Round-trip Miami on Crystal Symphony
DATES : November 16 - 23, 2013 (7 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $2,595 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 3229 - Taste of the Tropics

Round-trip Miami
November 16 to November 23, 2013
7 days (2 sea days) aboard Crystal Symphony


Ralf Zander

Hotel Director

Josef Matt

Cruise Director

Scott Peterson

Maître D'

Remi Szutkiewicz

Crystal Society Hostess

Isabell Wagner

Cruise Sales Consultant

Daniele Puma

Headline Entertainers

Michel Bell, Vocalist  
Jon Courtenay
, Variety Comedian

Magic Castle At Sea

Anthony Salazar 

Lounge Pianists

Mark Farris, Avenue Saloon 
Joe Fos, 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: Professor of Latin American History

Dr. Matthew Restall (State College, PA)
Matthew Restall is the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Latin American History at Penn State University. His areas of specialization are colonial Yucatan and Mexico, Maya history, the Spanish Conquest, and Africans in Spanish America. His richly illustrated presentations will introduce us to the historical sites and contemporary charms of Mexico’s Caribbean coast and Key West. Dr. Restall has published sixteen books, including The Maya World, Maya Conquistador, and Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest. He co-authored two volumes; Mesoamerican Voices and Invading Guatemala – in Penn State Press’ Latin American Originals series, of which he is editor. His most recent works are 2012 and the End of the World: The Western Roots of the Maya Apocalypse, The Riddle of Latin America, Latin America in Colonial Times, and The Conquistadors. Matthew earned his BA in Modern History at Oxford University and his MA in Latin American History and PhD in Colonial Mexican History at UCLA. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

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

Robert Levy (Naples, FL)
Bob Levy is chairman of the board of directors at the Cato Institute.  He joined Cato as senior fellow in constitutional studies in 1997 after 25 years in business.  He also sits on boards of the Institute for Justice, the Federalist Society, and the George Mason Law School. Mr. Levy received his Ph.D. in business from the American University and then founded CDA Investment Technologies, a major provider of investment information and software.  After leaving CDA in 1991, he went to George Mason, where he was chief articles editor of the law review.  He received his J.D. degree in 1994 and, for the next two years he clerked for Judge Royce Lamberth on the US District Court and Judge Douglas Ginsburg on the US Court of Appeals.

For many years, Bob was an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University.  His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, National Review, and many other publications.  He has also discussed public policy on national radio and TV programs, including ABC’s Nightline, Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor, MSNBC’s Hardball, and NBC’s Today Show

Bob’s latest book, co-authored with William Mellor and published in May 2008, is The Dirty Dozen: How 12 Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom.  Most recently, Bob served as co-counsel in District of Columbia versus Heller, the successful Second Amendment challenge to D.C.’s gun ban

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.

USC School of Cinematic Arts Presents...

Digital Filmmaking: The iPad Moviemaking Course. A fun way to learn the fundamentals of filmmaking.
Elizabeth Van Meter (New York, NY)
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 Claudio Bonacossa (Glendale, 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).


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®.

CPGA Teaching Professional

R. Bruce Murray (Deep Cove, Nova Scotia)
Bruce Murray has been a C.P.G.A. member for over 40 years serving the C.P.G.A. as a Director, as well as serving as chairman of many association portfolios. He has been a Head Professional/Director of Golf at five clubs in his career the most prominent being Royal Montréal, Shaughnessy in Vancouver and now Wildfire in Lakefield, Ontario. Bruce's responsibilities have varied within the scope of the various clubs, but teaching has been and remains his main passion. He has taught students of every level, from novices to professionals and leading amateurs. Bruce is now retired from the private club life and lives outside Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Our exclusive program features TaylorMade, the best performance golf company in the world and #1 driver in golf.

ACBL Bridge Instructor

Cassandra Mani (Novato, CA)
Beginner and intermediate bridge classes, and afternoon games.

Catholic Clergy

Rev. Peter Bayer (Rochester, NY)

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 (Manorville, NY)

Ambassador Hosts

Mo Abdel-Ghany (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Joop Bergervoet
(Etten, The Netherlands)
Joe Glasgow 
(Sarasota, FL)  
Dietmar Weber
(Mannheim, Germany)
List as of 11/14/2013. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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