Posted July 17th, 2011, 12:25 PM
Last edited by SwissMyst; July 17th, 2011 at 12:27 PM
Here is the Crystal cheese hype:
The worst part was only the Cheese Sommelier could take the cheese order and because he had other important duties to the rest of the dining room, some nights we had to sit and wait far too long for him to come over since the waiters were not allowed to take my cheese order after having been handed the menu. That got old fast so after my first few nights enjoying the cheese offerings, I simply stopped ordering them.
When the Head Cheese was available to chat, it was interesting but clearly he did not have time to spend chatting up cheeses with individual tables. In the past on a former Crystal Cruise, the regular table waiter wheeled out a cart and selections were directly made from the cart though I am sure many waiters were not trained in any of their individual nuances or wine pairing recommendations.
In fact on Crystal Cruise, it appears required protocol to lavishly compliment the passenger on any
menu choice one makes, and that also included the utlimate cheese selections too. No matter what combinations I ordered each night, they were "excellent, strong, robust, classic, impressive (yada, yada, yada) selections according to the Head Cheese.
Not tempting fate, I did not ask for pre-wrapped Velveeta to pair with a tall neck Budweiser. So not sure if that selection would have also been deemed "excellent, strong, robust, classic, impressive" (yada, yada, yada) too.
But without all the fuss, at least Crystal had a good range of choices and you knew what you were getting. But like the Yum Yum Man on HAL, the luxury of a single staff person for an isolated dedicated task probably is a luxury few can still afford.