NYE on the Harbour

Sydney harbour is breathtakingly beautiful on any day of the week, but floating on the water in an 85 foot glass vessel that offers 360 degree views of our world-renowned NYE fireworks really is something else.

We chose to set sail on Elite Cruises’ magnificent Blue Room for our 2015 celebrations and we had the time of our lives.  On boarding, we were greeted with a selection of De Bortoli wines and sweet cocktails.  We sipped our sparkly on the spacious roof deck as the sun set over our beautiful city and the revelry began.

Crowds had gathered throughout the day on all available vantage points surrounding the harbour, creating a sea of colour and waves of new year cheer and every harbour facing house and apartment was filled with people – all of us, eagerly awaiting the fountains of colour that were set to explode from the iconic landmarks of Sydney.

Wine and canapés flowed steadily – with wait-staff always nearby to ensure our glasses were topped-up and that we had a bite to eat.  Later, we gorged on a bountiful fresh seafood buffet in the formal dining room, while soaking in the glorious views offered by Blue Room’s floor to ceiling glass walls. Fruit platters and desserts followed for those who had not yet had quite enough and it was with full bellies and a warm champagne buzz that we headed out onto the surrounding deck to watch the first fireworks spectacular of the evening.

From all directions the fireworks shot up into the air and burst into glorious sparkling patterns in the night sky. A fountain of colour literally streamed from the base of the bridge and into the water on which we were floating.  Excited people commented that Sydney was the BEST place to be on NYE and that the whole world was wishing they were with us – and it sure felt that way.

Between displays we carved up the dance floor with our sizzling moves (or so we thought) and watched the light parade of specially selected vessels that were brightly lit up to create a constant stream of colour across the harbour.

The midnight countdown led to an eruption from the bridges arches, as fireworks shot up into the air, in every direction, igniting the summer sky with bright fire-light colours.  The awe-filled sounds from the excited crowds grew with every boom, building and building over the 12 minute spectacular, until golden light poured from the base of the bridge.

We left feeling certain that we’d be back for more and that we were indeed the in the best place in the world!


Originally published on Madame Sydney


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