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V3305

Rio de Janeiro to Miami on Crystal Serenity
DATES : March 10 - 31, 2013 (21 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $9,715 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 3305 - Exotic Amazon

Caribbean, South America, World / Grand Cruise
Rio de Janeiro to Miami
March 10 to March 31, 2013
21 Days (8 sea days) aboard Crystal Serenity

*Themes: Ocean Views / Comprehensive Creative Learning Institute

Captain

John Økland

Hotel Director

Josef Lumetsberger

Cruise Director

Gary Hunter

Maître D'

Leo Assmair

Crystal Society Hostess

Jaque Brown

World Cruise Hostess

Elise Ivy

Cruise Sales Consultant

Daniele Puma

Headline Entertainers

Duo Diez, Classical Guitarist & Violin Duo
Gary Guthman, Instrumentalist-Trumpet
Gary Hunter
, Ventriloquist 
Les Lankhorst, Vocalist
Nicola Loud
, Variety Violinist
Kelly McDonald
, Comedian 
Duncan Tuck, Comedian/Instrumentalist
Zoe Tyler, Vocalist
Philip Wojciechowsky
, Variety Pianist

Magic Castle At Sea

David Kovac

Lounge Pianists

Joel Spire, Avenue Saloon
John Mentis, Crystal Cove

Production Shows

Featuring the Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers
Across the Pond
Curtain Call
Million Dollar Musicals 
Rocket Man: A Tribute to Elton John starring Jonathan Kane 
Standing Room Only
(Please note: not all shows are performed on all cruises).

Crystal Visions Enrichment Program

Special Interest Lecturer

Neil Leifer (New York, NY)
Neil Leifer became a professional photographer while still in his teens. Beginning in 1960 as a freelancer, his pictures began regularly appearing in every major national magazine, including the Saturday Evening Post, Look, LIFE, Newsweek, Time and, most often, Sports Illustrated. In August 1972, Leifer became a staff photographer for Sports Illustrated, leaving them in 1978 to become a staff photographer for Time. In 1988 he was made a contributing photographer at LIFE and spent the next two years working for both Time and LIFE magazines. By the time he left Time, Inc. in 1990, his photographs had appeared on more than 200 Sports Illustrated, Time, and People covers – then the most covers ever published by one photographer in Time, Inc. history.

Leifer has published 16 books, 9 of which are collections of his sports photographs. His two most recent books, Ballet in the Dirt and Guts and Glory, both published by TASCHEN, showcase the very best of his Major League Baseball and Professional Football
 photographs. In the fall of 2013, Sports Illustrated will publish a memoir of Neil Leifer’s remarkable career. Leifer has traveled all over the world on sports assignments.

He has photographed 16 Olympic Games (7 Winter and 9 Summer), 4 Soccer World Cups, 15 Kentucky Derbies, countless World Series games, the first 10 Super Bowls, and every important heavyweight title fight since Floyd Patterson beat Ingemar Johansson to regain the title in 1960. He has photographed his favorite subject, Muhammad Ali, on almost 60 different occasions – at fights and more than 30 photo sessions. While Neil Leifer now devotes almost 100% of his time to producing and directing films, there is a very good chance that you'll spot him, camera in hand, at any big championship fight. "Boxing is the one sport I still love shooting."

Celebrity Guest Speaker

General Anthony Zinni (Williamsburg, VA)
General Anthony Zinni is a retired four-star General in the United States Marine Corps and a former Commander in Chief of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). In 2002, he was selected to be a special envoy for the United States to Israel and the Palestinian Authority. While serving as special envoy, Zinni was also an instructor in the Department of International Studies at the Virginia Military Institute. Presently, he is an instructor at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, a public speaker, and an author of two best-selling books on his military career and foreign affairs, most recently Battle for Peace. He also is involved in the corporate world, joining M.I.C. Industries as its president for International Operations in 2005. Zinni also serves on the advisory boards of eight different companies, including the security testing firm, Mu Dynamics, based in Sunnyvale, CA. He joined Duke University's Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy in Spring 2008 as the Sanford Distinguished Lecturer in Residence and taught a new course in the Hart Leadership Program. Zinni has been credited for foresight in predicting the dangers of terrorism coming out of Afghanistan before the September 11, 2001 attacks. 

Destination Lecturer: Award-Winning Broadcast Journalist

Ken Rees (Bristol, England)
Ken Rees brings to the role of destination lecturer over 25 years experience as a world-travelling foreign correspondent. During his career, he has reported extensively from Italy, Greece, and the Middle East. His many news credits include the Lebanese civil war, the first Gulf War, the loss of the space shuttle Challenger, and the sectarian troubles of Northern Ireland. Ken has held almost every job in a television newsroom from scriptwriter, news editor, and reporter to Director of News and Current Affairs. During a 15-year career with Britain’s flagship network program, ITN’s News at Ten, he served as a Senior Foreign Correspondent and spent six years covering the United States from Washington, D.C. In 1986 the Royal Television Society named Ken as Television Reporter of the Year, their highest honor. He now works as a broadcast consultant, trains journalists for TV companies, and writes on travel and world affairs.

Destination 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.

