Rio de Janeiro to Miami on Crystal Serenity
DATES : April 18 - May 4, 2015 (16 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $6,445 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.


South America, World / Grand Cruise 
Rio de Janeiro to Miami
April 18 - May 4, 2015 
16 days (8 sea days) aboard Crystal Serenity  


Egil Giske

Hotel Director

Josef Lumetsberger

Cruise Director

Gary Hunter

World Cruise Hostess

Stacey Huston

Maître D'

Leo Assmair

Crystal Society Hostess

Alissa Gustafsson

Cruise Sales Consultant

Daniele Puma

Headline Entertainers

Judy Carmichael, Jazz Pianist
Shirley Dominguez
, Harpist
Gary Guthman, Instrumentalist-Trumpet
Craig Halliday, Variety Violinist 
Gary Hunter Ventriloquist
MacDonald Brothers, Variety Entertainers 
Reva Rice, Vocalist 
Jimmy Travis, Comedian/Instrumentalist 
Gary Williams, Vocalist

Magic Castle At Sea

Anthony Salazar

Production Shows

*Featuring the Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers

Traditional Revues

Across the Pond
Curtain Call

Concert Production

My Life: The Music of Billy Joel starring James Fox

Jukebox Musical

6/8 Café

High-Tech Integration of Light and Dance

iLuminate: The Tourist

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

Lounge Pianists

Jordan Heppner, Avenue Saloon
Richard Pucci, Crystal Cove

World Cruise Special Events

Bombshell - April 26, 2015

Iconic, Glamorous, Sensual and Classy. This event is themed around Marilyn Monroe's enigmatic persona. Was she the bombshell or the girl next door? How did she affect culture in her day and today? Diamonds are still a girl's best friend and the boys still want to see her skirt blow up!

Serenity Pops - May 1, 2015

This theatrical show will delight and surprise you! The elegant stage is filled with a full symphony orchestra. Our magnificent singing and dancing talent is showcased one last time. As always it is going to be an explosive grand finale to the World Cruise 2015.

Crystal Visions Enrichment Program

Destination Lecturer

Ken Rees (Bristol, England)
Ken Rees brings to the role of destination lecturer over 25 years experience as a world-travelling foreign correspondent. During his career, he has reported extensively from Italy, Greece, and the Middle East. His many news credits include the Lebanese civil war, the first Gulf War, the loss of the space shuttle Challenger, and the sectarian troubles of Northern Ireland. Ken has held almost every job in a television newsroom from scriptwriter, news editor, and reporter to Director of News and Current Affairs. During a 15-year career with Britain’s flagship network program, ITN’s News at Ten, he served as a Senior Foreign Correspondent and spent six years covering the United States from Washington, D.C. In 1986 the Royal Television Society named Ken as Television Reporter of the Year, their highest honor. He now works as a broadcast consultant, trains journalists for TV companies, and writes on travel and world affairs.

Special Interest Lecturer

David Davenport (Burlingame, CA)
David Davenport is Counselor to the Director and a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, a prominent public policy think tank at Stanford University.  From 1985-2000, he served as President of Pepperdine University during a period of dynamic growth in the University’s quality and reputation. David is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle on politics and policy and also does regular national radio commentaries for the Salem Radio Network.  Davenport has held several political appointments, most recently as a member of Governor Schwarzenegger’s California Performance Review Commission.  He co-chairs Common Sense California, which is a bipartisan effort to reengage citizens and bring their common sense solutions to some of the state’s most pressing problems.  He also serves on the boards of three California based corporations. 

Special Interest Lecturer: Middle East Expert, Journalist and Author

Thomas W. Lippman (Washington, D.C.)
Thomas W. Lippman is an award-winning author and journalist who has specialized in Middle East affairs and American foreign policy for 35 years.  He is a former Middle East bureau chief of The Washington Post, and throughout the 1990s was a national security and diplomatic affairs correspondent for the Post. Lippman is the author of numerous magazine articles, book reviews, and op-ed columns and of six books, one of which, Arabian Knight: Colonel Bill Eddy USMC and the Rise of American Power in the Middle East, on the early history of US relations with the Arab world, received a Ben Franklin Award as the best biography of 2008.  His most recent book, Saudi Arabia on the Edge, was published in 2012. A frequent commentator on domestic and international television outlets, Lippman also contributes articles on Mideast affairs to major newspapers and several online publications.  He has traveled often to Saudi Arabia and neighboring countries over the past decade, and is the principal media contact on Saudi Arabia for the Middle East Institute, where he is an adjunct scholar.  Lippman is also a consultant to the U.S. armed forces and intelligence agencies.

