Crystal Expands Golf Theme Cruises

Clients can do more than tee off

By: Ana Figueroa

Golf enthusiasts participating in one of Crystal Cruises’ Golf Theme Cruises this year will have the opportunity to tee off on as many as six world-renowned courses on a single voyage. In addition to enjoying 18-hole championship golf ashore and enhanced special events on board, golfers can compete in Hole-in-One competitions for a chance to win a free Crystal cruise.

Hosted by a visiting PGA instructor, two dedicated Golf Theme Cruises explore some of the best courses in the British Isles and Mediterranean. On May 25, the Crystal Serenity departs London for a 10-day roundtrip journey showcasing play at Gleneagles King Course in Edinburgh; Dornoch in Invergordon; Royal County Down in Belfast; Royal Dublin in Dublin; Mount Juliet in Waterford; and St. Mellion in Plymouth.

On Aug. 19, the award-winning Crystal Symphony travels from Rome to London on a 12-day cruise with golf offered at Golf Club Dell’Ugolino in Florence; Monte Carlo Golf Club (Monte Carlo); Ste. Maxime Golf Club in St. Tropez; Real Club de Golf el Prat in Barcelona; and Penha Longa Golf Course in Lisbon.

At each course, golfers will enjoy 18-holes of championship golf in organized foursomes, a 45-minute warm-up session on driving range or putting green, caddy or motorized cart, ninth hole refreshments, use of locker room facilities and transfers to and from the ship. On board, participating golfers attend special parties and private clinics hosted by the visiting PGA instructor and enjoy complimentary club and golf shoe cleaning after each course, as well as complimentary club storage.

Golfers playing all courses during either cruise are eligible to receive awards for competitions including: Best Overall Score for Putting Contest (team and individual), Best Overall Average Score (team and individual), Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin and the ultimate: a Hole-in-One which rewards the winner with a free Crystal cruise for two.

In addition to Crystal’s Golf Theme Cruises, the cruise line also features a comprehensive onboard golf program in conjunction with TaylorMade. Also offered are men’s and women’s right- and left-handed clubs for onboard practice, a putting green, and golf driving ranges aboard each ship.