Bringing full Alaskan immersion to guests, Princess Cruises has introduced an extensive new onboard program called North to Alaska! The cruise line’s seven ships covering Alaska will now offer much more than making port calls in the scenic territory. Now, extensive amounts of local foods and cultural experiences and stories will be enjoyed as well.
Highlights include learning from the stars of “The Deadliest Catch” TV show as part of Princess Cruises’ Discovery at Sea and wild, natural and sustainable Alaska Seafood served in the dining rooms. The cruise line details the North to Alaska! program below:
Eat Like A Local
Providing a culinary journey sure to be savored, Princess has partnered with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute to feature nightly a variety of authentic Alaska cuisine – including King Crab, King Salmon and fresh Halibut, among others – prepared by Princess chefs specially-trained by Alaska seafood chefs to capture a true taste of the North. Specialty restaurants will also offer a regional Alaska cuisine menu on select evenings.
Alaska Seafood (Copyright © Princess Cruises)
In addition, Princess has partnered with some of the best Alaska area joints to provide local favorites and signature dishes onboard including crab cakes from Tracy’s King Crab Shack in Juneau; fish tacos from Ketchikan’s Alaska Fish House; and the Mermaid Burger from the Skagway Fish Company. The winning dish from the 2014 Great Alaska Seafood Cook-off, pan-seared Alaska salmon with root vegetable hash and mushroom tea, created by local chef Travis Haugen of Southside Bistro will be featured in the main dining rooms.
Learn From the Locals
With Alaska cruises all about discovery and exploration, Princess is bringing the variety of Alaska cultures onboard to regale guests with stories of life in Alaska and “a day in the life” hands-on interactive activities:
From the popular Discovery Channel program, “The Deadliest Catch,” Captain David Lethin and his shipmates from the Aleutian Ballad will relate their true-life adventures and experiences in the Bering Sea in pursuit of crab.
Guests will live like a “logger head,” learning the history of logging from a local lumberjack and participating in an axe-throwing competition.
New York Times best-selling author and renowned storyteller Nick Jans will tell his compelling, emotional story of Romeo, the wolf, and the effect he had on the people of Juneau, as told in his book, “A Wolf Called Romeo.”
Kids and teens will explore their adventurous side with activities including a Jr. Ranger program, panning for gold, “The Deadliest Catch” crab-sorting game, an interactive green screen game and more.
Discovery at Sea (Copyright © Princess Cruises)
Celebrate Like a Local
Guests will experience the thrill and excitement of the Klondike, harkening back to the glory days of gold rush fever. Fun for the whole family, the Klondike festival onboard activities will include Alaska icon and sled-racing presentations, penny whistle classes, traditional dance performances, an arts and crafts show, and more. The festival day will culminate with a celebration of the natural phenomenon of a visible sun at night during the Midnight Sun top-deck party, complete with entertainment, games and specialty drinks.
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