Barcelona to Rome on Crystal Serenity
DATES : April 21 - 26, 2013 (5 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $1,895 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 3308A - La Dolce Vita: Crystal Getaways

Barcelona to Rome
April 21 to April 26, 2013
5 Days (1 sea day) aboard Crystal Serenity

*Theme: Garden & Floral Design


Birger Vorland

Hotel Director

Christian Krempl

Cruise Director

Rick Spath

Maître D'

Leo Assmair

Crystal Society Hostess

Jaque Brown

Cruise Sales Consultant

Daniele Puma

Headline Entertainers

Tony Daro, Comedian
Nicola Loud
, Variety Violinist
Jacqui Scott, Vocalist

Magic Castle At Sea

Jon Levit

(Please note: not all entertainers perform on all cruises).

Lounge Pianists

Colin Salter, Avenue Saloon
Joe Fos, 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

Destination Lecturer

David Burgess (Liverpool, England)
David Burgess is a well-respected and experienced destination speaker who delivers his presentations in an entertaining, enjoyable, humorous and unique style. David’s presentations draw on his many years of foreign travel as well as his college lecturing skills mixed in with more than a dash of his Liverpool humor that make his series of on board lectures a must see. Prior to training as a college lecturer, David worked as a presenter and producer on UK local radio in Liverpool. David is a full-time college lecturer for The Manchester College, Europe’s largest FE college.

Special Interest Lecturer

Giancarlo Impiglia (Bridgehampton, NY)
Giancarlo Impiglia is an artist and art historian whose name is renowned in the world of art and among cruise aficionados. When he left his native Rome for New York, he carried with him a solid classical education in Fine Art. He was born to a family of artists and musicians and he studied at the Art Lyceum and the Academy of Fine Arts of Rome and he continued his studies at the Italian Center of Cinematography. By the late '60s Giancarlo Impiglia, already a well established artist in his native country, was re-proposing the revival of the international and eclectic Art Deco style, which in the '20s and '30s was adopted for the décor of luxurious cruise ships.

Special Interest Lecturer: Astronaut and Astronomer

Dr. Thomas D. Jones (Oakton, VA)
Dr. Thomas D. Jones is a scientist, author, pilot, and former NASA astronaut. He holds a doctorate in planetary sciences and, in more than eleven years with NASA, flew on four space shuttle missions to Earth orbit. On his last flight, Dr. Jones led three spacewalks to install the centerpiece of the International Space Station, the American Destiny laboratory. He has spent fifty-three days working and living in space. After graduation from the Air Force Academy, Tom piloted B-52D strategic bombers, studied asteroids for NASA, engineered intelligence-gathering systems for the CIA and, as a NASA contractor, developed advanced mission concepts to explore the solar system.

The Wall Street Journal named Tom’s Sky Walking: An Astronaut's Memoir one of its "Five Best" books on space. He is also the author of Hell Hawks! The Untold Story of the American Fliers Who Savaged Hitler's Wehrmacht and his latest book Planetology, a beautiful new look at the solar system from National Geographic. He writes frequently for Air & Space, Smithsonian, Aerospace America, Popular Mechanics, and American Heritage magazines.

Dr. Jones' awards include the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, four NASA Space Flight Medals, the NASA Exceptional Service award, the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, Phi Beta Kappa, and the Air Force Commendation Medal. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Kings College, Wilkes-Barre, PA, in 2007. Tom, fresh from three years on the NASA Advisory Council, is currently active in the debate over our nation's future space exploration policy. He appears frequently on television news, commenting on science and spaceflight.

*Theme Presentations: Garden & Floral Design

Celebrity Floral Designer

Paula Pryke (Dalham, England)
Paula Pryke is a florist extraordinaire! Paula started her floral design business in 1988 in central London and soon became one of London's most talked about and successful florists. Incredibly, Paula has found time to complete fifteen books on flower arranging in 24 years. These books have been translated into as many languages and has established Paula as one of the most original, influential florists and well respected florists in the world. In 1994 Paula established her famous flower school in London and she is in demand to demonstrate and teach her skills around the world. Since 2008, Paula has been working with Crystal Cruises as a floral consultant and has been part of the enrichment team.  

Theme Lecturer

Sybil Sylvester (Birmingham, AL)
The go-to floral designer and event planner for occasions around Birmingham and the Southeast, Sybil built her business on Southern sass tempered by graciousness, local blossoms - sometimes from her own garden - and a global sense of what’s hot in the world of international floral design. Currently, Sybil is a contributing editor at Flower magazine. Her column Flower School, which ran in Southern Accents, had a loyal following. Her work has appeared in Southern Living, Traditional Home, Creative Home, Southern Living Weddings, Coastal Living, and Alabama magazine. You can see Sybil’s arrangements in the special edition Year Round Color, with the editors of Southern Accents, on newsstands now. Sybil also conducts floral demonstrations across the country, where she is a regular speaker at antiques shows, fund raisers, and garden club events. When she’s not working with flowers, Sybil is working on inspiring our next generation of floral designers.

(Please note: not all Crystal Visions Enrichment and Theme Presentations are on all cruises).

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 Pam McKee (South Riding, VA).

USC School of Cinematic Arts presents
Digital Filmmaking: The iPad iMovie Video Course

Dave Williams (Redondo Beach, CA)
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. 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 Priority Check-in & Planning Center (PCPC). If you sign up on board, make sure to sign up EARLY.

Computer University@Sea

Lead Technology Concierge Arwin Mañalac plus Instructors Mike Newell (Vero Beach, FL) and Judy Koehler (Vero Beach, FL). 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®.

Meditation Instructor

Dina Michelle (Long Beach, CA)

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 Instructor

Roger Allen and Mimi Staples (Victoria, Canada)  
Beginner and intermediate bridge classes, and afternoon games.

Catholic Clergy

Rev. William Patrick (Carmel, CA)

Dance Team/Instructors

Pawel and Maya (Wroclaw, Poland
Daily dance classes on sea days, and private lessons by appointment.

Ambassador Hosts

Joe Glasgow (Sarasota, FL)
Emery Lendvay (Madison, OH)
Fred Makler
(Ballwin, MO)
Robert Nostrand (San Diego, CA)  

Featured Trunk Shows

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

List as of 04/10/2013. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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