Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires on Crystal Symphony
DATES : February 20 - March 3, 2012 (12 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $4,740 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.

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South America
Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires
February 20 to March 3, 2012
12 days (2 sea days) aboard Crystal Symphony


Ralf Zander

Hotel Director

Josef Matt

Cruise Director

Paul McFarland

Maître D'

Mario Gallo

Crystal Society Hostess

Sara Lederer

Cruise Sales Consultant

Daniele Puma

Headline Entertainers

Enrico Cifiello, Vocalist 
Kyle Esplin, Variety Pianist
Tian Jiang, Concert & Variety Pianist
Mark Klein, Comedian

Lounge Pianists

Mark Farris, Avenue Saloon
Bruce Johnson, Crystal Cove

Production Shows

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

Crystal Visions Enrichment Program

Destination Lecturer

Ken Minter (London, England)
Having visited many parts of South America whilst indulging his hobby of photography and videography, Ken Minter's travels have taken him to Forteleza, Salvador and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Montevideo in Uruguay, Buenos Aires, Puerto Madryn and Ushuaia in Argentina, Punta Arenas, Castro, Valparaiso, Punta Arenas and Arica in Chile, General San Martin, Callao and Salvaverry in Peru, and Manta in Ecuador. He has also made the Panama Canal passage, and has visited the Falkland islands. Ken has gained a good insight into these destinations, and enjoys communicating his knowledge.

Special Interest Lecturer

Robert Adams (Montréal, Canada)
Acclaimed stage, TV Critic and best-selling author Robert Adams, will discuss the evolution of the novel and then review three contemporary novels:-
Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee. This bleak, brutal examination of the dilemmas of post-apartheid South Africa, won an unprecedented second Booker Prize for its author.
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett. A wonderfully entertaining fantasy about the potential of reading to change lives. The Queen of England becomes a voracious reader, a transformation with remarkable consequences.
Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas. This outrageously funny novel by the great Peruvian author, and one-time presidential candidate, contains some very bizarre autobiographical details.

Special Interest Lecturer: World Affairs

Tex Harris (McLean, VA)
Two-time President of the American Foreign Service Association - the professional organization of American diplomats - Tex Harris has been a leading advocate for strengthening U.S. diplomacy around the world and for the modernization of the Foreign Service. Tex Harris recently retired after a 35-year career in which he earned many honors, including the Department of States highest, the Distinguished Honor Award, for his work in Argentina in the late 1970s exposing the fate of the disappeared.

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 and Wine & Food. Guests receive a certificate of completion at the end of the curriculum.

Arts & Entertainment

Passport To Music presented by Yamaha and Crystal Cruises: Instructor Ursula Newman (Scottsdale, AZ) 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 Joy Tobin (Brewster, NY).

Computer University@Sea

Lead Technology Concierge Arwin Manalac plus Instructors Allan and Roberta Scher (Atlanta, GA). 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: Spanish classes, focusing on basic vocabulary and phrases to help guests communicate in foreign countries, are taught by certified Berlitz Language instructor Maria Claudia Valderrama (Madison, NJ).


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

Melanie Camp (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

CPGA Teaching Professional

R. Bruce Murray (Deep Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada)
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, but continues his activity in teaching.
Our exclusive program features TaylorMade, the best performance golf company in the world and #1 driver in golf.

ACBL Bridge Instructors

Roseanne Levinson (Boston, MA) and Joyce Ryan (Houston, TX)
Beginner and intermediate bridge classes, and afternoon games.

Catholic Clergy

Rev. Ralph Kleiter (Saskatchewan, Canada)

Dance Team/Instructors

Aleksandr and Elena (Odessa, Ukraine)
Daily dance classes on sea days, and private lessons by appointment.

Ambassador Hosts

John Farrell (Tampa, FL)
Wayne Hodgson (Victoria, Canada)
Steve Melnychuck (Cedar Run, NJ)
Norman Pendergraft (Durham, NC)

Featured Trunk Show

Gulten Dye
Dye's jewelry embraces the many facets of women with exquisite, unique, handcrafted pieces that radiate vibrant colors and textures. 

List as of 2/10/2012. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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