Speakers to enrich Crystal Cruises’ 2012 World Cruise

Speakers to enrich Crystal Cruises’ 2012 World Cruise

Television legend Regis Philbin, Hall of Famers Hank Aaron (baseball) and Don Shula (football), Olympians Dorothy Hamill (ice skating) and Cathy Rigby (gymnastics), and astronauts “Hoot” Gibson and Rhea Seddon join a cadre of political insiders, military leaders, and foreign correspondents on Crystal Serenity’s 94-day 2012 World Cruise.

In addition to dozens of guest entertainers, Crystal Cruises has tapped top experts from varied fields to enrich and inspire via complimentary presentations throughout the epic voyage, including:

General Hugh Shelton—Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under two U.S. Presidents.
Deborah Fallows—Linguistics expert whose book, Dreaming in Chinese, was one of Oprah’s 2010 “Books to Watch.”
Major General Pat Brady—Chief U.S. Army spokesman, and top helicopter pilot, during the Vietnam War.
Ambassador Wendy Chamberlin—Former U.S. Ambassador to Laos and Pakistan who played a key role in the post-9/11 campaign against al Qaeda.
Tom Faranda—Global trend forecaster who predicted China’s rise.
Farhana Qazi—Counter-terrorism expert and most prominent American-Muslim woman to study al-Qaeda and Muslim conflicts.
Shelby Coffey III—LA Times, CNN Business News, and ABC News management veteran.
Neil Leifer—Considered the greatest sports photographer in history.
Back by popular demand is “Ocean Views,” where noted panelists debate issues of the day.

“Our guests are intelligent and curious travelers who relish insights into the visited destinations and the world in which we live,” says Bret Bullock, vice president, entertainment. “To appeal to their wide range of interests and satisfy their discerning tastes, we seek out only the most engaging experts.”

Departing January 18, the grand round-trip Los Angeles itinerary consists of five 16- to 22-day segments through Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, South Korea, Japan, Russia, Alaska, and Canada, with numerous port overnights (including a 3-day Beijing exploration) en route.


Two-for-One segment fares start at $9,760/person, including complimentary airfare from 24 North American gateways (or air credit), plus up to $2000/couple shipboard credit. Full World Cruisers receive additional savings and perks.

Crystal’s award-winning, luxurious offerings always include a diverse selection of thought-provoking, scholarly, and sophisticated enrichment activities that provide extensive onboard choices for cultured world travelers.