Nobu Matsuhisa Gets a Cruise

The chef known for high-end fusion is headlining a cruise

So far, we've seen a Kate Gosselin cruise, a Paula Deen cruise, a New York Times cruise, and an R. Kelly cruise.

It seems like with the economy down, cruise lines are becoming even more popular given the "all-inclusive" deals (although reservations have dipped after the Costa Concordia cruise wreck).

Nobu Matsuhisa, one of the most powerful people in food in 2011, is the next celebrity to helm a cruise, serving as executive chef at his onboard restaurants on Crystal Serenity (he'll be serving his famous miso black cod).

The chef will be signing autographs, personally preparing dishes, giving cooking instructions, and taking photos with the guests. Crystal promises "nightly appearances and guest mingling," an "Omakase" dinner with pairings (for an extra fee), an "intimate" cooking class, and a demo for all the guests.

Matsuhisa's cruise departs May 24 from London/Dover for a 12-day western European and Mediterranean trip. Fares start at $3,955 a person, more than double what Paula Deen's cruise cost.

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