Experts Offer Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunities for Learning and Exploration

Los Angeles, CA, December 14, 2007 – From money management and memoir writing to photography and the science of sleep, Crystal Cruises’ 108-day 2008 World Cruise features an expanded curriculum of “how to” lectures and instruction. Best-selling biographer and former chief foreign affairs correspondent for Time magazine, Chris Ogden; economist Jane Bryant Quinn, named one of 25 of the World Almanac’s most influential women in America; nine-time Tony Award-winner Tommy Tune and his Manhattan Rhythm Kings; and Academy Award-winning actress and History of the World, Part I star Cloris Leachman headline the entertainment and educational lineup of dozens of lecturers for more than 200 classes on board Crystal Cruises’ 14th annual World Cruise from Los Angeles to London departing January 19, 2008.

Renowned for its Creative Learning Institute, Crystal is ramping up its lineup for a Comprehensive Creative Learning Institute in keeping with the epic voyage. Led by nationally noted experts and instructors, the complimentary classes offer guests the opportunity to learn how to:

  • Manage their money – Featuring America’s most trusted voices: Jane Bryant Quinn, Newsweek columnist and co-developer of the Quicken Financial Planner; and Dr. Bob Froehlich, chairman of investor strategy for Deutsche Bank.
  • Know more about everything – Aptly led by the author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson.
  • Better Understand Politics – Guided by political consultant, columnist, author and Fox News commentator, Dick Morris.
  • Make a Hollywood film – A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Hollywood hits with industry insiders Richard Kahn, former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts; George Englund, writer, producer and director; Rick McKay, award-winning filmmaker.
  • Improve their memories – With author and memory training guru Scott Bornstein, renowned for his exclusive MemoryPower & Mind-Mapping systems.
  • Capture Southeast Asia on camera – Led by photojournalist Mason Florence, author/co-author of several Lonely Planet guidebooks on Southeast Asia.
  • Get a better night’s sleep – Featuring Cornell University professor Dr. James B. Maas, author of the New York Times best-seller, Power Sleep.
  • Navigate the night skies – With astronomer Norman Caisse.
  • Practice yoga – Taught by acclaimed instructor Patsy McFrederick.
  • Leave a video legacy or write a memoir – Led by noted author and former Men’s Health writer Joe Kita.
  • Ballroom dance and tango – Taught by Curtis Collins and Beverly Durand.
  • Play the keyboard – With hands-on instruction by certified Yamaha instructor Elizabeth Woodard for beginning, intermediate and advanced players.
  • Speak Spanish – Featuring classes through Berlitz for beginning, intermediate and advanced levels.
  • Master the art of the golf swing – Led by PGA golf pro John Clark and featuring state-of-the-art Taylormade equipment.
  • Digitally edit video – Via Crystal’s renowned Computer University@Sea teachers.

In conjunction with Del Mar College of Corpus Christi, Texas, Crystal’s Computer University@Sea is even offering an expanded computer learning curriculum for college credit.

On a lighter note, guests can enjoy behind-the-scenes insights on television and the Olympics from industry insiders, including former television host Monty Hall of the popular game show Let’s Make a Deal and Olympic swimmer John Naber, the most decorated Olympian at the 1976 Montreal games.

“Our guests are lifetime learners who love travel and trying new things and with this voyage we offer them the world as the ultimate classroom,” says Bret Bullock, Crystal’s vice president, entertainment. “We will even have an astronomer onboard throughout the entire voyage to teach guests ‘how to’ view the stars. As the itinerary takes the ship across the Equator and back again guests will have the rare chance to learn and stargaze in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.”

About Crystal Cruises’ World Cruise 2008

Crystal Serenity’s 2008 108-day World Cruise spans the globe, visiting 45 ports of call in 22 countries throughout the South Pacific, Asia, Africa and Europe. Eight distinctive segments range from 11 to 17 days. Fares for the full World Cruise voyage range from $49,800 to $261,210, per person, double occupancy, while segment fares start at $4,890, per person, double occupancy.

Crystal Cruises enjoys a reputation for excellence, grounded in over a decade of prestigious accolades. The luxury line has been voted “World’s Best” by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure more than any other cruise line, resort or hotel in history.

For additional information, contact a travel agent or call 888-799-4625. Visit the luxury line’s website at