Cape Town to London on Crystal Serenity
DATES : March 28 - April 18, 2014 (21 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $11,120 Per Person


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Enjoy complimentary enrichment that inspires and choices that impress with instruction in topics from Pilates to Photoshop. Also featured on every Crystal cruise is a delightful combination of entertainers and guest speakers that include world affairs experts, renowned writers and fascinating celebrities to talk about their professional experiences and share their insights.

Cruise 4306 - All-Alluring Africa

Africa, World Cruise
Cape Town to London
March 28 to April 18, 2014
21 Days (12 sea days) aboard Crystal Serenity

*Theme: Ocean Views   


Birger Vorland

Hotel Director

Josef Lumetsberger

Cruise Director

Rick Spath 

World Cruise Hostess

Stacey Huston

Maître D'

Leo Assmair

Crystal Society Hostess

Jaque Brown

Cruise Sales Consultant

Paula Jean Pfitzer

Headline Entertainers

Jonathan Ansell, Vocalist
Dale Gonyea
, Comedian/Humorist
Tian Jiang
, Variety Pianist
Adam Johnson, Variety Pianist
Maria King
, Variety Pianist
Nicola Loud
, Variety Violinist
Hector Olivera
, Concert Organist
Paul Tanner
, Vocalist/Impressionist
Joey Van
, Comedian
Toni Warne
, Vocalist
Brad Zimmerman
, Comedian

Magic Castle At Sea

Jonathan Levit

Lounge Pianists

Colin Salter, Avenue Saloon
John Mentis, Crystal Cove

Production Shows

Featuring the Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers
Across the Pond
Curtain Call
iLuminate: The Tourist
Rocket Man: A Tribute to Elton John
starring Jonathan Kane
Standing Room Only
(Please note: not all shows are performed on all cruises).

Crystal Visions Visions Enrichment Program

Celebrity Guest Speaker

Ambassador Marc Ginsberg (Bethesda, MD)
Marc Ginsberg was the first U.S. Ambassador of Jewish heritage to a Middle East nation, appointed to the post by President Clinton. With a three-decade career focused on the Middle East as a diplomat and as an international corporate lawyer, Ginsberg is an expert on the politics and economics of this volatile region. Ginsberg served as the U.S. guide for the first Middle East economic cooperation conference in Morocco. A highly sought-after consultant to several major network and cable news outlets, as well as Al Jazeerah (Arab satellite TV), Ginsberg addresses a variety of audiences on U.S. foreign, defense and economic policy. He provides expert analysis of current world events, including the rebuilding of Afghanistan, conflict with Iraq, and the continuing tensions between Israel and Palestine, giving audiences a comprehensive understanding of key elements in the struggles overseas.

Celebrity Guest Speaker

Sue MacGregor (London, England)
Sue MacGregor was born in Oxford and brought up in South Africa, where she gained her first broadcasting experience. She joined the BBC first as a producer, then a reporter on Radio 4's The World at One, and then for fifteen years presented Woman's Hour after which she co-presented Today, BBC radio's flagship early morning News and Current Affairs program. From there, Sue hosted the popular book discussion program A Good Read. She is currently heard presenting the award-winning The Reunion on Radio 4 which this year marked its 100th edition with a special Reunion recorded in Dallas, TX of people who witnessed from close quarters the assassination of President Kennedy in November, 1963.

Celebrity Guest Speaker

Kathy Reichs (Charlotte, NC) 
Kathy Reichs' first novel Déjà Dead catapulted her to fame when it became a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Her other Temperance Brennan novels include Death du Jour, Deadly Décisions, Fatal Voyage, Grave Secrets, Bare Bones, Monday Mourning, Cross Bones, Break No Bones, Bones to Ashes, and Devil Bones. From teaching FBI agents how to detect and recover human remains, to separating and identifying commingled body parts in her Montréal lab, as a forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs has brought her own dramatic work experience to her mesmerizing forensic thrillers. For years she consulted to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in North Carolina, and continues to do so for the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Québec. Dr. Reichs has traveled to Rwanda to testify at the UN Tribunal on Genocide, and helped exhume a mass grave in Guatemala. Dr. Reichs is one of only seventy-seven forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. She served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and is currently a member of the National Police Services Advisory Board in Canada. She is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Dr. Reichs is a producer of the FOX TV series Bones, based on her novels. 

