Discover The Magic Combo Of Golf Vacations And Luxury Cruising!

A cruise may not seem like the obvious choice if you are thinking about booking golf vacations, but taking to the water could be the best way to enjoy a round or two in sun-kissed destinations.

That said, golfers love taking the opportunity any chance they can to get outdoors on the course either competing against friends, or practicing alone to sharpen their skills.

However, when the possibility of combining both cruising on the open waters with a refreshing sea breeze and a game of golf on good links; what more could a man ask for! Several rounds of golf, and an ocean adventure combined in one spectacular package would be difficult to resist.

 

What Is All The Fuss With Golf Vacations At Sea?

Golf vacations and cruise concept has gained popularity over the last few years, and although it has been mostly geared towards “the boys”, but is equally suited to “the girls”, and continues to be a popular luxury pass-time for sports enthusiasts; land-lubbers and ocean lovers alike.

Couples, singles and groups can board a luxury yacht or small cruise ship which will ferry them in comfort to some of the most beautiful golf courses available in the world situated in colorful destinations

Passengers feel so relaxed when they discover that a skilled crew will be navigating the luxury vessel, and that the many numerous, breathtaking destinations on offer are mostly just a hop, skip or jump away from the vessel.

There are often tropical island destinations with warm, white sandy beaches to enjoy whilst waiting for the on-board helicopter to fly passengers to their next round of golf at renowned resort golf courses.

 

What Options Do You Have In Terms Of Golf Vacations?

 

Caribbean

Choose the right luxury holiday on board a cruise liner in the Caribbean and you could soon be working on your swing in some of the warmest and most beautiful surroundings you have ever played in.

It is now possible to book a Caribbean cruise golf vacations that involves a number of rounds of golf. The cruise company will arrange transport between the port and the best courses on the islands, so all you have to worry about is whether your game is good enough to win one of the competitions organised for passengers.

You will be able to choose from golf clubs in scenic surroundings on Barbados, Santo Domingo, St Kitts, Isla Margarita and Nevis. There are also a number of championship standard courses to play, including Mount Irvine, Tobago, St Andrew’s in Trinidad and Antigua’s Cedar Valley.

And you won’t have to worry about being out of form when you arrive on the tee, as there are practice facilities on board the liners. What better way to spend an hour or two while cruising around the Caribbean than by perfecting your swing in the on-deck nets? There are even PGA professionals available to give you some lessons.

The cruises aren’t solely about golf, so you can expect to enjoy everything you would normally find on board a luxury liner – excellent accommodation, a variety of places to eat and drink, a spa and gym complex, and lots of entertainment.

There are plenty of excursions other than golf available when the ship stops at the islands, so there is no reason why a companion who isn’t interested in the sport should not enjoy joining you on the cruise.

 

Europe

If you do not want to travel as far as the Caribbean, similar golf vacations are available in Europe. For starters, river cruises, Italy and golf vacations may not be such an unlikely combination as it first appears.

If you’re a golfing enthusiast but you also like the idea of a water-based cruising holiday, then you may think that you may have to arrange two separate breaks if you want to pursue both activities.

If you also add spectacular scenery, world famous heritage sites, amazing food and wines and lots of sunshine onto your wish list, you may be forgiven for thinking that your ideal holiday just doesn’t exist. In fact you couldn’t be more wrong!

 

A holiday of choice

All you need to do is to think about river cruises, Italy and its scenery, architecture and history. Then throw in some top class golf courses and the names of some of the towns and cities you’d like to visit, like Venice, Mantua and Chioggia and just see how closely this matches your idea of the perfect holiday.

Up to 20 guests can be accommodated on some of the barges – also known as floating hotels – offering cruises in this beautiful area of rivers and canals. Group bookings are welcomed, so you know you will be sharing your experience with like-minded people.

The barges offer luxuriously appointed accommodation and top quality chefs produce dishes showcasing the quality produce this fertile part of Italy has to offer. Sound good? Read on for more…

 

What to expect

Mornings on your golf vacations may typically be spent cruising along the River Po or some of the canals of the Venetian lagoons. When it comes to river cruises, Italy has so much diversity, and your itinerary may include a visit to the historic town of Chioggia, which is steeped in Etruscan and Byzantine history. There’s also a fish market there.

At either end of the River Po, Mantua and Venice both obviously have their share of world famous attractions and visits to cathedrals, Ducal palaces and castles, will most certainly appear on your list of things to do. Don’t forget though that this part of Italy is home to some of the most famous of Italian wines, including Bardolino, Valpolicella and Soave, and your cruise will include the opportunity to take part in some wine tasting at one on the many local vineyards.

Then, in the afternoon you can work off some of those extra calories you might have been indulging in at one of the splendid golf courses in the area before heading back to the barge for a sumptuous dinner with some of the most splendid views you could imagine.

Don’t worry though if your partner doesn’t share your enthusiasm for sport and is not all that keen on a golf vacations, it’s not compulsory on Italian river cruises! Italy can be enjoyed in all its splendor without the exertions of walking round 18 holes – but the beauty is the choice is yours. While you may be enjoying your afternoon’s exercise in the warm Italian sunshine, your non-golfing partner’s cruise will continue as the barge journeys on to the evening pick-up point.

