Round-trip Copenhagen on Crystal Symphony
DATES : July 14 - 28, 2014 (14 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $8,010 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 4216 - North Cape Harbors

Northern Europe
Round-trip Copenhagen
July 14 to July 28, 2014
14 days (2 sea days) aboard Crystal Symphony

*Theme: Emerging Artists Series


Ralf Zander

Hotel Director

Josef Matt

Cruise Director

Scott Peterson

Maître D'

Remi Szutkiewicz

Crystal Society Hostess

Jaque Brown

Cruise Sales Consultant

Paula Jean Pfitzer

Headline Entertainers

Robin Hill, Classical Guitarist
Clare Langan, Flautist
Jonathan Plowright, Classical Pianist
Jimmy Travis, Comedian/Instrumentalist
Roger Wright, Vocalist

Magic Castle At Sea

Debbie Leifer

Lounge Pianists

Mark Farris, Avenue Saloon
Tom Daniels
, 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

Celebrity Guest Speaker

Dr. Drew Casper (Toluca Lake, CA) 
Dr. Drew Casper is the first holder of The Alma and Alfred Hitchcock Chair in American Film at the University of Southern California's (USC) School of the Cinematic Arts, having received a BA in English and Philosophy/Fordham, MA in English/Fordham, a Masters in Divinity/Jesuit Theologate at Woodstock and a PhD in Communication Arts/USC. His undergraduate and graduate courses include those in the history of Hollywood film; genre studies (comedy, musical, horror/science-fiction/fantasy, suspense thriller, postwar melodrama), to style exegesis (film noir, Alfred Hitchcock, Vincente Minnelli, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Lucas and the Star Wars phenomenon, William Wyler, John Huston, Warner Brothers House Style, Stanley Donen, Billy Wilder, Michael Curtiz, MGM House Style, George Stevens). In addition, his course in Censorship in Cinema includes a Question-and-Answer with course underwriter Hugh Hefner. His classes, the most popular in the school, have won for him the USC Associate Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has also given seminars at American Film Institute/Disney Studios/Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences/Director's Guild. His books include: The Hollywood Film, 1963-1976: Years of Revolution and Reaction, Postwar Hollywood, 1946-1962, Introduction to Film, which is in its fourth edition, Stanley Donen, and Vincente Minnelli and the Film Musical. His numerous essays have appeared in publications that run the gamut from coffee-table Architectural Digest, through industrial (theater/film reviews for The Hollywood Reporter), to the high-cult Theological Studies. A former on-the-air host for American Subscription television, he has also contributed innumerable commentaries (Hitchcock's Notorious, To Catch A Thief, Lifeboat, to Twelve Angry Men, The Dolly Sisters, The Asphalt Jungle) and documentaries for DVDs of classic and contemporary films as well as documentaries on Doris Day and Alice Faye for A&E Biography. For the national cinema fraternity Delta Kappa Alpha, he has produced/directed/written in-person tributes to Minnelli, another honoring Astaire and Donen and a third recognizing Barbara Stanwyck.

Celebrity Guest Speaker

Neil Leifer (New York, NY)
Neil Leifer became a professional photographer while still in his teens. Beginning in 1960 as a freelancer, his pictures began regularly appearing in every major national magazine, including the Saturday Evening Post, Look, LIFE, Newsweek, Time and, most often, Sports Illustrated. In August 1972, Leifer became a staff photographer for Sports Illustrated, leaving them in 1978 to become a staff photographer for Time. In 1988 he was made a contributing photographer at LIFE and spent the next two years working for both Time and LIFE magazines. By the time he left Time, Inc. in 1990, his photographs had appeared on more than 200 Sports Illustrated, Time, and People covers – then the most covers ever published by one photographer in Time, Inc. history.

Leifer has published 16 books, 9 of which are collections of his sports photographs. His two most recent books, Ballet in the Dirt and Guts and Glory, both published by TASCHEN, showcase the very best of his Major League Baseball and Professional Football
 photographs. In the fall of 2013, Sports Illustrated will publish a memoir of Neil Leifer’s remarkable career. Leifer has traveled all over the world on sports assignments.

He has photographed 16 Olympic Games (7 Winter and 9 Summer), 4 Soccer World Cups, 15 Kentucky Derbies, countless World Series games, the first 10 Super Bowls, and every important heavyweight title fight since Floyd Patterson beat Ingemar Johansson to regain the title in 1960. He has photographed his favorite subject, Muhammad Ali, on almost 60 different occasions – at fights and more than 30 photo sessions. While Neil Leifer now devotes almost 100% of his time to producing and directing films, there is a very good chance that you'll spot him, camera in hand, at any big championship fight. "Boxing is the one sport I still love shooting."

