Broadway talent, world-class golf courses, culinary delights and more on the marquee for Crystal Ocean voyages MIAMI, November 15, 2018 – Luxury travelers can pursue their favorite passions and create new ones as they travel the world with the World’s Most Awarded Cruise Line, as Crystal Cruises unveils its expansive roster of theme cruises for the next three years. The 2019, 2020 and 2021 Experiences of Discovery voyages will present enhanced programming in specialized subjects, featuring special guest lecturers and instructors for interactive sessions on board, as well as experiences ashore that further enhance the immersive voyages. Several of the line’s all-inclusive luxury sailings will feature programming for more than one dedicated theme, allowing guests to further expand their interests. “Luxury travelers expect to be enlightened and stimulated as they explore the world with Crystal, and our ‘Experiences of Discovery’ offer opportunities for them to broaden their horizons even further,” said Carmen Roig, senior vice president of marketing and sales. “Whether piquing guests’ interest in a new area or deepening their fascinations with long-held pastimes, the programming for each of these voyages is designed to spark conversation and an increasing curiosity for travelers.” Featuring a lineup of classic themes long favored by travelers, Crystal Cruises’ 2019, 2020 and 2021 theme cruises aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity include: President’s Cruise – Crystal president and CEO, Tom Wolber, and his wife, Sharon, will host special receptions, Q&A sessions and an excursion ashore aboard Crystal Symphony.2019: December 12020: December 7 Crystal on Broadway – Crystal’s stages will feature performances and engaging presentations from the creative talents of stage and theatre, thanks to Crystal’s partnership with multi-Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Kevin McCollum, on voyages in the Mediterranean and Western Europe, Alaska, South Pacific, Caribbean, Mexico, South America, Pacific West Coast and Hawaii.2019: January 5, 6 and 14, April 8, May 29, July 2, 12, 29 and 30, August 10 and 12, September 17, 21 and 28, October 10, 11, 23 and 25, November 8 and 24, December 1, 11, 14, 21 and 22. Crystal Wine & Food Festival – Accomplished and acclaimed chefs, wine sommeliers, mixologists and other culinary masters share expertise with special dinners, hands-on instruction and demos and tastings in the South Pacific, Australia, North Cape, Asia, Caribbean, Western and Northern Europe, Arabian Gulf, North American East Coast, and South and Central America.2019: January 5 and 14, April 26, June 21, September 28 and November 242020: March 3, May 8, June 19, August 30, October 23 and 302021: January 5 and 21, April 8 and 24, June 13 and October 27 Golf – Golfers can perfect their swing on board with PGA instructors and learn insights of the PGA tour from guest golf celebrities and experts. Ashore, they can challenge their handicap on spectacular and renowned courses in Western Europe, the Mediterranean, Asia and Pacific West Coast and Hawaii, with Crystal taking care of the details, including club transport, storage and cleaning, plus special onboard instruction from pros and friendly competitions among players.2019: June 10, August 12 and December 212020: March 1 and July 252021: February 19, April 13, July 20, August 13 and 20 and September 5 Big Band & Ballroom Dance – Live daily and nightly performances throughout the ship, plus additional Ambassador Hosts for ladies without dance partners, allow guests to swing, tango, waltz and rhumba their way across the Atlantic and through the Panama Canal.2019: October 11 and November 122020: August 30 and November 212021: October 26 Jazz Days & Cabaret Nights – Live performances by some of today’s jazz greats and presentations from experts and historians about the legends of the craft add rhythm to the South Pacific, North American East Coast, Mediterranean, Mexico and Costa Rica.2019: February 19 and September 282020: October 302021: October 11 Mind, Body & Spirit – Health and wellness experts from Tai Chi masters and yoga gurus to nutritionists and Cleveland Clinic medical minds will share tips for living one’s best life on North Cape, Mediterranean, Arabian Gulf, Caribbean and Australia and New Zealand voyages.2019: June 21 and October 252020: May 10 and October 232021: December 6 Magic – Crystal’s exclusive partnership with the renowned Magic Castle presents the sleight of hand and mesmerizing illusions of talented magicians in the Caribbean, New England and Canada.2019: November 242020: September 202021: December 12 Film & Theatre – Fans of stage and cinema will be treated to performances and showings of classics, plus entertaining presentations and Q&A with some of show biz’s great minds in Japan, Alaska, Europe and the north American East Coast.2019: May 262020: August 192021: September 5 Ocean Views – Acclaimed guest speakers join panel discussions on politics and world affairs, inviting guests to engage in Q&A sessions and real-time debate via interactive polling devices on sailings through the Caribbean, South Pacific, Africa, Western Europe, Holy Land, India, Arabian Gulf, China and Japan.2019: January 5 and 14, March 13 and May 92020: January 22, April 3 and May 82021: January 5, 21 and 27, March 22 and April 24 Crystal Society – Returning guests will be treated to special receptions, excursions and other perks on a celebratory sailing in the Caribbean.2019: October 252020: October 302021: January 5 and 21, May 12 Detailed information about guest lecturers and experts for each Experiences of Discoveryvoyage will be announced when confirmed. About Crystal The world-renowned Crystal Experience – featuring global journeys with Crystal Cruises, Crystal River Cruises, Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises, Crystal AirCruises and Crystal Luxury Air – continues to be the distinctive choice of the world’s most discerning travelers. Crystal has been recognized with top honors in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards for a record 25 years; voted “World’s Best” by the readers of Travel + Leisure for 20 years; and won the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by travel professional organization Virtuoso for four years (2014, 2015, 2016 & 2018). Crystal is proud to be a platinum partner of the professionals of ASTA. