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Nobu to host ultimate luxury "foodie" cruise

29th January 2012 Print
Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa

Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is coming onboard Crystal Serenity this May to serve as in-person Executive Chef in Silk Road and the Sushi Bar, his speciality restaurants with ultra-luxury partner Crystal Cruises. The world-famous Japanese chef plans to give cooking instruction, personally prepare dishes, take pictures with guests and sign autographs during a 12-night western European/Mediterranean voyage departing Dover on 24th May 2012.

Opportunities include:

Nightly appearances and mingling with guests in Silk Road and the Sushi Bar.

Special add-on "Omakase" dinner, with sake and sake champagne pairings chosen by Sake Master Fumio Hazu, the man behind Nobu's exclusive "living" Hokosetsu sake, plus explanations of each course by both.

Intimate hands-on cooking class in Crystal's kitchen for 10-12 guests.

Cooking demonstration for all guests.

Autograph signings of "NOBU'S Vegetarian Cookbook" and "NOBU the Cookbook".

Photo opportunities.

Sake tasting with Japanese hors d'oeuvres, hosted by Mr Hazu.

Nobu's Japanese-Peruvian fusion has been served complimentary onboard every Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity sailing since 2003 and 2008 respectively. Mr Matsuhisa personally trains all chefs, designs all menus and schedules in-person ship visits every year for ongoing refinement. Commenting, Crystal's Vice President International Sales & Marketing, Philip Ordever, said: "On this visit, Nobu really wanted to have more personal interaction and time with the guests who have helped make his only ocean-going culinary venture such a success over the years."

Chef Heinz Beck of Rome's three Michelin Star La Pergola, Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim and Master Sommelier Bob Bath are also scheduled to host tastings and demonstrations during the "Wine and Food"-themed cruise. A seven-course "Ultimate Vintage Room Dinner" prepared by Beck and Bath will feature impossible-to-purchase fine wines for approximately $1,000/person.

The 12-night "Bordeaux and Beyond" sailing departs from Dover on 24th May and visits Bassens/Bordeaux (overnight), Lisbon, Gibraltar, Monte Carlo (overnight), Florence/Livorno and Porto Venere before finishing in Rome/Civitavecchia. Until 28th February, prices start from £3,005 per person including flight from Rome to the UK, overseas transfers and 12 nights in a deluxe stateroom with picture window on an all-inclusive basis.

Extraordinary culinary experiences are a hallmark of every Crystal Cruises' holiday. Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity's extensive, innovative choices include the ultra-luxury line's coveted cheese and wine cellars, overseen by onboard, certified cheese and wine sommeliers (Court of Master Sommeliers-certified); fresh, chef-like cocktails served by certified mixologists; and gourmet dining options at every meal, whether in the Crystal Dining Room, at afternoon tea or in Nobu Matsuhisa and Piero Selvaggio's speciality restaurants.

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Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa