Five Reasons Why Golf Cruises Make The Best Vacations

Five Reasons Why Golf Cruises Make The Best Vacations

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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 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.

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.

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.

Senior Man Playing Golf

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

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, Royal Birkdale, the Ailsa Course, Carnoustie, and Castle Stuart (which has been host to the European Tour's Scottish Open four times and counting!).

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 six courses across Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand, including the prestigious Cape Kidnappers, Kauri Cliffs (both listed on the Golf Digest Magazine’s World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses) and Jack’s Point with two nights in Queenstown.

2. You can appeal to everyone’s interests.

If you haven’t guessed already, we’re big golf fans, but even if you’re not, you’ll still find plenty to be excited about when you cruise with us. Are you a Game of Thrones fan? We recently took a look at a few Game of Thrones filming locations in the Mediterranean, but did you know one of the most important locations in Westeros is located near Belfast? Castle Ward will look familiar to Thrones fans when you visit. That’s because it doubles for Winterfell, home of the Starks, on the hit HBO series. Not only can you visit this iconic location, you can “Live Like a Stark at Winterfell” when you join us for a very special shore excursion that takes you behind the scenes at Castle Ward. You’ll don costumes, learn about falconry and archery, pose with Direwolves, and enjoy a medieval banquet. “The North remembers” is a common expression heard on Game of Thrones, and you’re sure never to forget this immersive experience.

Penny Lane Street Sign in Liverpool

That’s not all, however! While your travel companions are enjoying a round of golf, you can follow in the footsteps of The Beatles in Liverpool, take part in a whiskey master class in Glasgow, explore Victorian life on the Isle of Man, and more. And this is just one voyage! Every golf cruise offers incredible onshore experiences 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 opportunities to socialize.

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 Isle of Skye will take your breath away, and the cobblestoned streets of Scotland will charm you. In the Baltics, you’ll fall in love with the magical ambiance, grand architecture, and mysterious history of St. Petersburg.

An above shot of Bro Hof Slott Golf Course

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.

golf swing in valderrama, spain

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 the Royal Seville Golf Club in Seville.

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.

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.

cathedral in the Old Town of Helsinki, Finland

In Helsinki, we’re hosting a guided tour of the award-winning Helsinki Distilling Company. Spend your evening exploring the intricacies of transforming raw ingredients into gin, whiskey, and Helsinki Long Drink, and, while you’re at it, sample some for yourself!

A cobblestone street near the Cathedral of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St Petersburg

In St. Petersburg, Russia, you can join us for an intimate tour with a Russian family at their home, to learn about the city’s culture firsthand. And in Doha, you can join a thrilling desert safari across the sands to the inland sea of Khor Al Adaid.

All this, while teeing off at some of the most revered golf courses in the world along the way, makes for an absolutely unforgettable voyage. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if you requested a mulligan so you can do it all over again!  

A golfer at sunset

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