- The Vintage Room (Our favorite)
The Vintage Room promotes wine education and the vast range of fine wines available on board. In addition to tastings and discussions in this absolutely stunningly beautiful room, guests may partake in a variety of private wine-themed dinners by special arrangement with the Head Sommelier. Serving dinner only
Ultimate Vintage Room Dinners on Crystal Cruises
Crystal’s Ultimate Vintage Room Dinners are one-of-a-kind culinary experiences featuring some of the rarest wines in the world. They are only 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.
- 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 a “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 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 the 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 Crystal’s 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.
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 the 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 seating’s, 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.
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 are equally as magical, with the sounds of a musical trio serenading the room under the twinkle of crystal chandeliers.
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.
- 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.
- Lido Café
This is a buffet-style, indoor/outdoor venue for breakfast and lunch. Breakfast includes made-to-order omelets, 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
The Trident Grill offers classic hamburgers, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, chicken burgers, hot dogs and tuna melts. There are also wrap sandwiches and gourmet pizzas (available at Tastes on Crystal Serenity). A Late-Risers Breakfast is available around the Neptune Pool (Crystal Serenity). The 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.
- 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 destination events.
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. The 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.
Hors d’Oeuvres at Cocktail Hour
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.
With all of the dining options aboard, there are choices for everyone from light and healthy to rich and decadent. Here’s some information on choices that the line offers:
Lighter Side Offerings 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.
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 the 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. Crystal Cruises will do everything possible to ensure your needs are met. Due to limited availability, Kosher-style dining is subject to confirmation from Crystal Cruises.
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.