Osaka to Los Angeles on Crystal Serenity
DATES : March 31 - April 21, 2012 (22 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $12,160 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 2306 - Great Northern Adventure

World Voyage V
Osaka to Los Angeles
March 31 to April 21, 2012
22 Days (10 sea days) aboard Crystal Serenity  

Themes: Comprehensive Creative Learning Institute & Ocean Views  


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

Headline Entertainers

Christine Andreas, Vocalist
Avner Arad
, Classical Pianist
Carl Doy, Variety Pianist
Gary Guthman, Instrumentalist-Trumpet
Gregory Kinda, Classical Pianist
Cary Long, Comedian 
Valerie Perri, Vocalist  
Scott Record, Vocal Impressionist
Steve Stevens, Comedian/Specialty Act
Jimmy Travis, Comedian/Instrumentalist
Lynn Trefzger, Comedian
Buddy Wachter, Virtuoso Banjo  
Philip Wojciechowsky, Variety Pianist

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

James Carville (Alexandria, VA)
James Carville is America's best-known political consultant. His winning streak began in 1986, when he managed the gubernatorial victory of Robert Casey in Pennsylvania. In 1987, Carville helped guide Wallace Wilkinson to the governor's seat in Kentucky. Carville continued his winning streak with wins in New Jersey with Frank Lautenberg elected to the US Senate. However, his most prominent victory was in 1992 when he helped William Jefferson Clinton win the Presidency.

James Carville is also an author, actor, producer, talk-show host, speaker and restaurateur. His titles include; We're Right, They're Wrong: A Handbook for Spirited Progressives; And The Horse He Rode In On: The People vs. Kenneth Starr; Buck Up, Suck Up...and Come Back When You Foul Up; Had Enough? A Handbook for Fighting Back, his children's book, Lu and the Swamp Ghost and Take it Back. His latest book, 40 More Years: How the Democrats will Rule the Next Generation was released in May, 2009. Carville is now hosting Sirius XM radio's 60/20 weekly sports show with Luke Russert and is a frequent political commentator and contributor on CNN.

Celebrity Guest Speaker

Ambassador Marc Ginsberg (Bethesda, MD)
Marc Ginsberg was the first U.S. Ambassador of Jewish heritage to a Middle East nation, appointed to the post by President Clinton. With a three-decade career focused on the Middle East as a diplomat and as an international corporate lawyer, Ginsberg is an expert on the politics and economics of this volatile region. Ginsberg served as the U.S. guide for the first Middle East economic cooperation conference in Morocco. A highly sought-after consultant to several major network and cable news outlets, as well as Al Jazeerah (Arab satellite TV), Ginsberg addresses a variety of audiences on U.S. foreign, defense and economic policy. He provides expert analysis of current world events, including the rebuilding of Afghanistan, conflict with Iraq, and the continuing tensions between Israel and Palestine, giving audiences a comprehensive understanding of key elements in the struggles overseas.

Celebrity Guest Speaker

Mary Matalin (Alexandria, VA)
Mary Matalin's experience in politics, public affairs, crisis management and media spans three decades and multiple venues. Matalin has served Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. She joined George W. Bush's administration in the first term as Assistant to the President and Counselor to the Vice President. In that capacity, she performed as senior advisor on major initiatives, including national security, homeland security, energy, economic growth and corporate governance policies. She oversaw the Vice President's political and communications departments, advancing administration policies from the Middle East, Europe and across America to Capitol Hill.

Before joining the Bush/Cheney White House, Matalin hosted CNN's critically acclaimed debate show, Crossfire. Matalin was also a former founding co-host of the Washington based CNBC political weeknight talk show, Equal Time.

Matalin and her husband James Carville co-authored the best-selling political campaign book, All's Fair: Love, War and Running for President. Her most recent book, Letters to My Daughters was named a 'Book of the Month Club' selection as well as The New York Times and The Washington Post best-seller lists. Letters to My Daughters was also selected for a condensed version by Reader's Digest.

Currently, Matalin is Editor-in-Chief of Threshold Editions, a conservative imprint at Simon & Schuster. In addition, Matalin sits on the board of directors of the Cheney Cardiovascular Institute, the Washington Humane Society and closer to home, the Bureau of Governmental Research in Louisiana.

Celebrity Guest Speaker

General Hugh Shelton (Newport, NC)
As America responds to security threats at home and abroad, perhaps no one is more qualified to discuss our national security than General Hugh Shelton, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. During his tenure, he worked tirelessly on behalf of service members, their families, and military retirees by championing a number of landmark quality-of-life initiatives, including: the largest pay raise in 18 years; pay table and bonus reform; and critical improvements in both retirement and healthcare programs. He made great strides in improving the readiness and retention of the current force, while simultaneously crafting Joint Vision 2020; the roadmap for the Future Joint Force. General Shelton also established the Joint Forces Command to consolidate joint experimentation efforts and guide the transformation of the U.S. armed forces for the twenty-first century.

In a further testament to General Shelton's strong character, determination, and positive attitude, he can also speak about his recovery from the spinal cord injury he suffered after an accident in the spring of 2002. Initially given little chance of walking again or using his hands, he is now close to a full recovery, and continues to be an inspiration to others. He recently released the book Secrets of Success, a compilation featuring interviews with prominent men and women who focus on values-based leadership. His autobiography, Without Hesitation or Reservation, was published in 2010.

