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Lisbon to Barcelona Golf Cruise – October 2019

Luxury Mediterranean Escorted Golf Cruise Lisbon to Barcelona - Seabourn Ovation

9 to 23 October 2019 (14 Nights)

from A$8,499 pp twin share (+ Euro 2,000 pp twin share golf supplement for 3 nights at golf resort and 6 games of golf) and a US$300 pp on board credit

Leading luxury golf cruise specialists, Trendsetter Travel & Cruise Centre, welcomes your joining us on this golf cruise aboard Seabourn Ovation with a maximum of 600 passengers, world class dining with 5 different restaurants and excellent appointments throughout. The cruise is inclusive (that is your cruise fare includes all meals, all drinks alcoholic (premium) and non-alcoholic at all times, stocked private mini bar in stateroom and all gratuities). Seabourn Ovation had its maiden voyage in May 2018. Difficult for any luxury cruise line to beat Seabourn Ovation’s standard lead in staterooms which vary in size with an internal space of 26 to 28 sqm plus a 6 to 7 sqm private balcony. They offer a separate bath and shower (other than V1 category) and twin hand basins. Current Seabourn promotion includes a complimentary 2 category balcony suite upgrade, a US$300/suite on board credit, a $1,000 air credit and a US$150 pp Virtuoso on-board credit.

The golf package component of the golf cruise commences with a 3 night stay at the 5 star Hotel Quinta da Marinha Resort, playing the two leading Lisbon golf courses, including Oitavos Dunes which ranks in the world’s top 100 courses. While on the cruise we play a further 4 golf games including the # 1 course in Spain (PGA Catalunya Stadium Course), a top 10 ranked Portugal course on the Algarve (Oceanico Faldo Course) and one of the top 2 courses in Southern France (Terre Blanche Chateau Course). In addition to our 6 game golf programme, for the enthusiastic, there are up to an additional 5 golf games (all on good golf courses) you can elect to play at other ports Seabourn Ovation visits with long Mediterranean port days.

Single cruise only fares start from A$14,617 with the golf supplement a further Euro 2,200.

We board Seabourn Ovation early afternoon on Saturday 12 October 2019 to commence our 11 night cruise which has 9 long port days and 1 relaxing sea day before arriving in Barcelona on Wednesday morning 23 October 2019.

The cruise itinerary can be found on this Seabourn link.

Your tour hosts David Cooper & Adrienne Witteman, Directors of Trendsetter Travel & Cruise Centre, are both enthusiastic golfers, and are both longstanding members of two prestigious Sydney golf clubs. They have golfed and cruised extensively throughout the world, and have organised and hosted many golf cruises (particularly in the Western Mediterranean). Unlike many other golf tour operators, golf costs are kept to reasonable levels as all is organised by Trendsetter Travel without reliance on overseas operators


Day 1 – Wednesday 9 Oct 2019 – Lisbon – Hotel Quinta da Marinha Resort

You will arrive independently to Lisbon and take an approximate 30 minute transfer from Lisbon Airport (taxis are fine and reasonably priced in Lisbon) to the Hotel Quinta da Marinha Resort, located near the Atlantic coast. This 5 star hotel includes an 18 hotel Robert Trent Jones (Senior) golf course. While we will not play the course as an organised group, there may be time to play on your day of arrival or the morning of departure.

Meet your fellow tour participants for a tour hosted early evening cocktail.

Inclusions – pre dinner drinks and hotel accommodation

Day 2 – Thursday 10 Oct 2019 – Lisbon – Golf Oitavos Dunes

Golf: Following breakfast, there is a short coach transfer to the nearby Oitavos Dunes, Lisbon’s best golf course and consistently rated in the top 100 golf courses worldwide. Following recent improvements to the course, Golf Magazine has rated the course 58th in the world and 2nd best in Europe. This will be the highest rated course we play on tour and is considered a must play for any golfer visiting Lisbon.

Dining tonight is under your own arrangements.

Inclusions: – accommodation, breakfast, golf (including green fees, transfers, motorised cart, prize money and post round drinks)

Day 3 – Friday 11 Oct 2019 – Lisbon – Golf Atlantic Course, Penha Longa

Golf: Today, we coach to the Penha Longa Golf Resort (a 25 minute drive from our hotel) and play the famous 18 hole Atlantico Championship Course. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr in 1992, this course is now rated in the top 10 courses in Portugal and has hosted many professional tournaments, including the Portugal Open. It is a stunning course that winds through the hills and offers views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Dining tonight is under your own arrangements.

