Istanbul to Rome on Crystal Symphony
DATES : July 6 - 13, 2013 (7 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $3,695 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 3216 - Ionian Sea Interlude

Istanbul to Rome 
July 6 to July 13, 2013
7 days (2 sea days) aboard Crystal Symphony  


Ralf Zander

Hotel Director

Josef Matt

Cruise Director

Paul McFarland

Maître D'

Remi Szutkiewicz

Crystal Society Hostess

Jaque Brown

Cruise Sales Consultant

Nikki Andrew

Headline Entertainers

Jon Courtenay, Variety Comedian

Magic Castle At Sea

Mark Phillips 

Lounge Pianists

Mark Farris, Avenue Saloon
Scott Mitchel
, Crystal Cove


Daniel Tellechea

Production Shows

Featuring the Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers
Curtain Call 
starring Karen Grainger
Route 66
Standing Room Only 
(Please note: not all shows are performed on all cruises).

Crystal Visions Enrichment Program

Celebrity Guest Speaker: Survivor of the Andes

Nando Parrado (Montevideo, Uruguay)
His is a story that many will recognize, but few have an opportunity to hear first hand. Nando Parrado recounts the extraordinary tale of how he and 15 of his teammates survived for 72 brutal days after their plane crashed into the frozen Andes Mountains over 30 years ago. It remains one of the paramount survival stories of all time. From the time the plane crashed on October 13, 1972 until their rescue on December 22, Nando and his fellow Uruguayan rugby teammates were forced to cross both physical and mental boundaries. After waking from a concussion only to learn that his mother had died on impact and his sister was near death, Nando became obsessed with surviving and emerged a hero after he and teammate Roberto Canessa walked for 10 days to find their salvation. Their story of courage, teamwork, determination and leadership, experienced at a level few have known, will leave you with a heightened awareness of the value of human life. Soon after the rescue of the 16 survivors, Nando worked with Piers Paul Read, the author chosen by the survivors to pen the best-selling book Alive. Twenty years later, Nando served as technical advisor to the Frank Marshall/Kathleen Kennedy production of the film of the same name starring Ethan Hawke as Nando. The success of the film quickly prompted requests for Nando to speak around the world about the "Miracle in the Andes" and he began doing so on a very limited basis in 1995.

Since his ordeal, Nando has become a successful businessman and television producer. He is CEO of three companies in Uruguay. He also hosts several popular television programs in Uruguay including shows on nature, public affairs, autos and travel. He is also a highly sought-after speaker on the international lecture circuit and has shared the platform with such notable dignitaries as Elizabeth Dole, Doris Kearns Goodwin, General Norman Schwarzkopf, Dee Dee Myers, Sam Donaldson, Jack Welch and Colin Powell.

He has also achieved the greatest honors as an international speaker, having been chosen as the keynote speaker for the IASB (International Association of Speakers Bureaus) annual meeting in 2008, keynote speaker for the NSA (National Speakers Association) in 2009 and cover of the coveted Speaker magazine in June, 2009. His book Miracle in the Andes, published by Crown, has been on the New York Times bestseller`s list and has been published in fifteen languages all over the world.

In his spare time, Nando enjoys racing motorcycles, sports cars, stock cars and watercraft. He has many awards, including the European Team Cup for stock car racing and the Open Watercraft Championship in Punta Del Este, Uruguay. A native of Montevideo, Uruguay, Nando graduated from Stella Maris College run by the Irish Christian Brothers. He also participated in a study abroad in the United States that allowed him to attend high school in Ann Arbor, MI. Nando speaks five languages and travels extensively.

Destination Lecturer

Celia J. Bergoffen (New York, NY)
Widely traveled in the Eastern Mediterranean, archaeologist and art historian Dr. Celia Bergoffen has worked on excavations in Oman, Yemen, Israel, Cyprus, Greece, and Turkey. She has received numerous grants and awards, including two from the Institute for the Study of Aegean Prehistory. She earned her Ph.D. from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts and currently teaches art history and archaeology at the Fashion Institute of Technology and at NYU.

Special Interest Lecturer: Professor of Political and International Relations

Robert Schrire (Cape Town, South Africa)
Robert Schrire was, until recently, chair and professor in the politics department at the University of Cape Town and the Director of the Institute for the Study of Public Policy. He also teaches at Princeton University. His presentations look at how our world is being impacted by changes in politics, religion, technology, economics, and population. Robert is best known as the original host of the television program Talking Politics and he had a regular column in The Sunday Times for several years. Much in demand as a public commentator, his views have been published in Time, Newsweek, The Economist, and The Washington Post. The BBC's chief analyst during South Africa's first democratic elections, he has worked closely with many prominent TV personalities including Ted Koppel and David Dimbleby. A consultant to UNESCO and the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, Robert presents a highly-acclaimed series to CEOs of major corporations, entitled "Our Changing World: Thinking about the Future” and has led study tours for groups as diverse as the National Trust and Harvard and Stanford Universities. A graduate of the University of Cape Town, Robert pursued post-graduate studies at Columbia University and the School of International Service – American University in Washington, D.C., and holds a doctorate from the University of California.

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 Marie Pennacchio (Briarcliff Manor, NY).

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

Brad Vinikow (Fountain Valley, 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. 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 (it looks like a question mark). 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.

Computer University@Sea

Lead Technology Concierge Louie Payongayong plus Instructors Sandy Mingia and Gary Maggard (Los Altos Hills, 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).


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

Perry Lancianese (West Palm Beach, FL)
For over three decades Perry has acquired unsurpassed skills at some of the most highly acclaimed courses and clubs in the World. This seasoned athlete, golf guru, club director and business leader has earned a top reputation as one of the industry’s rising star executives as the Director of Golf Club Operations and Manager of Club Services for Palm Beach Polo Golf & Country Club.

When it comes to his daily passion, Lancianese says that “teaching golf is his first love.”  He is unsurpassed in his ability and interest in creating and designing accelerated, one-on-one training programs for ALL levels of golfers. His approach is customized. He says, “Before any technique is shared, it is about the analysis of the individual.”  Lancianese spends several sessions before recommending any practice techniques. Students have called him “the human video camera” since he has a trained eye that allows him to focus on the individual’s movement; improving precision and skill growth for the student in a short amount of time. Just as vital to his extraordinary teaching successes, is his uncanny ability to transform information into basic understanding. 
Our exclusive program features TaylorMade, the best performance golf company in the world and #1 driver in golf.

ACBL Bridge Instructor

Kathie Walsh (Hilton Head, SC)
Beginner and intermediate bridge classes, and afternoon games.

Catholic Clergy

Rev. Jim Keenan (Chestnut Hill, MA)

Dance Team/Instructors

Tammy Gibson (Beverly Hills, CA) and Jordi Caballero-Pamies (Los Angeles, CA)
Daily dance classes on sea days, and private lessons by appointment.

Junior Activities Directors

Raelyn Brachmann (Lake Forest, CA)
Emil Gustafsson (Stockholm, Sweden)
Kyle Jones (Grass Valley, CA)
Lauren Marshall (Encinitas, CA)

Ambassador Hosts

George Allen (Walnut Creek, CA)
Hamid Mansory
(Victoria, Canada)
Ed Murmurian
(Waterford, MI)
Andy Tam
(San Francisco, CA)
List as of 06/27/2013. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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