There are golf excursions in quite a few ports in the Caribbean, but I haven't played there. (I don't think they'd appreciate my divots or worm-burners). I hope someone will answer you specifically. I've only talked to people on cruises that have played and can't remember which ports. I think St. Thomas, Nassau, and Jamaica were some. Have a wonderful cruise!
I am sure there are several cruises offered by the major lines throughout the year focusing on golf. On Carnival, and probably others too, there is a full time golf pro onboard that organizes golf excursions. I haven't been on a cruise yet where I didn't see someone with their golf bag in tow! I would check with the cruise lines or a travel agent for the best itinerary for golfing because many of the developing ports may not have golf courses yet.
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Ever cruise I have been on offers gold excursions. They will rent you equipment too. I have never been on one though as they run $300 to $400 if you include price of renting equipement. Some are reasonable, but the known course are pricey.
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If golf is what you are interested in - take a Bermuda cruise. There are a number of excellent courses AND since you are docked there for 3-4 days, you can play multiple courses. (You can book through the ship or do some research and do it on your own).
Originally posted by jhyatt:
Are there any specific cruises that have golf itineraries for shore excursions? I was unsure if one could plan to play a round of golf at a port locale, or even numerous ports throughout the trip.
Yes there are golf excrusions on Carnival and NCL at least and probably others. One way you can see them is on the carnival web site. you may need to be a member but it is free and harmless. All the ports of call are listed and all the excursions. I understand there was one in Costa Maya I think that involved a small plane ride to the course even. But they are expensive. I went to a Golf Pro group sesson on the Glory and found him to be very new and not very helpful, but the Triumph was much better. I think the Pro on the Glory was simply new to teaching on board a ship. We were in one of the bars so demonstrating a good swing was impossible. I bet outside in the cage he would have been better. To bad I'm to CHEAP to pay for golf lessons. It would probaly take 10 strokes off my game.
It is possible to golf while cruising. I was cruising this fall and while I did not choose to golf, I know many folks did. A few items to consider however is the additional cost ( 100+% markup) of booking through the cruise line. Also, of course you want to bring your own clubs but most of the rooms are so small that you might need to forgo your luggage or your spouse. I would recommend getting a state room and booking your own greens. Also, many of the caribbean greens can be home to malaria since they must water the greens so often in the arid climate. Make sure that you are up-to-date with the anti-malaria drugs.
Originally posted by JasonG:
Also, many of the caribbean greens can be home to malaria since they must water the greens so often in the arid climate. Make sure that you are up-to-date with the anti-malaria drugs.
According to the CDC Website the vast majority of the Caribbean is malaria-free. There are very few areas where it is possible to contract it.