Inclusions: – accommodation, breakfast, golf (including green fees, transfers, motorised cart, prize money and post round drinks)

Day 4 – Saturday 12 Oct 2019 – Lisbon – Depart 5 pm

After a leisurely morning (with the opportunity for another game of golf for the enthusiastic), we coach to board Seabourn Ovation around 12.30 pm – in time for lunch on board the ship. Our ship has an early evening departure as it heads out along the Tagus River to the Atlantic Ocean.

Inclusions: – breakfast and transfers to Seabourn Ovation

Days 5 – Sunday 13 Oct 2019 – Portimao (Portugal) Golf – in port 8 am to 6 pm

An overnight voyage sees us greeting the dawn at Portimao, a major port city in the Algarve area of Portugal. The area is famous for its wonderful climate, great beaches and many leading golf courses.

Golf: We travel 25 minutes to the 36 hole Amendoeira Golf Resort and play the Faldo designed Oceanico course – rated in the top 10 in Portugal.

Inclusions: – cruise, golf (including green fees, transfers, motorised cart, prize money and post round drinks)

Day 6 – Monday 14 Oct 2019 – Tangier (Morocco) Golf (optional elective) – in port 8 am to 6 pm

This morning we arrive at the port city of Tangier, located at the southern entrance to the Straights of Gibraltar. For those not golfing, the city offers an opportunity to experience Morocco – with Tangier being the major city in north western Morocco.

Golf – Elective Option: we venture through Tangier and play the Royal Country Club of Tangier. Founded in 1914, and redeveloped in 2001, this is one of the oldest courses in Africa. The layout is a par 70 course of over 6,000 metres. Reflecting the age of the course, it is located only 3 km outside of the city and a short 10 minute drive from where Seabourn Ovation will be berthed.

Inclusions: – cruise – golf option subject to Euro 225 pp surcharge

Day 7 – Tuesday 15 Oct 2019 – Granada (Spain) Golf (optional elective) – in port 8 am – 6 pm

We berth today in Motril, the nearest port to Granada. Those not playing golf are encouraged to take the one hour coach trip to Granada and visit Alhambra, the Islamic Palace, built by the Moors when they controlled much of Spain.

Golf – Elective Option: today we travel 50 minutes north and play Santa Clara Golf Club.

Inclusions: – cruise – golf option subject to Euro 225 pp surcharge

Day 8 – Wed 16 Oct 2019 – Cartagena (Spain) Golf (optional elective) – in port 8 am – 8 pm

Today, we’re in Cartagena, a port city located in South East Spain, founded in Roman times and now divided into an old and a new city.

Golf – Elective Option:- our focus today is the magnificent La Manga Golf Resort, specifically the West Course, the highest rated of their 3 x 18 hole golf courses. This course is rated in the top 10 in all of Southern Spain.

Inclusions: – cruise – golf option subject to Euro 225 pp surcharge

Day 9 – Thursday 17 Oct 2019 – Sea Day

Our only sea day on the cruise, this provides an ideal opportunity to test out the many activities available on Seabourn Ovation and take a rest from golf.

Inclusions: – cruise

Day 10 – Friday 18 Oct 2019 – Frejus (France) Golf – in port 8.00 am – 5.00 pm

We anchor today at the historic south of France port of Frejus and need to tender to shore.

Golf: we will drive one hour to Terre Blanche the upmarket 36 hole golf resort. We are booked to play the Chateau Course, ranked # 8 in all France.

Inclusions: – cruise, golf (including green fees, transfers, motorised cart, prize money and post round drinks)

Day 11 – Sat 19 Oct 2019 – Portofino (Italy) Golf (optional elective) – in port 8.00 am – 5.00 pm

Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and celebrity visitor status. The town comprises a cluster of colourfully painted buildings that line the shore and dot steeply escalating hillsides around the deep harbour.

Golf – Elective Option: Circolo Golf e Tennis Rapallo, a picturesque 30 minute drive along the coast to the Rapallo golf complex. The front nine of the course passes by the ancient bell tower of the Monastery of Vall Christi. A popular course played on a number of previous Trendsetter golf cruises.

Inclusions: – cruise – golf option subject to Euro 225 pp surcharge

Day 12 – Sunday 20 Oct 2019 – Monaco Golf - in port from 8.00 am – 11.00 pm

The Principality of Monaco, at less than 500 acres, is smaller than New York’s Central Park and is home to many of the rich and famous, who are attracted, in part, by an absence of income tax. Monaco’s wealth is generated through tourism and its famous casinos, being most famous for the Monte Carlo Grand Prix. Of course, it became very prominent post-WWII with the marriage of Hollywood’s Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier, the then ruler of Monaco.