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel professional, call 888.799.2437, or visit www.crystalcruises.com. 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Rabat – Chairman of Morocco’s National Human Rights Council (CNDH) Driss El Yazami has announced that the number of demonstrations has increased in Morocco over the past three years.El Yazami, who was speaking at a press conference on this Wednesday in Rabat, revealed that Morocco has seen over 14,000 protests and demonstrations every year since 2013, an average of 40 protests every day.Commenting on these figures, El Yazami said the number of protests and demonstrations has notably increased during 2013, 2014 and 2015 compared to the past decade. The CNDH chairman said that most of these demonstrations took place without authorization from local authorities. However, he said riot police only intervened to suppress protests 303 times in 2014.El Yazami defended Moroccans’ right to protest, saying that taking to the streets in order to demand their rights is a form of expressing citizenship and should not be considered something “dangerous.”“Protests don’t threaten the status of the state. Instead, they demonstrate the maturity of citizens and their awareness of their rights,” El Yazami explained.These figures confirm the findings of a 2014 Human Rights Watch report which revealed that Moroccans have been exercising their rights to hold peaceful marches and rallies to demand political reform and protest government actions since popular protests swept the region in February 2011.The HRW report noted that Moroccan police mostly allowed these protests, but on some occasions in 2013 police dispersed protesters.
…is on showAs you dear readers would know, your humble Eyewitness greatly admires the rule of law tradition, which the British bequeathed to us – albeit a tad late in the day after they’d cast aside our ancestors like sucked oranges. The foundation of the rule of law, of course, lies in the British Constitution – which remains the gold standard not just for us in the detritus of the Empire, but the world. No fistfights in the commons, thank you…even though the speaker may sometimes be forced to bellow “Ordah!! Ordah!!” in such stentorian tones, the walls literally quiver!!All of which is made more remarkable since their Constitution is unwritten!! That, of course, reminds us that when we create institutions and enact all these laws then expect our people to follow them, we’re barking up the wrong tree. There can be no real change in people’s behaviour before there’s a change in their moral and cultural consciousness. And that, brings us to the point your Eyewitness wishes to make: the refusal of the bullying PNC-in-power to obey the tenets of our Constitution very much WRITTEN in black and white!!Back in 2014, the AFC had threatened to move a motion of no-confidence in the PPP government. The latter had only 32 seats to the combined 33 of the APNU and AFC – but had captured the Presidency and Executive because of our peculiar plurality system. The No-Confidence Motion had been copied from the British Constitution, where it had been used on several occasions. President Ramotar, however, used his prerogative power in the Constitution – derived also from the British Constitution – to prorogue Parliament and schedule elections by his initiative. He did so within six months rather than the 3 months specified by the NCM.But all hell broke out!! And most interestingly, then UK High Commissioner to Guyana Andrew Ayre criticised the prorogation and called for President Donald Ramotar to reconvene Parliament. He warned that while the Constitution did give the President the power to prorogue Parliament, “it also gave in Article 106 part 6 the right for majority of MPs to dissolve the Parliament essentially and have new elections”. In the eight months since our own NCM was passed, it is more than passing strange that the present quite voluble High Commissioner hasn’t demanded that the PNC government have “new elections” by the same Art 106 (6)!!Now, over in ole Blighty, PM Boris has also prorogued Parliament so as to avoid a No-Confidence Motion on Brexit. Will the HC offer a comment on Boris’ action? If he’s unclear of his unwritten Constitution, maybe he can use ours? The PNC government hasn’t been using it much lately!!…on electoral listsOh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!! The PNC insisted that they wanted new H2H Registration to produce a new voters’ list because they were concerned that the old list was too “bloated”. But now, of course, it’s ok to merge another 350,000 new names to the old list and that won’t be “bloated”??But one has to wonder about this new GECOM Chair running with the hare and hunting with the hounds, under the guise of “giving something to both sides”. Which part of “elections must be held within the shortest time” she doesn’t understand?? Why didn’t she order that the H2H exercise cease IMMEDIATELY?? Why the extra four days?? And then to rub salt into our wounds, she allows the Secretariat to increase the working hours of the field officers to register even more voters!!GECOM has to adhere to the Constitution, as interpreted by the Courts. Singh’s decisions are nothing more than another thumbing of the nose at that Constitution.…for oil extractionThe FPSO, Liza Destiny is here. Well, actually in Exxon’s Stabroek Block, where it’ll be getting ready to start pumping out our light, sweet, crude oil for the world market.Your Eyewitness figures we won’t have elections before first oil!! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Something fishy…March 15, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Earning…May 14, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: End game…February 2, 2019In “EYEWITNESS”