Crystal Cruises Offers Scholarly Cruising

If you've got a thirst for knowledge, we recommend looking into the newest addition to Crystal Cruises' Visions Enrichment Program: Ocean Views.

Sure, a cruise could be just lounging on a sun-drenched deck sipping bubbly— but it can also offer ways to enrich the mind. The new program, which will debut on three segments of Crystal's 2011 World Cruise aboard Crystal Serenity, gives scholarly cruisers the chance to drink in a little education along with their champagne.

Ocean Views will feature panels of distinguished ambassadors, professors, foreign correspondents, four-star generals and other veteran strategists to debate current events and global issues.

On the February 12 voyage from Auckland to Sydney, we hear the roster will be made up of General Barry McCaffrey, veteran broadcast journalist Garrick Ultey, author/professor Harm de Blij and foreign correspondent Ken Rees.

The March 29 itinerary from Mumbai to Cape Town will include a panel composed of Former Middle Eastern Ambassador Marc Ginsberg, former South African Parliament member/Ambassador Tony Leon and former FBI chief hostage negotiator Clint Van Zandt.

Sailing April 17 from Cape Town to London will be General Richard Myers, 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, foreign correspondent Michael Nicholson, NATO diplomat Ralf Vargas and Australian historian/international affairs expert Philip Hurst.

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