British Open 2019 at Royal Portrush, Golf Cruise Vacation by PerryGolf

2019 Open Championship Golf Cruise ~ Royal Portrush
Scotland, Ireland, & England on Azamara Journey*

12 Nights | 5 Rounds | Edinburgh to London | 17 - 29 July 2019

*Your host for this voyage will be PerryGolf co-founder Colin Dalgleish.

Our 12 night voyage begins in Edinburgh, Scotland for its journey through the British Isles with eight ports of call including Ireland's Portrush to attend the final day’s play of the 148th Open Championship at the magnificent Royal Portrush Golf Club (1888). The itinerary is beautifully balanced with famous city experiences such as Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow and Liverpool combined with a visit to the charming Isle of Man. Our call at Invergordon will take us to the very heart of the Scottish Highlands. Finally our voyage will conclude in one of the world’s great capitals - London.

The golf arrangements are exceptional. Your biggest decision may well be whether to join the MAX FAULKNER flight or the FRED DALY flight. Either way, you are assured of five fabulous rounds including a mixture of Royal Clubs and Open Championship venues. View the course collections below.  The PerryGolf staff will oversee all aspects of your golf experience from daily pairings to caddie arrangements and the handling of your golf clubs, which will be set up at each club awaiting your arrival from the ship.

The on board experience with Azamara is to want for nothing. Our companies partnered since 2011 and found an ideal match of form and function. The 690 passenger Journey is large enough to provide every comfort and amenity, yet nimble enough to navigate smaller harbours.  Azamara is recognized as a specialist for “destination immersion” by providing more time in port than other major cruise lines. You’ll find an impressive selection of Land Discoveries® that you can enjoy to their fullest. PerryGolf also offers accompanying non-golfing spouses the option to attend the final day’s play of the 148th Open Championship. It really is the perfect vacation for golfers and non-golfers alike!

Forty-four suites are available on Journey, each attended by English-style butler service. Dining, wine, beer, spirits, coffees and sodas plus shuttle service to and from port communities, and more is inclusive along with all gratuities. Better yet, two full days at sea are scheduled for you to unwind with the help of this outstanding vessel. If you are inclined to indulge, we recommend you make your arrangements without delay.

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2019 Open Championship Golf Cruise ~ Royal Portrush
Scotland, Ireland, & England on Azamara Journey

12 Nights | 5 Rounds | Edinburgh to London | 17 - 29 July 2019

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Embark Azamara Journey from 1:00pm onwards. All aboard 4:30PM.

Welcome Cocktails & Briefing this evening and a chance to meet your fellow participants.

Overnight: In Port – Edinburgh, Scotland

The Historic Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland
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Edinburgh – the inspiring capital of Scotland – is a historic, cosmopolitan and cultured city. The setting is striking; a city perched on a series of extinct volcanoes and rocky crags which rise from the generally flat landscape of the Lothians with the sheltered shoreline of the Firth of Forth to the north. Edinburgh Castle dominates the city-center and from its ramparts you can look down on medieval lanes that hold over a thousand years of history, mystery and tradition. You will also see a modern, dynamic capital where international festivals attract the world's leading performers, galleries display cutting-edge art, and bars, restaurants and clubs create a lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere with a distinctly Scottish twist. No visit to Edinburgh would be complete without a walk up the Royal Mile, which stretches from the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland, to Edinburgh Castle. The route is lined with tourist shops but be sure to explore the narrow alleys called closes that lead off the Royal Mile.

Enjoy Edinburgh on your own or via Azamara Land Discoveries®

Port Explorer Guide - Edinburgh

Overnight: At Sea

Edinburgh Castle
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Invergordon is the deep water port for Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands and your gateway to an area of the Highlands known as the “Great Glen”. Travel 20 miles north to the picturesque town of Dornoch to see its sandstone buildings, beautiful domestic gardens and tiny 13th Century cathedral. Ten miles further you’ll find the fairy-tale ancestral home of the Clan Sutherland – Dunrobin Castle – one of the oldest inhabited houses in Scotland, dating back to the 13th century. The stunning formal gardens which run down to the sea are based on those at Versailles and were laid out in the 1850s. Daily displays of the ancient sport of falconry take place in the gardens. Less than an hour south is magnificent Cawdor Castle, the setting for setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The 14th century home of the Thanes of Cawdor is considered one of the most romantic stately homes in the Highlands with its fine collection of rare tapestries, portraits and furniture plus lovely gardens and grounds.

