MIAMI -- Norwegian Cruise Line is taking its planned golf program
in Hawaii seriously.
So seriously, in fact, that it's designed a security system to
keep its passengers' irons and drivers safe while onboard the Pride
For $105 per cruise (that price is halved if the golfer in
question buys a couple of golf excursions from NCL), the line will
photograph the equipment and number the bag before storing it in a
dedicated room. There will be a valet system; transportation of the
clubs also will be handled.
"For some people, golf clubs are like a member of the family,"
said Andy Stuart, NCL's executive vice president of marketing and
The line expects its golf program here to be big. Exactly how
big, it's not quite certain yet.
But expectations are high enough for NCL to create a pro shop
onboard with clubs and shoes for rent, items for purchase and a
system for signing up for tee times at links around the
"We know the golf market is huge; we know Hawaii is one of the
top destinations for golf," Stuart said. "The ship is in port
[almost] every day, most of the day. So potentially, you could play
six rounds of golf."
The Pride of Aloha, which starts seven-day Hawaii cruises July
4, will sell golf outings to more than 30 courses on the four
islands, including Ko'olau on Oahu; Poipu Bay and the Prince Course
on Kauai; Mauna Lani Resort and Hapuna Golf Course on the Big
Island; and Kapalua and Wailea on Maui.
And with the pro shop, golf enthusiasts can show up without
irons and rent a couple of Callaway clubs on the ship. (Less
expensive clubs also will be available for rent.)
Golfers can book tee times onboard, but they also can pre-book
online, via fax or by calling in to NCL's shore excursion
"Most golfers want to know they have a tee time, want to know
it's organized," Stuart said.
Transportation to and from the ship is included, along with cart
rentals or greens fees.
And, if given proper notification (about six months, Stuart
said), NCL can create tournament packages and cater to large
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