Top 5 New Year’s Eve Cruises for 2019

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

Top Cruises for New Year's Eve 2019

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 5 New Year’s Eve Cruises for 2019.

Top 5 New Year’s Eve Cruises for 2019

A Quick New Year’s Eve Getaway

Looking to conserve vacation days, but still want to get away? The newly amplified Mariner of the Seas might be the perfect New Year’s Eve cruise for you.

Departing on New Year’s Eve, this 4-day Bahamas cruise will usher you off to two ports of call. While the stops in Nassau and the cruise line’s private island of CocoCay, Bahamas are nice, this trip is all about the newly updated ship.

Mariner of the Seas is Best Short Cruise

Mariner of the Seas has just undergone an upgrade with plenty of new features. These additions include new specialty dining restaurants- Izumi Hibachi and Jamie’s Italian, as well as two new bars- the Playmakers Sports Bar and Arcade and our favorite, the Bamboo Room.

Perhaps the most ground-breaking addition to Mariner of the Seas is the new Sky-Pad. This innovative, virtual reality enhanced sports deck activity will take cruisers to new heights. With two new waterslides, a FlowRider surf simulator, and even an escape room, there is so much to do on this ship that you might never leave!

Related Post: See our Exclusive Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review from this year!

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, the British Virgin Islands, and St. Maarten.

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.

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

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.

The ship is also home to a new dining concept, Celebrity Select Dining, with four complimentary venues. Each venue will serve a rotating menu, as well as its specialty selections throughout the cruise.

With all these luxurious offerings, this New Year’s Eve cruise is sure to fill up quickly.

Related Post: Learn More About Celebrity Edge

A Family Friendly Cruise to the Western Caribbean

One of the hottest ships of late 2017, MSC Seaside, will be sailing its second Caribbean cruise this New Year’s Eve. If you missed the boat last year, we suggest hopping on a 7-night Western Caribbean cruise on the ship this 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.

First Look at MSC SeasideMSC Seaside, Courtesy of MSC Cruises

Plus, with a thrilling water park and the longest zip line at sea, this is also a kid friendly cruise. It will be up to you though if you let them stay up to ring in the New Year!

Related Post: 8 Reasons You Should Sail on MSC Seaside

The Biggest New Year’s Eve Celebration at Sea

For your 2019 New Year’s Eve cruise, 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. Recently launched, you will be among the first cruisers ever to celebrate the holiday on the world’s largest cruise ship!

New Year's Eve Cruises for 2019

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.

You can make your New Year’s Eve extra special by dining in featured venues like Jamie’s Italian, Wonderland, the new Hooked seafood restaurant, or the line’s signature steak house, Chop’s Grille.

This 7-night Western Caribbean cruise, departing on December 29, 2018, sails to ports such as Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico and Roatan, Honduras.

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 4-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.

Norwegian Sky Ship Scorecard

This short cruise also includes two stops in the Bahamas for you to relax and maybe 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.

Related Post: Complete Guide to Great Stirrup Cay

BONUS PICK – A Mediterranean Holiday Escape

If you have the vacation time and 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.

New Year's Eve Cruises for 2019

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!


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.

Top New Year's Eve Cruises 2019

Don Bucolo, or “DB”, loves everything about cruising- the ocean, the food, and the atmosphere. While he may be obsessed with doing extensive amounts of research on ships and all elements of a cruise, Don enjoys sharing his new found knowledge with fellow cruisers. When he is not sailing the high seas, he does whatever his wife tells him to do-it only took 10 years to realize this.
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    Enjoy your posts.
    Any suggestions for a pre-cruise inexpensive Miami hotel?

    New Years cruise. Ocean view Room and minimum of 7 days. 2 seniors