LOS ANGELES, November 7, 2011 â€“ Prominent political and world affairs pundits James Carville, Mary Matalin, former Ambassador Marc Ginsberg, and 4-star General Hugh Shelton will square off exclusively aboard Crystal Cruises in 2012, as part of the ultra-luxe lineâ€™s hit â€œOcean Viewsâ€ program. Via discussion panel format moderated by British foreign correspondent Ken Rees, the big-league foursome will provide fascinating expert insight into hot-button topics of the day, such as the changing Middle East landscape and upcoming 2012 U.S. presidential election. As a buildup to the debate, scheduled for Crystal Serenityâ€™s World Cruise segment departing March 31 from Osaka to LA, all commentators will also present individual lectures in their area of expertise.
â€œOcean Viewsâ€ brings together renowned experts from both sides of the aisle in a moderated debate of global issues and news items, followed by live Q&A. New to the 2012 Ocean Views program is interactive technology that will allow audience members to anonymously share their own opinions during the debate via individual electronic polling keypads.
â€œâ€™Ocean Viewsâ€™ was a huge success when it was introduced this year, and weâ€™re really taking it to the next level in 2012,â€ says Chris Corrigall, Crystalâ€™s entertainment manager. â€œWith this caliber of top minds gathered live and in person for spirited, participatory discussion, Crystal is offering current events enrichment in a very novel, and fascinating way.â€
The Experiences of Discovery theme will fuse other renowned experts together on four additional sailings throughout 2012, including international economics expert Robert Warne, counter-terrorism analyst Farhana Qazi, former LA Times editor Shelby Coffey, Ambassador Wendy Chamberlin, and Major General Pat Brady.
March 31â€™s â€œGreat Northern Adventureâ€ first overnights in Osaka, Japan before calling in Petropavlovsk, Russia; Dutch Harbor, Kodiak, Seward, and Ketchikan, Alaska; Vancouver and Victoria, B.C.; and San Francisco and Los Angeles/San Pedro, California.
For reservations by December 31, Book Now fares for the 22-day sailing start at $13,060/person (double occupancy), and include free air from 24 North American cities (or air credit), airport transfers, and $1,000/person â€œAll Inclusiveâ€”As You Wishâ€ shipboard credit. Limited space is available.
Crystalâ€™s award-winning, luxurious offerings always include a diverse selection of thought-provoking, scholarly, and sophisticated enrichment activities that provide extensive on-board choices for cultured world travelers.
For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625 , or visit www.crystalcruises.com.