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Welcome the new year in style

Sarah on Oct 09, 2015

Welcome the new year in style

The end of the year is nigh, and that means it's time to start making plans for New Year's Eve. December the 31st is an occasion to let your hair down, celebrate the end of a chapter and the beginning of the next, and party away any stress left over from a crazy Christmas season. Embarking on a New Year's cruise is the perfect way to do all of the above, with options for any kind of reveller. From a low-key evening to a party into the small hours, cruise ships make it easy.

Choose your venue
The many choices available to cruise passengers are a large part of what makes New Year's Eve on a cruise so fantastic. The public spaces available on any of the large-ship lines run the gamut from laid-back cocktail lounges to sports bars to rowdy nightclubs, meaning everyone will be kept happy. Of course, there's no need to stick with just one. With so many different options in one place, you can cater to the whole group with a bit of easy bar-hopping.

It's not just the usual venues on offer, either - the majority of lines put on special events to add to the sense of occasion and take the nightlife up a notch. On the menu in the South Pacific are P&O Cruises' top-deck parties, Royal Caribbean's fun themed nights and a range of other celebrations which vary from line to line and ship to ship.

No planning needed
A fun evening out on the town can easily become a logistical nightmare, and a New Year's cruise saves a lot of hassle. There is no queuing for crowded bars, calling for taxis, assigning designated drivers, stuffing money and phones into small bags or making restaurant reservations - just uninterrupted fun. A cruise ship New Year's Eve offers a range of different bars, lounges, entertainment, music and parties all within easy and safe walking distance, the ideal situation.

The ability to pop back to your own private space between bars is another highlight of cruise celebrations. Return to your cabin to freshen up, use your own bathroom or even get in a power nap after dinner - and it's no trouble to catch up with your group afterwards. The convenience of a night out onboard is a huge advantage - especially on the biggest night of the year!

Nothing to clean up
Of course, you can always avoid the annoying logistics of a night out by staying at home for a New Year's celebration - but you might regret that in the morning! Waking up to a huge mess is no way to start the year off right. A house that looks like a tornado has gone through it is quite the comedown!

A New Year's cruise offers quite a different experience. Arise from your bed at the hour of your choosing to find that the chaos of New Year's Eve has been replaced by the wafting smells of a cooked breakfast at the buffet, and the deckchairs by the pool are ready and waiting for you to occupy them. If you're in port on January the 1st you can enjoy a leisurely start and then have a memorable first day of the year spent exploring a new place.

Find your New Year's happy place
If a New Year's cruise is starting to sound like the best way to see out the year, it's easy to choose the right one. Take a look at our "search by date" section on the Cruise Sale Finder home page, peruse the December cruises and find one that includes the 31st - you might have to scroll down a bit. With a huge range of lines and itineraries, you're sure to find a cruise that suits!

I have enjoyed visiting as much of the world as possible over the years. Europe and the Mediterranean are personal favourites, but there is so much to see very close to our little Australasian corner of the globe- one of my top travel experiences was snorkeling with tropical fish and turtles in New Caledonia! Cruising is a fantastic way to see it all, and we hope to make booking a cruise easier for both first-timers and old salts. From ship tips to destination news and views, we will keep you up-to-date. Happy cruising!

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