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Dining

Freshness and innovation are the hallmarks of the Crystal dining experience. From your choice of dining times in the Crystal Dining Room to lavish themed buffets on deck or intimate experiences in our specialty restaurants, you'll find an ambiance and cuisine to suit your every mood.

The classic Crystal Dining Room or the intimate Vintage Room. The striking Sushi Bar or the delicious comfort of a meal served in-Suite/in-stateroom. From the extraordinary cuisine of celebrity chefs and legendary restaurateurs such as Nobu Matsuhisa and Piero Selvaggio to the inventive menus created by Crystal’s own acclaimed culinary team, dining aboard Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony promises to delight and surprise even the most discriminating palate.

Crystal Dining Room

The menu offers an extensive selection of regionally inspired cuisine prepared in the classical French tradition. The array of tantalizing options includes our “Lighter Fare” low-sodium, low-cholesterol and low-carb selections, plus vegetarian offerings.

The Crystal Dining Room offers open seating for breakfast and lunch; with our Perfect Choice Dining options for dinner, you may select from Classic Main (beginning at 6:15 pm), or Classic Late (beginning at 8:30 pm). You may also choose our Dining by Reservation option (available between 6:15 pm and 9:15 pm). Actual times vary by itinerary and are printed in Reflections on board. With Dining by Reservation, you have the flexibility to choose with whom you wish to dine as well as your dinner time (within the applicable dining hours).

If you choose Dining by Reservation, you may reserve your dining times through our Priority Check-in & Planning Center prior to your cruise, or you may make these arrangements once on board. All dinner reservations are subject to availability, and every effort is made to honor requests.
 
Sample Crystal Dining Room Menu (Crystal Serenity)

Perfect Choice Dining®

You can now savor your travels and experience culinary excellence with Crystal’s Perfect Choice Dining. Enjoy the ultimate dining experience with Crystal, the only luxury cruise line to offer the choices of Classic Main and Late Seating, or Dining by Reservation.TM  Perfect Choice Dining is our newest way of inviting you to write your own personal definition of luxury. 

Crystal Cruises has perfected the art of dining at sea. With an emphasis on variety and flexibility, the cruise line voted World’s Best more than any other cruise line in history presents Perfect Choice Dining, a unique concept offered in the Crystal Dining Room which allows you to choose Classic Main or Late seating, or our newly introduced Dining by Reservation. With Dining by Reservation, you are able to reserve a table in the Crystal Dining Room each night of your voyage, if you wish. Offered in addition to Crystal’s Classic Main and Late seatings, the complimentary Dining by Reservation is an ideal option for those who wish to linger a little longer ashore, indulge in a late afternoon spa appointment or simply enjoy the early hours of evening at your leisure.

Our Dining by Reservation may be selected at the time of booking. Once your cruise is fully paid, you may then reserve your personal dining times at our Priority Check-in & Planning Center. A different time, a different table, just for two or with newfound friends, Dining by Reservation affords you ultimate freedom.

The extraordinary cuisine for which Crystal is renowned is served in the stylishly sophisticated Crystal Dining Room. Inventive menus showcase the unique flavors of the world with regionally inspired dishes presented alongside classic continental favorites. Gracious European-trained waiters anticipate your every desire, while expert sommeliers share passionate insight on the most comprehensive wine cellars at sea.

By day, sunlight bounces off the ocean waters through expansive floor-to-ceiling windows to dance across tables set with Schott Zwiesel crystal, Villeroy & Boch china, Sambonet and Elkington silver, and Frette or Garnier linens. Evenings spent in the Crystal Dining Room, feasting on world-class cuisine tops a truly magical day as you revel in the day’s adventures with stories of discovery, or rediscovery, shared with friends, old and new.

