July 20-August 1, 2023, Azamara Journey, British Isles Golf Cruise Including The 151st Open, 12 nights, Dublin to Edinburgh, Walter Hagen Flight: The K Club GC, Royal Country Down GC, Turnberry GC, Royal Dornoch GC, Dumbarnie GC, PGA Centenary Gleneagles. Bobby Jones Flight: Portmarnock Links GC, Royal Portrush GC, Prestwick GC, Castle Stuart Golf Links, Kingsbarns GC, Kings Course Gleneagles GC. Lock in early for the best suites & staterooms. 20% Off Cruise Fare, when you book a Veranda Stateroom or Higher on this Golf Cruise before August 31, 2022.
|Date||Port||Arrive / Depart||Golf – Hagen||Golf – Jones||Sightseeing|
|Jul 20||Dublin||Embark / IN PORT||The Guinness Storehouse|
|Jul 21||Dublin||IN PORT / 9:00 PM||K Club Palmer*||Portmarnock Links* (A)||The National Museum|
|Jul 22||Liverpool||IN PORT / IN PORT||THE OPEN||THE OPEN||Penny Lane|
|Jul 23||Liverpool||IN PORT / 11:00 PM||THE OPEN||THE OPEN||Royal Albert Dock|
|Jul 24||Douglas, Isle of Man||9:00 AM / 8:00 PM||Cregneash|
|Jul 25||Belfast||7:00 AM / 10:00 PM||Royal County Down||Royal Portrush (B)||Donegal Square|
|Jul 26||Glasgow (Greenock)||7:30 AM / 9:00 PM||Ailsa Turnberry||Prestwick (A)||Kelvingrove Art Gallery|
|Jul 27||At Sea|
|Jul 28||Invergordon||8:00 AM / 7:00 PM||Royal Dornoch||Castle Stuart (B)||Dunrobin Castle|
|Jul 29||Dundee||11:00 AM / 9:00 PM||Dumbarnie||Kingsbarns (A)||V&A Museum of Design|
|Jul 30||Edinburgh (Leith)||2:30 PM / IN PORT||The Royal Mile|
|Jul 31||Edinburgh (Leith)||IN PORT / IN PORT||PGA Centenary*||King’s Course (B)||Edinburgh Castle|
|Aug 1||Edinburgh (Leith)||Disembark / 9:00 AM|
|Play is walking with caddies throughout with exception of golf courses identified with an asterisk (*) where play will be using golf carts.|
2023 British Isles Golf Cruise Including Attendance to The 151st Open at Royal Liverpool
12 Nights | 3-6 Rounds | Dublin – Edinburgh | July 20 – August 1
We start in the renowned city of Dublin, with its crypts, cathedrals, and pints, before continuing to iconic Liverpool, followed by the lovely seafront on the Isle of Man, and the 21st-century resurgence of Belfast. Visit the blossoming cultural City of Glasgow, northwards to Invergordon in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, before enjoying the emerging arts and cultural scene of Dundee. Finally, we embrace the striking setting of Edinburgh with its castle perched atop the rocky crags looking out upon the Firth of Forth.
The golf lineup is outstanding. Your biggest decision may well be whether to join the WALTER HAGEN flight, or the BOBBY JONES flight. Whichever you select, you are assured of six fabulous rounds with play on some of the finest and most renowned courses of the British Isles: Open Championship venues such as Prestwick, Royal Portrush, and Ailsa Turnberry, the much loved and revered Royal Dornoch, and modern-day classics such as Castle Stuart, Kingsbarns, and Dumbarnie. Early in our cruise, we watch history unfold as we attend the final two rounds of The 151st Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Club.
Azamara Journey, which serves as our perfect floating boutique hotel and clubhouse, is a mid-sized luxury vessel nimble enough to access smaller ports yet large enough to provide every amenity you would expect, from a choice of fine dining and live entertainment to a well-equipped gym and full-service spa.
Forty-four suites are available with English butler style service which routinely book early. Sailing schedules often include extended stays in port plus the occasional overnight which allows for a truly immersive experience. Better still, these cruises are inclusive of a selection of beers, spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, specialty coffees plus wine with lunch and dinner along with gratuities for housekeeping, dining, and bar staff. Azamara also proudly boasts two unique signature events on each cruise – an AzAmazing Evening℠ and the White Night party-complimentary to all guests and consistently well received.