Golf: Today we coach south east down the coast of Italy and play San Remo Golf Club, a spectacular location over-looking the Mediterranean Sea.

Inclusions: – cruise, golf (including green fees, transfers, motorised cart, prize money and post round drinks)

Day 13 – Monday 21 Oct 2019 – Toulon (France) Golf (optional elective) - in port 8 am – 6 pm

Today we arrive at the port city of Toulon, the port being the base of the French Mediterranean navy

Golf – Elective Option: 20 minutes by coach takes us to the Dolcy Fregate Golf Resort where we play the championship Fregate Golf Course. We play through rolling countryside with many views to be had of the Mediterranean Sea.

Inclusions: – cruise – golf option subject to Euro 225 pp surcharge

Day 14 – Tuesday 22 Oct 2019 – Palamos (Spain) Golf - in port 8 am – 6 pm

On the penultimate day of the tour, Seabourn Ovation berths at Palamos, a port 1 hour north of Barcelona. Non golfers may wish to take a ship’s tour to Figueres and visit the large Salvador Dali art gallery – a real experience. An hour north of Palamos by road, Figueres is where Dali lived and died and the museum is believed to be the largest exhibition of surrealist art in the world.

Golf: Our golf group is in for a treat as we will travel 45 minutes inland and play the Stadium Course at PGA Catalunya, rated # 1 in Spain and # 4 in Europe. The course was built by the European Tour in 1998 and was intended to rival the PGA Tour’s Sawgrass course. The course has held numerous European Tour events and was the course which Spain proposed for its recent bid to hold the Ryder Cup.

Inclusions: – cruise, golf (including green fees, transfers, motorised cart, prize money and post round drinks)

Day 15 – Wednesday 23 Oct 2019 – Barcelona (Spain) – in port 7 am – disembarkation

After a relaxing overnight cruise down the coast of Spain, we will berth early morning in Barcelona, enjoy a leisurely breakfast before a final farewell to new friends and old before disembarkation.

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The Finer Details...

As part of the golf group (regardless whether a golfer or non-golf partner), ALL Trendsetter clients will receive host services by Adrienne Witteman and David Cooper and enjoy a US$150 pp on-board credit, our gift to you as part of Trendsetter Travel’s Virtuoso membership. Inclusions, pricing and various conditions of this escorted golf tour are (penthouse suites and above are available upon request):


9 to 23 October 2019 – 14 Night Lisbon to Barcelona Golf Cruise including 3 nights pre cruise at a 5 star Lisbon Golf Resort and 11 nights on Seabourn Ovation
Veranda Guarantee (Seabourn can allocate you any room) Veranda Suite (V1 to V3 upgrade) – (32 to 34 sqm)  – inclusive of 2 category upgrade Veranda Suite (V2 to V4 upgrade) – (32 to 34 sqm) – inclusive of 2 category upgrade Veranda Suite V4 to V6 (32 to 34 sqm) – inclusive of 2 category upgrade
Cruise Fare  (A$ pp) twin share From A$8,499 A$8,499 A$9,499 $9,499
Golf Package with 6 games (including cart) and 3 nights in Lisbon golf resort (Euro pp) twin share Euro 2,000 Euro 2,000 Euro 2,000 Euro 2,000
Golf Package Non Golfer twin share Euro 500 Euro 500 Euro 500 Euro 500
Cost of Additional Golf Games Euro 225/game Euro 225/game Euro 225/game Euro 225/game

Booking requires an approximate 25% deposit on the cruise component and an A$1,000 pp non-refundable deposit on the golf programme. The balance on both the cruise and golf programme is payable 90 days from departure. Full booking and contractual conditions are as per the contract section on the Seabourn web page ( However, no penalties apply on the cruise fare if cancel outside 120 days from cruise departure.TRAVEL INSURANCE IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. Until deposit is paid, all the above cruise fares (including conditions) are subject to change by Seabourn. If outside 120 days from departure and Seabourn releases a cheaper A$ fare or offers a revised package, you will be able to switch to the new fare basis without penalty. Only upside exists with cruise booking terms in making an early commitment to cruise. Seabourn’s current incentive includes 2 category complimentary upgrades in certain categories, an additional US$300 on board credit per veranda suite and a $1,000 pp air credit. These  incentives can end or change at any time and are only correct at the time of this update. 

