Princess Cruises has put a new spin on the “farm to table” idea. It’s offering an “ocean to table” dinner that features fish caught by passengers while on shore excursions in Alaska. The new culinary experience is called Cook My Catch.
The experience is available on Princess cruise vacations during port calls in Juneau and Ketchikan, as well as Princess Land & Sea Vacations featuring stays at Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge and Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge.
Shore excursions include Salmon Sport Fishing Adventure in Juneau; Salmon Sport Fishing Expedition, Hunting for Halibut and the Discovery Exclusive Alaska Fishing & Wilderness Dining excursion in Ketchikan. As guests return from their excursion, they select their preferred preparation and accompaniments to be prepared by the culinary team.
Cook My Catch is just one of many enhancements Princess is making to the award-winning North to Alaska program in 2016. The program, which partners with local experts to feature a variety of authentic Alaska culinary, educational and entertainment experiences, is designed to delve deeper into the frontier guests are exploring around them.
“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,” says Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises’ president.
The line has other new features in its 2016 North to Alaska program, including these:
Meet the Mountain Climber: Guests traveling on a Princess Land & Sea Vacation can gather in the new Hudson Theater at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge to enjoy an interactive presentation by mountain climbers who have conquered Denali. Participants will view photos and try authentic climber equipment. After the show, guests head outside to view a retired airplane similar to those used to transport climbers to and from base camp.
Puppies in the Piazza: Princess guests meet some of Skagway’s newest sled dogs on board a cruise to Alaska in 2016. Guests will have the opportunity to interact with the animals, take pictures and meet the dog handlers responsible for training them to be the next generation of Iditarod champions.
Six Princess cruise ships offer more than 120 Alaska cruise departures during the summer season, May to September, originating from San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver B.C. and Whittier (Anchorage), Alaska. All itinerary options include a seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise including a visit to Glacier Bay National Park, plus up to four nights in the Denali National Park area with stays at Exclusive Princess Wilderness Lodges. Rates vary based on itinerary and departure date.