Fore! Golf Program on New Carnival Valor Features Top Caribbean Courses




MIAMI – Golfers sailing on Carnival Cruise Lines’ new 110,000-ton Carnival Valor will have the opportunity to play a variety of beautiful and challenging courses throughout the eastern and western Caribbean and receive professional instruction from an on-board golf professional. The new 2,974-passenger “Fun Ship” is set to launch year-round seven-day Caribbean service from Miami Dec. 19, 2004.

Carnival Valor’s all-inclusive golf packages are part of Carnival’s fleetwide golf program managed by Elite Golf Cruises LLC of Sunrise, Fla. Like every Carnival “Fun Ship,” Carnival Valor will feature a certified golf professional who conducts private lessons, specialty golf clinics, putting contests, accompanies golfers on golf excursions, and organizes golf tournaments as needed.

Carnival’s comprehensive program also includes priority tee times and equipment rental, including top-of-the-line clubs and “soft-spike” golf shoes. Each ship also features a “pro shop” where golfers can purchase golf apparel and accessories such as golf balls, gloves and caps.

“Golf is a popular diversion for ‘Fun Ship’ guests and for the Carnival Valor we’ve assembled some of the Caribbean’s top courses which, when combined with the ship’s many on-board facilities and features, adds up to the ultimate cruise/golf getaway,” said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO.

Featured courses on Carnival Valor’s week-long Caribbean itineraries include:

Eastern Caribbean:

Mahogany Run (St. Thomas, U.S.V.I) – Designed by world-renowned course architects Tom and George Fazio, this spectacular par-70 course features a creative lay-out with well-manicured greens, tight fairways, strategically placed bunkers and breathtaking sea vistas. Highlighting this course is the aptly named “Devil's Triangle,” encompassing three of the toughest holes in the Caribbean.

Cable Beach Golf Course (Nassau, Bahamas) –Although a relatively short 6,400 yards, the newly redesigned Cable Beach is a Bahamian treasure, with spacious fairways guarded by a beautiful network of lakes, and small greens protected by a series of mounds. Ponds and other water hazards are tucked picturesquely throughout the par-72 course and the length encourages strong hitters to shave strokes with long, well-placed drives.

Western Caribbean:

Caye Chapel Golf Resort (Belize City, Belize) – This breathtaking 6,843-yard championship course offers ocean views at virtually every turn and has received international acclaim for its creative yet challenging lay-out, beautifully manicured greens and fairways, and Caribbean Sea vistas. Adding to the day’s fun is an exhilarating plane transfer, which is included in the price. Simply an unforgettable golfing experience.

Sunrise Family Golf Center (George Town, Grand Cayman) – This par-3 course features many beautiful holes ranging from 60 to 160 yards in length – perfect for beginners or those wishing to practice their short game. Sunrise Family Golf Center is an excellent value and offers couples and families the opportunity to experience the beauty of island golf.

The Links at Safe Haven (Georgetown, Grand Cayman) – With its undulating greens, tricky trade winds and spectacular setting reminiscent of Scottish coastal “links-style” courses, The Links at Safe Haven attracts golfers the world over. Considered one of the Caribbean’s best, this world-class, par-71 course is a five-time recipient of the Best Golf Course award by Caribbean World magazine.

Cozumel Country Club (Cozumel, Mexico) – Created by the renowned Nicklaus design team, this is the island’s first and only championship-caliber course. Incorporating the natural habitat of the island, the 6,724-yard course was built around native trees and foliage, mangroves and wetlands, creating a truly spectacular Caribbean golf venue. An excellent option for the vacationing golfer.

Playacar Club de Golf (Playa del Carmen, Mexico) – Carved out of the dense Mayan jungle, this world-class course features tight fairways, numerous doglegs and a rugged, hilly terrain. Designed by Robert Van Hagge, Playacar plays a long, 7,200 yards with many challenging holes, including several that utilize large depressions as a unique design feature. Price includes on-course food and a complimentary beverage, making this an incredible value.

These seven courses are among the 45 different golf options available within Carnival’s fleetwide program, which is available on all of the line’s “Fun Ships” and features courses throughout the Caribbean, Bahamas, Hawaii, Mexico, Canada, New England and Mexico. Lessons are conducted within a netted and lighted “practice range” which protects golfers from the elements which allows for both day and evening instruction.

State-of-the-art “V1” teaching computers providing split-screen, side-by-side comparisons to golf legends and the top players on tour help golfers improve their swing and ultimately lower their handicap. A home version of the “V1” software can also be purchased for use on golfers’ home computers.

Prices for Carnival Valor’s golf excursions begin at $49 per person. Professional shipboard lessons range in price from $25 for a “swing check” to $80 for a complete one-hour lesson. All golf excursions include the following: early debarkation on the excursion day, golf pro escort, round-trip transportation between ship and course, priority tee times, and all cart and green fees.

Carnival Valor is slated to enter service from Miami Dec. 15, 2004, with a special two-day introductory voyage to Nassau. The ship is scheduled to begin year-round seven-day service from Miami Dec. 19, operating alternating weeklong voyages to the eastern and western Caribbean. Eastern Caribbean cruises call at Nassau, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten, while western Caribbean cruises visit Belize, Isla Roatan (Honduras), Grand Cayman, and Cozumel.


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