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SUNDAY COOKING WITH CHEF JON ASHTON: FROZEN MARGARITA PIE

Chef Jon Ashton Margarita Pie

This Sunday, frozen summertime dessert meets classic cocktail, the shores of Mexico meet your own kitchen or backyard and the expert techniques of Chef Jon Ashton meet your own preferred preparations. Frozen margarita pie is everything a summer weekend afternoon needs: sweet and light, yet creamy and indulgent with tequila and triple sec to kick things up a notch…

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MANHATTAN VIEWS: OUR COCKTAIL TEAM SHARES TWO FAVORITES

Crystal Cruises Avenue Saloon

The Manhattan. It’s a smoky-smooth combo of whiskey, vermouth and bitters that has been a sophisticated choice for the big city crowd and cozy lounge-goers alike. The classic blend is tried and true and tends to be where many cocktail aficionados return after they venture off to try something new on a menu. Today, the Crystal mixology team shares their personal favorites and the recipes for you to recreate evenings in the Avenue Saloon in your home kitchen or bar…

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ANTIGUA HAS A BEACH FOR EVERY DAY & EVERY TYPE OF TRAVELER

Antigua Dickenson Bay

With 365 beaches in Antigua, one could theoretically visit a different beach every day of the year here, though many are isolated and difficult to access. But those that are accessible without the use of boat or aircraft are as stunning as the postcards make them out to be. And your favorite may just depend on the type of beach experience you fancy…

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SUNDAY COOKING WITH CHEF JON ASHTON: DUELING LOBSTER ROLL RECIPES

Chef Jon Ashton Lobster Roll Recipes

A little friendly competition is good for the spirit, and this week, we’re featuring a match-up that also does wonders for the palate. Chef Jon Ashton is taking the spirit of elegant evenings dining on lobster tail in Waterside and the Vintage Room and blending it with the casual al fresco vibe found at the Trident Grill. The result is decadently rich lobster rolls that will inspire your taste buds to set sail…

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THE ART OF DESSERT: A MASTERCLASS

Crystal River Cruises Bistro Pastries

You never know where you’ll find inspiration. For Jozsef Reichenbach, one of Crystal’s talented pastry chefs, it’s in the flowers, the cobblestones and traditional flavors of the destinations he travels in his mobile “office.” Aboard Crystal River Cruises – the only river cruise company to fully prepare all food (including pastries) from scratch on board – he has all the opportunity in the world to create and pursue his passion for the most indulgent course of any meal: dessert…

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IN HONOR OF THE BIG 3-0, WE’RE MIXING UP THE OCEANS THREE ZERO

Crystal Oceans Three Zero Cocktail

As we mark Crystal’s 30th Anniversary this week, we’re reflecting on the many, many toast-worthy moments we’ve shared over the years, and those still to come. And while we do love a glass of good bubbly, our team has created something special for this very special occasion, in case you choose to raise a glass of something a bit stronger…

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ALASKA BY THE NUMBERS: THE MANY REASONS THE LAST FRONTIER SHOULD TOP YOUR TRAVEL LIST

Alaska Orca

The Last Frontier was actually Crystal’s first frontier, as on July 24, 1990, Crystal Harmony set sail for her maiden voyage along the Pacific Coast to the chilly waters, towering forests and untamed wilderness of Alaska. Alaska has been the backdrop for thousands of epic adventures for travelers over the past 30 years, from the world’s largest ziprider and trekking and dogsledding across glaciers to sea-kayaking through ice floes and following the tracks of Gold Rushers on the railway…

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SUNDAY COOKING WITH CHEF JON ASHTON: CRAB CAKES AND ENDIVE LETTUCE CUPS

Chef Jon Ashton Crab Cakes

Appetizer, passed amuse bouche or entrée, there is no wrong way to enjoy crab cakes. The golden browned bites from the sea instantly conjure images of exploring the world’s oceans and the iconic crabbing and fishing harbors of Alaska and New England as they melt in your mouth. Beautifully complementing the seafood symphony is a delicious twist on a Caesar salad, with cheesy-nutty-spicy-toasty ingredients wrapped gently with endive lettuce wedges…

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STRAWBERRIES & BLACK PEPPER? SPICE UP YOUR THIRSTY THURSDAY

Strawberry & Black Pepper Gin & Tonic

Just because a cocktail is a time-honored favorite doesn’t mean it can’t get a fresh makeover every now and then. Crystal’s mixologists and barkeepers gave the Gin and Tonic just that recently, when this singular go-to choice of sophisticated sippers became 19 distinct versions of itself, including today’s featured favorite: strawberry and black pepper…

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ST. KITTS & NEVIS: THE TINY TWO-ISLAND NATION THAT’S BIG ON BEAUTY & ADVENTURE

St. Kitts

The smallest Caribbean nation by population and by geographical area (the smallest in all of the Americas, actually), St. Kitts & Nevis packs a rich, multi-faceted culture into its tiny size. Centuries of foreign rule have left a complex history to explore, while Mother Nature also left her mark in the lush rainforests and turquoise waters…

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THE ART OF THE DESTINATION: A MASTERCLASS

Bringing European Destinations to Life in the Perfect Style for You

Every Crystal guest comes away from exploring a destination with a new perspective that’s unique to them. Aboard Crystal River Cruises, this is often because there are so many options for experiences ashore that appeal to our guests’ individual styles and interests, travelers can get acquainted with new places in ways that are most meaningful to them.

This makes for wonderful conversations in Palm Court and around the evening tables in Waterside, as guests share their respective stories from the day’s explorations, which, according to Walter Littlejohn, senior vice president and managing …

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VENETIAN BUBBLES THIS THIRSTY THURSDAY: THE APEROL SPRITZ

Aperol Spritz Cocktail

It became an official cocktail in 1919, but it’s been a thing since the Austrian Empire ruled the Veneto region of Italy, where Venice is located today, in the early 19th century. Today, the Aperol Spritz is as Italian as it gets, offering a relatively low alcohol, refreshing option for summer days spent along the canals and coastline (or on the verandah or Promenade Deck of your Crystal ship)…

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