As we begin to countdown to the end of 2018 and start of a new year, we have been thinking about where the best places are to celebrate the New Year.

Here are some of our favourites for you to add to your bucket list for 2019!


Fireworks in Dubai - New Year's Eve

The Middle East is a still a destination growing in popularity for cruisers and an iconic region to visit at any time of year. However, as you round off your year it’s a spectacular spot to start the next one. The dazzling fireworks display can be seen from one of Dubai’s public beaches – with Sunset Beach offering some of the most panoramic views of this city.

New York

Fireworks in New York - New Year's Eve

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There’s nothing quite like Time’s Square at New Year. From the ball-drop, midnight countdown and the atmosphere of an estimated one million people – it’s an event that should make everyone’s New Year’s Eve bucket list.

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro - New Year's Eve

Brazil is definitely a destination that knows how to party and makes for an unforgettable way to spend the New Year. Join crowds as they gather on Copacabana Beach as you enjoy music from Brazilian DJs as well as a stunning view of jaw-dropping fireworks. Most people wear white to the festivities as it is thought to bring peace and prosperity for the year ahead.


Fireworks in Madeira - New Year's Eve

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Hosting a famous fireworks display that is officially recognised as the world’s largest display, Madiera is definitely worth consideration for your 2019 New Year’s Eve. The magnificent display is further enhanced with thousands of lamps which decorate the amphitheatre of Funchal, transforming it into a twinkling stage.


Fireworks in Sydney - New Year's Eve

Another bucket-list addition, Sydney offers a New Year’s Eve experience like no other. Enjoy aerial displays, Aboriginal dancing, light parades and the iconic fireworks as they light up Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong - Fireworks for New Year's Eve

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Enjoy this city’s famous fireworks in Victoria Harbour, with these fireworks best enjoyed from your ship’s deck or on a pleasure cruise in the city. See the signature skyscrapers light up against the backdrop of colour, with plenty of parties to join after the fireworks in Times Square and Lan Kwai Fong.

Where will you spend NYE in 2019?

With so many options to cruise and enjoy New Year’s Eve, where would you love to see in the celebrations for 2019?

For further details on which cruise lines offer New Year’s Eve sailings and where you would like to visit in 2019, call our Cruise Concierge team on 0808 1234 118 for expert advice and award-winning assistance with your booking.

Emma Smith
Emma has more than seven years' experience as a writer and has been in the travel industry for nearly five years. She loves learning about new places and cruise ships coming to market, as well as discovering fun and exciting activities to do while you sail. She has cruised with Princess Cruises, Cunard, Celebrity Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Avalon Waterways and Royal Caribbean and is looking to get something in her diary for 2024! Her favourite things to see on a ship include excellent entertainment, a delicious cocktail menu and extraordinary dining venues.

2 Responses to “The best places to spend New Year’s Eve”

  1. Guillemette Comby

    Please send me or email me your sailings offers and I should be able to make a sound decision;
    Many thanks
    Yours sincerely;
    guillemette Comby

    • Emma Smith

      Hello Guillemette, I have passed your details on to our Cruise Concierge team who will be able to provide you with further details. Thanks, Emma.


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