Miami to Lisbon on Crystal Serenity
DATES : March 31 - April 10, 2013 (10 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $3,210 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 3306 - Across the Atlantic

Miami to Lisbon
March 31 to April 10, 2013
10 Days (8 sea days) aboard Crystal Serenity

*Theme: Big Band & Ballroom Dance


John Økland

Hotel Director

Christian Krempl

Cruise Director

Rick Spath

Maître D'

Leo Assmair

Crystal Society Hostess

Jaque Brown

Cruise Sales Consultant

Daniele Puma

Headline Entertainers

Justine Balmer, Vocalist
Ian Cooper
, Variety Violinist 
John Joseph, Comedian
Mark Merchant, Ventriloquist

Magic Castle At Sea

Francis Menotti

Lounge Pianists

Joel Spire, Avenue Saloon 
John Mentis, Crystal Cove

Production Shows

Featuring the Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers
Across the Pond
Curtain Call
Million Dollar Musicals 
Rocket Man: A Tribute to Elton John starring Jonathan Kane
Standing Room Only
(Please note: not all shows are performed on all cruises).

Crystal Visions Enrichment Program

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: Professor Emeritus, Researcher and Author in Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science

Peter Bock (Washington, D.C.)
Considered a pioneer of learning systems for Artificial Intelligence (AI), Peter Bock is a Professor Emeritus of Engineering at The George Washington University. He has published several books, including The Emergence of Artificial Cognition and Getting it Right: R&D Methods for Science and Engineering, and is often invited to give presentations in a variety of venues, including two recent TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talks.

After completing his graduate studies at Purdue University, Peter joined Project Apollo at NASA in 1964, eventually becoming Director of Apollo Simulation Software Development. Following the first manned lunar landing, in 1970, he joined the Computer Science faculty at GWU to establish their AI graduate program, which included courses in cognitive science and developmental psychology. For the last 20 years his AI research has been funded by grants from industry and government, primarily to develop and deploy the well-known ALISA system.

Although recently retired, Peter is still directing the research of several doctoral students. His long-term research objective is the creation of a Personal Artificial Intelligence with cognitive capabilities on a par with ours. He is also well educated in neurophysiology, research methods, and history.

Special Interest Lecturer

Giancarlo Impiglia (Bridgehampton, NY)
Giancarlo Impiglia is an artist and art historian whose name is renowned in the world of art and among cruise aficionados. When he left his native Rome for New York, he carried with him a solid classical education in Fine Art. He was born to a family of artists and musicians and he studied at the Art Lyceum and the Academy of Fine Arts of Rome and he continued his studies at the Italian Center of Cinematography. By the late '60s Giancarlo Impiglia, already a well established artist in his native country, was re-proposing the revival of the international and eclectic Art Deco style, which in the '20s and '30s was adopted for the décor of luxurious cruise ships.

Special Interest Lecturer

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.  Over the past 30 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.  Most recent was his appointment as adjunct professor in the School of Public Policy.

Special Interest Lecturer: World Affairs

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

Bill Toone (Escondido, CA)
Bill Toone is an internationally recognized conservation biologist and currently the executive director of the ECOLIFE Foundation. He began his career with a fascination for birds and launched his studies on the critically endangered California condor. From collecting eggs from the wild to rearing chicks with a lifelike hand puppet, Bill brought his own creative twist to his work. His passion for wildlife and unusual places has led him to work in Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Cameroon and Madagascar to name just a few of the more than 100 countries where more nights were spent in tents than hotel rooms. His joy in sharing unusual but pertinent wildlife tidbits led to early appearances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and PBS’ Real Jurassic Park. Later he worked with Olivia Newton-John filming conservation stories in Costa Rica and was most recently featured on CBS' Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.

*Theme Presentations: Big Band & Ballroom Dance

Theme Entertainment

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra
The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra is the most popular and sought after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world. 

