Osaka to Hong Kong on Crystal Serenity
DATES : February 13 - 21, 2014 (9 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $4,620 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 4303C - Asian Immersion: Crystal Getaways

Osaka to Hong Kong
February 13 to February 21, 2014 
9 Days (2 sea days) aboard Crystal Serenity


Birger Vorland

Hotel Director

Josef Lumetsberger

Cruise Director

Rick Spath 

World Cruise Hostess

Stacey Huston

Maître D'

Leo Assmair

Crystal Society Hostess

Jaque Brown

Cruise Sales Consultant

Nikki Andrew

Headline Entertainers

Beatles Celebration, Vocalists
Michel Bell
, Vocalist
Kym Purling
, Variety Pianist 

Magic Castle At Sea

George Tovar

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

Lounge Pianists

Colin Salter, Avenue Saloon 
John Mentis, Crystal Cove

Production Shows

Featuring the Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers
Across the Pond
Curtain Call
iLuminate: The Tourist
Rocket Man: A Tribute to Elton John
starring Jonathan Kane
Standing Room Only

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

Crystal Visions Enrichment Program

Destination Lecturer

Peter Smith (Kent, England)
Peter has primarily technical and military background. Following a variety of jobs as a student, including periods spent working in a mortuary and a hospital operating theatre, he joined the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm as a helicopter pilot. Following basic flying training, he was forced by a detached retina to transfer to the Air Traffic Control branch, qualifying as both a terminal (airfield) and area radar controller. In this capacity he served both at Royal Naval air stations and Royal Air Force area radar units, as well as a number of sea tours. The longest of these was as the Air Staff Officer on board the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious immediately after the ship’s completion, when the carrier – with HRH Prince Andrew on board as a front-line helicopter pilot – took part in the Falklands War. Following promotion, he was appointed to a succession of staff jobs in the London area, where he worked on a variety of projects classified above 'Secret,' including United Kingdom preparations for war and transition to war and he became very familiar with current techniques for intelligence gathering, dissemination and related subjects.

After leaving the Royal Navy, he moved with his wife Sally to the Principality of Andorra, in the eastern Pyrenees. Since 2003 he has worked as a full-time author, writing for several of the United Kingdom’s biggest publishing houses, including Macmillan using the nom de plume James Barrington. These books were Overkill, Pandemic, Foxbat, Timebomb, Payback and Manhunt. Again writing as James Barrington he ghosted one non-fiction book for Penguin/Michael Joseph. This was Joint Force Harrier, an account of Royal Navy front-line Harrier operations in Afghanistan. Also for Macmillan he's written two Second World War thrillers as Max Adams (To Do or Die and Right and Glory).

Peter then moved to Transworld and acquired a new nom de plume, James Becker, to write historical mystery thrillers: The First Apostle, The Moses Stone, The Messiah Secret, The Nosferatu Scroll, Echo of the Reich and The Lost Testament. He also writes for Simon & Schuster as Jack Steel (The Titanic Secret and The Ripper Secret) and for The Endeavour Press as Tom Kasey (Sanctuary, Trade Off and The Dante Conspiracy), as Thomas Payne (Uncommon Sense) and also as James Barrington (Falklands: Voyage to War and John Browning: Man and Gun Maker). Most of these books have been sold to foreign publishers.

Special Interest Lecturer: World Affairs

Sir Stephen Brown (Ilkley, England)
Stephen Brown was born in 1945 in Leeds. After leaving school he served for 10 years with the Royal Artillery in Germany, Northern Ireland and Oman. During this time, he read Asian and African history at Sussex University. In 1976 he joined the Diplomatic Service. His first postings were to Nicosia and Paris. Returning to the FCO in 1984, he dealt with Mexico, Cuba and Central America. In 1989, after a short period in the Department of Trade & Industry, he was appointed British Consul-General in Melbourne. This was the start of over a decade of service in the Asia-Pacific region. In 1994 he was appointed Director of Trade Promotion at the British Embassy in Beijing. Over the next 3 years he played a key role in strengthening the UK’s diplomatic and trade presence in China.

