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Destination Immersion

Five Reasons Why Golf Cruises Make The Best Vacations

Friday, April 01, 2022
By Azamara

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. In fact, think of some of the most beautiful, revered, and challenging courses on Earth — complete with a fantastic travel experience to boot.

A couple on a golf course

We’ve partnered with PerryGolf to offer you golf voyages that are anything but par for the course. 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 downtime by booking a luxurious spa visit, dining in our world-class restaurants, and reading a great book by the pool.

Thinking of booking an Azamara golf cruise with us? We’d love to say we have “fore” reasons why golf cruises make the best vacations, but the truth is, we have five! 

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 hang up your clubs. We can take you there.

The British Isles

Senior Man Playing Golf

Prestigious is perhaps the best word to use when describing the golf courses of The British Isles. After all, this is where the game of golf was born. And when you cruise to the British Isles with us, you can fulfill some of your lifelong golf goals. You’ll play Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Archerfield Links, Ailsa TurnberryCarnoustie, and Castle Stuart (a regular host of the Scottish Open!).

While cruising the British Isles, you’ll also get to attend the Open at St. Andrews — one of the most celebrated tournaments in all of golf. We know this is exciting, but remember to stay quiet and composed when the pros are on the course!

Down Under

Cape Kidnappers New Zealand

Have you always wanted to golf Down Under? It’s easy when you let PerryGolf handle all the details. Our golf voyages bring you to courses across Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand, including the esteemed Cape Kidnappers, Kauri Cliffs (both listed on the Golf Digest Magazine’s World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses), The Kinloch Club, and Tasmania Golf Course.

Golf in the Gulf

Golf ball lying on the grass in front of Dubai skyscraper

With History, culture, delicious food, and incredible golf, the Arabian Gulf is a can’t-miss golf destination. Along with PerryGolf, we’ll tee off at striking signature courses across Dubai, Muscat, Doha, and Abu Dhabi, including Al Mouj Golf Club, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, and the annual host of the European Tour’s Dubai Desert Classic, the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club.   

2. You can appeal to everyone’s interests.

Coves del Drac, Mallorca

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

If you’re golf obsessed, opportunities like watching the Open Golf Championship will be the experience of a lifetime! On the other hand, if golf isn’t your game, there’s still plenty to do everywhere we cruise. While your travel companions are enjoying a round of golf, you can follow in the footsteps of The Beatles in Liverpool, tour the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, explore the temples, shrines, and gardens of Japan in Kyoto, journey beneath the Earth to the Drach Caves in Palma de Mallorca, and more.

All of our golf cruises offer incredible onshore experiences — both on the course and off!

3. You’ll make new friends.

Senior couples playing golf.

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 to travel and golf. The people you meet will share those passions. The intimate, club-like atmosphere onboard our 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 socializing opportunities.

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, indulging in some friendly competition, and perhaps even winning a friendly tournament!

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

The Milford Sound fiord. Fiordland national park, New Zealand

Our golf cruises visit some of the most stunning travel destinations in the world. You’ll dock in the heart of Sydney, Australia, and cruise the dramatic Milford Sound. The shores of Moray Firth and the Black Isle will take your breath away in Scotland, while the cobblestoned streets in the Land of the Scots will charm you. The Bro Hof Slott Golf Club Stadium Course in Sweden 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 some of the top-rated golf courses in Europe, including the Royal Seville Golf Club in Seville.

In Ireland, the Glashedy Links at Ballyliffin Golf Club offers one of the most memorable rounds of golf you’ll ever play. The most northerly club in Ireland, Glashedy is laid out through a beautiful and challenging dune landscape and features breathtaking views of Pollan Bay and Glashedy Rock Island from the fifth hole.

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

5. We Handle the Details so You Can Focus on Your Game

Senior man playing golf with his friends

As you tee off on your golf adventure, PerryGolf staff will be onboard and onshore to oversee all aspects of your experience. From daily pairings and competitions to the handling of your golf clubs, it will all be taken care of. All you need to do is relax, enjoy the game, and maybe earn some bragging rights amongst your new like-minded golf friends.

All of your equipment is handled and set up for your arrival, and convenient ground transportation is provided to and from the courses. And don’t worry about green fees, cart fees, or gratuities. They’re all covered — as is your on-course lunch and celebratory drinks at the 19th hole (aka, the clubhouse).

It’s Tee Time With Azamara and PerryGolf

Whether you’re a golfer or not, these voyages will be incredible travel experiences. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if you requested a mulligan so you can do it all over again! Browse our upcoming golf cruises today and prepare to make your way from the blue water of the ocean to the greens of the world’s greatest courses.

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