Theme Lecturer: Jazz Historian and Author

Dr. Robert G. O’Meally (New York, NY)
Robert G. O’Meally is the Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, the founder of Columbia’s Center for Jazz Studies, and Curator of Exhibitions at Jazz at Lincoln Center.  During the current academic year, he is giving seminars on jazz at Columbia's Paris campus.  The author of The Craft of Ralph Ellison, Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday, and The Jazz Singers, his edited volumes include The Jazz Cadence of American Culture, Living With Music: Ralph Ellison’s Essays on Jazz, and The Norton Anthology of African American Literature.  For his co-production of a Smithsonian record set called The Jazz Singers, he was nominated for a Grammy Award.  His articles on music, literature, and art have appeared in The New Republic, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

Theme Performers/Instructors

Curtis Collins (Los Angeles, CA) and Natalie Mavor Miles (Newport, NH)
Beverly Durand
(Thousand Oaks, CA) and Rudy Hernandez (Whittier, CA)  
Daily dance classes on sea days, and private lessons by appointment.

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.

Arts & Entertainment

Passport To Music presented by Yamaha and Crystal Cruises: Instructor Pete Jutras (Watkinsville, GA) teaches an innovative and fun course as an introduction to keyboard playing for adults. Tradition and technology meet in harmony to create this progressive piano-style program. With an emphasis on hands-on learning using Yamaha's exciting portable keyboards supported by the Clavinova digital piano, guests learn nearly a dozen songs during the cruise. An overview of general musical skills, including listening skills and note reading is included, as well as fun group activities such as music trivia and name that song. 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 Elayn Kollmer Rifai (Bethesda, MD).

USC School of Cinematic Arts presents
Digital Filmmaking: The iPad iMovie Video Course

Jim Bigham (Miami, FL)
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, 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 and pre-load the iMovie application prior to boarding. If you do not already own the iMovie app for iOS, you must have iOS6 in order to purchase and download iMovie ($4.99) from the App Store. You cannot download the app on board the ship. Due to the hands-on nature of this unique program, class size is limited to 20 participants. Please sign up online using Priority Check-in & Planning Center (PCPC). If you sign up on board, make sure to sign up EARLY.

Computer University@Sea

Lead Technology Concierge Jessie Moncatar plus Instructors Mike Newell (Vero Beach, FL) and Judy Koehler (Vero Beach, FL). 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 Mercedes Minota (Jersey City, NJ).

Guest Master Photographer

Sophocles Alexiou
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 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®.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

Conni Ponturo (Woodland Hills, CA)

PGA Teaching Professional

Joe Herbert (Littleton, CO)
Joe Herbert has maintained membership in the PGA for over 35 years, as well as being Life Member and Quarter Century Club member. His experience includes being a Head Golf Professional/Golf Director at exclusive country clubs in Colorado. In addition, during the spring and summer months, he is the Director of Golf Instruction at Arrowhead Golf Club (Golf Digest Top 100 golf courses) in Littleton, CO. During the winter, Joe is the Director of Golf Instruction at the beautiful Classic Golf Club in Palm Springs, CA. Joe hosted the Bob Hope golf tournament from 2006 - 2009. Joe has been honored with the 1997 nomination for PGA Teaching Professional and Junior Golf Leader as well as the 2009/2010 President’s Council Award for Outstanding Golf Instructor of Developing Golf Instruction Programs. He has been featured in 2010 Style magazine during the U.S. Open, and Boomer Golf News for his outstanding teaching abilities. Joe has signed with Southwest Airlines and Swift Air for his golf instructions and DVDs while in the air on WIFI. Recently, due to the large number of requests from his students around the world, Joe released a DVD set, Fundamentals of Golf. Joe considers teaching golf to others to be one of the highlights of his life.
Our exclusive program features TaylorMade, the best performance golf company in the world and #1 driver in golf.

ACBL Bridge Instructor

Roger Allen (Victoria, Canada)
Beginner and intermediate bridge classes, and afternoon games.

Catholic Clergy

Rev. William Patrick (Carmel, CA)

Ambassador Hosts

Joe Glasgow (Sarasota, FL) 
Robert Ho 
(Los Angeles, CA)  
Fred Makler (Ballwin, MO)
Ed Murmurian (Waterford, MI)
Al Padua
(San Francisco, CA)  
Rafael Talavera
(Tampa, FL)
Andy Tam (San Francisco, CA)
Leonard Tan
(Saskatoon, Canada)
Ping Tom
(Boca Raton, FL)
Gus Vaninetti (Cathedral City, CA)
John Wong (Honolulu, HI)
Constantino Zampata (Rio Vista, CA)

Featured Trunk Shows

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

List as of 03/27/2013. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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