Enjoy Invergordon on your own or via Azamara Land Discoveries®

Port Explorer Guide – Invergordon

MAX FAULKNER & FRED DALY: Today both flights play Castle Stuart Golf Links. One of the newest additions to the links courses of Scotland. Castle Stuart runs along the shores of the Moray Firth to the east of Inverness with wonderful views over to the Black Isle. Six holes hug the shoreline while the remaining holes are played over a terraced slope so views out to sea are ever present. Already included in the World's Top 100.  

Overnight: At Sea

Ness River in Inverness
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Castle Stuart Golf Links
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A full day at sea as Journey sails Scotland’s northern coast line including the Hebrides, an archipelago comprising hundreds of islands off the northwest coast. Here’s your chance to reset with the help of four restaurants plus cafes and lounges, a pool, sun decks, a spa, fitness center, jogging track, hair salon, shops, casino and cabaret lounge. Azamara’s clubhouse style ambience provides a hybrid of luxury and big-ship cruising with every amenity presented in an intimate setting with superb service. Note that the best cocktails are found along with the best views on Deck 10 in the Living Room where you can admire the Murano glass and gaze out the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Overnight: At Sea

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Today attend the final round of the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush. Azamara Journey off the golf course.

Enjoy Portrush on your own or via Azamara Land Discoveries®.

Overnight: At Sea

Golf's Oldest Major, The Open Championship
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Belfast in the early 20th century had the largest and most productive shipyard in the world, gaining global renown with the launch of the RMS Titanic. Located on the slipways where she was built is a stunning new museum, opened in time for the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s only voyage and tragic demise. Today the city and riverfront are undergoing a 21st century transformation, but many exuberant Victorian and Edwardian buildings still sport the carved heads of kings and queens. As you explore the city, keep an eye out for “the murals.” These somewhat troubling freelance works appearing on building walls provide insight into the period known simply as “The Troubles.”

Enjoy Belfast on your own or via Azamara Land Discoveries®.

Port Explorer Guide - Belfast

MAX FAULKENER: Today play Royal County Down. Located in the town of Newcastle to the south of Belfast. Consistently ranked in the top 10 courses in the world, this is a true test of links golf set against the magnificent backdrop of the Mountains of Mourne. Host to the 2007 Walker Cup Match featuring a young local by the name of Rory McIlroy, and an all-star USA lineup.

FRED DALY: Today play Portstewart. The club is continually overshadowed by its more illustrious near neighbour Royal Portrush, yet serves as 2017 host to the European Tour’s Irish Open and for many keen observers it is one of the finest layouts in Northern Ireland. In particular its front nine plays through sand dunes every bit as impressive as Ballybunion and Royal County Down.

Overnight: At Sea

St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast
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Royal County Down by Aidan Bradley
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This reinvented industrial center in western Scotland has solidified its reputation as a cultural hub. Charles Rennie Mackintosh is one of the first names to know;  he was a prodigious architect, interior designer and artist, and the city has a wealth of his work. Stop by his Willow Tea Rooms for a cup of tea and a scone.  The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum whose blue and gold inlaid ceiling, Art Deco hanging lamps and marble floors are sufficient reason to visit, let alone the impressive art collection that includes Salvador Dalí's controversial “Christ of St John of the Cross.”  Glasgow has an abundance of excellent seafood dining. The Crabshakk is perfect for daily catches including ruby red langoustines.  The oyster bar at Rogano in Exchange Square is where power brokers celebrate deals with a glass of Champagne and a dozen oysters in a space designed to look like a 1930s Art Deco cruise liner.  At the Pot Still, an institution that dates from 1857, choose from over 450 malt whiskies like Lagavulin or Arran.

