Round-trip Miami on Crystal Serenity
DATES : December 21 - January 4, 2013 (14 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $7,060 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 2328 - Caribbean Holiday

Round-trip Miami
December 21 to January 4, 2013
14 Days (5 sea days) aboard Crystal Serenity Serenity 


Birger Vorland

Hotel Director

Christian Krempl

Cruise Director

Rick Spath

Maître D'

Mario Gallo

Crystal Society Hostess

Alissa Gustafsson

Cruise Sales Consultant

Paula Jean Pfitzer

Headline Entertainers

Jon Courtenay, Variety Comedian
Tony Daro
, Comedian
MacDonald Brothers, Variety Entertainers
Hector Olivera, Concert Organist
Rick Thomas, Magician

Lounge Pianists

Joel Spire, Avenue Saloon
Tom Daniels, Crystal Cove


Marc Farran

Production Shows

Featuring the Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers
Across the Pond
Curtain Call
Million Dollar Musicals 
Rocket Man: A Tribute to Elton John starring Jonathan Kane
Standing Room Only
(Please note: not all shows are performed on all cruises).

Crystal Visions Enrichment Program

Celebrity Guest Speaker

Ambassador Marc Ginsberg (Bethesda, MD)
Marc Ginsberg was the first U.S. Ambassador of Jewish heritage to a Middle East nation, appointed to the post by President Clinton. With a three-decade career focused on the Middle East as a diplomat and as an international corporate lawyer, Ginsberg is an expert on the politics and economics of this volatile region. Ginsberg served as the U.S. guide for the first Middle East economic cooperation conference in Morocco. A highly sought-after consultant to several major network and cable news outlets, as well as Al Jazeerah (Arab satellite TV), Ginsberg addresses a variety of audiences on U.S. foreign, defense and economic policy. He provides expert analysis of current world events, including the rebuilding of Afghanistan, conflict with Iraq, and the continuing tensions between Israel and Palestine, giving audiences a comprehensive understanding of key elements in the struggles overseas.

Celebrity Guest Speaker: Psychosexual Therapist

Dr. Ruth Westheimer (New York, NY)
Dr. Ruth Westheimer is a psychosexual therapist who pioneered the field of media therapy.  Born in Germany in 1928, Dr. Westheimer went to Switzerland at age ten to escape the Holocaust and to Israel at sixteen, becoming a member of the Haganah.  She later moved to Paris to study at the Sorbonne and in 1956 came to the US, where she obtained her Masters Degree in Sociology from the Graduate Faculty of the New School of Social Research and Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in the Interdisciplinary Study of the Family from Columbia University Teacher's College.

Her work for Planned Parenthood led Dr. Westheimer to study human sexuality under Dr. Helen Singer Kaplan at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center, where she became Adjunct Associate Professor.  She is currently an Adjunct Professor at New York University and a fellow of both Calhoun College at Yale and Butler College at Princeton, as well as a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.  She has her own private practice in New York and lectures worldwide.

Dr. Ruth is the author of 31 books as diverse as Sex For Dummies, The Art of Arousal, Musically Speaking: A Life Through Song, and Dr. Ruth's Sex After 50: Revving Up Your Romance, Passion & Excitement!

Destination Lecturer

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.

Special Interest Lecturer

Thomas Eastwood (Estero, FL)
Thomas Eastwood retired as Director of the IRS Michigan District where he managed over 1500 employees and all district activities including criminal investigation, audit, collection, taxpayer service, and administration. He previously served as Director in Milwaukee, Louisville, and Fargo, Dean of the IRS School of Professional Development in Washington, and Assistant Director in Manhattan and Indianapolis. He was a member of the US government’s Senior Executive Service (SES).

He began his law enforcement career with the US Treasury’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) before transferring as a special agent and later executive with the Department of Defense (DoD) where for 15 years he conducted and led counterintelligence and criminal investigations. His accomplishments include being the youngest DoD Regional Director in history and completing a two-year detail protecting President Carter’s National Security Advisor during a national crisis. He tested and developed interrogation and interview techniques now used by most US agencies. He was also an adjunct professor at the Defense Security Institute where he specialized in investigative and interrogation tactics. He is the recipient of the Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award and many other awards for exceptional performance as both a special agent and executive.

Prior to his 27 years in law enforcement he was a psychologist. He holds a BS in biology, a MA in psychology, and he has done work toward a PhD. He has been trained by and worked joint investigations with many agencies including ATF, CIA, DEA, DoJ, FBI, IRS, Secret Service, and US military and foreign intelligence agencies. One of the youngest IRS executives ever to retire, he now resides in Florida where he is a public speaker and university lecturer. Candid and willing to express his opinions, he likes helping people avoid difficulty with the most misunderstood, feared, and loathed US agency – the IRS. He also speaks on counterintelligence topics – especially espionage and interrogations.

