New Years Eve with Royal Caribbean

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Holiday Exchange - Jingle and Mingle 2016


Celebrate the Holidays of Season with your Cruise Critic Friends -- Thanksgiving - Hanukkah - Christmas - Kwanza - The New Year

This forum contains posts from prior holidays since they are packed full of good cheer and great recipes!
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#1
New York City
306 Posts
Joined Aug 2007
HI
My wife and I are taking our first Holiday cruise on RCi Grandeur of the Seas, leaving on Dec 26.

Has anyone ever spent New Years Eve on a RCI ship? What do they usually do different?
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Rob



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#2
Fort Myers Florida
326 Posts
Joined Feb 2004
WE sailed on Serenade of the Seas 12/30/2006. We had the best captain. he parked the ship so we could see both St Thomas and St Johns and we got to see the fireworks from both islands. Quite the site. Every club had their own little party and then they had a party also on the pool deck. We loved being on the ship on New Years eve. One thing you don't have to worry about is a drunk hitting you in your car on the way home from the party. Have a great time. I will be on Celebrity Century this year but I think we will be out to sea.
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Sunny

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#3
Tulsa
1,340 Posts
Joined May 2005
We were on RCCL last New Year's Eve with a group of about 10 and it was fabulous! They provided lots of parties and party favors.... a really really awesome celebration!!

You'll have a spectacular time!
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Babysis

Spending our sons' inheritance, one cruise at a time
#4
23 Posts
Joined Dec 2006
Our second New Year's cruise on RCCL- balloon drop, champagne, dancing, festive and fun (and with teenagers, no worries of parties and drunken drivers)
#5
Canada
11 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
We will also be on our first holiday cruise and only 2nd cruise ever. When you say champagne on New Year's Eve is that complimentary or only if you buy it? We will be on Vision of the Seas.
#7
Indian Shores, Fl.
10,533 Posts
Joined Nov 2004
Originally posted by rpetrillo
HI
My wife and I are taking our first Holiday cruise on RCi Grandeur of the Seas, leaving on Dec 26.

Has anyone ever spent New Years Eve on a RCI ship? What do they usually do different?
We were on Grandeur last New Years along with ex-pres. Jimmy Carter and many family members...The centrum had a countdown on a big screen and champagne was flowing!!! You will have a great time...Enjoy your cruise...Later, Jill
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#8
near Chicago
335 Posts
Joined Feb 2008
We spent New Years Eve onboard Jewel last year and loved it. And yes - not only was the champagne free - they were more than generous pouring two glasses as they made many many rounds thru the crowds lining the Centrum balconies - it was awesome! Imagine something like 9 stories of people lining all the balconies with noisemakers, champagne, hats, balloon drop, good music, etc. for the big countdown. They close the casino about a half hour before and we really had a good time ringing in the New Year. Then there was fireworks you could see as we passed Puerto Rico (I think thats where we were - now I have to check back and find out) Anyway - Enjoy!!! We sure did and would happily do a New Years Cruise again.
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#9
2,600 Posts
Joined Nov 2005
We sailed on Radiance two years ago for New Year's and it was so special. The decorations were wonderful. Different trees everywhere; a special section for ginger bread houses, special menu for New Year's Eve, parties etc. Can't wait for our New Year's sailing on Majesty on the 29th.
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#10
Northern Virginia
383 Posts
Joined Dec 2007
We will be on Jewel this year for New Year's eve - which will also be our 4th wedding anniversary and we're SO excited that everyone will be celebrating the day with us!
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~Scott & Kimberly

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Jewel of the Seas - Panama Canal 12/29/08
Celebrity Millenium - Southern Caribbean - 12/18/09
Independence of the Seas - Mediterranean - 12/21/10
Emerald Princess - Trans-Atlantic 9/11/11
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#11
Basically from New york, settled in India for the moment
29 Posts
Joined Oct 2008
Originally posted by rpetrillo
HI
My wife and I are taking our first Holiday cruise on RCi Grandeur of the Seas, leaving on Dec 26.

Has anyone ever spent New Years Eve on a RCI ship? What do they usually do different?
we have planned for Christmas , no plans for new year yet. But you have motivated me for RCI shi, i will tell it to my husband let us see what happens.
Thanks a lot .
MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR
#12
6 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
Hello, This is the first time that my husband and I will be celebrating New Years on the ship. Do they do anything special at midnight?
#13
40 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
I will be taking a New Years cruise this year as well on the Carnival Elation. This will be my first time cruising on New Years, but I have been asking the same question as you. Carnival.com states that there will be a ship-wide party, and they will include free party favors, hats and champagne. Other cruise lines seem to do the same thing.

It should be a big party!

