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PANAMA PANORAMA

V5302

Miami to Lima on Crystal Serenity
DATES : January 15 - 31, 2015 (16 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $6,445 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 5302 - PANAMA PANORAMA

Panama Canal, South America, World / Grand Cruise
Miami to Lima
January 15 - 31, 2015
16 Days (6 sea days) aboard Crystal Serenity  

Captain

Egil Giske

Hotel Director

Josef Lumetsberger

Cruise Director

Gary Hunter

World Cruise Hostess

Stacey Huston

Maître D'

Leo Assmair

Crystal Society Hostess

Alissa Gustafsson

Cruise Sales Consultant

Paula Jean Pfitzer  

Headline Entertainers

Jamila Ajibade, Vocalist  
Christine Andreas
, Vocalist 
Michael Bacala
, Variety Violinist
Rustem Hayroudinoff
, Classical Pianist
Gary Hunter
, Ventriloquist
Elio Pace
, Variety Pianist 
Marc Paul
, Magician/Mind Reader

Magic Castle At Sea

David Kovac

Lounge Pianists

Colin Salter, Avenue Saloon
John Mentis, Crystal Cove

Production Shows

Featuring the Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers  
Across the Pond
Curtain Call
iLuminate: The Tourist
My Life: The Music of Billy Joel starring James Fox
6/8 Café

(Please note: not all shows are performed on all cruises). 

World Cruise Special Events

Curiously Curaçao - January 20, 2015

Bright, colorful and just a little quirky like the beautiful culture of Curaçao. Come and join us in the Palm Court from 9:00pm - 11:00pm for an evening of local entertainment, delicious island cocktails from the Food & Beverage department, and vibrant song and dance from the Crystal World Cruise team.

Edith Piaf - January 25, 2015

Come back in time with us to pre-WW2 in Paris, France. Crystal Serenity treats you to an elegant feast in the Crystal Dining Room surrounded by the ambience evoked by the musical sub-culture 'La Chanson Française.'  After dinner 'walk through Paris at night' and devour her glamour and idiosyncrasies in La Cabaret Française where you will meet the beguiling song bird, Edith Piaf.   

Crystal Visions Enrichment Program

Panama Canal Destination Specialist

Richard Morgan (Sarasota, FL)
Richard Morgan is a retired Federal executive level official with 31 years of government service, including 25 years for the Panama Canal Commission. He managed a large bureau responsible for all agency logistical, physical security, procurement and contracting, and land-based support activities of the Canal, and was a key player in planning and implementing the 1977 Panama Canal Treaty by which the Canal Zone was abolished in 1979 and the Canal itself was transferred to Panama at the end of 1999. His experience is first hand and personal, and he is a popular speaker on the Canal subject.

Special Interest Lecturer

Jack McManus (Manhattan Beach, CA)
Dr. Jack McManus is professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. He teaches courses in public policy and emerging technologies in the doctoral programs in Organizational Leadership and in Learning Technologies. Over the past 37 years, Dr. McManus has served in many capacities at Pepperdine, including director of Computer Services, director of the residential MBA/MIB programs, and interim dean of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology.  Although working in these administrative positions “has been fun,” Jack has always known that “his passion is teaching.”  His current recent research focuses on the impact of social media on educational, corporate and private life. In 2013, Dr. McManus delivered a TED-X talk titled, The Future of Schools: Time to Find Your Metaphor. His lectures on Crystal will focus on “Social Media, Emerging Technologies and You.”

Special Interest Lecturer: Maritime Historian

Bill Miller (Secaucus, NJ)
Bill Miller is considered an international authority on the subject of ocean liners and cruise ships. This includes those great ships of the past, those "floating palaces," as well as the current generation of cruise ships, the "floating resorts." Called "Mr. Ocean Liner," he has written over 60 books on the subject - from early steamers, immigrant ships and liners at war to other titles on their fabulous interiors, in post card form and about the highly collectible artifacts from them.

Special Interest Lecturer: World Affairs

Owen Ullmann (Bethesda, MD)
Mr. Ullmann is an award-winning journalist and author who has covered the White House, Foreign Affairs, Economics and Political Campaigns for more than three decades. He currently is Editor of the print edition of USA TODAY, the top-selling print newspaper in the United States. He has reported from all 50 states and five dozen countries, and has interviewed five U.S. presidents, numerous foreign leaders and other major political and economic decision-makers. Washingtonian magazine has rated him among the "50 most influential journalists" and the White House Correspondents Association has twice honored him for his reporting. The New York Times included his 1986 biography of former White House Budget Czar David Stockman on its recommended non-fiction list. He is the rare Washington journalist who moves easily in both the worlds of presidential politics and global economics.

