New York to Halifax on Crystal Symphony
DATES : May 23 - 28, 2013 (5 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $1,630 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 3212A - North Atlantic Explorer: Crystal Getaways

New England
New York to Halifax 
May 23 to May 28, 2013
5 days aboard Crystal Symphony  

*Theme: Crystal Wine & Food Festival 


Egil Giske

Hotel Director

Josef Matt

Cruise Director

Scott Peterson

Maître D'

Remi Szutkiewicz

Crystal Society Hostess

Alissa Gustafsson

Cruise Sales Consultant

Nikki Andrew

Headline Entertainers

Michel Bell, Vocalist
Tony Daro, Comedian
Rustem Hayroudinoff, Classical Pianist 

Magic Castle At Sea

Brett Sherwood 

(Please note: not all entertainers perform on all cruises). 

Lounge Pianists

David James, Avenue Saloon 
Scott Mitchel, Crystal Cove

Production Shows

Featuring the Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers
Curtain Call 
Diva starring Karen Grainger
Route 66
Standing Room Only 

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

Crystal Visions Enrichment Program

Destination Lecturer

Jon Sigurdsson (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland)
Jon was born in Reykjavík, Iceland in 1966. He gained a degree in Geology from the University of Iceland. His credentials include: The Science Institute, University of Iceland, various courses about Geology and Environmental issues in Iceland, The Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the USA. Geological fieldwork in Greenland, Labrador, Newfoundland, Turkey, Norway, Denmark and Sweden. Geological work in Iceland includes studies of glaciers and volcanoes. During the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajokull Jon took part in the research and monitored the progress of the eruption with his camera. This eruption left millions of airline passengers stranded for days.

Jon's photography work has been noted worldwide and his images used in hundreds of books and magazines. His images from the recent volcanic eruption in Iceland have received recognition worldwide. Jon had a solo exhibition of his photographs from Greenland in the Nordic House Gallery in Reykjavík, Iceland.

Jon is an active climber and mountaineer. He is a honorary member of the Touring Club of Iceland and editor of the books that the Club publishes annually about Iceland. He is a member of the environmental committee of the Icelandic Alpine Club and former president of the Icelandic-Greenlandic association.  

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

Dr. Garrett McAinsh (Little Rock, AR)
Garrett McAinsh holds a Ph.D. in early modern European history from Emory University and has taught for nearly 20 years at Hendrix College, where he holds an endowed chair as the Harold and Lucy Cabe Distinguished Professor of History.  He has published a number of articles and book chapters on various aspects of European history, and has traveled widely throughout Europe.  Dr. McAinsh’s ability to talk about history with clarity, sophistication, and wit, has made him an extremely popular speaker whose presentations bring the past alive. Through his incorporation and analysis of visual images his listeners get a vivid picture of what life was really like at various periods in the lands they are about to visit.

Special Interest 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 Presentations: Crystal Wine & Food Festival

Food Expert

André Soltner (New York, NY)
Arguably America's first superstar chef. As chef and owner of Lutece for 34 years, André has served some of the world's finest French cuisine, and elevated it to a high art. Among his many honors, he has received a James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.

Food Expert

Thrainn Freyr Vigfússon (Reykjavík, Iceland)
Chef Thrainn Freyr Vigfússon is one of the most talented young chefs of Iceland. In 2007 he was the Icelandic Chef of the Year, in 2009 he won silver in the Scandinavian Chef of the Year, and as recently as 2011, he won seventh place in the world's most prestigious cooking competition, the Bocuse d'Or. Thrainn's current role as head chef at Kolabrautin, shows Reykjavík's latest addition to the flourishing food scene in Iceland. His restaurant offers a modern Nordic cuisine with the ancient traditions of the Mediterranean while his revolutionary spirit and culinary drive are visually appealing as well as pleasing to the palate.

Wine Expert

Bill St. John (Chicago, IL)
Bill St. John has written and taught about wine for more than 30 years. He hails from Denver where he was a newspaper reporter, television journalist, and college professor. Bill currently lives in Chicago where he writes for the Chicago Tribune companies; teaches at his wine school, St. John on Wine; and lectures on history, food, wine, religion, public policy and writing at the University of Chicago's Graham School.

(Please note: not all Crystal Visions Enrichment and Theme Presentations are on all cruises).   

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 Kristina Nugent (Carlsbad, CA).  

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

Elizabeth Ramsey (Los Angeles, 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 Louie Payongayong plus Instructor Kenneth Molen (Toronto, 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: French classes, focusing on basic vocabulary and phrases to help guests communicate in foreign countries, are taught by certified Berlitz Language instructor Sally Wister (South Glastonbury, 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®.

Golf Teaching Professional

Christopher Smith (Portland, OR)
Our exclusive program features TaylorMade, the best performance golf company in the world and #1 driver in golf.

ACBL Bridge Instructor

Donna DePesa (Tuscon, AZ)
Beginner and intermediate bridge classes, and afternoon games.

Catholic Clergy

Rev. John Clark (Irving, TX)

Dance Team/Instructors

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

Junior Activities Director

Kyle Jones (Grass Valley, CA)

Ambassador Hosts

Steven Ong (Fremont, CA)
Ron Sherman
(Westland, MI)
Allan Thompson (Edmonton, Canada)
Lamar Webster (St. George, UT)
List as of 05/22/2013. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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