Celebrity Guest Speaker

Ken Walsh (Bethesda, MD)
Ken Walsh is the chief White House correspondent and author of the "Presidency" column for U.S. News & World Report. He has covered the White House for 'U.S. News' since 1986 and is one of the most experienced and longest-serving journalists ever to cover the presidency. He has reported on and written about five presidents; Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, and every presidential campaign since 1984. Historian Douglas Brinkley has written of Walsh: "No journalist today covers U.S. presidential politics with the same bedrock self-assurance, analytical thought, and literary aplomb as Ken Walsh."

Walsh has won the most prestigious awards for White House-related journalism. He won the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Coverage of the Presidency in 1992, 1998, and 2009, and the Aldo Beckman Award in 1991 and 2007. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Washington Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2009. He is former president of the White House Correspondents' Association. Walsh appears often on national television and radio and gives frequent speeches around the United States, and he teaches as an adjunct in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C.

He is the author of five books, including Family of Freedom: Presidents and African Americans in the White House (2011), From Mount Vernon to Crawford: A History of the Presidents and Their Retreats (2005), and Air Force One: A History of the Presidents and Their Planes (2003). 

A New York City native, Walsh received a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1968 from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and a master's in communication in 1970 from American University in Washington, D.C. Just after graduate school, he spent nearly two years as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Destination Lecturer

Peter Smith (Kent, England)
Peter has primarily technical and military background. Following a variety of jobs as a student, including periods spent working in a mortuary and a hospital operating theatre, he joined the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm as a helicopter pilot. Following basic flying training, he was forced by a detached retina to transfer to the Air Traffic Control branch, qualifying as both a terminal (airfield) and area radar controller. In this capacity he served both at Royal Naval air stations and Royal Air Force area radar units, as well as a number of sea tours. The longest of these was as the Air Staff Officer on board the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious immediately after the ship’s completion, when the carrier – with HRH Prince Andrew on board as a front-line helicopter pilot – took part in the Falklands War. Following promotion, he was appointed to a succession of staff jobs in the London area, where he worked on a variety of projects classified above 'Secret,' including United Kingdom preparations for war and transition to war and he became very familiar with current techniques for intelligence gathering, dissemination and related subjects.

After leaving the Royal Navy, he moved with his wife Sally to the Principality of Andorra, in the eastern Pyrenees. Since 2003 he has worked as a full-time author, writing for several of the United Kingdom’s biggest publishing houses, including Macmillan using the nom de plume James Barrington. These books were Overkill, Pandemic, Foxbat, Timebomb, Payback and Manhunt. Again writing as James Barrington he ghosted one non-fiction book for Penguin/Michael Joseph. This was Joint Force Harrier, an account of Royal Navy front-line Harrier operations in Afghanistan. Also for Macmillan he's written two Second World War thrillers as Max Adams (To Do or Die and Right and Glory).

Peter then moved to Transworld and acquired a new nom de plume, James Becker, to write historical mystery thrillers: The First Apostle, The Moses Stone, The Messiah Secret, The Nosferatu Scroll, Echo of the Reich and The Lost Testament. He also writes for Simon & Schuster as Jack Steel (The Titanic Secret and The Ripper Secret) and for The Endeavour Press as Tom Kasey (Sanctuary, Trade Off and The Dante Conspiracy), as Thomas Payne (Uncommon Sense) and also as James Barrington (Falklands: Voyage to War and John Browning: Man and Gun Maker). Most of these books have been sold to foreign publishers.

Special Interest Lecturer: World Affairs

General Nick Halley (Upland, CA)
General Nick Halley is a recognized expert on leadership, terrorism, change management and integrity. His leadership expertise was learned and developed under the most stressful conditions - combat. His impressive background as a senior leader in the military, government and corporate worlds include: an Engineering Degree from West Point, Nuclear Physics Masters Degree from the University Of Virginia, Commander of soldiers in three conflicts-Vietnam, Grenada and Desert Storm (Iraq).

*Theme Presentations: Emerging Artists Series

An enriching look at young talent takes the spotlight aboard Crystal Symphony with Emerging Artists, our Experiences of Discovery® theme cruise

Artists at the dawn of their professional careers sail aboard ship to offer insight and appreciation of the performing arts.  Our Emerging Artists voyage showcases the next generation of gifted artists in partnership with the internationally renowned Music Center of Los Angeles and their Spotlight program.