Special Interest Lecturer: Award-Winning Scholar and Historian

Jay Wolff (Naples, FL)
Dr. Jay Wolff took his undergraduate and doctoral degrees at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. A member of the faculty of Florida Gulf Coast University's Renaissance Academy and elected a member of the British Royal Society of Health, he has published more than a hundred articles on history and culture in professional journals as well as American Heritage, Forbes, American Legacy, The Washington Post and The L.A. Times. He has been a commentator on The History Channel and is an enthusiastically received destination lecturer who brings history to life with stories of the people and events that changed the world.

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 and 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 Craig Sale (Brookfield, IL) introduces adult beginners to the joy and satisfaction of playing the keyboard in a fun and non-intimidating atmosphere. Tradition and technology meet in harmony to create this hands-on learning experience using Yamaha's exciting keyboards. 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 Julie Warren Conn (Lexington, KY).

Odyssey Art At Sea Knitting Instructor

The relaxing and social aspects of knitting have been added on select cruises. On this sailing, Gail Ivanco (Kitchener, Canada) 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 (Los Angeles, CA)
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 iOS8 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 Instructor TBA. 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).

An updated series of 'Everything Apple' courses developed and taught by Professor Stan Leja (Corpus Christi, TX) is again being offered on iPads, iTunes, iWork, iLife, and iCloud. This Apple training provides several different, Continuing Education Unit, CEU, granting courses from Del Mar College designed to improve your ability to understand and to use your Apple devices.  Each course will contain different in depth lectures and experimentation with various applications on both iPad devices and Apple computers.  Social media, photography, music, navigation, communications, business applications, videos, and reading with Apple devices will all be covered during different portions of World Cruise 2015.  A fee will be charged to attend these courses. 

To fully participate in this coursework, you need to come onboard with the following:  One iPad (Air preferred or v4) or iPad Mini, with the latest iOS installed, that has cellular (GPS) capability.  Having international cellular data activated prior to joining the world cruise is also required. The latest versions of the following applications need to be downloaded and installed on your iPad prior to joining this voyage:  Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iPhoto, GarageBand, iMovie, Dropbox for iPad, GoodReader for iPad, Adobe Photoshop Express, Kindle, and MotionX GPS HD.  

If you have an Apple notebook computer, please bring it with you.  On your notebook computer, please make sure it has the latest versions of the operating system and the notebook version of the applications required for the iPads (Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iPhoto, GarageBand, iMovie, Dropbox, GoodReader, Adobe Photoshop, and Kindle).  If you do not have an Apple notebook computer, you can use the desktops in the CU @ Sea classroom, which will all have the updated required software.

Memoir Writing

Joe Kita (Schnecksville, PA)
If your family has been bugging you to “write this stuff down!” for years, here’s your chance to finally get started. Joe Kita has authored six books, written for numerous magazines, taught writing at Lehigh University, and appeared on Oprah. Joe has taught memoir writing on six previous Crystal World Cruises, and dozens of his students have published books. In this special course, you’ll learn everything from how to get started to how to find a publisher. Joe will also supply one-on-one coaching throughout the trip, reviewing and critiquing your manuscripts.

Word Cruise Book Club

If you enjoy discussing good books, or if you just want to learn more about the unique places on our itinerary, join the club! Led by memoir-writing instructor Joe Kita, the club meets periodically throughout the World Cruise. Our 13 titles are a mix of old and new, fiction and nonfiction, and keyed to the areas we’ll be visiting. Read one, a few, or all. Please bring your own copy, either paper or digital. Here’s the list (in order of discussion):

On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers
The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
Easter Island by Jennifer Vanderbes
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
The Last Brother by Nathacha Appanah
Aye-Aye and I by Gerald Durrell 
The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony   
A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands by Jorge Amado
River of Doubt by Candice Millard
Papillon by Henri Charrière

Wellness

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®.

Yoga Instructor

Maria Kita (Schnecksville, PA) 
Looking for a fun new way to get in shape and feel better instantly? Yoga is great for soothing aches, easing stress, building strength, and saying hello to your toes after all these years. Maria Kita is a registered yoga instructor on her seventh Crystal World Cruise. She’ll be teaching Gentle and Energetic classes, plus others with special themes (e.g., yoga for back pain, chair yoga, etc.). Maria is also a registered nurse, and she practices what she preaches. Yoga enabled her to overcome back surgery 13 years ago.

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, CA.
Our exclusive program features TaylorMade, the best performance golf company in the world and #1 driver in golf.

ACBL Bridge Instructors

Polly and Richard Pekruhn (Charleston, SC) and Ginny and Jeff Schuett (Riverwoods, IL)
Beginner, intermediate and advanced bridge classes, and afternoon games.

Catholic Clergy

Father Thomas Falkenthal (Aventura, FL)

Jewish Clergy

Rabbi Morris Hershman (Burlingame, CA)

Protestant Clergy

Pastor Ed Voosen (Leicester, MA)

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.

Ambassador Hosts

TBA

Featured Trunk Show

Hubert Gesser
Hubert and Karen Dickson, Director of Sales for Hubert Gesser, bring 'Color to the World, One Gemstone at a Time.'

List as of 10/24/2014. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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