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Perth to Cape Town on Crystal Serenity
DATES : March 13 - April 3, 2015 (21 Days) CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $9,935 Per Person
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Perth to Cape Town
March 13 - April 3, 2015
21 days (11 sea days) aboard Crystal Serenity
Jonathan Ansell, Vocalist
Gary Arbuthnot, Flautist
Guy Bavli, Mentalist
Ian Cooper, Variety Violinist
Gary Hunter, Ventriloquist
Ilia and Valerie, Acrobatic Duo
Oli Nez, Saxophonist
Pianotainment, Piano Duo
Annette Wardell, Vocalist
Max Winfrey, Stunt Comedian
Philip Wojciechowsky, Variety Pianist
R. Paul Wilson
*Featuring the Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers
Across the Pond
My Life: The Music of Billy Joel starring James Fox
iLuminate: The Tourist
(Please note: not all shows are performed on all cruises).
Colin Salter, Avenue Saloon
John Mentis, Crystal Cove
The very popular Crystal World Games have become the World Cruise’s pre-eminent sporting competition. Guests compete in many areas to show their skills for the coveted gold, silver and bronze medals and authenticated Crystal World Games Certificates. The opening ceremony delights with the traditional flag procession honoring all countries on board, the lighting of the World Games Flame, and uplifting show elements to create the performance of the evening. Prominent Olympians are introduced and assist in the games marshaling and medal presentations. Don’t miss the fantastic competition among Serenity crew departments!
Green is the Theme! Morning celebrations begin in the Cove where we will have beads, libations and a photo opportunity along with music and dancing for your enjoyment! Our fabulous entertainers perform a special St. Patrick’s Day Lord of the Dance show in the Galaxy Lounge then celebrate late into the night in the Avenue Saloon. Sing-a-long and enjoy the holiday!
Join us in the Cove for the final presentation of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals with Certificates of Achievement. It’s a time of celebration for the ending of friendly competition, and the extinguishment of the World Games Flame. The flags of each country are removed but the friendships gained will continue on.
Mark Schultz is an Olympic and 2-time World champion freestyle wrestler and a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame, and the California Wrestling Hall of Fame. Born into a family of scientists and entertainers, Mark Schultz was the younger brother of Dave Schultz. Dave, born with dyslexia, was Mark's role model and the greatest high school wrestler in history. Mark was a great all around athlete as a kid setting 20 of 25 school records but didn't excel in any one sport. Mark was the Northern California All-Around Gymnastics Champion then switched to wrestling in the 11th grade. He had a miserable junior year record of 4-6, and a senior year winning no local tournaments. At the end of the year, Mark intensely focused and won the California State title.
Dave and Mark eventually teamed up and became training partners through college and beyond. They both went on the win Olympic Gold in 1984. The Schultz brothers are the only brothers in US wrestling history to win Olympic and World titles. The Schultz brothers won more NCAA, US Open, World, and Olympic titles than any American brother combination in wrestling history. On January 26, 1996 Dave Schultz was murdered by multimillionaire paranoid schizophrenic John E. du Pont, the founder of “Team Foxcatcher.” Four months after Dave's murder Mark competed in UFC 9 and won. Mark was in the 1991 Guinness Book of World Records for most US World and Olympic Titles.
The Mark Schultz story is one of pain and a seemingly cursed existence turned into triumph and blessings. His remarkable story caught the attention of Academy Award Nominated Director Bennett Miller, who turned it into a major motion picture called Foxcatcher starring Channing Tatum as Mark Schultz, Mark Ruffalo as Dave Schultz, and Steve Carell as John E. du Pont.
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.
Donald J. Behnke (Tucson, AZ)
Dr. Donald J. Behnke is Music Critic of the Green Valley News and Sun in Arizona. He is Program Annotator for the Symphony and is the winner of the Arizona Press Club’s First Place Award for Arts Criticism in 2011. Dr. Behnke has been a life-long student and patron of the arts, having begun piano and voice studies at age five. His doctor’s degree is from Columbia University. He is Superintendent Emeritus of the Southampton, NY public schools and has traveled extensively in Europe, the Far East, Latin America and South East Asia.
