Chef Nobu Matsuhisa To Join Crystal Cruises’ ‘Baltic Bliss’ Sailing

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Crystal Cruises has announced that renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa will join Crystal Serenity’s 19JUN, 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.

Two Omakase, or “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 “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 Toni Neumeister, senior vice president of hotel operations. “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, 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.

The ‘Baltic Bliss’ voyage departs Stockholm for London on 19JUN, calling in Helsinki, Finland; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Berlin/Warnemunde, Germany; and Copenhagen, Denmark. The Silk Road Omakase dinner including a signed copy of Nobu’s cookbook is $200 per person. The “Ultimate Omakase Sushi Bar and Connoisseur’s Vintage Dinner” is $1,000 per person.

Bruce Parkinson

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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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