This week, two luxury cruise lines made special food-themed announcements. Crystal Cruises — which has had a partnership with master chef Nobu Matsuhisa since 2003 — announced that, during his annual sailing, Nobu will participate in a number of enrichment activities for passengers, including nightly appearances, a cooking demo, autograph signings and more. Several hours later, SeaDream Yacht Club unveiled a more permanent addition to its onboard dining rotation — a raw food menu.
SeaDream’s new menu, which is aligned with the so-called “living food” movement, will be available in addition to the line’s regular menu on all sailings aboard its two ships, SeaDream I and SeaDream II. Raw foodists eat only ingredients that are organic, vegan and never heated above 118 degrees. SeaDream’s optional offerings include such dishes as Vegetable Lasagna and Cashew Lemon Cheesecake.
While we’re sure Nobu’s 12-night Mediterranean sailing, which will undoubtedly integrate the Japanese-Peruvian fusion cuisine he’s renowned for, has wide appeal in the world of gourmet foodies, we’re curious how many cruisers (whether their preference leans toward luxury or not) would actually consider a SeaDream sailing for the raw food option.
Something to think about: Both Nobu’s May 2012 sailing and an 11-night SeaDream cruise sailing the Mediterranean in May 2012 will run you at least $7,000.
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