Perth to Cape Town on Crystal Serenity
DATES : March 13 - April 3, 2015 (21 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $9,885 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.


Africa, World / Grand Cruise
Perth to Cape Town
March 13 - April 3, 2015
21 days (11 sea days) aboard Crystal Serenity       


Egil Giske

Hotel Director

Josef Lumetsberger

Cruise Director

Gary Hunter

World Cruise Hostess

Stacey Huston

Maître D'

Leo Assmair

Crystal Society Hostess

Alissa Gustafsson

Cruise Sales Consultant

Daniele Puma

Headline Entertainers

Jonathan Ansell, Vocalist 
Gary Arbuthnot, Flautist
Beatles Celebration, Vocalists 
Ian Cooper, Variety Violinist
Gary Hunter, Ventriloquist
Ilia and Valerie, Acrobatic Duo
Pianotainment, Piano Duo 
Annette Wardell, Vocalist
Max Winfrey, Stunt Comedian

Magic Castle At Sea

R. Paul Wilson

Production Shows

*Featuring the Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers

Traditional Revues

Across the Pond
Curtain Call

Concert Production

My Life: The Music of Billy Joel starring James Fox

Jukebox Musical

6/8 Café

High-Tech Integration of Light and Dance

iLuminate: The Tourist

(Please note: not all shows are performed on all cruises).

Lounge Pianists

Colin Salter, Avenue Saloon
John Mentis, Crystal Cove

World Cruise Special Events

Olympic Games Opening Ceremony - March 15, 2015

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!

St. Patrick's Day - March 17, 2015

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!

Olympic Games Closing Ceremony - March 28, 2015

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.

Crystal Visions Enrichment Program

Celebrity Guest Speaker

Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a world-renowned human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient. Beginning with his opposition to apartheid in South Africa, he has worked tirelessly to spread peace, justice, and democracy and to end racial divisions throughout the world. When he was born, Tutu was given the middle name "Mpilo," Sotho for "life," because he was a sickly baby, not expected to survive. "That," he has said, "was my first commitment to faith." His faith in and commitment to the peaceful destiny of South Africa earned Archbishop Tutu the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize. He served for years as his country's voice of conscience during its long struggle against apartheid. When that battle was finally won, Archbishop Tutu took the lead in ministering to the nation's wounds. His findings as part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission marked a significant step in South Africa's healing process, as well as an international reminder of the commitment to the pursuit of freedom and justice. 

As chairman of The Elders, a nonpartisan group of influential global statesmen, he has honored his pledge to speak out about ongoing injustice and help others to work for positive change in their societies. Tutu recently made worldwide headlines by joining with former President of Ireland Mary Robinson in the fight for environmental justice at the world's first International Conference on Climate Change. One of the world's most revered human rights champions, Archbishop Tutu is dedicated to continue working, even after abuses have been halted, toward the reconciliation, forgiveness, and healing of affected nations, peoples, and societies in order to create a positive future.  Archbishop Tutu's unshakable faith that humanity was created for good in God's image is chronicled in his book Made for Goodness, co-written with daughter Mpho. Highlighting his ministry and activism experiences, the book imparts a message of realizing the goodness in ourselves and others in pursuing a fulfilled life. In 2009, President Obama awarded Archbishop Tutu the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, for his significant contributions to the nation and the world. The Archbishop's great friend Nelson Mandela perfectly summed up his legacy: "sometimes strident, often tender, never afraid and seldom without humor." 

Tutu was born in Klerksdorp, South Africa, on October 7, 1931. His father was a schoolteacher and his mother a domestic worker. He entered the Anglican ministry in 1958 after working for three years as a high school teacher. Tutu received his Licentiate in Theology in 1960 from St. Peter's Theological College, Johannesburg, and was ordained to the priesthood in Johannesburg in 1961. Not long after his ordination, he obtained a Bachelor of Divinity Honors and Master of Theology degrees from King’s College, University of London, England. Tutu served in a number of increasingly prominent positions from 1967 to 1978: lecturer at the Federal Theological Seminary at Alice, South Africa; chaplain at the University of Fort Hare; lecturer in the Department of Theology at the University of Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland; Associate Director of the Theological Education Fund of the World Council of Churches in Kent, United Kingdom; Dean of St. Mary's Cathedral, Johannesburg; and Bishop of Lesotho. 

