Cruise to the golfing greens of the British Isles

of the Ailsa Course at the Trump Turnberry Resort on April 27, 2016 in Turnberry, Scotland.
of the Ailsa Course at the Trump Turnberry Resort on April 27, 2016 in Turnberry, Scotland.
The Ailsa Course at the Trump Turnberry Resort on 27 April 2016 in Turnberry, Scotland.

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Keen golfers can play on some of the world’s most famous courses including Gleneagles and attend the finale of the British Open Golf Championship as part of a new luxury cruise tour in the British Isles in July 2017.

Luxury Journey to the British Open is an upscale, 17-night fly/cruise package offered by Cruise Express in partnership with Azamara Cruises and renowned golf travel experts, PerryGolf.

The unique itinerary – curated for golfers and also non-golfing partners – begins on 16 July 2017 with a flight from Australia to London for a two-night stay at the five-star Pelham Hotel in fashionable South Kensingston, with a private car transfer from the airport to the boutique hotel.

Guests then travel to Southampton to board the luxurious Azamara Journey for a 13-night cruise to Edinburgh with onboard beverages included. Guests will visit 10 ports during the cruise with the chance to play a round of golf at six of the destinations in Scotland and Ireland.

Ports during the cruise include Guernsey in the Channel Islands, the quaint, seafaring town of Cobh near Cork and the Celtic-flavoured Welsh port of Holyhead, backdropped by the mountains and lakes of Snowdonia. In Liverpool guests will travel to nearby Southport for the final round of the prestigious British Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale, with entry to the historic event included.

In Dublin, passengers can nurture a pint of Guinness in one of the city’s lively pubs while the next port, Belfast, is home to the Titanic museum. Scotch whisky can be sampled in the port of Glasgow while the Gaelic-toned Isle of Skye offers a rugged landscape of medieval landscapes, picturesque fishing villages and mist-shrouded hills. Meanwhile, the port of Invergordon provides a gateway to the beautiful Scottish Highlands and its mythical Loch Ness monster.

The world-class courses golfers can play at during the cruise include the famous greens of Gleneagles Hotel near Edinburgh and the seaside Alisa Course at the glamorous Trump Turnberry Golf Resort south of Glasgow. Passengers can also play on courses near Cork and Dublin in Ireland, Belfast in Northern Ireland and at the spectacular, ocean-fringed Castle Stuart Golf Links near Invergordon.

After a two-night stay aboard Azamara Journey amongst the castles and palaces of Edinburgh, guests will fly home to Australia.

Including golf course fees and transfers, golfer social gatherings onboard the ship, lunch and beverages at each course and return flights from Australia, the 17-night package is available from $17,990 per person, twin-share, in an ocean-view stateroom. For non-golfers, including non-playing partners, fares start at $12,490 per person, twin-share, including entry to the British Open.

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