We had planned our Australian and NZ trip six months in advance and the item on our to do list we spent months considering was which vessel to book for NYE, I reviewed every ship, emailed most companies to check is they were in the light parade and after extensive research I had two ships shortlisted.
Eventually we decided on “The James Craig” for a number of reasons, the heritage of the ship, position in the harbour for the fireworks and having seen the video on the web site of previous NYE event we could see that the ship was not crowded, the age range was varied and the music was middle of the road. I booked and paid using the web site, the site uses PayPal for credit card transactions, seconds later we had our eTicket.
Boarding the vessel at 7pm was strict and security checking your ticket was doubled up, i.e. your ticket was checked dockside and before you climbed on the ship.
Once all passengers had boarded the captain gave a short speech welcoming people from all over the globe, when we got under way and sailed from Pyrmont we explored the ship, even fully loaded there is ample room to roam, we never felt crammed.
Waiters serving drinks and canapés wander the ship frequently with a variety of beverages and bites, we were both surprised how frequent the service was. If you needed more drinks the ship has a bar area aswell. It is also worth noting for the smokers among you that you can smoke at the front of the ship. All the catering and ships staff are extremely friendly and we really enjoyed here them tell of the many amazing adventures of The James Craig.
Dinner was served below deck and consisted of numerous meat, vegetable, potatoes, salad, breads and desert options , it was very tasty.
We docked for the fire works directly in front of the harbour bridge, FRONT ROW VIEWING, after the countdown the most magnificent fireworks display I have seen WOW (see my video of the fireworks on Trip Advisor).
We met some really interesting people on-board and enjoyed talking to people from all over the world especially the couple from Hungary who we had been emailing via TA in the lead up to NYE.
Once the celebrations concluded we sailed back to Pyrmont approx. 20 minutes. Without doubt this was a magical evening on a beautiful ship with friendly likeminded travellers an experience I will keep with me for the rest of my life.
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