Special Interest Lecturer: World Affairs

Dr. Robert Freedman (Baltimore, MD)
Dr. Robert Freedman is Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University, where he lectures on the Middle East and on Russian foreign policy. The author of five books on Soviet and Russian foreign policy, most recently Russia, Iran and the Nuclear Question: The Putin Record, he is also the editor of fourteen books on the Soviet Union/Russia and the Middle East, most recently Contemporary Israel: Domestic Politics, Foreign Policy, and Security Challenges. A consultant to the US State Department and the CIA, Dr. Freedman has served as a commentator on National Public Radio, the BBC, and the Voice of America. He has been a member of US government delegations that went to Moscow and Beijing for discussions with Russian and Chinese scholars and government officials on the Middle East. He has also held talks on the Middle East peace process with Palestinian Authority Presidents Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas, Israeli Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Ariel Sharon, and Israeli Foreign Minister Tsippy Livny. Dr. Freedman received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in Diplomatic History and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University in the field of International Relations.

Special Interest Lecturer: Space Exploration

Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman (Boston, MA)
As a NASA astronaut, Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman made five space flights, becoming the first astronaut to log 1,000 hours of flight time aboard the Space Shuttle. He has performed four spacewalks, including the first unplanned, contingency spacewalk in NASA’s history and the initial repair/rescue mission for the Hubble Space Telescope. He is now Professor of Aerospace Engineering in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he teaches courses on space operations and design and space policy.

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.

Arts & Entertainment

Passport To Music presented by Yamaha and Crystal Cruises: Instructor Elizabeth Smolgovsky (Foster City, CA) teaches an innovative and fun course as an introduction to keyboard playing for adults. Tradition and technology meet in harmony to create this progressive piano-style program. With an emphasis on hands-on learning using Yamaha's exciting portable keyboards supported by the Clavinova digital piano, guests learn nearly a dozen songs during the cruise. An overview of general musical skills, including listening skills and note reading is included, as well as fun group activities such as music trivia and name that song. Passport To Music is designed for those with little or no previous keyboard experience.

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 Linda Wissler (Laguna Niguel, CA).

Computer University@Sea

Lead Technology Concierge Jessie Moncatar plus Instructors Professor Stan Leja and Mary Leja (Corpus Christi, TX). 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 Nelson Dopico (Doral, FL).

Guest Master Photographer

David MacDonald
A master of light, expression, and putting people at ease, David MacDonald has an international reputation as a highly regarded wedding photographer in Australia, Cyprus and throughout the islands of the Caribbean. Portraits by David are proudly displayed in luxurious homes around the world. David is a Fellow of both the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) and the Master Photographers Association (MPA). He has received numerous honors including, the Kodak United Kingdom Portrait Photographer of the Year and the MPA's UK Photographer of the Year in both the Family Portrait and "Under 5 year olds" categories. Images from David's Master Collection commissions in 2010 and 2011 have also won UK Photography awards from the MPA. A portrait session with David MacDonald guarantees images of style, quality and beauty that will continue to bring you incredible memories for years to come. Guests may 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

Joe Herbert (Littleton, CO)
Our exclusive program features TaylorMade, the best performance golf company in the world and #1 driver in golf.

ACBL Bridge Instructors

Polly and Richard Pekruhn (Charleston, SC)
Beginner and intermediate bridge classes, and afternoon games.

Catholic Clergy

Rev. Ralph Kleiter (Saskatchewan, Canada)

Jewish Clergy

Rabbi Lawrence Forman (Norfolk, VA)

Protestant Clergy

Pastor Ed Voosen (Leicester, MA)

Dance Team/Instructors

Mark Bruce and Lizl Jooste (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Daily dance classes on sea days, and private lessons by appointment.

Junior Activities Directors

Jeremy Armstrong (Charlotte, NC)
Kyle Jones (Sacramento, CA)
Memduh Kutur (Manorville, NY)
Lauren Marshall (San Diego, CA)
Kaleigh Stratton (Vancouver, Canada)

Ambassador Hosts

Joop Bergervoet (Etten, The Netherlands)
Luke Daniel (Tacoma, WA)
John Farrell (Tampa, FL)
Stanley Goldsmith (Danville, CA)
Peter Hallock (Tampa, FL)
Norman Pendergraft (Durham, NC) 

List as of 12/10/2012. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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