Walk in the Footsteps of Legends at the British Open
It seems like every type of traveler has their vision of a dream vacation. For artists, it may be a visit to Italy to see the works of Michelangelo at the Sistine Chapel and for history buffs, it might be France and the beaches of Normandy. Chances are, if you are a golfer, it might be a vacation to Ireland and Scotland to play the historic courses. Golfers: if Ireland and Scotland are on your bucket list, then I found the vacation of a lifetime for you. Imagine not only playing the historic courses, but walking in the footsteps of legends at the final round of the 142nd British Open.
In July 2013, Azamara Club Cruises teamed up with PerryGolf and created a special British Open itinerary which features Ireland, Scotland (for the British Open), and Germany. This itinerary includes five rounds of golf at K Club – Palmer Course, Royal County Down, The Carrick on Loch Lomond, Castle Stuart Golf Links, and Kingsbarns Golf Links. Of course the icing on the cake is the final round of the British Open at Muirfield. Other inclusions on this golf cruise of a lifetime include: welcome & farewell cocktail parties with hors d’oeuvres, golfers social onboard after each round of golf (where scheduling permits), two specialty dinners onboard for guests on the Azamara Club Golf Program, lunch daily at each golf venue, casual tournament format with awards, all golf bag handling between ship and golf courses plus all luggage handling from pre-cruise hotel to join ship, club storage while onboard ship in a secure location, all gratuities for all personnel including starters, bag personnel, classic beverage package, as a part of the Azamara Club Golf Program, for the duration of the onboard experience which includes standard liquors, beers, cocktails, frozen cocktails & daily pouring wine, and a full time PerryGolf Golf Manager throughout the cruise.
Non-golfers will also love this voyage to the British Isles and Hamburg, Germany at summer’s peak. Castles, gardens, shopping, lively pubs, and distillery tours will fill your long stay in Edinburgh. Sail the Elba River to cosmopolitan Hamburg for an overnight stay to tour the old Town Hall, shop, and fill up on German food and beer.
When I discovered this exciting golf vacation, I consulted with my significant other, Rob Krieger who just happens to be a PGA Golf Professional. When I asked for his comments, he replied: “A trip to Ireland and Scotland to play five different courses would be a dream golf adventure for anyone. Having the ability to get on and play the historic courses that have challenged the best in the world for Ryder Cups, Walker Cups, and the European tour, would be truly incredible. Then you add being able to attend the final round of the British Open and follow Tiger, Ernie, Rory and Ricky LIVE as they battle for the claret jug and this trip is UNBELIEVABLE. Being on a cruise where you can either golf or tour the countryside and not have to pack and unpack is the ideal way to experience the British Isles and definitely not one to be missed. There is something for everyone.” Of course his next question was “How do we sign up?”
For those of you not familiar with Azamara Club Cruises, they are the little sister to Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. Azamara is a boutique cruise line with just two ships, the Journey and the Quest. With a total occupancy of just 694 passengers, the experience is intimate and sophisticated, yet relaxed. Because the ships are just 592 feet and 30,000 tons, they offer passengers access to unique ports that are not available on the large ships and they often overnight in the ports, allowing more time to spend on land. Azamara sets itself apart with many exceptional features like open dining, complimentary wine for lunch and dinner, and including gratuities in the cruise fare.
If you want to cross the British Open and some of the world’s greatest courses off your golf bucket list, Azamara will take you there. Isn’t it time to take your tees to the high seas?