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Best Cruise Lines

Getting to the golf course in style might evoke images of stretch limos or chartered helicopters, but how about a cruise ship? It's a pretty cool idea, one that you might not have considered.

Several cruise-ship companies, big and small, cater to golfers—with on-board offerings (you can hit balls on a ship!) or in-port excursions to some of the world's most famous and beautiful courses.

How did we choose the best of the best? Accreditation was given for a number of things, including cruise lines that offer on-board golf simulators and/or putting greens and hitting nets and swing lessons from qualified teaching professionals.

We also researched the way golf clubs are handled by staff, and bonus points were given to cruises that allow you to keep your clubs in your stateroom. Obviously, the design of itineraries played the biggest role. Stops in port can often be too short for an 18-hole round and transportation to and from the course. These companies build in enough time at each stop to ensure golfers don't have to sprint from the gangway to the course, or they specifically offer itineraries where stopping to play is the whole point of dropping anchor.

Agents: Perry Golf
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Barges: European Waterways
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Small Ships: Silversea Cruises
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Medium Ships: Crystal Cruises
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Large ships: Norwegian Cruise Line
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Yachts: SeaDream
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