Rome to Istanbul on Crystal Symphony
DATES : June 27 - July 6, 2013 (9 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $4,850 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 3215 - Mediterranean Mezes

Rome to Istanbul
June 27 to July 6, 2013
9 days (2 sea days) aboard Crystal Symphony


Ralf Zander

Hotel Director

Josef Matt

Cruise Director

Paul McFarland

Maître D'

Remi Szutkiewicz

Crystal Society Hostess

Alissa Gustafsson

Cruise Sales Consultant

Nikki Andrew

Headline Entertainers

Naki Ataman, Variety Pianist
Phillip Browne
, Vocalist

John Joseph, Comedian

Magic Castle At Sea

Joe Monti

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

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: Counter-Terrorism Expert

Farhana Qazi (Fairfax, VA)
For nearly a decade, Farhana Ali has been the most prominent American-Muslim woman to study al-Qaeda and the conflicts in the Muslim world. She regularly travels to Kashmir and Pakistan to assess political crises and militant groups. Before 9/11, Ms. Ali was the first Muslim woman to work in the US government’s Counter-Terrorism Center, where she received several Meritorious Awards during her five years of service. She later joined the RAND Corporation as an international policy analyst, focusing on the impact of Islamist movements and security challenges in South Asia. Currently, Ali is a senior instructor on the AFPAK team, providing cultural training on Pakistan to US military officers and civilians across the US government. She is a special guest writer for Oxford Analytica. A highly sought-after lecturer, Ms. Ali appears regularly in the media, including BBC World News, Al-Jazeera English, CNN, and C-Span. Her publications have appeared in Newsweek, The Washington Post, and several academic journals. She speaks Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi, and French, and is studying Arabic.

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 Lisa Santo (Sleepy Hollow, NY).

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

Evan Hughes (Los Angeles, 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®.

Golf Teaching Professional

Mike Smith (Santa Barbara, CA)  
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. Alfred Hernandez (Torrance, CA)

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)
Steven Ong
(Fremont, CA)
Ping Tom
(Foster City, CA)
List as of 06/26/2013. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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