Carter Calvert (New York, NY)
Carter Calvert comes direct from her critically acclaimed performance in the title role of Always . . . Patsy Cline starring opposite Emmy® award-winning actress Sally Struthers, captivating audiences across the United States with twenty-two of Patsy Cline’s hit songs. Often reviewed for her six-star smoldering voice, Carter is best known for originating her role in the Tony®-nominated Broadway musical It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues alongside Grammy® winning jazz vocalist Gregory Porter. She is featured on the cast recording and starred in the show’s national tour. Other tours include the featured role of ‘Grizabella’ in the national touring company of Cats, the European tour of Smokey Joe’s Café, and an international tour of Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway. She’s received accolades for her off-Broadway work in Forbidden Broadway: Comes Out Swinging and The Thing About Men. She has originated World Premiere roles in the musicals Forbidden Vegas, Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers and the Great American Trailer Park Musical. Her regional credits include IANBTB at Denver Center Theatre Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Crossroads Theatre Company, New Victory Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theater; Evita (title role) at Algonquin Arts; Sunday in the Park with George at Arena Stage, Unsung Cole (And Classics Too) and A Grand Night for Singing at Cleveland Playhouse; Honky Tonk Angels at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at Theatre By The Sea; Kiss Me Kate at Theatre Under The Stars; and Pump Boys and Dinettes in Branson, MO. Carter has opened for iconic performers including Liza Minnelli, Marilyn McCoo, Chubby Checker and The Temptations. Her television credits include The David Letterman Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, and The Today Show. She is an accomplished actress, as well as a popular voice-over artist. She’s been featured in numerous national television and radio commercials including Wendy’s, Voom, MTV and Charles Schwab, and served recently as ‘the voice’ of Kindle Fire for Amazon. While still in high school, Downbeat magazine named Carter “Best Female Jazz Vocalist” and Starsong Records has hailed her as “Best Female Vocalist of the Year.” As a recording artist, her latest CD entitled Carter Calvert and the Roger Cohen Trio debuted at number 13 on the CMJ jazz charts (beating out Paul McCartney!). Her music is available for purchase aboard ship, on iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon and at www.cartercalvert.com. She is currently in the studio working on her next CD: It's a Man's World, with multi Grammy® award-winning Ulysses Owens, Jr. producing the project. Carter is a proud mother of her beautiful nine-year-old daughter, Ella, and proud wife to her handsomely talented drummer-husband, Roger Cohen.
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."
Tom Faranda (Scottsdale, AZ)
Tom has worked around the world and has clients in China, Japan, India, Malaysia, Mexico, UK, Germany, Australia and beyond. He has owned hotels in Costa Rica and the US, a pepper gas business in South Africa, an ATM firm, a global software firm, a mobile home venture in South Africa and a global consulting firm focused on business growth and profit and other ventures. Tom Faranda's global trends have been on target for over 25 years. He forecasted the rise and fall of Japan, the rise and fall of the Euro and the rise of China as a world power as well as many other trends. Tom brings global events and affairs into perspective and provides a view into the future of our world.
Judith Fordham (Perth, Australia)
Judith Fordham is one of Western Australia’s best known criminal lawyers, an expert in forensic science, and an internationally known jury researcher. Judith’s research into the “CSI effect” and jury intimidation has stirred intense media interest particularly as Judith has secured unprecedented access to jurors for post trial interviews. It is usually illegal to approach jurors, but personal permission from the W.A. Attorney General has given her a rare insight into their deliberations. As a barrister, Judith has been briefed on a wide range of state and commonwealth criminal cases, including trials at all levels and appeals including the High Court of Australia. Throughout her career, Judith has assisted police in the investigation and prosecution of criminal offenses. Her science training and current work gives her a special interest and expertise in forensic science. Judith has been the subject of multi-page feature articles in (among others) the glossy Sunday Times, Flourish and Perth Woman magazines. Additionally, Judith is author of the book Doctors’ Orders or Patient Choice as well as numerous chapters and journal articles. Most recently she has authored her hilarious new book, Life, Law and Not Enough Shoes, published by New Holland.
Edward J. Larson (Malibu, CA)
Ed Larson is a historian of science and scientific exploration. Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in history and numerous other awards, Larson is author or co-author of fifteen books, including An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science; Evolution’s Workshop: God and Science in the Galapagos Islands, and Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion. His articles have appeared in such varied journals as Nature, Atlantic Monthly, Time, Scientific American, and American History. A popular public lecturer, Larson has taught at University of Georgia, Pepperdine University, and Stanford Law School and appeared on the History Channel, PBS’s Nova and American Experience, C-SPAN, BBC, and The Daily Show. His course on the history of evolution theory is available from The Teaching Company. He has traveled extensively on all seven continents and led tours throughout the Americas.
