Auckland to Melbourne on Crystal Symphony
DATES : December 20 - January 5, 2013 (16 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $8,505 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 2231 - Southern Summer Holiday

New Zealand & Australia
Auckland to Melbourne
December 20 to January 5, 2013
16 days (7 sea days) aboard Crystal Symphony


Egil Giske

Hotel Director

Josef Matt

Cruise Director

Scott Peterson

Maître D'

Remi Szutkiewicz

Crystal Society Hostess

Isabell Wagner

Cruise Sales Consultant

Nikki Andrew

Headline Entertainers

Guy Bavli, Mentalist
Boys in the Band
, Cabaret Musical Act 
Ian Cooper
, Variety Violinist
Will Martin, Vocalist
Mark Merchant, Ventriloquist
Duncan Tuck, Comedian/Instrumentalist
Bernard Walz, Variety Pianist

Magic Castle At Sea

Andrew Goldenhersh

Specialty Dance Band


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

Destination Lecturer

Dr. Gavin McLean (Wellington, New Zealand)
Gavin McLean is the Senior Historian with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage in Wellington. He has written 45 books, ranging from the governor-general’s history to popular histories of New Zealand cities, ports, and shipping. In 2009/10 he curated an exhibition on prime ministers at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery. Gavin’s many maritime works include Captain’s Log, which partnered the 2001 TV series of the same name. In 2005, he co-edited a massive national history, Frontier of Dreams: The Story of New Zealand, and appeared in the accompanying 13-part TV series. Last year, he published histories of quarantine, surf life-saving, and the city of Otago. His background in heritage makes Gavin a natural at bringing history alive at the places where it actually happened, and he is a regular speaker with heritage and U3A groups. He earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of Otago.

Special Interest Lecturer: Former Leader of the Opposition, Parliament of South Africa

Ambassador Tony Leon (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
For nearly 20 years Tony Leon was a Member of Parliament in South Africa, and for thirteen years he led the Democratic Alliance. He began his political career in the antiapartheid Progressive party and became the longest serving Leader of the Opposition since the advent of democracy in April 1994. He led and grew his party from its marginal position on the brink of political extinction into the second largest political force in South Africa. President Nelson Mandela described him as “a leader whose dynamism and analysis keeps everyone on their toes.”

A trained lawyer, Tony Leon actively participated in the critical constitutional negotiations which led to the birth of a democratic South Africa. He has been at the forefront of national and international events, as a front-ranking parliamentarian, a renowned orator and writer, and as a Vice-President of Liberal International. He has addressed many international conferences, from the Council on Foreign Relations to the World Economic Forum in South Africa.

Tony Leon has been widely published in academic journals and has authored articles for Time, The Spectator, Harvard International Review, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, the Financial Times, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Daily Telegraph. He has published two books: Hope and Fear: Reflections of a Democrat and the South African bestseller On the Contrary: Leading the Opposition in a Democratic South Africa.

After standing down from political leadership in 2007, he was awarded a Fellowship at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s John F Kennedy School of Government. In 2008 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Global Center for Liberty and Prosperity at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. In August 2009 he was appointed South African Ambassador to Argentina.

Special Interest Lecturer: World Affairs

Dan Raviv (Washington, D.C.)
Dan Raviv is an award-winning national correspondent for CBS News and has reported on radio and television from over 35 countries, including a dozen years in the London Bureau. He was on the Berlin Wall as it fell, in Moscow as the Soviet Union collapsed, at the scene of many terrorist attacks including the Lockerbie bombing, and in Havana as Fidel Castro welcomed the Baltimore Orioles for an exhibition game. On 9/11, Dan’s clear, calm voice kept millions of Americans informed and reassured during more than eight hours of non-stop live radio coverage. Dan anchors the major world events for CBS Radio News, including Election Night coverage, presidential inaugurations, and the recent upheaval in Egypt. He is a respected authority on the Middle East and author of a best-seller, Every Spy a Prince: The Complete History of Israel’s Intelligence Community and also the new Spies Against Armageddon and Friends In Deed: Inside the U.S.-Israel Alliance. Dan also became an expert on entertainment, mergers and movie-making, with his book about Marvel’s renaissance after bankruptcy, Comic Wars.

Special Interest Lecturer: Oceanography and Marine Biology

Dr. Edwin Sobey (Redmond, WA)
Dr. Ed Sobey holds a Ph.D. in oceanography from Oregon State University; and is a fellow emeritus in the Explorers Club and serves as the chair of the Pacific Northwest chapter. He is a global evangelist for creative learning by encouraging creativity, inventing, and innovation through his books, workshops, and exhibits that travel to museums throughout the world. Ed was the founding director of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, founder of the National Toy Hall of Fame, and co-founder of Kids Invent! In addition, he has directed five museums in the U.S. Ed has traveled to all seven continents, three oceans, and ten seas. Along the way, he has spent a winter in Antarctica, been attacked by sea lions and sharks, arrested by Peruvian border guards, and hit by a whale.

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.

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 Marlene Batoff (Sunny Isles Beach, FL). 

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

David Johnson and Claudia Gonzalez (Pasadena, 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, 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  Arwin Manalac plus Instructors Sandy Mingia and Gary Maggard (Los Altos Hills, 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 Silvia Barrandeguy (Stamford, CT).

Guest Master Photographer

Richard Dutkowski
Richard Dutkowski is a Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) and the Master Photographers Association (MPA). He has been a successful professional photographer in the UK for over 20 years during which time his artistry has won him many prestigious awards and the title “UK Master Photographer of the Year.” He is also a Past President of the Master Photographers Association. Richard is a recognized leader in the medium of black and white photography. Portraiture has always been a passion and Richard treats each of his commissions as an opportunity to create unique portraits. Each is not only an object of beauty, but also has lasting value for generations to come. His work has often been described as priceless and his portraits now hang with pride in many homes and offices in Europe, America and Asia. With years of experience Richard is truly a 'Master' of technique, able to ‘paint’ his subjects with light and then capture their very essence and heart. Richard 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®.

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 Instructors

Barry Onslow and Mary Howe (London, Canada)
Beginner and intermediate bridge classes, and afternoon games.

Catholic Clergy

Rev. John Murphy (Indio, CA)

Jewish Clergy

Rabbi Morris Hershman (Burlingame, CA)

Protestant Clergy

Rev. Cliff Blinman (Oro Valley, AZ)

Dance Team/Instructors

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

Junior Activities Directors

Raelyn Brachmann (Lake Forest, CA)
Emil Gustafsson (Stockholm, Sweden)
Christy Hitchcock (Northhamptonshire, England)
Carey Wagoner (Hinsdale, IL)

Ambassador Hosts

Don Hanni (Sebastapol, CA)
Robert Ho (West Covina, CA) 
Jack Moya (Whittier, CA)
Al Padua (San Francisco, CA)
Ping Tom (Boca Raton, FL)
Lamar Webster (St. George, UT)

Featured Trunk Shows

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

Karen Dickson
Karen is Director of Sales for Hubert Gesser.

List as of 12/14/2012. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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