MYSTERIES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC
Lima to Auckland on Crystal Serenity
DATES : January 31 - February 20, 2015 (19 Days) CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $7,780 Per Person
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Hawaii & the South Pacific, South America, World Cruise
Lima to Auckland
January 31 - February 20, 2015
19 days (12 sea days) aboard Crystal Serenity
Paula Jean Pfitzer
Jamila Ajibade, Vocalist
Donovan and Rebecca, Acro Balance
Dale Gonyea, Comedian/Humorist
Marty Henne, Raconteur
Gary Hunter, Ventriloquist
Byron Johnston, Variety Guitarist
*Featuring the Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers
Across the Pond
My Life: The Music of Billy Joel starring James Fox
iLuminate: The Tourist
(Please note: not all shows are performed on all cruises).
Colin Salter, Avenue Saloon
John Mentis, Crystal Cove
We will receive television transmission from the States! Super Bowl XLIX, the 49th edition, is the ultimate sporting event and with three giant projection screens, the action is as close as it can get! The Galaxy Lounge is divided in half, so you have the opportunity to sit on the side of your favorite team. The cuisine ranges from hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, jalapeño poppers, onion rings, chicken wings, soup, sandwiches and a salad bar along with soft drinks and beer. Go team!
An ambassador of 'The Pirate King' boards the Serenity and demands we provide a 'Bride' for a shotgun wedding. You don’t want to know the consequence for failure in our mission. A full day of pirate themed antics ensue complete with pirate trivia, Cove event, dining room abduction, and a pirate event show in the Galaxy Lounge in the evening.
Love lifts us up where we belong! The Cove is beautifully decorated to reflect the brilliance of the evening white uniforms displayed by the ship's officers in attendance for the Officer's Mixer. The dress code for guests this evening is Crystal Casual.
It's All About Love! A Valentine Mixer begins at 11.30am - 12.30pm in the Crystal Plaza with music by the Galaxy Orchestra. The Cove will be decorated in red, white and pink along with a love seat and Juliet's Wall where guests can pay tribute to that special someone in their life, asking them to be their Valentine. At 3:30pm in the Palm Court, Chocolate Lover's Tea Time takes place, and the evening culminates in Duets, a fully produced show in the Galaxy Lounge in honor of relationships and coupledom.
Senator Bob Graham
Senator Bob Graham is the former two-term governor of Florida and served for 18 years in the United States Senate. This combined with 12 years in the Florida legislature for a total of 38 years of public service. As Governor and Senator, Bob Graham was a centrist, committed to bringing his colleagues together behind programs that served the broadest public interest. He was recognized by the people of Florida when he received an 83% approval ranking as he concluded eight years as Governor. Bob Graham retired from public service in January, 2005 following his Presidential campaign in 2004. Currently Senator Graham serves as Chairman of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, a congressionally mandated bipartisan commission tasked with following up on recommendations from the 9/11 Commission relating to WMD terrorism. In addition, he is the chair of the Board of Overseers of the Graham Center for Public Policy. This Center, with a home at the University of Florida and the University of Miami, commenced programs in the fall of 2006 in the areas of Public Leadership, Homeland Security, and The Americas, subjects in which he has been deeply involved during his public career. Graham is also a director of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
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.
Dr. Mel Bowen (Rotorua, NZ)
Melvyn was born in London, England, (of Welsh parents). He was subsequently brought up in Wales and therefore claims to be a Welshman! Throughout his interesting and adventurous life, Melvyn has been professionally involved in most matters relating to the sea and the world-wide sea-faring industry. Following a decade of service as a navigating officer in the British Merchant Navy, Melvyn qualified as a Master Mariner and went on to obtain the coveted “Extra-Master” qualification. He has lectured in navigation and marine sciences in several British Universities and Poly-technics. These included the University of Wales (Cardiff), Plymouth University, and the City of London Polytechnic. During the 5 years during which Melvyn lectured in Plymouth, England, he worked as nautical adviser for the popular Onedin Line BBC T/V series. Melvyn subsequently moved to New Zealand where he was contracted to work for the NZ Ministry of Transport (Marine Division). Over a 15 year period, his responsibilities included the certification of sea-going captains and navigating-officers, and the investigation of maritime-accidents/incidents. Melvyn claims to have sailed ‘in or on’ everything that floats and has always had a special interest in ‘square-rig’ sailing-ships. When the replica of “HMS Bounty” was being built in New Zealand (for the 1984 ‘big-screen’ film about the “Mutiny on the Bounty”), he supervised both the selection and training of the ship’s crew as well as the completion of the subsequent sea-trials. In his rich and varied life, Melvyn has piloted light aircraft, sail-planes and hang-gliders. He is a qualified scuba-diver and nautical-archaeologist. Although officially retired, Melvyn is a committed “life-long-learner” (he gained his Ph.D. when he was 65 years ‘young’). He continues to serve the Marine Industry (and the wider community) both as a technical consultant and as a lecturer in “Marine Sciences and Maritime History."