By 1978, in the wake of the 1976 Soweto uprising, South Africa was in turmoil, and Tutu was persuaded to take up the post of General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches (SACC). It was in this position that he became both a national and international figure. Justice and reconciliation and an end to apartheid were the SACC's priorities, and as General Secretary, Tutu pursued these goals with vigor and commitment. Under his guidance, the SACC became an important institution in South African spiritual and political life, challenging white society and the government while affording assistance to the victims of apartheid. A prominent leader in the crusade for justice and racial conciliation in South Africa, Tutu became heavily embroiled in controversy as he spoke out against the injustices of the apartheid system. He was denied a passport to travel abroad for several years. In 1984 he received a Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the cause, and in 1985 he was elected Bishop of Johannesburg. 

Tutu was elevated to Archbishop of Cape Town in 1986, and in this capacity did much to bridge the chasm between black and white Anglicans in South Africa. As Archbishop, he became a principal mediator and conciliator in the transition to democracy in South Africa. President Nelson Mandela appointed him Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1995, a body set up to probe gross human rights violations that occurred under apartheid. Shortly after his retirement from office as Archbishop of Cape Town in 1996, Tutu was granted the honorary title of Archbishop Emeritus. Tutu has held several distinguished academic and world leadership posts. He was elected Fellow of Kings College Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape; William R. Cannon Professor of Theology at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta; Visiting Professor at the Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Visiting Scholar in Residence at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville; and Visiting Professor of Post-Conflict Studies at Kings College. Tutu holds honorary degrees from over 130 universities, including Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, Columbia, Yale, Emory, the Ruhr, Kent, Aberdeen, Sydney, Fribourg (Switzerland), Cape Town, Witwatersrand, and the University of South Africa. He has received many prizes and awards in addition to the Nobel Peace Prize, most notably the Order for Meritorious Service Award (Gold) presented by President Mandela; the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian honor; the Archbishop of Canterbury's Award for Outstanding Service to the Anglican Communion; the Prix d'Athene (Onassis Foundation); the Family of Man Gold Medal Award; the Mexican Order of the Aztec Medal (Insignia Grade); the Martin Luther King Jr. Non-Violent Peace Prize; the Sydney Peace Prize, and the Gandhi Peace Prize. His appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson: An Evening with Archbishop Desmond Tutu was widely viewed and garnered the program a coveted Peabody Award. Tutu’s writings include No Future Without Forgiveness and God Has a Dream

In recent years, Tutu has turned his attention to a different cause: the campaign against HIV/AIDS. The Archbishop has made appearances around the globe to help raise awareness of the disease and its tragic consequences in human lives. Though his vigorous advocacy of social justice once rendered him a controversial figure, today Tutu is regarded as a world leader with a major role to play in reconciliation, and as a guiding moral voice. 

Destination Lecturer

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

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.

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: World Affairs

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.

Special Interest Lecturer

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.

Special Interest Lecturer

Jack McManus (Manhattan Beach, CA)
Dr. Jack McManus is professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. He teaches courses in public policy and emerging technologies in the doctoral programs in Organizational Leadership and in Learning Technologies. Over the past 37 years, Dr. McManus has served in many capacities at Pepperdine, including director of Computer Services, director of the residential MBA/MIB programs, and interim dean of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology.  Although working in these administrative positions “has been fun,” Jack has always known that “his passion is teaching.”  His current recent research focuses on the impact of social media on educational, corporate and private life. In 2013, Dr. McManus delivered a TED-X talk titled, The Future of Schools: Time to Find Your Metaphor. His lectures on Crystal will focus on “Social Media, Emerging Technologies and You.”

Special Interest Lecturer

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.

Special Interest Lecturer

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.

Local Insights

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.

Local Insights Lecturer

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. 

Guest Entertainer

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.

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 and 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 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.

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 TBA.

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 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.

Computer University@Sea

Lead Technology Concierge Arwin Mañalac plus Instructor TBA. 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.

Guest Master Photographer

Richard Dutkowski
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 info@paragonpixels.com.

Memoir Writing

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.

World Cruise Book Club

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.

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®.

Yoga Instructor

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.

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 Falkenthal (Aventura, FL)

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

Mo Abdel Ghany (Tuscaloosa, AL) 
Jim Battaglia (Buffalo, NY) 
Luke Daniel (Tacoma, WA) 
Richard Douglas (San Diego, CA)
John Farrell (Tampa, FL) 
Emery Lendvay (Madison, OH)  
Rick Mazzone (Kingston, MA)
Marty Mulligan (Toms River, NJ)    
Constantino Zampata (Rio Vista, CA)

Featured Trunk Show

Hubert Gesser
Hubert and Karen Dickson, Director of Sales for Hubert Gesser, bring 'Color to the World, One Gemstone at a Time.'

List as of 12/03/2014. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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