Papeete to Auckland on Crystal Symphony
DATES : December 8 - 20, 2012 (11 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $3,470 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 2230 - South Pacific Sojourn

South Pacific
Papeete to Auckland
December 8 to December 20, 2012
11 days (6 sea days) aboard Crystal Symphony


Egil Giske

Hotel Director

Herbert Jäger

Cruise Director

Scott Peterson

Maître D'

Remi Szutkiewicz

Crystal Society Hostess

Isabell Wagner

Cruise Sales Consultant

Nikki Andrew

Headline Entertainers

Dale Gonyea, Comedian/Humorist
Vincenzo Martinelli, Latin/Spanish Guitarist 
Duncan Tuck, Comedian/Instrumentalist
Bernard Walz, Variety Pianist

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

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.

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

Jon Bailey (Walnut Creek, CA)
Jon Bailey is well-known as a conductor, composer and teacher in the field of music, art and architecture. He holds degrees in music from Northwestern, UC Berkeley, and a doctorate from Stanford University. He was dean and professor of music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music prior to teaching in the Yale School of Music. Jon is professor emeritus at Pomona College in Claremont, CA where twice he won the coveted ‘outstanding teacher of the year.’ In addition he teaches at the prestigious Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning at the University of San Francisco. He has been a program consultant for National Public Radio, and was an Arts Commissioner with the city of West Hollywood, CA. A recipient of two Fulbright research grants, he has traveled and studied in Europe and Australia. Jon has performed as a conductor and composer in Myerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall and Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, Tchaikovsky Hall, Moscow and the Glinka Kappella in St. Petersburg. He has taken his collegiate and community choruses on tours to Europe, the Baltic Republics and Russia and has produced numerous CDs.

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: World Affairs

Robert Warne (Arlington, VA)
Rob Warne served for 28 years as a Senior Foreign Service Officer with the US Department of State. Specializing in international economics, he held a variety of senior posts at the Department and aboard. He has worked on Asian affairs much of his life and authored books and articles, and lectured frequently on the region. He will speak on the policy and economic issues relating to Africa and the Indian sub-continent, as well as on current developments in terrorism, globalization, and emerging nations.

Rob Warne was President of a Washington, D.C. based think tank focusing on East Asia. This entailed regular contacts with regional leaders, US senior officials and members of Congress and conferences on the region at many US universities cities. He was also a university professor at several universities in the region. Currently he is a program Chair at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center of the US Department of State where he has been teaching for five years. A graduate of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School for International and Public Affairs, he received an advanced degree in economics at The Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.

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 Gail Ivanco (Elmira, Canada). 

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

Kathy Heller and Lillian McEwen (Beverly Hills, 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).


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®.

Yoga Instructor

Anita Sanci (Middleburg, FL)

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. Alfred Hernandez (Torrance, CA)

Jewish Clergy

Rabbi Morris Hershman (Burlingame, CA)

Dance Team/Instructors

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

Ambassador Hosts

Don Hanni (Sebastapol, CA)
Jack Moya
(Whittier, CA)
Al Padua
(San Francisco, CA) 
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 12/01/2012. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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