Cruising to Your Next Golf Game
By Peter Hellman
I am uncertain whether it was the seagulls or the knock on my cabin door that woke me that morning? A glance out to my balcony indicated we were in yet another port and the smell of fresh coffee told me my cabin steward had arrived with breakfast. I am not sure how many nautical miles we had traveled while I slept, but from the itinerary I could see that we were in
It is true that cruising and golfing can combine well and with a bit of planning and thought, cruising may become your favorite way to see the world and play some its best courses. So how, you ask, should one plan a successful golf cruise? First of all, you need to understand that not all cruises are golf worthy. Certainly the ports of call need to have available quality golf courses. Of equal importance is the length of time and time of day your ship is in port. Don't forget to figure in the time it takes to get to and from the golf course. A four hour port visit starting at 7:00 pm probably won't work.
There are lots of good reasons to consider combining cruising with golf. On a cruise your hotel room travels with you. Unpacking once while still experiencing multiple island, cities and/or countries has considerable virtue. Value is another reason for cruising. Not only are all your meals covered in the price of the cruise, but so is much of your onboard entertainment and all your expenses are in US dollars. Cruising is also great for couples. There are plenty of tours to take and things to do and see in every port. Even a non-golfing spouse will have as many tales to share as a golfer at dinner back on board ship.
Despite the fact that not all cruises are "golfable" cruises, there are still many types of cruises to choose. You could pick from several
You should also consider the style of cruising that best suits you. Fortunately, there are many different styles to choose from. Though cruising has historically been geared to older people, it is fortunately no longer true. Cruise companies have done a good job of understanding the potential market for cruises and have developed ships, itineraries, pricing and amenities that appeal to young singles, families, retirees, adventure seekers and just about very taste, interest and price point imaginable. I guarantee there is a cruise out there for you.
With so much information and so many options to choose from, where does someone go to arrange the perfect cruise with a golf experience? The internet is certainly one place. Sites such as www.hawaiigolfcruises.com are good for those interested in