CLASSIC MAIN & LATE SEATING
  • Traditional evening seating times of either 6:15pm (Main) or 8:30pm (Late)
  • The same table, dinner guests, waiter, assistant waiter and sommelier each evening
  • Inventive, regionally inspired cuisine and continental favorites
  • Complimentary
  • Don’t miss: Captain’s Welcome Dinner, suggested wine pairings with each menu, fabulous desserts

Many traditional cruisers prefer classic dining options that allow them to eat at the same time each evening of their cruise, at the same table with their regular tablemates and served by their familiar evening wait staff. The elegant Crystal Dining Room, also serving breakfast and lunch (both open seating), sets the stage for this popular dining option offering diverse menus that blend the unique flavors of the world together with timehonored classics. 

DINING BY RESERVATION
  • Complimentary
  • Reservations required

For those who want more flexibility in their evening dining options, guests may now enjoy the same extraordinary cuisine and excellent service of our Crystal Dining Room, but with the added convenience of dining by reservation at a time that works with your schedule—just like at our specialty restaurants, or a favorite restaurant back home. Dining by Reservation is offered in addition to Classic Main and Late seatings.

Specialty Restaurants

Crystal Cruises provides alternative specialty restaurants to enhance the evening dining options and provide the opportunity to enjoy a variety of culinary environments.  In order to ensure that each Crystal guest has the opportunity to experience every dining venue on board our ships, beginning in January 2014 a maximum of one reservation per specialty restaurant (one for Prego and one for Silk Road and The Sushi Bar) will be confirmed per booking via our Guest Check-in, Priority Check-in and Planning Center (PCPC). All additional reservations will be confirmed on board on a space available basis for a nominal fee of $30 per person.

Here are a few key points to remember about our Specialty Restaurant dining policy: 

  • Dining Reservation:  Guest Check-in, Priority Check-in and Planning Center (PCPC) will only allow ONE reservation in each specialty restaurant, per booking, per guest, prior to the voyage. Additional reservations will be confirmed on board for a nominal $30 reservation fee, may only be confirmed on board and are subject to availability. Specialty restaurant dining reservations made online (via PCPC) will require each guest's Crystal Key code. For more information, click here.

  • Guests on Back-to-Back Cruises: Guests sailing on multiple voyages will receive a complimentary reservation on each voyage. For example, a guest sailing on a 27-day back-to-back cruise of 3 segments (7 days + 9 days +11 days) will receive 1 (one) complimentary reservation in each restaurant on each voyage, for a total of 3 complimentary reservations (i.e. 6 dining experiences: 3 in Prego and 3 in Silk Road/The Sushi Bar) per booking, per guest.

  • Guests on Cruises 14 days or longer: Guests will be extended 2 (two) complimentary reservations in each Specialty Restaurant. The second reservation will need to be made and confirmed on board the ship, once the sailing begins and is on a space available basis.

  • Full World Cruise Guests: All Specialty Restaurant reservation fees will be waived. One reservation per Specialty Restaurant, per World Cruise segment may be booked via PCPC prior to the voyage. Additional reservations will need to be confirmed on board the ship, after the voyage begins.

  • Guests redeeming their 50+ Milestone Crystal Society Benefit: All Specialty Restaurant reservation fees will be waived for all guests who have achieved their 50th Crystal Society Milestone. This is a NEW Crystal Society benefit. Again, 1 (one) reservation per Specialty Restaurant, per segment may be booked via PCPC prior to the beginning of each voyage. Additional reservations may be confirmed when on board the ship, on a space available basis.

For more information, see our Specialty Restaurant FAQ section.
Prego

Charming and romantic, Prego brings the flavors of Italy to Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. A seasonally changing Valentino at Prego menu features signature dishes such as Scaloppine Di Vitello Servite Con Capelli D’angelo and Linguine Con Aragosta E Zucchini, along with wines that are served at Piero Selvaggio’s revered Los Angeles and Las Vegas restaurants, Valentino. Valentino is considered by many to be among the finest Italian restaurants in the country.

Serving dinner only.

