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SUNDAY COOKING WITH CHEF JON ASHTON: BUTTERNUT SQUASH SPECIALTIES

Chef Jon Ashton Butternut Squash Soup & Panini

Soup and sandwiches. A classic pairing that warms you from the inside out and ideal for ushering in the increasingly crisp. Add a double helping of butternut squash to the equation and you have the makings for a cozy feast with a gourmet twist. Chef Jon Ashton’s butternut squash panini and soup is a combo reminiscent of the delicious Marketplace luncheons that are the perfectly warm complement to meals al fresco on the Lido Deck…

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A ‘007’ HOMAGE THIS THIRSTY THURSDAY

The Vesper Martini

The Vesper Martini is as Smooth as its James Bond Namesake

Deceptive. An appropriate way to describe this week’s cocktail concoction. The Vesper martini may be an all-alcohol mix without so much as a cube of ice, but it graces the palate with a smooth and refreshing finish. A contradictory – deceptive, if you will – complement to the double agent for which the drink is named: Vesper Lynd, the breathtaking sidekick to James Bond in Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale. Unlike Vesper herself, though, this cocktail is up front with its flavors and straightforward in its preparation.

Naturally, the drink is shaken, not stirred, …

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THE GEMS OF THE TURKISH RIVIERA

Antalya, Turkey, Turquoise Coast

Turkey’s Turquoise Coast is literally named, thanks to the vibrantly blue stretch of sea where the Aegean meets the Mediterranean. The region has inspired all who encounter it for millennia. From the ancient Lycians to modern holidayers in the know, the Turkish Riviera enchants travelers with profound historical importance, legends and myths, and shorelines ideal for water sports and all other manner of sun-soaked pursuits…

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SUNDAY COOKING WITH CHEF JON ASHTON: SHRIMP TAGLIATELLE PASTA & CORN CREMA

Jon Ashton Shrimp Tagliatelle

This week, we’re bringing a bit of Prego’s indulgent elegance and Italy’s signature cuisine to your table, as Chef Jon Ashton features shrimp tagliatelle pasta with corn crema. It’s uncomplicated, yet impressive, requiring simple ingredients and just a bit of TLC, much like home cooking in Italy…

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SHAKE UP A GINGER COSMO AND IMAGES OF YOUR FAVORITE GLITTERING CITY SKYLINE THIS THIRSTY THURSDAY

Ginger Cosmo Cocktail

The original Cosmo recipe calls for a sweet mix of vodka, cranberry juice triple sec and fresh lime juice, though this fruity formula has lent itself well to a number of variations over the years. One of our favorites aboard Crystal ships is the Ginger Cosmo, which takes the original ingredients and kicks up the spice factor a notch with fresh muddled ginger…

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PORTUGAL, FROM MEDIEVAL CENTER OF POWER TO MODERN HUB OF ART, CUISINE & CULTURE

Oporto, Portugal

Portugal is the kind of destination that calls to travelers to participate, rather than simply observe. It is a place you feel and experience, its beauty diverse and widespread from the picturesque southern coast of the Algarve to the culture-rich and cobbled cosmopolitan center of Lisbon.

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SUNDAY COOKING WITH CHEF JON ASHTON: CRISPY PORTUGUESE CHICKEN & GRILLED POTATO SALAD WITH BACON

Jon Ashton Portuguese Chicken

This week, Chef Jon Ashton is bringing the heat. Whether you choose to fire up your grill, your oven or stovetop skillet, this crispy Portuguese chicken recipe will add the perfect mix of spice, sweetness and herbs to your Sunday supper. Add the creamy tang of grilled potato salad with bacon (everything is better with bacon), and it’s a feast for all the senses…

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THE BELLINI SISTERS BRING A BUBBLY TASTE OF VENICE THIS THIRSTY THURSDAY

