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Auckland to Perth on Crystal Serenity
DATES : February 20 - March 13, 2015 (21 Days) CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $10,670 Per Person
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Auckland to Perth
February 20 - March 13, 2015
21 days (7 sea days) aboard Crystal Serenity
EXPERIENCES OF DISCOVERY THEME: Ocean Views
Paula Jean Pfitzer
Michel Bell, Vocalist
Electra, Vocal/Dance Group
Encore, Musical/Vocal Group
Grant Galea, Vocalist/Impressionist
Gary Hunter, Ventriloquist
Patrick McMahon, Guitarist/Vocalist
Steve Stevens, Comedian/Musician
Toni Warne, Vocalist
*Featuring the Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers
Across the Pond
My Life: The Music of Billy Joel starring James Fox
iLuminate: The Tourist
(Please note: not all shows are performed on all cruises).
Colin Salter, Avenue Saloon
John Mentis, Crystal Cove
Join us in the Hollywood Theatre at 2:30 pm to watch the 87th Academy Awards with a live feed from Hollywood, CA. The pre-show is accompanied by cocktails and brunch in a wonderfully themed environment. This continues with the show of the evening Hooray For Hollywood where guests begin a journey from the Golden Age of Hollywood through the different genres of film to present day 'Show' business. There’s no business like it!
The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, Bells Are Ringing, New Girl in Town, Redhead, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Little Me, Pleasures and Palaces, Sweet Charity, Pippin, Liza with a Z, Cabaret, Chicago ...need we say more? All Fosse, all show.
The festival of Purim is celebrated every year to commemorate the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot "to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day." You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy the ceremony, music, dancing, food and wine. Come join us in the Stardust Club and come in colorful costume!
Our star Dance Team will invite crew members to learn a dance routine and dance in a show format in front of a live audience. The entertainment team will serve as judges to pick the best couples for dramatic effect.
Celebrity Guest Speaker
Howard Fineman (Washington, D.C.)
Howard Fineman is a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC and is the editorial director of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group, which provides web-based news, information and entertainment to an audience of 250 million readers worldwide. Called "one of the more recognizable pundits on cable television" by The New York Times, Fineman is a regular on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews and The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell. Fineman also appears on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show, NBC's Today Show and the weekend NBC-syndicated Chris Matthews Show. He joined The Huffington Post, one of the nation's most innovative and popular news sites, as political editor in October 2010 after many years as a reporter, columnist, editor and Deputy Washington Bureau Chief at Newsweek magazine. After the March 2010 merger of AOL and the Huffington Post, Fineman was named Editorial Director of the combined organization. The author of scores of Newsweek cover stories, Fineman's work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The New Republic. He has interviewed every major presidential candidate since 1985 as well as business and entertainment leaders ranging from Bill Gates and Ted Turner to Warren Beatty and Jay Leno. Although Fineman now reports on TV exclusively for NBC, he has appeared on most major public affairs shows, including: Nightline, Face the Nation, Larry King Live, Fox News Sunday, Charlie Rose, and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He was a regular analyst on CNN from 1993-1998 before joining NBC. His book, The Thirteen American Arguments, was published by Random House in 2008 and was a national best seller. The paperback edition was published in 2009 and went to additional printings in 2010.
Neil Leifer (New York, NY)
Neil Leifer became a professional photographer while still in his teens. Beginning in 1960 as a freelancer, his pictures began regularly appearing in every major national magazine, including the Saturday Evening Post, Look, LIFE, Newsweek, Time and, most often, Sports Illustrated. In August 1972, Leifer became a staff photographer for Sports Illustrated, leaving them in 1978 to become a staff photographer for Time. In 1988 he was made a contributing photographer at LIFE and spent the next two years working for both Time and LIFE magazines. By the time he left Time, Inc. in 1990, his photographs had appeared on more than 200 Sports Illustrated, Time, and People covers – then the most covers ever published by one photographer in Time, Inc. history.
