2018 British Open Golf Cruise

 

2018 British Open Golf Cruise – An extraordinary golf cruise visiting England, Ireland, and Scotland + final round of the 2018 British Open.

Southampton – Edinburgh | 11 -24 July 2018

13 Nights | 6 Rounds | Attend The British Open on Sunday

The 2018 British Open Golf Cruise begins in Southampton, England for its journey through the British Isles with ten ports of call including Dundee to attend the final day’s play of the 147th Open Championship at the magnificent and sometimes monstrous Carnoustie Golf Links.

Accompanying non-golfing spouses have the option to attend the final day’s play of the 147th British Open Golf Championship.

The itinerary is beautifully balanced with famous city experiences such as Cork, Dublin, Belfast and Glasgow combined with visits to the charming islands of Guernsey and Kirkwall on the island of Orkney. The call at Invergordon will take us to the very heart of the Scottish Highlands before heading south again to Edinburgh, Scotland’s beautiful capital city.

The golf arrangements are exceptional. Your biggest decision may well be whether to join the GARY PLAYER flight or the BEN HOGAN flight. Choose a flight a deposit at time of booking with your GolfAhoy Res Agent. 239.344.9187

GARY PLAYER FLIGHT BEN HOGAN FLIGHT
Ireland

Cork Golf Club

The K Club

Royal County Down Golf Club

Scotland

The Ailsa Course Trump Turnberry

Castle Stuart Golf Links

The PGA Centenary Course of Gleneagles Hotel

Ireland

Fota Island

Portmarnock Links

Royal Portrush Golf Club

Scotland

Prestwick Golf Club

Castle Stuart Golf Links

Kingsbarns

GolfAhoy 2018 British Open Golf Cruise Azamara Journey ITINERARY

11 JULY, WEDNESDAY; SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND (IN PORT/ 6:00PM)

Embark Azamara Journey from 1:00pm onwards. All aboard by 4:30PM.

Welcome Cocktails & Briefing this evening and a chance to meet your fellow participants.

Overnight: At Sea

12 JULY, THURSDAY; ST PETER PORT, GUERNSEY (8:00AM / 1:00PM)

Guernsey, or the Bailiwick of Guernsey by its official title, is a self-governing possession of the British Crown found off the coast of Normandy, France in the English Channel. It is a wonderful juxtaposition of England and France with an English lean by virtue of the Norman invasion of England in 1066. St. Peter Port overlooks the harbor, with rows of brightly painted houses, and terraced gardens. The island is ideal for rambles along cliff-side paths and through the bucolic interior. While fishing, flower growing, and dairy farming are still important, Guernsey’s favorable tax climate has brought an influx of offshore banks and insurance companies with their attendant bistros and boutiques. It was here in exile from 1855-1870 where Victor Hugo wrote some of his best-known works including Les Misérables.

Overnight: At Sea

13 JULY, FRIDAY: COBH (CORK), IRELAND (8:30am / 7:30pm)

Located on Ireland’s southeast coast in County Cork, the quaint seaside town of Cobh (old Irish for cove) is known for its great maritime heritage and seafaring history. As Ireland’s only dedicated cruise terminal, Cobh was the departure point for 2.5 million of the six million Irish people that immigrated to North America between 1848 and 1950. It remains a popular port of call today for cruise liners from all over the world in part due to the fact that Cobh was the last port of call for RMS Titanic. Cobh has remained largely unchanged since that fateful day in 1912 with brightly colored houses along streets that climb to the top of the hill which is crowned by the imposing Cobh Cathedral, St. Coleman’s Cathedral with its carillon of 47 bells. On the waterfront there is a statue of Annie Moore who was the first person admitted to the United States through the new immigration center at Ellis Island on January 1, 1892.

GARY PLAYER: Today play Cork Golf Club, located on Little Island on the outskirts of the city. The Club was founded in 1888 but moved to its present location in the early 1920’s where it underwent a major upgrade overseen by the renowned architect Alister MacKenzie of Augusta National and Royal Melbourne fame. The club has played host to many national and international events over the years.

BEN HOGAN: Today play Fota Island Deerpark Course, located on a 780 acre island in Cork Harbour. Routed through mature woodlands and highlighted by pot bunkers and double greens with undulating slopes, the course was host venue to the PGA European Tour Irish Open in 2001 and 2002. Note: Golf cart venue.

