Looking to ring in the New Year in style this year? Instead of spending the night in your pajamas watching the ball drop, you should be celebrating on a cruise. To help you plan that special holiday cruise, we have put together our list of the Top New Year’s Eve Cruises for 2020.
Top New Year’s Eve Cruises to Ring in 2020
Navigator of the Seas
Looking to conserve vacation days but still want to get away? The newly amplified Navigator of the Seas might be the perfect New Year’s Eve cruise for you. Departing from Miami on Monday, December 30th, this 4-day Bahamas cruise will usher you off to two ports of call. On this trip, you will visit Nassau, Bahamas and the recently transformed Perfect Day at CocoCay.
With the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean, expansive beachfront with plenty of loungers, and new shore excursions, CocoCay is the perfect place to start the new year off right. Not to mention, Navigator of the Seas offers plenty of onboard full as well. The new Caribbean-inspired pool deck, the vacation vibes at the Lime and Coconut and the Bamboo Room, and the upgraded dining options give you more great reasons to book a quick getaway on this ship.
Ring in New Year’s Eve 2020 on the hottest new ship debuting this Fall, Norwegian Encore. Norwegian Encore departs Miami on Sunday, December 29th on a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. This itinerary visits San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tortola, BVI; and St. Thomas, giving cruisers the opportunity to explore historic forts, beautiful beaches, and natural wonders all on the same trip.
Featuring the longest race track at sea, a laser tag course, and immersive virtual reality rides in the Galaxy Pavilion, what’s not to love about Norwegian Encore? Not to mention, Norwegian Encore will also feature the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots with original music from Cyndi Lauper and the new Italian restaurant Onda by Scarpetta. Of course, this ship will also have familiar favorites like the Waterfront, Cagney’s Steakhouse, the Sugarcane Mojito Bar, the Cavern Club, and the Haven.
Be among the first guests to set sail on Carnival Cruise Line’s brand new ship this New Year’s Eve. Carnival Panorama will begin cruising from the brand new terminal in Long Beach, CA late this Fall. In fact, the third week-long sailing departs on Saturday, December 28th. This means you will start your new year by cruising the Mexican Riviera and visiting Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, and Mazatlan.
Carnival Panorama will feature many of the same amenities and venues that cruisers already love about its sister ships, Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon. You can take a bike ride above the pool deck on the signature SkyRide or perhaps have some fun at the first at sea indoor trampoline park, the Sky Zone. Dining onboard Carnival Panorama is equally as enticing, featuring Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse, Guy’s Burger Joint, the Seafood Shack, Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, and more.
If you missed the boat last year, we suggest hopping on an MSC Seaside cruise for New Year’s Eve 2020. Departing on Saturday, December 28th, this ship sails a 7-night itinerary including an overnight stop in San Juan and a full day visit to MSC’s brand new private island. The long anticipated Ocean Cay Marine Reserve will offer eco-friendly shore excursions like snorkeling, kayak tours, and even a sunset champagne sail. The island will also feature 8 beaches surrounded by soft sand and crystal clear waters.
While onboard the ship, you can enjoy the different dining options and all 7 evening shows created exclusively for the ship. With a promenade lined with bars, shops, and entertainment, a thrilling water park, and the longest zip line at sea, you will have plenty to fill your days and nights.
Symphony of the Seas
To ring in 2020, you could have the largest celebration at sea. All you need to do is book a cruise on the world’s largest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas. This ship departs Miami on a 7-day cruise on Saturday, December 28th. The cruise will visit the line’s new private island in the Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay, in addition to St. Maarten and San Juan.
Featuring 7 distinct neighborhoods, including Central Park and the Boardwalk, you might just feel like you are in NYC for the ball drop. You and 5,000 of your new friends, can enjoy all the outdoor thrills like the Ultimate Abyss by day and the Broadway entertainment and signature production shows by night while sailing on Symphony of the Seas.
If you are planning to travel with the kids this New Year’s Eve, then a quick getaway on Disney Cruise Line might be the perfect choice. Disney Dream departs Port Canaveral on a 4-day Bahamian cruise on Monday, December 30th. The itinerary visits Nassau, Bahamas and the cruise line’s private island Castaway Cay. At Castaway Cay, everyone in the family will enjoy the sandy beaches, water activities, Disney character meet and greets, and more.
Onboard the ship, you will be treated to your very own fireworks show! Not to mention, there will be several Disney-themed shows and activities, 3 pools, the AquaDuck water coaster, and upscale dining experiences like the Italian-inspired Palo or the French-inspired Remy. If you have kids, or are just a kid at heart, you should ring in this New Year’s Eve with Disney!
Departing from Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, December 28th, Celebrity Equinox is sailing a 7-day Western Caribbean holiday cruise. You can ring in New Year’s Eve 2020 in modern luxury on Celebrity Cruises while visiting Key West, Costa Maya, Cozumel, and Grand Cayman.
Celebrity Equinox was recently revolutionized in June 2019 adding many of the design and technology elements that debuted on Celebrity Edge. Equinox now offers The Retreat exclusive suite class experience and the new Craft Social with comfort food and craft beer. The ship is also home to many familiar favorites like the French-inspired Murano restaurant and the Lawn Club. For the holidays, the American Ballet Theater will even perform one selection from the Nutcracker.
Have you taken a cruise during the holidays? Have we inspired you to book one of these New Year’s Eve cruises for 2020? Drop us an anchor below to let us know your upcoming cruise schedule.