Leifer has published 16 books, 9 of which are collections of his sports photographs. His two most recent books, Ballet in the Dirt and Guts and Glory, both published by TASCHEN, showcase the very best of his Major League Baseball and Professional Football photographs. In the fall of 2013, Sports Illustrated will publish a memoir of Neil Leifer’s remarkable career. Leifer has traveled all over the world on sports assignments.
He has photographed 16 Olympic Games (7 Winter and 9 Summer), 4 Soccer World Cups, 15 Kentucky Derbies, countless World Series games, the first 10 Super Bowls, and every important heavyweight title fight since Floyd Patterson beat Ingemar Johansson to regain the title in 1960. He has photographed his favorite subject, Muhammad Ali, on almost 60 different occasions – at fights and more than 30 photo sessions. While Neil Leifer now devotes almost 100% of his time to producing and directing films, there is a very good chance that you'll spot him, camera in hand, at any big championship fight. "Boxing is the one sport I still love shooting."
Robin Oakley OBE (London, England)
Robin Oakley is European Political Editor for CNN where his role is to report on and analyze the full range of European issues for an international audience. Before taking up his CNN post he was, for eight years, the Political Editor of the BBC, working for a wide range of TV and radio programs and covering EU summits, G8 meetings and prime ministerial trips around the world as well as the full range of domestic politics.
From 1986-92 he was the Political Editor and columnist for The Times in London. His previous experience included being assistant editor of the Daily Mail (1981-86), political and assistant editor of Now Magazine (1979-81), Crossbencher columnist and then assistant editor of the Sunday Express (1970-79) and political editor of the Liverpool Daily Post. For many years he was a regular presenter of the Week in Westminster for BBC Radio Four and contributes to a wide range of political publications. Oakley's other interests include horse racing, on which he has written a column for The Spectator magazine for the past ten years and on which he writes regularly for the Financial Times.
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.
Judge William Rickett (Wooster, OH)
Bill Rickett is a retired Ohio judge, current visiting judge, former criminal trial attorney, and former law professor who taught a broad range of topics. He presided over a diverse docket encompassing many areas of the law and forensic evidence was always an important component. Judge Rickett earned a Bachelor of Science in education and a Master of Arts in broadcast journalism from The Ohio State University and was a history and political science teacher. While teaching full time, he earned his Juris Doctor cum laude from The University of Akron School of Law. He became a criminal trial attorney and gained extensive expertise in the use of forensic evidence during his many years of private practice. While in private practice, Judge Rickett was an adjunct professor at The University of Akron School of Law. He ultimately came to the law school full time and served as assistant dean, assistant professor of clinical law and director of the law school's national championship mock trial team, training law students in the art of trial advocacy. His classes had a heavy focus on how to use and counteract the use of forensic evidence gathered at crime scenes. Hundreds of Judge Rickett's former students now practice throughout the country as prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys. Judge Rickett was appointed by Ohio's governor to a judicial vacancy in Wayne County. He ran unopposed for a full term the following year. Now retired and sitting by assignment as a visiting judge, he continues to teach as an adjunct professor of trial advocacy. Additionally, he has been a lecturer and facilitator for the Ohio Judicial College and the Ohio State Bar Association.
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.
This exclusive program brings aboard local entertainers and experts to perform and share their unique, first-hand knowledge of art, politics, history, geography or archaeology of select regions and destinations. Guests can enjoy live lectures and interviews at sea and local shows in port.
Sir Roger Carrick (Somerset, England)
After National Service in the Royal Navy, Roger joined the Diplomatic Service and served in Sofia, Paris, Singapore, Washington, D.C. and Chicago. His career then took him to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where he became head of Overseas Estate Development and an Under-Secretary of State. He was appointed British Ambassador to Indonesia in 1990, serving in that role until he was appointed British High Commissioner to Australia in 1994. He retired from public service in 1997.
