San Diego to Auckland on Crystal Symphony
DATES : October 28 - November 13, 2014 (15 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $4,635 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 4225 - Clippers & Kiwis

Hawaii & the South Pacific
San Diego to Auckland
October 28 to November 13, 2014
15 days (13 sea days) aboard Crystal Symphony

EXPERIENCES OF DISCOVERY THEME: Maritime: Past, Present & Future  


Ralf Zander

Hotel Director

Josef Matt

Cruise Director

Paul McFarland

Maître D'

Remi Szutkiewicz

Crystal Society Hostess

Isabell Wagner

Cruise Sales Consultant

Paula Jean Pfitzer

Headline Entertainers

Gary Arbuthnot, Flautist
Bob Arno
and Bambi Vincent, Comedian/Pickpocket 
Lou Gazarra
, Vocalist
Brandon James
, Vocalist
Mark Merchant, Ventriloquist
Kym Purling, Jazz Pianist

Magic Castle At Sea

Jason England

Lounge Pianists

Marcie Castro, Avenue Saloon
Bruce Johnson, Crystal Cove

Production Shows

Featuring the Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers    
Curtain Call
Diva starring Karen Grainger
iLuminate: Imagine

Route 66  
(Please note: not all shows are performed on all cruises).

Crystal Visions Enrichment Program

Destination Lecturer

Tom Faranda (Scottsdale, AZ)
Tom has worked around the world and has clients in China, Japan, India, Malaysia, Mexico, UK, Germany, Australia and beyond. He has owned hotels in Costa Rica and the US, a pepper gas business in South Africa, an ATM firm, a global software firm, a mobile home venture in South Africa and a global consulting firm focused on business growth and profit and other ventures. Tom Faranda's global trends have been on target for over 25 years. He forecasted the rise and fall of Japan, the rise and fall of the Euro and the rise of China as a world power as well as many other trends. Tom brings global events and affairs into perspective and provides a view into the future of our world.

Special Interest Lecturer

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).

Special Interest Lecturer: American Musical Theater

Herb Keyser (San Antonio, TX)
Dr. Herb Keyser, with a fifty year involvement and love of the theater, will provide an enchanting series about the lives and music of geniuses of the American musical theater. His presentations and music will tell of the funny, poignant, inspiring, and, at times, sad events that characterized their amazing lives. He is also the author of a book covering the same topic.

Special Interest Lecturer: Professor of Political and International Relations

Robert Schrire (Cape Town, South Africa)
Robert Schrire was, until recently, chair and professor in the politics department at the University of Cape Town and the Director of the Institute for the Study of Public Policy. He also teaches at Princeton University. His presentations look at how our world is being impacted by changes in politics, religion, technology, economics, and population. Robert is best known as the original host of the television program Talking Politics and he had a regular column in The Sunday Times for several years. Much in demand as a public commentator, his views have been published in Time, Newsweek, The Economist, and The Washington Post. The BBC's chief analyst during South Africa's first democratic elections, he has worked closely with many prominent TV personalities including Ted Koppel and David Dimbleby. A consultant to UNESCO and the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, Robert presents a highly-acclaimed series to CEOs of major corporations, entitled "Our Changing World: Thinking about the Future” and has led study tours for groups as diverse as the National Trust and Harvard and Stanford Universities. A graduate of the University of Cape Town, Robert pursued post-graduate studies at Columbia University and the School of International Service – American University in Washington, D.C., and holds a doctorate from the University of California.

*Theme Presentations: Maritime: Past, Present & Future

Theme Lecturer: Maritime Historian

Bill Miller (Secaucus, NJ)
Bill Miller is considered an international authority on the subject of ocean liners and cruise ships. This includes those great ships of the past, those "floating palaces," as well as the current generation of cruise ships, the "floating resorts." Called "Mr. Ocean Liner," he has written over 60 books on the subject - from early steamers, immigrant ships and liners at war to other titles on their fabulous interiors, in post card form and about the highly collectible artifacts from them. 

Theme Lecturer

David Perry (San Francisco, CA)
As a maritime historian, David Perry lectures regularly aboard ship with a special expertise on RMS Titanic and her sister ships Olympic and Britannic and how these three “White Star Sisters” literally changed history. One of his lectures, Titanic: Now & Then, takes audience members back to that fateful night, April 14/15, 1912, when the “world's most famous ship” disappeared beneath the waves.  An avid collector of maritime literature, artifacts and stories, Perry's presentations include slides, photos, online video clips and rare books. 

Perry’s other maritime offerings include lectures about the great military vessels of World War I and II, including the USS Potomac (FDR’s Floating White House) and the SS Jeremiah O’Brien, the world’s last fully-operational, original condition WWII “Liberty Ship” both of which Perry regularly sails. Included in his “Wartime Waves” talks, Perry discusses the great naval battles of Jutland, Midway, Coral Sea, Pearl Harbor and Truk Lagoon (“The Japanese Pearl Harbor”) on whose hundreds of wreckers Perry has personally dived and photographed. Personal anecdotes, photos and video from his time aboard such legendary war wagons as Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina and Hornet, round out his fascinating series on “Wartime Waves.” Perry also movingly recounts his personal visits to such sacred maritime sites as the grave of the Lusitania, London’s Merchant Marine Memorial, a windswept tundra in Greenland above the wreck of the Dorchester, Guadalcanal, Okinawa and, of course, the beaches of Normandy, France.

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 Colleen Kiger (Williamstown, MA). 

Odyssey Art At Sea Knitting Instructor

The relaxing and social aspects of knitting have been added on select cruises. On this sailing, Ronnie Whitson (Putnam Valley, 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.

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)
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 Arnold Neri 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).


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 (Miami, FL).

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®. 

Pilates Instructor

Sarah Skaer (N. Hollywood, CA) 

PGA Teaching Professional

Bill Stutzer (San Diego, CA)
Bill has been a Golf Professional for over 30 years and is a life member of the PGA of America. Bill has been the Head Golf Professional at several clubs in Southern California, the most prominent being the Pauma Valley Country Club in the San Diego area which was rated one of the Top 100 Courses in the United States. Bill has been teaching for Crystal Cruises for 18 years.  The years of experience playing and teaching the game of golf has given Bill a "natural eye" for the golf swing, leading to quick and positive results for his students.
Our exclusive program features TaylorMade, the best performance golf company in the world and #1 driver in golf.

ACBL Bridge Instructor

Ellen Gabriel (Chicago, IL)
Beginner and intermediate bridge classes, and afternoon games.

Catholic Clergy

Father Dario (West Covina, CA)

Dance Team/Instructors

Gyorgy Kocse (Monor, Hungary) and Petra Pandur (Budapest, Hungary) 
Daily dance classes on sea days, and private lessons by appointment.

Ambassador Hosts

Mo Abdel-Ghany (Tuscaloosa, AL)   
Michael Howe
(Spring, TX)
Jeff Morris
(Brentwood, CA)
Steve Ong (Fremont, CA)
Norman Pendergraft
(Durham, NC)
Leonard Tan
(Saskatoon, Canada) 

List as of 10/24/2014. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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