Tee times and pairings are arranged and posted in advance. A convenient transportation schedule affords suitable time to warm up at the range and to make the almost inevitable pro shop merchandise purchase. Caddies are included (excluding caddie gratuity) for all our guests. Friendly competition is staged at a selected course, with prizes awarded at our farewell gathering. A snack lunch is included on-course plus an open bar operates in the clubhouse at the conclusion of the round. Our typical British Isles Golf Cruise guest list which brings together like-minded individuals generally numbers around 120 (split over two golf courses at each port), with new friendships invariably formed during each cruise. Many guests are golfing couples but an equal number are golfers traveling with a non-golfing spouse. Specially arranged onboard golf group social functions, to which all accompanying non-golfing spouses are most warmly welcomed, further enhances the club-like environment. The award-winning Azamara Shore Excursions® program, offering a wide variety of off-ship excursions, also caters beautifully to our non-golfing guests during days when our golfing excursions are underway.
JULY 20, THURSDAY; DUBLIN, IRELAND (EMBARK BY 4:30 PM / IN PORT)
Embark Azamara Journey from 1:00 pm onwards. All aboard 4:30 PM.
Welcome Cocktails & Briefing this evening. Meet your fellow participants.
Overnight: In Port – Dublin, Ireland
JULY 21, FRIDAY; DUBLIN, IRELAND (IN PORT / 10:00 PM)
WALTER HAGEN: 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 its attendant drama. Risk-reward opportunities are ever-present as 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.
BOBBY JONES: Today play Portmarnock Links. This challenging traditional links course provides outstanding views over Howth and the Irish Sea. The first five holes heading away from the sea provide a gentle start, but then the course comes alive as the holes make their way through the dunes back towards the sea. The back nine provides a series of visually stunning links holes loaded with deep bunkers, featuring steep faces giving the course a traditional look while incorporating modern architectural techniques. Note: Golf cart venue.
SIGHTSEEING: There is a lot to see 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 to circa 1030. The medieval crypt is full of treasures plus the belfry tour provides a beautiful view and an up-close look at the flying buttresses, as well as the chance to try bellringing. 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.
Enjoy Dublin on your own or via Azamara Shore Excursions®.
Overnight: At Sea
JULY 22, SATURDAY; LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND (7:00 AM / IN PORT)
Today attend (as a golf package inclusion – available as a purchase option for accompanying guests) the third round of The 151st Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Club. A convenient transportation schedule will operate between the ship and the championship venue. Liverpool is a UNESCO World Heritage City. It offers a unique mix of contemporary and classic architecture. The city’s many exclusive independent boutiques and unique gift shops make it one of the leading retail destinations in England. It is a sports mecca with its Premier League football, Rugby League club, major championship golf at Royal Liverpool (Hoylake), and Aintree Racecourse. Best of all, it is home to The Beatles. You can walk down Penny Lane. You can visit Strawberry Field which was a Salvation Army children’s home said to be the place that inspired John to become a musician. Visit the site and have your photo taken next to the famous gates.
Enjoy Liverpool on your own or via Azamara Shore Excursions®.
JULY 23, SUNDAY; LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND (IN PORT / 11:00 PM)
Today attend (as a golf package inclusion – available as a purchase option for accompanying guests) the final round of The 151st Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Club. A convenient transportation schedule will operate between the ship and the championship venue.
A second day to enjoy Liverpool on your own or via Azamara Shore Excursions®.
Overnight: At Sea
JULY 24, MONDAY: DOUGLAS, ISLE OF MAN (9:00 AM / 8:00 PM)
SIGHTSEEING: The tiny Isle of Man is filled with entertaining sights and scenery. 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.
Enjoy the Isle of Man on your own or via Azamara Shore Excursions®.
Overnight: At Sea
JULY 25, TUESDAY: BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND (7:00 AM / 10:00 PM)
WALTER HAGEN: Today play Royal County Down. Located in the town of Newcastle to the south of Belfast. No. 4 in Golf Magazine’s 2017 world rankings, this is a vintage 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 that included Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson, and Rickie Fowler.
BOBBY JONES: Today play Royal Portrush. An outstanding course in a dramatic setting. Royal Portrush holds the distinction of being the only course in Ireland to have hosted The Open, first doing so in 1951, then again when the championship returned in 2019. 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, nearly every legend of golf has accepted the challenge of Royal Portrush.
SIGHTSEEING: 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’.
Enjoy Belfast on your own or via Azamara Shore Excursions®.
