Istanbul to Rome on Crystal Serenity
DATES : June 22 - July 4, 2014 (12 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $5,680 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 4314 - Echoes of Ancient Civilizations

Istanbul to Rome
June 22 to July 4, 2014
12 Days (2 sea days) aboard Crystal Serenity

*Theme: Emerging Artists Series


Egil Giske

Hotel Director

Hubert Buelacher

Cruise Director

Gary Hunter

Maître D'

Mario Gallo

Crystal Society Hostess

Isabell Wagner

Cruise Sales Consultant

Nikki Andrew

Headline Entertainers

Rustem Hayroudinoff, Classical Pianist
Gary Hunter, Ventriloquist
Petrina Johnson, Vocalist/Impressionist
John Joseph, Comedian

Magic Castle At Sea

Mark Phillips

Lounge Pianists

Andrew Oliver, Avenue Saloon
Scott Mitchel, Crystal Cove


Kidd K

Production Shows

Featuring the Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers
Across the Pond
Curtain Call
iLuminate: The Tourist
Rocket Man: A Tribute to Elton John
starring Jonathan Kane
6/8 Café
Standing Room Only
(Please note: not all shows are performed on all cruises).

Crystal Visions Enrichment Program

Celebrity Guest Speaker

Jeff Greenberg (Los Angeles, CA)
Jeff Greenberg is one of the entertainment industry's most successful and awarded Casting Directors. He won the 2010 Emmy Award and two Artios Awards (which the Casting Society of America bestows as it's highest honor) for Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series for the hit comedy Modern Family after having guided the casting chores for such other iconic shows such as Frasier (11 seasons/6 Emmy Nominations/5 Artios Awards) and Cheers (7 seasons). Other television credits include Up All Night, Ugly Betty (Emmy nomination), Wings (8 seasons), Eli Stone, My So-Called Life, Early Edition, NewsRadio and dozens of others. His feature credits include A Night at the Roxbury, Father of the Bride 2, Look Who's Talking and Die Mommie Die! Jeff is the recipient of 25 Artios Nominations.

Destination Lecturer

Dr. Fred Levine (Carlsbad, CA)
Dr. Fred Levine is an art historian who has authored numerous publications and spoken widely on a vast range of issues in art and cultural studies. Fred completed his undergraduate studies at New York University and received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. He has taught at the University of Texas, Austin; Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. As a Fellow in art history at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, he explored a vast range of Aboriginal sacred sites in often-remote areas throughout the country. Fred remained in Australia for five additional years as lecturer in art history and theory at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, where he also served as associate dean and director of the graduate program at the Tasmanian School of Art.

Fred has lectured on cruise ships for more than 30 years, including the past 20 years with Crystal Cruises. He has traveled extensively sailing on more than 100 voyages, visiting more than 90 countries on six continents. Fred’s commitment to international education has found him lecturing abroad with the American Institute for Foreign Study at the University of London. Fred and his wife, photographer Nancy Keating, are both passionate travelers. They are currently at work producing a series of documentary programs relating to art and travel. When not aboard ship, in the air, or on the road, Fred teaches at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA, where he is professor of art history.

Special Interest Lecturer

Tom DeFrank (Washington, D.C.) 
One of Washington's most respected President-watchers, Mr. DeFrank is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author who has covered the White House since the Nixon administration and the last 12 Presidential elections. ABC News calls him "impeccably sourced," "well-connected," and "legendary," and the American Journalism Review named him "one of the unsung heroes of Washington journalism." He co-authored the memoirs of Secretary of State James Baker and has reported on the resignation of one President, the impeachment of a second, and was an eyewitness to two assassination attempts against a third. He was Newsweek magazine's White House correspondent for 25 years and Washington bureau chief of the New York Daily News for 16 years. He is now a contributing editor at National Journal and is the senior correspondent covering the White House on a regular basis. Former President Gerald R. Ford said of him: "You are one of the finest journalists I have ever known. Everyone I know feels the same way: you are fair, trustworthy and professional."

*Theme Presentations: Emerging Artists Series

An enriching look at young talent takes the spotlight aboard Crystal Serenity with Emerging Artists, our Experiences of Discovery® theme cruise

Artists at the dawn of their professional careers sail aboard ship to offer insight and appreciation of the performing arts.  Our Emerging Artists voyage showcases the next generation of gifted artists in partnership with the internationally renowned Music Center of Los Angeles and their Spotlight program.

In addition to witnessing incredible live performances, guests are invited to step into the “working classroom” of teacher and student. Our Master Class At Sea presents an educational and enlightening view of talent behind-the-scenes. Guided by a professional performer and disciplined Master Class teacher for the Music Center, guests witness the elevation of talent via lecture and exhibition. The Master Class At Sea is exclusive to Crystal Cruises, courtesy of Music Center’s Spotlight program.

A new feature for 2014 is our interactive panel discussion with our young artists and guests, guided by the Master Class teacher.

Theme Performer: Jazz Pianist

Steven Gordon (Los Angeles, CA) 
Steven Gordon, 21 years old, is currently a student at New England Conservatory in Boston, MA. He was chosen in 2011 as pianist in the National Grammy Jazz Ensemble, culminating with a recording at Capitol Records in Los Angeles, CA. Later that year he was selected as a Grand Prize Finalist in the Music Center Spotlight Awards, and subsequently had the honor of performing with a jazz trio at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at The Music Center.  He started his musical studies in classical music, studied jazz piano with Tamir Hendelman and has trained with Rina Dokshitsky at The Colburn School.  Steven currently studies jazz piano and composition with Fred Hersch at the distinguished New England Conservatory of Music, as well as voice with Dominique Eade.  Steven has performed with Esperanza Spalding, Wayne Bergeron, Jackson Browne, and Billy Idol.        