Golf Package price for golfer is at fixed price of Euro 2,000 pp and includes 3 nights bed and breakfast at Hotel Quinta da Marinha Resort, 6 games of golf, coach transfers, motorised cart, prize money for each round and drinks post golf round, transfers to Seabourn Ovation on 12 October and welcome cocktail function. Option exists to play up to a further 5 rounds at cost of Euro 225 pp/round (including motorised cart). Euro 20 pp/round price reduction applies if elect a pull trolley provided motorised carts are not compulsory. While the golf package is calculated in Euro, it is payable in A$ (less the A$ deposit paid) at the best available quoted A$/Euro by a major bank on the required date of payment.

Golf does NOT include golf club hire although it will be possible to hire clubs at most courses. Trendsetter has booked the courses as specified but cannot be held responsible for any cancellation/s necessitated by a change to the ship’s itinerary due to weather or any other event, or late amendment by the golf course. If such an event occurs and, in the unlikely event, Trendsetter cannot organise an alternative golf course, Trendsetter will pass through any refund available. When on tour, where a tour participant chooses not to play a particular golf course, we will make a refund less any non-refundable amount.

Tel. 0413 010 638 (St Leonards Golf Cruise Office)

Policies of Lisbon to Barcelona Golf Cruise – October 2019

Golf cruises offer golfers an interesting way to travel, enjoy your passion for the game and remain fit while partaking in the gourmet delights most luxury cruise ships offer.  For those looking at the options available for you and your fellow keen golfers, here are some pro tips to help you find a cruise that meets all your needs. Finally, your ship has come in!  

Check the itinerary

Check the itinerary before you book, to ensure it is a realistic schedule. Seek a cruise that features long and plentiful shore days at ports with good golf courses.  You will probably appreciate the occasional sea day to rest up and relax.  

Go all-inclusive to save

High-profile US tour companies typically price their golf at US$500 (A$650) plus per person per round in addition to the cost of the cruise. Trendsetter Travel and Cruise Centre specialises in small all-inclusive luxury ships, and recommends this for the best experience.  Playing the same courses as its more expensive pier group, the golf package component of a Trendsetter cruise less than half the price of its international competitors.  

Ship size does matter

Be wary of cruises for more than 1,300 passengers.  Large ships will give priority to their own tours when it comes to disembarking, preventing independently organised golfers from exiting the ship quickly.  Delays can mean missing tee-off times.  Even if you can overcome a late arrival, the delay can cause disappointment when you must abandon the course early to return to your cruise shipboat. David Cooper, the director of Trendsetter Travel, recommends selecting a cruise ship with between 100 and 900 passengers. “These smaller ships can also get to the smaller ports, such as St. Tropez, St. Malo, Menorca, Portofino, which all have great golf courses.”  

Make sure you get enough time at port

Most golf excursions take at least eight hours—including return transportation to the course, an un-pressured golf game and importantly time post golf at the club for refreshments and prize giving. To make the most of your day, aim for a minimum of ten hours in port. Your group will need to arrive at the course an hour prior to tee-off, and allow for a round of four balls to be completed (plan on four and ½ hours hours).  

Healthy competition and fair play

Select a golf cruise where the organisers incorporate adjustments up and down for players’ handicaps, after each round.  This means that the prize money is spread around over the tour. David Cooper advises to ask about this when you are booking.  “We run a handicap adjustment system after each round to establish a par stableford score for the day,” he says. “After eight games, the better performers may see their handicaps reduce perhaps two shots and the ‘battlers’ might earn four or five shots back.” Every tour golfer wants at least one collect.  

Swing your partner ‘round

Cooper advises, “Where our golf tour participants book as a couple, they will always play as a couple unless they request otherwise.”  If you are booking as a single or wish to enhance the challenge by playing outside of your group, find an organiser who is mindful of matching players’ handicaps, so that you can get the most out of the cruise.  

Beware the fake golf cruise

You may discover cruises advertised as a golf tour but, on closer inspection, find they only offer golfing pre and post cruise.  Check for this, as it might not be what you have in mind. Trendsetter golf cruises schedule a minimum of six games on cruise shore days.  David Cooper mentions, “We even create opportunities where a golf enthusiast can play additional optional rounds, and others can have a more limited golf programme depending on what they are looking for with equitable downward price adjustments.”   To learn more about the great golf cruises that Trendsetter Travel and Cruise Centre have available, please contact David on (02) 9428 5900 or on