Destination Lecturer: Award-Winning Broadcast Journalist

Ken Rees (Bristol, England)
Ken Rees brings to the role of destination lecturer over 25 years experience as a world-travelling foreign correspondent.  During his career, he has reported extensively from Italy, Greece, and the Middle East.  His many news credits include the Lebanese civil war, the first Gulf War, the loss of the space shuttle Challenger, and the sectarian troubles of Northern Ireland. Ken has held almost every job in a television newsroom from scriptwriter, news editor, and reporter to Director of News and Current Affairs.  During a 15-year career with Britain’s flagship network program, ITN’s News at Ten, he served as a Senior Foreign Correspondent and spent six years covering the United States from Washington, D.C. In 1986 the Royal Television Society named Ken as Television Reporter of the Year, their highest honor.  He now works as a broadcast consultant, trains journalists for TV companies, and writes on travel and world affairs.

Special Interest Lecturer: World Affairs

Shelby Coffey (McLean, VA)
Shelby Coffey is the former editor of the Los Angeles Times. Currently a senior fellow of the Freedom Forum and trustee at the Newseum, Coffey was president of CNN Business News and CNNfn. Prior to joining CNN, Coffey served as executive vice president of ABC News, where he was responsible for editorial standards and practices, online activities, cable program development and ABC News productions, in addition to other editorial responsibilities.       

Special Interest Lecturer

Tom DeFrank (Washington, D.C.)  
One of Washington's most respected President-watchers, Mr. DeFrank is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author who has covered the White House since the Nixon administration and the last 12 Presidential elections. ABC News calls him "impeccably sourced," "well-connected," and "legendary," and the American Journalism Review named him "one of the unsung heroes of Washington journalism." He co-authored the memoirs of Secretary of State James Baker and has reported on the resignation of one President, the impeachment of a second, and was an eyewitness to two assassination attempts against a third. He was Newsweek magazine's White House correspondent for 25 years and Washington bureau chief of the New York Daily News for 16 years. He is now a contributing editor at National Journal and is the senior correspondent covering the White House on a regular basis. Former President Gerald R. Ford said of him: "You are one of the finest journalists I have ever known. Everyone I know feels the same way: you are fair, trustworthy and professional."

Special Interest Lecturer

Peter Hawthorne (Cape Town, South Africa)
Peter Hawthorne, a veteran journalist, foreign correspondent and author, was born in England, but has been in Africa for most of his working career. His experience stretches into most countries of Africa over more than 40 years, during which he has been witness to many of the momentous events of Africa's dramatic winds of change. He has been a correspondent for various international media organizations in press, radio and television, including the BBC, the New York Times and several British national newspapers . For 10 years up to his retirement he was bureau chief in Southern Africa for Time magazine. He is an award winner from the English Academy of Southern Africa and is author of The Transplanted Heart, a best-seller about the world's first human heart transplant in Cape Town and The King's Eye and John Vorster's Elbow reporting the Mandela years. His latest book is a novel Keeper of the White Dog published by Raider Publishing, New York and London. The wealth of Peter's experience may be best illustrated by the fact that he was a reporter in Pretoria, South Africa, at the trial of Nelson Mandela and 30 years later, again in Pretoria, he reported for Time magazine on the inauguration of Mandela as the country's first black president. He lectures on African politics, people and places for various cruise lines. He is working on another novel and is a consultant for various press, public relations and communications concerns.

Special Interest Lecturer

Susan Middleton (San Francisco, CA)
Susan Middleton is an award winning photographer and author specializing in the portraiture of rare and endangered animals, plants, sites, and cultures. She has worked extensively with National Geographic and was Chair of the Department of Photography at the California Academy of Sciences for 13 years, where she currently serves as Research Associate. In 1985 she spent a year working with world-renowned portrait photographer Richard Avedon in New York City. For the last twenty years her work has focused on West Africa and Hawaii. Her most recent book is Evidence of Evolution; previous books include Archipelago, Remains of a Rainbow, (National Geographic), Witness and Here Today. Her next book Spineless, featuring marine invertebrates, will be published by Abrams, Fall 2014. Middleton was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 2009.    

