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Did you know? The traditional display of New Year’s Eve fireworks is believed to originate in ancient times, when the noise and fire were thought to dispel evil spirits and usher in good fortune to start the year.

By that reasoning, we recommend you plan to indulge in some serious pyrotechnic festivities this New Year’s Eve. In the spirit of doing our part to begin 2017 with the best of fortunes, our expert destination team has worked tirelessly to create VIP access to two of the world’s most over-the-top fireworks spectacles for guests aboard Crystal Esprit and Crystal Symphony. Cruise among the private yachts and charters through Sydney’s famed Harbour for the annual light parade, then enjoy the perfect vantage point to take in the gorgeous sparks streaming from the Harbour Bridge. Or, from the decks of Crystal Esprit, perch front and center in Dubai’s downtown waterfront for the largest fireworks spectacular in the world.

We’re sharing a glimpse of what you can expect while partaking in these two distinct but decidedly Crystal celebrations.

Dubai's night sky is illuminated with thousands of sparkling fireworks.
Dubai’s night sky is illuminated with thousands of sparkling fireworks in front of the Burj Khalifa.


Front Row. It’s the kind of access and exclusive connections one can only expect from Crystal. Lucky for you, aboard Crystal Esprit we have this exclusive access and we cannot wait to share it with you. While Dubai’s annual fireworks display sets records for its light show and the number of international attendees it attracts each year, Crystal Esprit guests will feel as though the show is set especially for them. A hard-to-get anchorage point near the Burj al Arab affords the perfect view of the nearly 20-minute spectacle that begins at Burj Khalifa (the world’s largest building) and stretches down the seemingly endless beach.

Surrounded by Celebrations. Aside from the stunning show of fireworks orchestrated along the skyline and towering skyscrapers, you’ll also marvel at the sparklers rocketing from the water, seemingly defying the laws of physics and chemistry. The all-sensory approach to the showcase will feel larger than life, a sensation tempered by the luxuriously intimate setting of the 62-guest private yacht, aboard which you’ll enjoy a cocktail reception, gala dinner and dancing into the wee hours of 2017.

Sydney's Harbour is the perfect vantage point to take in the fireworks pouring down from the massive bridge.
Sydney’s Harbour is the perfect vantage point to take in the fireworks pouring down from the massive bridge.


First in Line. While we cannot guarantee that the two luxury catamarans chartered to transport Crystal Symphony guests to the heart of the Harbour’s Parade of Lights will actually be first in line for the flotilla, we can promise that celebrating the New Year Down Under posits you among the first in the world to ring in 2017. Crystal’s positioning on White’s Bay also offers exclusive access to the Harbour’s exclusion zone, for a true insider experience.

In Good Company. Australians know how to celebrate special occasions with a few thousand of their dearest friends. They excel at camaraderie in even the largest crowds and are always happy to welcome new mates to the party. From the open decks of Crystal’s catamarans, you’ll raise your glass toward more than one million fellow revelers attending the celebration, while also enjoying the exclusive space of your private vessel.

Crystal Symphony and Crystal Esprit holiday and New Year’s voyages are available for booking now.


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