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Crystal Cruises

Experiences of Discovery®

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Experiences of Discovery®

The World of Crystal is pleased to offer a rich variety of Experiences of Discovery theme cruises. This thoughtfully curated collection of award-winning programs appeals to the passions of our well-traveled guests and allows you to combine your love of travel with a subject that piques your own particular interests. Each voyage brings together experts to lead lectures and hands-on interactive demonstrations, highlighted by engaging optional shoreside excursions to add an even deeper perspective to the places you’ll visit. From Spotlight cruises with a focus on special guest hosts including Crystal’s President & CEO, Tom Wolber, to entertainment and enrichment sailings showcasing themes on Jazz, Ballroom Dance and Film & Theatre or wellness, golf, and our renowned Crystal Wine & Food Festival. Come aboard Crystal for a voyage that sails far beyond the ordinary.

MIND, BODY & SPIRIT:

These rejuvenating voyages balance ancient holistic philosophies with modern conventional sciences; total wellness is enhanced with experts of Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates. Instructions and discussion on the health benefits of nutrition and diet is provided by professionals who are top in their fields.

Voyages:
Oct 25, 2018 | New York City to Fort Lauderdale | Crystal Symphony
Jun 21, 2019 | Reykjavik to Copenhagen | Crystal Serenity
Oct 25, 2019 | New Orleans to Fort Lauderdale | Crystal Symphony
May 10, 2020 | Venice to Barcelona | Crystal Serenity
May 10, 2020 | Venice to Rome | Crystal Serenity
Oct 23, 2020 | Athens to Dubai | Crystal Symphony

JAZZ DAYS & CABARET NIGHTS:

A multi-layered experience with enriching lectures into the world of jazz and live musical performances by some of the genre’s best artists.

Voyages:
Oct 5, 2018 | Round-trip Montréal | Crystal Symphony
Dec 2, 2018 | Fort Lauderdale to New Orleans | Crystal Symphony
Feb 19, 2019 | Valparaiso to Papeete | Crystal Symphony
Sep 28 2019 | Los Angeles to Caldera | Crystal Symphony
Oct 30, 2020 | Québec to Miami | Crystal Serenity
Oct 30, 2020 | Québec to Miami | Crystal Serenity

CRYSTAL WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL:

Crystal’s critically-acclaimed celebration of the culinary arts continues to attract the world’s top chefs, wine experts and mixologists.

Voyages:
July 31, 2018 | Round-trip San Francisco | Crystal Symphony
Dec 7, 2018 | Round-trip Los Angeles | Crystal Serenity
Jan 5, 2019 | New Orleans to Rio de Janeiro | Crystal Symphony
Jan 14, 2019 | Los Angeles to Auckland | Crystal Serenity
Apr 26, 2019 | Singapore to Hong Kong | Crystal Symphony
Jun 21, 2019 | Reykjavik to Copenhagen | Crystal Serenity
Sep 28, 2019 | Los Angeles to Caldera | Crystal Symphony
Nov 24, 2019 | Round-trip Fort Lauderdale | Crystal Serenity
Mar 3, 2020 | Sydney to Singapore| Crystal Serenity
May 8, 2020 | Dubai to Rome | Crystal Symphony
May 8, 2020 | Dubai to London | Crystal Symphony
Jun 19, 2020 | London to Copenhagen | Crystal Symphony
Jun 19, 2020 | London to Stockholm | Crystal Symphony
Aug 30, 2020 | Barcelona to Québec | Crystal Serenity
Oct 23, 2020 | Athens to Dubai | Crystal Symphony
Oct 30, 2020 | Québec to Miami | Crystal Serenity
Oct 30, 2020 | Québec to Miami | Crystal Serenity

 

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Seabourn Debuts Culinary Options Aboard Seabourn Ovation

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Luxury cruise line Seabourn is readying a menu of dining options on its newest ship, Seabourn Ovation. Scheduled to launch in May 2018, the fifth ultra-luxury vessel in the Seabourn fleet will have five distinct restaurants, each serving gourmet dishes curated by expert chefs, including the Michelin-starred American Chef and restaurateur, Thomas Keller.

