Los Angeles to Yokohama on Crystal Serenity
DATES : January 18 - February 10, 2014 (22 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $9,010 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 4302 - Pacific Ocean Odyssey

Asia, Hawaii & the South Pacific, World Cruise
Los Angeles to Yokohama
January 18 to February 10, 2014
22 Days (14 sea days) aboard Crystal Serenity

*Theme: Ocean Views   


Birger Vorland

Hotel Director

Josef Lumetsberger

Cruise Director

Rick Spath

World Cruise Hostess

Stacey Huston

Maître D'

Leo Assmair

Crystal Society Hostess

Jaque Brown

Cruise Sales Consultant

Nikki Andrew

Celebrity Entertainer

Clint Holmes
Clint Holmes is more than just a great singer. He is a consummate entertainer, performer, recording artist, and one of the country’s finest vocalists. Whether he is singing selections from the Great American Songbook, standards by Sinatra with a full orchestra, contemporary classics, or stirring original pieces, every performance is a one-of-a-kind mesmerizing and unforgettable experience. Whether headlining New York’s finest cabarets or Las Vegas’ greatest showrooms, Clint Holmes is establishing a new standard for vocalists and entertainers.

Headline Entertainers

Gary Arbuthnot, Flautist
Bob Arno and Bambi Vincent, Comedian/Pickpocket
Michael Bacala, Variety Violinist
Jon Courtenay, Variety Comedian
Jamila, Vocalist
Les Farfadais, Acro Balance
Mark Merchant, Ventriloquist
Jason Ridgway, Classical Pianist

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
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

Celebrity Guest Speaker

Bruce McGill (Los Angeles, CA)
Bruce McGill is one of America's busiest character actors and has no intention of slowing down. He is a native Texan, a UT alumnus (BFA ’73), and had his first professional acting job, in San Antonio, at the age of 15. You might recognize him from Animal House, MacGyver, My Cousin Vinny, Runaway Jury, Matchstick Men, or any of the other 140 plus films, television movies, or series he has done spanning the last five decades.

Bruce is currently starring with Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander and Lorraine Bracco in TNT’s hit series Rizzoli & Isles. He was recently featured in the movie Lincoln starring Daniel Day Lewis (as Lincoln), Sally Field, and Tommy Lee Jones.

He is a long time member of SAG (Screen Actor’s Guild) and AMPAS (Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences), and was honored to be inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in 2010.

Celebrity Guest Speaker:  CNN's Senior U.N. Correspondent

Richard Roth (New York, NY)
Richard Roth serves as CNN's senior U.N. correspondent and also covers international stories in New York City. Roth has covered the U.N.'s role and responses to the Arab Spring, the unfolding Syrian crisis, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and a variety of reports about American politics including the 2008 US presidential elections. His stories have covered personalities ranging from Dominique Strauss-Kahn to Jeremy Lin. Other recent reports include the death of Michael Jackson, the Iran nuclear crisis, the death of Heath Ledger and the resignation of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer. 

Since 1993, Roth has reported from the U.N. headquarters in New York City on several international crises, including Iraq, North Korea, Bosnia and Iran. In 2002 and 2003, he reported extensively on the escalating tensions between the United States and Iraq, the weapons inspection process then the ensuing war with Iraq. He also has covered various U.N. global conferences concerning issues such as social development in Copenhagen, women in China and the population in Cairo. 

For twelve years, Roth hosted Diplomatic License, CNN's global program devoted to coverage of the United Nations. In December 2004, Roth traveled with U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan to South Asia to cover the disaster and aftermath of the tsunami that took more than 155,000 lives in the region. 

Roth was reporting for CNN at the World Trade Center in New York when the towers fell on September 11th, 2001. In the wake of the terrorist attacks in New York and in Washington, D.C., Roth reported on reaction from the United Nations. Additionally, he was at Ground Zero in New York City covering President George W. Bush's visit to the scene of the devastation.

Roth is tied for the second longest-serving CNN employee. He joined CNN when it launched in 1980 as deputy bureau chief and assignment editor in the network's New York bureau. He served as CNN's New York assistant bureau chief in 1981, the Chicago bureau chief in 1982 and the Rome bureau chief from 1982-1986. Before joining CNN, Roth worked as an anchor and reporter for AP Radio and as a producer for WPIX-TV in New York.

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.

