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Sydney is one of the best places in the world to be this 2018 New Year’s Eve, and being out on the water is even better! We’ve found the best deals to get you out on a cruise in Sydney Harbour this New Year’s Eve.
Being such a popular event, cruise deals are hard to come by so make the most of these opportunities before they sell out!
Tip – We know from previous experience how busy Sydney Harbour gets during events like these. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your departure wharf and be sure which number you will leave from (it helps to know exactly what your boat looks like!). There will be several queues waiting for their boats – many of which get crossed over and it can be confusing, and a little chaotic!
Whilst these deals may not be the cheapest options, they offer a significant saving on the packages you can get (cruise, food, drink, etc). If you are looking for the cheapest options available to get out on the water, check outSydneyydeny Harbour Ferries option below.
Current NYE Cruise Deals
Save 34% with this Legends New Year’s Eve Cruise Ticket, onboard their luxury 25m catamaran. Enjoy canapes on arrival, standing buffet dinner and a drinks package including beer, wine and soft drink.
Cruises depart from Kings Street Wharf, Darling Harbour.
Save 21% and hop onboard Sydney Supercat Cruises and party in style overlooking the gorgeous Sydney Harbour. Enjoy a 5 hour drinks package whilst taking in the speculator firework display, with cocktail-style dining and onboard DJ all night.
Cruises depart from Kings Street Wharf, Darling Harbour.
Save 34% when you join Goodtime Harbour Cruises for a New Year’s Eve to remember! Enjoy an open bar, onboard DJ and a casual standing buffet of an array of different flavours.
Cruises depart from King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour.
As a side note, these NYE cruises are likely to sell out and they will be at full capacity. They are able to keep prices low because they sell as many tickets as they possibly can. From our experience of New Year’s Eve and Vivid Cruises, by offering a standing buffet means not having dining tables to eat at – instead a chair and a lap will have to do. The bar will also be extremely busy and you will need to head outside early to get a good viewing spot.
These are just words of caution and a heads up of what to expect. If you are able to afford more, we recommend looking at some of the cruises below which offer a more relaxed, dining experience that may be more enjoyable.
Full Price NYE Cruise Offers
There are a number of alternative New Year’s Eve cruises available around Sydney Harbour with some already sold out for this year. Some cruises are included inside the exclusion zone, which is part of the Harbour of Light Parade. These vessels will be decorated for the event and given access to the zone which often has better viewing points.
This is one of the cheapest options available.
Jump onboard an iconic Sydney Harbour City Ferries with a choice of locations available (Rose Bay Wharf, Manly Wharf and Circular Quay) with both the family fireworks and midnight fireworks tickets on offer. BYO Picnic but no alcohol is allowed.
Early bird tickets start from $175 for adults and $135 for children (regular prices are $199 and $150).
Looking for something a bit more extravagant?
Captain Cook Cruises have a number of vessels available for Sydney’s New Year’s Eve. Many include the Harbour of Lights Parade and all cruises are for the fireworks display. These cruises range from a BYO Picnic from $595 to a Seafood buffet and drinks from $999 and a 4 course dinner and drinks from $1399.
Lady Rose Cruise is participating in this year’s Harbour of Light Parade, meaning getting closer to all the action! Enjoy a DJ on the decks all night whilst soaking up the open bar and standing buffet dinner.
Cruises depart this NYE from Star City Casino Wharf.
Prices for this cruise are $695 per adult.
FantaSea Cruises offer 4 different types of cruises, including a special family friendly cruise for the earlier 9pm fireworks display (adults $290, children $190 or family 2 adults & 2 children $799).
FantaSea also has Ultimate (from $995) and Gold (from $950) cruises available with open and/or retractable roofs and are included in the Harbour of Light Parade.
A Midnight Express cruise is also available from $497 for 2 hours. This departs closer to the main event and is a great way to end a perfect evening.
Manly Fast Ferry cruises have a number of different vessels offering both 9pm and midnight firework cruises. Departing from either Darling Harbour or Manly Wharf, some will take part in the Harbour of Light Parade, whilst others will sit back and enjoy.
Prices start from $275.
Vagabond have 3 cruises available, each for 6 hour cruising with buffets, open bars and DJ’s all night. Early bird tickets at $600 (until 30th November 2018).
A 6 hour cruise departing from King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour with cocktail food served all evening, unlimited drinks and DJ to dance the night away (well, at least until the fireworks!). Early bird offers are $595 for adults and $495 for children.
Jump onboard the Rhythm Boat for a 4 hour cruise with canapes and cocktail food throughout the night. Departing from King Street Wharf, beers, wine, sparkling soft drinks and house spirits are available with a Party DJ and a Live Retro Band!
Tickets are available for $595 per person.
Be a part of history with Sydney’s Tall Ships that have been part of Sydney New Year’s Eve cruises for over 20 years. Coral Trekker and Soren Larsen have already sold out this year, but Southern Swan is still available for $949 per person (no children under 4).
This cruise is just under 6 hours and departs from Campbell’s Cove, The Rocks.
They also have the Timber Ferry Experience available for $590 per person with dinner and drinks included.
Not sure what type of vessel or cruise you want to go on?
Check out Sydney Harbour Escapes for a range of ticketed NYE cruises. Each option shows the vessel, max. passengers, type of food and buffet on offer an all the facilities available on board.
Fancy something a little more intimate for your New Year’s celebrations? Hire a boat from Sydney Boat Hire or private charter from Boat Hire Sydney. Or charter your own boat with Prestige Harbour Cruises.
Tickets sell fast so book yours now!
With tickets already sold out for cruises such as Starship (the world’s largest glass island boat) and Majestic Cruises, be sure to book your tickets as soon as you can.
However, tickets aren’t cheap so try and ensure you know what to expect on the cruise you book. Most websites have menus available and give more details on what type of music to expect and other entertainment on board. Spending 6 hours on board could be a very long time if you aren’t enjoying yourself!
Not sure about getting around Sydney on New Year’s Eve? Find out loads of information from the Sydney Expert who has everything that you need to know.
We hope you find and book your cruise soon and you have amazing New Year celebrations bringing in 2019! We’re certainly jealous that we won’t be able to make it there this year!
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Let us know in the comments below which Sydney New Year’s Eve cruise you went on and how good (or bad) it was! (or is it more of what happens on the boat, stays on the boat?!).
Water loving British girl who moved to Australia and seriously caught the travel bug! Loves to explore and share destinations that inspire others to spend more time on the water and in the great outdoors. Typically, you’ll find her on a boat or next to the ocean, often in a daydream!