The New Year is cause for great celebrations as people the world over ring out the old and ring in the new, with cities across the globe all celebrating in style with parties and huge fireworks displays. Some of the best displays can be seen in Madeira, Sydney, and Rio, and the best view is from a ship in the harbour.
Here is our round up of some of the very best cruise ships to see the New Year fireworks - you get a unique and spectacular view at sea, and all without all the crowds!
This amazing firework display is considered by many to be one of the most spectacular in the world and has even made it into the Guinness Book of records. The harbour is filled with many ships, as this is the best place to witness the extravaganza. Fireworks are launched from all around Funchal's bay, making this one of the most magnificent shows.
See it at sea:- Cunard's Queen Victoria sets sail on 20 December from Southampton and will arrive in Madeira on 31 December after visiting Lisbon, Cadiz, Casablanca, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, and La Palma. She will stay there on the 1st January before making her way to Vigo in Spain and arriving back at Southampton on 5 January 13.
See it at sea:- Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Boudicca departs Portsmouth on 20 December, and calls at Tangier, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera before arriving at Funchal on the 31st for the celebrations. She leaves on the 1st January and heads for La Coruna for an overnight stay before arriving at Portsmouth on 5 January 2013
Prices from £1,299 per person
Beautiful Sydney Harbour is centre stage for one of the biggest events of the year - New Year's Eve in Sydney. If you're in Sydney for New Year's Eve, you'll be in one of the first places on the planet to experience the exciting start to another new year. Around 1.5 million spectators line the harbour - you can avoid the crowds by watching from the decks of a luxury cruise ship
The world- famous event is watched by more than 1 billion viewers across the world, with celebrations starting with pre-show entertainment from 5pm leading up to the midnight fireworks displays.
See it at Sea:- Crystal Cruises ship Crystal Symphony will be in the harbour for the big event. The exotic, warm-weather luxury cruise begins 18 December with an overnight in Auckland before calling in Tauranga, Napier, Christchurch, and Dunedin, New Zealand, then spends two nights in Sydney and one in Melbourne. The recently-redesigned Crystal Symphony will be lavishly trimmed for the holidays, setting a spirited stage for carols, Santa, religious services, and extravagant meals featuring all the traditional fare.
Adding to the exclusivity of Crystal Cruises' guest participation in Sydney, the city's 'Harbour of Light Parade' committee has chosen Crystal Cruises' ship to be among its top-ranked participants. The Crystal Symphony has been further designated a viewing spot on the eastern side of the Sydney Harbour bridge adjacent to Sydney Cove -- considered the premiere vantage point for the fireworks spectacle. Crystal's New Years Eve party, entirely complimentary, occurs during its Christmas/New Year's guests sailing from Auckland to Melbourne.
Prices from £7,599 pp - including flights, transfers, 1 night pre cruise, and all-inclusive luxury accommodation onboard.
No one can party like the Brazilians and New Year is no exception. Some 2 million people throng the 4 km stretch of Copacabana beach as some 24 tons of fireworks are exploded over the city. Renowned for being the largest New Year event in the world, fireworks are launched from barges positioned in the bay, with the display lasting over 15 minutes, whilst bands and musician play on various stages on the beach front.
See it at Sea:- The Azamara Quest, part of Azamara Club Cruises, is sailing a Buenos Aires to Rio cruise - departing 27 December, and calling at Punta Del Este, Rio, Copacabana Beach, Buzios, Parati, Ilhabela and back to Rio on 4 January for an overnight stay.
For more information about any of these cruises, please contact The Luxury Cruise Company on 01273 311 879, visit www.theluxurycruisecompany.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Prices are per person based on two sharing and are subject to availability and possible change. Fares include all meals, accommodation and entertainment onboard. Flights additional where stated.