Enjoy Glasgow on your own or via Azamara Land Discoveries®

Port Explorer Guide – Glasgow

MAX FAULKNER:  Today play Prestwick Golf Club one of the world’s oldest clubs and whose very testing and traditional links hosted the very first Open Championship in 1860. The winner was Willie Park from Musselburgh with a score of 174 for thirty six holes, two shots clear of the legendary Tom Morris.  Prestwick was home to the first eleven Championships and then held it jointly along with The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St.Andrews and The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers (Muirfield).  Prestwick's twenty fourth and last Championship was in 1925 when Jim Barnes from the USA won.  Only the Old Course of St Andrews has hosted more Open Championships than Prestwick.

FRED DALY:  Today play the Ailsa Course of Turnberry.  Lying on a spectacular curve of rockbound coast, the coastal scenery is magnificent especially from the 4th through the 11th and passing the famous landmark lighthouse at the turn. No one can ever forget the 1977 “duel in the sun” between Jack Nicklaus & Tom Watson.  In 2009, the Ailsa Course hosted the Open Championship for the 4th time, when 32 years later Tom Watson almost clinched the championship as a 59 year old, losing out to Stewart Cink in a play off for the famed Claret Jug.

Overnight: At Sea

Gallery of Modern Art
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Prestwick Golf Club
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Ailsa at Trump Turnberry, Scotland
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The tiny Isle of Man has a lot to offer. Douglas’ lovely seafront is lined with picturesque hotels and restaurants, and can be traversed by horse-drawn trams as it has been since 1876. There’s a medieval fortress in Castletown; a ruined castle on the Isle of St. Patrick where tales of Vikings, monks, and a ghost dog abound; and the village of Cregneash, where people live in thatched cottages, speak the native Manx language, and practice traditional trades and crafts. Front gardens on residential streets are a standout, awash in colour and scent.

Enjoy The Isle of Man on your own or via Azamara Land Discoveries®.

Port Explorer Guide – Douglas, Isle of Man

OPTIONAL GOLF: Today we offer an opportunity at supplementary cost for golf at the delightful Castletown Golf Links. This traditional links course designed by Old Tom Morris in 1892 and later updated by MacKenzie Ross is set on a small peninsula of land jutting out from the South-Eastern tip of the island and is entirely surrounded by the sea on all three sides affording spectacular views from every hole. The cost per person is $295 to include green fees one forecaddie per group, round trip transportation, management and handling of golf equipment, various novelty prizes on selected holes, open bar, homemade snacks on the golf course plus barbecue following play, and services of Castletown Golf Links staff throughout the day. Places are limited. Early sign up essential.

Overnight: At Sea

Milner's Tower on Bradda Head on the Isle of Man
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Castletown Golf Links, Isle of Man
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Liverpool is a UNESCO World Heritage City. It offers a unique mix of contemporary and classic architecture. The city’s many exclusive independent boutiques and unique gift shops make it one of the leading retail destinations in England. It is a sports mecca with its Premier League football, Rugby League club, major championship golf at Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) and Aintree Racecourse. Best of all, it is home to The Beatles. You can walk down Penny Lane. You can visit Strawberry Field which was a Salvation Army children’s home said to be the place that inspired John to become a musician. Visit the site and have your photo taken next to the famous gates.

Enjoy Liverpool on your own or via Azamara Land Discoveries®.

Port Explorer Guide – Liverpool

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MAX FAULKNER: Today play Royal Birkdale. A course which provides a formidable test of links golf with each hole running in valleys between towering sand hills. Royal Birkdale hosted the Open in 2008 when Padraig Harrington lifted the Claret Jug to complete back to back wins, and it is again host in 2017. It was of course the site of Arnold Palmer’s Open Championship win in 1961.]

FRED DALY: Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) Golf Club returned to the British Open rota as the venue for the 2006 Championship won by Tiger Woods and more recently played host to the 2014 Open Championship where Rory McIlroy won his first Open Championship. Despite its somewhat flat and benign appearance, Royal Liverpool is among the toughest and most demanding of the great seaside championship links of Britain. Hoylake, as it is more commonly known, lies at the very heart of the history and development of golf in Britain. Built in 1869, on what was then the racecourse of the Liverpool Hunt Club, Hoylake is one of the oldest English seaside courses.