Stephen Cole (London, England)
Stephen Cole was the Principal anchorman and correspondent for the Royal Television Society Award winners Al Jazeera English for 9 years based in the Middle East and London. He is considered one of the best known faces of international news television. He is the longest-serving British male Presenter of 24-Hour news.
His early career was spent largely behind the scenes, as a researcher for the famous BBC Nationwide and writer/producer at ITN. After which, in 1989, he was asked to be part of the launch team of Sky News. He anchored the Bosnian war, the end of Eastern Europe and covered the fall of the Berlin Wall. During his time at Sky News, he was voted the news face of the 90s.
After six tumultuous and exciting years with Sky, he was head-hunted to CNN to launch the International Channel from the purpose-built studio in Atlanta. At the same time, Stephen and his wife Anne-Marie established Cole Productions, specializing in corporate events, television and radio.
After three years in America, Stephen was asked by the BBC to return to London to launch a new-look BBC World. He fronted the launch and a year later saw two big gaps in the market. As a result he came up with and launched two new programs. The first was Asia Today and the second was the world’s first IT TV show called Click Online. Stephen developed the format and took the show to 30 countries and presented it for 7 years.
Stephen has been at the BBC for 9 years when he was again asked to launch a new channel, so together with Sir David Frost they launched Al Jazeera English from London. Stephen was commissioned to make a series of films in Eastern Europe covering Organized Crime, Corruption and New Technology for the November launch of the channel. He delivered 5 exclusives for a special week of launch programs. Stephen left Al Jazeera in November, 2014 after being asked to Chair the Institute of Diplomacy and Business in London.
Dr. Thomas D. Jones (Vienna, VA)
Dr. Thomas D. Jones is a scientist, author, pilot, and former NASA astronaut. He holds a doctorate in planetary sciences and, in more than eleven years with NASA, flew on four space shuttle missions to Earth orbit. On his last flight, Dr. Jones led three spacewalks to install the centerpiece of the International Space Station, the American Destiny laboratory. He has spent fifty-three days working and living in space. After graduation from the Air Force Academy, Tom piloted B-52D strategic bombers, studied asteroids for NASA, engineered intelligence-gathering systems for the CIA and, as a NASA contractor, developed advanced mission concepts to explore the solar system.
The Wall Street Journal named Tom’s Sky Walking: An Astronaut's Memoir one of its "Five Best" books on space. He is also the author of Hell Hawks! The Untold Story of the American Fliers Who Savaged Hitler's Wehrmacht and his latest book Planetology, a beautiful new look at the solar system from National Geographic. He writes frequently for Air & Space, Smithsonian, Aerospace America, Popular Mechanics, and American Heritage magazines.
Dr. Jones' awards include the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, four NASA Space Flight Medals, the NASA Exceptional Service award, the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, Phi Beta Kappa, and the Air Force Commendation Medal. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Kings College, Wilkes-Barre, PA, in 2007. Tom, fresh from three years on the NASA Advisory Council, is currently active in the debate over our nation's future space exploration policy. He appears frequently on television news, commenting on science and spaceflight.
Anthony Terry (London, England)
Anthony Terry joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1969 and served a full diplomatic career until his retirement in 2001. This was followed by several years on overseas assignments for the British government in a consultancy role, in South America and North Africa. The main emphasis of his career has been South America, the Caribbean and the Balkans, with postings including Fidel Castro’s Cuba, the Tito era Yugoslavia and Chile during and after Pinochet. His work as a diplomat covered political, economic and commercial affairs. In London he has worked in an advisory role to the Cabinet Office on intelligence issues and counter-terrorism. Outside his diplomatic career, he has pursued an interest in early cartography and voyages of discovery, as an antique map collector and dealer. Over the past five years he has acted as a guest speaker on cruise ships visiting South America, the Caribbean and the Pacific, sharing his enthusiasm for voyages of exploration and related antique maps.
