Gourmet cruise of the Mediterranean

Gourmet cruise of the Mediterranean

It is notoriously difficult to get a table at his Michelin-starred restaurant on Park Lane in London. But on a gastro cruise of the Mediterranean, guests can have Japanese masterchef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa to themselves in person, every night.

Cruise ships are not usually known for their culinary excellence. On the Crystal Serenity’s 12-night voyage of France and Italy this May, however, Matsuhisa himself will be giving cookery lessons for exclusive groups of up to 12 people, and mingling with the passengers in the ship’s own Nobu restaurant. The restaurant will serve the chef’s award-winning Japanese-Peruvian fusion food, from Japanese hors d’oeuvres to full-blown dinner paired with sake by Nobu’s sake sommelier.

Also on board are the ‘Modern Mixologist’ Tony Abou-Ganim, and Chef Heinz Beck (of three-Michelin-starred La Pergola in Rome and Apsleys in The Lanesborough hotel in London) and master sommelier Bob Bath, who between them will whip up a seven-course in-room dinner for guests, which features wines from a private collection so exclusive that they are no longer available to buy anywhere in the world.

The ‘Bordeaux & Beyond’ cruise departs Dover on 24 May 2012; stops include Bordeaux, Lisbon, Monte Carlo, Florence and Rome. Prices from ?3,005 per person including flights from Rome to the UK, transfers and 12 nights full board in a deluxe stateroom.

For more information or to book, contact Crystal Cruises (020 7287 9040; www.crystalcruises.co.uk)

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