Did you know that 2016 will be one second and one day longer than your average year? Not only is it a leap year, which means we enjoyed a 29th of February, but it has been decided by the powers that be (International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service) that a"leap second" will be added to December 31st.
There are many things you could do with that extra second right at the end of the year - and what better way to spend it than on a cruise ship? It's not a large amount of time, but you might as well make the most of it - so here's our cruise lovers' list of the best way to get the most out of 2016 this New Years' Eve.
1 . Use that extra second, and maybe a few others, to grab a glass of champagne at the bar to toast the beginning of 2017. The best part of being at sea for the countdown is that there are plenty of bars and no need to drive home or even get a cab - the perfect party environment!
2 . Spend that spare moment enjoying the views. Yes, it will be dark, but there's always plenty to see at sea: moon on the water, stars free of light pollution, the ship lit up like a Christmas tree. That small second is just more time to take it all in!
3 . Enjoy the company of friends and family in 2016 for just that little bit longer. Cruising is the ideal way to holiday with your loved ones, thanks to the family-friendly nature and ease of making plans for a large group. The leap second just gives you more time to make onboard memories with your people!
4 . A spare second is plenty of time to make new cruising acquaintances! Many cruise lovers have told us that they've made lifetime friends during their cruises - and what better time to catch someone's eye, smile and raise your glass than during the last second of 2016 as the clock counts down to a fresh new year?
5 . If you're anything like me, food is usually the priority - and a cruise ship is full of wonderful things to eat. Utilize that small extra second to get a head start on the line at the late-night buffet or pizza place, and ring in 2017 with the all-important midnight snack.
However you choose to spend "Leap Second 2016", cruising is a fantastic way to observe any new year! Once the sun goes down, a cruise ship is a essentially a convenient grouping of bars and restaurants with a few hot tubs thrown in - the perfect setting to celebrate. What's more, you won't have to spend any of that second (or any others) cleaning or cooking as it's all done for you.
Of course, there's also the fact that said setting is on the move, taking you towards the next exciting destination. Fit in a fantastic finale to 2016 and an unforgettable intro to 2017 with South Pacific beaches
, Queensland heat, New Zealand
magic or even the exotic islands of Southeast Asia
What will you do with your extra second?