Susan's work in West Africa began in 1994 as a consultant for the Getty Conservation Institute, where she documented a five year conservation project conducted at the World Heritage Site of the Royal Palace in Abomey, Benin, which was the tribal capital of West Africa. She developed a training program for African participants and produced photographs for a book published by the Getty. She also served as a consultant to the United States State Department. Inspired by the rich cultural expressions of the African people, Susan has continued her research and photography in West Africa, with a special emphasis on the spiritual tradition of Vodoun, which is the origin of what is popularly known as "VooDoo."

Special Interest Lecturer

Roman Pryjomko (Vienna, Austria)
Frequent cruise lecturer, author and technical advisor on development issues, Roman Pryjomko holds degrees from Kingston University, London and the University of Miami. He has undertaken assignments in over 40 countries on topics ranging from the environment, humanitarian assistance, governance reform, violence prevention and poverty reduction. He is the co-founder of St. Gabriel Home, a registered charity that assists imprisoned children in Arusha, Tanzania and in 2004, published a travel memoir, Someone, Somewhere – Encounters with People and Places. An avid traveller, writer and geographer, his talks are thought-provoking and anecdotal; embracing both cultural and physical geography, while highlighting the impacts of terrorism, poverty, climate change and shifting geo-politics on the future of our changing world. 
voking and anecdotal; embracing both cultural and physical geography, while highlighting the impacts of terrorism, poverty, climate change and shifting geo-politics on the future of our changing world. 

Special Interest Lecturer

Gavin Robinson (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe)
Gavin Robinson has actively been involved in wildlife conservation in Southern Africa for the past 25 years. The main thrust of his work involves the translocation of endangered African wildlife species from areas of conflict to areas of safe haven. This includes wild dog, cheetah, elephant, rhino and lion. During times of non-capture, Gavin concentrates on educating local people, especially children, on the importance and co-existence of people with their wildlife environment. This is an aspect of great importance, as he works closely with organizations such as TRAFFIC, WWF, National Parks, NGO's and Governmental Organizations. Gavin is also actively involved on numerous boards in helping legislate policies regarding animal welfare in Zimbabwe. Due to his vast knowledge of wildlife matters, he is also responsible for the upkeep of several large wildlife conservancies and consults for a large Ostrich and Crocodile breeding concern in Southern Africa. He is a qualified member of the Dangerous Drugs association which enables him to dart and carry out certain veterinary procedures on wildlife. He also holds a private pilot’s license which enables him to travel to many areas doing his work. He is seriously passionate in what he does and is 100% a hands on person.

Special Interest Lecturer: Professor of Political and International Relations

Robert Schrire (Cape Town, South Africa)
Robert Schrire was, until recently, chair and professor in the politics department at the University of Cape Town and the Director of the Institute for the Study of Public Policy. He also teaches at Princeton University. His presentations look at how our world is being impacted by changes in politics, religion, technology, economics, and population. Robert is best known as the original host of the television program Talking Politics and he had a regular column in The Sunday Times for several years. Much in demand as a public commentator, his views have been published in Time, Newsweek, The Economist, and The Washington Post. The BBC's chief analyst during South Africa's first democratic elections, he has worked closely with many prominent TV personalities including Ted Koppel and David Dimbleby. A consultant to UNESCO and the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, Robert presents a highly-acclaimed series to CEOs of major corporations, entitled "Our Changing World: Thinking about the Future” and has led study tours for groups as diverse as the National Trust and Harvard and Stanford Universities. A graduate of the University of Cape Town, Robert pursued post-graduate studies at Columbia University and the School of International Service – American University in Washington, D.C., and holds a doctorate from the University of California.

*Theme Presentation: Ocean Views

Lively, engaging and interactive, Ocean Views will feature panels of distinguished ambassadors, professors, foreign correspondents, four-star generals and other veteran strategists to debate current events and global issues. From both sides of the proverbial aisle, world affairs experts will square off on defense policies, international conflicts and even geographical illiteracy.

The Crystal Cruises Creative Learning Institute

Our innovative series of complimentary interactive classes created to enhance our guests quality of life in the areas of Arts & Entertainment, Business & Technology, Lifestyle & Wellness. Guests receive a certificate of completion at the end of the curriculum.

