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Intensive Irish Links Golf Cruise with Azamara

Intensive Irish Links Golf Cruise with Azamara

£5799 per person

10 Nights | 6 Rounds |  August 29 – September 8 2023

Golf Travel Cruise presents this exceptional 11-night, 6-round golf and sightseeing voyage nearly circumnavigating the Emerald Isle. T

Cruise with less than 700 guests on board the outstanding Azamara Journey will sail from  Dublin for 6 diverse ports including Belfast, Londonderry, Donegal, Galway, Foynes, Cork, and finally, Southampton.

The golf is exceptional with six of Ireland’s most treasured clubs including Portmarnock Links, Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Donegal, Adare Manor, and Fota Island.

We begin in Dublin with an overnight which is an ideal arrangement permitting more time to explore the multitude of cultural, historical, and entertainment options in this iconic city. Be certain to reserve time for a visit to the Church of Christ Cathedral – and later, enjoy a pint of Guinness at one of the many pubs.

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.

Sailing schedules often include extended stays in the 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.

SHIP HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

ONBOARD DINING

  • Aqualina (Italian Cuisine)
  • Prime C (Steakhouse)
  • Chef’s Table
  • Windows Café (Casual Dining & Snacks)

ENTERTAINMENT & ACTIVITIES

  • Living Room
  • The Journey Shop
  • Indulgences (Fine Jewelry)
  • White Night Parties

SPA & FITNESS

  • The Sanctum Spa
  • Massage Therapy (Various Treatments)
  • Acupuncture
  • Fitness Center

 

10 Nights Tour
21+ Age
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Dublin - Southampton
  • Departure Time
    Embark / 6:00PM
  • Return Time
    Disembark / 9:00AM
  • Dress Code
    In keeping with our friendly yet sophisticated onboard environment, Azamara encourage guests to follow a “resort casual” dress code
  • Included
    5 Star Accommodation
    Airport Transfers
    Personal Guide
  • Not Included
    Breakfast
    Departure Taxes
    Entry Fees
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PORTS OF CALL:

  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Londonderry, Northern Ireland
  • Donegal (Killybegs), Ireland
  • Galway, Ireland
  • Foynes, Ireland
  • Cork (Cobh), Ireland
  • Southampton, England

VOYAGE ITINERARY

AUGUST 29, TUESDAY: DUBLIN, IRELAND (EMBARK BY 4:30PM / IN PORT)
Embark Azamara Journey beginning at 1:00PM. All aboard by 4:30PM.
Welcome Cocktails & Briefing this evening. Meet your fellow participants.
Overnight: In Port – Dublin, Ireland
AUGUST 30, WEDNESDAY: DUBLIN, IRELAND (IN PORT / 10:00PM)
GOLF: Today play Portmarnock Links
Designed by Bernhard Langer and opened for play in 1995.
As a three-time winner of the Irish Open at nearby Portmarnock Golf Club and The Royal Dublin Golf Club it was fitting that Langer chose this magnificent setting to design his first links course set in the grounds of the old Jameson Estate of St. Marnocks.
The course has played host to professional and amateur events including 2008 and 2009 Ladies Irish Open. Note: Golf cart venue.
Overnight: At Sea
AUGUST 31, THURSDAY: BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND (8:00AM / IN PORT)
GOLF: Today play Royal County Down.
Located in the town of Newcastle to the south of Belfast.
Consistently ranked in the top 10 courses in the world, this is a true 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 line-up.
Overnight: At Sea
SEPTEMBER 1, FRIDAY: BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND (IN PORT / 8:00PM)
GOLF: Today play Royal Portrush.
It holds the distinction of being the only course in Ireland to have hosted The Open which it did in 1951.
Royal Portrush returned to The Open rota in 2019 following a 70-year absence.
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.
Overnight: At Sea
SEPTEMBER 2, SATURDAY: LONDONDERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND (8:00AM / 8:00PM)
The city of Derry, or Londonderry, is the second-largest in Northern Ireland behind the capital, Belfast.
Said to have been founded in the 6th century by Saint Colmcille (or St. Columba),
Derry was renamed Londonderry in 1613 upon the award of its Royal Charter by King James I.
From the siege of the walled city in 1689 to its key strategic role in World War II, Derry has been influential in the shaping of the world around it. In 2013, it holds the honour of being the UK's first City of Culture.
Overnight: At Sea
SEPTEMBER 3, SUNDAY: DONEGAL (KILLYBEGS), IRELAND (8:00AM / 6:00PM)
GOLF: Today play Donegal Golf Club, located on the Murvagh peninsula in South Donegal, which was originally designed by Eddie Hackett, a legend of Irish golf course architecture, and is often called the Muirfield of Ireland.
Over the years the course has been re-molded by the "Master of Links design" Pat Ruddy.
Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Donegal Bay and a designated Special Area of Conservation, the panoramic views of Donegal Bay and the surrounding countryside are sensational and the peninsula itself is steeped in local and ancient history.
It has been a regular host to national Irish events.
SIGHTSEEING: Described by National Geographic Traveler as the “Coolest Place on the Planet for 2017,”
Donegal is a nature lover’s paradise, located at the mouth of River Elke in NW Ireland.
Any visit here must include a self-guided tour at Donegal Castle, which was built in the 15th century and is adjacent to the town square, providing convenient access to shopping and dining options.
While you’re there, pick up a jacket or cap made of Donegal Tweed, hand-woven and unique due to its pattern and heathered effect. Sitting on the outskirts of town, the ruins of The Abbey of the Four Masters overlook the water where the River Elke flows into Donegal Bay.
Overnight: At Sea
SEPTEMBER 4, MONDAY: GALWAY, IRELAND (8:00AM / 8:00PM)
Galway sits on the west coast of Ireland where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean.
Start your day in the town hub of Eyre Square, a public park adjacent to a collection of shops and pubs where traditional Irish folk music provides the soundtrack during the afternoons and evenings.
The Galway Cathedral is one of the largest and most impressive buildings in the city. This Roman Catholic church features a mosaic of U.S. President John F. Kennedy.
Overnight: At Sea
SEPTEMBER 5, TUESDAY: FOYNES, IRELAND (7:00AM / 6:00PM)
GOLF: Today play The Golf Course at Adare Manor.
A Robert Trent Jones Senior original that was renovated by Tom Fazio in 2018.
The club will host the Ryder Cup 2027. Each hole could be crowned the feature hole: all have been entirely redesigned and reconstructed with the very latest technology and course innovations, creating a challenging, characterful, and profoundly satisfying playing experience for golfers of every level.
The result is a course that is at once strategic and soulful, playable in all conditions, and future-proofed in preparation for premiere amateur and professional golf events.
Cared for by an experienced, passionate team of devoted greenkeepers, the condition of this course and its velvet-smooth Pure Distinction bent grass greens is unrivaled.
Overnight: At Sea
SEPTEMBER 6, WEDNESDAY: CORK (COBH), IRELAND (9:00AM / 10:00PM)
GOLF: Today play Fota Island Deerpark Course.
Located on a 780-acre island in Cork Harbour. Routed through mature woodlands and highlighted by pot bunkers and double greens with undulating slopes.
The course was host venue to the PGA European Tour Irish Open in 2001 and 2002.
Overnight: At Sea
SEPTEMBER 7, FRIDAY: 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
SEPTEMBER 8, SATURDAY: SOUTHAMPTON, UK (6:00AM / DISEMBARK AT 9:00AM)
Disembark Azamara Journey at 9:00AM.

