Barcelona to London on Crystal Symphony
DATES : May 9 - 21, 2012 (12 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $3,680 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 2212 - Iberian Journey

Mediterranean, Northern Europe
Barcelona to London
May 9 to May 21, 2012
12 days (3 sea days) aboard Crystal Symphony

Theme: Crystal Wine & Food Festival


Egil Giske

Hotel Director

Herbert Jäger

Cruise Director

Scott Peterson

Maître D'

Remi Szutkiewicz

Crystal Society Hostess

Alissa Gustafsson

Cruise Sales Consultant

Paula Jean Pfitzer

Headline Entertainers

Jon Courtenay, Variety Comedian
MacDonald Brothers, Variety Entertainers
Jeff Nease, Comedian
Jacqui Scott, Vocalist

Lounge Pianists

Greg Schlotthauer, Avenue Saloon
Brian Donnelly, Crystal Cove

Production Shows

Featuring the Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers
Curtain Call
I Write The Songs
Route 66
Standing Room Only
The Envelope Please
(Please note: not all shows are performed on all cruises).

Crystal Visions Enrichment Program

Destination Lecturer

Ken Minter (Almeria, Spain)
Ken Minter has a passion for travel that started in his early schooldays in England when he would hitchhike around Europe during school holidays. In adult life that passion continued visiting many destinations including France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Malta, Mallorca, Belgium, Germany, Morocco, Canary Islands, Belize, Mexico, Florida, California, the Caribbean and most of the countries of South America. His experience has been enhanced by his interests of photography, videography and computing which are all evident in the informative and lively destination talks that he presents.

Special Interest Lecturer: World Affairs

Dr. Michael Boll (Sun City West, AZ)
Dr. Michael Boll has had a notable career in academia and with the government working as an historian and specialist in international security affairs. He has taught in U.S. Defense Schools in Hawaii, Germany, and the U.S. and at San Jose State University, and served as a Foreign Service Officer, Defense Analyst for the Pentagon and a CIA Officer in Europe. Michael has published numerous books and articles in the areas of international security and history.

Special Interest Lecturer

Fred Plotkin (New York, NY)
Fred Plotkin is a true Renaissance man, renowned for his books and speaking on opera, music, the visual arts, food, wine, and travel, topics on which he is considered an enthusiastic expert. He is the author of Opera 101, Classical Music 101, five books on Italian food and wine, and a forthcoming biography of Michelangelo. He appears frequently on the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts, NPR, BBC, and took part in NBC's coverage of the recent Winter Olympics.

*Theme Presentations: Crystal Wine & Food Festival

Guest Chef

Nico Chessa
Chef Chessa, originally from Sardinia, has been a part of the Valentino Restaurant Group in Las Vegas for the better part of the last decade. Chessa got his professional start to cooking by mastering the foods of his native land while serving as an apprentice at The II Ginepro Restaurant, located on the coast of Sardinia. As many up-and-coming Italian chefs do, Chessa spent much of his time as a young cook traveling to various northern and southern Italian regions in line with the different tourist seasons. His travel provided an opportunity to develop a hands-on knowledge of each region’s signature techniques, ingredients and cooking styles. In addition, Chessa received personal guidance from many highly-regarded professional chefs specific to each region, lessons he still reflects on today. Chessa joined James Beard Award-winner Piero Selvaggio’s renowned Valentino Restaurant Group in May of 2003, where he worked for several months alongside Chef Pellegrini at Valentino Las Vegas before taking the helm as Executive Chef at Giorgio Ristorante.

Guest Chef

Piero Selvaggio
Chef Selvaggio was born in Sicily and immigrated to the United States, arriving in Brooklyn at the age of 18. After a few months of washing dishes in a cafeteria at New York University, he moved to Los Angeles to live with an uncle who was a manager at the legendary Chasen’s. Selvaggio was given a job as a busboy, attending college during the day. Within five years, he advanced from busboy to manager, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Romance languages, speaking fluent French, Spanish, English and Italian. In 1972, Selvaggio and a friend opened Valentino, providing Los Angeles with quality Italian foods and wines and has since been recognized for its achievement and insistence for high standards in food and service. Valentino was awarded #1 of the top three restaurants in the country by Wine Spectator in 1995 and #1 by Ruth Reichl, then the restaurant critic of the New York Times, who praised Valentino as the best Italian restaurant in America.

Wine Expert

Robin Kelly O'Connor
Robin Kelley O’Connor is an expert in his field with over 30 years of experience in the wine trade, as a wine educator and writer. Mr. O’Connor studied wine at the University of Maryland and earned a diploma from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust in London. Since then, he has conducted over 1800 seminars around the world and has been inducted into the wine world’s most prestigious institutions. Mr. O’Connor has most recently been named the Head of Wine for Christie’s Americas, the world’s leading art business. There, he is responsible for wine auctions, private sales of fine and rare wines for the Americas and is the lead business-getter in securing consignments for sale.

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 and Wine & Food. Guests receive a certificate of completion at the end of the curriculum.

Arts & Entertainment

Passport To Music presented by Yamaha and Crystal Cruises: Instructor Natalie Grimes (Tucson, AZ) 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 RosLyn Roth (Davie, FL). 

Computer University@Sea

Lead Technology Concierge Louie Payongayong plus Instructors Cheryl Rucker McQueen and Harry 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).


Berlitz Foreign Language Instruction: French classes, focusing on basic vocabulary and phrases to help guests communicate in foreign countries, are taught by certified Berlitz Language instructor Carole Frazer (Boca Raton, FL).


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

Tom Regan (Singapore)
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. James Mackey (Clifton Park, NY)

Dance Team/Instructors

Adam Kent and Patricia Kent (Burbank, CA)
Daily dance classes on sea days, and private lessons by appointment.

Ambassador Hosts

Robert Abendschein (Clifton Park, NY)
Richard Douglas (San Diego, CA) 
Robert Nostrand (San Diego, CA)
Lamar Webster (Las Vegas, NV)

List as of 5/12/2012. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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