Posted by: cruise2 | 2 September, 2007

Golf Cruises to Bermuda

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Norwegian Cruise Line, the official cruise line of the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour,  has launched a new Golf Bermuda programme, giving passengers more options for hitting the links in Bermuda, where there are more golf courses per square mile than anywhere in the world. The comprehensive programme offers passengers advanced tee time bookings; Callaway® rental clubs; transportation to and from the course; and assistance with planning golf tournaments.

“Based on the popularity of the NCL America Golf Hawai`i programme, we decided to enhance our current Bermuda golf offerings to make it easier and more convenient for our guests to experience the island’s vast array of world-class courses,” said Scott Rogers, NCL’s senior vice president of sales and marketing.  “NCL’s Golf Bermuda provides guests the resources to enjoy golf the Freestyle Cruising way: more options for whenever and wherever they want to play.”

With packages ranging from US$85 to $269 per person, Golf Bermuda has options to fit every budget and experience level, and invites golfers to experience Bermuda’s most popular and scenic courses, including:

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Located just outside Hamilton, Ocean View Golf Course is four-star rated by Golf Digest;
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Professional course designer Algie M. Pulley, Jr. literally moved mountains to design the challenging, 6,100-yard Belmont Hills Golf Club, the most extensive golf course rebuilding project on the island to date;
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Mid Ocean Golf Club, located in scenic Tucker’s Town, is home to one of the greatest golf courses in the world and has challenged the biggest names in golf to-day;
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The par 71 Port Royal Golf Course offers some of the most challenging holes on the island and has been owned and operated by the Bermuda government for almost 40 years;
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In 2005, Travel + Leisure Golf readers named Tucker’s Point Golf Club one of the top three courses in the categories of Best Golf Resort and Best Restaurants in the Caribbean;
St. George’s Golf Course, situated on the eastern tip of the island, is breathtakingly beautiful with ocean views at every hole;
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Opened in 1922, the 18-hole Riddell’s Bay Golf Club is Bermuda’s oldest golf course and is described by locals as “the course you must play.”

This autumn, the 25th annual PGA Grand Slam of Golf, the world’s most exclusive golf tournament, will be held in Bermuda on October 16 and17, hosted by the Bermuda Department of Tourism, Mid Ocean Golf Club and the Fairmont Southampton Hotel. Past champions include defending champion Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, Tom Lehman, Ben Crenshaw, Greg Norman, Nick Price and Ian Woosnam.  This year, Tiger Woods, Zach Johnson and Angel Cabrera are among the participants.  Norwegian Crown will be there to welcome the tournament to Bermuda for the very first time. For Norwegian Crown passengers, NCL is offering a three-day event ticket for US$150 per person.  Tickets can be pre-purchased at ncl.com/shorex through September 14.

Currently, NCL has two ships offering Bermuda itineraries.   Norwegian Crown sails roundtrip from New York on seven-day itineraries through October 28, 2007.  Norwegian Majesty sails roundtrip from Boston on seven-day itineraries through September 30, 2007 and one five-day itinerary on October 7, 2007.  From October 28 through November 10, 2007, Norwegian Majesty sails roundtrip from Charleston on six- and seven-day itineraries.

In 2008, NCL will offer the largest deployment to Bermuda in the company’s history with itineraries from five East Coast cities.  These include: Norwegian Dawn sailing from New York, featuring the city’s only seven-day cruise to Bermuda; Norwegian Dream sailing from Boston; and Norwegian Majesty sailing to Bermuda from three cities-Philadelphia, Baltimore and Charleston.

Michael Abel, the groups and incentives manager at The Cruise People, Ltd. 1-800-268-6523 (and an avid golfer) looks after these sailings

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