London, New York, Sydney – three cities iconic for their impressive New Year’s Eve firework displays. Perhaps it’s the way fireworks double their effect reflected in the Harbour combined. Perhaps it’s the big city vibes and huge crowds which create the perfect recipe for an incredible evening. But as www.cruiseaway.com.au’s team of cruise experts reveal, sometimes the most unlikely destinations offer the most unique experiences. Here is CruiseAway’s top 8 most underrated destinations celebrate New Year’s Eve.
1. Port Louis, Mauritius
As a holiday destination, Mauritius typically conjures images of a tropical paradise. But on New Year’s Eve it is more than and a haven of blissful relaxation, with a spectacular firework display taking place in its capital city, Port Louis. Set yourself up at the beach with a bottle of champagne and enjoy the magical moment of ringing in the New Year in paradise.
2. Belgrade, Serbia
Belgrade, the jewel of Eastern Europe, transforms into a musical mecca on New Year’s Eve. Jazz, rock and roll, folk, pop and house music emerges from stages dotted throughout the city centre, which complemented with the harbour’s breathtaking fireworks display, make for one of the most beautiful visions of the River Danube.
3. Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s display is technologically next level, with the New Year’s Eve night sky lit up by pyrotechnical stars that shoot from high buildings during countdown. Make a wish as stars glide past you at midnight from amidst a magical ambience.
4. Reykjavik, Iceland
There are no official firework displays in Reykjavik – because everybody brings their own! Icelanders traditionally enjoy bonfires with friends and family on New Year’s Eve, and if you are lucky enough, the fireworks might not be the only thing lighting up the skies, if the Northern Lights make an appearance.
5. Trieste, Italy
Mild Mediterranean temperatures, live folk music and festive crowds gathering on cobble-stone streets – what more could one need for a perfect New Year’s celebration? For the best view of the fireworks head to Trieste’s stunning Riviera or hop on a boat and cruise around the peninsula. The region’s remarkable coffee will help you to recover from the festivities the next morning!
6. Vancouver, Canada
Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary of confederation in 2017 and it all kicks off with a huge New Year’s Eve party in Vancouver. At midnight fireworks are shot from a barge in Coal Harbour, accompanied by beautiful synchronized music played on land.
7. Porto, Portugal
The historic city of Porto is sprawled across the stunning Douro River as it meets the Atlantic Sea. Waiting for midnight to strike in the new year is best spent riverside in one of Porto’s iconic wine cellars, sipping port and sampling the region’s delectable traditional fish dishes. Grandioso!
8. Danzig, Poland
Danzig is a beautiful old town that celebrates New Year’s Eve in historic town squares with festivities including fireworks and traditional music and dance. The next morning, take a trip to a beach on the Baltic Sea. The energising Baltic wind will quickly blow strength into festivity-weary travellers and the chance of finding precious amber stones is high. Legend has it that the golden coloured resin stimulates a renewed lust for life, getting you off to a perfect start to the new Year.
For New Year’s Eve cruise tips contact https://www.cruiseaway.com.au / Phone: 1300 306 134