Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, who is behind Crystal’s Umi Uma & Sushi Bar, will join the Crystal Endeavor’s “Indonesian Immersive & Great Barrier Reef” expedition, departing October 15, 2020.
Chef Nobu, whose only sea-going restaurants have been featured aboard Crystal ships since 2003, will join the 16-day voyage to host an array of special events and dining experiences, according to a press release.
On the menu for Crystal Endeavor guests will be three limited-availability omakase, or chef’s choice, dinners. Two hosted in Umi Uma for 30 guests each, will feature a menu of Nobu’s specialties selected and prepared by him and his chefs and include a signed cookbook by the acclaimed chef. Another option will be the Omakase Sushi Bar & Ultimate Vintage Connoisseur Wine Dinner limited to just nine guests in the expedition yacht’s Vintage Room, will offer a multicourse feast, each dish paired with specially selected sake and wines. The dinner will be hosted by Nobu, Sake Master Hazu and Crystal’s own head sommelier.
“We are delighted to welcome Chef Nobu back as he sails for the first time aboard Crystal Endeavor,” said Toni Neumeister, Crystal’s senior vice president of hotel operations. “A highlight of every Crystal Ocean voyage, and now expedition voyages, is the phenomenal cuisine served in Umi Uma on board, and it’s an even greater pleasure to have the master himself join our guests for these special occasions. Not only famous for his innovative approach to classic dishes, Nobu is known for his warm and engaging character, which makes every guest feel at home even as they learn and dine alongside a master.”
The chef will conduct a cooking demo and host a cookbook signing and photo session during the cruise, while Sake Master Hazu complements the programming with a sake tasting. Guests can also learn a unique style of floral design that incorporates western and Japanese design concepts with Nicolai Bergmann, one of today’s most renowned floral artists.
The hosted omakase dinners in Umi Uma will be offered for $200 per guest, while the omakase Ultimate Vintage Room experience will be offered for $1,000 per guest. All other programming and events are inclusive.