Instead of fighting the New Year’s crowds in cold, slushy Times Square or amid the mobbed clubs in your snowbound hometown, try something different this season. Greet 2011 from the romantic deck of a luxurious cruise ship sailing in warm tropical waters.
The costs average from $100 to $300 a day per person sharing a cabin, depending on deck location and cabin size. If you plan a cruise that includes New Year’s Eve, the cost will be higher than on other times of the year. However, consider that the price you pay for a cruise is all-inclusive.
That means the cost for your cabin, meals, dances, parties, entertainment, pool, onboard games, casino and lots more are all included in the one price. Another advantage is that everything is just steps from your cabin door. Best of all, instead of seeing snowbound streets from your window, you’ll see tropical nights, moonlit oceans and visits to exotic ports.
There are hundreds of choices for New Year’s Eve cruises throughout the world. These are just a few that sail during holiday time from and return to American ports.
1. The Sapphire Princess is as sparkling as its name, and the big New Year’s Eve celebration aboard will certainly guarantee a great time for everyone aboard. There will be a special midnight party to welcome in the new year, as well as other regular and holiday-related events throughout the cruise.
This one is a seven-night cruise from Los Angeles on the Pacific Ocean south along the Mexican West Coast. It sails through the warm waters and tropical breezes of what is lovingly called the Mexican Riviera. The Sapphire Princess New Year’s Eve cruise departs from easy-to-reach Port of Los Angeles on Wednesday, December 29, 2010, and returns on Wednesday, January 4, 2011.
2. For singles and those who’ll want to act like singles, there’s a New Year’s cruise they can board right in the Big Easy port of New Orleans. The Carnival Triumph sails on a seven-night journey southward for what is called the Caribbean Affair Singles Cruise. The highlight of the week-long party aboard will the New Year’s Eve Ball.
The journey starts Monday evening, December 27, 2010, when passengers are greeted by a welcome aboard orientation and singles mixer. There’s a shore exursion on the tropical island of Belize, with opportunities to hike along jungle trails and sandy beaches, as well as snorkeling along with friendly sharks.
There’ll also be a visit to Isla Roatan during the daytime before the big New Year’s Eve onboard event. Then the Triumph will spend the holiday with shore excursions to Cozumel, Mexico, for more fun and shopping. Sunday will be at sea on the return trip to New Orleans, with more singles events to cement friendships made since the initial sailing day.
It all ends on Monday morning, January 3, 2011, back in New Orleans, with farewells to the ship and reluctant return to the real, much less exciting world.
4. The Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas is just a year old, and the world’s largest cruise ship, with all the contemporary advances in cruising and then some. Passengers will find everything aboard absolutely sparkling and ship-shape for their New Year’s journey.
The Oasis of the Seas is so wonderfully overwhelming to passengers, primarily because it has two fantastic areas of shopping and dining, the Boardwalk and Central Park. Those features and the enormous swimming pool with underwater entertainment make the ship a great holiday destination for families who want to enjoy cruising together.
The Oasis of the Seas sails from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to the Caribbean just a day before the holiday eve, on December 30, 2010, and visit Labadee, Haiti; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Falmouth, Jamaica on a nine-day holiday at sea cruise.
There are scores of New Year’s Eve cruises out of many U.S. ports and from destinations throughout the world. For information on that special holiday cruise you’re interested in joining, check with cruise line official websites, or with your favorite online or hometown travel agency.