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A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME

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On a balmy summer day in the heart of New York City, an exclusive and enchanting affair took place, capturing the essence of luxury cruising and the majesty of the high seas. The Crystal UMI UMA event, held on the 12th of July, was a celebration of elegance, entertainment, and the promise of unforgettable voyages with Crystal.

Written by

Authoress Zoe Hearne

Zoe Hearne

Published on 06/26/2023

It was a culinary and oceanic extravaganza that unfolded at Nobu in Downtown New York City on the 12th of July. Crystal’s exclusive UMI UMA media preview tasting event with Master Chef Nobuyuki (known simply to the world as Nobu) Matsuhisa brought together the world-renowned culinary artistry of Nobu and the gastronomic excellence that Crystal is known for, for an event that was destined to be etched in the memories of all who attended.

Chef Nobu delights guests with his vivacious personality at his Downtown NYC restaurant
Chef Nobu delights guests with his vivacious personality at his Downtown NYC restaurant

The fact that UMI UMA has returned to both of our ships, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, is unsurprising. Chef Nobu has been partnered with us for over 20 years, and as part of our unparalleled commitment to excellence at sea, it seemed only natural to offer a media preview of the caliber of food that guests could expect once they were back on board. Various travel and F&B influencers mingled with media from top-tier outlets, including Travel + Leisure, Forbes, Robb Report, and People Magazine, along with key stakeholders from Crystal. The result was a dining event that gave a new meaning to tasteful travel!

Chef Nobu with key Crystal stakeholders
Chef Nobu with key Crystal stakeholders

Everything was perfect. The food was, of course, exceptional. Nobu was his usual personable self, taking selfies and chatting with guests in between creating his extraordinary signature dishes. Guests were treated to a symphony of flavors, including his legendary miso-marinated black cod and fresh sushi and sashimi. Traditional Japanese techniques harmonized with Peruvian ingredients, resulting in dishes that were nothing short of masterpieces. Each bite was a revelation, a journey of taste that transported diners to far-off lands and left them yearning for more. The perfect gastronomic partner for our iconic itineraries!

NOBU-STYLE SASHIMI SALAD: Seared Ahi Tuna and field greens tossed with Matsuhisa dressing
NOBU-STYLE SASHIMI SALAD: Seared Ahi Tuna and field greens tossed with Matsuhisa dressing

The event epitomized the fusion of oceanic beauty and culinary excellence. Nobu's dishes symbolized the vastness and depth of the sea, while Crystal represented the elegance and refinement of world-class cuisine. Together, we created an experience that celebrated the harmony between the two, a tribute to the splendor that the world's oceans and culinary arts have to offer.