In addition to witnessing incredible live performances, guests are invited to step into the “working classroom” of teacher and student. Our Master Class At Sea presents an educational and enlightening view of talent behind-the-scenes. Guided by a professional performer and disciplined Master Class teacher for the Music Center, guests witness the elevation of talent via lecture and exhibition. The Master Class At Sea is exclusive to Crystal Cruises, courtesy of Music Center’s Spotlight program.

A new feature for 2014 is our interactive panel discussion with our young artists and guests, guided by the Master Class teacher.

Theme Performer: Classical Dance/Ballerina

Jennifer Whalen (Los Angeles, CA)
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Jennifer Whalen began her training at the age of seven under Linda Strangio-Hedberg in Ventura, CA. She was a founding member of Young Dancers Ensemble in Ventura and a founding member of the State Street Ballet Young Dancers in Santa Barbara. Whalen has also trained on scholarship with the San Francisco Ballet, The Kirov Academy and The Royal Ballet School. She made her professional debut in 1999, at the age of 14, with the State Street Ballet when the role of Clara in their Hollywood Nutcracker was created for her. While at State Street Ballet, Whalen also danced the role of The Bird in Robert Sund's Beauty and the Beast and the role of Tiger Lily in Sund's Alice in Wonderland. She also danced the solo Yu: Gift of Heaven choreographed for her by Gary McKenzie. Whalen competed at the Third International Ballet and Modern Dance Competition in Nagoya, Japan in 1999. Whalen is a Grand Prize Finalist of The Music Center Spotlight awards in classical dance and the Gold Medal at the Youth America Grand Prix. Whalen joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 2002 and the corps de ballet in April, 2003. Her repertory includes the Spanish Dance in Swan Lake and a role in Black Tuesday, as well as roles in all of the Company's full-length ballets. She created a role in Everything Doesn't Happen at Once.

Theme Performer: Classical Dance/Ballet Partner

Jose Sebastian (Los Angeles, CA)
Jose Sebastian, a native of New York City, started his dance training at age 8 with the School of American Ballet and continued training there for nearly 10 years. He received additional ballet training at Studio Maestro under the direction of Francois Perron and Deborah Wingert. His performance experience includes Scenes de Ballet choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, 28 Variations on a Theme by Paganini by Benjamin Millepied and Square Dance, choreographed by George Balanchine and staged by Suki Schorer. Sebastian joined ABT II in 2006 and American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in January, 2009, and became a member of the corps de ballet in January, 2010. His repertoire with the Company includes the Spanish Dance in Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker, a role in Private Light and a Fairy Knight in The Sleeping Beauty, as well as roles in all of the Company's full-length ballets. He created a role in Aftereffect.

Theme Performer: Classical Pianist

Tianpeng "Timmy" Yu (Los Angeles, CA) 
Tianpeng Yu originally hails from Shantou, a city on the eastern coast of Guangdong province in the People's Republic of China.  At age 22, he has already been the prizewinner of many national and international competitions. Tianpeng began playing the piano at the age of 4. He began studying at the Shenzhen Arts School in 2002 with the renowned Professor Dan Zhaoyi, and additionally with Chen Guanquan. Immigrating to the United States to further his performance skills, Tianpeng continued his studies at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California, studying piano with Nelms McKelvain.  Tianpeng has been the recipient of several top pianist awards including First Prize of the Steinway Society of Riverside County Piano Competition, Glendale Piano Competition in California, YMF Foundation Concerto Competition and Pasadena Community Orchestra Concerto Competition. Internationally, he has received First Prize at the ASEAN Piano Concerto Competition (Indonesia), Fifth International Chopin Piano Competition (Asia) and the Asia Piano Open Competition (Hong Kong). Tianpeng won the first prize in 2009 at the Spotlight Awards in Los Angeles, and his performance of “Chopin Fantasy” was broadcasted on national television. Tianpeng has performed with the members of the Poland Philharmonic, Indonesia’s National Philharmonic, Shenzhen Philharmonic, Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra, and the Pasadena Community Orchestra. He has additionally taken master class with renowned talent such as Sergei Babayan, Meneham Pressler, Robert Levin, Tamas Ungar, Ann Schein, and Carol Leone. Tianpeng is a ‘Performance Diploma’ candidate at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, CA, studying with pianist-educator John Perry. 