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: World Affairs

Prof. Louis Rene Beres (West Lafayette, IN)
Professor of Political Science and International Law at Purdue University, columnist and author, Dr. Beres was educated at Princeton (Ph.D., 1971). His ten published books deal with such issues as US foreign policy, terrorism, counter-terrorism, nuclear strategy and nuclear war. Dr. Beres is also the author of more than fifty major law journal articles, and of over one hundred scholarly articles dealing with various philosophical, psychological, historical and military dimensions of world politics. His lectures provide a stimulating and informed guide to critical issues of our time.

Special Interest Lecturer: Naturalist

Doug Carpa (Seward, Alaska)
Doug Capra has lived in Alaska for over 40 years. After retiring from teaching, he worked for 14 years as a National Park Ranger. He is a certified trainer for the National Association for Interpretation. He has published two books about Alaska history, dozens of articles and essays, and forewords for several books, most notably Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska and Northern Christmas by American artist Rockwell Kent. One of his plays, Into Alaska A Woman Came: The Alaska Nellie Story, has been performed for five summers in Alaska.

Special Interest Lecturer: Maritime Lecturers

Dr. Charles and Prof. Blanche Iliff (Palmer, Alaska)
"To know and understand differences", the motto of the Fulbright scholarship program, typifies Charles and Blanche Iliff’s passion to share their travel and cultural experiences through digital imaging and using those images to build bridges between the dreams of travelers and the ultimate reality of other cultures. Rooted in a lifetime of darkrooms, the Iliff's interest in photography parallel their interest in emerging technology. In 1994, after long professional careers in IT, the logical extension of their retirement has been maritime lecturing and now they bring their highly successful user-friendly style to the Crystal Serenity.

In addition to living in Europe and Russia, they have traveled extensively including multiple World Cruises. Charles and Blanche have cruised all of the world’s oceans, visited the seven continents, 63 countries and various territories, and have taken several hundred thousand images during their travels. Some years they spend 180 plus days at sea. Travel highlights include, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Ankor Wat, Iceland, the Black and Baltic Seas, cherry blossoms in Japan, Norway’s North Cape, Egypt, circumnavigating Australia and South America, Siberia & the Russian Far East, and their beloved Alaska.

Special Interest Lecturer

Dr. Joseph Kess (Victoria, Canada)
Joe Kess is now retired from the University of Victoria where he was Acting Director and Chair in Japan and Asia-Pacific Relations at the Center for Asia-Pacific Initiatives and where he lectured on psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and the relationship between language, culture, and national identity as a Professor in the Department of Linguistics. His early training includes a BSc from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and an MA and PhD through the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii. He was elected a member of the Royal Society of Canada and is the recipient of a University-wide award for Teaching Excellence. He has been listed in the Who’s Who in Canada, as well as the Who’s Who in the Commonwealth, his work has been cited in the Encylopedia Brittanica, and he currently serves as an External Research Associate to Japan's National Academy for Japanese Language and Linguistics. In 2008, he was awarded the prestigious Order of the Rising Sun by the Japanese government, the highest honor bestowed upon foreign nationals by Japan. He has worked with a wide variety of linguistic and cultural groups from diverse geographical settings: for example, Tagalog and other languages of the Philippines in Southeast Asia; Japanese in Japan, as well as Japanese in Hawaii and Canada; Motu from Papua New Guinea; Kuanuan/Tolai from New Britain; Slovene, South Slavic, and other Slavonic languages; and the First Nations languages Ahousaht (a Nootkan language) and Haida in British Columbia. He is responsible for 14 books or monographs, dozens of book chapters, hundreds of articles, reviews, and professional presentations in both professional and community settings on five continents, especially Asia and North America.

*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.

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 Irene Kerman (Atlantic Beach, 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). 

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 five popular books, written for numerous national magazines, taught writing at Lehigh University, and appeared on Oprah and other national programs. In 2007 and 2008, Joe taught memoir writing on Crystal's World Cruises. Some of his students went on to publish their books and even get excerpted in Reader's Digest. 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 cruise, reviewing and critiquing your manuscripts. If you've been thinking about your legacy lately, or if your family has been after you to "write this stuff down!" for years, don't miss this chance to finally get started.

Guest Master Photographer

David MacDonald
A master of light, expression, and putting people at ease, David MacDonald has an international reputation as a highly regarded wedding photographer in Australia, Cyprus and throughout the islands of the Caribbean. Portraits by David are proudly displayed in luxurious homes around the world. David is a Fellow of both the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) and the Master Photographers Association (MPA). He has received numerous honors including, the Kodak United Kingdom Portrait Photographer of the Year and the MPA's UK Photographer of the Year in both the Family Portrait and "Under 5 year olds" categories. Images from David's Master Collection commissions in 2010 and 2011 have also won UK Photography awards from the MPA. A portrait session with David MacDonald guarantees images of style, quality and beauty that will continue to bring you incredible memories for years to come. Guests may 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

Jennifer Crane (Sunland, 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

Don Hanni (Sebastapol, CA)
Emery Lendvay
(Madison, OH) 
Marty Mulligan (Toms River, NJ)
Al Padua
(San Francisco, CA)
Rafael Talavera (Tampa, FL)
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 3/23/2012. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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