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BRIDGE OF THE AMERICAS

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New York to Los Angeles on Crystal Symphony
DATES : October 31 - November 18, 2012 (18 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $5,995 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 2227 - Bridge of the Americas

Mexican Riviera, Panama Canal
New York to Los Angeles
October 31 to November 18, 2012
18 days (8 sea days) aboard Crystal Symphony

Captain

Egil Giske

Hotel Director

Herbert Jäger

Cruise Director

Scott Peterson

Maître D'

Remi Szutkiewicz

Crystal Society Hostess

Isabell Wagner

Cruise Sales Consultant

Nikki Andrew

Headline Entertainers

Michal Bacala, Variety Violinist
Michel Bell
, Vocalist
Tony Daro, Comedian  
Dale Gonyea, Comedian/Humorist
Mark Haslam, Magician
Tian Jiang, Concert & Variety Pianist
Robert Meadmore, Vocalist
Jimmy Travis, Comedian/Instrumentalist

Lounge Pianists

Mark Farris, Avenue Saloon
Bruce Johnson, Crystal Cove

Production Shows

Featuring the Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers
Curtain Call
Diva starring Karen Grainger
I Write The Songs
Route 66
Standing Room Only 
(Please note: not all shows are performed on all cruises).

Crystal Visions Enrichment Program

Celebrity Guest Speaker: Television Personality, Author

Bill Boggs (New York, NY)
Bill Boggs, the celebrity correspondent for the syndicated My Generation, television show, is a four-time Emmy award-winning TV host and interviewer, an entertainment industry insider and a major figure in the music, lifestyle, food, and celebrity reporting arenas. His career has spanned more than twenty-five years on TV. He is the bestselling author of the Harper Collins book, Got What It Takes?, a sought-after motivational speaker, and the creator and star of the off Broadway play, Talk Show Confidential, which has been running at New York’s Triad Theater since 2003. As host of the long-running food network series, Bill Boggs’ Corner Table, the New York based Midday Live With Bill Boggs, NBC’s Weekend Today in New York, and the Fox series Comedy Tonight, Bill has interviewed many of the most notable personalities of our time - including music-world giants, presidents, international leaders, writers, athletes, celebrity chefs, not to mention a movie star or two.

Celebrity Guest Speaker

Maj. General Perry Smith (Augusta, GA)
Perry M. Smith is a teacher, author and TV and radio commentator. A retired major general, Smith served for 30 years in the U. S. Air Force. During his career he commanded an F-15 wing and served as the top Air Force planner. During the Vietnam War. Smith flew 180 combat missions in F-4 aircraft over Laos and North Vietnam. A graduate of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, he later earned his Ph.D. in International Relations from Columbia University. At West Point, he played ice hockey and lacrosse. His senior year he was named as a second team All American lacrosse player. He has written six books including Assignment Pentagon, Rules and Tools for Leaders and A Hero Among Heroes: Jimmie Dyess and the 4th Marine Division. Rules and Tools for Leaders, with over 300,000 copies in print, is Smith’s most successful book. Smith assisted in the editing and marketing of a new book, Medal of Honor by Peter Collier which profiles the remarkable lives of our living Medal of Honor recipients. The book has passed the 250,000 mark in its first three years. The second edition of Medal of Honor includes a 90 minute DVD narrated by Tom Brokaw. Smith serves on a number of non-profit boards including the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and the National Science Center. He is married to the former Connor Cleckley Dyess. Connor is the daughter of Lieutenant Colonel Jimmie Dyes, US Marine Corps, the only person to have earned America’s two highest awards for heroism, the Medal of Honor and the Carnegie Medal.

Destination Lecturer

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: Maritime Historian and Author

John G. Langley (Halifax, Canada)
John G. Langley is a native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and as such has always been deeply rooted to the sea. He retired after a successful career in the practice of law in order to devote more time to his passion for research and writing about maritime history. He is the founding director and Chairman of the Cunard Steamship Society, an international non-profit association dedicated to the preservation and promulgation of history associated with Samuel Cunard – the man and his company largely responsible for the advent of today’s modern ocean liner. He is the author of Steam Lion, the award-winning biography of Samuel Cunard and his collection of Cunard memorabilia is said to be the largest in Canada. Mr. Langley has lectured extensively on ocean liners and cruise ships.