Location

PORTMARNOCK LINKS: DUBLIN, IRELAND

Designed by Bernhard Langer, Portmarnock Links opened for play in 1995.
As a three-time winner of the Irish Open at nearby Portmarnock Golf Club and The Royal Dublin Golf Club it was fitting that Langer chose this magnificent setting to design his first links course set in the grounds of the old Jameson Estate of St. Marnocks.
The course has played host to professional and amateur events including 2008 and 2009 Ladies Irish Open. Note: Golf cart venue.

ROYAL COUNTY DOWN GOLF CLUB: NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND

Situated in the shadows of the Mourne mountains.
A spectacular location and an outstanding links golf course. Royal County Down’s charm lies in the old fashioned flavor of both the terrain and the layout.
A mix of rugged dunes, colored by a blend of purple heather and yellow flowering gorse combine to a dramatic effect on what is one of the toughest courses in the British Isles. Venue for the Walker Cup in 2007 and consistently ranked in the top 5 courses in the world.

ROYAL PORTRUSH – DUNLUCE COURSE: PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND

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.

DONEGAL GOLF CLUB: MURVAGH PENINSULA, IRELAND

Donegal Golf Club is located on the Murvagh peninsula in South Donegal, and was originally designed by Eddie Hackett, a legend of Irish golf course architecture, and is often called the Muirfield of Ireland.
Over the years the course has been re-molded by the "Master of Links design" Pat Ruddy.
Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Donegal Bay and a designated Special Area of Conservation, the panoramic views of Donegal Bay and the surrounding countryside are sensational and the peninsula itself is steeped in local and ancient history.
It has been a regular host to national Irish events.

ADARE MANOR: ADARE, IRELAND

The Golf Course at Adare Manor, a Robert Trent Jones Sr original that was renovated by Tom Fazio in 2018.
The club will host the Ryder Cup 2026.
Each hole could be crowned the feature hole: all have been entirely redesigned and reconstructed with the very latest technology and course innovations, creating a challenging, characterful, and profoundly satisfying playing experience for golfers of every level.
The result is a course that is at once strategic and soulful, playable in all conditions, and future-proofed in preparation for premiere amateur and professional golf events.
Cared for by an experienced, passionate team of devoted greenkeepers, the condition of this course and its velvet-smooth Pure Distinction bent grass greens is unrivaled.

FOTA ISLAND: CORK, IRELAND

A past host of the Irish Open and Irish Masters, the Deerpark course is part of 27 holes on this 780-acre estate in Cork County.
Wide fairways and light rough are pleasing to the powerful player and the receptive greens provide ample scoring opportunities.
Still, water hazards are abundant.
The diabolical par-5 No. 10 features a tee shot through a narrow tree-lined opening and a green defended by a lake.
The home hole is unforgettable as well, due to a water hazard and multi-tiered green.
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