Golf enthusiasts participating in one of Crystal Cruises‘ newly expanded Golf Theme Cruises next year will have the opportunity to tee off on as many as six world-renowned courses on a single voyage. Hosted by a visiting PGA professional, two dedicated Golf Theme Cruises explore some of the best courses in the British Isles and Mediterranean. On May 25, 2006, the ultra-luxurious Crystal Serenity departs London for a 10-day round-trip journey with play at Gleneagles, Royal Dornoch, Royal County Down, Royal Dublin, Mount Juliet and St. Mellion.
Later in the year, on August 19, the award-winning Crystal Symphony travels from Rome to London on a 12-day cruise with golf offered at Golf Club Dell‘Ugolino (Florence); Monte Carlo Golf Club; Ste. Maxime Golf Club (St. Tropez); Real Club de Golf el Prat (Barcelona) and Penha Longa Golf Course (Lisbon).
“We have expanded our golf cruise programming to provide guests with more access to exclusive courses and more onboard enrichment to fine-tune their golfing skills,” says John Stoll, Crystal’s director of land programmes. “On destination rich itineraries, golfers can indulge the passion of their favourite sport amidst the elegant surroundings and pampering service of Crystal’s award-winning ships.”
In addition to Crystal’s Golf Theme Cruises, the luxury line also features a comprehensive onboard golf program in conjunction with TaylorMade. The alliance showcases TaylorMade’s acclaimed 2005 RAC OS irons, the prestigious r7 quad driver, the Mezza Monza putter, and the r5 dual Type N — the most forgiving driver TaylorMade has ever engineered. Also offered are men’s and women’s right- and left-handed clubs for onboard practice, a putting green and golf driving ranges aboard each ship.
The 940-guest, 50,000-ton Crystal Symphony and the 1,080-guest, 68,000-ton Crystal Serenity are among the most spacious and luxurious vessels in the market.
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