let the festivities begin

November 1st, 2010


Crystal Serenity Vintage Room

Readers beware – you might actually gain 5 pounds by the end of this post. We have some holiday menus that will have you drooling!

Crystal Cruises has planned holiday meals that won’t leave room for any more! To set the festive spirit, a large gingerbread house will be on display just outside the dining room. Given that it looks so good you’ll want a bite, clever chefs have planned ahead and will leave gingerbread cookies to satisfy the urge to take a pinch.

Christmas Eve diners will be met with red king crabmeat salad on pineapple carpaccio, and curry aioli; cream of pumpkin soup with fresh chestnuts and creme fraiche. Entrée options include ginger and black pepper-crusted salmon with smoked onion puree, horseradish mashed potatoes and merlot red wine glaze; Roasted turkey with bourbon-pecan gravy, orange sage stuffing and sweet potato praline. To top it all off, classic plum pudding with brandy sauce and vanilla ice cream.

To ring in 2011, passengers will dine on poached lobster medallions on truffled green bean and artichoke salad; cappuccino of snow peas with duck confit and pumpernickel croutons; and pink-roasted veal rib eye with creamy morel sauce are menu showstoppers.

If you have holiday plans and can’t make the trip, consider a pre-holiday treat on the Food & Wine sailing departing December 12 through the Mexican Rivera. Crystal Symphony will host Yerika Munoz, a hot Mexico City chef from Astrid y Gaston; and Jeremiah Tower, one of the creators of modern California cuisine, who currently resides on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.  The duo will offer classes and tastings for passengers alongside Madeleine de Jean (the first female sommelier in the United States) and Julio Bermejo, the U.S. Ambassador of Tequila, for recipes and pairings promised to rival the above menus.

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