Susie Elelman (Melbourne Australia)
Susie Elelman is one of Australia's most versatile, informed and well-loved media personalities. Truly the epitome of a multi-media broadcaster, her diverse and wide-ranging career has seen her become an established presence on national radio and a name synonymous with daytime television. Susie’s tenacity, upbeat energy, and professional savvy have earned her more than three decades of achievements in all too often youth-centric industry. From daring red-carpet gowns to outdoor adventures, Susie’s motto in life is ‘give anything a go’, and this showbiz veteran is living proof that re-invention, determination and having the all-important talent credentials are the true keys to success. From her first foray into radio as an announcer with the ABC’s 2WN, Susie has accrued experience across many well-known radio stations as an announcer, co-host and reporter, including 2WS FM, 2UE and Radio 2. Today Susie regularly forms part of the 2GB Talkback team on Sydney’s number 1 radio station.
Philip Frawley (Sydney, Australia)
Squadron Leader Phillip Frawley is the Guinness World Record holder for the oldest active fighter pilot in history. He is a fully operational fighter pilot and flying instructor. Phillip joined the Royal Australian Air Force as an apprentice in 1969, he qualified as a pilot in 1975, and became a flying instructor in 1984. He has also flown a number of Warbird aircraft including the Fokker Triplane [replica] World War 1 fighter, the Kittyhawk WWII fighter, the Hawker Seafury WWII fighter, the Fiat G-89 WWII fighter, the F-86 Sabre fighter, the MiG-15 Korean War fighter, the MiG-21 Vietnam War fighter, the TBM Avenger WWII torpedo bomber and most recently the L-39 Albatros lead in fighter trainer. Phillip resigned from the permanent Air Force in 1997 before embarking on a five year sojourn to Saudi Arabia where he worked for the Royal Saudi Air Force under British Aerospace Systems.
John Frost (Sydney, Australia)
John Frost is the Managing Director of The Gordon Frost Organization. Born in Adelaide, he began in show business at the age of 16 as a dresser for J.C. Williamson on their production of Mame. Since then he has worked his way up the showbiz ladder: Wardrobe Master, Stage Manager, Company Manager and now Producer. In 1983 he teamed up with the late Ashley Gordon to form The Gordon/Frost Organization. Together they negotiated the lease for Sydney’s Footbridge Theatre, where they successfully produced a range of shows including, Jerry’s Girls, Night Mother, The Venetian Twins and Women Behind Bars. The company then moved into large scale musicals such as Big River, The King and I, South Pacific, Hello Dolly!, The Secret Garden, Smokey Joe’s Café, Cabaret and Crazy for You. He co-produced Sir Peter Hall’s acclaimed productions of Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband starring Googie Withers and John McCallum, and Lady Windermere’s Fan starring Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London. In 1998 John Frost joined forces with Sports and Entertainment Limited (SEL) to produce Grease – The Arena Spectacular! The production broke all box office records for an arena event in Australia. His production of The King and I on Broadway won the coveted Tony Award® for ‘Best Revival of a Musical’ as well as the Drama Desk and New York Outer Critics Circle Award. John has also been the recipient of two Mo Awards and a Sydney Critics’ Circle Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999 from GLUGS. In 1999 John Frost and SEL presented The Main Event, which toured to critical acclaim and huge box office success. This was followed by a production of the Tony Award®-winning play Art starring Tom Conti. A hugely successful production of The Sound of Music starring Lisa McCune was followed by Annie with Anthony Warlow, Man of La Mancha, The Wizard of Oz and Footloose. In 2004/2005 John co-produced around Australia The Producers. This highly acclaimed production garnered five Helpmann Awards® including Best Musical for 2005. In the same year John also co-presented an arena production of Grease starring John Farnham. John was represented on Broadway with the smash hit musical Hairspray for which he won his second Tony Award®. Since January, 2006 he has produced the national tours of the National Theatre of Great Britain’s celebrated production of An Inspector Calls, the Broadway theatre icon Mandy Patinkin, and Hollywood and cabaret legend Debbie Reynolds. John Frost, in partnership with The Really Useful Company Asia Pacific, presented The Phantom of the Opera Australian tour starring Anthony Warlow. In 2009, John was represented on Broadway with the play, Exit the King, starring Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon. Also in that year, John brought Mandy Patinkin back on tour to Australia with fellow theatre icon Patti LuPone. In London, John was one of the producers of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and in 2010 he produced Julie Andrews in the concert event The Gift of Music at the O2 Arena. John produced the Australian tours of the West End hit Calendar Girls, Fame the Musical and the Australian and Asian tour of Chicago. He recently co-produced the Australian and Asian tours of Doctor Zhivago and the Broadway blockbuster Wicked, the Australian tour of Annie, Geoffrey Rush in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the Opera Australia/Lincoln Center production of South Pacific and Legally Blonde: The Musical. Most recently he presented An Evening With Julie Andrews and Driving Miss Daisy starring Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones and Boyd Gaines and is currently touring Grease throughout Australia. Upcoming Australian productions include a revival of his Tony-Award winning The King And I with Opera Australia and Once with the Melbourne Theatre Company. In the 1999 Australia Day Honours, John was awarded an OAM for his contribution to the Arts.