Special Interest Lecturer

Tom Macan (Cumbria, England)
Tom Macan is a retired British Diplomatic Service Officer with extensive experience of the Caribbean, South America and the Portuguese-speaking world. His final post was that of Governor of the British Virgin Islands, having previously been Ambassador to Lithuania and Deputy High Commissioner to India.

Special Interest Lecturer

Michael McManus (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
Special Agent Michael McManus (retired) held one of the most dangerous and most-often scrutinized jobs in the United States; he was a Drug Enforcement Administration supervisor. Mr. McManus served as the Chief of Operations for Mexico and Central America at DEA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. He oversaw all enforcement operations throughout those regions. Mr. McManus is a career law enforcement officer with over 28 years of experience in undercover investigations and consultation.

Special Agent McManus was the supervisor of a special enforcement group in Miami, FL from 1995 – 1999. During this time, he coordinated numerous undercover investigations involving high-level international drug trafficking organizations, which included the successful investigation and arrest that inspired the movie, Blow (2001), featuring Johnny Depp.

McManus has taught extensively at international law enforcement academies across Europe, Central America, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Far East. A faculty member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) since 1996, Mike McManus’ lecture series is rated in the top 10% of all faculty members. Since that time, he has lectured at YPO conferences in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, New York, Hawaii and at a number of local chapter meetings throughout the United States.

Special Interest Lecturer

Cheri Steinkellner (Santa Barbara, CA)
Cheri Steinkellner has won multiple Emmys, Golden Globes, People's Choice and the TV-Land Legend Award for writing/producing TV’s Cheers and creating Disney’s Teacher’s Pet.  She is also a Tony nominee for Broadway's Sister Act. Cheri co-created the Indy Award-winning, Ovation-nominated Broadway-bound musical Hello! My Baby, and has worked on TV shows including The Jeffersons, Who's The Boss, Family Ties and The Bob Newhart Show. Alumni of Chicago’s Second City and L.A.'s The Groundlings, she also co-created Instaplay, L.A.’s original improvised musical. Cheri teaches writing at Stanford and UCSB. 

Special Interest Lecturer

Robert Warne (Falls Church, 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 and 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 Debbie Skinner (McMinnville, OR) introduces adult beginners to the joy and satisfaction of playing the keyboard in a fun and non-intimidating atmosphere. Tradition and technology meet in harmony to create this hands-on learning experience using Yamaha's exciting keyboards. 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 Laura Healey (Lincoln, CA).

Odyssey Art At Sea Knitting Instructor

The relaxing and social aspects of knitting have been added on select cruises. On this sailing, Gail Ivanco (Kitchener, Canada) will host knitting classes and all levels are welcome. Participants are encouraged to knit together sharing skills and advice in a congenial environment. Participation is limited.

USC School of Cinematic Arts Presents...

Digital Filmmaking: The iPad Moviemaking Course. A fun way to learn the fundamentals of filmmaking.
Jim Bigham (Miami, FL)
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 iOS8 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 Arwin Mañalac 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).

An updated series of 'Everything Apple' courses developed and taught by Professor Stan Leja (Corpus Christi, TX) is again being offered on iPads, iTunes, iWork, iLife, and iCloud. This Apple training provides several different Continuing Education Unit (CEU) granting courses from Del Mar College designed to improve your ability to understand and to use your Apple devices.  Each course will contain different in depth lectures and experimentation with various applications on both iPad devices and Apple computers.  Social media, photography, music, navigation, communications, business applications, videos, and web surfing with Apple devices will all be covered during different portions of World Cruise 2015.  A fee will be charged to attend these courses. 

To fully participate in this coursework, you need to come onboard with the following:  One iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad v4, iPad mini 3, or iPad mini 2, with the latest iOS installed that has cellular (GPS) capability.  Having international cellular data activated prior to joining the world cruise is also required. The latest versions of the following applications need to be downloaded and installed on your iPad prior to joining this voyage:  Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iPhoto, GarageBand, iMovie, Dropbox for iPad, GoodReader for iPad, Adobe Photoshop Express, Kindle, MotionX GPS HD, and SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive.    

