At sea, enjoy the wide range of facilities of an exceptional ship and, on land, discover the most beautiful destinations on earth, combining both with your favourite sport. On golf cruises with the EUROPA and EUROPA 2, this is all a matter of course. Dream cruises spanning the world's oceans will allow you to visit the most attractive golf courses across the globe, and you can look forward to tee times in Townsville, fairways in Funchal, putts in Puerto Vallarta and bunkers in Bali. Opting to enjoy your hobby in this way offers the perfect - and most beautiful - type of cruise.
Welcome to Golf & Cruise – when the best cruise ship in the world* meets the most interesting greens around the globe. A round of golf and a cruise have much in common. They offer many surprises, make lasting impressions and bring new acquaintances. On our exclusive Golf & Cruise voyages we have reserved the best greens for you. Golfers with a handicap of –36 or better can play on these first-class courses alongside our PGA professionals. While at sea, the golf simulator(s) and modern video analyses invite you to perfect your technique. Our Golf & Cruise voyages are rounded off by friendly get-togethers on board, where you can meet up and talk shop to your heart’s content with the pros and fellow golfers.
Would you like to tee off on the world’s best courses every day? The golf simulators with integrated video analysis on the EUROPA and the EUROPA 2 make it possible – even as part of a personal training session with the on-board PGA golf professional (subject to a surcharge). This will allow you to improve your swing and spend days at sea enjoying the finest sport in the world even when not ashore.
The advantages of playing in a golf simulator and of using video analysis for training are obvious: your individual stroke technique can be improved using the video analysis equipment and the newly acquired knowledge can be applied immediately in a game in the simulator – it just couldn’t be more effective. Electronic measurement of the flight of the ball detects any deviations from the ideal moment of impact, while video analysis shows where the problem lies in the address position or in the swing. This way, you receive direct feedback on your golf swing and can mentally compare the image with your physical stance.
Logical Golf helps to improve the training offered on board MS EUROPA 2. The training modules allow you to gain a better feel for golf techniques and complex movements, to understand the mechanics and thus to implement what you have learned much quicker. Linking this with our fitness area is particularly helpful. Together with our on-board fitness trainers, we can help many golfers to improve their golf core stability with targeted Logical Golf exercises and to enjoy the golf experience even more.
Want to try your hand at golf or sharpen your skills? Looking for golf services to meet your personal needs? Our golf packages can do it all.
On request, we would be happy to put together some individual golf arrangements for you before your cruise or when on board, both for destinations during the cruise and for pre- and post-cruise programmes.
Golf a la carte includes reservations for golf services such as tee time, trolley, e-cart and rental clubs (subject to availability, handling fee € 50 per course). Naturally, our on-board professional will be happy to accompany you ashore (subject to a surcharge). We will also be delighted to reserve transfers and guides for you to do some sightseeing before or after the game.
Would you like to acquaint yourself with the game of golf? Our golf taster package and our PGA golf professional on board will provide you with an introduction to the theory and practice of the game.
2 x 50-minute-training sessions with the PGA golf professional on board:
€ 149 (for 1 – 2 persons)
Would you like to tee off on the world’s best courses every day? The golf simulators with integrated video analysis on the EUROPA 2 make it possible – even as part of a personal training session with the on-board PGA golf professional. Improve your drive in style.
5 x 25-minutes training sessions with the PGA golf professional on board:
€ 179 (for 1 person)
5 x 50-minutes training sessions with the PGA golf professional on board:
€ 349 (for 1 – 2 persons)
Golf & Cruise doesn’t just mean playing unforgettable rounds on the world’s most beautiful courses – you also get the great feeling of being able to call on our combined golfing expertise at any time. That’s why at least one PGA professional accompanies every golf cruise – to be at your side on the green, share valuable knowledge in interesting talks or perfect your swing in an individual lesson. You’ll find these PGA professionals on board, depending on your cruise.
All other EUROPA and EUROPA 2 cruises you will be accompanied by our on-board golf professionals.
After his time as an amateur and professional golfer, he was a full-time national trainer to the German men’s team from 1998 to 2004. His players have gained titles such as European vice-champion and have won more than 25 international championships all over Europe. He has been an instructor at Golfclub Hamburg-Ahrensburg since April 2004 and is one of the men’s co-trainers for the national Golf Team Germany. He is always pleased to share his experience with you through Golf & Cruise.
Guido Tillmanns has collaborated with Hapag-Lloyd Cruises to perfect his Golf & Cruise concept. As the Director of Golf & Cruise, he attended the first golf trip of this kind on board MS EUROPA back in 1997. A business economist by trade, the former PGA national player represented Germany at international golf tournaments. In addition to this, he has received numerous accolades for his exceptional professional contributions in many areas of golfing and for his work running golf courses – including the PGAs of Europe Five-Star Professional award in 2013. Now CEO at the Golf Club Hubbelath in Dusseldorf, Tillmanns is keen to share his expert knowledge with guests on board and delivers entertaining speeches peppered with humour.
