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ADVENTURE IN ARABIA: 5 WAYS TO EXPLORE BOLDLY WITH CRYSTAL

Desert 4x4 Adventure

But beyond the cultural traditions and treasures of the Middle East – all of which add meaningful understanding of these fascinating destinations – are plenty of ways to get out and do more. The rolling desert dunes and the Red Sea’s biodiversity that punctuate the natural landscape here are the perfect setting for active pursuits in the hot Arabian sun. Here are five of our favorites.

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LIKE THE RENAISSANCE ITSELF, WORLD CLASS WINES ARE VINTAGE ITALY

Foodies from across the globe flock to its cities and countryside for the rich recipes that have been passed down for centuries. Pasta of every shape and size, fine olive oil, fresh seafood, cheeses and sauces to comfort any palate – and none of it would be complete without a perfectly paired Italian wine. Explore what to drink and where to drink it as we raise a glass to some of our favorite destinations…

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SPECTACULAR SICILY, FROM SEA TO SUMMIT

Sicily, Italy

Kissing the toe of Italy’s boot, Sicily shines with a distinct heritage unto itself. This relatively small island packs a powerful punch of things to see and do, beautifully blending the millennia of history with the timeless delights that draw travelers today. Active volcanoes like Mount Etna and Stromboli add a sense of wonder to the diverse landscape here, as outdoor enthusiasts revel in the postcard-worthy settings along the sea, atop mountain peaks, in the midst of botanical havens and nestled along cliffs. Like virtually all of Italy, Sicily is filled to the brim with significant cathedrals, fortresses, piazzas and restaurants, all pieces of the vibrant tapestry of the island…

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WARM YOUR SPIRIT WITH CLASSIC MULLED WINE THIS THIRSTY THURSDAY

Mulled Wine

Glögg in the Nordic regions, glühwein in Germany, weihnachtspunsch in Austria. Wherever your Christmas spirit roams this Thirsty Thursday, traditional mulled wine will keep you warm and feeling festive. Beyond the rich and spicy sweet flavor, the aromas will fill your home and kitchen with the scent of the seasonal markets found along Europe’s rivers…

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SCENES OF THE SEASON: GLITTERING EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS MARKETS

European Christmas Markets

There’s something in the air, something other than the perfectly formed crystals of softly falling snow. Something other than the aroma of spiced mulled wine and freshly baked gingerbread and schnitzel. Or even the refrains of carolers set against classical symphonies. This “something” is intangible, indescribable and simply magical. And it’s found throughout the aisles and ice rinks and cobbled walks of traditional European Christmas markets…

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SUNDAY COOKING WITH CHEF JON ASHTON: GRANDPA SCHULTZ’S SWEDISH COOKIES

Jon Ashton Grandpa Schultz's Swedish Cookies

This week’s featured dish echoes, both, Chef Jon Ashton’s “cookie of the day” served whenever he sails with Crystal and warm memories from his wife, Erica’s (you know her as Mrs. Spielberg) family heritage. As we are all one Crystal Family, Erica’s family recipe is now your family recipe and the perfect sweet complement to any holiday feast…

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A FEW OF CHEF JON ASHTON’S FAVORITE THINGS TO PREP YOUR KITCHEN

Chef Jon Ashton

Nearly every Sunday since April, many of our Crystal Family members have come together over food, just as we have so many times aboard our favorite ships. The “host” of these shared feasts has been Chef Jon Ashton, who has also been part of the Crystal Family for many years. This week, Chef Jon is sharing some of his top picks for properly prepping your kitchen…

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IF THESE PEOPLE HAD GIVEN UP, WE WOULDN’T BE SIPPING MOSCOW MULES THIS WEEK

Moscow Mule

Throughout history, great things have come from creative, resourceful people with determination not to give up. The fortitude of three such people has brought us this week’s cocktail, as one invention brought from Russia met its match in Los Angeles. The Moscow Mule not only represents the dedication of entrepreneurial minds, it’s also delicious. Mix your own this evening and toast to teamwork, great ideas and chilled afternoon cocktails aboard Crystal ships…

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA IS THE PLAYGROUND OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

Vancouver, British Columbia

There is a saying that one cannot be all things to all people. This may be true, but Vancouver, British Columbia certainly does its best to defy this logic. You’ll have to keep reminding yourself, as you gaze at the endless blanket of evergreens that cloak the mountains and reflect off of the icy still water, that you’re in one of the western hemisphere’s most culturally rich and industrially savvy metropolises…

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SUNDAY COOKING WITH CHEF JON ASHTON: HALIBUT TOPPED WITH CRAB

Chef Jon Ashton's Halibut recipe

Besides being one of the most naturally spectacular regions in the world, the Pacific Northwest is home to a thriving fishing and crabbing culture, literally feeding its tourism and local appeal and making mouths water from ship to shore. This week, Chef Jon Ashton’s halibut recipe is on the menu as we imagine ourselves sailing through the passages and inlets of Vancouver, Ketchikan, Juneau and other hubs of the Pacific Northwest, dining on our favorite seafood in Waterside…

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LUCKILY, IT’S NOT SUCH A LONG ROAD TO THE TIPPERARY COCKTAIL

Tipperary Cocktail

A man walks into a bar… So many great tales and riddles have begun with these words, as well, as it turns out, one of our favorite cocktails. The story goes that a guest entered bartender Hugo R. Ensslin’s New York City bar in 1916 humming “It’s a Long Road to Tipperary” and ordered a drink. The song was an anthem of soldiers in World War I longing to return home from the front to Ireland’s charming County Tipperary. As you mix this week’s recipe below, perhaps sing to yourself and dream of future journeys to the Emerald Isle. Until then, sláinte!

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DISTINCTLY DUBLIN DOS AND DON’TS

Dublin, Ireland

In Dublin, you’ll find rolling green countryside, posh boutiques and restaurants, ancient castles and surrounding mountains. Shop for fine, locally produced wool scarves and sweaters, wander the grounds of 800-year-old Dublin Castle, explore Phoenix Park and its 1,700 acres of pristine beauty and wet your whistle at one of the 666 pubs in the city. Of all the things to do in Dublin, there are a few things not to do, as well. We’re sharing some tips to keep you on the right track and in the best spirits during your visit…

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SUNDAY COOKING WITH CHEF JON ASHTON: ONE POTATO, TWO POTATOES…

Chef Jon Ashton Potato Recipes

This week, Chef Jon Ashton is preparing two of the most tried-and-truly delicious versions of classic spuds. One wonderfully roasted to crisp perfection and flavored with thyme, parsley and rosemary; the other mashed with cream and butter and perfectly decadent. Whether Sunday supper or a Thanksgiving holiday, one of these two potato specialties (or both, really) need to be on your table…

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