Roman Pryjomko (Vienna, Austria)
Roman Pryjomko, of Krakow, Poland, is a committed geographer. With a diverse academic background and professional career, he takes a panoramic view of human (cultural) and physical (natural) landscapes to explain our complex and sometimes perplexing world. Roman holds degrees from Kingston University, London and the University of Miami, FL. As a technical advisor, he has undertaken assignments in over 60 countries on topics ranging from environmental management, humanitarian assistance, governance reform, violence prevention and poverty reduction. Roman is co-founder of St. Gabriel Home, a foundation that assists previously imprisoned and traumatized children in Tanzania and in 2004, published a well-received memoir, Someone, Somewhere — Encounters with People and Places. An avid traveler and storyteller, Roman’s presentations both inform and entertain. They are thought-provoking, personal and anecdotal, highlighting the often unexpected impacts of globalization, conflict, climate change, peace building and shifting geo-politics on the future of our rapidly changing world. Most recently with threat management colleagues worldwide, he has examined the causes and motivations behind ideologically-inspired violence perpetrated by groups and individuals. Roman is convinced that little in our world is to be feared if it is enlightened, debated and ultimately, better understood.
Bill Toone (Escondido, CA)
Bill Toone is an internationally recognized conservation biologist and currently the executive director of the ECOLIFE Foundation. He began his career with a fascination for birds and launched his studies on the critically endangered California condor. From collecting eggs from the wild to rearing chicks with a lifelike hand puppet, Bill brought his own creative twist to his work. His passion for wildlife and unusual places has led him to work in Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Cameroon and Madagascar to name just a few of the more than 100 countries where more nights were spent in tents than hotel rooms. His joy in sharing unusual but pertinent wildlife tidbits led to early appearances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and PBS’ Real Jurassic Park. Later he worked with Olivia Newton-John filming conservation stories in Costa Rica and was most recently featured on CBS' Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.
This exclusive program brings aboard local entertainers and experts to perform and share their unique, first-hand knowledge of art, politics, history, geography or archaeology of select regions and destinations. Guests can enjoy live lectures and interviews at sea and local shows in port.
Clem Sunter (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Clem Sunter was born in Suffolk, England and was educated at Winchester College. He went to Oxford where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics before joining Charter Consolidated as a management trainee in 1966. In 1971, he moved to Lusaka in Zambia to work for Anglo American Corporation Central Africa. From there he was transferred in 1973 to the Head Office of Anglo American Corporation of South Africa in Johannesburg. He spent most of his subsequent career in the Gold and Uranium Division, serving as its Chairman and CEO from 1990 to 1996. At the time it was the largest gold producer in the world. He was until recently Chairman of the Anglo American Chairman's Fund, which in a recent survey was rated the premier corporate social responsibility fund in South Africa.
In the early 1980s, he established a scenario planning function in Anglo with teams in London and Johannesburg. Using material from these teams, Mr. Sunter put together a presentation entitled, The World and South Africa in the 1990s which became very popular in South Africa in the mid-1980s. In it, two scenarios were offered for South Africa: the 'High Road' of negotiation leading to a political settlement and the 'Low Road' of confrontation leading to a civil war and a wasteland. South Africa took the High Road. Two highlights for Clem were a presentation to FW de Klerk and the Cabinet in 1986 and a visit to Nelson Mandela in prison to discuss the future just before his release.
Since 1987, he has authored 14 books some of which have been bestsellers. His other main interest is seeking to mobilize the private sector in the war against HIV/AIDS. He was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Cape Town for his work in the field of scenario planning. He was also voted by leading South African CEOs as the speaker who has made the most significant contribution to, and impact on, best practice and business in South Africa. In 2006, he was invited to give a scenario presentation at the Central Party School in Beijing - a rare privilege for a foreigner. He also facilitated sessions on global warming in New Delhi and London.
Our innovative series of complimentary interactive classes created to enhance our guests quality of life in the areas of Arts & Entertainment, Business & Technology, Lifestyle and Wellness. Guests receive a certificate of completion at the end of the curriculum.
Passport To Music presented by Yamaha and Crystal Cruises. Instructor Andrew Hisey (St. Paul, MN) 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.
Get your creative juices flowing using a variety of media in classes taught by our specially trained Odyssey Art at Sea instructor Pam McKee (Downingtown, PA).
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.
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 iOS8 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.
Lead Technology Concierge Arwin Mañalac plus Instructor Christine Potvin (Middleton, Canada). 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).
An updated series of 'Everything Apple' courses developed and taught by Professor Stan Leja (Corpus Christi, TX) is again being offered on iPads, iTunes, iWork, iLife, and iCloud. This Apple training provides several different 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 web surfing with Apple devices will all be covered during different portions of World Cruise 2015. 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 Air 2, iPad Air, iPad v4, iPad mini 3, or iPad mini 2, with the latest iOS installed that has cellular (GPS) capability. Having international cellular data activated prior to joining the world cruise is also required. The latest versions of the following applications need to be downloaded and installed on your iPad prior to joining this voyage: Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iPhoto, GarageBand, iMovie, Dropbox for iPad, GoodReader for iPad, Adobe Photoshop Express, Kindle, MotionX GPS HD, and SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive.