Overnight: At Sea

The Beatles Story Liverpool
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Royal Liverpool Golf Club
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There is a lot to do in Dublin. A good place to begin is The National Museum of Ireland on Kildare Street for a well-designed archaeological collection featuring Bronze Age gold jewelry and Viking swords. The stars of the show are the “bog people” — preserved corpses of men who were killed (presumably sacrificed) and tossed into peat bogs during the Iron Age. The preservative qualities are remarkable. Dublin is home to St Patrick’s Cathedral of course but much of Ireland’s history can be read in Christ Church Cathedral, which dates back to circa 1030. The medieval crypt is full of treasures plus the belfry tour (11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.) provides a beautiful view and an up-close look at the flying buttresses, as well as the chance to try bell-ringing. Dublin’s booming culinary scene is found along Exchequer Street where The Green Hen has won many admirers with its combination of French atmosphere and Franco-Irish cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients. Try the pan-fried duck breast. Finally, while craft beer is certainly the popular new thing, a pint of “the black stuff” is still required drinking on any trip to Dublin. The Guinness Storehouse museum at the St. James’s Gate brewery explains how the stout is made and how to pull a proper pint at the correct 45-degree angle and waiting 119.5 seconds before topping it off. Take it up to the Gravity Bar, where the 360-degree view of Dublin is worth lingering over.

Enjoy Dublin on your own or via Azamara Land Discoveries®.

Port Explorer Guide – Dublin

MAX FAULKNER: Today play Portmarnock Links designed by Bernhard Langer and opened for play in 1995. As a three time winner of the Irish Open at nearby Portmarnock Golf Club and The Royal Dublin Golf Club it was fitting that Langer chose this magnificent setting to design his first links course set in the grounds of the old Jameson Estate of St. Marnocks. The course has played host to professional and amateur events including 2008 and 2009 Ladies Irish Open.

FRED DALY: Today play the Palmer Ryder Cup Course of The K Club. This beautiful parkland course was designed by Arnold Palmer and hosted the 2006 Ryder Cup with all is attendant drama. The course covers an area of mature woodland to the west of Dublin City to which fourteen lakes have been added. Note: Golf cart venue

Overnight: At Sea

The River Liffey
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Portmarnock Golf Club No.6 by Aidan Bradley
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Ryder Cup Course at K Club
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Another full day at sea

Overnight: At Sea

Azamara Journey At Sea
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London – so much to see and so many ways to see it. Get the big picture from atop the London Eye and a close up sailing through time on the River Thames, past the historic Houses of Parliament and Tower of London, and the new city of the Tate Modern and Canary Wharf, a trendy live/work district.

Enjoy the vast collection of treasures in the British Museum, or take a tour of Shakespeare’s Globe, few hundred years from where the original stood.

Rest up with a spot of afternoon tea, and spend the evening in the West End, where theatrical options are many, excellent, and star-studded

Enjoy London on your own or via Azamara Land Discoveries®.

Port Explorer Guide - London

Overnight: In Port – London, England

Big Ben and Westminster Bridge, London
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Golf CRUISE Pricing Per Person:

In order to allow our guests to select the suite or stateroom most appropriate to their individual expectations and requirements, we present our prices separately as a Golf Package and a Cruise Fare.

The cruise fare is dynamic and may change (until booked and locked in by each PerryGolf guest), but you are assured of the best available selection of suites and staterooms AND the very best available rates which exist at any point in time with PerryGolf.  Please call PerryGolf to talk to an expert 1.800.344.5257.

2019 Open Championship Golf Cruise ~ Royal Portrush


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Per person deposits: Golf package $1,250; Cruise $550 (suites $1,100)
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Prices exclude port taxes & fees of $377

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Low cruise/golf cancellation fee: only $100/person until 12 months out

Non-Golfer attendance option for Sunday’s Final Round of the 2019 British Open Championship at Royal Portrush: $295


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PerryGolf is unusual among most international golf tour operators for providing complete air travel assistance. Better still, were are frequently in position to negotiate usually attractive fares. We encourage you to consider our Preferred Airline Partner – British Airways – which provides an extensive route network to all of our destination cities.