John Stainton (Brisbane, Australia)
In 1992, John Stainton launched Steve Irwin and The Crocodile Hunter series onto Australian television and the entire planet tuned in. It was a worldwide entertainment phenomenon which set a new benchmark for Australian programs in the international television arena. John Stainton produced hundreds of hours of television programs under 'The Crocodile Hunter' brand, including Croc Files and Croc Diaries, for Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, NBC and ITV UK - reaching hundreds of millions of viewers across the world. In 2003, John produced and directed 'The Crocodile Hunter' movie, Collision Course for MGM and went on to devise several more 'Croc Hunter' spin offs; New Breed Vets, Ghosts of War, Steve Irwin’s Great Escapes, Ocean’s Deadliest and in 2008/9 Bindi: The Jungle Girl (winning Emmy and Logie Awards). In 2006, John Stainton produced Steve Irwin’s memorial special He Changed Our World, which aired live on all Australian networks as well as around the world. It was the most watched Australian television live event in 10 years since Princess Diana’s funeral and a world acclaimed tribute to an Aussie legend. In 2009, John produced and directed Your Worst Animal Nightmares, a six part docudrama series for Animal Planet USA, Fox8 Australia, TV3 NZ and Discovery Networks Europe, which was acclaimed for it’s realistic and graphic reenactment sequences. In 2011, John was commissioned by Freehand/BBC to direct a pilot for Lonely Planet, Free Rein starring Bryan Brown and Rachel Ward. He is currently in co-production on a major Australian heist movie with award winning writer Chris Nyst based on the 1984 Fine Cotton Affair. John was recently appointed as Adjunct Associate Professor at Queensland University of Technology.
Our innovative series of complimentary interactive classes created to enhance our guests quality of life in the areas of Arts & Entertainment, Business & Technology, Lifestyle and Wellness. Guests receive a certificate of completion at the end of the curriculum.
Passport To Music presented by Yamaha and Crystal Cruises. Instructors Linda Gould and Dave Paulson (Victoria, Canada) introduce adult beginners to the joy and satisfaction of playing the keyboard in a fun and non-intimidating atmosphere. Tradition and technology meet in harmony to create this hands-on learning experience using Yamaha's exciting keyboards. Passport To Music is designed for those with little or no previous keyboard experience.
Get your creative juices flowing using a variety of media in classes taught by our specially trained Odyssey Art at Sea instructor Linda Perlmutter (Sleepy Hollow, NY).
Odyssey Art At Sea Knitting Instructor
The relaxing and social aspects of knitting have been added on select cruises. On this sailing, Gail Ivanco (Kitchener, Canada) 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.
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.
Lead Technology Concierge Arwin Mañalac plus Instructor TBA. 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).
