Imagine being together with all of your family and friends, the ocean's wind in your hair, fireworks lighting up the sky above. You're with your loved ones in an exciting location as you all bring in the new year with one another.
This sets the stage for the perfect New Year's Eve party. It's the kind of experience you carry with you throughout the rest of the year. If you start it off with a bang, what other adventures does the year hold for you?
Ready to get started planning your cruise party? Check out our tips down below!
Book the Boat Early
The first thing you'll want to do is contact the cruise company as soon as you know that you want to host a cruise party.
Most places have only specific dates and times available. You'll need to double-check that your desired party date works within what the company offers. Ask for the list as soon as you make up your mind so you can get to planning.
With New Years being such a big holiday, the availability of the different boats is going to be scarce. Everyone wants to have the same amazing experience on such a celebratory night.
The sooner you hire the boat, the better your chances are of getting the time you want. Don't leave it up to chance!
Gather a Guest List as Soon as Possible
Knowing how many people plan to attend gives you a lot of peace of mind. It's also a good idea to provide the cruise company with this information as well.
By knowing this number, you'll have an easier time planning out all of the other party details, such as amenities and delicious catering.
Send out invitations once you have the date set. This gives your guests plenty of time to respond to the invitation and set aside the time to attend.
Encourage Proper Footwear
We all want to look our best on a beautiful cruise boat, even more so when we're attending a New Year's Eve event. Some boats enforce a dress code to keep guests looking their finest during the party.
One important thing to keep in mind when planning out your outfit is to remember the setting. With waves moving the boat at all times, you need to put safety over appearance.
Make sure that you and your guests all know to wear flat-footed shoes when attending the party. The shoes should also have a good grip on the soles to prevent any slipping or sliding in case the waves get rough.
Most high heels and other fancy footwear don't put much thought into these kinds of things. When you send out your invitation, put in a reminder to your guests that safe shoes are mandatory.
Enforce a Strict Start Time
Boats are punctual. They have a tight schedule to keep and need to get on the water at the exact moment planned.
This means that you and your guests need to get on the boat well ahead of time to prevent any mishaps. We all have that one family member who always runs late, but this time, they need to be on time without fail. If anyone isn't on the boat by the correct time, it's not possible to head back to shore to pick them up.
It's a good idea to tell your guests to arrive earlier than the time the boat disembarks. This way, even the guests who always tend to be late will be on time when the real party begins.
Remind Your Guests 24 Hours in Advance
By this point, you've spent a lot of time preparing for the big and exciting party. Chances are good that your guests might not have thought about it as much as you have. With so many different holidays packed together at the end of the year, it's a busy time for everyone.
That's why it's important to send out a notice to all of your guests 24 hours in advance to remind them of everything. Reiterate the start time, the dress code, and the necessity for proper footwear.
It's also good to remind them to bring identification with them so they'll have no trouble boarding the boat.
This gets everyone on the same page and keeps mistakes from ruining the fun evening.
Prepare for the Unexpected
Nothing is ever perfect, no matter how much we plan for it. It's good to start preparing yourself for all of the small things that might not go to plan the way you envisioned.
Make sure to bring along seasickness medication for anyone who gets queasy. Blankets are also a good idea, as the sea winds make the temperature feel a lot cooler.
By putting these kinds of things in place, you'll ward off most accidents and emergencies before they even happen.
Remember to Enjoy Yourself
This is one of the most important things to remember as you embark on your New Year's Eve celebration. It's a party, and you're just as much of a guest as everyone else!
You've spent far too long planning everything ahead of time, so now it's time to enjoy your hard work. Make sure to put in extra effort to enjoy yourself as you play host. Your beloved guests won't have as much fun as they would if you're having fun as well.
Indulge and enjoy! It's a celebration, and you've earned it.
Start the Year with the Best New Year's Eve Party
With all of these tips to back you up, you'll have no trouble at all planning the most exciting New Year's Eve party. When it's time to start setting things into motion, make sure to refer back to this list to ensure smooth sailing.
A cruise party is more than a simple party. It's a memorable experience you and your loved ones will remember for many years to come.
Don't forget to hire a boat before you go! Contact us to learn all about the process.