Arts & Entertainment

Passport To Music presented by Yamaha and Crystal Cruises. Instructor Debbie Skinner (Portland, OR) introduces adult beginners to the joy and satisfaction of playing the keyboard in a fun and non-intimidating atmosphere. Tradition and technology meet in harmony to create this hands-on learning experience using Yamaha's exciting keyboards. Passport To Music is designed for those with little or no previous keyboard experience. 

Yamaha World Cruise Comprehensive is a course designed for those with prior experience and will explore a variety of musical topics throughout the 2014 World Cruise. This sailing’s topic, The Finishing Touches will cover embellishments, tips and tricks for sounding like a pro, stand up to stage fright, repertoire/individual goals (continued) and the Grand Finale Showcase.

Odyssey Art At Sea Instructor

Get your creative juices flowing using a variety of media in classes taught by our specially trained Odyssey Art at Sea instructor Marlene Batoff (Sunny Isles Beach, FL). 

Odyssey Art At Sea Knitting Instructor

The relaxing and social aspects of knitting have been added on select cruises. On this sailing, Gail Ivanco (Kitchener, Canada) will host knitting classes and all levels are welcome. Participants are encouraged to knit together sharing skills and advice in a congenial environment. Participation is limited.

USC School of Cinematic Arts Presents...

Digital Filmmaking: The iPad Moviemaking Course. A fun way to learn the fundamentals of filmmaking.
Kerry Millerick and Dina Sterr (Sherman Oaks, CA)
Want to take your home movies to the next level and learn how to share them with family and friends? In five entertaining classes, learn how to shoot and edit short movies using an iPad. Improve your video and photo skills. The course is taught by professionals, but aimed at non-professionals.
Course requirements: please bring your own iPad pre-loaded with the iMovie application. If you do not already own the iMovie for iOS app, you must have iOS7 in order to download iMovie from the App Store. If you have an older version of the iMovie app, be sure to update to the current version. You cannot download the app on board the ship. Please sign up online using the Priority Check-in & Planning Center (PCPC). If you sign up on board, make sure to sign up EARLY, in the Library, as the class size is limited.

Computer University@Sea

Lead Technology Concierge Arwin Mañalac plus Instructors Michael Newell (Vero Beach, FL) and Judy Koehler (Vero Beach, FL). Our popular Computer University@Sea program: expanded curriculum of complimentary lectures and classes on a variety of computer-related topics, plus e-mail instruction in our computer center, equipped with 25 state-of-the-art workstations, all equipped for e-mail and Internet access (fees apply).

A new series of "Everything Apple" courses developed and taught by Professor Stan Leja and Mary Leja (Corpus Christi, TX) is focused on iPads, iTunes, iWork, iLife, and iCloud. This new training provides several different, 7-hour Continuing Education Unit, CEU, granting courses from Del Mar College designed to improve your ability to understand and to use your Apple devices.  Each course will contain different in depth lectures and experimentation with various applications on both iPad devices and Apple computers.  Social media, photography, music, navigation, communications, business applications, videos, and reading with Apple devices will all be covered during different portions of World Cruise 2014.  A fee will be charged to attend these courses. 

To fully participate in this coursework, you need to come onboard with the following:  One iPad (v3 or v4) or iPad Mini, with iOS 7 installed that has cellular (GPS) capability.  The following applications need to be downloaded and installed on your iPad prior to joining this voyage:  Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iPhoto, GarageBand, iMovie, GoodReader for iPad, Adobe Photoshop Express, Kindle, and MotionX GPS HD.


Berlitz Foreign Language Instruction: Spanish classes, focusing on basic vocabulary and phrases to help guests communicate in foreign countries, are taught by certified Berlitz Language instructor Bertha Alvarez (Scottsdale, AZ).

Memoir Writing

Joe Kita (Schnecksville, PA)
If you’ve ever thought about writing the story of your life, here’s your opportunity. Joe Kita has been a professional journalist for almost three decades. He has authored six popular books, written for numerous national magazines, taught writing at Lehigh University, and appeared on Oprah and other national programs. Joe has taught memoir writing on four previous Crystal World Cruises, and dozens of his students have published books. In this special course, you’ll learn everything from how to focus and organize your memoir to how to edit yourself and find a publisher. In addition, Joe will supply one-on-one coaching throughout the trip, reviewing and critiquing your manuscripts. If you’ve been thinking about your legacy or if your family has been bugging you to “write this stuff down!” for years, don’t miss this chance to finally get started.

