Sydney, Australia has an over-the-top New Year’s Eve fireworks celebration called the city’s Harbour of Light Parade. Crystal Cruises announced this week that their finely-dressed passengers will have a prime viewing spot on the eastern side of the Sydney Harbour bridge adjacent to Sydney Cove, considered the premiere vantage point for the Australia fireworks spectacle.
“We’re providing a premier vantage point and an intimate atmosphere for travelers to embrace once-in-a-lifetime memories with loved ones this New Year’s, in what may be our most lavish Eve celebration yet,” says John Stoll, Crystal’s vice president of land and port operations.
To be evaluated for the Australia “Best Dressed” designation, the cruise flotilla’s 52 select vessels submitted proposals for rope light ship decorations related to the evening’s official theme of “Embrace.” Based primarily on color and design, 10 cruise vessels were then short listed for consideration as “Best Dressed.”
Crystal’s appointed-vessels’ design won two of the coveted slots for a motif of pulsing hearts and fiery red lights adorning the ships’ wraparound decks and open rooftops. After parading around the Australia Harbor the two cruising vessels will settle inside an exclusive “off limits” Exclusion Zone on the eastern side of the Sydney Harbor Bridge adjacent to Sydney Cove, near the famous Opera House and Bridge, for the city’s premier viewpoint of the midnight pyrotechnics. Premium open bar, live music, dancing, and gourmet food will add to the posh, private party.
The exotic, warm-weather luxury cruise begins December 20 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.
Until October 31, all-inclusive “Book Now” fares for the 16-day cruise start at $8,505, with additional perks and savings for groups of six+ via the Crystal Family Memories Program.
Crystal’s passion for taking care of guests in an inviting environment of extraordinary space, quality and choices has earned the company more “World’s Best” awards than any other cruise line, resort, or hotel in history.