Special Interest Lecturer: British Monarchy

Charles Carlton (Atlanta, GA)
No one can explain the British royal family and its checkered history better than Charles Carlton. A native of England, who has lived in the United States for nearly forty years; he is a retired Professor of British History at North Carolina State University and has been a Visiting Professor of Military History at Duke. Dr. Carlton is the author of some twelve books, as well as numerous articles, reviews and pieces in newspapers including the London Sunday Times and the Boston Globe. His books on Royal Mistresses, Royal Childhoods, and Royal Warriors, as well as his biography of King Charles I, have established him as a leading authority in the field. Professor Carlton can bridge the gap between academia and general audiences. For instance, the BBC turned his award winning study “Going to the Wars: the Experience of the British Civil Wars, 1638-52” into a well-received television documentary. He has been a visiting professor at universities in China, India, Scotland, and Australia. Over the last twenty five years, he has lectured extensively to English Speaking Union Groups throughout the United States, and throughout the world. Graced with wit and humor, deep learning and style, Charles Carlton's lectures provided an entertaining yet thoughtful understanding of the ever fascinating topic of the British Royal family in particular and Monarchies in general.

Special Interest Lecturer: World Affairs

Evelyn Evans (Somerset, England)
Although Evelyn was born in Shanghai, she was brought up in Hong Kong and educated in Ireland. The fourth generation of her family to be born in China, she enjoyed carefree trips on her father’s China coast tramp steamers from a very early age which gave her a great love of the sea, the region, and all things Asian. Evelyn is Chinese bi-lingual and speaks some Thai. Despite reading Colonial History and Anthropology at Trinity College, Dublin, Evelyn began working with Associated Press in Hong Kong during the Vietnam War and then as an Advertising Copywriter with Leo Burnett. She later became a Creative Director with Ogilvy & Mather. Evelyn has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Sydney, Singapore, Manila, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. Her work has taken her all over the region from Bombay to Seoul. Since moving to England, Evelyn has lectured in her original discipline, Colonial History, is a freelance travel writer and keen photographer. She travels back to her most favorite part of the world, Asia, at every opportunity. With a private pilot's license, flying was for many years, Evelyn's passion followed by hot air ballooning. She is currently writing a television series based on the Malayan Emergency.

Special Interest Lecturer: Journalist, Broadcaster and Author

Michael Freedland (Bournemouth, England)
Michael Freedland says he is more of a storyteller than a lecturer. His usual style is to sit on a stool and talk. Michael is a journalist, broadcaster and author, his most recent work being a new biography of Judy Garland. It will be his third book in the past several months following his study of the Hollywood moguls, The Men Who Made Hollywood, which came after his assessment of McCarthyism in the film industry, Witch-Hunt in Hollywood, all subjects of talks on this voyage . His other books include biographies of Al Jolson (which became the West End hit show Jolson; Olivier Award 1997), Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Leonard Bernstein and Irving Berlin. Michael is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio Two. Recent series include Hollywood On Trial, Hollywood at War and The Frank Sinatra Trial, The Bing Crosby Trial, The Bob Hope Trial and The Judy Garland Trial. His most recent series was The Elvis Presley Trial. Also, he is about to start work on a joint program with his son Jonathan for Radio Four. He has also made numerous television programs. He says he is essentially a journalist whose work has appeared in newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic, notably The Guardian, The Independent and The Times, for which he still writes regularly.

Special Interest Lecturer: World Affairs

Dr. Robert Freedman (Baltimore, MD)
A Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Robert Freedman lectures on the Middle East and on Russian foreign policy. He is the author of five books and the editor of 14 more, most recently Russia, Iran and the Nuclear Question: The Putin Record and The United States and Israel: Six Decades of Relations. A consultant to the US State Department and the CIA, he has appeared on National Public Radio, the BBC, and the Voice of Americaand attended delegations to Moscow and Beijing. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in Diplomatic History and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University in the field of International Relations.

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. Over the past 30 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. Most recent was his appointment as adjunct professor in the School of Public Policy.

Special Interest Lecturer

Clint Van Zandt (Fredericksburg, VA)
Clint Van Zandt was with the FBI for 25 years where he was the FBI's Chief Hostage Negotiator as well as a "profiler" in the FBI's Behavioral Science or "Silence of the Lambs" Unit. Clint has negotiated in numerous national and international kidnap, hostage, and barricade situations, he was acknowledged as the team leader of the analytical team that identified the "Unabomber," he correctly profiled Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh on the day of that fatal bombing, and he personally negotiated with Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh. He has been profiled in The New Yorker magazine, has made over 3,000 television appearances, and is the author of the new book, Facing Down Evil.

*Theme Presentation: 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.

Celebrity Theme Lecturer

James Bradley (Rye, NY)
James Bradley is a New York Times number one best-selling author and a son of John Bradley, who raised the flag on Iwo Jima.  Joe Rosenthal’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of that event is the world’s most reproduced photo.  Clint Eastwood told their father-son story in his movie, Flags of Our Fathers.  He attended Sophia University in Tokyo and is the president of the James Bradley Peace Foundation, which for the last decade has been sending American students to China and Japan to live for a year.  America’s best-selling Pacific historian, his first book, Flags of Our Fathers, chronicled the island-hopping campaign and the battle of Iwo Jima; his second, Flyboys, detailed the air war and the dramatic story of George Herbert Walker Bush’s close escape from capture and death; his third, The Imperial Cruise, tells the story of how President Theodore Roosevelt concluded secret agreements in 1905 that lit the long historical fuse on World War II in the Pacific; and his fourth, New China(to be published late 2014) tells how perceptions of China in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration led the United States to war with Japan.  An acclaimed professional speaker who has entertained thousands, James brings Pacific history alive.

