Years ago a charming Italian Captain of the Fairsky—a cruise ship operated by the now defunct Sitmar Cruises that was acquired by Princess Cruises—would cook up fish that passengers caught during Mexican Riviera cruises. His name is long gone but the memories aren’t. Sometimes the captain would cook a fish he caught and invite a few lucky passengers to his quarters for dinner (it paid to be young and a journalist). So flash forward to 2016 and guess what? Princess Cruises announced today Feb. 16 the launch of Cook My Catch, an exclusive culinary experience offering anglers the ability to enjoy their very own catch of the day while on vacation with the leading cruise line in Alaska. Talk about serendipity.
Here’s how this clever idea works. It’s available on Princess cruise vacations during port calls in Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska, as well as Princess Land & Sea Vacations featuring stays at Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge and Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge. It’s part of select Princess shore excursions including Salmon Sport Fishing Adventure in Juneau; Salmon Sport Fishing Expedition, Hunting for Halibut and the Discovery Exclusive Alaska Fishing & Wilderness Dining excursion in Ketchikan. After passengers snare their catch they bring it back to the ship, select how they want it cooked and what they want with it, and voila a meal is born.
Cook My Catch is one of a number of unique amenities that the cruise line is offering on its North to Alaska program in 2016–a program that teams up with local experts to feature a variety of authentic Alaska culinary, educational and entertainment experiences. If you’ve never tasted freshly-caught Alaskan halibut or salmon you are in for a real taste treat–not to mention the satisfaction of eating what you caught. “The newest North to Alaska offerings, including Cook My Catch, truly demonstrates our commitment to provide our guests authentic local experiences in the destinations we visit,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises’ president. “Alaska offers so many opportunities to create lifetime memories ultimately ensuring our guests ‘come back new’.”
Princess’s Northwest season will include six ships offering more than 120 Alaska cruise departures from May to September, originating from San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver B.C. and Whittier (Anchorage), Alaska. Additional information about all of the Princess Alaska cruise options and North to Alaska can be found here.