Crystal Announces Its First-Ever Asia Golf Itinerary

Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises is expanding its “Experiences of Discovery” Golf theme cruises into Asia, giving golf enthusiasts the rare opportunity to play at four world-renowned courses in Thailand and Vietnam.  Guests will be able to sharpen their skills on board and ashore with instruction from a guest celebrity golfer and PGA golf pro. Crystal Symphony’s 11-day itinerary from Hong Kong to Singapore offers a roster of onboard lectures, clinics, contests and events, including the chance to win a free Crystal cruise.

Every detail of the Crystal Golf Program is arranged in six-star fashion, from onboard practice with TaylorMade equipment – the No. 1 driver on the PGA Tour – to cocktails, caddy and cart service on the greens.  Complimentary cleaning and storage of golf clubs and golf shoes will be offered after each round.

Courses include:

* Vietnam Golf & Country Club, Ho Chi Minh City – The country’s first 36-hole golf club, widely regarded as the premier club in Vietnam;

* Burapha Golf, Bangkok – A 36-hole championship course set amid lakes, hills and tropical vegetation;

* Laem Chabang International Country Club, Bangkok – Three distinct nines: The Lakes, Mountain and Valley courses, each offering its one-of-kind challenges, and

* Montgomerie Links, Da Nang, Vietnam – Asia’s first “Montgomerie” branded golf links set against the Marble Mountains and China Beach coast.

“Whether one is an avid golfer looking to conquer some of the world’s finest golf courses, or simply sharpen one’s short game with tips from our onboard PGA golf instructors, there is great attention to detail at every level” said John Stoll, director, land programs.  “Even non-golfing guests traveling with golfers will have a wide selection of onboard and shoreside activities that suit most interests.”

Crystal recommends that guests bring their own clubs on golf outings.  Guests can ship equipment to and from the ship with Luggage Concierge, which offers a special rate to the ultra-luxury line’s guests.

Departing April 20, the Golf Cruise calls at Chan May and Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam; Bangkok/Laem Chabang, Thailand.  Fares start at $4,805 per person, double occupancy.  Golf excursions begin at $347 per person.  Crystal also offers golf-themed itineraries in the British Isles and Northern Europe, and Canada/New England in 2009.

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