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 scene.

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 Alaska flair.

Some Examples...

At Sea

  • 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 venison chili.
  • 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 champagne.*
  • 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 dessert?
  • 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 vodkas.*

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!

On Land

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 find*:

  • 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 chili.
  • Beer-battered fish and chips —a Princess signature recipe. Alaska cod hand dipped in Alaskan Amber batter.
  • 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 Company".*

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 through dinner.

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 Ketchikan

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 hand-cut fries.

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.


Alaskan Cuisine – Princess Cruises

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 enjoy
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Culinary Excursions

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 booked independently.

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 destination. Learn More

 

 


 

 


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 Learn More

 


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 www.alaskacruises-cruisetours.com.

More Culinary Choices with Princess Cruises

Cruise dining is always extraordinary with Princess, and their upscale 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!

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An elegant restaurant designed by renowned chef and New York 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.

Salty Dog

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.

Sabatinis

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.

Crown Grill

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 among the "Best Cruise Ship Steakhouses" by USA TODAY.

Sterling Steakhouse

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 "Best Cruise Ship Steakhouses" by USA TODAY.

Chefs Table

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.

 

Bayou Café

 

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 Porterhouse steak.

Available on Coral Princess and Island Princess.

 

Ultimate Balcony Dining

Ultimate Balcony Dining

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 dedicated waitstaff.


*study by Destination Analysts, Inc.

Source: Princess Cruises


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