Hong Kong to Shanghai on Crystal Symphony
DATES : March 23 - 30, 2013 (7 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $3,235 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 3207A - Empires of the East: Crystal Getaways

Asia, World / Grand Cruise
Hong Kong to Shanghai 
March 23 to March 30, 2013
7 days (2 sea days) aboard Crystal Symphony


Ralf Zander

Hotel Director

Herbert Jäger

Cruise Director

Paul McFarland

Maître D'

Remi Szutkiewicz

Crystal Society Hostess

Alissa Gustafsson

Cruise Sales Consultant

Nikki Andrew

Headline Entertainers

Donny Ray Evins, Vocalist
, Variety Pianist
Steve Stevens
, Comedian

Magic Castle At Sea

Peter Samuelson

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

Lounge Pianists

Mark Farris, Avenue Saloon 
Bruce Johnson, Crystal Cove

Production Shows

Featuring the Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers
Curtain Call
Diva starring Karen Grainger
I Write The Songs
Route 66
Standing Room Only 

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

Crystal Visions Enrichment Program

Celebrity Guest Speaker

Ambassador Marc Ginsberg (Bethesda, MD)
Marc Ginsberg was the first U.S. Ambassador of Jewish heritage to a Middle East nation, appointed to the post by President Clinton. With a three-decade career focused on the Middle East as a diplomat and as an international corporate lawyer, Ginsberg is an expert on the politics and economics of this volatile region. Ginsberg served as the U.S. guide for the first Middle East economic cooperation conference in Morocco. A highly sought-after consultant to several major network and cable news outlets, as well as Al Jazeerah (Arab satellite TV), Ginsberg addresses a variety of audiences on U.S. foreign, defense and economic policy. He provides expert analysis of current world events, including the rebuilding of Afghanistan, conflict with Iraq, and the continuing tensions between Israel and Palestine, giving audiences a comprehensive understanding of key elements in the struggles overseas.

Special Interest Lecturer

Clint Van Zandt (Fredericksburg, VA)
Clint Van Zandt was with the FBI for 25 years where he was the FBI's Chief Hostage Negotiator as well as a "profiler" in the FBI's Behavioral Science or "Silence of the Lambs" Unit. Clint has negotiated in numerous national and international kidnap, hostage, and barricade situations, he was acknowledged as the team leader of the analytical team that identified the "Unabomber," he correctly profiled Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh on the day of that fatal bombing, and he personally negotiated with Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh. He has been profiled in The New Yorker magazine, has made over 3,000 television appearances, and is the author of the new book, Facing down Evil.

(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 & 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 Marga Hayes McBride (Knoxville, TN).


USC School of Cinematic Arts presents 
Digital Filmmaking: The iPad iMovie Video Course

Wes Malkin and Robyn Symon (Los Angeles, CA)   
Want to take your home movies to the next level? Post your mini-blockbusters or vacation videos to Facebook or YouTube? In five fun 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 and pre-load the iMovie application prior to boarding. If you do not already own the iMovie app for iOS, you must have iOS6 in order to purchase and download iMovie ($4.99) from the App Store. You cannot download the app on board the ship. Due to the hands-on nature of this unique program, class size is limited to 20 participants. Please sign up online using Priority Check-in & Planning Center (PCPC). If you sign up on board, make sure to sign up EARLY.

Computer University@Sea

Lead Technology Concierge Louie Payongayong plus Instructor Chip Adam (Long Beach, 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 Instructors

Susan Carter and Jean Paul Trudel (Nepean, Canada)
Beginner and intermediate bridge classes, and afternoon games.

Catholic Clergy

Father Ralph Kleiter (Saskatchewan, Canada)

Jewish Clergy

Rabbi Arnold Marvin (Tarzana, CA)

Protestant Clergy

Rev. Clifford Blinman (Oro Valley, AZ)

Dance Team/Instructors

Adam Kent and Patricia Kent (Burbank, CA)
Daily dance classes on sea days, and private lessons by appointment.

Junior Activities Directors

Raelyn Brachmann (Lake Forest, CA)
Kyle Jones (Grass Valley, CA)
Jennifer Redding (Anaheim, CA)

Ambassador Hosts

Mo Abdel-Ghany (Tuscaloosa, AL)
George Allen
(Walnut Creek, CA)
Don Hanni (Sebastapol, CA)
Hamid Mansory (Victoria, Canada)
List as of 03/23/2013. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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