Innovative Program Aboard
Arts and Entertainment
Business & Technology
Wine & Food
Piano instruction by
Language immersion by Berlitz. Wellness seminars by
Cleveland Clinic and Tai Chi Cultural Center. Art
classes by Parsons School of Design. Leaders in their
respective fields, these are but a few of the companies and schools that
have partnered with luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises to create the
Creative Learning Institute (CLI), the most innovative complimentary
enrichment program at sea, set to roll out fleetwide in 2004.
Equal parts educational and entertaining, the CLI debuted to rave reviews aboard the new Crystal Serenity in July 2003. Crystal Symphony will welcome the revolutionary program aboard its first cruise in 2004, a 12-day journey FROM Ft. Lauderdale to Caldera, Costa Rica, including a transit of the Panama Canal. CLI joins Crystal Cruises in February during its season in Hawaii.
“Travel today is not only about embracing new cultures and destinations. It’s about taking time for yourself, to learn, to discover and to rejuvenate,” says Bret Bullock, Crystal’s vice president, entertainment. “The comprehensive structure of the Creative Learning Institute allows our guests to tailor their enrichment activities to suit individual interests and desires, making the vacation experience more about one’s overall personal journey.”
Innovative in concept and progressive in nature, the CLI is an extensive new series of interactive classes providing comprehensive instruction focusing on improving wellness and
enhancing quality of life. In keeping with Crystal’s penchant for quality alliances, the newly-minted CLI has partnered with several other well-known organizations and schools – such as Society of Wine Educators, Pepperdine University, and Barnes&Noble.com – to bring experts in their respective fields aboard to share their knowledge in a classroom setting. Offered as a series of classes, the CLI curriculums feature progressive levels of instruction on a single subject or several one-class sessions of related topics. The “five centers” comprising the Creative Learning Institute include:
Arts & Entertainment – FROM Asian woodblock printing, gift wrapping and painting with watercolors to advertising, jewelry design and acting workshops.
Business & Technology – FROM Computer University@Sea, estate planning and fundraising to philanthropy, real estate appraisal and patent applications.
Lifestyle – FROM foreign language instruction, book clubs, and home organization to floral and interior design, menu planning, and successful grand-parenting.
Wellness – FROM advances in medicine, alternative medicine, dance and fitness classes, yoga, tai chi and Pilates, to skin care, sports health, nutrition, memory fitness, and men’s and women’s health.
Wine & Food – FROM beginning sushi, sake, cheeses, caviar, chocolate and the art of serving, to the wines of Champagne, Italy, Chile, California and Bordeaux.
Offered year-round on every cruise, the CLI is the latest development in Crystal’s highly regarded Crystal Visions® Enrichment Program of renowned speakers and celebrity guest lecturers. The program was introduced in The Studio, a dedicated, state-of-the-art “edutainment” facility aboard Crystal Serenity, and soon expanded to other areas throughout the ship. For example, Tai Chi classes are held in the early morning hours on deck, and wine tastings take place in the larger Stardust Lounge or more intimate Vintage Room. When CLI debuts aboard Crystal Cruises and Crystal Symphony, the line will make use of the variety of public rooms afforded on a large luxury ship.
For the eighth consecutive year, Crystal
Cruises has been named the "World's Best Large-Ship Cruise Line" in
Travel + Leisure and
Condé Nast Traveler magazines’ annual
readers' surveys. The line’s entertainment and enrichment programming
continues to earn the highest accolades among these authoritative consumer
polls, as well as industry travel guides.