Crystal Serenity’s Modern Cuisine & Charges At The Sushi Bar

Crystal Serenity Aft

Bathed in the evening sunlight while docked in Monte Carlo, Crystal Serenity. Step inside for world-class cuisine. © 2014 Ralph Grizzle

Earlier this week, I told you about Tastes, a new dining venue on Crystal Serenity that ranked among guests’ favorite food outlet during my cruise from Southampton to Rome, a voyage that ended today in the port city for Rome, Civitavecchia. In this post, I feature additional dining venues on Crystal Serenity and a few dining program changes that delighted some guests and disappointed others.

New Charges For Nobu, Paying For Prego

Let’s get the disappointments front and center. Crystal Serenity (and Crystal Symphony) each have two specialty restaurants situated aft, Prego, featuring fine Italian cuisine; and The Sushi Bar/Silk Road, the only restaurant at sea operated by acclaimed master chef Nobu Matsuhisa.

Dining in both restaurants was complimentary until this past January. That’s when a new policy went into effect stipulating that guests may dine at each of these restaurants for no additional charge only once (more often on voyages exceeding 14 days). Those who dine more than once at each will need to pony up $30 per person, still a relative bargain when you consider what Nobu costs on land, but a sore spot nonetheless among some guests.

How is Crystal responding?

Read the full story and listen to the Avid Cruiser Audio Podcast interview with Thomas Mazloum: Hard To Swallow, Charges At The Sushi Bar & Crystal Serenity Modern Cuisine: Easy To Swallow, Hard To Convey