Wednesday, August 3, 2011

New Year’s Eve Around the World

his year, why not ring in the New Year in a new setting? If you want to be ahead of the curve, one of the first places you’ll hear “Auld Lang Syne” is the East Coast of Australia. And remember it’s summer in the Southern Hemisphere, so forget shivering as you count down to midnight.
New Year's Eve in Sydney!
New Year's Eve in Sydney!
The southern city of Melbourne is ablaze with rockets before and after midnight – head out on the Yarra River on a dinner cruise, or if you really want to let your hair down, a party cruise will put you in the mood. Either way you get drinks all night and great views of the fireworks.
Meanwhile Sydney is renowned for its New Year celebrations, outdoing itself year after year with pyrotechnic displays beamed around the world. And the only thing better than watching them from the harbourside is watching them from the harbour! Enjoy the warm night air with an amazing six hour cruise on beautiful Sydney Harbour as it comes alive with color and light. Or for something really special, head out on an illuminated tall ship.
From Australia to Austria, where you can waltz in the New Year in a traditional wine tavern outside Vienna, enjoying the finest of Old World hospitality in the heart of Austria’s wine-growing region. Or celebrate everyone’s favorite party in everyone’s favorite city as you chant “trois, deux, un” in Paris. Turn the calendar over in style at world-famous cabaret Moulin Rouge, or enjoy a river cruise and dinner as you watch the City of Light light up.
Of course New Year celebrations are synonymous with New York, but if you don’t fancy joining the crowds in Times Square, what about a dinner cruise and front row seats for the fireworks around the Statue of Liberty? And finally, one last stop before the International Date Line: a moonlight cruise off the coast of Oahu. Champagne, fireworks and delicious buffet, all in a sublime Hawaiian setting.
Cheers and Happy New Year to you, wherever you choose to celebrate the start of 2011!