Appointed Ambassador to The Republic of Korea in 1997, he was involved in helping Korea overcome the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997 and then in supporting President Kim Dae-jung’s “Sunshine Policy” towards North Korea. After leaving Seoul, he helped negotiate diplomatic relations between the UK and North Korea. He was High Commissioner to Singapore from 2001 – 2002 before becoming Chief Executive of UK Trade & Investment. Much of his time was spent assisting UK companies do business with Asia and in attracting inward investment to the UK. Sir Stephen is currently Co-Chairman of ADRg Ambassadors, a corporate diplomacy and dispute resolution partnership. He is also an advisor to Vermilion Partners, a strategic advisory company working in China. He assumes the Chair of The (UK-Australia) Cook Society in 2013 and is on the committee of the Anglo-Korean Society.  

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: Japanese Art & Culture

Mary Symons (Dorset, England)
Mary’s fascination with Japan started when she accompanied her husband, Steven, on a Far East business trip and was immediately struck by a whole new world of history and culture; even today it is still a country little understood in the West despite the familiarity we have with everyday Japanese products. Initially, before starting a business, to train in Ikebana was a very difficult route involving intensive training in the UK and Japan, “all to arrange flowers!” as Mary jokes.

Mary qualified with the Ohara School of Ikebana, one of the three most famous schools in Japan. Teaching and demonstrating is still the part Mary really enjoys, seeing others delight at what they can produce under tuition. She found that gaining a level of qualification in flower arranging was a serious business to the Japanese and in particular large corporations in the City of London who wanted to ensure they were getting the “real thing” before becoming a client with the rental floral display business that Mary was building.

Despite the rather rigid rules and customs observed by the Japanese themselves, Mary has always tried to give audiences what they want with a light hearted, but very informative look at Japanese culture to include Ikebana, The Tea Ceremony, Costumes and Cuisine in a way that is acceptable and fun to Westerners. To maintain her own knowledge and interest, she makes frequent trips to Japan and the Far East, to study and absorb not only the cultural side of daily life, but also to experience the high tech world that Japan continues to offer.

Local Entertainment

Children's Acrobatic Group, Shanghai, China
Jazz Band, Hong Kong, China

(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.

Arts & Entertainment

Passport To Music presented by Yamaha and Crystal Cruises. Instructor Carol Hewitt (Burlington, VT) introduces adult beginners to the joy and satisfaction of playing the keyboard in a fun and non-intimidating atmosphere. Tradition and technology meet in harmony to create this hands-on learning experience using Yamaha's exciting keyboards. Passport To Music is designed for those with little or no previous keyboard experience. 

Yamaha World Cruise Comprehensive is a course designed for those with prior experience and will explore a variety of musical topics throughout the 2014 World Cruise. This sailing’s topic, Bach, Beethoven, and YOU will be music history/appreciation, building repertoire (continued), setting goals and creating individual plans.

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 Gail Ivanco (Kitchener, Canada). 

Odyssey Art At Sea Knitting Instructor

The relaxing and social aspects of knitting have been added on select cruises. On this sailing, Gail Ivanco (Kitchener, 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.
Kerry Millerick and Dina Sterr (Sherman Oaks, 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 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 Percival Artuz plus Instructors Michael Newell (Vero Beach, FL) and Judy Koehler (Vero Beach, FL). 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).

A new series of "Everything Apple" courses developed and taught by Professor Stan Leja and Mary Leja (Corpus Christi, TX) is focused on iPads, iTunes, iWork, iLife, and iCloud. This new training provides several different, 7-hour Continuing Education Unit, CEU, granting courses from Del Mar College designed to improve your ability to understand and to use your Apple devices.  Each course will contain different in depth lectures and experimentation with various applications on both iPad devices and Apple computers.  Social media, photography, music, navigation, communications, business applications, videos, and reading with Apple devices will all be covered during different portions of World Cruise 2014.  A fee will be charged to attend these courses. 

