Alaska's Culinary Travel Experience
From millennials to baby boomers and empty-nesters,
many cruise travelers are interested in some kind of
unique food experience when they take to the seas.
And Alaskan's have been at the forefront of the sea
and farm-to-table movement and a burgeoning culinary
For cruise travelers, food and drink is a must when
looking at the Alaska travel experience, for just
about everyone, but millennials are the ones most
likely to base a travel decision on culinary
interests. According to a July 2015 study* close to
70% of millennials are “food & cuisine driven
travelers,” although baby boomers and empty nesters
also made a strong showing.
Not only is today’s cruise traveler more likely to
focus on culinary options and "local flavor"
opportunities, but they’re looking for a different
kind of culinary experience than in years past. Now
people are asking to go deeper, to experience the
local cuisine and culture both onboard and ashore.
Experiencing the local foods and culture they find
within the flavors of the cuisine they sample.
Those cruise travelers are interested, for example;
an Alaskan cooking experience with a local chef, a
culinary tour of Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau,
Ketchikan, or Skagway, a Bering Sea Crab excursion
and so on.
When in Alaska, dine as the Alaskans do.
Signature Alaska Cuisine spotlights the seafood and
other unique dishes the Great Land has to offer. At
sea, you’ll enjoy the fresh salmon, halibut and king
crab, caught in the very same waters you are
sailing. Plus there are fun events that highlight
the rich flavors of the region.
On land, you’ll find equally tantalizing dishes
served in the restaurants of wilderness lodges that
feature locally sourced ingredients for authentic
A Taste of Alaska Buffet
featuring Alaskan Amber-battered
Rockfish fillet, Alaska crab salad
and Alaska beef stew, hand-carved
salmon and Alaska soup with
whitefish and mussels.
An On-Deck Fish Barbecue of hot
finger foods such as grilled prawns
on skewers, fresh Alaska fish
brochettes, crab cakes and cups of
A Reindeer Chili and Rockfish
Chowder Cook Off on deck to warm the
soul with freshly baked bread rolls
— and a choice of Alaska beers to
wash it down.
An Alaska Culinary Demonstration
where Gravad Lax of fresh Alaska
Salmon is prepared by our executive
chef with help from passengers.
Glacier Bay Champagne Breakfast
served on your balcony in Glacier
bay — you’ll enjoy smoked salmon,
crab quiche, pastries and local
berries with a half bottle of
Baked Alaska — A Princess
tradition and what better way to top
off a great meal than with our wait
staff parading through the dining
room to present this flaming
There’s also a variety of Alaska
Beers available onboard and a Vodka
tasting for purchase that features
three Alaska Distillery brands
(Permafrost, Smoked Salmon and Birch
Syrup) as well as fine European
Discover the unique flavors of Alaska, while dining
right on board. Indulge in new and unexpected
flavors — and come home all the richer for it!
Alaska is renowned for its seafood
but there’s plenty more on the menu at
our Princess wilderness lodges. Here are
some of the offerings that you may
Famed King and Sockeye salmon,
as well as Alaskan Pacific cod.
Bering Sea Red King Crab Legs —
world renowned — and Sustainable
Kodiak Bairdi crab.
Alaska-made caribou, reindeer
and buffalo sausage, and Bison
Beer-battered fish and chips —a
Princess signature recipe. Alaska
cod hand dipped in Alaskan Amber
Glacier Brewhouse Denali Red —
Brewed exclusively for Princess
wilderness lodges by the Glacier
Brewhouse in Anchorage, AK.
For those who want an introductory taste of
the flavors of Alaska, take in a culinary
tour that showcase different frontier towns:
Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway.
Check Out The Local Dives!
Some of the best local eateries in Alaska provide
true Alaska favorites onboard including Crab Cakes
from "Tracy’s King Crab Shack" in Juneau, Fish Tacos
from "The Alaska Fish House" in Ketchikan, and a
Mermaid Halibut Burger from "The Skagway Fish
1. The Rookery Cafe: Classy Fare with a Cozy
Atmosphere in Downtown Juneau
When you're busy in historic downtown Juneau, the
Rookery Cafe always feeds the need for a little
pick-me-up coffee and croissant. Their burgers are
mouthwatering, especially with a side of the
must-have mac and cheese or the beet salad with
whipped goat cheese. They make their food with
seasonal ingredients that are locally sourced
whenever possible (pretty remarkable, considering
Juneau's remoteness). They're open from breakfast
2. Tracy's King Crab Shack: Authentic Alaskan
Seafood Just Off the Port in Juneau
Everyone has heard of Alaskan king crab, but where
can you find some of the best, most mouthwatering
seafood in Alaska? Local favorite Tracy's King Crab
Shack offers a whole bucket of crab legs served with
melted butter. This little no-frills eatery also
delights customers with its delicious, creamy crab
bisque. It might just be the best seafood you'll eat
on your trip to the Inside Passage.
3. Bar Harbor Restaurant: A Quaint Dinner Spot That
Highlights Local Flavors in the Coastal Town of
Make sure you make reservations if you want to
experience this intimate dining experience, where
pot roast and vegetarian entrees compete for the
hearts of guests. The service is outstanding here,
and they work very hard to make you feel at home.
