Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro on Crystal Serenity
DATES : April 3 - 18, 2015 (15 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $6,420 Per Person


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Africa, South America, World / Grand Cruise
Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro
April 3 - 18, 2015
15 days (9 sea days) aboard Crystal Serenity



Egil Giske

Hotel Director

Josef Lumetsberger

Cruise Director

Gary Hunter

World Cruise Hostess

Stacey Huston

Maître D'

Leo Assmair

Crystal Society Hostess

Alissa Gustafsson

Cruise Sales Consultant

Daniele Puma

Headline Entertainers

Beatles Celebration, Vocal Group
Shirley Dominguez, Harpist
Gary Hunter Ventriloquist
Hector Olivera, Concert Organist
Gary Williams, Vocalist
Roger Wright, Vocalist

Magic Castle At Sea

Will Fern

Production Shows

*Featuring the Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers

Traditional Revues

Across the Pond
Curtain Call

Concert Production

My Life: The Music of Billy Joel starring James Fox

Jukebox Musical

6/8 Café

High-Tech Integration of Light and Dance

iLuminate: The Tourist

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

Lounge Pianists

Jordan Heppner, Avenue Saloon
Richard Pucci, Crystal Cove

World Cruise Special Events

Out Of Africa - April 4, 2015

Our Safari begins with a photo opportunity in the Cove as we sail away sampling African drinks and delicacies. This theme expands throughout the evening in various venues and we invite you to explore and begin a new story with your camera. The festivities culminate with our Out of Africa show in the Galaxy Lounge. Be prepared as the mysterious continent comes to life, represented by our entertainment team.

Boca Bash Fair - April 11, 2015

Crystal Idol! The audition rounds have been grueling but we have found the best on board crew talent for the final of Serenity’s Crystal Idol. Who will be on the star panel of judges? Who will be our special guest artists? Who will be the winner of Crystal Idol 2015?

Boca Bash Fair - April 13th, 2015

The brightly colored facades of the Boca district have come to Deck 12 with a carnival fair atmosphere that only Argentina can provide. Street tango and Boleadoras performances meet the Dunking Booth and the Hoop Toss.  Argentine wine and beer are served as well an Argentine cocktail or two!

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Celebrity Guest Speaker

Kathryn Childers (Rockport, TX)
Raised in Colorado’s mountainous country, Kathryn was a natural athlete. Her father taught her to shoot cans off a post from 100 yards. She graduated from the University of Colorado and was one of the first five women hired by the United States Secret Service in 1970. Her assignments included protection of the Queen of Spain, Indira Gandhi, Imelda Marcos, and the Kennedy Protective Detail of John F. Kennedy Jr. and Caroline Kennedy. Kathryn worked several Presidential campaign details, was assigned to a special counterfeit task force in New York, and worked numerous undercover assignments in New York, Washington, and Miami. She often says the experience gave her the distinct privilege of being “a mouse in the pocket of history."

Celebrity Guest Speaker: Former Leader of the Opposition, Parliament of South Africa

Ambassador Tony Leon (Cape Town, South Africa) 
For nearly 20 years Tony Leon was a Member of Parliament in South Africa, and for thirteen years he led the Democratic Alliance.  He began his political career in the antiapartheid Progressive party and became the longest serving Leader of the Opposition since the advent of democracy in April 1994.  He led and grew his party from its marginal position on the brink of political extinction into the second largest political force in South Africa.  President Nelson Mandela described him as “a leader whose dynamism and analysis keeps everyone on their toes.”

A trained lawyer, Tony Leon actively participated in the critical constitutional negotiations which led to the birth of a democratic South Africa.  He has been at the forefront of national and international events, as a front-ranking parliamentarian, a renowned orator and writer, and as a Vice-President of Liberal International.  He has addressed many international conferences, from the Council on Foreign Relations to the World Economic Forum in South Africa.

Tony Leon has been widely published in academic journals and has authored articles for Time, The Spectator, Harvard International Review, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, the Financial Times, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Daily Telegraph. He has published two books: Hope and Fear: Reflections of a Democrat and the South African bestseller On the Contrary: Leading the Opposition in a Democratic South Africa.

After standing down from political leadership in 2007, he was awarded a Fellowship at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s John F Kennedy School of Government.  In 2008 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Global Center for Liberty and Prosperity at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C.  In August 2009 he was appointed South African Ambassador to Argentina.

Celebrity Guest Speaker: World Affairs

Sir Michael Rose (Somerset, England)
After attending the Staff College, Camberley, Rose became the Brigade Major 16th Parachute Brigade from 1973 until 1975. He was Commanding Officer of the 22nd SAS Regiment from 1979 to 1982, as part of which he was in control of the operation to free the hostages of the Iranian Embassy Siege in 1980. He commanded Special Service operations in-theatre as a colonel during the Falkland Conflict. He then served as the commander of the 39th Infantry Brigade from 1983 to 1985. In 1987, Sir Michael was the Commandant of the School of Infantry until 1988, when he became the first Director Special Forces until 1989. He attended the Royal College of Defense Studies.

