Crystal and Nobu confirm return of UMI UMA restaurants

Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa's dining experience retained on Serenity, Symphony

A render of Crystal Serenity's refreshed UMI UMA restaurant.

Crystal Cruises has retained its culinary partnership with chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa of Nobu Hospitality for its relaunch under new owners. The ultra-luxury cruise line has confirmed when its two ocean ships, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony, relaunch they will both retain the highly-acclaimed UMI UMA by Nobu Matsuhisa Restaurant and Sushi Bar onboard.

UMI UMA is one of Crystal’s award-winning, specialty dining offerings in an elegantly modern setting where dishes are inspired by the exotic array and traditions of the Orient and created by legendary Master Chef Nobuyuki (Nobu) Matsuhisa. Guests will again be able to enjoy signature dishes such as Nobu-Style Black Cod, Grilled Chilean Sea Bass, Wagyu Beef Filet Steak, and some of the freshest sushi available at the Sushi Bar.

A visual of Crystal Symphony's UMI UMA by Nobu Matsuhisa Restaurant and Sushi Bar

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“It wouldn’t be Crystal without having one of the most popular restaurants UMI UMA back on board when the new Crystal sets sail,” said Bernie Leypold, Senior Vice President Hotel Operations of Crystal. “Crystal’s guests have come to know and love the exquisite offerings Chef Nobu has created specifically for UMI UMA and we are so grateful for Crystal to be the only cruise line with a Nobu restaurant at sea.”

Master Chef Nobu said, “Crystal is known for its award-winning food and beverage program bringing an authentic dining experience with efficient and personalised service, and we are proud to have UMI UMA feature our innovative fusion cuisine, blending traditional Japanese dishes with Peruvian ingredients.”

UMI UMA Dishes previously sampled by LATTE aboard Crystal Serenity

Octopus Carpaccio with Dry Miso
Assorted Sushi and Sashimi
Nobu-Style Black Cod in Saikyo Miso

Crystal guests can enjoy one complimentary reservation per person, per cruise, for sailings of 11 days or less. For voyages of more than 11 days, two complimentary reservations will be included. Additional reservations may be confirmed when onboard for a nominal charge, subject to availability. Reservations will be required to dine at UMI UMA.

Crystal Serenity’s inaugural sailing will depart 31 July, from Marseille for a Mediterranean cruise, and Crystal Symphony will depart on 1 September, from Athens.

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