Olaf Schäfer has been a fully qualified golf professional of the PGA of Germany since 1999. After professional roles at golf courses in northern Germany, he discovered the world of cruises and started working with Golf & Cruise in 2008. He has the highest grade from the PGA of Germany (G1) and successfully completed his training to become a PGA Health Professional in 2018. From then on, he has devoted particular attention to golf and well-being and uses his expert knowledge to answer any questions on these topics. On board and ashore, his golf instruction combines analytical skills with passion and individuality.
The PGA professional has been running his own golf school in Bochum, Germany, since 2004. He completed the training to become an A-rated trainer of the DGV (German golf association) in 2005, then also added the title of PGA Health Professional and in 2017 became one of the first to gain the academic degree of Master of Science Research and Instruction in Golf from the German Sport University Cologne. He combines his expertise with a calm and balanced approach to training and the game – and has been ensuring success with Golf & Cruise ashore and at sea for several years.
Stefan Quirmbach is one of the leading golf experts in Germany. In 1996, he received the PGAs of Europe Five-Star Professional award, known today as the Confederation of Professional Golf (CPG), which has since awarded him with the 2021 Christer Lindberg Bowl for his outstanding contributions to golf. He has been president of the PGA of Germany for many years and has been sharing his expertise in health-conscious golfing for all levels on board for quite some time now. He has also been working with Golf Resort Hardenberg – where his own golf school is based – since 2004.
Peter Martin was Born in Yorkshire, north east England, but grew up in Northamptonshire. Golf was the sport which gripped him the most at an early age. Having met his now wife in Australia, he followed her to Germany, where he started his apprenticeship with the PGA of Germany. He has now been a member or the PGA Lehrteam for 20 years. His experiences as Exam Committee member of the PGA, Qualified Health Coach and County Coach for Lower Saxony, have all been a springboard for His great enthusiasm for the game and a desire for adventure in the Sport of golf.
Roland Becker, born in 1971, is a well-known name in the German golf scene. From 2004 to 2007, he worked as a national coach for the DGV (German Golf Association) and trained with PGA European Tour player Max Kieffer for around ten years. He has been working at the Golf Club Hubbelrath in Düsseldorf for many years and is currently national co-trainer of the DGV. You can look forward to the friendly Düsseldorf native – an avid mountain biker in his free time – who has been able to lead his players to many national and international successes.
Christian Hofer, born in 1969, switched from field hockey to golf at a young age. After completing his training as a PGA golf instructor in 1995, he obtained the PGA’s highest grade (G1) and the DGV’s level-A trainer licence. Christian Hofer has been working successfully as a Head Professional at the Golf Club Mülheim an der Ruhr since 2002. He is always very popular amongst the Golf & Cruise guests of the EUROPA and EUROPA 2 thanks to his golfing expertise and friendly personality.
The PGA Master Professional and A-rated trainer began his golf teaching career in 1996 at the traditional Dusseldorf Golf Club in Ratingen. His professional career took him for an extensive period of time to southern Germany, where he successfully ran several golf schools together with his wife. Back in classic club coaching at the Westfalischer Golf-Club Gutersloh and responsible for athletically ambitious DGL teams, he pursues his passion for working in direct contact with golfers. Since 2004, he has been a permanent member of the PGA teaching team and examination board and thus always has his finger on the pulse of golf technology. His quick motion perception and comprehensible, easy-to-implement training tips will benefit your game.
John Semple has golf in his blood. A Scotsman, he was born in the home of the sport (Loch Lomond). He has played his way to many titles and even represented his home nation. Before deciding to join us on board, he worked at the Golf & Country Club Velderhof in Cologne and spent two years playing as a pro on the European Player Development Tour. He began working on MS EUROPA in 2008. Since April 2013, he has been improving passengers’ swings on board MS EUROPA 2 with training in the golf simulator and helping them to explore the best golf courses throughout their cruises. He also lets them in on the golfing secrets of old master Ben Hogan.
Marco Hoppe was born in Dusseldorf in 1990 and initially enjoyed success in other sports such as hockey, tennis and table tennis (no. 7 in North Rhine-Westphalia) before discovering golf at the age of 14. He trained as a fully qualified PGA golf professional from 2009 to 2012 at Golfclub Gut Brettberg Lohne in the district of Vechta (Lower Saxony). His sporting successes include the Lower Saxony/Bremen four-player professional championship (together with his colleague Florian Jahn, an EPD Tour player) as well as several top ten rankings in Pro Am tournaments. Marco Hoppe has been teaching on Hapag-Lloyd-Cruises ships since April 2013, sharing his dedication, enthusiasm and love of the game with guests.
Guido Gröteke has worked as a sports instructor in the tourism sector since 1995. Having worked countless seasons teaching both archery and water sports at Robinson and Aldiana holiday resorts, he rediscovered his love of golf in 2008, dedicating himself completely to the sport from that point on. He completed the training necessary to become a professional golfer, including advanced courses to become a golf fitness coach and manager. After many placements on various continents and cruise ships, he needed a new challenge, becoming the head professional and golf manager at Ampflwang Robinson Club in Upper Austria. In 2019, he became a golf pro at the Dolomitengolf Resort in beautiful East Tirol in Austria. His love of the high seas has never left him, though, and he is soon to start a new chapter as a golf professional on the EUROPA and EUROPA 2. It will be his pleasure to share his knowledge and experience with you on your cruise.