Guest Master Photographer

Kevin Wilson
Kevin Wilson’s experience, artistic flair and creativity have established him as one of Europe’s leading portrait photographers. He has the rare distinction of being a Fellow in all three major photography organizations in the UK - The British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP), the Master Photographers Association (MPA) and the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and uniquely he attained his Fellowship in two separate photographic disciplines - portraiture and wedding photography with the BIPP and MPA. He was Chairman of the MPA Qualification Board for many years. Kevin is one of the UK’s highest award winning photographers having won the Kodak UK Portrait Photographer of the Year on numerous occasions and 17 Kodak European Gold Awards of Excellence. He has also been honored as a Finalist in the prestigious Hasselblad Masters Competition for outstanding creative and technical achievement in the field of photography. His clear understanding of composition, the use of available light and attention to pose and form leads to a real sense of poise throughout his images. Kevin will be setting up reservations to have exclusive portrait sessions with guests. Guests may also make pre-reservations by emailing Paragon Pixels in advance of their cruise at info@paragonpixels.com.


Crystal Cruises' exclusive Walk-on-Water program features The WALKVEST® Training System which revolutionizes walking simply by adding resistance (added weight) to your walk.

Nordic Walking
Crystal Cruises is the only cruise line to offer a Nordic Walking program to help you get more out of your limited exercise time on board. The use of lightweight poles for stability and balance will facilitate your fitness needs even if you have knee or hip issues. Two specially designed adjustable poles work the upper body while walking. Like cross country skiing, the poles are used by the arms to match each step the person takes. Our Fitness Staff will guide you to quickly be deck-walking for fun and fitness. You will be using feather weight aluminum poles provided by the market leader, LEKI®.

Pilates Instructor

Grace Wang (Valley Village, CA)

Yoga Instructors

Maria and Joe Kita (Schnecksville, PA)

Golf Teaching Professional

Joe Herbert (Littleton, CO) 
Joe Herbert has maintained membership in the PGA for over 35 years, as well as being Life Member and Quarter Century Club member. His experience includes being a Head Golf Professional/Golf Director at exclusive country clubs in Colorado. In addition, during the spring and summer months, he is the Director of Golf Instruction at Arrowhead Golf Club (Golf Digest Top 100 golf courses) in Littleton, CO. During the winter, Joe is the Director of Golf Instruction at the beautiful Classic Golf Club in Palm Springs, CA. Joe hosted the Bob Hope golf tournament from 2006 - 2009. Joe has been honored with the 1997 nomination for PGA Teaching Professional and Junior Golf Leader as well as the 2009/2010 President’s Council Award for Outstanding Golf Instructor of Developing Golf Instruction Programs. He has been featured in 2010 Style magazine during the U.S. Open, and Boomer Golf News for his outstanding teaching abilities. Joe has signed with Southwest Airlines and Swift Air for his golf instructions and DVDs while in the air on WIFI. Recently, due to the large number of requests from his students around the world, Joe released a DVD set, Fundamentals of Golf. Joe considers teaching golf to others to be one of the highlights of his life. 
Our exclusive program features TaylorMade, the best performance golf company in the world and #1 driver in golf.

ACBL Bridge Instructors

Polly and Richard Pekruhn (Charleston, SC) and Ginny and Jeff Schuett (Riverwoods, IL) 
Beginner, intermediate and advanced bridge classes, and afternoon games.

Catholic Clergy

Father Thomas Maguire (Folsom, CA)

Jewish Clergy

Rabbi Morris Hershman (Burlingame, CA)

Protestant Clergy

Pastor Ed Voosen (Leicester, MA)

Dance Team/Instructors

Curtis Collins (Los Angeles, CA) and Beverly Durand (Thousand Oaks, CA) 
Daily dance classes on sea days, and private lessons by appointment.

Ambassador Hosts

Jorge Doctolero (Sunnyvale, CA)
John Farrell
(Tampa, FL) 
Joe Glasgow (Sarasota, FL)
Don Hanni (Sebastapol, CA)
Martin Mulligan
(Toms River, NJ)
Rob Nostrand
(San Diego, CA)
Steve Ong
(Fremont, CA)
Al Padua
(San Francisco, CA) 
Lamar Webster (St. George, UT) 

List as of 03/28/2014. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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