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Costa Cruises Launches Special Golf Cruises

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The Costa Deliziosa and her sister ship Costa Luminosa are now offering avid golf enthusiasts a complete golf program with waterborne golf on a state-of-the-art simulator, plus shore excursions to exotic and famous golf courses in Europe, the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf.

 The shipboard simulator is based on state-of-the-art technology making it the undisputed leader in indoor golf simulation. Using real balls and clubs, the simulator combines the feel of playing golf with the visuals of a live PGA event.

Guests on the Costa Luminosa and Costa Deliziosa will also be able to work on their short game using the custom putting green, which is just a chip away from the simulator. Situated on deck 10, near the top of the ship, the practice area extends about 100 m2 and features 6 different holes. The ultra-light synthetic turf and special construction techniques provide true ball roll and make this putting green very realistic for the discerning golfer.

Not only can golf buffs play on board, but the Costa Deliziosa and Costa Luminosa have also introduced itineraries featuring stops at resorts with actual courses and dedicated excursions. In the 2010 summer season, both vessels Northern European cruises include tours to world-class golf courses from the two main Norwegian ports: namely the Baerum GolfKlub Oslo and the Meland Golf Club in Bergen.

The Costa Deliziosa offers two regular 7-day cruises: the first to the northern fjords with departure from Copenhagen (Denmark) and stopovers in Flam, Hellsylt, Geiranger, Bergen, Stavanger and Oslo (Norway). The second itinerary also operates out of Copenhagen and takes in the Baltic cities with port calls at Tallinn (Estonia), St. Petersburg (Russia), Helsinki (Finland) and Stockholm (Sweden).

The Costa Luminosa is deployed on two regular 11-day itineraries: the first goes to the Baltic cities with departure from Amsterdam (Netherlands) and calls at Copenhagen (Danimarca), Stockholm (Sweden), Helsinki (Finland), St. Petersburg (Russia) and Tallin (Estonia). The second cruise sails to North Cape, once again sailing from Amsterdam, and includes stopovers in Hellsylt, Geiranger, Honningsvag, Tromso, Giavdal, Trondheim, Andalsanes and Bergen (Norway). Furthermore, an exclusive 20-day cruise to Greenland.

Next winter, on their Persian Gulf cruises, the Costa Deliziosa and Costa Luminosa will be offering tours to famous Golf Clubs in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, with up to 60 minutes on the practice range followed by a round lasting four or five hours on lush courses carved out of the desert against a backdrop of sea, endless beaches and luxury hotels. These international standard courses in the United Arab Emirates offer golfers of all handicaps a great game of golf. Costa Cruises Persian Gulf itinerary comprises 7-day cruises departing from Dubai: 2 nights in Dubai and one-day stopovers in the ports of Muscat (Oman), Fujairah (UAE), Abu Dhabi (UAE) and Bahrain.

At the same time, cruisers who choose the Mediterranean routes on one of the other Costa ships can also go on excursions to the following courses: the Do Santo Da Serra Golf Club in Funchal, Madeira (Portugal), the Costa Teguise Golf Club in Lanzarote (Spain), the Glyfada Golf Club of Athens and the Afandou Golf Club in Rhodes (Greece), the Kemer Golf Club in Istanbul, and the Filanda Golf Club in Savona.

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