Overnight: At Sea

14 JULY, Saturday: DUBLIN, IRELAND (8:00AM / 11:00PM)

Fortunately, this is one of our longest port visits because there is a lot to do in Dublin. A good place to begin is The National Museum of Ireland on Kildare Street for a well-designed archaeological collection featuring Bronze Age gold jewelry and Viking swords. The stars of the show are the “bog people” — preserved corpses of men who were killed (presumably sacrificed) and tossed into peat bogs during the Iron Age. The preservative qualities are remarkable. Dublin is home to St Patrick’s Cathedral of course but much of Ireland’s history can be read in Christ Church Cathedral, which dates back to circa 1030. The medieval crypt is full of treasures plus the belfry tour (11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.) provides a beautiful view and an up-close look at the flying buttresses, as well as the chance to try bell-ringing. Dublin’s booming culinary scene is found along Exchequer Street where The Green Hen has won many admirers with its combination of French atmosphere and Franco-Irish cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients. Try the pan-fried duck breast. Finally, while craft beer is certainly the popular new thing, a pint of “the black stuff” is still required drinking on any trip to Dublin. The Guinness Storehouse museum at the St. James’s Gate brewery explains how the stout is made and how to pull a proper pint at the correct 45-degree angle and waiting 119.5 seconds before topping it off. Take it up to the Gravity Bar, where the 360-degree view of Dublin is worth lingering over.

GARY PLAYER:   Today play the Palmer Ryder Cup Course of The K Club. This beautiful parkland course was designed by Arnold Palmer and hosted the 2006 Ryder Cup with all is attendant drama. The course covers an area of mature woodland to the west of Dublin City to which fourteen lakes have been added. Note: Golf cart venue

BEN HOGAN: Today play Portmarnock Links designed by Bernhard Langer and opened for play in 1995. As a three time winner of the Irish Open at nearby Portmarnock Golf Club and The Royal Dublin Golf Club it was fitting that Langer chose this magnificent setting to design his first links course set in the grounds of the old Jameson Estate of St. Marnocks. The course has played host to professional and amateur events including 2008 and 2009 Ladies Irish Open.

Overnight: At Sea

15 JULY, Sunday: DOUGLAS, ISLE OF MAN (9:00AM / 9:00PM)

The tiny Isle of Man has a lot to offer. Douglas’ lovely seafront is lined with picturesque hotels and restaurants, and can be traversed by horse-drawn trams as it has been since 1876. There’s a medieval fortress in Castletown; a ruined castle on the Isle of St. Patrick where tales of Vikings, monks, and a ghost dog abound; and the village of Cregneash, where people live in thatched cottages, speak the native Manx language, and practice traditional trades and crafts. Front gardens on residential streets are a standout, awash in color and scent.

GOLF: Today we offer an opportunity at supplementary cost for golf at the delightful Castletown Golf Links. This traditional links course designed by Old Tom Morris in 1892 and later updated by MacKenzie Ross is set on a small peninsula of land jutting out from the South-Eastern tip of the island and is entirely surrounded by the sea on all three sides affording spectacular views from every hole. Space is limited. Early sign up recommended.

Overnight: At Sea

16 JULY, MONDAY: BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND (6:30AM / 10:30PM)

Belfast in the early 20th century had the largest and most productive shipyard in the world, gaining global renown with the launch of the RMS Titanic. Located on the slipways where she was built is a stunning new museum, opened in time for the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s only voyage and tragic demise. Today the city and riverfront are undergoing a 21st century transformation, but many exuberant Victorian and Edwardian buildings still sport the carved heads of kings and queens. As you explore the city, keep an eye out for “the murals.” These somewhat troubling freelance works appearing on building walls provide insight into the period known simply as “The Troubles.”

GARY PLAYER: Today play Royal County Down. Located in the town of Newcastle to the south of Belfast. Consistently ranked in the top 10 courses in the world, this is a true test of links golf set against the magnificent backdrop of the Mountains of Mourne. Host to the 2007 Walker Cup Match featuring a young local by the name of Rory McIlroy, and an all-star USA lineup.