Enjoy your cruise!
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#14
Coronado, Panama
107 Posts
Joined Nov 2007
My husband and I have been cruising on New Years for the past 15 years or so and for Christmas and New Years about the last 7.
It's the only way to go. There will be different parties in different venues and of course the traditional countdown at midnight. The cruiselines go all out for that evening. If you're in a warm destination i.e. the Caribbean a lot of times there will be activities planned by the pool. Last year we were at Cape Horn on Azamara on New Years Eve and even though it wasn't real warm there was a huge party by the pool anyway.
Regardless, you made a good decision to do this. At the end of the night, you can take your shoes off and walk to your cabin, instead of driving.
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#15
Dallas, Texas, USA
211 Posts
Joined Oct 2004
This will be our second NYE at sea. Last year we were aboard Celebrity Constellation, leaving St. Thomas and cruising south along the Windward Islands. This year we'll be aboard Voyager of the Seas (RCCL) between Roatan, Honduras and Costa Maya, Mexico.

Last year was great fun. Our wedding anniversary is NYE (19 this year) and we've pretty much decided to celebrate it at sea for the next few years.
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Mark from Plano (well, Dallas now actually), Texas

Disney Wonder: 10/7/01 (Bahamas)
Rhapsody of the Seas: 10/5/03 (W. Caribbean)
Splendour of the Seas: 3/6/04 (Mexico)
Explorer of the Seas: 10/3/04 (E. Caribbean)
Rhapsody of the Seas: 3/4/07 (W. Caribbean)
Celebrity Constellation: 12/28/07 (E & S Caribbean)
Carnival Ecstasy: 11/6/08 (Mexico)
Voyager of the Seas: 12/28/08 (Mexico & Honduras)
Mariner of the Seas: 12/23/12 (W. Caribbean)

Upcoming:
Allure of the Seas 12/22/13 (Bahamas and E. Caribbean)
#18
Long Beach, CA
39 Posts
Joined Oct 2007
Originally posted by Mark_from_Plano
This will be our second NYE at sea. Last year we were aboard Celebrity Constellation, leaving St. Thomas and cruising south along the Windward Islands. This year we'll be aboard Voyager of the Seas (RCCL) between Roatan, Honduras and Costa Maya, Mexico.

Last year was great fun. Our wedding anniversary is NYE (19 this year) and we've pretty much decided to celebrate it at sea for the next few years.
We will be on the Voyager as well - Hope to see you at the Meet & Mingle.
This is our first NYE cruise and the anticipation is building!!!
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Jed

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Oasis of the Seas - March, 2016 - Beachbody Charter
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#19
Arizona
396 Posts
Joined Oct 2001
We will be on the Oasis of the Seas for New Years! CANNOT WAIT ! We have sailed for New Years several times and there is no better New years experience! Enjoy and Happy 2010!
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Suni

Previous Cruises:
1980 Carnival Festivale~ New Years Cruise
1984 Carnival Tropicale
1993 RCCL Empress of the Seas ~Girls Weekend
1995 RCCL Monarch of the Seas ~Spring Break
1996 Carnival Sensation ~Spring Break
1998 RCCL Grandeur of the Seas ~Spring Break
2000 RCCL Voyager of the Seas ~Spring Break
2001 RCCL Adventurer of the Seas ~New Years
2002 RCCL Navigator of the Seas ~New Years Cruise
2002 Carnival Ecstacy ~Girls Weekend
2004 RCCL Mariner of the Seas ~New Years Cruise
2005 Regent Seven Seas Voyager ~Europe Cruise
2006 RCCL Serenade of the Seas ~Alaska Cruise
2008 Emerald Princess~ Anniversary Europe Cruise
2009 RCCL Oasis of the Sea New Years Cruise
2010 Seabourn Odyssey Greek Islands Cruise
2014 Celebrity Reflection
2014 Oceania Nautica
#20
2,600 Posts
Joined Nov 2005
Last New Year's we sailed on Majesty. As we were at sea and it was going to rain, the captain took the ship of the east coast of Florida on New Year's eve. We could see fireworks all up and down the coast. The ship's party was the best ever. Balloons everywhere, excellent New Year's dinner.
This year we are sailing on Solstice for New Year's so that will be a new adventure.
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Loucat

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Independence OTS 1/09
Celebrity Solstice 12/09
Radiance OTS 12/06; 2/07; 10/10
Rhapsody OTS 4/17
Jewel OTS 11/07; 4/09; 10/12
Empress OTS 3/05; 10/06;
Grandeur OTS 6/07
Enchantment OTS 11/05; 6/06; 11/09
Navigator OTS 6/05; 3/07
Explorer OTS Western 6/04; 1/05
Majesty OTS 11/04; 9/07; 12/08; 6/11
Azamara Quest 2/08; 12/16
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Adventure OTS 5/08