Cleveland Clinic and Crystal Cruises Combine Wellness and Travel on Five Fall Itineraries

LOS ANGELES, June 27 /PRNewswire/ — If learning about a healthy heart on a Mediterranean cruise or protecting your skin during a Caribbean voyage sounds implausible, think again. This fall, experts from The Cleveland Clinic will travel aboard the award-winning Crystal Harmony and Crystal Serenity to share their expertise on health and wellness. Physicians from The Cleveland Clinic, one of the nation’s most respected medical centers, will lead seminars on topics relevant to today’s society while cruising the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Mexican Riviera on five enriching itineraries.

Crystal’s “Cleveland Clinic Wellness Series” debuted two years ago to rave reviews from guests who discovered that a vacation is an ideal time for personal wellness enrichment, regardless of the itinerary. The progressive series of 45-minute seminars — typically three per voyage — are complimentary and feature leading-edge information, Q&A periods, and “Meet the Doctor” sessions on topics ranging from cardiology and spine to nutrition and dermatology.

“Wellness is such a hot topic among today’s consumers, and people sincerely appreciate hearing from an expert who can distill through all the information that is so readily available to them — particularly with the increased use of the Internet,” says Kristin Turner, manager, entertainment, Crystal Cruises. “Our Cleveland Clinic series is so well attended because it’s not a huge investment of time, yet people come away with such useful information.”

The wellness series is offered as part of the line’s innovative Creative LearningInstitute, an extensive collection of interactive classes providing comprehensive instruction focusing on improving wellness and enhancing quality of life. The Creative Learning Institute features collaborations with respected learning institutions including The Cleveland Clinic for wellness, Yamaha for music, and Berlitz for language.

“The Cleveland Clinic is dedicated to advancing and sharing the latest information on health and science with our patients and the public,” says A. David Rothner, M.D., chairman of the Department of Patient Education and Health Information at The Cleveland Clinic. “Our collaboration with Crystal provides a relaxing and open atmosphere for people to learn about their own individual wellbeing.”

Participating specialists from The Cleveland Clinic, several who are recognized as experts in their respective fields by the consumer guide “America’s Top Doctors,” are confirmed on the following itineraries:

Crystal Serenity; September 8-20; 12 days; Mediterranean; Rome to Venice

“Caring for Your Spine” — Gorden Bell, M.D. discusses common back
disorders, diagnosis and treatment and reasons why back pain is among
the top reasons people visit the doctor.

Crystal Serenity; September 20-October 2; 12 days; Mediterranean; Venice to Athens

“Heart Health” — Michael B. Rollins, M.D. presents interactive
presentations on the diagnosis and prevention of cardiac disease — the
#1 cause of death in most advanced countries.

Crystal Harmony; October 22-November 1; 10 days; Mexican Riviera round-trip from Los Angeles

“Men’s Health” — James Ulchaker, M.D. shares information on the latest
methods for diagnosing and treating the various types of prostate
disease.

Crystal Harmony; November 1-8; 7 days; Mexican Riviera round-trip from Los Angeles

“Achieve Your Healthy Weight” — Celeste Forsyth, M.D. addresses the
problems caused by obesity including diabetes and high cholesterol, and
shares tips on understanding the new food pyramid, food labeling,
dining out and recipe modification.

Crystal Serenity; November 26-December 6; Caribbean round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale

“Love Your Skin” — Terri McGillis, M.D. shares vital information on
protecting and caring for skin, the largest organ in the human body
that is often neglected.

Cruise fares begin at just $1,295 per person, double occupancy depending on voyage selected.

About The Cleveland Clinic

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. The Cleveland Clinic was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. U.S. News & World Report consistently names The Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. The Cleveland Clinic is recognized as a leader in medical and patient education. Approximately 1,500 full-time salaried physicians at The Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Florida represent more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties. In 2004, patients came for treatment from every state and 100 countries. The Cleveland Clinic website address is www.clevelandclinic.org.

About Crystal Cruises

Crystal also enjoys a reputation for excellence, grounded in a decade of prestigious accolades. Last year, the luxury line became a nine-time consecutive recipient of both the Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines’ World’s Best Large Ship awards, making it the only cruise line to ever have achieved such a record.

The 940-guest, 50,000-ton Crystal Harmony and the 1,080-guest, 68,000-ton Crystal Serenity, are among the most spacious and luxurious vessels cruising the world. Their unique size in the luxury market allows for smooth sailing and a wide range of innovative facilities, generous amenities and elegant accommodations. Their luxurious features include grand lounges, a lavish spa outfitted in accordance with the principles of Feng Shui, extensive exercise facilities, complimentary golf, yoga and Pilates instruction, Asian and Italian specialty restaurants, the only Caesars Palace at Sea(R) casino afloat, and the popular Computer University@Sea(R), offering 24-hour e-mail and internet access, as well as hands-on instruction, expansive decks, two pools, award-winning cuisine and entertainment, and exquisitely appointed staterooms, more than half of which offer private verandahs.

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

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