Rose was General Officer Commanding North East District and Commander 2nd Infantry Division from 1989 to 1991, and between 1991 and 1993 served as Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley. Then, from 1993 to 1994, Rose was Commander UK Field Army and Inspector-General of the Territorial Army. Finally, from 1994 to 1995 he was Commander, United Nations Protection Force, Bosnia-Hertzegovina. He was Deputy Commander-in-Chief Land Command for part of 1995, then Adjutant-General and Aide-de-Camp General to The Queen until 1997. Rose was awarded the QGM 1981, made a CBE 1986, was knighted with a KCB 1994, and received the DSO in 1995.

Rose was one of the most highly decorated British soldiers in the latter part of twentieth century. He had extensive experience world-wide, particularly in the Middle East, as a special forces officer. Rose served in Germany, Aden, Malaysia, the Gulf States, Dhofar, and in Northern Ireland and the Falkland Islands, for both of which he was mentioned in dispatches, mostly in a relatively informal, small formation setting, working to very narrow objectives, with clearly superb results.

Celebrity Guest Speaker

Lord David Steel (Selkirk, Scotland)
David Steel was born in Scotland and was educated in Dumbarton, Edinburgh and Nairobi, Kenya. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh, MA in 1960 and LL.B in 1962. While at university he was President of the Liberal Club, and of the Students' Representative Council. Thereafter he was Assistant Secretary of the Scottish Liberal Party '62-64 before joining the BBC as a reporter/presenter. That career was cut short by his winning the by-election in March, 1965 in Roxburgh, Selkirk & Peebles from the Conservatives. At 26 he became the youngest Member of that Parliament. He continued to represent the Scottish Borders (the seat later became Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale) through eight further elections until he retired in 1997. He was then elevated to the House of Lords as Lord Steel of Aikwood in the dissolution honors.

In 1966/67 he successfully piloted through the Commons a bill to reform the law on abortion, the Abortion Act, with large majorities on free votes in both Houses. This rid Britain of the record of criminal and self-induced abortion which had led annually to between 30 and 50 deaths and hundreds of injuries to women. He was also the founding Scottish Chairman of Shelter, the campaigning charity for the homeless. From 1966-70 he was President of the Anti-Apartheid Movement in the UK. In 1971 he was expelled from Rhodesia and declared a prohibited immigrant by the illegal Smith regime. In 1992 he was an observer at South Africa's first democratic election and in 1997 was appointed by the Commonwealth Secretary General to Chair the Commonwealth Observer Mission to the second election. He continued to be active in the development of multi-party democracy in Kenya, and later also in Malawi.

From 1970-75 he was Liberal Chief Whip and in 1976 was the first party leader in Britain to be elected by vote of party members in the country, not just MPs. In 1997 he was appointed to the Privy Council, becoming its then youngest member. In 1977-78 he led his party into the Lib-Lab pact to support the government of Prime Minister James Callaghan in its fight against inflation. Having experienced inter-party cooperation in the European Referendum campaign in 1975, he welcomed the founding of the Social Democratic Party in 1981 and led his party into Alliance with it, leading in 1988 to union as the Liberal Democrats; thereupon he retired from the leadership and went on to serve as the party's foreign affairs spokesman and President of Liberal International. From 1997-99 he served as Deputy Leader of the party in the House of Lords to Roy Jenkins.

From 1989-99 he was joint-chair of the Scottish Constitutional Convention which drew up the blueprint for the re-establishment within the United Kingdom of the Scottish Parliament (abolished in 1707), and on which basis the Blair government legislated. He became a list member for the Lothian Region in the new parliament and was elected its first Presiding Officer (Speaker). He retired at the end of that first parliament in 2003 and returned to the House of Lords without portfolio. He served as Rector of Edinburgh University from 1982-85 and was created a Doctor of Laws there in 1997. He holds honorary doctorates from eight other universities. He was created a freeman of Tweeddale and of Ettrick & Lauderdale by their respective Councils. He was knighted in 1990. He also holds the Grand Cross of the order of Merit of Germany and Chevalier of the Legion d'honneur of France, and the Order of the Brilliant Star of Taiwan. In 2004 he was appointed by Her Majesty as one of the 16 Knights of the Thistle (KT).

He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Ettrick & Lauderdale and Roxburgh. In 2003/4 he was appointed Her Majesty's Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. From 1997-2004 he was President of the Charity Medical Aid for the Palestinians and is a patron of the Anglo-Arab Organization. He is an honorary Vice-President of the Royal African Society, and chair of the Liberal Friends of India. In 2004 he became chair of the Carnegie Trust Commission for Rural Community Development, and of the Liberal Democrat Commission on the future financing of Scottish government.