Special Interest Lecturer

Bill Toone (Escondido, CA)
Bill Toone is an internationally recognized conservation biologist and currently the executive director of the ECOLIFE Foundation. He began his career with a fascination for birds and launched his studies on the critically endangered California condor. From collecting eggs from the wild to rearing chicks with a lifelike hand puppet, Bill brought his own creative twist to his work. His passion for wildlife and unusual places has led him to work in Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Cameroon and Madagascar to name just a few of the more than 100 countries where more nights were spent in tents than hotel rooms. His joy in sharing unusual but pertinent wildlife tidbits led to early appearances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and PBS’ Real Jurassic Park. Later he worked with Olivia Newton-John filming conservation stories in Costa Rica and was most recently featured on CBS' Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.

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 Gary Weeter (Hot Springs Village, AZ). 

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

Kerry Millerick and Dina Sterr (Sherman Oaks, 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. 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 Priority Check-in & Planning Center (PCPC). If you sign up on board, make sure to sign up EARLY.

Computer University@Sea

Lead Technology Concierge Arwin Manalac plus Instructor Christine Potvin (Sidney, Canada). 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).

Lifestyle

Berlitz Foreign Language Instruction: Spanish classes, focusing on basic vocabulary and phrases to help guests communicate in foreign countries, are taught by certified Berlitz Language instructor Camilo Rivas (Weston, FL).

Guest Master Photographer

John Parris 

John Parris’ passion for photography is very clear to see in the images he captures with his portrait commissions. Whether contemporary, formal or informal, the images capture the character of the couple or individual to provide a lasting and cherished memory. A Fellow of both the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) and the Master Photographers Association (MPA), John is highly acclaimed around the world for his portraiture work. In 2011, the BIPP named John, Scottish Photographer of the Year, as well as their Overall Scottish Photographer of the Year. John was also named MPA‘s 2011 UK Kodak Wedding Photographer of the Year. In addition, he won the MPA’s title of Scottish Classic Portrait Photographer of the Year and an Award for Excellence for a montage of images from a Master Collection commission on board Crystal Cruises. John will set up reservations to have exclusive portrait sessions with guests. Guests may also make pre-reservations by emailing Paragon Pixels in advance of their cruise at info@paragonpixels.com.

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®.

Pilates Instructor

Tiffany Bundra (Sherman Oaks, CA)

CPGA Teaching Professional

R. Bruce Murray (Deep Cove, Nova Scotia)
Bruce Murray has been a C.P.G.A. member for over 40 years serving the C.P.G.A. as a Director, as well as serving as chairman of many association portfolios. He has been a Head Professional/Director of Golf at five clubs in his career the most prominent being Royal Montréal, Shaughnessy in Vancouver and now Wildfire in Lakefield, Ontario. Bruce's responsibilities have varied within the scope of the various clubs, but teaching has been and remains his main passion. He has taught students of every level, from novices to professionals and leading amateurs. Bruce is now retired from the private club life and lives outside Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Our exclusive program features TaylorMade, the best performance golf company in the world and #1 driver in golf.

ACBL Bridge Instructors

Ellen Gabriel and Richard Gabriel (Chicago, IL)
Beginner and intermediate bridge classes, and afternoon games.

Catholic Clergy

Rev. Charles Gaffigan (Schenectady, NY)

Dance Team/Instructors

Adam Kent and Patricia Kent (Burbank, CA)
Daily dance classes on sea days, and private lessons by appointment.

Ambassador Hosts

Stanley Goldsmith (Danville, CA)
Don Hanni (Sebastapol, CA)
Hamid Mansory
(Victoria, Canada)
Robert Nostrand
(San Diego, CA)
William Quinn (North Falmouth, MA) 

Featured Trunk Shows

Hubert Gesser
Hubert brings 'Color to the World, One Gemstone at a Time.'

Karen Dickson
Karen is Director of Sales for Hubert Gesser.

List as of 11/2/2012. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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