BEN HOGAN: Today play Royal Portrush. It holds the distinction of being the only course in Ireland to have hosted The Open Championship (The British Open).   Royal Portrush has now been invited to again host The British Open, anticipated as 2019 after an almost 70 year absence. The Dunluce Course is as fine a links as you will find anywhere, with the 5th being a particularly memorable hole to a green hanging on the edge of a cliff. Consistently ranked in the top 20 of the world’s best courses.

Overnight: At Sea

17 JULY, Tuesday: GREENOCK (GLASGOW), SCOTLAND (08:30AM / 9:30PM)

This reinvented industrial center in western Scotland has solidified its reputation as a cultural hub. Charles Rennie Mackintosh is one of the first names to know, he was a prodigious architect, interior designer and artist, and the city has a wealth of his work. Stop by his Willow Tea Rooms for a cup of tea and a scone. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum whose blue and gold inlaid ceiling, Art Deco hanging lamps and marble floors are sufficient reason to visit, let alone the impressive art collection that includes Salvador Dalí’s controversial “Christ of St John of the Cross.” Glasgow has an abundance of excellent seafood dining. The Crabshakk is perfect for daily catches including ruby red langoustines. The oyster bar at Rogano in Exchange Square is where power brokers celebrate deals with a glass of Champagne and a dozen oysters in a space designed to look like a 1930s Art Deco cruise liner. At the Pot Still, an institution that dates from 1857, choose from over 450 malt whiskies like Lagavulin or Arran.

GARY PLAYER: Today play the Ailsa Course of Turnberry. Lying on a spectacular curve of rockbound coast, the coastal scenery is magnificent especially from the 4th through the 11th and passing the famous landmark lighthouse at the turn. No one can ever forget the 1977 “duel in the sun” between Jack Nicklaus & Tom Watson. In 2009, the Ailsa Course hosted the Open Championship for the 4th time, when 32 years later Tom Watson almost clinched the championship as a 59 year old, losing out to Stewart Cink in a playoff for the famed Claret Jug.

BEN HOGAN: Today play Prestwick Golf Club one of the world’s oldest clubs and whose very testing and traditional links hosted the very first Open Championship in 1860. The winner was Willie Park from Musselburgh with a score of 174 for thirty six holes, two shots clear of the legendary Tom Morris. Prestwick was home to the first eleven Championships and then held it jointly along with The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and The Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers (Muirfield). Prestwick’s twenty fourth and last Championship was in 1925 when Jim Barnes from the USA won. Only the Old Course of St Andrews has hosted more Open Championships than Prestwick.

Overnight: At Sea

18 July, Wednesday: AT SEA

A full day at sea. Here’s your chance to reset with the help of four restaurants plus cafes and lounges, a pool, sun decks, a spa, fitness center, jogging track, hair salon, shops, casino and cabaret lounge. Azamara’s clubhouse style ambience provides a hybrid of luxury and big-ship cruising with every amenity presented in an intimate setting with superb service. Note that the best cocktails are found along with the best views on Deck 10 in the Looking Glass Lounge where you can admire the Murano glass and gaze out the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Overnight: At Sea

19 July, Thursday: Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland (8:00am / 6:00PM)

The 70 islands of Orkney are low lying, a pleasing, gently rolling panorama of fertile fields, heather cloaked moors, and lakes. The red sandstone walls of the imposing St. Magnus Cathedral dominate Kirkwall, the main town, capital, and hub for roads linking east and west. In summer whales and dolphins sport in coastal waters, and tens of thousands of breeding seabirds congregate on sharp seaside cliffs. The early arrival of mankind on this scene can be investigated at Skara Brae, an amazingly well preserved Neolithic village that was inhabited and already abandoned more than 5,000 years ago.

Overnight: At Sea

20 JULY, Friday: INVERGORDON, SCOTLAND (7:00AM / 9:00PM)

Invergordon is the deep water port for Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands and your gateway to an area of the Highlands known as the “Great Glen”. Travel 20 miles north to the picturesque town of Dornoch to see its sandstone buildings, beautiful domestic gardens and tiny 13th Century cathedral. Ten miles further you’ll find the fairy-tale ancestral home of the Clan Sutherland – Dunrobin Castle – one of the oldest inhabited houses in Scotland, dating back to the 13th century. The stunning formal gardens which run down to the sea are based on those at Versailles and were laid out in the 1850s. Daily displays of the ancient sport of falconry take place in the gardens. Less than an hour south is magnificent Cawdor Castle, the setting for setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The 14th century home of the Thanes of Cawdor is considered one of the most romantic stately homes in the Highlands with its fine collection of rare tapestries, portraits and furniture plus lovely gardens and grounds.