If you have an Apple notebook computer, please bring it with you.  On your notebook computer, please make sure it has the latest version of the OS X Yosemite operating system and the latest version of the notebook applications:  Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iPhoto, GarageBand, iMovie, Adobe Photoshop 13, and Kindle.  If you do not have an Apple notebook computer, you can use the desktops in the CU @ Sea classroom, which will all have the updated required software.

Memoir Writing

Joe Kita (Schnecksville, PA)
If your family has been bugging you to “write this stuff down!” for years, here’s your chance to finally get started. Joe Kita has authored six books, written for numerous magazines, taught writing at Lehigh University, and appeared on Oprah. Joe has taught memoir writing on six previous Crystal World Cruises, and dozens of his students have published books. In this special course, you’ll learn everything from how to get started to how to find a publisher. Joe will also supply one-on-one coaching throughout the trip, reviewing and critiquing your manuscripts.

World Cruise Book Club

If you enjoy discussing good books, or if you just want to learn more about the unique places on our itinerary, join the club! Led by memoir-writing instructor Joe Kita, the club meets periodically throughout the World Cruise. Our 13 titles are a mix of old and new, fiction and nonfiction, and keyed to the areas we’ll be visiting. Read one, a few, or all. Please bring your own copy, either paper or digital. Here’s the list (in order of discussion):

On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers
The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
Easter Island by Jennifer Vanderbes
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
The Last Brother by Nathacha Appanah
Aye-Aye and I by Gerald Durrell 
The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony   
A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands by Jorge Amado
River of Doubt by Candice Millard
Papillon by Henri Charrière


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®.

Pilates Instructor

Ella Crowson (London, England)

Yoga Instructor

Maria Kita (Schnecksville, PA) 
Looking for a fun new way to get in shape and feel better instantly? Yoga is great for soothing aches, easing stress, building strength, and saying hello to your toes after all these years. Maria Kita is a registered yoga instructor on her seventh Crystal World Cruise. She’ll be teaching Gentle and Energetic classes, plus others with special themes (e.g., yoga for back pain, chair yoga, etc.). Maria is also a registered nurse, and she practices what she preaches. Yoga enabled her to overcome back surgery 13 years ago.

PGA Teaching Professional

John Clark (Carlsbad, CA)
John has over 35 years experience in the Golf business and became a PGA member in July, 1972. He served his Apprenticeship under the late Tony Novitsky at Columbine Country Club, Littleton, Colorado. Columbine was the Host Club for the 1968 PGA Championship. John is a life member and a Quarter Century member of the PGA of America. John has held positions as an Assistant Golf Professional, Head Professional, Director of Golf and General Manager at Private Country Clubs and a Sheraton Resort. He is currently a PGA Instructor at the SDGA, San Diego Campus. The other SDGA Campus's are located in Phoenix, Myrtle Beach and Orlando. Also, John is an independent PGA Golf Instructor at the Carlsbad Golf Center, Carlsbad, CA.
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) and Ginny and Jeff Schuett (Riverwoods, IL)
Beginner, intermediate and advanced bridge classes, and afternoon games.

Catholic Clergy

Father Thomas Falkenthal (Aventura, FL)

Jewish Clergy

Rabbi Morris Hershman (Burlingame, CA)

Protestant Clergy

Pastor Ed Voosen (Leicester, MA)

Dance Team/Instructors

Curtis Collins (Los Angeles, CA) and Beverly Durand (Thousand Oaks, CA)
Daily dance classes on sea days, and private lessons by appointment.

Ambassador Hosts

Mo Abdel Ghany (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Basim Abdelnour (Plymouth, MI)
Jay Hoey (Henderson, NV)
Michael Howe
(Woodlands, TX)
Rick Mazzone
(Kingston, MA)
Michael Nguyen (Vancouver, Canada)
Rafael Talavera (Tampa, FL)  
Constantino Zampata (Rio Vista, CA)

Featured Trunk Show

Hubert Gesser
Hubert and Karen Dickson, Director of Sales for Hubert Gesser, bring 'Color to the World, One Gemstone at a Time.'

List as of 04/08/2015. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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