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Crystal Cruises guests to have ringside seats for Sydney New Year fireworks

Adding to the exclusivity of Crystal Cruises’ guest participation in Sydney’s over-the-top New Year’s Eve fireworks celebrations this year, the city’s Harbour of Light Parade committee has chosen its appointed vessels to be among its top-ranked participants.

The committee has short-listed Crystal’s exclusively-appointed, luxurious, glass-walled cruising vessels (for its guests in the evening’s grand flotilla) in the “Best Dressed” group.

Sydney Harbour fireworks
Crystal Symphony will be in Sydney for the celebrated New Year fireworks

The vessels have been further designated a viewing spot on the eastern side of the Sydney Harbour bridge adjacent to Sydney Cove, considered by many to be the premier vantage point for the fireworks spectacle.

Crystal Cruises’ ultimate holiday “boat party” occurs during the Crystal Symphony Christmas/New Year sailing from Auckland to Melbourne.

To be evaluated for the “Best Dressed” designation, the flotilla’s 52 select vessels submitted proposals for rope light ship decorations relating to the evening’s official theme of “Embrace”.  Based primarily on colour and design, 10 vessels were then short listed for consideration as “Best Dressed”.

Crystal’s appointed vessels’ design won two of the coveted slots for a motif of pulsing hearts and fiery red lights adorning the ships’ wraparound decks and open rooftops.

After parading around the Harbour, the two cruising vessels will settle inside an exclusive “off limits” Exclusion Zone on the eastern side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge adjacent to Sydney Cove, near the famous Opera House and Bridge, for the city’s premier viewpoint of the midnight pyrotechnics.

Premium open bar, live music, dancing and gourmet food will add to the stylish, private party.

“We’re providing a prime vantage point and an intimate atmosphere for travellers to embrace once-in-a-lifetime memories with loved ones this New Year’s, in what may be our most lavish New Year’s Eve celebration yet,” says Philip Ordever, Crystal’s vice president of international sales and marketing.

Crystal Symphony’s warm-weather cruise begins 20 December with an overnight in Auckland before calling in Tauranga, Napier, Christchurch and Dunedin, then spends two nights in Sydney and one in Melbourne where the cruise finishes. The recently-redesigned Crystal Symphony will be lavishly trimmed for the holidays, setting a spirited stage for carols, Santa, religious services and extravagant meals featuring traditional Christmas fare.

Until 31 October, all-inclusive “Book Now” fares for the 16-night cruise start at £7,600 per person.

Posted on 2nd October 2012 at 04:06 pm in Cruise News | Cruise Lines | Crystal Cruises |

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