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Cruise Fare

  • Twelve (12) nights in the suite or stateroom of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner whilst on board served at your leisure in an open seating format in a choice of restaurant
  • An option to dine, at a modest supplement, in Azamara Journey’s two speciality restaurants, The Prime C Restaurant and Wine Cellar and the Aqualina Mediterranean Restaurant (complimentary for suite guests)
  • Boutique red and white wines with lunch and dinner
  • Bottled water, soda, specialty coffees and teas throughout the day
  • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines at all ship bars during regular bar hours
  • Gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff
  • Shuttle service to and from port communities, where available
  • English-trained butlers for suite guests
  • Complimentary self-service laundry
  • AzAmazing Evening event
  • Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations

Golf Package

  • Green fees and starting times for five (5) rounds of golf (see included golf below)
  • Caddie fees throughout (excluding gratuity) OR shared golf cart where available
  • All transfers to and from the scheduled golf courses in luxury air conditioned motorcoaches
  • Practice range and range golf balls where available
  • Grounds Admission ticket to the final round of the 148th Open Golf Championship at Carnoustie
  • Welcome & Farewell onboard Cocktail parties with hors d’oeuvres
  • Snack lunch daily at each golf venue including open bar for soft drinks, beer & wine
  • “Golfers Social” gatherings onboard where scheduling permits
  • Casual tournament format with awards on one day
  • Management and handling of golf equipment by dedicated PerryGolf team, transporting equipment by truck on road and ferry, to all golf venues, for duration of voyage
  • All gratuities for golf related staff including drivers & golf bag handling staff (excludes caddies)
  • Full time PerryGolf program management team onboard and onsite at each golf venue

Golf Courses by Flight



Castle Stuart Golf Links
Prestwick Golf Club


Royal Birkdale Golf Club


Royal Country Down Golf Club
Portmarnock Golf Club

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Castle Stuart Golf Links
The Ailsa Course Trump Turnberry


Royal Liverpool Golf Club


Portstewart Golf Club
The K Club

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Golf Courses:  The included list is based on either confirmations or commitments in principle provided by all clubs, but may be subject to change in the event of any club subsequently accepting any conflicting national or international event, or for any other reason. Should such an unlikely situation occur all booked guests would be notified of the change and replacement venue at the earliest opportunity. The golf courses included in each flight are fixed, and are not interchangeable.

Caddies:  Based on historical experiences, and indications provided, it is anticipated there will be a fairly full provision of caddies at the majority of venues. In the event however of any shortfall in caddies, this will be managed as equitably as possible at the absolute discretion of PerryGolf. No refunds will be provided in the event of any shortfall.

Transfers: No transfers are included to or from the ship at arrival/departure airports. Transfers will be available for purchase.

About our FLIGHT NAMES, selected in honor of two great Open Champions

Max Faulkner
was an Englishman and famously won The Open Championship in 1951 at Royal Portrush, the only time it was held in Northern Ireland prior to 2019. Faulkner was introduced to golf at a young age by his father, a club professional who had once been an assistant to the legendary James Braid. Whilst Faulkner played in 26 Open Championships, golf was then not the global game it is now, and as a result he never played in any of the other 3 major championships, however he did play in 5 Ryder Cups, including the famous 1957 event at Lindrick, which was Great Britain & Ireland’s only victory against the USA between 1933 and 1985.
Fred Daly
was born in Portrush, Northern Ireland and was a regular professional tournament winner in the late 1940’s. He is best known for winning the 1947 Open at Royal Liverpool while he was the club professional at Balmoral Golf Club in Belfast. In winning the Open Championship he became the only Irishman to win The Open until Padraig Harrington won it in 2007, and was also the only Northern Ireland major winner until Graeme McDowell won the 2010 US Open.

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PerryGolf Co-Founder Colin Dalgleish (L) with Journey's Captain and First Mates
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