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