If you have an Apple notebook computer, please bring it with you. On your notebook computer, please make sure it has the latest version of the OS X Yosemite operating system and the latest version of the notebook applications: Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iPhoto, GarageBand, iMovie, Adobe Photoshop 13, and Kindle. If you do not have an Apple notebook computer, you can use the desktops in the CU @ Sea classroom, which will all have the updated required software.
Richard Dutkowski is a Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) and the Master Photographers Association (MPA). He has been a successful professional photographer in the UK for over 20 years during which time his artistry has won him many prestigious awards and the title “UK Master Photographer of the Year.” He is also a Past President of the Master Photographers Association. Richard is a recognized leader in the medium of black and white photography. Portraiture has always been a passion and Richard treats each of his commissions as an opportunity to create unique portraits. Each is not only an object of beauty, but also has lasting value for generations to come. His work has often been described as priceless and his portraits now hang with pride in many homes and offices in Europe, America and Asia. With years of experience Richard is truly a 'Master' of technique, able to ‘paint’ his subjects with light and then capture their very essence and heart. Richard 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joe Kita (Schnecksville, PA)
If your family has been bugging you to “write this stuff down!” for years, here’s your chance to finally get started. Joe Kita has authored six books, written for numerous magazines, taught writing at Lehigh University, and appeared on Oprah. Joe has taught memoir writing on six previous Crystal World Cruises, and dozens of his students have published books. In this special course, you’ll learn everything from how to get started to how to find a publisher. Joe will also supply one-on-one coaching throughout the trip, reviewing and critiquing your manuscripts.
If you enjoy discussing good books, or if you just want to learn more about the unique places on our itinerary, join the club! Led by memoir-writing instructor Joe Kita, the club meets periodically throughout the World Cruise. Our 13 titles are a mix of old and new, fiction and nonfiction, and keyed to the areas we’ll be visiting. Read one, a few, or all. Please bring your own copy, either paper or digital. Here’s the list (in order of discussion):
On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers
The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
Easter Island by Jennifer Vanderbes
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
The Last Brother by Nathacha Appanah
Aye-Aye and I by Gerald Durrell
The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony
A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands by Jorge Amado
River of Doubt by Candice Millard
Papillon by Henri Charrière
Crystal Cruises' exclusive Walk-on-Water program features The WALKVEST® Training System which revolutionizes walking simply by adding resistance (added weight) to your walk.
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®.
Ella Crowson (London, England)
Maria Kita (Schnecksville, PA)
Looking for a fun new way to get in shape and feel better instantly? Yoga is great for soothing aches, easing stress, building strength, and saying hello to your toes after all these years. Maria Kita is a registered yoga instructor on her seventh Crystal World Cruise. She’ll be teaching Gentle and Energetic classes, plus others with special themes (e.g., yoga for back pain, chair yoga, etc.). Maria is also a registered nurse, and she practices what she preaches. Yoga enabled her to overcome back surgery 13 years ago.
PGA Teaching Professional
John Clark (Carlsbad, CA)
John has over 35 years experience in the Golf business and became a PGA member in July, 1972. He served his Apprenticeship under the late Tony Novitsky at Columbine Country Club, Littleton, Colorado. Columbine was the Host Club for the 1968 PGA Championship. John is a life member and a Quarter Century member of the PGA of America. John has held positions as an Assistant Golf Professional, Head Professional, Director of Golf and General Manager at Private Country Clubs and a Sheraton Resort. He is currently a PGA Instructor at the SDGA, San Diego Campus. The other SDGA Campus's are located in Phoenix, Myrtle Beach and Orlando. Also, John is an independent PGA Golf Instructor at the Carlsbad Golf Center, Carlsbad, CA.
Our exclusive program features TaylorMade, the best performance golf company in the world and #1 driver in golf.
Polly and Richard Pekruhn (Charleston, SC) and Ginny and Jeff Schuett (Riverwoods, IL)
Beginner, intermediate and advanced bridge classes, and afternoon games.
Father Thomas Falkenthal (Aventura, FL)
Rabbi Morris Hershman (Burlingame, CA)
Pastor Ed Voosen (Leicester, MA)
Daily dance classes on sea days, and private lessons by appointment.
Mo Abdel Ghany (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Jim Battaglia (Buffalo, NY)
Luke Daniel (Tacoma, WA)
Richard Douglas (San Diego, CA)
John Farrell (Tampa, FL)
Emery Lendvay (Ridgeville, OH)
Hamid Mansory (Victoria, Canada)
Rick Mazzone (Kingston, MA)
Constantino Zampata (Rio Vista, CA)
Hubert and Karen Dickson, Director of Sales for Hubert Gesser, bring 'Color to the World, One Gemstone at a Time.'