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Crystal Cruises expanding golf themed cruises
November 7, 2012

Crystal Cruises is expanding its luxury golfing opportunities around the world with a 25% increase in international course offerings in 2013, many of them new-to-Crystal.  With three golf-themed cruises boasting new itineraries in the British Isles, New England/Canada and the Canary Islands/Iberia, the Experience of Discovery voyages offer immersion in more than a dozen of the regions' best and most breathtaking courses, as well as onboard clinics, classes, and mingling to improve one's game.

Crystal's 10 th April 11-night cruise from Lisbon to Barcelona is a great example of the six-star calibre of golfing opportunities available onboard and on shore. British golfing legend, Tony Jacklin, will be onboard to share tips and tales from his esteemed career, as well as play with guests at renowned championship courses, including:

•  Valderrama (Cadiz) - considered by many to be the number one course in Europe, with a design that utilises natural hazards to challenge golfers.

•  Oitavos Dunes (Lisbon) - called "one of the finest pieces of golfing heaven anywhere in continental Europe" thanks to a game-enhancing design that complements a natural setting, including 50-year-old umbrella pines lining the outward nine.

•  El Saler Golf Course (Valencia) - named one of Golf Magazine's 100 Greatest Courses in the World and designed by the "architect of Spanish golf", Javier Arana, with a notoriously deceptive 6th hole to challenge even the most seasoned competitors.

•  Golf Club del Sur (Santa Cruz de Tenerife) - home to several PGA European tour competitions with water hazards, volcanic sand bunkers and 8,000 palm trees surrounding its 27 holes. (Crystal guests will play 18.) 

•  Palheiro Golf Club (Funchal) - designed to test players' strategic game with tight fairways, fast greens and stunning bay views from 200 year-old estate grounds.

"We're thrilled to offer our discerning guests the opportunity to meet other golf fans and share such wonderful experiences with them," says Philip Ordever, vice president of international sales and marketing. "Whether a beginner gleaning tips from the onboard workshops with our pros or a regular player with a low handicap, a Crystal golf itinerary is a dream holiday for anyone interested in this universally-loved game."

Crystal's golf programme includes a VIP welcome reception; pre-/post-round refreshments in legendary clubhouses; welcome kits with course information and gifts; team-pairing; transportation to/from courses; game carts or caddies (where available); 45-minute warm-ups; awards; storage and cleaning of clubs and shoes; and more - all included.  TaylorMade clubs, putting greens, driving ranges and golf pros (who offer private lessons or complimentary group coaching sessions) are also available on board for extra practice, as with every Crystal cruise.

The 11-night cruise starts with an overnight in Lisbon on 10 th April and visits Madeira, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Arrecife, Agadir, Casablanca, Cadiz and Valencia before finishing in Barcelona. All-inclusive fares start from £2,956 per person.

Crystal's passion for creating exclusive, eye-opening luxury shore-side experiences are cornerstones of its Crystal Adventures program, earning the line top ratings for two decades.

For further information and reservations please call Crystal Cruises on 020 7399 7601 or visit www.crystalcruises.co.uk








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