London to Boston on Crystal Serenity
DATES : September 5 - 19, 2014 (14 Days) CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $5,175 Per Person
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London to Boston
September 5 to September 19, 2014
14 Days (5 sea days) aboard Crystal Serenity
*Themes: Crystal Wine & Food Festival + Golf
Michel Bell, Vocalist
Rustem Hayroudinoff, Classical Pianist
Petrina Johnson, Vocalist/Impressionist
Hector Olivera, Concert Organist
Steve Stevens, Comedian/Musician
R. Paul Wilson
Colin Salter, Avenue Saloon
John Mentis, Crystal Cove
Featuring the Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers
Across the Pond
iLuminate: The Tourist
Rocket Man: A Tribute to Elton John starring Jonathan Kane
(Please note: not all shows are performed on all cruises).
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.
Ken Walsh (Bethesda, MD)
Ken Walsh is the chief White House correspondent and author of the "Presidency" column for U.S. News & World Report. He has covered the White House for 'U.S. News' since 1986 and is one of the most experienced and longest-serving journalists ever to cover the presidency. He has reported on and written about five presidents; Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, and every presidential campaign since 1984. Historian Douglas Brinkley has written of Walsh: "No journalist today covers U.S. presidential politics with the same bedrock self-assurance, analytical thought, and literary aplomb as Ken Walsh."
Walsh has won the most prestigious awards for White House-related journalism. He won the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Coverage of the Presidency in 1992, 1998, and 2009, and the Aldo Beckman Award in 1991 and 2007. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Washington Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2009. He is former president of the White House Correspondents' Association. Walsh appears often on national television and radio and gives frequent speeches around the United States, and he teaches as an adjunct in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C.
He is the author of five books, including Family of Freedom: Presidents and African Americans in the White House (2011), From Mount Vernon to Crawford: A History of the Presidents and Their Retreats (2005), and Air Force One: A History of the Presidents and Their Planes (2003).
A New York City native, Walsh received a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1968 from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and a master's in communication in 1970 from American University in Washington, D.C. Just after graduate school, he spent nearly two years as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
Dr. Bulent Atalay (Fredericksburg, VA)
Bulent Atalay, a scientist, artist and author, has been described by NPR, PBS, Smithsonian and the Washington Post as a “Twenty-first Century Renaissance Man.” Dr. Atalay's academic background includes undergraduate and graduate training in theoretical physics at a number of universities including Georgetown, University of California-Berkeley, Princeton and Oxford. He travels around the world lecturing at academic institutions and on cruise ships on the "A-subjects," art, archaeology, astrophysics and atomic physics, confessing that he knows much less about the "B-subjects," business, banking, biology and botany.
An acclaimed Leonardo expert, Atalay is the author of two best selling books on the intersection of art, science and mathematics, with Leonardo, the pre-eminent Renaissance man, serving as the foil. His best selling book, Math and the Mona Lisa, has appeared in 13 languages. His last book, Leonardo's Universe, coauthored with classicist Keith Wamsley, so far is in two languages, English and Japanese. He is currently working on a new book for National Geographic Books entitled The Miracle Year, about Isaac Newton's explosive creativity during the Year of the Plague (1665-1666).
Jack McManus (Manhattan Beach, CA)
Dr. Jack McManus is professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. He teaches courses in public policy and emerging technologies in the doctoral programs in Organizational Leadership and in Learning Technologies. Over the past 37 years, Dr. McManus has served in many capacities at Pepperdine, including director of Computer Services, director of the residential MBA/MIB programs, and interim dean of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Although working in these administrative positions “has been fun,” Jack has always known that “his passion is teaching.” His current recent research focuses on the impact of social media on educational, corporate and private life. In 2013, Dr. McManus delivered a TED-X talk titled, The Future of Schools: Time to Find Your Metaphor. His lectures on Crystal will focus on “Social Media, Emerging Technologies and You.”
Dr. John Renninger (New York, NY)
Dr. John Renninger is currently adjunct professor of global affairs at New York University. In 2007, Dr. Renninger retired from the United Nations after 30 years of service. Upon his retirement, he was a director in the Department of Political Affairs, where he was the highest ranking US national. He was responsible for monitoring political developments in various regions of the world and providing political advice to the Secretary-General.