To fully participate in this coursework, you need to come onboard with the following:  One iPad (v3 or v4) or iPad Mini, with iOS 7 installed that has cellular (GPS) capability.  The following applications need to be downloaded and installed on your iPad prior to joining this voyage:  Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iPhoto, GarageBand, iMovie, GoodReader for iPad, Adobe Photoshop Express, Kindle, and MotionX GPS HD.


Berlitz Foreign Language Instruction: Spanish classes, focusing on basic vocabulary and phrases to help guests communicate in foreign countries, are taught by certified Berlitz Language instructor Luz Rincon (Stratford, CT).

Memoir Writing

Joe Kita (Schnecksville, PA)
If you’ve ever thought about writing the story of your life, here’s your opportunity. Joe Kita has been a professional journalist for almost three decades. He has authored six popular books, written for numerous national magazines, taught writing at Lehigh University, and appeared on Oprah and other national programs. Joe has taught memoir writing on four previous Crystal World Cruises, and dozens of his students have published books. In this special course, you’ll learn everything from how to focus and organize your memoir to how to edit yourself and find a publisher. In addition, Joe will supply one-on-one coaching throughout the trip, reviewing and critiquing your manuscripts. If you’ve been thinking about your legacy or if your family has been bugging you to “write this stuff down!” for years, don’t miss this chance to finally get started.


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®.

Pilates Instructor

Kandice Kingsley (Sherman Oaks, CA)

Yoga Instructors

Maria and Joe Kita (Schnecksville, PA)

Golf Teaching Professional

Joe Herbert (Littleton, CO) 
Joe Herbert has maintained membership in the PGA for over 35 years, as well as being Life Member and Quarter Century Club member. His experience includes being a Head Golf Professional/Golf Director at exclusive country clubs in Colorado. In addition, during the spring and summer months, he is the Director of Golf Instruction at Arrowhead Golf Club (Golf Digest Top 100 golf courses) in Littleton, CO. During the winter, Joe is the Director of Golf Instruction at the beautiful Classic Golf Club in Palm Springs, CA. Joe hosted the Bob Hope golf tournament from 2006 - 2009. Joe has been honored with the 1997 nomination for PGA Teaching Professional and Junior Golf Leader as well as the 2009/2010 President’s Council Award for Outstanding Golf Instructor of Developing Golf Instruction Programs. He has been featured in 2010 Style magazine during the U.S. Open, and Boomer Golf News for his outstanding teaching abilities. Joe has signed with Southwest Airlines and Swift Air for his golf instructions and DVDs while in the air on WIFI. Recently, due to the large number of requests from his students around the world, Joe released a DVD set, Fundamentals of Golf. Joe considers teaching golf to others to be one of the highlights of his life. 
Our exclusive program features TaylorMade, the best performance golf company in the world and #1 driver in golf.

ACBL Bridge Instructors

Polly and Richard Pekruhn (Charleston, SC) and Ginny and Jeff Schuett (Riverwoods, IL) 
Beginner, intermediate and advanced bridge classes, and afternoon games.

Catholic Clergy

Father John Quinn (Armonk, NY)

Jewish Clergy

Rabbi Morris Hershman (Burlingame, CA)

Protestant Clergy

Pastor Ed Voosen (Leicester, MA)

Dance Team/Instructors

Curtis Collins (Los Angeles, CA) and Beverly Durand (Thousand Oaks, CA) 
Daily dance classes on sea days, and private lessons by appointment.

Ambassador Hosts

Mo Abdel-Ghany (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Jim Battaglia
(Buffalo, NY)
Sam Halioua
(Montréal, Canada) 
Robert Ho
(Riverside, CA) 
Carlito Lee
(Buena Park, CA)
Hamid Mansory
(Victoria, Canada) 
Rick Mazzone
(Kingston, MA) 
Marty Mulligan
(Toms River, NJ)
Ping Tom
(Foster City, CA)
Constantino Zampata
(Rio Vista, CA)

List as of 02/06/2014. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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