- Do I have to golf every day?
- Can I play golf and sightsee?
- Are the seas rough?
- How large are the staterooms?
- How do I make airline arrangements?
- How are golf pairings made?
- Are golf carts available?
- Are caddies available?
- What costs are not included?
- How dressy are the trips?
- When are payments due?
Do I have to golf every day?
We like to present our passengers with difficult choices every day – good golf and good touring options. The choice is yours. Some passengers will even relax on the ship for extra pampering by the crew. Motorcoaches and knowledgeable guides are available each day so if it looks like rain, or a golfer needs a day of rest, we are able to accommodate your interest.
Can I play golf and sightsee?
On every cruise there are sightseeing highlights that we make sure everyone gets to see. For example, our touring passengers will have all day touring Valencia, and the golfers will have a few hours after golf. There are, however, certain instances where the tour and golf are in opposite locations from the ship and our itinerary necessitates that we set sail once all passengers are back on board. This is the exception and usually means we docked in a small port to be closer to the golf course.
Are the seas rough?
Golf and sailing are both outside sports and therefore we are always subject to the weather conditions at hand. That being said, we operate all of our cruises in the prime season for each region we visit, to minimize the impact rough seas might have on our itinerary. Fortunately, the ships we use are some of the most stable passenger vessels available.
How large are the staterooms?
There are several stateroom categories available on every ship and all are quite accommodating. We find some passengers need the largest available and others just want to be onboard. Our Reservation Managers are knowledgeable about every cabin category and will make sure you have every detail you need to make the proper selection.
How do I make airline arrangements?
Feel free to use your preferred travel agent if you wish, or let our Airline Reservations Manager assist. There is no charge for our assistance and if we handle the reservation we are then able to make any flight changes you may need to make while travelling. We also will assist you in obtaining mileage upgrades. We work closely with American Express Platinum Travel so that clients can utilize their two for one business class ticket offer.
How are golf pairings made?
Our onboard Golf Director will accommodate any pairings requests you might have. If you wish to make a game each day, just let us know, or if you prefer, we will randomly match you with other golfers of equal skill. We generally try to mix the group up and offer a Ladies’ and Men’s tournament at least once, but we want you to have fun, so just let us know your preference.
Are golf carts available?
Golf carts are not as common throughout Europe as they are in the U.S. Since we play many private clubs that only have a handful of carts, we have our own fleet in Europe and New Zealand that we transport to meet each group. This ensures we have enough quality carts for those who need them. Golfers who like to walk are welcome to do so, but we will coach you as to which courses are the best to walk. Use of the golf carts is included in your tour cost. Unfortunately, we cannot use our golf carts in the British Isles.
Are caddies available?
Caddie programs are not as common as we might think in Continental Europe and New Zealand. Caddies are available on our British Isles cruise and in Australia, but are harder to come by in some of the other places we visit.
What costs are not included?
We try to make our cruises as inclusive as possible. Unlike other cruise offerings, we are not trying to get you to spend more while onboard. All gratuities, drinks during meals and cocktails are included. You will be responsible for expenses for laundry service, phone calls and any drinks you have in the clubhouse. All meals are generally included, except when we are in a location where we know our passengers will want to explore fine restaurants on their own.
How dressy are the trips?
Dress at the golf courses is generally the same as your home course. However, there are some courses with a few restrictions, which we will tell you about in advance. Dress onboard our ships is country club casual. We generally like to have a dinner or two where jackets are required. Ties are optional.
When are payments due?
Our policy is to hold space for any interested passenger for one week without a reservation form and deposit. After a week the stateroom is placed back into available inventory. Final payments are due 120 days in advance. Payments can be made by check or wire transfer. We realize that some passengers like to obtain frequent flyer miles for their purchase, but we recognize that everyone prefers the 3-3.5% savings we pass on by not accepting credit card payments.