Prego Sample Menu

Silk Road & The Sushi Bar

The eclectic–and delectable–cuisine of world-renowned master chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa is prepared by Nobu-trained chefs at Silk Road and The Sushi Bar. Regarded for his innovative approach to sushi, Nobu blends classically styled Japanese foods with distinct Peruvian and European influences. While The Sushi Bar offers an assortment of Nobu’s inventive sushi and sashimi, including Salmon Tartar, Tiradito Nobu-style and Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño, Silk Road presents his celebrated dishes such as Lobster with Truffle-Yuzu Sauce, Grilled Wagyu Beef Rib-Eye with Wasabi Pepper Sauce, and his signature dessert, a Bento Box filled with Chocolate Soufflé Cake with Shiso Syrup and Sesame Ice Cream. The famed chef enjoys a long history with Crystal and unveiled his own line of fine china during Crystal Serenity’s inaugural season.

Serving dinner only.

Silk Road Sample Menu
Silk Road Sample Sushi Menu

The Vintage Room

An innovative concept in wining and dining is offered aboard Crystal Cruises. The Vintage Room promotes wine education and the vast range of fine wines available on board. In addition to tastings and discussions in this beautiful room, guests may partake in a variety of private wine-themed dinners by special arrangement with the Head Sommelier.

To pre-reserve a seating or private dinner, please visit our Priority Check-in & Planning Center. Please note that the date of your Vintage Room dinner will be determined closer to sailing date as a minimum of 10 guests must confirm participation for the event to be offered. Serving dinner only.

Vintage Room Sample Menu

Ultimate Vintage Room Dinners
Crystal’s Ultimate Vintage Room Dinners are one-of-a-kind culinary experiences featuring some of the rarest wines in the world. Offered a few times each year on both Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony, depending on the wines selected the exceptional dinners are priced at an estimated $1,000 per person.

The first Ultimate Vintage Room Dinner was an eight-course French meal prepared by Master Chef André Soltner, former chef/owner of world-famous Lutèce, paired with, among others, a nearly impossible-to-get 1959 Château Lafite–Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux and a Screaming Eagle 1996 from Napa Valley, considered its dream year.

Ultimate Vintage Room Sample Menu (Crystal Serenity)

Lido Café

This is a buffet-style, indoor/outdoor venue for breakfast and lunch. Breakfast includes made-to-order omelettes, waffles and pancakes to your liking, in addition to a large selection of other breakfast favorites. Lunch offers made-to-order pastas and salads, a delicious selection of our famous soups, carved meats, fresh catches of the day and a tempting array of sumptuous desserts, including sugar-free options.

The Bistro

This popular European-style coffee bar and café is a favorite meeting place open every day from 9am to 11pm. Complimentary espresso, caffe latte, cappuccino and specialty teas are served in our comfortable café, graced by the whimsical paintings of celebrated artist Guy Buffet.

Wines and champagne by the glass are also available. Light snacks are served throughout the day, ranging from fresh pastries and fruit in the morning to a selection of international chesses, charcuterie, pastries, and other delicacies in the afternoon and into the late evening.

Trident Grill & Ice Cream Bar

Mid-ship dining spaces on Lido deck are all new and redesigned for a more open, casual and relaxed dining experience including the Trident Grill which offers classic hamburgers, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, chicken burgers, hot dogs, tuna melts, wrap sandwiches and gourmet pizzas. A Late-Risers Breakfast is available in the redesigned Tastes Bar & Restaurant (Crystal Serenity). And for a special cold treat, Scoops ice cream bar features a wide variety of Ben & Jerry's ice creams, plus, nonfat frozen yogurt and sherbets, with tempting toppings, and fresh baked cookies.

Casual Dining

On selected evenings during your cruise, the Lido Café on board Crystal Symphony and Tastes on Crystal Serenity offer alfresco dining with unique specialty items such as Chinese comfort food served in a relaxed, comfortable ambiance; dress is casual and reservations are not required.