Special Interest Lecturer
Ambassador Adrian Sindall is a former senior British diplomat. During his Foreign Service career, Adrian served as British Ambassador to Syria, as British High Commissioner to His Majesty The Sultan of Brunei and as a senior policy advisor on South America, Antarctica and the Falkland Islands. Adrian was seconded to the British Ministry of Defense as a Middle East advisor at the time of the first Gulf War and has held senior posts in Australia, Peru and the Middle East. He is a past Chairman of the Council for British Research in the Levant, of the London-based Arab British Centre and of the International Development Awards Panel of the UK National Lottery Charities Board. He is an active member of The Royal Institute of International Affairs and lectures both at academic level to community and social organizations.
*Theme Presentations: Crystal Wine & Food Festival
Thrainn Freyr Vigfússon (Reykjavík, Iceland)
Chef Thrainn Freyr Vigfússon is a star in Iceland’s Culinary world. He is the captain of the Icelandic culinary team and has gained broad experience in Iceland and abroad. In 2007 he won the Icelandic Chef of the Year competition and in 2009 he won silver in the Scandinavian Chef of the Year, and as recently as 2011 he won seventh place in the world's most prestigious cooking competition, the Bocuse d'Or. Thrainn's current role is as Head Chef at Blue Lagoon‘s LAVA Restaurant. His restaurant offers a modern Nordic cuisine while his revolutionary spirit and culinary drive are visually appealing as well as pleasing to the palate
David Gordon (New York, NY)
David Gordon is leading Tribeca Grill to new standards in wine service since joining the restaurant at its opening in 1990. His impressive list -1,800 selections and over 20,000 bottles, has received Wine Spectator's Grand Award every year since 2002. He is the Wine Director for not only Tribeca Grill, but also for the Myriad restaurant group. David assisted in creating the wine list at Corton, he recently created the wine program for the Acela Club, Myraid’s restaurant at Citifield and he oversees the wine program at Centrico. As a consultant, he has created stellar wine lists for a number of New York restaurants. In 2003, he designed the entire wine and spirits program for the eleven restaurants at the Borgata, a 2,000 room hotel and casino in Atlantic City. He produces and distributes his own California wine under the Jeanne Marie, Bacchus, and Sandy Cove labels. Throughout his career, David Gordon has educated thousands of people on the joy of drinking wine.
Bridget Albert (Shorewood, IL)
Bridget is an advocate for seasonal, fresh recipes with bold flavor. She designs cocktails for top National Accounts. Bridget is the co-author of Market Fresh Mixology. She has won numerous awards and honorable mentions in U.S.B.G and Bellagio classic cocktail competitions. This includes 1st place at the Table of the Cocktail Bar Chef Competition, 2nd place at the Barcadi Martini Grand Prix World Finals, 3rd place in the Pitu Cacacha Nationals and 1st place in the Bellagio Classic Competition. She is the President of the National Charity Foundation of the US Bartender's Guild, Regional Director of Mixology at Southern Wine and Spirits of IL, MN and KY. She was featured on the Food Network's Iron Chef America: Battle Mango. She is also a columnist for Tasting Panel magazine.
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.
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.
Get your creative juices flowing using a variety of media in classes taught by our specially trained Odyssey Art at Sea instructor Pam McKee (Downingtown, PA).
The relaxing and social aspects of knitting have been added on select cruises. On this sailing, Jo Andrews (Nesconset, NY) 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.
Craig Knudsen (Palm Desert, 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.
Instructors Sandy Mingia and Gary Maggard (Los Altos Hills, CA) lead 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 Silvia Barrandeguy (Stamford, CT).
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®.
Jennie Olsberg (Hollywood, CA)
Enid Roitman and Carole Reeve-Newson (Toronto, Canada)
Beginner and intermediate bridge classes, and afternoon games.
Rev. Michael Lawlor (Hamilton, MA)
Epic Moves: Joanne Almond and Leighton Jones (Gosport, England)
Daily dance classes on sea days, and private lessons by appointment.
Mo Abdel Ghany (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Brian Burns (Chelmsford, England)
Richard Douglas (San Diego, CA)
Fred Makler (Ballwin, MO)
Marty Mulligan (Toms River, NJ)
Dietmar Weber (Mannheim, Germany)