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Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa to Host Culinary Experiences Aboard Crystal’s Serenity Baltic Voyage

April 9, 2018 Cruise No Comments Email Email

Crystal Cruises announced today that renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa will join Crystal Serenity’s June 19, 2018 “Baltic Bliss” sailing from Stockholm to London. Planned for the sailing are special dinners, curated menus, book signings and other celebrations hosted by the master chef, whose Silk Road and The Sushi Bar (on Crystal Serenity) and Umi Uma (on Crystal Symphony) are the only Nobu restaurants at sea. During the sailing, guests will have several opportunities to personally mingle with Nobu, and of course, indulge in his signature cuisine.

Two Omakase (meaning “chef’s choice”) dinners will showcase Nobu’s specialties, with one hosted in Silk Road prepared by Nobu and his personally trained chefs, including a signed copy of his cookbook. The other, an intimate “Ultimate Omakase Sushi Bar and Connoisseur’s Vintage Dinner,” will feature multiple courses prepared by Nobu, paired with rare sake and wines selected by Sake Master Hazu and Crystal’s own head sommelier. The special dinner will accommodate just nine guests at The Sushi Bar.

It is always a pleasure to have Nobu join our guests at sea, as he is nearly as famous for his engaging personality as for his masterful cuisine,” said Karen Christensen, Crystal’s senior vice president and managing director, Australia & New Zealand. “Travellers can always enjoy Nobu’s specialties when sailing on Crystal Cruises, but the opportunity to learn from such a master and dine at his side is truly unique.

In addition to these exclusive dining experiences, Nobu will host cooking demos, book signing sessions, and sake tastings with Sake Master Hazu. Special programming will also include special flower design classes with Nicolai Bergmann of the Flower & Design Studio in Tokyo.

Nobu’s Japanese-Peruvian fusion has been served complimentary aboard every Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity sailing since 2003 and 2008, respectively. The Silk Road and The Sushi Bar restaurant was rebranded as Umi Uma during Crystal Symphony’s recent dry dock and will debut likewise aboard Crystal Serenity during her fall 2018 redesign, as well as aboard Crystal’s upcoming expedition yacht, Crystal Endeavor. Nobu personally trains all chefs, designs all menus, and frequently visits the ships for ongoing refinement.

The “Baltic Bliss” voyage departs Stockholm for London on June 19, 2018, calling in Helsinki, Finland; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Berlin/Warnemunde, Germany; and Copenhagen, Denmark. Fares start at US$7,003 per person, double occupancy.

The Silk Road Omakase dinner including a signed copy of Nobu’s cookbook is US$200 per person. The “Ultimate Omakase Sushi Bar and Connoisseur’s Vintage Dinner” is US$1,000 per person.

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