London to New York on Crystal Symphony
DATES : September 5 - 19, 2012 (14 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $4,155 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 2221 - Icelandic Adventure

London to New York
September 5 to September 19, 2012
14 days (8 sea days) aboard Crystal Symphony

Theme: Ocean Views


Ralf Zander

Hotel Director

Josef Matt

Cruise Director

Paul McFarland

Maître D'

Mario Gallo

Crystal Society Hostess

Jaque Brown

Cruise Sales Consultant

Nikki Andrew

Headline Entertainers

Gary Arbuthnot, Flautist
Michel Bell, Vocalist
Rustem Hayroudinoff, Classical Pianist
Tian Jiang, Concert & Variety Pianist 
Jonathan Levit, Magic Castle at Sea 
Kelly McDonald, Comedian
Jimmy Travis, Comedian/Instrumentalist

Lounge Pianists

Mark Farris, Avenue Saloon
Brian Donnelly, Crystal Cove

Production Shows

Featuring the Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers
Curtain Call
Diva starring Karen Grainger
I Write The Songs
Route 66
Standing Room Only 
(Please note: not all shows are performed on all cruises).

Crystal Visions Enrichment Program

Celebrity Guest Speaker: Celebrity Entertainer

Jim Brochu (New York, NY)

Jim Brochu has been a Crystal favorite for the last seventeen years as both an entertainer and lecturer. He is the only actor in America to win the New York Drama Desk Award, The Washington, D.C. Helen Hayes Award, the Los Angeles Ovation Award and the South Florida Carbonell Award, all for Best Actor in a Play. A native of Brooklyn, Jim produced his first show, a charity revue featuring the Bay Ridge neighborhood kids, at the age of thirteen and four years later was working on Broadway – selling orange drink at the back of the St. James Theatre during intermissions of Hello, Dolly! He appeared on Broadway as Andrew McLaren in Brigadoon opposite Christine Ebersole and starred in the recent New York revivals of The Man Who Came To Dinner and The Roar of the Greasepaint; The Smell of the Crowd. Regionally he starred as Willy Clark opposite Theodore Bikel in Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys and as Harry Binion opposite Eddie Albert in Room Service. Over the past few years, Jim has been leading a double life – both as himself and as the great Zero Mostel in his multi-award winning play, Zero Hour.  While working as a stage actor, he appeared in two legendary television commercials – first as a dancing raisin for Post Raisin Bran and then as the “Lemon from Outer Space” with Madge the Manicurist for Palmolive. He is the author of two books, ten plays and three musicals including the off-Broadway hit, The Last Session, written with partner Steve Schalchlin which he also directed. Jim’s caricature hangs on the wall of the legendary Sardi’s Restaurant in New York, a singular tribute to a forty year show business career as an actor, author and playwright.

Celebrity Guest Speaker

Maj. General Perry Smith (Augusta, GA)
Perry M. Smith is a teacher, author and TV and radio commentator. A retired major general, Smith served for 30 years in the U. S. Air Force. During his career he commanded an F-15 wing and served as the top Air Force planner. During the Vietnam War. Smith flew 180 combat missions in F-4 aircraft over Laos and North Vietnam. A graduate of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, he later earned his Ph.D. in International Relations from Columbia University. At West Point, he played ice hockey and lacrosse. His senior year he was named as a second team All American lacrosse player. He has written six books including Assignment Pentagon, Rules and Tools for Leaders and A Hero Among Heroes: Jimmie Dyess and the 4th Marine Division. Rules and Tools for Leaders, with over 300,000 copies in print, is Smith’s most successful book. Smith assisted in the editing and marketing of a new book, Medal of Honor by Peter Collier which profiles the remarkable lives of our living Medal of Honor recipients. The book has passed the 250,000 mark in its first three years. The second edition of Medal of Honor includes a 90 minute DVD narrated by Tom Brokaw. Smith serves on a number of non-profit boards including the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and the National Science Center. He is married to the former Connor Cleckley Dyess. Connor is the daughter of Lieutenant Colonel Jimmie Dyes, US Marine Corps, the only person to have earned America’s two highest awards for heroism, the Medal of Honor and the Carnegie Medal.   

Destination Lecturer: Award-Winning Broadcast Journalist

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

Fred Chernow (Floral Park, NY)
Author of the best-selling self-help book The Sharper Mind, Dr. Chernow has appeared on countless radio and TV talk shows. He has been the subject of a full-page interview by The New York Times and his book was a special feature in Prevention magazine. Dr. Chernow’s presentations are laced with humor and emphasize practical approaches to a better memory, as well as audience participation.

Special Interest Lecturer

Dr. Jay Christofferson(Napa, CA) 

Dr. Jay P. Christofferson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from the University of Utah in 1961, a master’s degree in 1964 and Ph.D. in 1970 in zoology from the University of Hawaii.  He was employed at California State University, Stanislaus (CSUS) from 1970 to 1996, where he was promoted from assistant professor to professor.  He served as the biology department chairman for three years, associate dean of the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences (ALS) for four years and the interim dean of the College of ALS for two years.  He left CSUS to become the dean of the School of Science and Natural Resources at Lake Superior State University, where he served until accepting the position of vice president, academic affairs at the California Maritime Academy, a campus of the California State University system.  He retired from this position June 30, 2004.

