Hong Kong to Beijing (3-night Beijing Land Program included) on Crystal Symphony
DATES : March 22 - April 4, 2015 (13 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $6,120 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 5207 - CHINA IN DEPTH

Hong Kong to Beijing

March 22 - April 1, 2015

10 days (2 sea days) aboard Crystal Symphony     


Mark Symonds

Hotel Director

Josef Matt

Cruise Director

Paul McFarland

Maître D'

Remi Szutkiewicz

Crystal Society Hostess

Jaque Brown

Cruise Sales Consultant

Paula Jean Pfitzer

Headline Entertainers

Ian Cooper, Variety Violinist
Mark Merchant, Ventriloquist

Magic Castle At Sea

Dave Cox

Production Shows

*Featuring the Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers

Traditional Revues

Curtain Call

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

Mark Farris, Avenue Saloon
Gordon Porth, Crystal Cove

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.  

Special Interest Lecturer

Captain Richard Hayman (Pomona, NY)
An adventurer who has sailed the seven seas and dozens of rivers in various vessels – from sea schooners in the Pacific to kayaks in the Amazon to icebreakers in Antarctica – Captain Richard Hayman has voyaged extensively in the seas and rivers of China.  He talks about the great voyages of exploration – including those of the celebrated Chinese treasure fleets – navigation, and oceanography. A river navigation specialist, Captain Hayman is especially at home on China’s Yangzi River, about which he has written several works, including Yangzi River Map: from Source to Sea and Three Gorges of the Yangzi River. He has also written the Coastal Harbor Guide to the U.S., soon to be published on CD for electronic navigation. Hayman has been a featured presenter at the United Nations, the Explorers Club, the Society of Naval Architects, and at numerous universities. His home port is New York and the Hudson River, where he is skipper of the historic English Channel 'yawl Klang II,' a sail ferry built in 1924.    

Special Interest Lecturer

Richard Hutto (Atlanta, GA)
Richard Jay Hutto, one of the foremost historians of the Gilded Age, compiled and edited Accepted Fables, the autobiography of Jordan Massee, and wrote Entitled: American Women, Titled Husbands, and the Pursuit of Excess (with a preface by HI&RH The Grand Duchess of Tuscany), as well as Crowning Glory: American Wives of Princes and Dukes (with a preface by HRH Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark), and Their Gilded Cage: The Jekyll Island Club Members (with a preface by Stillman Rockefeller).  A former attorney, he served as White House Appointments Secretary to the Carter Family and was Chairman of the Georgia Council for the Arts.  A frequent international lecturer, Hutto was an elected member of the City Council of Macon, GA, and is a Knight of Malta and a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre. 

This year Hutto was featured as an on-air authority (and received credit as a historical consultant) in a National Geographic Channel international documentary about the most lavish social event of the Gilded Age. Using Hutto’s photographs and expertise, the setting for this over-the-top 1897 event was re-created on film. He recently was also featured on a lengthy national television broadcast by Glenn Beck about the founding of the Federal Reserve Bank. Hutto’s most recent book, released by Lyons Press/Globe Pequot in October, 2010, is A Peculiar Tribe of People: Murder and Madness in the Heart of Georgia.

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 Sarah Sutro (San Francisco, CA).

Odyssey Art at Sea Knitting Instructor

The relaxing and social aspects of knitting have been added on select cruises. On this sailing, Leola Bonham (Largo, 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.
Ben and Karen Willmore (Livingston, TX)
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 Claudio Bonacossa (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

Paul Zaidman (Melbourne, Australia) and Anna Selleck (Melbourne, Australia) 
Daily dance classes on sea days, and private lessons by appointment.

Junior Activities Director

Kelly Brower

Ambassador Hosts

Thomas Myers (Virginia Beach, VA)
Robert Nostrand
(San Diego, CA)
Bill Quinn
(Kingston, MA)
Andy Tam
(San Francisco, CA) 

List as of 04/02/2015. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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