 

North America

Could you imagine playing a round of golf amongst the palm trees, with endless ocean views from ocean cliffs, a light summer breeze and the sound of waves in the background? Hawaii has some of the best golf courses in the world and what better way to enjoy them then on a dedicated Hawaiian golf vacations on a cruise. You can enjoy some of the best golf courses in the world whilst enjoying the Hawaiian island playground. Onboard you will experience great food and wine, shopping and activities and you can take advantage of the many sights and shore excursions should you wish to have a break from golf (but you won’t want to).

Golfing is increasing in popularity every day and is popular worldwide. Hawaii has some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world spread over 4 islands and what better to enjoy them, then by a Hawaiian cruise ship. Many of the courses have won awards and also been used for international and PGA events.

Hawaiian golf cruises have many advantages over standard land bases Hawaiian golf vacations. On your Hawaiian golf cruise you will not need to worry about changing hotels, shuttle flights and transfers, rental cars on each island and all of that other stuff you don’t want to worry about. By combining Hawaiian golf vacations and a Hawaiian cruise vacation, you will find it will be more affordable then the usual land based Hawaiian golf vacations due to minimizing of transport, flights and other logistical nightmares.

The beauty of a Hawaiian golf cruise is that you can enjoy your game of golf knowing the rest of the family is well catered for. There are many shore excursions and onboard activities that are sure to keep the whole family entertained for the duration of your Hawaiian golf vacations.

NCL (Norwegian Cruise Line) is the major operator of dedicated inter-island Hawaiian cruises and they offer 7 day dedicated Hawaiian golf cruises on their ships the pride of America and Pride of Aloha. NCL have included some great features to make your Hawaiian golf cruise even more enjoyable. NCL will look after all aspects from advanced tee booking, transport, lessons, equipment and player pairing. NCL also offer a range of club hire options so you can use the same set of clubs for the duration of the cruise. Alternatively guests who bring their own clubs will automatically be enrolled in NCL’s Club Valet program. The Valet service includes secure storage of clubs, daily club cleaning, and daily delivery to the pier and re-storage everyday that you play. This service comes at a fee of $40.

The courses you will come across on your Hawaiian golf vacations are rated as some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world. Many of them are world class courses catering for golfers of all experience levels. Many of the Hawaiian golf courses rank among the Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play.

On your Hawaiian golf vacations you will have the selection of several Hawaiian golf courses spread over the four islands of Hawaii, Kauai, Maui and Oahu. Below are just a few of the most popular courses to get your mouth watering.

Poipu Bay Golf Course, Kauai. Poipu Bay Golf Course is probably Hawaii’s most popular golf course and a must play. The course has been intricately inscribed along the cliffs of Kauai Island. The Poipu Bay Golf Course hosted the PGS Grand Slam event for a spectacular 13 consecutive years featuring some of the biggest names to walk its fairways. The challenging Poipu Bay Golf Course has some exciting high tech services such as the in-cart satellite navigation system, which shows your exact distance to the hole and pin placement.

Princeville Course, Kauai. The Princeville at Hanalei Prince Course is one of America’s top golf courses. The prince course was named as Golf Digest’s Golf Digest number 1 golf course in the State of Hawaii. Golf Digest also rated it Number 5 of the Top 75 Resort Courses in the world, and Number 66 of “America’s 100 Greatest Courses”.

Makaha Resort & Golf Club, Oahu. The course is renowned as Oahu’s number 1 golf course as rated by Honolulu Magazine. Makaha Resort & Golf Club is a hidden secret. It enjoys a serene location, nestled between the surrounding Waianae Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The resort offers holiday makers with amenities such as the world class 18-hole golf course, pro-shop, swimming pool, corporate meeting rooms, banquet facilities, restaurant and many other features.

So combine the best of both worlds and take a Hawaiian Golf Cruise Today!

 

Overall, all you have to do is grab the golf clubs, board the helicopter for the scenic flight to your destination course; play the fabled 18 holes and then re-board for the easy flight home to your luxury cruiser again just in time for a glass of wine before the gourmet meal is served!

Some boats even offer the options of big game fishing, scuba-diving, clay-bird shooting and even wind-surfing in between games of golf.

While on any of the golf vacations available out there for cruisers, make new friends, share tips, hints and strategies, or just relax with others who love sport, too. Social life on-board your ship is invigorating and many lifetime friendships are forged.

Some of the golfers are not so competitive, and would prefer a beginner’s course. This is happily arranged. Child-friendly options are usually available, and sometimes even encouraged. What a way to introduce youngsters to the game of golf and water-sports.

A cornucopia of adventures await the passengers from the minute embarking takes place, and the excitement doesn’t end until the journey sadly comes to an end. Guests are guaranteed to return refreshed, maybe with a better swing and endless stories to boast about.

Most travel agencies will be glad to find you an amazing excursion to your liking or you will find suitable sites on the internet. There are all-inclusive packages available which keep all financial worries at bay knowing that all travel expenses are taken care of without even having to carry a dime in your pocket. Unless the hardworking caddys’ went above and beyond their duties and deserved a healthy tip!

Golf is one of the world’s great games, and adding a cruise to the mix just makes it even sweeter. The ease of getting from ship to golf course and back makes a cruise like this so attractive. The memorable experience this holiday provides will keep you coming back for more voyages for the rest of your life!

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