Hong Kong to Osaka on Crystal Serenity
DATES : March 13 - 31, 2012 (18 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $13,265 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 2305 - Kingdoms of Silk & Jade

World Voyage IV
Hong Kong to Osaka
March 13 to March 31, 2012
18 Days (5 sea days) aboard Crystal Serenity

Theme: Comprehensive Creative Learning Institute


Glenn Edvardsen

Hotel Director

Josef Lumetsberger

Cruise Director

Rick Spath

Maître D'

Leo Assmair

World Cruise Hostess

Elise Ivy

Crystal Society Hostess

Jaque Brown

Cruise Sales Consultant

Nikki Andrew

Celebrity Entertainer

Jim Brochu (North Hollywood, CA)
Jim Brochu has been a Crystal favorite for the last fifteen years as both an entertainer and lecturer. Recently he has been traveling the country with his one man show Zero Hour, based on the life of Zero Mostel, picking up the Ovation Award in Los Angeles, the Helen Hayes Award in Washington, DC, the Carbonell Award in South Florida and the Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle nods in New York City, all for Best Actor in a Play. A native of Brooklyn, Jim produced his first show, a charity revue featuring the Bay Ridge neighborhood kids, at the age of thirteen and four years later was working on Broadway – selling orange drink at the back of the St. James Theatre during inter- missions of Hello, Dolly! While working as a stage actor, he appeared in two legendary television commercials – first as a dancing raisin for Post Raisin Bran and then as the “Lemon from Outer Space” with Madge the Manicurist for Palmolive. He is the author of ten plays including the off-Broadway hit musical, The Last Session, written with partner Steve Schalchlin which he also directed. Jim’s caricature hangs on the wall of the legendary Sardi’s Restaurant in New York, a singular tribute to a forty year show business career as an actor and playwright.

Headline Entertainers

Brooks Aehron, Variety Pianist
Seonaid Aitken, Variety Violinist
Billy Boyle, Irish Comedian
Shamrock Clifton, Chinese Folk Dancer  
Ian Cooper, Variety Violinist
David Deeble, Comedian/Juggler
Min Kwon, Classical Pianist
Mark Merchant, Ventriloquist 
Brett Sherwood, Magician

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
Million Dollar Musicals
My Favorite Things
Standing Room Only
(Please note: not all shows are performed on all cruises).

Crystal Visions Enrichment Program

Celebrity Guest Speaker

Regis Philbin (New York, NY)
Born Regis Francis Xavier Philbin, Regis was the eldest son of Frank and Florence Philbin, and grew up in the South Bronx. He was named after his father's alma mater, Regis High School, a Jesuit boy’s school in Manhattan. After graduating from Notre Dame in 1953, Philbin served in the Navy. After his discharge from the military, he began his television career with several entry-level jobs in Hollywood, including a post as a film-delivery man at KCOP-TV in Los Angeles, CA. Philbin got his first big break in the business after he began writing 'tongue-in-cheek' reviews of the station's newscasts and tacking them on up on walls - he was then hired as a news and sports writer. This led to several news and feature reporting jobs in radio and television, and then to anchoring positions. His first talk show, The Regis Philbin Show, on KGTV-TV in San Diego, spawned his now well-known style of 'host chat' that has become his trademark. Without money for a writing staff, Philbin began each show sharing his own observations and opinions, and engaging the audience. This led to an Emmy-winning Los Angeles show called Philbin's People in which Philbin and popular personalities discussed current issues. Philbin took over hosting duties from Steve Allen at a nationally syndicated late night talk show, and finally gained national exposure in 1967 as the 'sidekick' on The Joey Bishop Show. Even though the job was a great opportunity for the host, Philbin was very unhappy during this stint. He felt constantly frustrated and humiliated by the show's star, whose jokes were often at Philbin's expense. Philbin then spent seven successful years on A.M. Los Angeles, and won an Emmy for his work on The Regis Philbin Show. Philbin hosted the morning show Temp on KHJ-TV in Los Angeles for three years, and worked on two game shows for ABC, hosting The Neighbors and reporting for Almost Anything Goes. He also hosted a feature/magazine show for Lifetime Cable Network called Regis Philbin Lifestyles, which eventually became (another) The Regis Philbin Showon prime time.

