Athens to Venice on Crystal Serenity
DATES : October 12 - 24, 2012 (12 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $4,395 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 2322 - Ancient Lands and Cultures

Athens to Venice
October 12 to October 24, 2012
12 Days (3 sea days) aboard Crystal Serenity


John Økland

Hotel Director

Christian Krempl

Cruise Director

Gary Hunter

Maître D'

Leo Assmair

Crystal Society Hostess

Alissa Gustafsson

Cruise Sales Consultant

Daniele Puma

Headline Entertainers

Michel Bell, Vocalist
Gary Hunter, Ventriloquist 
Nicola Loud, Variety Violinist   

Magic Castle At Sea

Jon Armstrong

Lounge Pianists

Joel Spire, Avenue Saloon
John Mentis, Crystal Cove 

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.

Destination Lecturer

Dr. Jean-Pierre Isbouts (Santa Monica, CA)
Dr. Jean-Pierre Isbouts is a Professor at Fielding Graduate University, an award-winning filmmaker, and the author of numerous publications on biblical history and archaeology. His richly illustrated presentations will survey the history and archaeology of the biblical world. An award-winning writer and producer of films on art, history, and music, Dr. Isbouts has produced records with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, and others. His most recent film project is Young Jesus, a dramatized feature based on his book Young Jesus: Restoring the Lost Years of a Social Activist and Religious Dissident, which was published Easter, 2009. A charismatic and entertaining speaker, Dr. Isbouts has lectured at conferences throughout the world, and has led tours in Europe and the Middle East. His other books on biblical history include From Moses to Muhammad and the best-selling National Geographic publication The Biblical World – An Illustrated Atlas.

Special Interest Lecturer

Joel Harper (New York, NY)
Celebrity trainer Joel Harper has been developing custom workouts in New York City for 15 years. His clients range from Dr. Oz to Olympic Medalists striving for break-through performances, to 10 year old kids just learning to appreciate their health. With a client list as diverse as his training methods, he regularly works with well-known actors preparing for new roles, musicians embarking on world tours and business executives desiring increased energy and strength.

Joel's unique workouts have been seen on programs such as Oprah, The Dr. Oz. Show, Larry King, Fox News and the ABC news and publications like O magazine and Esquire to Bottomline Health. He has created all of the workouts for the New York Times best selling 'You Books' and the accompanying workout DVDs with Drs. Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen and the popular 'Fit Pack' DVD. He has created the PBS best selling Firming After 50 and the current Slim & Fit.

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 Rachel Kramer (Cincinnati, OH) 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 Mindy Kombert (Chappaqua, NY).

Computer University@Sea

Lead Technology Concierge Jessie Moncatar plus Instructor Chip Adam (Long Beach, 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).


Berlitz Foreign Language Instruction: Italian classes, focusing on basic vocabulary and phrases to help guests communicate in foreign countries, are taught by certified Berlitz Language instructor Mario Barbi (Florence, KY).

Guest Master Photographer

Ian Schemper
Ian Schemper is a successful and accomplished photographer with over 25 years experience. With a dedicated passion to creating exquisite and unique lifestyle portraits, he has commissions all over the world. Most recently he was one of the official photographers for Omega at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, where he photographed numerous leading sporting stars and celebrities. A member of the prestigious Master Photographers Association (MPA), the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) and the Swedish Photographers Association (SFF), Ian’s use of stunning locations as a backdrop to his portraits has won him acclaim from fellow professionals. Having worked for studios in the UK and Zimbabwe and now with his own portrait business in Sweden, Ian’s approach to achieving memorable portraits stems from his ability to establish relaxed and comfortable settings. Ian’s creative flair captures the personality of his subjects and gives the portraits a lasting appeal. Ian is available for appointments to capture the moments of your special occasion. Guests may also make pre-reservations by emailing Paragon Pixels in advance 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

Bill Stutzer (San Diego, CA)
Bill has been a Golf Professional for over 30 years and is a life member of the PGA of America. Bill has been the Head Golf Professional at several clubs in Southern California, the most prominent being the Pauma Valley Country Club in the San Diego area which was rated one of the Top 100 Courses in the United States. Bill has been teaching for Crystal Cruises for 18 years. The years of experience playing and teaching the game of golf has given Bill a "natural eye" for the golf swing, leading to quick and positive results for his students.
Our exclusive program features TaylorMade, the best performance golf company in the world and #1 driver in golf

Paddle Tennis Instructor

Anand Amritraj (Calabasas, CA)

ACBL Bridge Instructors

Ginny and Jeff Schuett (Riverwoods, IL)
Beginner and intermediate bridge classes, and afternoon games.

Catholic Clergy

Bishop Raymond Boland (Kansas City, MO)

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)
Andrew Arabin-Jones (Woking, England)
Jim Battaglia
(Buffalo, NY)
Burt Slatus
(Boca Raton, FL) 

Featured Trunk Shows

Hubert Gesser
Hubert brings 'Color to the World, One Gemstone at a Time.'

Karen Dickson
Karen is Director of Sales for Hubert Gesser.

List as of 10/3/2012. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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