Destination Lecturer

Ken Rees (Bristol, England)
Ken Rees brings to the role of destination lecturer over 25 years experience as a world-travelling foreign correspondent.  During his career, he has reported extensively from Italy, Greece, and the Middle East.  His many news credits include the Lebanese civil war, the first Gulf War, the loss of the space shuttle Challenger, and the sectarian troubles of Northern Ireland. Ken has held almost every job in a television newsroom from scriptwriter, news editor, and reporter to Director of News and Current Affairs.  During a 15-year career with Britain’s flagship network program, ITN’s News at Ten, he served as a Senior Foreign Correspondent and spent six years covering the United States from Washington, D.C. In 1986 the Royal Television Society named Ken as Television Reporter of the Year, their highest honor.  He now works as a broadcast consultant, trains journalists for TV companies, and writes on travel and world affairs.

Special Interest Lecturer: Broadway’s Musicals

Glenn Rosenblum (Los Angeles, CA) 
Glenn Rosenblum is a busy celebrity talent broker, lecturer, vocalist, actor and musical mensch. He holds a Bachelor Arts degree in theatre from The School of Theatre, Film and Television at UCLA, and has attended the School of Dramatic Arts at USC, and the Department of Drama and Dance at Hofstra University. He has been seen regionally on stage in musicals including Cabaret (Emcee), Guys and Dolls (Nathan Detroit), Man of La Mancha (Barber) and Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour). He also played himself in Annabelle Gurwitch’s hit comedy Fired!, recorded for National Public Radio at Los Angeles Theatre Works. His off-Broadway credits include Lucky Lucy and the Fortune Man starring Blythe Danner, Little Mighty with Sam Harris, and Rise of David Levinksy featuring Larry Kert. Glenn’s television work includes an Old Navy commercial with Kristin Chenoweth, as well as episodic turns on the series Bones and Miami Vice. A star-turn soon found him star-wrangling as President of the prestigious STAR BROKERS, INC., a top supplier of celebrity talent.  After twenty years of successful projects, Glenn started his own company: CELEBRITY ACCESS, INC. He continues as a leading Talent Broker of celebrity talent for diversified promotional events, product endorsements, media tours, direct-response marketing and infomercials. His Los Angeles-based company provides access to the most extensive celebrity talent base in the industry today. He specializes in coordinating celebrity promotions, personal appearances, special events, conventions and expositions. His expanded field also includes entertainers and speakers for high-profile corporate and university functions. Glenn’s expanded Media Tour Division provides full-service production needs for national celebrity product placement for television, radio and print coverage. Juggling the demands of CELEBRITY ACCESS, INC. and regional performance work, he also continues a professional interest in composing, music publishing, entertainment publicity and lots of theatre attending.

Special Interest Lecturer

Robert Wilder (Encinitas, CA)
Dr. Rob Wilder is the co-founder and CEO of WilderHill Clean Energy Index® (ECO), the first and leading index on Wall Street for clean energy. He holds a Ph.D. from University of California Santa Barbara and a law degree from University of San Diego School of Law. In addition, Dr. Wilder is a visiting lecturer who speaks at universities around the world. Rob is author of the book, Listening to the Sea, which links marine biodiversity to smart cost-effective energy technologies that prevent pollution in the first place. Rob is currently a Fulbright senior specialist and was a Fulbright fellow; he is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law. His awards include an AAAS/EPA fellowship in Environmental Science & Technology at EPA Headquarters in Washington D.C. and the National Academy of Sciences Young Investigator Award (twice).

Guest Chef

Jon Ashton (Orlando, FL)
Jon Ashton began his culinary career in several notable English restaurants including the Derby Lodge Hotel and The Kirkfield Hotel in Newton Le-Willows. After moving to the United States to follow his childhood dream, Jon launched into the business with a passion for sharing his craft and making good food accessible. He has appeared frequently on the Today Show and The Tonight Show. Many of America’s most trusted brands have put their products in Jon’s hands including: Walt Disney, J.M. Smucker Company, Procter & Gamble, ConAgra and many more. He is currently the food correspondent for the nationally syndicated morning show, The Daily Buzz. Through his work as Contributing Editor of Parade and Dash magazines, Jon can be seen on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX affiliates across the nation as he travels on media tours and presentations for the Dash Around the Table cook show tour.

*Theme Presentation: Ocean Views

Lively, engaging and interactive, Ocean Views will feature panels of distinguished ambassadors, professors, foreign correspondents, four-star generals and other veteran strategists to debate current events and global issues. From both sides of the proverbial aisle, world affairs experts will square off on defense policies, international conflicts and even geographical illiteracy.

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.

