Ho Chi Minh City to Hong Kong on Crystal Symphony
DATES : February 5 - 11, 2015 (6 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $2,045 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.


Ho Chi Minh City to Hong Kong

February 5 to 11, 2015
6 days (1 sea day) aboard Crystal Symphony 

*EXPERIENCES OF DISCOVERY THEME: Crystal Wine & Food Festival  


Mark Symonds

Hotel Director

Herbert Jäger

Cruise Director

Scott Peterson

Maître D'

Mario Gallo

Crystal Society Hostess

Isabell Wagner

Cruise Sales Consultant

Nikki Andrew

Headline Entertainers

Jonathan Ansell, Vocalist
Mark Merchant
, Ventriloquist
Steve Stevens
, Comedian/Musician

Magic Castle At Sea

Max Major

(Please note: not all entertainers perform on all cruises). 

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

Warren Fahey (Sydney, Australia)
Warren Fahey is an internationally-recognized cultural historian, prolific author, broadcaster, and noted performer who specializes in the 'curious' side of history and folklore. His talks, always illuminating and entertaining, are full of energy and humor as he firmly presses nostalgia buttons while exploring his favorite subjects of national identity, music history, Asian-Pacific religion and legend, maritime lore, and international food traditions.  

In his native Australia, he has been recognized with his country's highest awards including the Order of Australia (AM) and, in 2010, the Government's Don Bank's Music Award for lifetime contribution to the arts.  Warren is the author of over 25 books, various e-books, and producer of countless historic recordings and films. He has written for numerous magazines on lifestyle and travel - including Condé Nast Traveler, Harpers Bazaar, and Vogue.

Special Interest Lecturer: World Affairs

Dan Raviv (Washington, D.C.) 
Dan Raviv is an award-winning national correspondent for CBS News and has reported on radio and television from over 35 countries, including a dozen years in the London Bureau. He was on the Berlin Wall as it fell, in Moscow as the Soviet Union collapsed, at the scene of many terrorist attacks including Lockerbie, and in Havana as Fidel Castro welcomed the Baltimore Orioles for an exhibition game. On 9/11, Dan’s clear, calm voice, kept millions of Americans informed and reassured during more than eight hours of non-stop live radio coverage. Dan anchors the major world events for CBS Radio News, including Election Night coverage. He is a respected authority on the Middle East and author of a best-seller, Every Spy a Prince: The Complete History of Israel’s Intelligence Community, as well as his latest Spies Against Armageddon and Friends In Deed: Inside the U.S. - Israel Alliance. Dan also became an expert on entertainment, mergers and movie-making with his book about Marvel’s renaissance after bankruptcy, Comic Wars.

*Theme Presentations: Crystal Wine & Food Festival

Food Expert

David Wong
David Wong is the Executive Assistant Manager at the Macau Institute of Tourism Studies (IFT), where he is responsible for Food & Beverage including the BIB Gourmand recommended Michelin Guide Educational Restaurant and teaching related subjects. His deep knowledge of Macau’s culinary delights is captured in his award winning cookbook, The Art of Modern Portuguese Cuisine, now in its second edition and the establishment of the Macau Culinary Association of which he is a founder. David was born in Hong Kong, but was raised and studied in the UK since the age of 4. He graduated with a Masters of Art in Hospitality Management from Birmingham University. David has worked in restaurants and hotels around the globe, including with the late Jean Bordier (M.O.F. and Chairman of the Master Chefs of France) at the L’Aubergade in France, Anton Mosimann, London, OBE and Rick Stein, OBE in Padstow, England. His hotel experiences include the Mandarin Oriental in Macau, the Westin Banyan Tree in Bangkok, the Dusit Thani, Bangkok and the Luxury Collection Sheraton Grande in Phuket, Thailand. He counts among his accomplishments, cooking at the legendary James Bread House in New York. David writes restaurant reviews and wine columns for South China Morning Post, Hong Kong/Macau Tatler, Destination Macau, Macau Closer, Macau Culture Guide, Inside Cuisine magazine (Australia) and Culinary Artist magazine (South Africa). David is an honorary advisor for the Hong Kong Sommeliers Association, Secretary General for Disciples of Escoffier in Macau and the Conseiller Gastronomie for the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs.

Wine Expert

Stephen Mack
Stephen Mack is the CEO of Asia Wine Service and Education Centre (AWSEC®).  Stephen holds a Diploma from the UK’s Wine & Spirit Education Trust® (WSET®), for whom he runs Hong Kong’s only center offering courses and exams up to and including Diploma level, is an Advanced Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, a French Wine Scholar (with Highest Honors) and Barossa Master Educator. AWSEC won the award of WSET Educator of the Year, 2013. AWSEC is also an approved cener for courses from the French Wine Society, Barossa Wine School and Bordeaux L’École du Vin (Bordeaux Wine School). Stephen is also a Certified Sherry Educator and a Certified Spanish Wine Educator. Stephen has selected the wines for an international airline, judged in numerous wine competitions from London to Australia and has a wide range of corporate clients for whom he conducts entertaining and educational tutored wine tastings and wine and food dinners for their staff and clients. Stephen has also trained the staff of a number of wine producers and distributors, restaurants and hotels all over Asia. Stephen is a renowned wine educator and speaker and has given wine presentations all over the world on subjects including all the world’s major wine countries and regions and on matching wine with various cuisines. Stephen has also had articles published in a number of wine and food magazines and he is a member of the UK Circle of Wine Writers.


Chris Patino
Chris Patino is the Director of Spirits Education and Mixology for Pernod Ricard USA. Though he lives now lives in Brooklyn, NY, Chris is a loyal New Orleanian at heart where he began his career in the spirits industry in 2004. Throughout his travels he has spoken, stirred and shaken alongside bartending legends such as Dale DeGroff, Dave Wondrich, Steve Olsen, Tony Abou-Ganim, Gary Regan, Simon Ford and Nick Strangeway. Chris has contributed to BarSmarts, Pernod Ricard’s award winning spirits and mixology program, and helped to shape numerous educational initiatives in collaboration with an array of industry luminaries, including San Francisco based cocktail consultants, the Bon Vivants and the three Michelin Star restaurant, Alinea. For the past three years, he’s traveled the United States hosting Speed Rack, an internationally acclaimed bartending competition developed in support of raising awareness for breast cancer. Having successfully completed a number of the industry’s premier educational programs, including the B.A.R. 5 Day in New York City and the Bols Bartending Academy in Amsterdam, Chris considers himself to be a lifelong student of the spirits industry, and never misses the opportunity to visit a new bar, or a new distillery, in support of his efforts.

(Please note: not all Crystal Visions Enrichment Presentations are on all cruises). 

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 Pratibha Garewal (Mt. Kisco, NY).

Odyssey Art at Sea Knitting Instructor

The relaxing and social aspects of knitting have been added on select cruises. On this sailing, Sandy Lee (Kennett Square, PA) 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 Cheryl Rucker McQueen (Los Angeles, CA). 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).


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 Instructor

RoseAnne Levinson (Marblehead, MA) 
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.

Ambassador Hosts

Basim Abdelnour (Plymouth, MI)  
Roy Busby (Solihull, England)
Michael Kippes (Kennewick, WA)
Bill Quinn (North Falmouth, MA)

List as of 01/22/2015. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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