Silversea, Carnival expand golfing programs

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Cruise passengers can keep up with their golf game when going on vacation. With the establishment of Silversea Cruises' Silver Links 365 program, golfers can work on their game every day on every cruise aboard the Silver Shadow or Silver Whisper.

The new program expands on the Silver Links Golf Series, an inclusive golf package the line launched in 1998 that enables golfers to play internationally known courses at ports of call.

Under the plan, the ships now employ full-time, Professional Golf Association-classed instructors, who are available to passengers for lessons.

Each itinerary offers golfing excursions escorted by the ships' golf pros. This year, Silversea offers eight golf voyages to a variety of destinations, including the South Pacific, Mediterranean, Ireland and the Caribbean.

Packages include green fees, all transfers between the ship and the course, golf carts and/or caddies, gratuities for caddies and handlers, afternoon meals and beverages, refreshments, golf towels and balls and tees.

For more information or reservations, call (800) 722-9955.

Meanwhile, Carnival expanded its fleetwide golf program to include excursions to links in Belize; Puerto Rico; Jamaica; Bermuda; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Mexico; and Europe.

Guests also can rent Callaway drivers and irons as part of its equipment packages. Inclusive golf packages, which include a professional golf escort, begin at $60 per person for 18 holes.

On-board lessons range in price from $25 for a "swing check" to $80 for a one-hour video analysis with a private instructor.

Course information is available by visiting www.carnivalgolf.com.

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