It was coming to the end of a tedious functional year and I was wearied out and tired. Though corporate careers pay well, they simply sap your energy. Long, stressful shifts, tough demands of work… who doesn’t need a good break from the monotony and fatigue of stressful jobs?
I considered the usual options but was left dissatisfied. Therapy was not my cup of tea, neither was lazing in bed and watching football or just spending the day out. A great escapade or an exhilarating evening out was what I needed to mitigate my peaking stress levels. Was there really an elusive experience out there that could invigorate me for the coming year? I discussed the same with close friends in the corporate circle and there were many suggestions that were thrown into the fray.
We rummaged through holiday brochures, magazines and browsed online to find good holiday packages. Then, I chanced upon New Year’s Eve cruises on Sydney Harbour – something unique to do in a city that wasn’t so far away. This seemed like one of the most trending things to do in Sydney because the seats seemed to be selling like hot cakes. After comparing price, inclusions and the cruise programmes of all the Sydney New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruises, we finally decided on one!
The online bookings went seamlessly well; though we spent a tidy packet, we were really looking forward to the experience that would take us into the New Year with a bang! Two weeks later, we were off to Sydney to board our New Year’s Eve cruise!
We dropped our bags off at the hotel, smartened up for the evening and headed down to the world-renowned Sydney Harbour. The harbour was abuzz with activity; half of Sydney seemed to have congregated in and around the area to catch the New Year’s Eve Fireworks display!
We got our boarding passes from the cruise office on the wharf and excitedly joined the line to board our vessel. We boarded the luxury boat at 5:45 pm and were shown to our reserved tables that were glamorously draped boasting stylish centrepieces and menu cards. The décor was sleek and contemporary, with nothing amiss.
After all the guests had boarded, we set off on our NYE adventure. It was like we were whisked away from reality and treated to a five-course seated and served dinner, interspersed with exciting harbour activities that included the Sydney Harbour Bridge Effect, the Harbour of Light parade, which our vessel was a part of, the 9pm family fireworks, and of course, the showstopper – the Midnight fireworks!
The live band and DJ provided a great party atmosphere on board our cruise. Unwinding with our drinks, a little hip shaking and foot tapping, we felt the weight of the world slowly fall off our shoulders. And, what a feeling of relief that was!
As the Midnight fireworks display erupted into the night sky, our spirits soared with new hope. The display was truly mind-blowing and we realised that we should be thankful for another New Year full of endless possibilities!
Cruises have been recommended widely as great stress busters, but it never occurred to us that it would be such a refreshing and splendid experience. Finally, I had that wonderful and holistic experience I needed to rejuvenate me. This unforgettable experience has surged my spirits and triggered a new enthusiasm to face the challenges of work. Here’s to a great 2018!