The New Year is almost upon us. If you were lucky enough to plan ahead, you might be spending this New Year’s Eve onboard a luxurious cruise ship. Or, you might be spending the night in your pajamas in your living room like us. Why not make a resolution to take a New Year’s Eve cruise in 2019? Here are our 5 favorite New Year’s Eve Cruises for 2019.

Top 5 New Year’s Eve Cruises for 2019

A (mostly) Adult Cruise on the Latest Premium Cruise Ship

You can usher in the New Year on one of the hottest ships of the year. Celebrity Edge will be offering a 7 night Eastern Caribbean cruise that departs on December 30th taking travelers to Puerto Rico, British Virgin Islands, and St. Maarten. This new class of cruise ship is the brand’s first new build in a while. Celebrity Edge combines design elements and amenities found on the line’s two other classes of ships, but it also has brand new features not found on any other Celebrity ship.

With the dynamic venue Eden transforming throughout the day as a dining and entertainment spot, to the totally redesigned outdoor Resort Deck, the ship is the perfect retreat for more sophisticated travelers. Celebrity will be making further announcements about entertainment and dining soon, but don’t wait too long to learn about the new additions to the ship, as this New Year’s Eve cruise is sure to fill up quickly.

New Year's Eve Cruises for 2019Celerity Edge, Courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

A Family Friendly Cruise to the Western Caribbean

This year’s newest ship, MSC Seaside, will be sailing its second Caribbean cruise this New Year’s Eve. If you missed the boat this year, we suggest hopping on a 7 night Western Caribbean cruise on the ship next year. Departing on December 29th, the seven night cruise will take you to ports including Jamaica, Cozumel, and Nassau.

While onboard the ship, you can enjoy the ship’s different dining options and all 7 evening shows created exclusively for the ship. With an outdoor promenade lined with bars, shops, and entertainment, you will have plenty to fill your days and nights. Plus, a thrilling water park and the longest zip line at sea, means this is a kid friendly cruise. It will be up to you though if you let them stay up to ring in the New Year! Learn more about this ship with our exclusive first look at the MSC Seaside.

First Look at MSC SeasideMSC Seaside, Courtesy of MSC Cruises

The Biggest New Year’s Eve Celebration at Sea

For your 2019 New Year’s Eve cruise, make sure to have the largest celebration at sea. All you need to do is cruise on the world’s largest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas. Featuring 7 distinct neighborhoods, including Central Park, you might just feel like you are in NYC for the ball drop.

You can make your New Year’s Eve extra special by dining in featured venues like Jamie’s Italian, Wonderland, or the line’s signature steak house, Chop’s Grille. Enjoy all the outdoor thrills like the Ultimate Abyss by day and the Broadway entertainment and signature production shows by night. The 7 night Western Caribbean cruise, departing on December 29, 2018, sails to ports such as Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico and Roatan, Honduras.

New Year's Eve Cruises for 2019Symphony of the Seas, Courtesy of Royal Caribbean International

An All-Inclusive Bahamas Party

It wouldn’t be a New Year’s Eve celebration without champagne and plenty of libations. When you take a four night cruise on Norwegian Sky, you can rest assured that you will be able to party it up. Unlike many contemporary cruise lines, cruise fares on Norwegian Sky include an open bar. That’s right, once you step onboard this ship on December 31st, all of your alcoholic beverages will be covered in the price of your cruise fare.

This short cruise also includes two stops in the Bahamas for you to relax and recover from your New Year’s Eve celebration. One of these ports is the line’s private island of Great Stirrup Cay, where once again, all your beverages are on the house! With three specialty restaurants, nightly entertainment, and all inclusive drinks, a New Year’s Eve cruise on Norwegian Sky is one of the best cruise bargains for the holidays.

Norwegian Sky Ship ScorecardNorwegian Sky

A Mediterranean Holiday Escape

If you have the vacation time, and the funds, then you can be whisked away on a Mediterranean holiday onboard one of the most up and coming ocean cruise lines. Viking Ocean Cruises will be offering a two week long Majestic Mediterranean cruise. Departing on December 23rd, this cruise will transport you to iconic European cities including Barcelona, Marseilles, Monte Carlos, and Rome, where you will get to ring in the New Year in one of the world’s most historic cities.

Onboard the Viking Sky, you will be wrapped in luxury with free WiFi and specialty dining, a shore excursion in every port, beverages during meals, and exquisite personal service no matter which type of cabin you book. Now this would certainly be a New Year’s Eve to remember!

New Year's Eve Cruises for 2019Viking Ocean Cruises, Courtesy of Viking Cruises


Have you taken a cruise during the holidays? Have we inspired you to book a New Year’s Eve cruise for 2019? Drop us an anchor below to let us know your upcoming cruise schedule.


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