Theme Lecturer

Don Farrell (Tinian, Mariana Islands)
Don Farrell has a B.A. in Biological Science from California State College at Fullerton in 1973 and a degree in Secondary Education from California State College at San Bernardino in 1975. Don's writing career began on Guam with the 1981 publication of The Americanization of Guam: 1898-1918, which was followed by The Sacrifice of Guam: 1919-1943 and Liberation—1944. Farrell moved to Tinian in 1987, publishing the first History of the Northern Mariana Islands in 1991. In 2011, Don published History of the Mariana Islands to Partition. He is now completing a Modern History of the Northern Mariana Islands. He has also written numerous magazine and newspaper articles on the history of the Mariana Islands. Don credits his understanding of Marianas history to 35 years of government service, including Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the Guam Legislature, and now Chief of Staff to the Mayor of the Municipality of Tinian and Aguiguan. He is also a member of the board of director of the CNMI Humanities Council and the CNMI Historic Preservation Review Board. Don is now in the process of publishing his own history of the Manhattan Project on Tinian.

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 Bruce Anderson (Lutherville, MD) 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.

Yamaha World Cruise Comprehensive is a course designed for those with prior experience and will explore a variety of musical topics throughout the 2014 World Cruise. This sailing’s topic, Clear the Cobwebs and All that Jazz, will include basics review, chord studies, jazz made simple, using technology, building repertoire.

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 Gail Ivanco (Kitchener, Canada). 

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.
Kerry Millerick and Dina Sterr (Sherman Oaks, 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 iOS7 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 Arnold Neri plus Instructors Michael 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).

A new series of "Everything Apple" courses developed and taught by Professor Stan Leja and Mary Leja (Corpus Christi, TX) is focused on iPads, iTunes, iWork, iLife, and iCloud. This new training provides several different, 7-hour 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 2014. 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 (v3 or v4) or iPad Mini, with iOS 7 installed that has cellular (GPS) capability. The following applications need to be downloaded and installed on your iPad prior to joining this voyage: Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iPhoto, GarageBand, iMovie, GoodReader for iPad, Adobe Photoshop Express, Kindle, and MotionX GPS HD.


Berlitz Foreign Language Instruction: Japanese classes, focusing on basic vocabulary and phrases to help guests communicate in foreign countries, are taught by certified Berlitz Language instructor Eri Kanemoto (Caperville, IL).

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 Oprahand 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.

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

Kandice Kingsley (Sherman Oaks, CA)

Yoga Instructors

Maria and Joe Kita (Schnecksville, PA)

PGA Teaching Professional

Joe Herbert (Littleton, CO)
Joe Herbert has maintained membership in the PGA for over 35 years, as well as being Life Member and Quarter Century Club member. His experience includes being a Head Golf Professional/Golf Director at exclusive country clubs in Colorado. In addition, during the spring and summer months, he is the Director of Golf Instruction at Arrowhead Golf Club (Golf Digest Top 100 golf courses) in Littleton, CO. During the winter, Joe is the Director of Golf Instruction at the beautiful Classic Golf Club in Palm Springs, CA. Joe hosted the Bob Hope golf tournament from 2006 - 2009. Joe has been honored with the 1997 nomination for PGA Teaching Professional and Junior Golf Leader as well as the 2009/2010 President’s Council Award for Outstanding Golf Instructor of Developing Golf Instruction Programs. He has been featured in 2010 Style magazine during the U.S. Open, and Boomer Golf News for his outstanding teaching abilities. Joe has signed with Southwest Airlines and Swift Air for his golf instructions and DVDs while in the air on WIFI. Recently, due to the large number of requests from his students around the world, Joe released a DVD set, Fundamentals of Golf. Joe considers teaching golf to others to be one of the highlights of his life. 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 John Quinn (Armonk, NY)

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

Mo Abdel-Ghany (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Jim Battaglia (Buffalo, NY)
Leroy Bluhm (Champaign, IL)
Sam Halioua (Montréal, Canada)
Robert Ho (Riverside, CA)
Carlito Lee (Buena Park, CA)
Rick Mazzone (Kingston, MA)
Marty Mulligan (Toms River, NJ)
Ping Tom (Foster City, CA)
Constantino Zampata (Rio Vista, CA)

List as of 01/15/2014. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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