Singapore to Hong Kong on Crystal Serenity
DATES : February 26 - March 13, 2012 (16 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $10,760 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 2304 - Temples & Dynasties

World Voyage III
Singapore to Hong Kong
February 26 to March 13, 2012
16 Days (6 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

Paula Jean Pfitzer

Headline Entertainers

Michel Bell, Vocalist   
Tony Daro, Comedian 
James Freedman, Pickpocket
David Howarth, Variety Pianist
MacDonald Brothers, Variety Entertainers
Van-Anh Nguyen, Classical Pianist
Paula Randell, Vocal Visual Impersonator  
Brent Webb, Mentalist  

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

Hank Aaron (Los Angeles, CA)
Exhibiting an understated style that became his trademark, Hank Aaron was the all-time home run champion for 33 years until being surpassed by San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds on August 7, 2007. In addition to his 755 home runs, he holds the major league record for total bases, extra-base hits and RBI. Aaron was named the 1957 National League MVP, won three Gold Gloves for his play in right field and was named to a record 24 All-Star squads. To honor Aaron's contributions to Major League Baseball, MLB created the Hank Aaron Award, an annual award given to the hitters voted the most effective in each respective league. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, his first year of eligibility. In 1999, editors at The Sporting Newsranked Hank Aaron 5th on their list of "Baseball's 100 Greatest Players." That same year, baseball fans named Aaron to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.

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

Capt. Robert "Hoot" Gibson (Murfreesboro, TN)
In 18 years as a NASA astronaut, Captain Robert “Hoot” Gibson flew five space flights, four of them as Mission Commander, aboard the Space Shuttles - Challenger, Columbia, Atlantis, and Endeavour. A veteran US Navy fighter pilot, he flew combat missions in Southeast Asia and attended the Navy Fighter Weapons School “Topgun” before being selected as an astronaut in 1978 in the first Space Shuttle Astronaut selection. His numerous honors include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2003.

Special Interest Lecturer: Historian

Professor Adrian Kerr (Ft. Myers, FL)
Born in England, Kerr is a Professor of Ancient Civilizations and Cultures and is the Director for Continuing Education at Edison State College. He has spent the last thirty years researching, writing and broadcasting on the Ancient Civilizations of India, Persia, Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Turkey, and the Levant. Professor Kerr is described as "a leading historical popularist." He is a published author and regularly appears on Fox television and PBS television and radio, contributing programs which focus on ancient history, culture and comparative religion. He is also in demand as a moderator for topical historical/political televised events and phone-ins. His work also regularly appears in the press particularly historical and travel journals.

Kerr is particularly well known and respected for the interactive popular talks he gives to inquiring audiences throughout the world and has been acclaimed for being able to present complex historical, political and religious issues in a straight forward, balanced and enjoyable manner. He is particularly noted for his ability to compress thousands of years of complex history into an enjoyable, often humorous, summary form which leaves audiences focused on the main events. He is a guest lecturer at various universities, communities and museums internationally. His latest book Ancient Egypt and Uswas published in 2009 and focuses on Ancient Egypt’s impact on our lives today. His next book is a sister work on the Impact of ancient India, Afghanistan and Persia on modern life.

Kerr graduated with a First Class Honors degree from Leeds University before going on to conduct research in Iraq, India and Egypt. Earlier in his career he lived full time in India for three years and in Saudi Arabia for two years conducting research on the ancient history of the great civilizations of the Middle East and Indian sub continent. He is a specialist on the development and interaction between these ancient civilizations and cultures. Kerr has a particular passion for the development of the architectural style and function of their temples forts and palaces.

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.

Special Interest Lecturer

Rhea Seddon (Murfreesboro, TN)
One of the first six women to enter NASA’s Astronaut Program, Dr. Rhea Seddon is a veteran of three Space Shuttle flights, totaling 30 days in space. In 1991 she was a Mission Specialist on the first Shuttle flight dedicated entirely to life sciences research and in 1993 she was the Payload Commander in charge of all science activities on Spacelab Life Sciences 2. The Assistant Chief Medical Officer of the Vanderbilt Medical Group for 11 years after leaving NASA, she is now a founding member of LifeWings Partners LLC, which uses aviation-based safety tools to improve safety and quality in health care.

Special Interest Lecturer

Ken Walsh (Bethesda, MD)
Ken Walsh is the chief White House correspondent and author of the "Presidency" column for U.S. News & World Report. He has covered the White House for 'U.S. News' since 1986 and is one of the most experienced and longest-serving journalists ever to cover the presidency. He has reported on and written about five presidents; Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, and every presidential campaign since 1984. Historian Douglas Brinkley has written of Walsh: "No journalist today covers U.S. presidential politics with the same bedrock self-assurance, analytical thought, and literary aplomb as Ken Walsh."

Walsh has won the most prestigious awards for White House-related journalism. He won the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Coverage of the Presidency in 1992, 1998, and 2009, and the Aldo Beckman Award in 1991 and 2007. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Washington Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2009. He is former president of the White House Correspondents' Association. Walsh appears often on national television and radio and gives frequent speeches around the United States, and he teaches as an adjunct in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C.

He is the author of five books, including Family of Freedom: Presidents and African Americans in the White House (2011), From Mount Vernon to Crawford: A History of the Presidents and Their Retreats (2005), and Air Force One: A History of the Presidents and Their Planes (2003).

A New York City native, Walsh received a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1968 from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and a master's in communication in 1970 from American University in Washington, D.C. Just after graduate school, he spent nearly two years as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

*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 Julie Conn (Lexington, KY).

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.


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 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, 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) 
Roger Blankenship (Conway, AR)  
Emery Lendvay
(Madison, OH)
Bob Marinaro
(Ashburn, VA)
Andy Tam (San Francisco, CA)   
Leonard Tan
(Saskatoon, Canada)
Lamar Webster
(St. George, UT)
Jim Wood
(Allentown, PA)

Featured Trunk Shows

'One of a kind' Russian collections of hand painted artifacts by some of the best artisans from the different regions of Russia. 

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 2/11/2012. All Crystal Visions Enrichment Program personnel, entertainers, dates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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