Leo Thorsness (Madison, AL)
Six year Prisoner-of-War, Medal of Honor recipient and fighter pilot Leo Thorsness from Tucson, Arizona will share lessons of life he learned the hard way in prison, the exciting way in combat, and the fun way in humor. Leo shares a few amazing stories of courage and sacrifice of Medal of Honor friends, as well as humorous stories from POW life, plus Leo and Gaylee will share their six year POW separation experience in a joint presentation.
Laurie Wickwire (London, England)
Brought up in the Deep South, Alabama and Texas, Laurie Wickwire’s lifetime appreciation of diamonds was born, a passion nurtured by the women in her jewelry-loving family. Moving to England in 1992, Laurie opened her jewelry boutique specializing in bespoke pieces and private stone sourcing. Laurie is a GIA-Certified Diamond Grader via study in London and an IGI-Certified Pearl Grader via study in Antwerp. Considered an industry expert on all things diamond-related, she is the luxury gem specialist and on-air diamond expert for the international shopping channel QVC and regularly writes for luxury magazines reporting on the fabulous jewels worn at “red carpet” events, such as the Cannes Film Festival, to investment diamond articles.
Her passion is clear when speaking about the subject of diamonds, from diamond mining, cutting, grading, sourcing and designing; she is involved in it all. As a diamond merchant for a private Antwerp syndicate, Laurie presents her fabulous diamonds to the world’s elite jewelers. Laurie has enjoyed private commissions from HRH, The Prince of Wales, as well as a few lords and baronesses, from designing bespoke diamond jewelry and tiaras to diamond-encrusted belt buckles and business card holders; she produces her luxury jewelry married with uncompromising British workmanship.
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.
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.
Passport To Music presented by Yamaha and Crystal Cruises. Instructors Linda Gould and Dave Paulson (Victoria, Canada) introduce 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.
Get your creative juices flowing using a variety of media in classes taught by our specially trained Odyssey Art at Sea instructor Marlene Batoff (Sunny Isles Beach, FL).
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.
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.
Lead Technology Concierge Arwin Mañalac plus Instructor Christine Potvin (Middleton, 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).
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 and Italian classes, focusing on basic vocabulary and phrases to help guests communicate in foreign countries, are taught by certified Berlitz Language instructor Nancy Cohen (Monroe, NJ).
Elegance and character are the hallmarks of the portrait photographs Sophocles Alexiou creates for his subjects. His unique style is highly regarded and has received many accolades from his peers in Great Britain. Sophocles is a Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) and has been awarded four gold medals by them for his outstanding photographic art. He is also a Fellow of the Master Photographers Association (MPA). Sophocles is a three-time winner of the prestigious Kodak Gold award, the London Portrait Group trophy and Family Portrait Photographer of the Year. Sophocles 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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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®.
Ella Crowson (London, England)
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.
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.
Polly and Richard Pekruhn (Charleston, SC) and Ginny and Jeff Schuett (Riverwoods, IL)
Beginner, intermediate and advanced bridge classes, and afternoon games.
Father Thomas Falkenthal (Aventura, FL)
Rabbi Morris Hershman (Burlingame, CA)
Pastor Ed Voosen (Leicester, MA)
Curtis Collins (Los Angeles, CA) and Beverly Durand (Thousand Oaks, CA)
Daily dance classes on sea days, and private lessons by appointment.
Mo Abdel Ghany (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Jim Battaglia (Buffalo, NY)
John Farrell (Tampa, FL)
Sam Halioua (Lachine, Canada)
Robert Ho (Riverside, CA)
Emery Lendvay (Ridgeville, OH)
Steve Ong (Fremont, CA)
Al Padua (San Francisco, CA)
Dietmar Weber (Mannheim, Germany)
Hubert and Karen Dickson, Director of Sales for Hubert Gesser, bring 'Color to the World, One Gemstone at a Time.'