Hong Kong to Beijing on Crystal Symphony
DATES : April 9 - 21, 2014 (13 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $7,410 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 4208 - Pearls of China

Hong Kong to Beijing
April 9 to April 19, 2014
10 days (3 sea days) aboard Crystal Symphony

*Theme: Crystal Wine & Food Festival


Mark Symonds

Hotel Director

Herbert Jäger

Cruise Director

Scott Peterson

Maître D'

Remi Szutkiewicz

Crystal Society Hostess

Alissa Gustafsson

Cruise Sales Consultant

Daniele Puma

Headline Entertainers

Gary Arbuthnot, Flautist
Tian Jiang
, Variety Pianist
Scott Record, Vocalist/Comedian

Magic Castle At Sea

Jason England

Lounge Pianists

Mark Farris, Avenue Saloon 
Joe Fos, Crystal Cove

Production Shows

Featuring the Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers    
Curtain Call
Diva starring Karen Grainger
iLuminate: Imagine 

Route 66  
(Please note: not all shows are performed on all cruises).

Crystal Visions Enrichment Program

Destination Lecturer

Verla Brown (Hilton Head Island, SC)
Verla Brown is an accomplished lecturer and artist who has been specializing in art appreciation lectures and art workshops around the world. Verla’s preferred art medium is oriental brush painting, and she is well known for her “People Around The World” collection; a 100 painting depiction of characters in native dress performing the daily tasks of their culture. They are shown in many exhibitions as well as added to private collections. Verla has lectured for many Fortune 500 corporations, including Westinghouse, General Electric, Mobile Oil Corporation, and Eli Lilly. She has been a guest lecturer for several universities, highlighting the special significance and impact of art on a global scale. Most recently, she was a lecturer for The University of South Carolina, on the subject of Southeast Asia. To date, Verla has provided enrichment experiences and destination lectures on 17 world cruises and over 500 cruises on lines in the six-star and above category. While she specializes in art of the Orient, her destination lectures include Africa, Asia and Australia.

Special Interest Lecturer: Lunar Eclipse

Dr. Anthony F. Aveni (Hamilton, NY)
Anthony F. Aveni is the Russell Colgate Distinguished Professor of Astronomy and Anthropology at Colgate University. He has spoken or written on astronomy-related subjects on the Discovery Channel, PBS-Nova, The New York Times, The Larry King Show, and NBC's Today show. His most recent books include People and the Sky: Our Ancestors and the Cosmos; Conversing With the Planets, a work that weaves together cosmology, mythology, and the anthropology of ancient cultures; Behind the Crystal Ball: Magic, Science and Religion from Antiquity through the New Age; and The Book of the Year: A Brief History of Our Seasonal Holidays.

Special Interest Lecturer: Hollywood

Jim Jimirro (Los Angeles, CA)
Creator and founding president of The Disney Channel and Walt Disney Home Video.

*Theme Presentations: Crystal Wine & Food Festival 

Food Expert

Ying Compestine
Ying Compestine is a national presence in Asian culture and cuisine and an award-winning author. From acting as former food editor for Martha Stewart's Whole Living magazine, Ying has also written 18 cookbooks, with an emphasis in showcasing the Asian palatte. She has been featured on various national television programs and is consistently spotlighted in different news media outlets, including the New York Times and Huffington Post. Having been born and raised in China, Ying is proud of her heritage and promotes the allure of Asian cuisine.

Food Expert

Serge Dansereau (Sydney, Australia)
Serge Dansereau was humbly raised in French Canada where his father's garden hleped to feed a family of five children. From an early start, his life has been shaped by food. Serge picked beans at 12, served his apprenticeship in the kitchens of Canada, and came to Austaralia as chef of Sydney's first five-star restaurant, Kable's. His passion for fresh produce has helped encourage many specialist food producers in Australia. Currently, he is the owner and head chef of The Bathers' Pavilion Cafe and Restaurant in Balmoral, New South Wales.

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®, 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 for 2013.

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.

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

Sir James Hodge (London, England)
Sir James Hodge retired in 2003 after a 37-year career in the British Diplomatic Service that took him to Japan and Nigeria. He was also Deputy Head of Mission in the British Embassies at Copenhagen and Beijing. He served as Ambassador to Thailand and to Laos before becoming Consul-General to Hong Kong and to Macao. Sir James has wide historical and literary interests, focusing particularly on Asia (notably China and South East Asia).  As well as delivering talks on political and economic issues, he has been in demand as a speaker on more lighthearted occasions such as events held by St. George’s and St. Andrew’s Societies and celebrations of Admiral Lord Nelson. The British Chambers of Commerce and others have also enjoyed his none-too-serious reflections on diplomatic life. Sir James was made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order and a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George by Queen Elizabeth II. Sir James was also appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the White Elephant by the King of Thailand.

Local Entertainment

Shanghai Contortionists, Shanghai, China

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.

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 Gary Weeter (Hot Springs Village, AR).

Odyssey Art At Sea Knitting Instructor

The relaxing and social aspects of knitting have been added on select cruises. On this sailing, Merina Benner (Ottawa, 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.
Linda and Mark Peterson (Chandler, AZ)
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 Jessie Moncatar plus Instructors Sandy Mingia and Gary Maggard (Los Altos Hills, 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®.

Paddle Tennis Instructor

Anand Amritraj (Calabasas, CA)

Pilates & Zumba Instructor

Marla Bingham (San Diego, CA)

Golf Teaching Professional

Mike Smith (Carpinteria, CA)
Our exclusive program features TaylorMade, the best performance golf company in the world and #1 driver in golf.

ACBL Bridge Instructor

Cassandra Mani (Novato, CA)
Beginner and intermediate bridge classes, and afternoon games.

Catholic Clergy

Msgr. Timothy O’Connell (San Pedro, CA)

Jewish Clergy

Rabbi Steven A. Chester (Oakland, CA)

Dance Team/Instructors

Sam Doherty and Lauren-Claire Smith (Suffolk, England)
Daily dance classes on sea days, and private lessons by appointment.

Junior Activities Director

Carey Wagoner (Hinsdale, IL)

Ambassador Hosts

Michael Finlayson (Vestavia Hills, AL)
Sam Halioua
(Montréal, Canada)
John Thompson (Portland, OR) 
David Winter
(Chicago, IL)

List as of 04/08/2014. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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