GARY PLAYER & BEN HOGAN: Today both flights play Castle Stuart Golf Links. The one of newest addition to the links courses of Scotland. Castle Stuart runs along the shores of the Moray Firth to the east of Inverness with wonderful views over to the Black Isle. Six holes hug the shoreline while the remaining holes are played over a terraced slope so views out to sea are ever present. Already included in the World’s Top 100.

Overnight: At Sea

21 July, Saturday: Dundee, Scotland (9:30am / in port)

Once most famous for its industrial grime, Dundee has evolved into a vibrant art, design, music and theatre scene. It’s the UK’s first designated UNESCO City of Design and now has the first design museum outside of London. The new V&A Museum Of Design is housed in a world-class building at the heart of the newly transformed waterfront. Visit and learn the story of Scotland’s outstanding design heritage. McManus is Dundee’s major museum, but don’t miss the Dundee Contemporary Arts. A focal point for the arts and design crowd, the building serves as a design shop, hip café, gallery and arts cinema. Just as must-see is the Dundee Science Centre (formerly known as Sensation), a museum devoted to the senses: slide through a cut-away head on a pink tongue, before exiting through a nostril. Sensational, indeed. Down by the waterfront you can explore the Royal Research Ship Discovery, launched in 1901 to explore the South Pole. In the evening the west side of Perth offers great bars and a wonderful view over Britain’s most powerful river, the Tay. After a pint of deuchars, find a bench and just watch the river go by. No longer just Scotland’s fourth city, Dundee is an absolute delight.

GARY PLAYER: Today play the PGA Centenary Course of Gleneagles Hotel. This highly acclaimed modern classic of Jack Nicklaus design was host venue to the 2014 Ryder Cup. The course is set in a most spectacular location in the rolling Perthshire hills and affords wonderful views of the Grampian Mountains and the surrounding countryshire.

BEN HOGAN: Kingsbarns Golf Links has historical origins that date back to 1793. Its sandy, linksland soils are the basis for this heritage, and produce the fine-bladed fescues which are the cornerstone of fast-and-firm playing surfaces that characterize links golf. Designed by Kyle Phillips and opened anew in 2000, its rebirth has been shared with golfers from near and far with outstanding reviews. The links features spacious rolling fairways, large greens, and exceptional sea views on every hole. A challenging yet enjoyable champion-standard traditional Scottish links course.

Overnight: In Port – Dundee, Scotland

22 July, Sunday: Dundee, Scotland (in port / 9:00pm) British Open

Today attend the final round of the 147th Open Golf Championship at Carnoustie. Azamara Journey will be in port at Dundee.

Overnight: At Sea

23 July, Monday: Edinburgh, Scotland (12:45pm / in port)

Enjoy a morning at sea on Azamara Journey, and a scenic lunchtime arrival into Edinburgh, Scotland’s beautiful capital city.

Edinburgh – the inspiring capital of Scotland – is a historic, cosmopolitan and cultured city. The setting is striking; a city perched on a series of extinct volcanoes and rocky crags which rise from the generally flat landscape of the Lothians with the sheltered shoreline of the Firth of Forth to the north. Edinburgh Castle dominates the city-center and from its ramparts you can look down on medieval lanes that hold over a thousand years of history, mystery and tradition. You will also see a modern, dynamic capital where international festivals attract the world’s leading performers, galleries display cutting-edge art, and bars, restaurants and clubs create a lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere with a distinctly Scottish twist. No visit to Edinburgh would be complete without a walk up the Royal Mile, which stretches from the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland, to Edinburgh Castle. The route is lined with tourist shops but be sure to explore the narrow alleys called closes that lead off the Royal Mile.

