This is Champion-Level Luxury Travel
The British Open is about much more than just the game of golf. Over the past 147 years, the championship tournament has gained esteem throughout the world as the preeminent determination of the sport’s best players – one of the four PGA “Grand Slam” events each year, but it has also built a heritage that chronicles global events, society and fascinating history. The tournament has lauded champions of epic proportions and made champions of underdogs. It has been played on some of Great Britain’s – and the world’s – most ethereally beautiful courses, and attracted increasing numbers of people vying for spots, both in the competition and in the gallery.
The British Open is about tradition, competition, sport, beauty, history and the future. And it should be on your travel list for 2018.
Fun fact: Eight professional golfers competed in the first-ever British Open in 1860. They played three rounds on the then 12-hole course. The following year, it was announced that the tournament “shall be open to all the world.” At the 2018 British Open, 156 competitors will vie for the trophy.
Crystal Serenity’s “Irish Sea Soliloquy” departs London on July 15, the first day of the 2018 British Open at Carnoustie Golf Links in Carnoustie, Scotland. The voyage sails round-trip from London, with overnights in Dublin, Ireland and Edinburgh, Scotland, and calls throughout the rolling landscapes of the region. Guests sailing on this appropriately golf-themed voyage will not only be treated to exploration of the British and Emerald Isles and rolling hills of Scotland, but also opportunities to play at the region’s most renowned courses. The proverbial cherry on top (or perhaps the whole sundae) is a selection of VIP programs that place you at the heart of the historical tournament, Crystal style.
Two exclusive British Open experiences are offered from Crystal’s maiden call in Dundee, Scotland, which lies 40 miles north of Edinburgh and overlooks the Tay Estuary. For a truly VIP experience, reserve your premium access to the Champions Club hospitality area at The Open, situated conveniently between the first and final holes of the course. There, mingle with fellow fans in the heart of the informal hospitality and high-end luxury for which The Open is known. Indulge in classic Scottish cuisine and an array of desserts, and sip complimentary beer, wine, tea or coffee served by roaming waiters at your service. Watch the tournament up close, or retreat to the large garden area and view it on the LED TV screens, away from the crown. Your day also includes souvenirs and official program from the day.
Fun fact: The British Open has seen competitors with championships in their blood – the oldest winner was “Old” Tom Morris, who won in 1867 at age 46, while the youngest winner ever was “Young” Tom Morris Jr., his son, who won the following year at age 17. The tournament has also witnessed the rise of previously unknown champions – like 2003 champion Ben Curtis, who was a PGA rookie ranked no. 396 in the world when he bested the competition.
A second option is ideal for guests seeking the full revelry of the event, taking in each stroke and chip shot in the heart of the action with fellow golf enthusiasts. Guided transfers to and from the Open, tournament tickets and official programs are included, along with the rare opportunity to witness a historical championship.
Whatever your relationship with golf – be it a general interest in the peaceful grace of the game, or a zero handicap and a trophy case of your own – Crystal’s 2018 British Open programs invite you to become a part of living history, in the region where the sport itself was born. Tee off on this remarkable 14-day golf-themed voyage, or simply appreciate the art of champions. Play at courses in Dublin, Belfast and Amsterdam, and perfect your swing on board with instruction from the onboard PGA pro instructor.
Crystal’s 2018 British Open programs are open for pre-reservation with extremely limited availability. Pre-reserve your experience today!