Lisbon to Rome on Crystal Serenity
DATES : July 25 - August 6, 2012 (12 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $5,510 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 2315 - Romancing the Riviera

Lisbon to Rome
July 25 to August 6, 2012
12 Days (2 sea days) aboard Crystal Serenity

*Theme: Floral Design


Glenn Edvardsen

Hotel Director

Josef Lumetsberger

Cruise Director

Rick Spath

Maître D'

Leo Assmair

Crystal Society Hostess

Isabell Wagner

Cruise Sales Consultant

Daniele Puma

Headline Entertainers

Jon Courtenay, Variety Comedian 
Nick Lewin, Comedian/Magician
Nicola Loud, Variety Violinist
Mark Merchant, Ventiloquist

Lounge Pianists

Joel Spire, Avenue Saloon
Bruce Johnson, Crystal Cove


Paul James

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 Speakers

Mark Kelly (Houston, TX) and US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (Tucson, AZ)
Mark Kelly is an American astronaut, retired US Navy Captain, best-selling author, and an experienced naval aviator who flew combat missions during the Gulf War. The winner of many awards, including the Legion of Merit, two Defense Superior Service Medals and two Distinguished Flying Crosses, Kelly was selected as an astronaut in 1996. He flew his first of four missions in 2001 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, the same space shuttle that he commanded on its final flight in May 2011. He has also commanded Space Shuttle Discovery and is one of only two individuals who have visited the International Space Station on four different occasions. Already a celebrated American, Kelly became the center of international attention after the January 2011 assassination attempt on his wife, former US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. In their best-selling memoir, Gabby, the couple share their story of hope and resilience. Their story captivated the nation in an exclusive Diane Sawyer interview, Nightline and The Daily Show, as well as on the covers of People and USA Today. Kelly was featured on the cover of Esquire and named one of the magazine's 2011 "Americans of the Year." Kelly is also writing a children's book, Mousetronaut: A Partially True Story, (for release in October) about a little mouse chosen for a space mission.

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

Roman Pryjomko (Vienna, Austria)  
Frequent cruise lecturer, author and technical advisor on development issues, Roman Pryjomko holds degrees from Kingston University, London and the University of Miami. He has undertaken assignments in over 40 countries on topics ranging from the environment, humanitarian assistance, governance reform, violence prevention and poverty reduction. He is the co-founder of St. Gabriel Home, a registered charity that assists imprisoned children in Arusha, Tanzania and in 2004, published a travel memoir, Someone, Somewhere – Encounters with People and Places. An avid traveller, writer and geographer, his talks are thought-provoking and anecdotal; embracing both cultural and physical geography, while highlighting the impacts of terrorism, poverty, climate change and shifting geo-politics on the future of our changing world.

*Theme Presentations: Floral Design

Celebrity Floral Designer

Paula Pryke (London, 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.

Rose Bowl Parade Committee member

Gene E. Gregg, Jr. (Pasadena, CA)
Since 1983, Gene Gregg has been a volunteer with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association which produces the annual Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena. The Rose Parade is best known for its floral decorated floats which are truly unique, "one-of-a-kind" works of art. Gene has served as a Director of the organization for 11 years and has been Chairman of various committees throughout his 29 years as a volunteer. He recently completed his second year as Chairman of the Judging Committee, which oversees the three day process to review and present awards among the forty plus Rose Floats that participate in the Rose Parade each year. This past year, he helped select, and then worked with Paula Pryke, as one of the three Judges for the 123rd Rose Parade. Through the years, he has been involved with virtually all aspects of the production of the Rose Parade including Rose Float design, floral design, construction and Parade production. In his non-volunteer time, he is a business lawyer with Hahn & Hahn, LLP in Pasadena, CA.

Theme Lecturer

Hannah McVicar (Bristol, England)
Hannah McVicar is an illustrator and printmaker. She produces floral illustrations for books, magazines and packaging, alongside exhibiting vibrant and colorful screenprints all over the UK and internationally. Her illustrations were recently compared to William Morris in a review in The New York Times. Hannah has worked for a variety of clients including, The Times newspaper, Gardens Illustrated magazine and Ebury Publishing. Her floral illustrations and prints are influenced by her childhood and from helping her parents at the major RHS flower shows, including the Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court Flower Show. After graduating from Falmouth College of Art, Hannah has continued to develop her style and technique using the medium of screenprinting. She regularly teaches screenprinting classes, sharing her passion for this medium with others.

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.

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 Juyeon Kang (Orange City, IA) 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 Lisa Santo (Sleepy Hollow, NY).

Computer University@Sea

Lead Technology Concierge Arwin Manalac plus Instructor Maria Monroe (Torrance, 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).


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

John Clark (Carlsbad, CA)
John has over 35 years experience in the Golf business and became a PGA member in July, 1972. He served his Apprenticeship under the late Tony Novitsky at Columbine Country Club, Littleton, Colorado. Columbine was the Host Club for the 1968 PGA Championship. John is a life member and a Quarter Century member of the PGA of America. John has held positions as an Assistant Golf Professional, Head Professional, Director of Golf and General Manager at Private Country Clubs and a Sheraton Resort. He is currently a PGA Instructor at the SDGA, San Diego Campus. The other SDGA Campus's are located in Phoenix, Myrtle Beach and Orlando. Also, John is an independent PGA Golf Instructor at the Carlsbad Golf Center, Carlsbad, California, recently rated in the Best 100 Golf Shops by Golf World for 2008.
Conducts our exclusive program featuring TaylorMade, the best performance golf company in the world and #1 driver in golf.

ACBL Bridge Instructors

Terry and Carolyn Riely (San Antonio, TX)
Beginner and intermediate bridge classes, and afternoon games.

Catholic Clergy

Msgr. Wilbur Davis (Newport Beach, CA)

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

Christy Hitchcock (Northhamptonshire, England)
Memduh Kutur
(Manorville, NY)
Lauren Marshall (San Diego, CA) 
Kaleigh Stratton (Vancouver, B)
Eric Weiher (Los Angeles, CA)

Ambassador Hosts

Richard Douglas (San Diego, CA)
Jack Moya
(Whittier, CA)
Marty Mulligan (Toms River, NJ)
Daniel Reilly (Fort Lee, NJ)

List as of 7/20/2012. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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