Five Reasons Why Golf Cruises Make The Best Vacations

Planning a vacation can be hard. You not only have to decide what kind of getaway you want, your vacation plans often have to appeal to more than one person’s travel preferences as well.

If you hear “golf cruise” and think of a huge ocean liner equipped with a golf simulator, AstroTurf driving range, or mini-putt course, think again. A boutique cruise is the best way to reach some of the world’s best and most remote golf courses and have a fantastic travel experience to boot.

Azamara has partnered with PerryGolf to provide our guests with golf voyages that check all the boxes for a perfect vacation that will please everyone. Play some of the best golf courses in the world and experience the game like never before. Have an immersive, exciting travel experience that you’ll want to write home about. And enjoy some down time by booking a luxurious spa visit, dining in our world-class restaurants, and reading a great book by the pool.

Each voyage has four to seven confirmed rounds of golf, and PerryGolf staff will be onboard and onshore to oversee all aspects of your golf experience. From daily pairings and competitions to the handling of your golf clubs, it will all be taken care of.


PerryGolf and Azamara guests teeing off at Royal Liverpool during the 2015 Open Championship Golf Cruise.

And that’s not all! Here are five reasons why golf cruises make the best vacations.

1. You can check off some bucket-list golf courses.

Every golfer has a bucket list. A list of courses around the world that you want to, no, have to play before you die. We can take you there.

The British Isles

On the 2017 British Open at Royal Birkdale By Sea Voyage, you’ll have the opportunity to fulfill some lifelong golf goals on this cruise. You’ll play a mix of Royal Clubs, Open Championship, and Ryder Cup venues. You’ll also get to attend Sunday’s final round of the Open at Royal Birkdale –now that’s a bucket list experience!


PerryGolf and Azamara guests enjoying final day attendance to The Open at St. Andrews in 2015.

Down Under

Have you always wanted to golf in the land down under? It’s easy when you let PerryGolf handle all the details. This 2017 voyage includes the opportunity to golf six courses across Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand, including the prestigious Lakes Golf Club, World #11 Barnbougle Dunes and Cape Kidnappers Golf Course – where the views alone make it a must-play spot.


Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand.

2. You can appeal to everyone’s interests.

The best thing about Azamara and PerryGolf’s partnership is that our voyages offer something for everyone.

This July, you can witness the final round of the 145th Open Golf Championship at Royal Troon during our British Isles voyage. It will be the experience of a lifetime! Not to mention, you’ll play five rounds of golf along the way. Choose from the Gene Sarazen Flight, or the Tom Watson Flight. This cruise is a golf lover’s dream come true.

Not interested? No problem! Non-golfers have just as much to be excited about. Are you a Downton Abbey fan? (Who isn’t?) If so, channel your inner Lady Mary and join us for the “Culzean Castle Upstairs Downstairs” tour. If you’d rather spend Sunday night tuning into Game of Thrones, we have an Cruise Global, Meet Local tour for you. “Live Like a Stark at Winterfell” takes you behind the scenes at Castle Ward, the filming location for the fantastical Winterfell. Guests will get to don costumes, learn about falconry and archery, pose with Direwolves, and enjoy a medieval banquet.


Culzean Castle in Ayr, Scotland.

There are also opportunities to enjoy a leisurely bicycle ride in Northern Ireland, attend a private party at Gwydir Castle in Wales, enjoy a Robert Burns supper and more.

And, this is just one voyage! Every golf cruise offers incredible onshore experiences on the course and off. At the end of the day, you and your travel companions will return to our beautiful boutique ships and swap stories over a decadent dinner.

3. You’ll make new friends.

On your golf cruise, you won’t just make incredible memories. You’ll also make incredible friends. You’ve booked this voyage because you love travel and golf. The people you meet will share those passions. The intimate, club-like atmosphere onboard Azamara ships makes it easy to get to know your fellow cruisers. A welcoming cocktail party, lunches at each golf course and other onboard gatherings provide plenty of opportunities to socialize.


An Azamara White Night party.

PerryGolf can connect you with other guests to hit the links, or you can golf with your own companions. Either way, you’ll enjoy recounting your best drives with friends over cocktails in the Living Room at night. Indulge in some friendly competition during the voyage with a casual tournament. Perhaps you’ll even take home an award!

4. You’ll visit some of the most beautiful destinations in the world.

These cruises visit some of the most stunning travel destinations in the world. You’ll dock in the heart of Sydney and cruise the dramatic Milford Sound on this voyage.


Sydney, Australia


Milford Sound

The Isle of Skye will take your breath away, and the cobblestoned streets of Ireland will charm you. See both on this voyage.


Isle of Skye, Scotland


Dublin, Ireland

During our Baltic voyage, you’ll have three days to experience the magical ambiance, glorious architecture, and mysterious history of St. Petersburg.


St. Petersburg, Russia

In Sweden, the Bro Hof Slott Golf Club Stadium Course is famously beautiful, situated right on a lake and featuring the regal Bro Hof Castle. 

The sun-kissed Iberian Coast of Spain and Portugal is home to beautiful beaches, incredible food and wine, and two of the top-rated golf courses in Europe: Gibraltar’s Valderrama and Palamos’ PGA Catalunya.


Palamos, Spain

 
Gibraltar, United Kingdom

In Ireland, Old Head Golf Links is a dramatic course with dramatic views. It’s laid out on a gorgeous, narrow headland that juts into the Atlantic. The famous 17th hole features a beautiful lighthouse, jagged cliffs, and breathtaking ocean views.


Old Head Golf Links in Ireland

With picturesque destinations like these, you’ll be pulling out your camera as often as your clubs.

5. You’ll make everyone back home jealous.

Each of our golf cruises features exceptional experiences that you won’t find anywhere else. These features set your travel experience apart from the usual – and will make your friends and family back home jealous.

In Liverpool, we’re hosting an AzAmazing Evening at the gorgeous St. George’s Hall that past guests have raved about. This concert includes classical music and a Beatles tribute that will have you dancing the night away.

In St. Petersburg, Russia, you can join a Cruise Global, Connect LocalSM shore excursions tour and visit a Russian family at their home, to learn about the city’s culture firsthand. And in Oman, during this October 2016 voyage, you can join a luxurious desert camping experience. This voyage also features some special perks for Azamara's Le Club Voyage members! 

Whether you’re a golfer or not, these voyages will be incredible travel experiences. Who says you can’t have it all?

Click the links to learn more about our upcoming golf cruises.

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