Monday, July 6, 2015

Hapag-Lloyd offers luxury golf and cruise voyages

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is offering opportunities for amateur golfers to get some professional instruction, practice their game and play some of the world’s great golf courses while enjoying the luxury of a small-ship cruise.

Hapag-Lloyd, which may be best known in the U.S. as one of the world’s largest container shipping lines, also operates four cruise ships including two luxury yachts and two “expedition” ships. The Golf and Cruise Voyages will be aboard one of the luxury yachts, the ms Europa 2.

ms Europa 2 at sea
Barely two years old, the Europa 2 was christened in Hamburg, Germany in May 2013. Carrying a maximum of 500 guests looked after by 370 crew members, the Europa 2 offers “All the promises of a yacht and the serenity of a small resort,” according to the cruise line’s website. The ship, which offers “the highest level of casual luxury,” has been awarded the distinction of 5-stars-plus by the Berlitz Cruise Guide 2015.

For the gold and cruise voyages, the Europa 2 is equipped with two state-of-the-art golf simulators. Guests and golf enthusiasts can practice on 15 different golf courses, including the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in Hawaii, the Gleneagles Golf Course and St. Andrews in Scotland. One of the simulators also features integrated video analysis, which accurately assesses every stroke in terms of speed, length, angle and line of flight.

Two PGA professionals who accompany the cruises will give golfers detailed critiques for the next drive, and help them master their game during excursions on the beautiful courses.

Spa suite on ms Europa 2
Golfing for kids and teens is also available on the Europa 2, making golf accessible for the whole family. On-board equipment designed for future golfers between the ages of six and ten allows kids to take their first swing at golf on a trial weekend with the golf pro. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ family cruise mascot, Capt’n Knopf, will also be on hand to encourage the children, the cruise line said. For those children who find golf fun, parents can also book personal hour-long sessions with the golf pro.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Golf & Cruise packages include the green fees for each course, accompaniment by a PGA professional ashore and on board, transfers, bag transport, golf club cleaning, and use of the fitting station.

Golf cruise examples include the 13-day Magical Moments cruise from Mumbai, India to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Between March 25 and April 07, 2016, the cruise will stop at the Muscat Hills Golf and Country Club in Muscat, Oman; the Doha Golf Club in Doha, Qatar; the Abu Dhabi Golf Club in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.; and The Address Montgomerie in Dubai, U.A.E More information on the Magical Moments cruise is available here.

The Herrenzimmer
A shorter nine-day Dolce Vita and Savoir-vivre cruise from Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy to Monte Carlo, Monaco, runs from May 31 to June 9, 2016. That cruise makes stops Golf de Spérone in Bonifacio, Corsica, France; Club de Golf de Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain; and Golf de Beauvallon in St. Tropez, France. More information on this cruise is available here.

Amenities aboard the ms Europa 2 will appeal to a wide range of cruise passengers. For example, the ship’s seven restaurants will captivate foodies with a variety of cuisine ranging from upscale modern to a variety of Asian delights at establishments ranging from the main dining room the Weltmeere to the intimate setting of the Grand Réserve, an enclave for “connoisseurs and new wine lovers,” according to the ship’s web pages.

In addition to the restaurants, the ship offers six bars including The Herrenzimmer (German for “Men’s Room”) where guests can enjoy spirits and cigars, the beach-themed Sansibar, the Jazz Club, Pool Bar and Piano Bar.

More information about Hapag-Lloyd’s upmarket cruises is available at www.hl-cruises.com.

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