Singapore to Bali on Crystal Symphony
DATES : January 5 - 17, 2015 (12 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $4,910 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.


Singapore to Bali

January 5 - 17, 2015
12 days (4 sea days) aboard Crystal Symphony 

*EXPERIENCES OF DISCOVERY THEME: Crystal Wine & Food Festival  


Mark Symonds

Hotel Director

Herbert Jäger

Cruise Director

Scott Peterson

Maître D'

Remi Szutkiewicz

Crystal Society Hostess

Isabell Wagner

Cruise Sales Consultant

Nikki Andrew

Headline Entertainer

Gary Arbuthnot, Flautist
Ian Cooper
, Variety Violinist
Kym Purling
, Jazz Pianist
Jimmy Travis
, Comedian/Instrumentalist

Magic Castle At Sea

R. Paul Wilson

Production Shows

*Featuring the Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers

Traditional Revues

Curtain Call

Tribute Production

Diva starring Karen Grainger

Nostalgic Production

Route 66

High-Tech Integration of Light and Dance

iLuminate: Imagine

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

Lounge Pianists

Brian Johnson, Avenue Saloon
Gordon Porth, Crystal Cove

Crystal Visions Enrichment Program

Destination Lecturer

Gordon Hammond (Clairville, Australia)
Gordon Hammond was born in Australia, but spent much of his childhood in Malaysia. As a destination and special interest speaker he shares his insights and anecdotes of this corner of Australasia as a local.

Special Interest Lecturer: World Affairs

Dr. John Renninger (New York, NY)
Dr. John Renninger is currently adjunct professor of global affairs at New York University.  In 2007, Dr. Renninger retired from the United Nations after 30 years of service.  Upon his retirement, he was a director in the Department of Political Affairs, where he was the highest ranking US national.  He was responsible for monitoring political developments in various regions of the world and providing political advice to the Secretary-General.  

Special Interest Lecturer: Book Dramatist

Barbara Rinella (Kenilworth, IL)
Barbara Rinella, a former high school English teacher, has been celebrating literature with her dynamic presentations on current books for many years. A very popular lecturer on Crystal Cruises and throughout the United States, she calls her witty, first person renditions “academic entertainment,” encouraging her enthusiastic audiences to learn and laugh. Barbara graduated from Duke University and holds a graduate degree from the University of Michigan. She has taught high school English in Boston and at New Trier High School in Illinois. She has also served as an elected member of the New Trier School Board, is included in Who’s Who in America, and was honored as a “woman of Distinction” for her contributions to the World of the Arts by the Illinois Girl Scouts.

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

Dr. Lawrence Blair (Bali, Indonesia)
Dr. Blair is the writer, presenter and co-producer (with his late brother) of the internationally acclaimed TV adventure series Ring of Fire, which won two EMMY awards. Its companion book, Ring of Fire, chronicles his and his brother’s astonishing ten years of exploring Indonesia, which included such real life adventures as sailing with gypsy pirates, visiting man-eating animals and men, and standing next to erupting volcanoes. His entire life has been extraordinary; as a diver in Mexico and Indonesia, a fisherman in Alaska, an actor, a model, a photographer and an interpreter. Lawrence Blair earned his doctorate at Lancaster University, England. His thesis, which defined the field of Psycho-Anthropology, was subsequently published as Rhythms of Vision: The Changing Patterns of Belief, now in its sixth edition.

*Theme Presentations: Crystal Wine & Food Festival

Guest Chef

Heinz Von Holzen (Bali, Indonesia)
Heinz von Holzen planned a career in engineering and it was lack of apprentice positions that he decided to take up a chef apprenticeship instead. Heinz traveled and cooked through Europe, Asia and Australia before settling down in Bali where he opened the Ritz Carlton Bali as Executive Chef. Following this venture, he opened his own restaurant, Bumbu Bali Restaurant and Cooking School. Bumbu Bali is the only restaurant in Bali that serves thoroughly authentic Balinese cuisine in a beautiful, traditional setting.

Wine Experts

Fongyee Walker and Edward Ragg
Fonyee Walker is mainland China's most qualified wine educator having passed her Master of Wine Theory and practical examinations. She is a leading WSET Certified Educator and Assessor teaching all over China. A WSET Level 4 Diploma holder and Associate of the Institute of Wines & Spirits, Fongyee also judges for leading Chinese magazines, Chinese wine challenges and serves as an international judge. Edward Ragg is the first foreigner to be appointed an Associate Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures at Tsinghua University, where he teaches literature in English and has established the University's first wine course, as well as founding the Tsinghua University Wine Association (est., 2012). Edward is a WSET Level 4 Diploma holder and Associate of the Institute of Wine & Spirits (AIWS). He is a Certified WSET Assessor and also holds SWE and Court of Master Sommeliers qualifications. He is an experienced writer, published poet, literary critic, wine writer and guest international judge. Fongyee and Edward co-founded Dragon Phoenix Fine Wine Consulting, Beijing’s first and fully independent wine consulting and education service.


