Travel is about discovering the world, as well as yourself. Crystal's renowned roster of complimentary enrichment invites you to pursue individual interests and challenge yourself to try new things...allowing you to write as many new stories about yourself and the world as you wish.
Creative Learning Institute®
> Tai Chi
Offered on select voyages, Classes are led by tai chi master Martin Lee, PhD, a research physicist at Stanford University and founder of the Los Angeles-based Tai Chi Cultural Center, and his family. This martial arts discipline combines intense mental focus with deliberate, graceful movements that improve strength, agility and balance.
> Wellness Lectures
> Wine Tasting
> Art Instruction
Offered on every cruise, the program has featured such stellar names as Hugh Downs, Marlin Fitzwater, Ruth Westheimer, General Perry Smith, Ambassador Marc Ginsberg, Senator Phil Gramm, Johnny Bench, Dinesh D'Souza, James Carville and Mary Matalin, and Jack Hana, just to name a few.
For over a decade, Crystal’s Computer University@Sea has been at the forefront of luxury travel offering guests contemporary enrichment opportunities in line with the dramatic evolution of the Internet and digital communication. The extensiveness of our program is unmatched in both its variety and originality – guests work on 27" Apple Macintosh computers as our team of expert techies offer complimentary instruction on topics ranging from basic computer skills on e-mail, Word, Excel and maximizing usage of your smart phones, iPads and other gadgets, to advanced digital photo finishing and website design. Guests enjoy 24-hour Internet access from every lab computer and from every stateroom.
> Technology Concierge
- Apple iPad®
- Apple iPhone and iPod™
- Kindle™ and other reading devisces
- Palm Treo Pro™
- Garmin® Colorado 400c (GPS) navigational device
Between Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, our well-stocked Library contains over 8,000 books on subjects ranging from classics to popular biographies, history to contemporary mysteries. There is also an entertaining selection of over 2,000 DVD movie titles plus CDs, magazines, audio books and a generous selection of board games which may be borrowed without charge for your enjoyment during the cruise.
Be it film production, magic, bridge, golf or photography– whether you wish to fuel a lifelong passion or tap a budding interest, choose a voyage that piques your curiosities. With topics and classes that include USC digital film production, Magic Castle at Sea and the ever popular dance and golf instructions, the possibilities for learning are varied, and the choice is all yours!
Creative Learning Institute
Comprehensive programs featuring educational classes in many diverse subjects including art, wine, digital filmmaking, golf, dancing, Bridge and more.
Our own version of Discovery Channel™ with expert shark divers, underwater photographers, deep-sea treasure hunters and more.
Gardens & Floral Design
Experts in the area of floral design will share insights on design styles, techniques and colors, as well as interesting information about the Gardens of the regions visited.
Famous guest speakers join panel discussions featuring politics adn world affairs; guests participate via polling devices in the audience for real-time debate, discussion and Q&A.
Professional photographers share their techniques and tips so you can get the most out of your camera during your travels.
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. Once you have downloaded the iMovie app to your iPad, be sure to also download the Help files. Open the iMovie app and tap on the Help icon (question mark icon). When the Help screen comes up, tap on "More Help" to download the rest of the Help files. 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 the Priority Check-in & Planning Center (PCPC). If you sign up on board, make sure to sign up EARLY.)
Headline magicians from Crystal's Magic Castle at Sea come aboard to entertain and conduct magic workshops.
> Wine & Food
Cuisine and travel are inextricably connected, with the unique flavors of each destination offering authentic insight into customs and cultures of the region.
Crystal Wine & Food Festival
World-renowned chefs, wine experts and mixologists share their talents at lectures, special meals and tastings.
Crystal Wine & Food Festival & Floral Design
A combination theme including world-renowned chefs and wine experts share their talents at lectures, special meals and tastings on board and ashore, and a floral design professional will share insights of design styles, techniques and colors.
Across the world, microbreweries are growing in popularity, offering a unique taste of a destination. On board, enjoy tastings and lectures.
> History & Culture
Maritime: Past, Present & Future
From the lavishness of luxury liners to the boldness of battleships, a look at the fascinating history of sea travel.
> Music, Fashion & Theatre
From music and dance to art and acting, explore the rhythms and trends of the world on an Experiences of Discovery voyage.
Live daily Big Band performances include the Glenn Miller Orchestra and guest music lecturers. Additional Ambassador Hosts serve as dance partners.
Ballroom at Sea
Revel in the lavish style of ballroom with sensational instructors, ensembles, bands and our own Ambassador Hosts.
Crystal’s exclusive partnership with The Music Center Spotlight Awards showcases upcoming artists with live performances and master classes. Talent is personally selected for Crystal Cruises by the Artistic Director for Spotlight Awards, Ms. Jeri Gaile, who orchestrates the program. Click here to view our featured Emerging Artists.
Speakers, film authorities and performers salute the world of stage and screen.
> Fitness & Sports
Combine your love of travel with your favorite sport for rare experiences of enriching discovery.Mind, Body & Spirit
Guest instructors and speakers focus on yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi and general mental, physical and spiritual health.
PGA pros work on your game, plus golf celebrities provide insights and guest play during optional Crystal Adventures on world-famous courses.
Holiday Theme Cruise
Special meals, decorations and events create a festive atmosphere for the holidays.
> Crystal Society
Join fellow Crystal Society members on special cruises that celebrate a shared passion for travel and newfound camaraderie.
Crystal Society Cruises
Special voyages feature exclusive onboard events, receptions and more.
Crystal Chief Executive Officer & President Edie Rodriguez hosts the annual President's Cruise.