Monday, August 11, 2014

Best Goofy Golf at Sea

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Miniature Golf at Sea

Today we join #TRAVELPICS chat on Twitter for a fun packed hour exchanging ideas and travel photos with like-minded posters.

The theme this week is “sports” and participants share their own travel pics about the theme and answer per-arranged questions. As usual, we try to prepare ahead of time by reviewing the questions and going through our vast photo archive for the best photos to represent the theme.  This article was prompted by the following question:

Q2: What is your favorite “non-sport” sport to play at home or abroad? Photo of you doing it?
A2: @AntiTourist “goofy” golf on #cruise ship #travelpics this was on @CarnivalCruise Conquest
The photo above was taken earlier this year on Carnival Conquest.  One of our favorite activities on a cruise is to get in a round or two of what we call "Goofy Golf".   We can't think of a better place to play a round of miniature golf than on a cruise ship.   You can't beat the view from the upper deck of the cruise ship.

This question made us think.  I wonder what cruise line and /or ship has the "best" golf course.   We will include a few of our ship courses here and invite you to comment here or on Twitter - include your own pics if you have them.

Princess Cruises

This course on Star Princess recreates the golf course "greens" you might find on land.   There's a mural for the wall that contributes to the illusion that you are playing at your favorite country club.

The holes might look simple, but it is challenging non the less since you have the added challenge of making shots on a moving ship.  Each day's play could be different depending on wind and sea conditions.

Both the Princess and Carnival course have a lot in common in that they have pretty simple decorations for the holes, giving you more of a feeling that you are on a country club course.

Royal Caribbean

Our next "goofy golf" course is on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas.  You'll notice that it is similar to the Conquest and Star courses, but there is a bit more "landscaping" involved in the course.  As always, you can't beat the view as you wait for your opponents to finish their strokes.

Not all courses are the same on this cruise line.  Perhaps one of the more elaborate courses in our sampling is on the largest ship afloat, Allure of the Seas.   The designers could do more when you have the room.

The course on the Allure is great for practicing your putting.  It is also pretty entertaining with the various golf statues. Click on any of the pictures for a closer look at the course.


Final entry is the course on Norwegian Breakaway.

Day or night you can enjoy your favorite game of "goofy golf" on this course which is nestled amongst the elaborate sports deck on Norwegian Breakaway. Of all the courses we have featured in this article, it is the closest to a traditional miniature golf course, complete with challenging holes and decorations in line with the theme. "Best" is such a subjective term, so we will leave it to you, the reader, to decide what you like the most. Perhaps none of these are what you are looking for in a "goofy golf" course.

Do you have any additional entries you'd like to share with our readers? If so, tweet the pictures and details about what ship they were taken on and we'll publish some of those in a future article. If you don't use Twitter, you can send them to us via email.

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Thank you to this week's co-hosts: @AntiTourist, @TheTravelCamel, @Sihpromatum, @VibrantIreland, and @travellingmolly.

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