Here’s what’s on the menu for Seabourn Ovation:

New Artisan Gelato

The ship will offer the line’s new milk- and fruit-based gelato, which will be made fresh daily and served across the vessel. Guests can choose from flavors like Amarena Cherry, Amaretto, Dulce De Leche, and Cappuccino. The selection will also include fruit-based gelato flavors such as Blood Orange, Coconut, Wild Berry, Yuzu, Black Currant, and Black Cherry.

The gelato menu will also have a local ingredient gelato as a “daily special” on voyages where the culinary team can procure the ingredients in select ports such as lemon when visiting the Amalfi Coast. Flavors will also include “no sugar added” gelato. The new gelato program will launch in April on Seabourn Encore and be available fleet wide by early 2019.
The Grill by Thomas Keller

Created via partnership with Thomas Keller, The Grill serves a classic menu with updated versions of iconic dishes in an ambiance inspired by the classic ’50s and ’60s American restaurant. Options include classic Caesar Salad; Lobster Thermidor; Medallions of Elysian Fields Farm Lamb; And Meyer Lemon Meringue Tart. The wine list, personally curated by Chef Keller, has more than 90 domestic and old-world labels, including many rare offerings. Advanced reservations are required for The Grill.

Sushi

Sushi offers hot and cold items like Salmon Tataki; Black King Fish Sashimi; and Bbq Eel Maki. The sake menu offers a number of selections, many displayed against a lighted wall creating a work of art. Service is available through the day, including Bento boxes and select sushi features at lunch, with sushi chefs in action for all to see. This restaurant is only featured on Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation.

 

The Restaurant

A fine-dining and open-seating gourmet experience, The Restaurant’s menus offer a wide variety of choices and dishes prepared to order by the line’s culinary team. Choose an appetizer, an entrée (or vegetarian option), and a dessert with selections such as Black Truffle Risotto & Poached Egg; Char Broiled Iberico Pork Chop; Crisp Polenta and Mushroom Cake; and Hot Coconut Soufflé. On select nights, The Restaurant offers a selection of dishes by Thomas Keller as well as favorites from Seabourn’s menu. The Restaurant also features a premium wine selection showcased in a glass wall.

 

The Colonnade

This casual restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating is the spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared in an open-kitchen style and offered via table service or buffet. Guests can look on as Seabourn chefs create an ever-changing array of regionally themed, bistro-style experiences such as Dungeness Crab Cakes; Roast Prime Rib of Beef; Potato & Beaufort Cheese Torte; And Baked New York Cheese Cake. Special theme nights offer Chef Keller-influenced family-style dinners that pay homage to his American childhood.

 

The Patio

Relaxed, casual, and located by the pool, The Patio offers luncheon buffets and a full dinner menu with salads, pastas, soups, and grilled specialties, plus freshly baked gourmet pizza. Guests can order Chef Keller’s signature Napa Burger developed exclusively for Seabourn, or his artisanal Yountwurst hot-dog named for the hometown of The French Laundry and the original Bouchon.

In-Suite Dining

Seabourn Ovation offers a menu of gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner items around the clock, including course by course dinner from The Restaurant, to be enjoyed in suite or on the private veranda.

 

Cocktail Hour

Seabourn Ovation will have seven lounges and bars with an accessible open-bar policy. Select venues also offer craft cocktails created exclusively for Seabourn by mixologist Brian van Flandern. Every evening guests will find tapas served in the Observation Bar and a selection of canapes in The Club.

Seabourn Square

Seabourn Square offers freshly baked breakfast treats and afternoon snacks. The baristas onboard also roast coffee fresh each day and prepare a variety of coffee and tea selections.

Afternoon Tea

Served daily in The Observation Bar, Afternoon Tea is welcome ritual for many guests and includes light bites such as scones and fresh baked cookies.

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Eating Your Way Across Kauai’s South Shore

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Kauai Cuisine

PHOTO: Fish dish at Keoki’s Paradise in Kauai. (photo by Paul Heney)

 

Mention the lush island of Kauai to some, and they’ll think: green mountain ridges, beautiful beaches or helicopter rides.

Me? I think food.

