Auckland to Sydney on Crystal Symphony
DATES : February 2 - 16, 2014 (14 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $7,635 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 4203 - Kiwis & Koalas

New Zealand & Australia
Auckland to Sydney 
February 2 to February 16, 2014
14 days (6 sea days) aboard Crystal Symphony  


Ralf Zander

Hotel Director

Herbert Jäger

Cruise Director

Paul McFarland

Maître D'

Mario Gallo

Crystal Society Hostess

Isabell Wagner

Cruise Sales Consultant

Paula Jean Pfitzer

Headline Entertainers

Jon Courtenay, Variety Comedian
Anthony Laye, Mind Reader
Mark Merchant
, Ventriloquist
Bernard Walz, Variety Pianist

Magic Castle At Sea

Will Fern

Lounge Pianists

Joel Spire, 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

Rollo Burgess (East Sussex, England) 
Born and raised in the United Kingdom in a family that loved to travel, Rollo was sent abroad at a young age to spend vacations with families and to learn languages. For Rollo and his wife, travel is their hobby and so far they've visited 142 different countries and travelled around the world eight times. Their journeys have taken them to all the continents, to small remote islands and to the depths of the great rain forests. They travel alone on local transport and wherever possible, stay with local families. They have often visited many of the South Pacific islands and their policy of staying with local families has enabled them to become immersed in the local way of life, enjoying the variety of cultures, changing scenes, rich scenery, and in the process, making friends all over the world.

Special Interest Lecturer: World Affairs

Prof. Louis Rene Beres (West Lafayette, IN)
Professor of Political Science and International Law at Purdue University, columnist and author, Dr. Beres was educated at Princeton (Ph.D., 1971). His ten published books deal with such issues as US foreign policy, terrorism, counter-terrorism, nuclear strategy and nuclear war. Dr. Beres is also the author of more than fifty major law journal articles, and of over one hundred scholarly articles dealing with various philosophical, psychological, historical and military dimensions of world politics. His lectures provide a stimulating and informed guide to critical issues of our time. 

Special Interest Lecturer: Award-Winning Scholar and Historian

Jay Wolff (Naples, FL) 
Dr. Jay Wolff took his undergraduate and doctoral degrees at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. A member of the faculty of Florida Gulf Coast University's Renaissance Academy and elected a member of the British Royal Society of Health, he has published more than a hundred articles on history and culture in professional journals as well as American Heritage, Forbes, American Legacy, The Washington Post and The L.A. Times. He has been a commentator on The History Channel and is an enthusiastically received destination lecturer who brings history to life with stories of the people and events that changed the world.

Local Insights

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.

Local Insights Lecturer: Historian/Politics

Michael Bassett (Auckland, New Zealand)
Best known as a political historian, newspaper columnist, and former Minister of the Crown in David Lange’s government, Michael Bassett has written biographies of three prime ministers (Sir Joseph Ward, Gordon Coates and Peter Fraser) and prepared the entry on Norman Kirk for the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. His story of the Lange government is nearing publication. He has also written many articles on political history, and in 1999 published an essay called The Essentials of Successful Leadership in Twentieth-Century New Zealand Politics. Two school text books, one on American history, the other on New Zealand history, were used widely in the United Kingdom in the 1970s and 1980s.

The Myers was produced early in 2007 with Paul Goldsmith. It is the second of two biographical studies Michael has written about business figures who have played a major part in New Zealand’s commercial development. With his wife Judith, he published in 2006 Roderick Deane: His Life and Times, which deals with a central banker turned administrator and reformer, whose career then moved seamlessly into running two of New Zealand’s biggest companies – the SOE Electricorp, and the privatized entity Telecom. The Myersis a four generational biography of one of the country’s most entrepreneurial families. It combines European Jewishness, endeavor, bankruptcy then successful enterprise and philanthropy, telling the personal stories of the leading players, and noting the international outlook of them all. 

Michael Bassett was born and educated in Auckland before heading to Duke University in North Carolina for his graduate work in 1961. He holds a PhD degree in American history having studied and taught Russian history as well. He returned to New Zealand to lecture at his alma mater, the University of Auckland, before election to the Auckland City Council in 1971, and then New Zealand’s Parliament the following year. He served as Minister of Health, Internal Affairs, Local Government and Arts & Culture before retiring from Parliament in 1990. 

Since then he has been a Professor of History at the University of Western Ontario in Canada (1992-6) and Fulbright Professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. (2002). He has also lectured at Auckland’s Medical School (1997-2000). He served from 1994-2004 on the Waitangi Tribunal that deals with claims by the indigenous New Zealand Maori. From 2001 to 2007 Michael was a regular columnist on political subjects for the Fairfax newspapers, Wellington’s Dominion Post, Christchurch’s Press, and Hamilton’s Waikato Times.

Local Insights Lecturer: Aboriginal & Australian Art Historian

Garry Darby (San Souci, Australia)
Garry Darby is an Australian Art Historian and author from the University of Sydney. Whilst he specializes in the History of Australian Aboriginal Art and Culture he has lectured widely on the French Impressionists, Modernism and 20th Century Art and, of course, Australian Art and Artists. Garry’s career as lecturer and author spans more than 30 years and he has presented illustrated talks in the United Kingdom, USA, Japan and Holland. More recently he has lectured aboard a number of cruise ships in Australian and international waters. He has appeared on Sydney radio programs and has been a visiting lecturer at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Formerly a painter and professional photographer, Garry brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to his explanations and discussions of indigenous and western art. He has specialized in adult education and is very well known in Sydney’s various universities. His philosophy is to demystify, educate and entertain. He is the author of several books and is currently completing a work on the art of Aboriginal painters from the Australian desert regions.

Local Insights Lecturer

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.

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 Patricia Jones (Westminster, CO).   

Odyssey Art At Sea Knitting Instructor

The relaxing and social aspects of knitting have been added on select cruises. On this sailing, Janet Blakely (South Pender Island, 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.

USC School of Cinematic Arts Presents...

Digital Filmmaking: The iPad Moviemaking Course. A fun way to learn the fundamentals of filmmaking.
Erin Manning (Manhattan Beach, 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 iOS7 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 Jessie Moncatar 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).

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

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

Catholic Clergy

Rev. Charles Gaffigan (Schenectady, NY)   

Dance Team/Instructors

Sam Doherty and Lauren-Claire Smith (Suffolk, England)
Daily dance classes on sea days, and private lessons by appointment.

Ambassador Hosts

Michael Hertrich (Los Alamos, NM)
Sheldon Stein (Los Angeles, CA)
Rafael Talavera (Tampa, FL)
Tony Vaninetti (Catherdral City, CA)

List as of 01/27/2014. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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