Special Interest Lecturer

John Loesser (Vero Beach, FL)
John Loesser grew up with theatre in his blood - literally. The son of legendary composer-lyricist and Broadway giant Frank Loesser, he was immersed in the world of show business from the days of his early childhood.  His mother was a producer on Broadway and his stepmother, Jo Sullivan, a leading lady.  By age 16, John was assisting major Broadway producers in such renowned productions as Pippin and Mame. While in his 20s, he ran the West Coast office of Frank Music Corporation, the family publishing company.  Thus began a lifework in theater management, production and programming.  John launched his theatre management career in Los Angeles, where he formed his own company to manage the Westwood Playhouse, as well as the Las Palmas and Coronet Theatres.  His creative tenure resulted in four Los Angeles Dramalogue Awards for Best Production.  Other producing credits include Album with Kevin Bacon at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City, and Danny Elfman’s Oingo Boingo in San Francisco.  John served as Executive Director of the Hyde Park Festival Theatre and the Ulster Performing Arts Center in New York, and the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Pennsylvania.  In Florida, he has held Executive Director positions with the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Ft. Myers, and the Civic Theatres of Central Florida in Orlando.  He also worked in programming for The Disney Institute.  John is a former Adjunct Professor of Theater Management at Marist College, and has acted as theatre consultant and guest lecturer for SUNY New Paltz and Wilkes University.  He is a member of the International Society of Performing Arts Administrators and the Florida Professional Presenters.  In 1999, John became Executive Director of the Lyric Theatre in Stuart, Florida, and has been instrumental in the successful rejuvenation of the historic theatre. He continues to consult on theatre construction, programming and management for numerous regional and national organizations.  Loesser has been instrumental in the development of productions such as An Evening with Burt Reynolds, My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m in Therapy, and Three Redneck Tenors. He remains involved in projects for Frank Loesser Enterprises. 

Special Interest Lecturer: Intelligence Historian

Nigel West (London, England)
Nigel West is a renowned military historian specializing in intelligence, counterintelligence, and security issues. His many books include Mortal Crimes: The Greatest Theft in History – Soviet Penetration of the Manhattan Project, The Secret War for the Falklands, and Mask: MI5’s Penetration of the Communist Party. His most recent are the Historical Dictionary of International Intelligence, published June, 2009 and At Her Majesty's Secret Service: The Chiefs of Britain's Intelligence Agency, MI6, published October, 2009. The Sunday Times has commented: “His information is so precise that many people believe he is the unofficial historian of the secret services. His books are peppered with deliberate clues to potential front-page stories.”

*Theme Presentations: 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 & 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 Agnes Vaccarelli (East Northport, NY).

Digital Film Making: The iPad iMovie Video Course

Kerry Millerick and Dina Sterr (Sherman Oaks, CA)  
Want to take your home movies to the next level? Post your mini-blockbusters or vacation videos to Facebook or YouTube? In five fun classes, (taught by professionals, but aimed at non-professionals) learn how to shoot and edit short movies using an iPad and acquire techniques to improve your cinematic skills.
Course requirements: please bring your own iPad and pre-load the iMovie application prior to boarding. Although the course teaches skills that can be used with any camera or computer, this course requires all video is shot and edited on your iPad. Due to the hands-on nature of this unique program, class size is limited to 20 participants. Please SIGN UP EARLY once on board.

Computer University@Sea

Lead Technology Concierge Louie Payongayong plus Instructor Chip Adam (Long Beach, 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).


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 Maribel Morales (Hawthorne, CA).

Guest Master Photographer

David MacDonald
A master of light, expression, and putting people at ease, David MacDonald has an international reputation as a highly regarded wedding photographer in Australia, Cyprus and throughout the islands of the Caribbean. Portraits by David are proudly displayed in luxurious homes around the world. David is a Fellow of both the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) and the Master Photographers Association (MPA). He has received numerous honors including, the Kodak United Kingdom Portrait Photographer of the Year and the MPA's UK Photographer of the Year in both the Family Portrait and "Under 5 year olds" categories. Images from David's Master Collection commissions in 2010 and 2011 have also won UK Photography awards from the MPA. A portrait session with David MacDonald guarantees images of style, quality and beauty that will continue to bring you incredible memories for years to come. Guests may 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®.

Pilates Instructor

Jennifer Crane (Sunland, CA)

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, California, recently rated in the Best 100 Golf Shops by Golf World for 2008.
Our exclusive program features TaylorMade, the best performance golf company in the world and #1 driver in golf.

ACBL Bridge Instructors

Susan Carter and Jean Paul Trudel (Ottawa, Canada) 
Beginner and intermediate bridge classes, and afternoon games.

Catholic Clergy

Rev. Michael Lawlor (Hamilton, MA)

Jewish Clergy

Rabbi Morris Hershman (Burlingame, CA)

Dance Team/Instructors

Adam Kent and Patricia Kent (Burbank, CA)
Daily dance classes on sea days, and private lessons by appointment.

Ambassador Hosts

George Allen (Walnut Creek, CA) 
Joseph Glasgow (Sarasota, FL) 
Fred Makler
(Ballwin, MO)
Steve Ong
(Fremont, CA)
Norman Pendergraft
(Durham, NC)
David Winter (Chicago, IL)
List as of 8/30/2012. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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