Chris Hopkins
A veteran of over 15 years in the hospitality industry, Chris Hopkins has done it all. Beginning with a catering and event management company, learning all there is to know about banquets and special events, to running beverage programs in Las Vegas’ most prestigious resorts, Chris has been involved in every facet of the industry. After leaving his position of AGM of the award winning bar, The Paddington Ale House, in his hometown of Perth, Western Australia, he began his international career with the largest operator of public houses in the world, Bass Breweries in London, 2000. A change in the bar scene in London inspired his next move into the cocktail world with The White House, the first private members lounge/restaurant/nightclub concept outside of Central London. Rising to AGM and overseeing the entire bar and beverage program during his tenure allowed the next move to work for the global leader in boutique hotel and bar concepts, Soho House Group, where he helped with the opening of two venues and assisted in the execution of their annual 'Pop Up' Soho House at Cannes and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

A life across 'The Pond' beckoned and at the end of 2004, Chris moved to the hot bed of cocktails that is San Francisco. As the burgeoning cocktail scene developed, he worked at the renowned Range Restaurant and Tres Agave. The bright lights of Las Vegas came calling and in 2009 he moved into the hotel side of the business at the Trump Hotel. When The Cosmopolitan Hotel opened in 2010, he began as an opening team member of the often nominated Vesper Crew and started competing on the local and national competition circuit with multiple successes. A step from behind the bar and back into management as the GM of Vesper and Property Mixologist allowed Chris to continue as a leader of cocktail programming in Las Vegas as well as consultancy work for Crown casino resorts in both Melbourne and Perth.

His most recent role was Corporate Mixologist for Wynn Resorts, Las Vegas involving the development, implementation and training for 27 different bars, restaurants, pools and banquet events with a bar team of over 200 bartenders and apprentices. In addition to this role, he is the current Vice President of the Las Vegas USBG Chapter leading the2nd largest chapter in the country and coordinating the execution of 2-3 events a month and mentoring the next generation of up and coming bartenders across the city. He is currently the founder of Cocktail Roadshow, a global hospitality consultancy company specializing in beverage development, training and event management for liquor and hospitality companies of all sizes.

Spice Expert

Aaron Isaacson
Aaron Isaacson is the real life “MR” behind Mr. Recipe®. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, he long ago traded in Chef Whites and hot kitchens in New York City in favor of Jungle Tan and even hotter climates in far away lands to search for the world’s finest flavor ingredients. With his signature mustache, encyclopedic knowledge of flavor, pitch perfect palate and larger than life personality, this modern day “Indiana Jones of Spices” traverses the globe to source the highest grade spices and herbs that the earth has to offer. From the sun kissed hillsides of Sicily... to the tropical forests of Madagascar... to the fragrant mountain plantations of Tahiti, his story is one of passion, adventure and flavor. Quietly working behind the scenes for over 20 years as the best kept secret of the culinary elite, this “one-man spice emporium” was finally exposed in 2007 as “The Spice Guru to the Chefs” by New York magazine. He is revered by those in the know as the leading authority and supplier of the ultimate flavor experience.

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.

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 Roberta Socolof (Ossining, NY).

Odyssey Art at Sea Knitting Instructor

The relaxing and social aspects of knitting have been added on select cruises. On this sailing, Phyllis Buck (Miami, FL)  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.
Kinsey McLean (Los Angeles, 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 Jessie Moncatar plus Instructor Rick Berg (Cedar Crest, NM). 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). 

Guest Master Photographer

John Parris
John Parris’ passion for photography becomes clear in the images he captures with his portraiture commissions. His portraits range from traditional to informal to contemporary, but most importantly they capture the character of the individual or couple. Through his creativity and professional excellence, John’s portraits are appreciated by all who have commissioned him. John was named the Scottish Wedding Photographer of the Year, Scottish Portrait Photographer of the Year and British Fashion Photographer of the Year. He has won countless awards of Merit & Excellence and is in high demand worldwide for commissions and as a speaker and lecturer. A Fellow of The British Institute of Professional Photography and of the Master Photographers Association, John is the only professional photographer in Scotland to hold a portrait fellowship and is a UK National Qualifications Judge. John is an exciting portrait photographer whose vibrant style and technique, in both studio and location settings, have established him as one of Scotland’s most sought after Master Photographers. John will set up reservations to have exclusive portrait sessions with guests. Selected images from these portrait sessions will be presented in a hand-crafted, custom-bound album. 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®. 

CPGA Teaching Professional

R. Bruce Murray (Deep Cove, Nova Scotia)
Bruce Murray has been a C.P.G.A. member for over 40 years serving the C.P.G.A. as a Director, as well as serving as chairman of many association portfolios. He has been a Head Professional/Director of Golf at five clubs in his career the most prominent being Royal Montréal, Shaughnessy in Vancouver and now Wildfire in Lakefield, Ontario. Bruce's responsibilities have varied within the scope of the various clubs, but teaching has been and remains his main passion. He has taught students of every level, from novices to professionals and leading amateurs. Bruce is now retired from the private club life and lives outside Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Our exclusive program features TaylorMade, the best performance golf company in the world and #1 driver in golf.

ACBL Bridge Instructors

Marsha and Darryl Helton (Sedona, AZ)
Beginner and intermediate bridge classes, and afternoon games.

Catholic Clergy

Father Josef Venker (Seattle, WA)

Dance Team/Instructors

Gyorgy Kocse (Monor, Hungary) and Petra Pandur (Budapest, Hungary) 
Daily dance classes on sea days, and private lessons by appointment.

Junior Activities Directors

Kelly Brower
Kyle Jones

Ambassador Hosts

Basim Abdelnour (Plymouth, MI)
Hamid Mansory
(Victoria, Canada)  
Bill Quinn
(North Falmouth, MA)
Andy Tam (San Francisco, CA)   

List as of 12/24/2014. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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