4. Skagway Brewing Company: Great Food + Great Beer
= A Great Time
There are few things that Alaskans love more than
fish and chips and craft beer. Skagway Brewing
Company succeeds at both great seafood and tasty
microbrews. Definitely try their beer sampler with
the fish and chips combo or dig into one of their
seven specialty burgers served with a side of
Cruise Traveler Tip: When in Anchorage be sure to
visit the Snow City Cafe.
Historically, Inuits survived the harshest of
winters by smoking salmon with their families. This
tradition continues in modern Alaskan cuisine, where
you can find this popular fish in everything from
salmon cakes to tacos. And while you can find salmon
on menus throughout the city, you'll want to make
some time to try it at Snow City Cafe. There,
fresh-squeezed orange juice paired with unique
options like their Ship Creek Benedict (complete
with poached eggs and smoked salmon cakes served
over an English muffin with a side of reindeer
sausage) will expand your culinary horizons. On
weekends, get to Snow City Cafe early — it's a
popular spot with locals and tourists alike.
Wonders, Wildlife, Cuisine and Culture on an Alaska Cruise
Now, story-tellers, dog mushers, and chef's are
onboard to help tell Alaska's story and bring an
authentic, local connection through the food and
drink, culture and activities of this Great Land.
Award-winning, chefs are actually in the kitchen
preparing these delicious local dishes for guests to
Hundreds of new shore excursions are now available,
crafted by local experts, designed to fit a variety
of interests. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or
seeking a unique experience off-the-beaten-path, a
culinary enthusiast, or prefer to travel with a
smaller group - there's a tour for you! Exclusive
tours provide immersive experiences that cannot be
Alaska is home to 17 of the 20 highest peaks in
North America' more than 100,000 glaciers, 3 million
lakes, 6,640 miles of coastline, 33,904 miles of
shoreline, and more than 70 potentially active
volcanoes. From Alaska's majestic beauty to its
staggering array of wildlife, it is truly a unique
In the Know
One of the reasons travelers turn to travel professionals is for their role as
advisor, someone who can separate the reality from the hype and offer up
valuable expertise and recommendations. Authenticity is crucial, separating
activities that you would find sorely disappointing while others really unique.
Ask one of our Certified Alaska Travel Experts about our recommendations, about what’s hot and what should be avoided,
what’s getting press and so on. The answers to your questions are just a
toll free call away: 800.365.1445
People are attracted to Alaskan locals-only
food-oriented events that they would love to go
to—and talk about once they get home. To keep up
with the culinary scene, including interviews with
local chefs, a calendar of events and more, check
out the Wonders of Alaska at
More Culinary Choices with Princess Cruises
Cruise dining is always extraordinary with Princess, and
restaurants elevate fine dining to dizzying new heights. Savor the
Italian flavors of Sabatini’s or premium steak and seafood cooked to
perfection at Crown Grill, just to name a few. They’re
mouth-watering experiences you just can’t miss!
An elegant restaurant designed by renowned chef and
Times best-selling author, Curtis Stone. Dedicated to a
dining experience that encourages connecting with others, Chef
Stone's exquisite menu offers various courses including enticing
charcuterie, composed salads, handmade pastas and premium
quality meats, an array of decadent desserts and more!
Available on Ruby, Emerald and Sun Princess.
A warm, inviting gastropub developed in collaboration with
Ernesto Uchimura, a founding chef of the original Umami Burger.
Try one of their innovative gourmet creations inspired by pub
favorites or devour
The "Ernesto," a savory rib eye burger crafted exclusively
for Princess by Chef Uchimura. Offering a unique variety of
beer, whiskey and cocktail selections, there’s something for
everyone to enjoy.
This popular Italian dining option is arguably one of the
"Best Cruise Ship Specialty Restaurants" at sea (USA
TODAY). Sample the signature pastas and
seafood specialties, as well as the authentic touches that evoke
the home-cooked charm of a Tuscan villa.
A refined steakhouse that serves aged and hand cut,
cooked-to-order steaks and premium seafood, including grilled
shrimp and lobster. With a rich wood décor and a theater-style
open kitchen, no wonder this specialty restaurant was named
"Best Cruise Ship Steakhouses" by
This is more than just a traditional steakhouse, serving the
highest quality cuts of beef, including New York strip steak,
Porterhouse and Filet Mignon. Voted among the
Ship Steakhouses" by
The Chef’s Table is an extraordinary treat for both gastronomes
and gourmet novices. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes galley tour with
Champagne and hors d'oeuvres, followed by an extravagant
multi-course dinner created and hosted by the executive chef.
The first New Orleans-inspired specialty restaurant at sea,
Bayou Café offers fresh and authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine,
N’Awlins crawfish “mud bug” bisque, peel-and-eat shrimp,
smothered gator ribs, chicken and chorizo jambalaya, and
Available on Coral Princess and Island Princess.
Choose a luxurious breakfast or experience the "ultimate"
romantic dinner at sea: a sumptuous four-course meal, including
succulent lobster tail and juicy steak, your beverage of choice,
hors d’oeuvres, all served right on your balcony served by our
*study by Destination Analysts, Inc.
Source: Princess Cruises
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