Overnight: At Sea
JULY 26, WEDNESDAY: GLASGOW (GREENOCK), SCOTLAND (7:00 AM / 9:00 PM)
WALTER HAGEN: Today play the Ailsa Course at Trump Turnberry. Lying on a spectacular curve of rockbound coast, the coastal scenery is magnificent especially from the 4th through the 11th. No one can forget the 1977 ‘Duel in the Sun’ between Jack Nicklaus & Tom Watson when Watson’s weekend of 65-65 edged Nicklaus by one. In 2009, the Ailsa Course hosted The Open for the 4th time when Tom Watson almost clinched the championship as a 59-year-old, losing out to Stewart Cink in a playoff for the famed Claret Jug. A major renovation was completed in 2016 which produced an impressive improvement in the club’s already prominent world rankings.
BOBBY JONES: Today play Prestwick Golf Club one of the world’s oldest clubs and whose very testing and traditional links hosted the very first Open in 1860. The winner was Willie Park from Musselburgh with a score of 174 for thirty-six holes, two shots clear of the legendary Old Tom Morris. Prestwick was home to the first eleven Opens 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 Open was in 1925 when Jim Barnes from the USA won. Only the Old Course of St Andrews hosted The Open more than Prestwick.
SIGHTSEEING: Glasgow, a 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 Dali’s controversial ‘Christ of St John of the Cross’. Glasgow has an abundance of excellent seafood dining. 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.
Enjoy Glasgow on your own or via Azamara Shore Excursions®.
Overnight: At Sea
JULY 27, THURSDAY: AT SEA
Today it’s time to relax and reset. Make your reservations early for The Sanctum Spa, a world-class wellness facility offering a full range of health, beauty, and restorative treatments. Complimentary fitness and nutrition classes are available along with a fully equipped gym on Deck 9 offering magnificent sea views. There’s room for everyone on the Pool Deck both in and out of the sun. Service to your lounge chair is available from The Pool Bar where the attentive staff is always ready to offer an inclusive cocktail, beer, bottled water, soft drink, or fresh towel. The Patio restaurant serves casual fare during the day then completely transforms itself into a sit-down al fresco dining experience at night with table linens and candles. Elegant specialty dining is available for beef at Prime C and Italian at Aqualina. Windows Café serves casual buffet dining with every imaginable choice indoors and out at the sensational Sunset Bar.
Overnight: At Sea
JULY 28, FRIDAY: INVERGORDON, SCOTLAND (8:00 AM / 7:00 PM)
WALTER HAGEN: Today play Royal Dornoch. The curving bay of the Dornoch Firth and its magnificent white broad beaches are backed by a narrow strip of softly contoured dune land rising in two distinctive levels, providing just enough room for parallel fairways. The ridges, hillocks, dunes, and undulating links land have all the characters of the best of links courses, and most of the difficulties. Old Tom Morris was the architect responsible for extending the original 9 holes layout to 18 holes in 1886. He introduced the plateau greens which are the soul of the course, their uniqueness lies in their size and their inverted saucer shapes.
BOBBY JONES: Today play Castle Stuart Golf Links. One of the newest additions 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.
SIGHTSEEING: 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
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.
Enjoy Invergordon on your own or via Azamara Shore Excursions®.
Overnight: At Sea
JULY 29, SATURDAY: DUNDEE, SCOTLAND (11:00 AM / 9:00 PM)
WALTER HAGEN: Today play Dumbarnie Links the dramatic and exciting new kid on the Scottish golf landscape. Located 9 miles south of St Andrews, the layout plays over 345 acres, part of the 5,000-acre Balcarres Estate held by Lord Anthony Balniel and his family since the 16th century. Designed by Clive Clark, a member of the 1973 Great Britain and Ireland Ryder Cup team, the site is highlighted by a mile and a half of sea frontage featuring panoramic views over the Firth of Forth. Its dual elevations, which are connected by a flowing escarpment, provide several elevated tees where holes play directly towards the sea.
BOBBY JONES: Today play Kingsbarns Golf Links. 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 feature spacious rolling fairways, large greens, and exceptional sea views on every hole. A challenging yet enjoyable champion-standard traditional Scottish links course.
SIGHTSEEING: Once most famous for its industrial character, 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 a 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. Find a bench with a pint of Deuchars IPA and watch the river go by.
Enjoy Dundee on your own or via Azamara Shore Excursions®.
Overnight: At Sea
JULY 30, SUNDAY: EDINBURGH (LEITH), SCOTLAND (2:30 PM / IN PORT)
Morning at sea, before afternoon arrival into Edinburgh.
SIGHTSEEING: 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.
Enjoy Edinburgh on your own or via Azamara Shore Excursions®.
Overnight: In Port – Edinburgh, Scotland
AUGUST 1, TUESDAY: EDINBURGH (LEITH), SCOTLAND (IN PORT / DISEMBARK AT 9:00 AM)