Rossini Cocktail

Today, the Bellini is a delicious taste of both Venice’s local agriculture and its creative culture, perfect as an alternative to a mimosa during elaborate brunches aboard Crystal ships or a refreshing afternoon toast to luxury voyages to La Serenissima. The Bellini’s strawberry “sister”, the Rossini, offers the same sweet and bubbly bite with strawberry puree…

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YOUR GUIDE TO SOME OF VENICE’S MOST FAMOUS HIGHLIGHTS

Venice Grand Canal

Even Those Already in Love with La Serenissima Will Still Find Fascinating Discoveries

Few cities are as iconic and enchanting as Venice, floating precariously along its lagoon in the Adriatic. Photos of its flowing alleyways, bridges, piazzas, gondolas and towers are instantly recognizable, requiring no caption at all. The grandeur of Piazza San Marco and basilica, gondoliers welcoming visitors aboard, the artistic masterpieces held in the Academia, the church of Madonna dell’Orto and so many other remarkable sites — all enchanting and enriching in their long-steeped traditions. And while Venice is certainly no shrinking violet or “undiscovered” gem, there are still details and discoveries …

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SUNDAY COOKING WITH CHEF JON ASHTON: SUMMER BERRY TRIFLE

Chef Jon Ashton Summer Berry Trifle

At the sparkling center of Tudor feasts in the 16th century were decadent sweets of candied plums and berries, multi-tiered cakes and other confections that could have doubled as art pieces. In this era, the newest trend on such tables was the trifle. This week, we explore a new variation on the classic, as Chef Jon Ashton prepares his take on the summer berry trifle…

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‘PERFECT’ COCKTAILS PERFECT FOR YOUR THIRSTY THURSDAY: PAPER PLANE & STEPFORD SISTER

Paper Plane Cocktail

Today’s Thirsty Thursday is brought to you with a spirit of balance. Like yin and yang, classical and rock-n-roll and tranquil island escapes and skyscraping urban adventures, balance is one of the keys to truly rewarding experiences. And your cocktail game is no exception. Today, Crystal barkeepers are sharing two of their favorite “perfect” cocktails – those composed of equally measured ingredients…

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3 CITIES, 3 DISTINCT THAILAND EXPERIENCES

Phuket, Thailand

Thailand’s many sides represent character elements that add up to one of the most fascinating and perfectly contradictory destinations in the world. Depending on where one chooses to visit, you may encounter sacred gilded shrines and Buddha monuments dating back centuries, designer-laden megamalls and skyscrapers or the quiet of the countryside…

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SUNDAY COOKING WITH CHEF JON ASHTON: SLOW ROASTED PORK WITH GINGER SCALLION KETCHUP

Chef Jon Ashton Slow Roasted Pork

Life’s greatest masterpieces take time. Michelangelo worked meticulously on the Sistine Chapel for four years, while the Golden Gate Bridge took the same span of time to be completed; construction of the Taj Mahal went on for two decades; thousands labored over the Great Wall for nearly 2,000 years. This week’s featured recipe on Sunday Cooking with Chef Jon Ashton will not take decades to create, but it will take several hours, some day-before prep time and plenty of TLC…

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LET THE PALOMA TAKE YOU TO MEXICO THIS THIRSTY THURSDAY

La Paloma Cocktail

At Cinco de Mayo celebrations, it’s the margarita that flows freely into the night. But in Mexico, it’s the margarita’s lesser known sibling that is preferred by locals when they’re not sipping beer or fine tequila. La Paloma (“The Dove”) – a refreshing mix of red grapefruit and lime flavors accenting quality spirits, agave and fizzy soda – is the mixed drink of choice here, and once you mix one for yourself this Thirsty Thursday, it may be the drink of choice in your home, too…

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NORTHERN EUROPE FOR ARCHITECTURE BUFFS

St. Petersburg Church on the Spilled Blood

The architecture of Northern Europe – the actual buildings that have built some of the world’s greatest legacies – is a fantastic way to get to know a destination. Sleek, contemporary structures with gleaming glass walls, onion-shaped domes of Tsarist past, timbered huts favored by Vikings and regally columned façades that still evoke a sense of power…

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