Rome to Istanbul on Crystal Symphony
DATES : July 13 - 25, 2013 (12 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $6,410 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 3217 - Bounties of the Black Sea

Rome to Istanbul

July 13 to July 25, 2013
12 days (3 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

Naki Ataman, Variety Pianist 
Tony Daro
, Comedian
Craig Halliday
, Variety Violinist

Steve Stevens, 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

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.

*Special VIP Guest

Nobu Matsuhisa (Beverly Hills, CA)
Born and raised in Japan, Nobuyuki Matsuhisa began his career with apprenticeships in the sushi bars of Tokyo before he ventured overseas to Lima, Peru. Being a classically-trained sushi chef, Matsuhisa was challenged by the culture and regional ingredients that contributed to inventive style. From there, he went from Buenos Aires, Argentina, back to Japan, Alaska and ending up in Los Angeles where he opened his famed restaurant, Matsuhisa, in 1987. In 1998, Los Angeles Times magazine included him among Southern California's rising stars, while the New York Times chose Matsuhisa as one of the Top 10 restaurant destinations of the world. In 1994, New York City saw the opening of Nobu in partnership with actor Robert DeNiro. His restaurant in New York City became "The Best New Restaurant" by The James Beard Foundation in 1995. Since opening in New York City, he continued to open in the locations around the world, expanding his influence in the culinary community.

Ultimate Vintage Room Dining Experience and Presentations with
Nobu Matsuhisa

*Two Omakase, or Chef’s Choice, dinners in Silk Road, limited to only 70 guests and featuring some of Nobu’s finest dishes and connoisseur items, such as white sturgeon caviar and Hokusetsu “Musical Sake.”
*Sake tasting sessions, including insight into Hazu’s unique “live” sake brewing processes such as playing Japanese music to bottles for three years to create a smoother taste from vibrations.
*Live cooking demonstrations, with Nobu sharing cooking secrets behind his renowned fare.
*Silk Road and The Sushi Bar appearances, during regular dinner hours, to welcome guests and enhance their meal enjoyment. 
*Cookbook signings and photo opportunities.

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 Grace Fraoli (Port Chester, 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 Instructors

Mary Howe and Barry Onslow (London, Canada)
Beginner and intermediate bridge classes, and afternoon games.

Catholic Clergy

Rev. Jim Keenan (Chestnut Hill, MA)

Dance Team/Instructors

Adam Kent and Patricia Kent (Melbourne, Australia)
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)
Kaleigh Stratton (Vancouver, Canada)

Ambassador Hosts

George Allen (Walnut Creek, CA) 
Jack Moya
(Whittier, CA)
Ed Murmurian
(Waterford, MI)
Andy Tam
(San Francisco, CA)
List as of 07/06/2013. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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