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New Year River Cruises

What better way to ring in the New Year than with a river cruise along one of the world's scenic waterways? Admire snowy scenes along Europe's rivers or head to Asia to enjoy some winter sun - the choice is yours! Whichever destination you go for, you can relax and let your hair down on-board your ship with delicious food, great entertainment and celebrations on New Year’s Eve.

Top New Year's river cruise destinations

  • Mekong - Cambodia & Vietnam
  • Danube - Germany, Austria & Hungary
  • Rhine - Holland, Germany & Switzerland
  • Dutch Waterways - Holland
  • Irawaddy - Myanmar
  • Nile - Egypt
  • Seine - France

When do New Year river cruises set sail?

It goes without saying that New Year river cruises sail during New Year, however it is the length of the cruise that varies. Dates for departure vary from 26 December to just before New Year's Eve, so it's up to you how long you're away. Our most popular sailings are between seven- and nine-nights, offering a great length of time to enjoy the build-up and celebration of New Year with your family and friends.

Where can I sail for New Year?

This all depends on where you want to countdown the New Year! There are many cities where you can celebrate with plenty of others, accompanied by firework displays, street parties and rejoicing late into the night. Or, if you prefer a quieter event, then there are also plenty of sailings which head to small towns and quaint villages for you to spend time with loved ones.

Explore Europe during the New Year and head to Paris on the Seine; Venice along the Po; or Amsterdam and the Dutch Waterways - each offering the ultimate countdown to next year. Alternatively, explore the waterways of Asia for an exotic sailing during prime river cruise time. Spend your New Year visiting the colourful floating markets and the sprawling ruins of the Angkor Wat. Ho Chi Minh City offers rooftop bars to ring in the New Year, or you could visit the open air venue in Siem Reap where locals and visitors celebrate together.

Suggested read: The best New Year's Eve celebrations to see on a river cruise  

When to book

It's best to book as soon as possible for a river cruise during the New Year, as these sailings are very popular and have limited dates. 2019 New Year river cruises are selling out fast, with limited availability due to the dates and popularity, while 2020 New Year river cruises have more choice but will still sell out fast as the festive season approaches.

If you'd like to book a New Year river cruise, take a look at our selection below and call our Cruise Concierge team to secure your place on-board.

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