Theme Performer: Vocalist/Opera

Daniel McGrew (Orange, CA) 
Daniel McGrew, tenor, is 21 years old. He is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in vocal performance under the tutelage of Salvatore Champagne at Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, OH. He was born in Orange, CA, where his solo career began at an early age.  As a boy soprano he worked with Opera Pacific, the UCLA Choral, Intimate Opera Company, and recorded numerous film and television scores including the popular works of Polar Express, Battlestar Galactic, and Superman Returns.  He began formal classical study in high school with Patrick Goeser at Chapman University.  His work has earned him first place in both the Rotary Singer of the Year competition and National Classical Singer Competition.  He was a grand prize finalist in the Music Center Spotlight Awards and a silver winner in the NFAA’s YoungArts program.  Daniel was honored in 2011 as “Presidential Scholars in the Arts” (one of the United States’ highest honors for high school students) in recognition of his academic and artistic achievements. At the presentation in Washington, D.C., he performed alongside fellow scholars at the prestigious Kennedy Center.  Daniel has been involved in numerous legitimate theatre, stage musical and opera productions.  His opera credits include, Torquemada in Ravel's Heure Espagnole and Ecclitico in Haydn's Il Mondo della Luna with the Oberlin Opera Theatre.  Internationally he performed last summer in Arrezo, Italy, the role of Orpheo in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo. Daniel continues to hone his performance skills and aspires to become a respected recitalist during his career.  His personal interests include reading, running, and pastry arts.  He is additionally an avid writer of both prose and poetry.

Master Class Teacher: Ballet

Francine Kessler-Lavac (Malibu, CA) 
Francine Kessler-Lavac is former Soloist with Ballet West and Harkness Ballet Company where she performed both classical and contemporary repertoire.  Ms. Kessler-Lavac’s principal roles have included Swanhilda in Coppelia, Dew Drop in Nutcracker, leads in Balanchine’s Pas de Dix, Irish Fantasy, Serenade, John Butler’s Carmina Burana and Cinderella.  Ms. Kessler-Lavac can be seen as the partner of Mikhail Baryshnikov on the Baryshnikov Television Special for CBS with choreography by Michael Kidd.  She has been a ballet adjudicator for The Music Center Spotlight Awards for the past ten years and is currently on faculty as Ballet Mistress at Westside Ballet in Los Angeles, CA.

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 Hutchinson (Tenerife, Canary Islands). 

USC School of Cinematic Arts Presents...

Digital Filmmaking: The iPad Moviemaking Course. A fun way to learn the fundamentals of filmmaking.
Evan Hughes (Los Angeles, 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 Cheryl Rucker McQueen (Los Angeles, 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®.

PGA Teaching Professional

Joe Herbert (Littleton, CO)
Joe Herbert has maintained membership in the PGA for over 35 years, as well as being Life Member and Quarter Century Club member. His experience includes being a Head Golf Professional/Golf Director at exclusive country clubs in Colorado. In addition, during the spring and summer months, he is the Director of Golf Instruction at Arrowhead Golf Club (Golf Digest Top 100 golf courses) in Littleton, CO. During the winter, Joe is the Director of Golf Instruction at the beautiful Classic Golf Club in Palm Springs, CA. Joe hosted the Bob Hope golf tournament from 2006 - 2009. Joe has been honored with the 1997 nomination for PGA Teaching Professional and Junior Golf Leader as well as the 2009/2010 President’s Council Award for Outstanding Golf Instructor of Developing Golf Instruction Programs. He has been featured in 2010 Style magazine during the U.S. Open, and Boomer Golf News for his outstanding teaching abilities. Joe has signed with Southwest Airlines and Swift Air for his golf instructions and DVDs while in the air on WIFI. Recently, due to the large number of requests from his students around the world, Joe released a DVD set, Fundamentals of Golf. Joe considers teaching golf to others to be one of the highlights of his life.
Our exclusive program features TaylorMade, the best performance golf company in the world and #1 driver in golf.

ACBL Bridge Instructors

Karol and Guy Monroe (Palm Desert, CA)
Beginner and intermediate bridge classes, and afternoon games.

Catholic Clergy

Father Liam Kidney (Pacific Palisades, CA)

Dance Team/Instructors

Rudy and Maria Hernandez (Whittier, CA)
Daily dance classes on sea days, and private lessons by appointment.

Junior Activities Directors

Kelly Brower
Reyna Hallett
Adam McComb

Ambassador Hosts

Sam Halioua (Montréal, Canada)
Rick Mazzone (Kingston, MA)
William Quinn
(North Falmouth, MA)
Constantino Zampata
(Rio Vista, CA)

List as of 07/11/2014. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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