Sure, I think of those other things, too. But after a handful of visits to the oldest of the major Hawaiian Islands, I’ve discovered there are a lot of good meals to be had in this little corner of paradise. My family recently ate our way across Kauai’s sunny southern strip, anchored by the Poipu area:

 

Eating House 1849 by the award-winning Chef Roy Yamaguchi is in the catbird’s seat at the upscale Shops at Kukuiula. With a lovely view out toward the ocean from the second floor, this restaurant specializes in plantation-style cuisine, with a focus on fresh, local ingredients from the island.

You’ll start out with a complimentary bowl of edamame while you peruse the drink menu. The Hawaiian Martini and Clark’s Poipu Sunset shine while the crispy fried calamari is an excellent choice for an appetizer.

We had a little of everything here, from the burger (fantastic) to the marlin special, which was firm and steak-like. Our teenaged son ordered the whole snapper and didn’t realize he’d get the WHOLE snapper—head, tail, bones and all. (I wish the wait staff had warned him about that, but they were otherwise flawless.)

Josh managed to pick it apart nicely, and it was tasty. The restaurant’s specialty dessert is a chocolate soufflé, which takes 20 minutes to prepare—so your waiter will ask you ahead of time if you’d like to order it. Take it from our family, it’s worthwhile, as were the Deconstructed Smores and the Warm Apple Volcano.

I’ve long felt that The Beach House is one of the best restaurants anywhere. Situated right on the water, the view of the waves, ocean and sunsets is without equal. And while the prices are very high, the food has always been top notch.

So, we were a little disappointed that a couple of our dishes didn’t hold up to some past experiences.

That said, there was a lot to be happy about: The wine list is excellent, and the warm ciabatta bread was so good, I think we could have subsisted entirely on that. The crab cake appetizer was nice, with virtually no filler and a tasty mini salad accompanying it.

 

While we waited for our entrees, we witnessed a beautiful sunset, followed by warm twilight colors while kids frolicked in the waves in the distance. People took turns stepping out of the restaurant to take photos. Tiki torches were lit around sunset; The atmosphere here is absolutely romantic, but it’s a great experience for families, too.

The Beach House has several standard variations on the daily catch—from crab-crusted to wasabi-buttered to grilled. Your server will explain what the day’s featured catches are, and which ones will be served which way.

We all had different fish and, while they were good, they lacked a bit of flavor. On the other end of the spectrum, our youngest, Matthew, said his pasta was “probably the best I’ve ever had.” (I sampled it after that comment, and he was right on the mark.)

Dessert was mixed as well; the sweetness of the banana cream pie was slightly off, although the chocolate cream pie was delightful.

Located in Poipu Shopping Village, Keoki’s Paradise features steaks, ribs and seafood in a unique setting with streams, plants and waterfalls inside the restaurant. Combined with the huge open windows on one side, it almost feels like eating in a south seas pavilion.

Live music and a hula dancer were performing the night we stopped by, making for a lovely evening even before the food came.

Everything here met or exceeded our expectations. Carrot muffins with a delightful cinnamon honey vanilla butter disappeared quickly. Our youngest son’s Volcano mocktail was a hit, too.

There are four fresh fish catches of the day, and you can mix and match any with several standard preparations. Our favorite? The Panko & Mac Nut Crusted red snapper was light but tasty and prepared perfectly. Our only complaint was that we’d stuffed ourselves so much that we didn’t have room for dessert.

We all agreed that all in all, this was the best and most memorable meal of our vacation.

 

Our other favorites include:

La Spezia is a charming little restaurant and wine bar in Koloa town that offers some twists on Italian fare. It’s only open for breakfast and dinner. Or try their weekly brunch on Sundays, which features a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar and an incredible French toast dish stuffed with bacon, brie and strawberry jam.

Stop by the simple Puka Dog stand, also in the Poipu Shopping Village. While I admit I’m not particularly a huge fan of hot dogs, the toppings at Puka Dog and the unique bread they use (instead of a traditional bun) won all of us over. Definitely get the Auntie Lilikoi’s Hawaiian Mustard; We even bought a jar to take home from a nearby shop.

And if you’re in the mood for shave ice, venture west to Waimea, where JoJo’s Shave Ice has to be the best on the planet. Make sure to order yours with macadamia nut ice cream on the bottom. If you’re heading to Waimea Canyon, this is a great stop on the way back to Poipu.

Courtesy of Paul Heney