Royal’s New Year sneer

Attempts to avoid heavy weather placed Royal Caribbean at the centre of a New Years Eve storm in Sydney.

While the 2,500 passengers on the 90,100-gt Radiance of the Seas got a front row seat for the city’s firework display thousands of spectators on the shore had their line of sight blocked by the ship, the Telegraph reports.

The 2001 built vessel had been set to sail ahead of the display, but it stayed after the captain requested to remain in port to avoid a tropical storm.

Authorities sent the Radiance of the Seas to a spot near Point Piper, next to the iconic Harbour Bridge, “sinking the view” of thousands who waited for hours at Rose Bay for the display, the newspaper says.

"With Royal Caribbean putting the safety of its ship, passengers and crew first, Sydney Ports has agreed to allow Radiance of the Seas to remain in port," duty harbour master Richard Lorraine told the Telegraph.

A massive 100,000 fireworks were set off during Sydney’s New Year’s Eve spectacular, which included a tribute to Kylie Minogue.