Arts & Entertainment

Passport To Music presented by Yamaha and Crystal Cruises. Instructor Andrew Hisey (St. Paul, MN) 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.

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 Denise Tabari (Laguna Hills, CA).

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) and Jim Bigham (Miami, FL) 
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 Arwin Mañalac plus Instructor Cheryl Rucker McQueen (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).

An updated series of 'Everything Apple' courses developed and taught by Professor Stan Leja (Corpus Christi, TX) is again being offered on iPads, iTunes, iWork, iLife, and iCloud. This Apple training provides several different 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 web surfing with Apple devices will all be covered during different portions of World Cruise 2015.  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 Air 2, iPad Air, iPad v4, iPad mini 3, or iPad mini 2, with the latest iOS installed that has cellular (GPS) capability.  Having international cellular data activated prior to joining the world cruise is also required. The latest versions of the following applications need to be downloaded and installed on your iPad prior to joining this voyage:  Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iPhoto, GarageBand, iMovie, Dropbox for iPad, GoodReader for iPad, Adobe Photoshop Express, Kindle, MotionX GPS HD, and SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive.    

If you have an Apple notebook computer, please bring it with you.  On your notebook computer, please make sure it has the latest version of the OS X Yosemite operating system and the latest version of the notebook applications:  Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iPhoto, GarageBand, iMovie, Adobe Photoshop 13, and Kindle.  If you do not have an Apple notebook computer, you can use the desktops in the CU @ Sea classroom, which will all have the updated required software.


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 Vania Cevallos (San Diego, CA).

Memoir Writing

Joe Kita (Schnecksville, PA)
If your family has been bugging you to “write this stuff down!” for years, here’s your chance to finally get started. Joe Kita has authored six books, written for numerous magazines, taught writing at Lehigh University, and appeared on Oprah. Joe has taught memoir writing on six previous Crystal World Cruises, and dozens of his students have published books. In this special course, you’ll learn everything from how to get started to how to find a publisher. Joe will also supply one-on-one coaching throughout the trip, reviewing and critiquing your manuscripts.

World Cruise Book Club

If you enjoy discussing good books, or if you just want to learn more about the unique places on our itinerary, join the club! Led by memoir-writing instructor Joe Kita, the club meets periodically throughout the World Cruise. Our 13 titles are a mix of old and new, fiction and nonfiction, and keyed to the areas we’ll be visiting. Read one, a few, or all. Please bring your own copy, either paper or digital. Here’s the list (in order of discussion):

On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers
The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
Easter Island by Jennifer Vanderbes
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
The Light Between Oceans
by M.L. Stedman
The Last Brother by Nathacha Appanah
Aye-Aye and I
by Gerald Durrell 
The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony   
A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands by Jorge Amado
River of Doubt by Candice Millard
Papillon by Henri Charrière


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

Ella Crowson (London, England)

Yoga Instructor

Maria Kita (Schnecksville, PA) 
Looking for a fun new way to get in shape and feel better instantly? Yoga is great for soothing aches, easing stress, building strength, and saying hello to your toes after all these years. Maria Kita is a registered yoga instructor on her seventh Crystal World Cruise. She’ll be teaching Gentle and Energetic classes, plus others with special themes (e.g., yoga for back pain, chair yoga, etc.). Maria is also a registered nurse, and she practices what she preaches. Yoga enabled her to overcome back surgery 13 years ago.

PGA Teaching Professional

John Clark (Carlsbad, CA)
John has over 35 years experience in the Golf business and became a PGA member in July, 1972. He served his Apprenticeship under the late Tony Novitsky at Columbine Country Club, Littleton, Colorado. Columbine was the Host Club for the 1968 PGA Championship. John is a life member and a Quarter Century member of the PGA of America. John has held positions as an Assistant Golf Professional, Head Professional, Director of Golf and General Manager at Private Country Clubs and a Sheraton Resort. He is currently a PGA Instructor at the SDGA, San Diego Campus. The other SDGA Campus's are located in Phoenix, Myrtle Beach and Orlando. Also, John is an independent PGA Golf Instructor at the Carlsbad Golf Center, Carlsbad, CA.
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 Thomas Falkenthal (Aventura, FL)

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)
Basim Abdelnour (Plymouth, MI)
Jay Hoey (Henderson, NV)
Michael Howe (Woodlands, TX) 
Emery Lendvay (Ridgeville, OH)
Rick Mazzone (Kingston, MA)
Michael Nguyen (Vancouver, Canada) 
Rafael Talavera (Tampa, FL) 
Constantino Zampata (Rio Vista, CA)

Featured Trunk Show

Hubert Gesser
Hubert and Karen Dickson, Director of Sales for Hubert Gesser, bring 'Color to the World, One Gemstone at a Time.'

List as of 03/24/2015. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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