In 1983, he joined Cindy Garvey on New York City's The Morning Show, but the show did not fare well in the ratings. Garvey was replaced by Kathie Lee Gifford in 1985, and the show was renamed Live! With Regis & Kathie Lee. The duo's on-air chemistry made the show a success, and it became nationally syndicated in 1988. Since starting the show, Philbin has received seven Emmy nominations.

Philbin wrote his memoirs I'm Only One Man in 1995, and has co-authored Entertaining with Regis and Kathie Lee and Cooking with Regis and Kathie Lee. Philbin and Gifford also co-hosted The Miss America Pageant and collaborated on musical concert acts to sold-out crowds; Philbin also has a solo nightclub act. In 1999, Philbin created new material for his memoirs, when he co-hosted the highest-rated prime-time game show in history, the U.K. import Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Though initially slated for a two-week release in late summer, the success of the show insured its return.

Celebrity Guest Speaker

Neil Leifer (New York, NY)
When the London Observer listed the 50 greatest sporting images of all time, photographs by Neil Leifer ranked first and second. Now principally a producer and director of documentaries and short films, his pictures have appeared in every major magazine, including LIFE, Time, and Sports Illustrated. His 15 books include Sports, hailed by many as the best of its kind, and The Best of Leifer, a collection of forty years of pictures. He has photographed Olympics, World Cups, Kentucky Derbies, World Series, and Superbowls; every important heavyweight fight since 1959; and his favorite subject, Muhammad Ali, on almost 70 occasions.

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, DC. 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.

Special Interest Lecturer: Sino-American and Sino-Russian Relations

Dr. Robert Freedman (Baltimore, MD)
A Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Robert Freedman is the author of five books on world affairs. He is currently working on a project to analyze the triangular relationship between the United States, China, and Russia. His presentations will cover both Sino-American and Sino-Russian relations. A consultant to the State Department and the CIA, Dr. Freedman has been a member of several US government delegations to Beijing. He is a regular commentator with NPR, the BBC, and the Voice of America

*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 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 Linda Christensen (Wayne, NE) 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 Masterpiece Program

Get your creative juices flowing using a variety of media in classes taught by our specially trained Odyssey Art at Sea instructor Linda Perlmutter (Sleepy Hollow, NY).

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).

In addition, an enhanced World Cruise 2012 curriculum granting college credit and CEU credit will be offered by our partner, Del Mar College (fees apply). Crystal Cruise Lines has upgraded all of the computers on Crystal Serenity for dual use as either Mac or Windows based computers. Professor Stan and Mary Leja (Corpus Christi, TX) have modified the CU@Sea World Cruise curriculum to fully train guests on either Mac or Windows based computers. This coursework will enhance your understanding of computers and help you use either Mac or Windows based computers more confidently in your daily life.


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 Mario Barbi (Florence, KY).

Guest Master Photographer

Sophocles Alexiou
Elegance and character are the hallmarks of the portrait photographs Sophocles Alexiou creates for his subjects. His unique style is highly regarded and has received many accolades from his peers in Great Britain. Sophocles is a Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) and has been awarded four gold medals by them for his outstanding photographic art. He is also a Fellow of the Master Photographers Association (MPA). Sophocles is a three-time winner of the prestigious Kodak Gold award, the London Portrait Group trophy and Family Portrait Photographer of the Year. Sophocles will be setting 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


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)
Class are offered as a group with individual reformers.

Yoga Instructor

Maria 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, California, recently rated in the Best 100 Golf Shops by Golf World for 2008.
Our exclusive program features TaylorMade, the best performance golf company in the world and #1 driver in golf.

ACBL Bridge Instructors

Rachel and Eddie Hardy (Birmingham, England)
Ginny and Jeff Schuett (Riverwoods, IL)
Beginner and intermediate bridge classes and afternoon games.

Catholic Clergy

Msgr. John McSweeney (Charlotte, NC)

Jewish Clergy

Rabbi Morris Hershman (Burlingame, CA)

Protestant Clergy

Rev. John Shoemaker (Salem, OR)

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

Jim Battaglia (Buffalo, NY) 
Emery Lendvay
(Madison, OH)
Bob Marinaro
(Ashburn, VA)
Marty Mulligan
(Toms River, NJ)
Al Padua
(San Francisco, CA)
Andy Tam
(San Francisco, CA) 
Leonard Tan
(Saskatoon, Canada)
Jim Wood
(Allentown, PA)

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 3/17/12. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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