Overnight: In Port – Edinburgh, Scotland

24 July, Tuesday: Edinburgh, Scotland 9:00AM Disembark Azamara Journey

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2018 British Open Championship Golf Cruise
Club Interior Club Oceanview Club Veranda Club Suite Ocean |Owners Suite
Golf Package pp\ from $4,495 $4,495 $4,495 $4,495 $4,495
Cruise Fare pp\dbl from $4,809 $5,309 $6,809 $9,309 $11,709 | $12,209

Per person deposits: Golf package $1,250; Cruise $550; Suites $1,100

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Included with your GolfAhoy booking:

  • FREE AzAmazing Evenings* event
  • Private AMEX hosted cocktail party – Meet & Greet [GolfAhoy clients]
  • Private Invitation to special AMEX Shore Excursion Extravaganza [GolfAhoy clients]
  • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
  • Gratuities
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas

#1 Client Requested Stateroom category on the 2015, 2016, and 2017 British Open Golf Cruises – were the Club Veranda Staterooms. Stateroom size: 175 sq. ft. (16.3 sq. m). Veranda: 40 sq. ft. (3.7 sq. m).

Club Veranda Stateroom Amenities:

  • Egyptian cotton bed linen with duvet
  • Terry bathrobes and slippers
  • 24-hour room service
  • Welcome fruit basket at embarkation
  • Fresh-cut flowers
  • Tote bag
  • Complimentary use of umbrella and binoculars
  • Complimentary shoe shine-service
  • Turndown treats
  • Daily news bulletin
  • Two lower beds convertible to queen size
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
  • Sitting area with sofa bed
  • Veranda
  • Flat-screen television
  • Refrigerator with mini-bar
  • Thermostat-controlled air conditioning
  • Direct-dial telephone and voicemail
  • Desk
  • In-room safe
  • Hand-held hairdryer

Featured ‘Best of the Best’ – Club World Owner’s Suite

Owners Suite: 560 sq. ft. (52 sq. m). Veranda: 233 sq. ft.(21.7 sq. m).

Club World Owner’s Suite Amenities:

  • English Butler service
  • Priority check-in and departure
  • Unpacking and packing of luggage
  • Complimentary garment pressing for two items
  • Welcome sparkling wine and fruit basket
  • Daily savories between 4-6 pm
  • En-Suite afternoon tea service
  • En-Suite dining from restaurant menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary seating throughout the voyage in specialty dining restaurants
  • Opportunity to book en-suite spa services
  • One 375 ml. bottle each of Stolichnaya Vodka, Bacardi Gold Rum, Bombay Sapphire Gin, and Johnnie Walker Red Label Scotch
  • Separate living room
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
  • Master bedroom with two lower beds convertible to queen size
  • Convertible sofa bed in some rooms
  • Marble master bath with whirlpool tub and shower
  • Guest bathroom
  • Veranda
  • Flat-screen television
  • DVD/CD player
  • Refrigerator with mini-bar
  • Thermostat-controlled air conditioning
  • Direct-dial telephone and voicemail
  • Desk
  • In-room safe
  • Hand-held hair dryer

INCLUSIONS:

Cruise Fare

13 nights in the suite or stateroom of your choice

Breakfast, lunch and dinner whilst on board served at your leisure in an open seating format in a choice of restaurant

An option to dine, at a modest supplement, in Azamara Journey’s two specialty restaurants, The Prime C Restaurant and Wine Cellar and the Aqualina Mediterranean Restaurant (complimentary for suite guests)

Boutique red and white wines with lunch and dinner

Bottled water, soda, specialty coffees and teas throughout the day

Select standard spirits, international beers and wines at all ship bars during regular bar hours

Gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff

Shuttle service to and from port communities, where available

English-trained butlers for suite guests

Complimentary self-service laundry

AzAmazing Evening event

Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations

Golf Package

Green fees and starting times for six rounds of golf

Caddie fees throughout (excluding gratuity) OR shared golf cart where available

All transfers to and from the scheduled golf courses in luxury air conditioned motor coaches

Practice range and range golf balls where available

Grounds Admission ticket to the final round of the 147th Open Golf Championship at Carnoustie

Welcome & Farewell onboard Cocktail parties with hors d’oeuvres

Snack lunch daily at each golf venue including open bar for soft drinks, beer & wine

Casual tournament format with awards on one day

Management and handling of golf equipment

All gratuities for golf related staff including drivers & golf bag handling staff (excludes caddies)

Full time program management team onboard and onsite at each golf venue

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