Here we answer some frequently asked questions to help you better understand what you may expect on one of our golf cruises. As always, our Golf Travel Experts welcome the chance to help your personally at 800.344.5257 or Expert@PerryGolf.com.
What is PerryGolf’s Golf Cruise background?
We have operated golf cruises on a number of vessels since 1997 with the expertise we have developed from operating custom land tours since 1984. The majority of our worldwide program today is provided in partnership with Azamara® and their two highly acclaimed 690-guest twin ocean liners Azamara Quest and Azamara Journey. We also offer voyages with SeaDream Yacht Club whose exceptional 112-guest mega-yachts have proven to be ideal for our Caribbean departures each winter along select itineraries in the Mediterranean.
Where do the golf cruises operate?
Our current portfolio includes voyages to the British Isles, Baltic, Norway, Mediterranean, Arabian Gulf, Australia & New Zealand, South Africa, South America.
The highest profile of these is our annual British Isles Cruise which combines attendance to the final weekend of The Open with play at collection of the finest and most revered golf courses of the British Isles.
While our golf cruise roster varies, as do the golf courses we visit, guests can expect to play many of the finest and best known courses around the world. Some of the venues which regularly feature in our cruises include;
Portmarnock, Royal Birkdale, Gleneagles, Royal Portrush, Royal County Down, Ailsa Course Turnberry, Royal Dornoch, Bro Hof Slot, The Estonian, Gorki Golf Club (Russia), Valderrama, PGA Catalunya, Terre Blanche, Pevero, Yas Links, The Emirates, Kauri Cliffs, Cape Kidnappers, Jacks Point, New South Wales, Fancourt, Leopard Creek, Buenos Aires Golf Club
What format do the golf cruises follow?
Our golf cruises are a fully managed all-inclusive experience, delivered in a way that ensures exceptional guest satisfaction. All golf related arrangements and logistics are managed in advance and onsite by PerryGolf. Typically (although it varies dependent on individual itineraries), the golf cruise program will schedule golf on just over half of shore days, allowing golfers a balance of golf and sightseeing activities. Beyond golf, guests are free to explore on their own arrangements or via a variety of excellent shore excursion programs provided by our cruise partners. The ethos of the golf cruise program is to ensure the high level of service which guests enjoy onboard is extended to the golf experience off the ship. The program creates a stress free environment, allowing guests to relax and enjoy their cruise and the opportunity of playing some of the world’s finest and most memorable golfing venues, and to do so in the company of existing or like minded new found friends.
What is included in the price of the golf cruise?
Our golf cruises are as all-inclusive as it is possible to be. Onboard, all accommodations, meals, entertainment, open bar (selected beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks) and gratuities are included. Off the ship, all greens fees, cart fees (or caddies at certain venues – excludes caddie gratuity), ground transportation, range balls, box lunch, open bar at respective clubhouses and gratuities are included.
What is a typical golf cruise group size?
The typical group size is approximately 40 golfers, with on average a further 10 non-golfing spouses.
Our Open Championship cruises are larger with approximately 150 golfers and a further 50 non-golfing spouses.
Some guests join our cruises as relatively self contained groups, eg 2 or 4 couples who know each other, and they will have their own golfing partners already arranged. Other guests travel as individual couples or single travelers and are seeking to meet and play golf with other guests. We will arrange golf pairings for these guests and through this a great many friendships are born. Non-golfing spouses are also perfectly catered for with a range of shore excursions available.
What is a typical golf day?
We manage each guest’s golf equipment from start to finish. The equipment will be taken to the course in advance, loaded onto a golf cart (or be waiting with a caddie at certain venues) and be ready for each guest’s arrival.
Transfers from the ship are coordinated to ensure that each guest arrives at the golf course with ample time to warm up before play. A sandwich lunch is provided on the golf course, sometimes as a box lunch from the ship, or alternatively provided by the club. An open bar with snacks, soft drinks, beer or wine is always available during play, and the clubhouse bar operates similarly following play.
Following golf, guests are free to relax in the clubhouse to chat about their round and to experience the particular ambience before transferring back to the ship.
On one golf day during each cruise an informal competition will be held with prizes to be awarded in a ceremony taking place later onboard the ship.
What is the dress code onboard?
Azamara® and SeaDream Yacht Club operate the equivalent of a “resort casual” dress code. During the day sportswear, shorts, sundresses, etc for ladies; shorts, sportswear, polo shirts, tee shirts for men. There are no formal evenings on either vessel. Some guests chose to dress up in the evening but the norm is simply collared shirt and pants for men and long skirts and tops or dress pants for ladies.
At the golf courses, normal golf resort attire is required.
Should I take out travel insurance?
PerryGolf strongly recommends that you have luggage, accident and trip cancellation insurance. It is important for your own self-interest and protection that you make certain you have adequate coverage. Full details of the Travel Insurance that PerryGolf can make available to you is available here.
What level of fitness & mobility is required?
Aspects of PerryGolf trips may require a certain level of fitness and mobility in order for a guest to participate fully. Activities may include walking over uneven or rough surfaces, stepping on/off buses, walking up/down stairways where elevators do not exist, stepping in/out of tender boats or occasionally smaller boats, this list is intended as representative but is not exhaustive. If a guest has any concerns over their fitness or mobility levels they should discuss this in advance of any trip with a PerryGolf golf travel specialist and they will provide further information with regard to the activities that you are concerned about, but in general, PerryGolf activities are not designed or intended to be overly strenuous.
Where can I find out further information?
Full details are available at www.perrygolf.com/cruises.
Who should I contact for further assistance or to book a PerryGolf golf cruise?
Enquiries should be directed to our dedicated team of Golf Travel Experts at Expert@PerryGolf.com or 800.344.5257. Our experts are all golfers who understand the needs of golfers. They know the venues, all the details of the programs, and have also sailed onboard the vessels of Azamara® and SeaDream Yacht Club. They are ideally placed to provide the best assistance and guidance.
Do you have any booking tips?
Simply we encourage guests to book as far in advance as possible as soon as a cruise or program launches …. doing so ensures guests can access the best selection of staterooms and suites (particularly suites with their limited availability on Azamara) and the very best prices …cancellation penalties for cruise and golf package are extremely low.
We hope these questions and answers assist you.
Should you have any additional questions please feel free to ask your PerryGolf Travel Expert at Expert@PerryGolf.com or 800.344.5257.
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