Tastes on Crystal Serenity

On Crystal Serenity's Tastes, homemade soups are prepared daily, accompanying such starters as Deconstructed Grilled Shrimp Salad, Stir-Fry Hokkien Noodles and Pizza di Margherita. Main courses include Spiced Duck Samosa, Vietnamese Crab Spring Rolls or Saffron Marinated Lamb Kebabs, with a choice of side orders such as Garlic Mashed Potatoes or Vegetables Slow-Roasted in Olive Oil. A selection of premium wines is available by the glass or by the bottle.

Serving a Late-Risers breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Tastes Menu (Crystal Serenity) 
Tastes Bar Menu (Crystal Serenity)

Afternoon Tea

A special event at Crystal Cruises, each afternoon tea service presents a selection of savories and sweets served in the sunlit charm of Palm Court. Our Mozart Tea is a visit to 18th-century Vienna as you are greeted by staff dressed in velvets and brocades and are tempted by a selection of the finest cakes and pastries from Austria. Our English Colonial Tea offers a taste of tradition, complete with scones, finger sandwiches and assorted sweets. The American Tea is a Crystal Cruises creation, paying tribute to the classics of the American summertime.

Cocktail Hour Hors d’Oeuvres

A selection of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres is served in the various bars and lounges every evening before dinner.

Late-Night Hors d’Oeuvres

Snacks and small bites are served in The Bistro during the late-night bar hours.

In-Suite/In-room Dining

From breakfast in bed to dinner on your verandah, Crystal’s complimentary 24-hour in-stateroom dining is a true indulgence. At sea or in port, you may enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner in the sumptuous comfort of your own room, served with the same precision and attention to detail so graciously displayed in every restaurant. During lunch and dinner hours, you are welcome to order the same selections offered in the Crystal Dining Room, served course by course, if you so desire. And if you’re traveling in a Penthouse, you may also enjoy the additional privilege of ordering from our specialty restaurants during dinner hours.

Offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Themed Deck Buffets

With some of the most exotic destinations and stunning coastlines in the world as a backdrop, lavishly arranged luncheon buffets take place on deck on select days at sea. Imagine cruising the Italian Riviera as you dine on the Mediterranean-themed Cuisines of the Sun, or the coast of New England as you enjoy the bounty of American Classic cuisine. Think Nuevo Latino celebrating the fiery gastronomy of South America, or an Asian Café showcasing flavors of the Pacific Rim. Regardless of where you travel, these events are always much more than a meal-they are true destinational events.

Serving lunch on select days at sea.

On the Lighter Side

Today’s health-conscious travelers will appreciate Crystal’s breakfast, lunch and dinner menus offering selections that are low in salt, fat, sugar and cholesterol. Designed to cater to a variety of dietary needs, including diabetic and gluten-free, the emphasis is on beautifully presented, fresh, flavorful and satisfying meals.

Healthy, Low-Carb and Trans Fat Free

For breakfast, lunch and dinner, all dining venues including the Crystal Dining Room, specialty restaurants, Trident Bar & Grill, Lido Café and Tastes feature a three-course, low-carbohydrate menu. Always the innovator, Crystal was the first cruise line to implement trans-fat-free dining, added to our already numerous choices for healthy dining.

Kosher-style Dining

A wide choice of pre-packaged kosher-certified meals, including meats, seafood and poultry as well as white and red kosher wines is available on a limited basis, on every itinerary. All chefs, kitchen and dining staff have been trained in kosher food preparation, handling and servicing. Only kosher pots, pans and utensils are used, and plates, silverware and glassware are washed separately. Due to limited provisioning resources, the number of guests per cruise who may partake in our kosher-style program is restricted to 20. Guests’ whose diet requires or who wish to dine kosher-style must provide us with advance notice at the time of the initial reservation, and no less than 90 days prior to sailing. We will do all that we can to ensure your needs are met. Due to limited availability, Kosher-style dining is subject to confirmation from Crystal Cruises.