An updated series of 'Everything Apple' courses developed and taught by Professor Stan Leja (Corpus Christi, TX) is again being offered on iPads, iTunes, iWork, iLife, and iCloud. This Apple training provides several different Continuing Education Unit (CEU) granting courses from Del Mar College designed to improve your ability to understand and to use your Apple devices. Each course will contain different in depth lectures and experimentation with various applications on both iPad devices and Apple computers. Social media, photography, music, navigation, communications, business applications, videos, and web surfing with Apple devices will all be covered during different portions of World Cruise 2015. A fee will be charged to attend these courses.
To fully participate in this coursework, you need to come onboard with the following: One iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad v4, iPad mini 3, or iPad mini 2, with the latest iOS installed that has cellular (GPS) capability. Having international cellular data activated prior to joining the world cruise is also required. The latest versions of the following applications need to be downloaded and installed on your iPad prior to joining this voyage: Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iPhoto, GarageBand, iMovie, Dropbox for iPad, GoodReader for iPad, Adobe Photoshop Express, Kindle, MotionX GPS HD, and SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive.
If you have an Apple notebook computer, please bring it with you. On your notebook computer, please make sure it has the latest version of the OS X Yosemite operating system and the latest version of the notebook applications: Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iPhoto, GarageBand, iMovie, Adobe Photoshop 13, and Kindle. If you do not have an Apple notebook computer, you can use the desktops in the CU @ Sea classroom, which will all have the updated required software.
Joe Kita (Schnecksville, PA)
If your family has been bugging you to “write this stuff down!” for years, here’s your chance to finally get started. Joe Kita has authored six books, written for numerous magazines, taught writing at Lehigh University, and appeared on Oprah. Joe has taught memoir writing on six previous Crystal World Cruises, and dozens of his students have published books. In this special course, you’ll learn everything from how to get started to how to find a publisher. Joe will also supply one-on-one coaching throughout the trip, reviewing and critiquing your manuscripts.
If you enjoy discussing good books, or if you just want to learn more about the unique places on our itinerary, join the club! Led by memoir-writing instructor Joe Kita, the club meets periodically throughout the World Cruise. Our 13 titles are a mix of old and new, fiction and nonfiction, and keyed to the areas we’ll be visiting. Read one, a few, or all. Please bring your own copy, either paper or digital. Here’s the list (in order of discussion):
On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers
The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
Easter Island by Jennifer Vanderbes
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
The Last Brother by Nathacha Appanah
Aye-Aye and I by Gerald Durrell
The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony
A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands by Jorge Amado
River of Doubt by Candice Millard
Papillon by Henri Charrière
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®.
Maria Kita (Schnecksville, PA)
Looking for a fun new way to get in shape and feel better instantly? Yoga is great for soothing aches, easing stress, building strength, and saying hello to your toes after all these years. Maria Kita is a registered yoga instructor on her seventh Crystal World Cruise. She’ll be teaching Gentle and Energetic classes, plus others with special themes (e.g., yoga for back pain, chair yoga, etc.). Maria is also a registered nurse, and she practices what she preaches. Yoga enabled her to overcome back surgery 13 years ago.
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, CA.
Our exclusive program features TaylorMade, the best performance golf company in the world and #1 driver in golf.
Polly and Richard Pekruhn (Charleston, SC) and Ginny and Jeff Schuett (Riverwoods, IL)
Beginner, intermediate and advanced bridge classes, and afternoon games.
Father Thomas Falkenthal (Aventura, FL)
Rabbi Morris Hershman (Burlingame, CA)
Pastor Ed Voosen (Leicester, MA)
Daily dance classes on sea days, and private lessons by appointment.
Jim Battaglia (Buffalo, NY)
Luke Daniel (Tacoma, WA)
Richard Douglas (San Diego, CA)
John Farrell (Tampa, FL)
Joe Glasgow (Sarasota, FL)
Sam Halioua (Lachine, Canada)
Emery Lendvay (Madison, OH)
Marty Mulligan (Toms River, NJ)
Dietmar Weber (Mannheim, Germany)
Hubert and Karen Dickson, Director of Sales for Hubert Gesser, bring 'Color to the World, One Gemstone at a Time.'