Smithsonian Traveling Photography Exhibit Debuts Aboard Crystal Symphony This November

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LOS ANGELES, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ — In a cruise industry first, this fall the luxurious Crystal Symphony becomes a floating gallery at sea hosting a dramatic new photo collection from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit Service (SITES). Crystal guests will be among the first to view the arresting collection “Documenting China: Contemporary Photography and Social Change,” exploring a country in transition as seen through the eyes of seven native son photographers.

“Documenting China” debuts on Crystal Symphony on November 2, 2005, with 28 images on display. The exhibit runs through early May 2006 when it will transfer to Crystal Serenity. Onboard lectures and exhibit brochures by Smithsonian experts will complement the showing on selected sailings.

Focusing on the impacts of urbanization and industrialization in China, the exhibit portrays the country from an insider’s point of view. With raw black-and-white and color images, photographers Liu Xiaodi, Jiang Jian, Zhang Xinmin, Luo Yongjin, Zhou Hai, Lu Yuanmin, and Zhou Min unveil truths about China’s internal struggle — a battle between modern industrialism and the traditional, agrarian past that has sustained the country for thousands of years.

“Our guests are looking for contemporary, stimulating and culturally enriching experiences. This provocative exhibit is likely to foster fascinating conversations,” says Nitsa Lewis, vice president, marketing.

“Documenting China” was created by SITES in conjunction with Bates College Museum of Art in Lewiston, Maine. In addition to the exclusive boutique showing on Crystal, the full exhibit of 57 images will tour museums nationally from the spring of 2006 through 2009.

Renowned for its progressive enrichment programming, Crystal has partnered with the prestigious Smithsonian Associates through its Crystal Visions(R) Enrichment Program, which for the last several years has featured Smithsonian Associates lecturers aboard Crystal ships worldwide. In 2006, experts from the cultural and educational arm of the Institution will also travel with Crystal on eight voyages offering destination-specific lectures on the Panama Canal, the Amazon, Cape Horn, and New England.

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With an emphasis on innovative product differentiation, Crystal is distinguished by classic service, abundant space, extensive choice, and quality, providing worldwide vacations that bridge the best of land and sea.

Crystal Cruises continues to receive the travel industry’s most distinguished hospitality awards and guidebook ratings, including the “World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line” award in the most recent readers’ surveys conducted by Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines. In 2005, Crystal became the only cruise line and only hotel (floating or otherwise) to win Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best” award in its category for ten consecutive years.

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