Theme Performer: Theatrical Vocalist

Elizabeth Romero (Los Angeles, CA) 
Elizabeth Romero, a Southern California native, is a graduate of Huntington Beach High School’s Academy of Performing Arts.  She was a 2012 Grand Prize Finalist for Non-Classical Voice at the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards and received an Honorable Mention distinction in the National YoungArts program.  Elizabeth was selected by Musical Theatre West in 2011 to represent Southern California in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (aka, the Jimmy Awards) in New York City for her performance as “Millie” in Thoroughly Modern Millie. She was nominated for an unprecedented second time by Fullerton Civic Light Opera when she went on to win the prestigious national top prize for Best Actress in a Musical for her 2012 role as “Lola” in Damn Yankees. Chosen by her 60 fellow nominees, she was additionally awarded the “Spirit of the Jimmy’s” award for her dedication to the program and to theatre arts. Her journey to the Jimmy Awards and subsequent awards were video chronicled in the three-part PBS documentary, Broadway or Bust. Following her achievements in New York and Los Angeles, Elizabeth continues to study both musical theatre and stage management at Northwestern University in Chicago.  She pursues her dreams in both the entertainment and academia arenas.

Theme Performer: Classical Dance

Jennifer Grace (Bozeman, MT)
Jennifer Grace, originally from the Gallatin County of Montana, started her early training at a local studio known as The Dance Center. She relocated to Southern California and trained for several years at the Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy/DKCBA in Orange County. Jennifer has attended several summer intensives at The Kirov Academy of Washington D.C., The Bolshoi Ballet Academy-New York and DKCBA. She placed in the top-twelve finals in the junior division (2011) and the senior division (2012-2013) at the Youth America Grand Prix International Competition. She has additionally competed in the Moscow International Ballet Competition of 2013. She presently dances in the Corps with Tulsa Ballet in Oklahoma, the Midwest heartland.

Master Class Teacher: Theatrical Voice

Karen Morrow (Sherman Oaks, CA) 
Stage and vocalist personality Karen Morrow first graced the Broadway musical stage in I Had a Ball co-starring Buddy Hackett and Richard Kiley. Her last performance on The Great White Way was playing the dual role of The Princess Puffer/Miss Angela Prysock in the original Tony Award-winning musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Her stage work outside of New York includes the national tour of Show Boat, the opera, Die Fledermaus, the musicals Anything Goes, Annie Get Your Gun, Call Me Madam, Hello, Dolly!, Oliver!, Follies, Sweeney Todd, A New Brain and White Christmas – The Musical. Ms. Morrow can be heard on the concept album Miss Spectacular, a studio recording of an unproduced Jerry Herman stage work, and she is featured as Martha Watson in White Christmas – The Musical (Original Cast Recording). Ms. Morrow has appeared in concerts with major orchestras in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Honolulu and The White House in Washington, D.C. She was featured as a regular guest on Garrison Keillor's popular broadcast A Prairie Home Companion, and she starred in the television series Singin' with her peer and friend Nancy Dussault. They both won an Emmy® Award for the PBS special program called Cabaret Tonight. In addition to theatre and concert performances, Ms. Morrow is a nationally sought-after Master Class Teacher in the art of musical theatre performance. She has conducted Master Classes at Carnegie-Mellon; Northwestern; University of Southern California; University of California-Irvine; Pepperdine University; Arizona State University; Viterbo; Baylor; the Kennedy Center and the Los Angeles Music Center. Formerly an adjunct-Professor with the Bolger Music Theatre Program at University of California-Los Angeles, she is currently on the faculty at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy-Los Angeles and the United States Performing Arts Camp. She also conducts a bi-monthly Singers' Workshop in audition and performance skills.

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 Agnes Vaccarelli (East Northport, NY).

Odyssey Art At Sea Knitting Instructor

The relaxing and social aspects of knitting have been added on select cruises. On this sailing, Betty Chessin (Genoa, NV) will host knitting classes and all levels are welcome. Participants are encouraged to knit together sharing skills and advice in a congenial environment. Participation is limited.

USC School of Cinematic Arts Presents...

Digital Filmmaking: The iPad Moviemaking Course. A fun way to learn the fundamentals of filmmaking.
Wes Malkin (Miami, FL)
Want to take your home movies to the next level and learn how to share them with family and friends? In five entertaining 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 pre-loaded with the iMovie application. If you do not already own the iMovie for iOS app, you must have iOS7 in order to download iMovie from the App Store. If you have an older version of the iMovie app, be sure to update to the current version. You cannot download the app on board the ship. Please sign up online using the Priority Check-in & Planning Center (PCPC). If you sign up on board, make sure to sign up EARLY, in the Library, as the class size is limited.

Computer University@Sea

Lead Technology Concierge Arwin Mañalac plus Instructors Professor Stan Leja and Mary Leja (Corpus Christi, TX). 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®.

Golf Teaching Professional

Mike Smith (Carpinteria, CA)
Our exclusive program features TaylorMade, the best performance golf company in the world and #1 driver in golf.

ACBL Bridge Instructors

Pat and Tom Peterson (Hernando, FL)
Beginner and intermediate bridge classes, and afternoon games.

Catholic Clergy

Father John Clark (Irving, TX)

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.

Junior Activities Directors

Lauren Marshall (Encinitas, CA)
Kelsey McFarland (Henderson, NV)
Jennifer Redding (Surfside, CA)
Benjamin Vucko (Sunshine Coast, Australia)

Ambassador Hosts

Jim Battaglia (Buffalo, NY)
Robert Ho
(Riverside, CA) 
Andy Tam (San Francisco, CA)
Ping Tom (Foster City, CA)

List as of 06/19/2014. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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