Cruise, Relax and Golf

Silversea Cruises will host “Silver Links” golf program in 2008

By: Ana Figueroa

Silversea Cruises will reprise its popular “Silver Links” golf program aboard Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper in 2008. The program will provide golfers with the chance to practice their golf skills on 35 renowned courses while traveling through 16 countries and island destinations in the South Pacific, Mediterranean, Caribbean and Mexico. Silver Links voyages also offer optional golfing excursions in multiple ports arranged and escorted by the ship's golf professional.

“Avid golfers of all levels can combine a luxury vacation with the chance to enjoy guided golf excursions and priority tee times at some of the world's most celebrated courses,” said David Morris, Silversea's executive vice president of worldwide sales and marketing.

The Silver Links voyages offer golfers the opportunity to perfect their swing with a variety of onboard instruction and golf excursions at multiple ports. The ships are equipped with a split screen swing analysis that employs the V1 coaching system, the same software selected by as their preferred instructional technology. Each private swing analysis starts at $30. For more personal lessons, the ship’s golf professionals are available for personalized instruction, specialty group clinics, demonstrations and even putting contests. While some group activities are complimentary, there is a fee for private lessons.

The ship’s golf professionals also organize and accompany optional trips to various well-known championship courses ranging from the Kauri Cliffs Golf Club in New Zealand's Bay of Islands to the Club de Golf Marina Ixtapa in Zihuatanejo, Mexico. These golfing excursions vary in price and include transfers to and from the select golf courses, pull or power-drive carts (where available), green and any applicable caddy fees. Nike Golf clubs and golf essentials are also available for rental or purchase starting at $45 per day with multiple-day and equipment packages available.

Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper provide spacious, ocean-view accommodations, private verandas, award-winning gourmet cuisine, personalized service, and all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship, 24-hour room service, stocked in-suite beverage cabinet and all gratuities.

Silver Links voyages for 2008 include:

Silver Shadow’s 15-day Panama Canal crossing (#3811) departing May 16 from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles with optional golf excursions to La Iguana at Los Suenos (Puntarenas); Tres Vidas Golf Club (Acapulco); and El Tigre Golf Club (Puerto Vallarta). Silver Sailing cruise fares start at $4,917 per person.

Silver Whisper’s seven-day Mediterranean sailing (#4822) departing July 19 from Rome to Monte Carlo with optional golf excursions to Golf Park Mallorca (Palma de Mallorca); PGA at Catalunya Golf Club (Barcelona); Servannes Golf Club (Sete); and Sainte Maxime Golf Club (St. Tropez). Advance Payment Bonus cruise fares start at $5,196 per person.

Silver Whisper’s seven-day Mediterranean cruise (#4826) departing Aug. 16 from Barcelona to Rome with optional golf excursions to Cannes Mougins Golf Club (Menton); Cosmopolitan Golf Club (Livorno); and the Monte Carlo Golf Club. Silver Sailing cruise fares start at $4,546 per person.
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