Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City on Crystal Symphony
DATES : December 21 - 27, 2014 (6 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $2,970 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 4229A - China Sea Holiday Spectacular: Crystal Getaway

Asia, Holiday Voyages
Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City 
December 21 to December 27, 2014
6 day
s (2 sea days) aboard Crystal Symphony


Mark Symonds

Hotel Director

Herbert Jäger

Cruise Director

Scott Peterson

Maître D'

Remi Szutkiewicz

Crystal Society Hostess

Isabell Wagner

Cruise Sales Consultant

Nikki Andrew

Headline Entertainers

Gary Arbuthnot, Flautist
Jon Courtenay
, Variety Comedian
Jimmy Travis
, Comedian/Instrumentalist
Joe West
, Vocalist/Instrumentalist

Magic Castle At Sea

Tim Noonan

(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
Tom Daniels, Crystal Cove

Crystal Visions Enrichment Program

Celebrity Guest Speaker

James Bradley (Rye, NY)
James Bradley is a New York Times number one best-selling author and a son of John Bradley, who raised the flag on Iwo Jima.  Joe Rosenthal’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of that event is the world’s most reproduced photo.  Clint Eastwood told their father-son story in his movie, Flags of Our Fathers.  He attended Sophia University in Tokyo and is the president of the James Bradley Peace Foundation, which for the last decade has been sending American students to China and Japan to live for a year.  America’s best-selling Pacific historian, his first book, Flags of Our Fathers, chronicled the island-hopping campaign and the battle of Iwo Jima; his second, Flyboys, detailed the air war and the dramatic story of George Herbert Walker Bush’s close escape from capture and death; his third, The Imperial Cruise, tells the story of how President Theodore Roosevelt concluded secret agreements in 1905 that lit the long historical fuse on World War II in the Pacific; and his fourth, New China (to be published late 2014) tells how perceptions of China in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration led the United States to war with Japan.  An acclaimed professional speaker who has entertained thousands, James brings Pacific history alive. 

Destination Lecturer

Denise Heywood (London, England)
Denise Heywood is an author, lecturer, photographer and journalist. She worked in Cambodia as a journalist for three years and has also lived in France and the U.S. Her books include one on the Buddhist temples of Laos, Ancient Luang Prabang, also in French, and her latest one is Cambodian Dance Celebration of the Gods, with a foreword by Princess Buppha Devi, daughter of King Sihanouk. Now based in London, she is a lecturer for the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies (NADFAS), The Art Fund, The School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) on their post-graduate Asian Art Course and Madingley Hall (University of Cambridge). She has lectured all over Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, South Africa and Europe at universities, colleges, schools, art institutions and travel organizations including the Royal Geographical Society, The British Museum, and The National Trust. She writes for many art, literary and travel publications, appears on BBC radio, and leads art tours to Southeast Asia and France.  

Special Interest Lecturer: World Affairs

Shelby Coffey (McLean, VA)
Shelby Coffey is the former editor of the Los Angeles Times. Currently a senior fellow of the Freedom Forum and trustee at the Newseum, Coffey was president of CNN Business News and CNNfn. Prior to joining CNN, Coffey served as executive vice president of ABC News, where he was responsible for editorial standards and practices, online activities, cable program development and ABC News productions, in addition to other editorial responsibilities.

Special Interest Lecturer: Historian

Dr. Peter Durrans (Sunderland, England)
Dr. Peter Durrans was educated at the Universities of Hull (BA), Carleton, Ottawa (MA) and Oxford (D.Phil). He has lectured in history in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. Peter began his lecturing career as Associate Professor at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta before returning to England where he was Senior Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield. He was subsequently appointed Head of History at the University of Sunderland where he became Associate Dean before his retirement in 2008. His specialist interests include empire, exploration and travel and he has published on overseas empire and Britain.

Special Interest Lecturer: Shopaholics Anonymous

Carole Klein (Hong Kong, China)
Although originally from Memphis, TN, Carole Klein has called Hong Kong home for over nineteen years. She is equally at home on board ship, having spent 15 years in the luxury cruise industry. Carole's extensive shipboard travels include seven World Cruises which lead to her becoming a confessed 'Shopaholic' and to a series of talks entitled 'Shopaholics Anonymous' on some of the world's greatest shopping meccas. Appropriately enough, Carole's favorite travel and shopping destinations are in Asia. Of course, Hong Kong is at the top of her list!  

In 1995, Carole decided to 'drop anchor' when she moved to Hong Kong to join one of the world's top hotels, The Regent, as Director of Public Relations. The hotel rebranded to InterContinental Hong Kong in 2001 and is now the Asia-Pacific flagship for InterContinental Hotels Group. As Director of Public Relations & Communications, Carole serves as the hotel's spokesperson and oversees international media relations and promotions for the internationally acclaimed property, which is celebrated as a destination for exceptional dining. In her job she is constantly sharing her insider knowledge of Hong Kong with visiting overseas media and guests. She is also on the pulse of what's happening in the city from local journalists and foodies.

(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 Roberta Socolof (Ossining, NY). 

Odyssey Art At Sea Knitting Instructor

The relaxing and social aspects of knitting have been added on select cruises. On this sailing, Bonnie Spencer (Sutter Creek, CA) 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 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 Kenneth Molen (Toronto, Canada). 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).


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 Harold Rodriguez Cifuentes (Torrance, CA).

Guest Master Photographer

Richard Dutkowski
Richard Dutkowski is a Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) and the Master Photographers Association (MPA). He has been a successful professional photographer in the UK for over 20 years during which time his artistry has won him many prestigious awards and the title “UK Master Photographer of the Year.”  He is also a Past President of the Master Photographers Association. Richard is a recognized leader in the medium of black and white photography. Portraiture has always been a passion and Richard treats each of his commissions as an opportunity to create unique portraits. Each is not only an object of beauty, but also has lasting value for generations to come. His work has often been described as priceless and his portraits now hang with pride in many homes and offices in Europe, America and Asia. With years of experience Richard is truly a 'Master' of technique, able to ‘paint’ his subjects with light and then capture their very essence and heart. Richard will be setting up reservations to have exclusive portrait sessions with guests. Guests may also make pre-reservations by emailing Paragon Pixels in advance of their cruise at info@paragonpixels.com.


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®.

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

Marsha Helton (Sedona, AZ)
Beginner and intermediate bridge classes, and afternoon games.

Catholic Clergy

Father Peter Conroy (Seaford, Australia)

Jewish Clergy

Rabbi Morris Hershman (Burlingame, CA)

Protestant Clergy

Rev. Cliff Blinman (Oro Valley, AZ)

Dance Team/Instructors

Gyorgy Kocse (Monor, Hungary) and Petra Pandur (Budapest, Hungary)  
Daily dance classes on sea days, and private lessons by appointment

Junior Activities Directors

Kelly Brower
Emil Gustafsson
Kyle Jones
Lauren Marshall

Ambassador Hosts

Richard Douglas (San Diego, CA)
Hamid Mansory (Victoria, Canada) 
Rick Mazzone
(Kingston, MA)
Al Padua (San Francisco, CA)
Andy Tam (San Francisco, CA)
Tony Vaninetti (Catherdral City, CA)

Featured Trunk Show

Hubert Gesser
Hubert brings 'Color to the World, One Gemstone at a Time.'

List as of 12/21/2014. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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