Special Interest Lecturer

Donald J. Behnke (Tucson, AZ)
Dr. Donald J. Behnke is Music Critic of the Green Valley News and Sun in Arizona. He is Program Annotator for the Symphony and is the winner of the Arizona Press Club’s First Place Award for Arts Criticism in 2011. Dr. Behnke has been a life-long student and patron of the arts, having begun piano and voice studies at age five. His doctor’s degree is from Columbia University. He is Superintendent Emeritus of the Southampton, NY public schools and has traveled extensively in Europe, the Far East, Latin America and South East Asia.

Special Interest Lecturer: World Affairs

Tom Faranda (Scottsdale, AZ)
Tom has worked around the world and has clients in China, Japan, India, Malaysia, Mexico, UK, Germany, Australia and beyond. He has owned hotels in Costa Rica and the US, a pepper gas business in South Africa, an ATM firm, a global software firm, a mobile home venture in South Africa and a global consulting firm focused on business growth and profit and other ventures. Tom Faranda's global trends have been on target for over 25 years. He forecasted the rise and fall of Japan, the rise and fall of the Euro and the rise of China as a world power as well as many other trends. Tom brings global events and affairs into perspective and provides a view into the future of our world.

Special Interest Lecturer

Edward J. Larson (Malibu, CA)
Ed Larson is a historian of science and scientific exploration. Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in history and numerous other awards, Larson is author or co-author of fifteen books, including An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science; Evolution’s Workshop: God and Science in the Galapagos Islands, and Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion. His articles have appeared in such varied journals as Nature, Atlantic Monthly, Time, Scientific American, and American History. A popular public lecturer, Larson has taught at University of Georgia, Pepperdine University, and Stanford Law School and appeared on the History Channel, PBS’s Nova and American Experience, C-SPAN, BBC, and The Daily Show. His course on the history of evolution theory is available from The Teaching Company. He has traveled extensively on all seven continents and led tours throughout the Americas.

Special Interest Lecturer

Dr. John McMichan (Scottsdale, AZ)
Born in Melbourne, Australia, John McMichan obtained his medical education at Monash University and then spent time in Surgery and Surgical Research at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. After a period as a Ship's Surgeon, John with his wife Jan, moved to Rochester, Minnesota where he joined the staff of the Mayo Clinic specializing in Critical Care Medicine, Anesthesiology and Medical Education. Because of their love of passenger ships, John and Jan have taken many cruises to all parts of the world and now, as John has retired from clinical practice, he is a frequent lecturer at sea discussing a variety of medical topics in a light and informative manner and providing take-home messages for better health and longer life.

*Theme Presentations: Ocean Views

Lively, engaging and interactive, Ocean Views will feature panels of distinguished ambassadors, professors, foreign correspondents, four-star generals and other veteran strategists to debate current events and global issues. From both sides of the proverbial aisle, world affairs experts will square off on defense policies, international conflicts and even geographical illiteracy.

*Theme Presentations: 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.

Arts & Entertainment

Passport To Music presented by Yamaha and Crystal Cruises: Instructor Linda Gould (Victoria, Canada) 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 Julie Warren Conn (Lexington, KY).

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 Jessie Moncatar plus Instructors Mike Newell (Vero Beach, FL) and Judy Koehler (Vero Beach, FL). 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).

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.

Memoir Writing

Joe Kita (Schnecksville, PA)
If you’ve ever thought about writing the story of your life, here’s your opportunity. Joe Kita has been a professional journalist for almost three decades. He has authored six popular books, written for numerous national magazines, taught writing at Lehigh University, and appeared on Oprah and other national programs. Joe has taught memoir writing on four previous Crystal World Cruises, and dozens of his students have published books. In this special course, you’ll learn everything from how to focus and organize your memoir to how to edit yourself and find a publisher. In addition, Joe will supply one-on-one coaching throughout the trip, reviewing and critiquing your manuscripts. If you’ve been thinking about your legacy or if your family has been bugging you to “write this stuff down!” for years, don’t miss this chance to finally get started.

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

Grace Wang (Valley Village, CA) 

Yoga Instructors

Maria and Joe Kita (Schnecksville, PA)

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)
Ginny
and Jeff Schuett (Riverwoods, IL)
Beginner, intermediate and advanced bridge classes, and afternoon games.

Catholic Clergy

Msgr. Wilbur Davis (Newport Beach, CA)

Jewish Clergy

Rabbi Morris Hershman (Burlingame, CA)

Protestant Clergy

Pastor Ed Voosen (Leicester, MA)

Dance Team Instructors/Performers

Curtis Collins (Los Angeles, CA) and Beverly Durand (Thousand Oaks, CA)
Daily dance classes on sea days, and private lessons by appointment.

Junior Activities Director

Memduh Kutur (Manorville, NY)

Ambassador Hosts

Jim Battaglia (Buffalo, NY)
Robert Ho (Los Angeles, CA)
Bob Marinaro
(Ashburn, VA)
Marty Mulligan
(Toms River, NJ)
Al Padua
(San Francisco, CA)
Rafael Talavera
(Tampa, FL)
Andy Tam
(San Francisco, CA)
Leonard Tan
(Saskatoon, Canada)

List as of 02/26/2013. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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