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SUNDAY COOKING WITH CHEF JON ASHTON: SEA BASS WITH LEEKS & POTATOES

Chef Jon Ashton's Sea Bass with Leeks and Potatoes

Your favorite table, next to the window, port side. You’ve just been welcomed back to Waterside with a smile following a day of exploring that charming fishing village, its bustling harbor lined with cafes and eateries serving the catch of the day. After meandering the avenues, visiting the centuries-old cathedrals and chatting with locals, you’re craving the fresh flavors of the sea…

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TOAST TO THIRSTY THURSDAY WITH A TEENIE WEENIE LIMÓN MARTINI

Lemon Martini

This week’s featured cocktail bears the rare distinction of actually resembling the destination that inspired the recipe. Crystal’s Teenie Weenie Limón Martini has every element of days spent along Italy’s Amalfi Coast – a bright, sunshiny hue; a sugared rim that glitters like the blue Adriatic; the sweetness of la dolce vita; a splash of fresh lemons, like the trees that line the avenues; and of course, Limoncello…

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TOP 5 REASONS CAPRI SHOULD TOP YOUR TRAVEL LIST

Yachts in Capri, Italy

Like many of the A-list celebrities and jet-setting elite who flock to its picturesque shores, Capri is always ready for a close-up. Look in any direction here and you’ll be treated to beauty that could only be staged by the world’s preeminent movie producers – or Mother Nature herself. The drama begins with towering cliffs rising from the glimmering blue Adriatic, then continues through the postcard-perfect avenues, adorned with wisteria- and bougainvillea-covered buildings…

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SUNDAY COOKING WITH CHEF JON ASHTON: STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING

Jon Ashton Sticky Toffee Pudding

Of all the menus aboard Crystal ships, the dessert menus are our favorites. It’s true that every element of your onboard Crystal Experience is a treat, from spa rituals and hot tub sunsets to multi-course Vintage Room dinners and champagne toasts. But dessert aboard Crystal voyages is the proverbial cherry on top of the very best moments at sea. And this week, it will be the sweetest part of your Sunday as Chef Jon Ashton brings a traditional sticky toffee pudding to the table…

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THE MANY LAYERS OF MALAYSIA

Penang, Malaysia

The very notion of diversity pulses through every experience in store for visitors to Malaysia. It’s a kaleidoscope of cultures, religions, natural ecosystems and interests. Crystal’s luxury voyages to Malaysia showcase this multi-faceted country beautifully, with calls to some of the most striking and significant destinations in the region. Here’s a quick reference to what you can expect in Malaysia as you look ahead to future journeys…

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SUNDAY COOKING WITH CHEF JON ASHTON: BEEF RENDANG WITH COCONUT CILANTRO RICE

Chef Jon Ashton Beef Rendang

This week, we’re transporting ourselves to these flavorful aisles of the pasar malam (Southeast Asian night markets) – or, actually, the spice aisles of our favorite supermarket – to collect the ingredients for traditional beef rendang. This is Malaysia’s answer to comfort food, perfect for Sunday suppers, like pot roast, but with much more spice. Think coriander, ginger, nutmeg, turmeric, cumin, garlic, lemongrass and on and on…

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THE SURPRISINGLY SATISFYING COMBO OF GRAPEFRUIT & TARRAGON SHINES THIS THIRSTY THURSDAY

Grapefruit Tarragon Gin & Tonic

Crystal’s diverse Gin & Tonic menu, served throughout your favorite ships from Palm Court to the Cove Lounge (or the plush privacy of your Penthouse or suite), is a veritable feast of creative and unexpected flavor combos added to one of the world’s most classic cocktails. One of our favorites – and our guests’ – is the Grapefruit Tarragon Gin & Tonic…

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THE MAGNIFICENCE OF MOROCCO

Tangier, Morocco Lighthouse

What piques your curiosity, really awakens your inner wanderlust? Vast, sweeping landscapes of high desert and mountain peaks? Ancient cities that still wear their traditions on the sleeves of their intricate robes? Modern, sky-scraping metropolises that pulse with the energy of progress? Foodie havens, where the experience is multi-sensory and reaches beyond the plate? The answer to all of these question marks is one, complex country…

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SUNDAY COOKING WITH CHEF JON ASHTON: MOROCCAN LAMB STEW

Chef Jon Ashton Moroccan Lamb Stew

Among the most enticing areas of any Moroccan souk are those occupied by the spice traders, peddling saffron, paprika, cayenne, harissa cinnamon and others commonly found in the local cuisines. The aromas wafting through the air in these tantalizing corridors will soon be wafting through your own home kitchen, down the hallways and under the noses of your favorite dinner companions, as we prepare for a traditional lamb tagine with Chef Jon Ashton…

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THE FASCINATING FIGURES OF ROUEN, FRANCE

Rouen, France

Rouen is the kind of place that charms you immediately. Before you even set foot on a cobbled stone, your eyes will rest on the spires of the famed Rouen Cathedral, rising above the medieval quarters and buildings. As you wander the stunning streets, you’ll find yourself on a bit of a time hop, as Rouen’s greatest stories – and those who starred in them – are still very present today. Several of the people who have made their mark here need no introduction, though their significance merits highlighting…

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SUNDAY COOKING WITH CHEF JON ASHTON: CRÊPES SUZETTE

Chef Jon Ashton Crepes Suzette

This Sunday, Chef Jon Ashton takes our taste buds to the patisseries and cafés that line the cobbled avenues of places like Rouen, Marseille, St-Tropez, Bordeaux and other French destinations that fill our Crystal Cruises bucket lists. Prep your pantry for Crepes Suzette, a decadent, classic French dessert fit for a king…

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THIRSTY THURSDAY: THAT’S WHISKEY WITH AN ‘E’

Irish Whiskey

What’s in a name? Or, a letter, in this case? Plenty. The nuances and differences between Irish whiskey and Scotch whisky are significant enough that they merit their own spellings. Actually, this is only due to the different translations of the same Gaelic phrase, “uisge beatha (meaning “water of life”),” and the similarities between the two outnumber the differences…

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WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT THE EMERALD ISLE

Ireland, Cliffs of Dingle

The heart of Ireland is worn proudly on its sleeve, from the melodies that spill into the city streets from the pubs and seem to echo clear across the rolling hills to the sea. Indeed, you can hear, see and taste its rich spirit in every distinct town and city. Ireland is passionate, complex, welcoming and gloriously beautiful. Because of this unabashed character, many of Ireland’s tales and top sites are famous the world over. But there is still so much to discover…

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