For many people, golfing is more than just a pastime. It’s an addiction — one that can consume all of the afflicted addict’s free time as well as their vacation days.
So if you’re a golfing addict or in a relationship with one, you might not consider cruising on the high seas as a natural first choice for a golf vacation. But it’s time to change that mindset.
A cruise — specifically a golf cruise — is the perfect way for you or that special golfer in your life to enjoy this fun and often challenging activity.
What is a Golf Cruise?
Have you ever dreamed of trying golf courses in several different cities, but dreaded the thought of schlepping your golf clubs and luggage from airport to airport and hotel to hotel, or worse, having to drive long distances to reach your next destination?
Then you’ll love the idea of a golf cruise, where you’ll only have to unpack your belongings once and be whisked by ship from one great golf course to another. Even better, most — if not all — golf cruises also offer other excellent amenities, which might include:
- A welcome reception
- Clinics and presentations by PGA teaching professionals and/or celebrity golfers
- Swing analysis and instruction
- Golf contests and awards, including for hole-in-ones
- Refreshments on the golf course
- Putting contests on the ships
- Golf simulators
- Onboard netted driving ranges
- Cruise ship escorts to the various golf courses on your itinerary
Crystal Cruises offers several golf-themed voyages throughout the year. Its Autumn in the Maritime cruise, for example, includes playing time at The Links at Brunello in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Rodd Crowbush Golf and Beach Resort in Prince Edward Island. This cruise, which sails from New York City to Quebec City, is offered in October, which can be a particularly spectacular time to visit New England and Canada’s eastern shore. With any luck, you’ll be playing your rounds amidst trees that are ablaze in various shades of fiery reds, burnt oranges and stunning yellows. Crystal Cruises also offers a Caribbean voyage in December — a great way to get in a few games during a typically dreary time of the year weather-wise. This voyage, which sails from New Orleans to Miami, makes stops at several great islands, including Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, Curacao, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Barts and Grand Turk.
This line also offers several cruises that aren’t specifically called “golf cruises,” but would still be of interest to golfers. For example, Crystal Cruise’s Mediterranean Collage, which sails from Lisbon to Rome, offers presentations by an onboard golf professional from performance golf company, TaylorMade. This cruise stops in Seville, Gibraltar, Cartagena, Mallorca, Tarragona, Barcelona, Corsica, Monte Carlo and Florence.
A Great Compromise for Golfers and Non-Golfers Alike
A golf cruise can be an excellent compromise for couples where one is a golfer and the other one is not a fan since there are plenty of other activities on board a ship that the non-golfer can enjoy while their loved one is playing. And, of course, there will still be plenty of together time for the couple to enjoy at night and during non-golfing times.
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