It’s that time of year when you start thinking of your plans for the New Year – what will your resolutions be? Where will you go on holiday?

Why not tick a bucket-list destination off and visit one of these top places to spend New Year, planning ahead for the countdown in 2019!

Hong Kong

Enjoy a sailing across Asia and stop in Hong Kong for iconic fireworks over Victoria Harbour. Visitors advise remaining on your ship to watch these, as the views are excellent. Or, if you would like to feel more involved, book a pleasure cruise to get closer to the action! This also means you can explore the parties afterwards with these typically occurring in Times Square and Lan Kwai Fong.

Hong Kong - Fireworks

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New York

From Times Square in Hong Kong to Times Square in New York, New Year’s Eve is most definitely a bucket-list event in this city. Join an estimated 1 million people as you countdown to midnight ready for the unmissable ball drop. The atmosphere here makes this an unforgettable way to start the New Year in North America.


Somewhere a little warmer during the winter months, Dubai is part of the fast-growing Middle Eastern cruise destinations. Visit here in late December and the temperature is still between 19°C and 21°C. For New Year, visit Sunset Beach for a panoramic view of the city’s dazzling fireworks.

Fireworks in Dubai

Rio de Janeiro

South America is home to a number of regions which know how to celebrate, enjoy counting down to the New Year in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro. The custom here is to dress in white as it’s seen to bring peace and prosperity for the year ahead. Follow the crowd and find a spot on the famous Copacabana Beach where Brazilian DJs perform against a backdrop of jaw-dropping fireworks.


Once winning the world’s largest fireworks display, Madiera still makes it on the list of places to celebrate New Year’s Eve. During the day, Funchal is abuzz with excitement about the evening’s itinerary which offers lanterns and fireworks galore to truly light up your New Year’s Eve.

Fireworks in Sydney, Australia


Experience aerial displays, light parades, Aboriginal dancing and one of the world’s most iconic firework displays as you begin the New Year in Sydney. Spectators gather in their droves, either looking from on-land or taking a boat out into the harbour for another view of these famous Australian celebrations.

Set sail for Christmas and New Year 2019

Where would you most like to sail for 2019’s New Year’s Eve? Whether it’s the bright lights of Hong Kong or the stunning backdrop of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge, there are many destinations to pick from to suit your budget and plans.

Call our Cruise Concierge team on 0808 202 6105 for expert advice and award-winning service with your booking and any questions you may have about sailing during the festive season.

Emma Smith
Emma has more than six years' experience as a writer and has been in the travel industry for over two years. She loves learning of 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 Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises and is looking to get something in diary for 2021! Her favourite things to see on a ship include excellent entertainment, a delicious cocktail menu and extraordinary dining venues.

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