The Avid Traveler
Alaska’s golden anniversary of statehood deserves special Princess treatment
Alaska is celebrating its 50th year of statehood, and Princess Cruises will be working hard to help its guests appreciate all that the state has to offer. With ships arriving for the start of the Alaska cruise season last weekend, Princess is pulling back the curtain on a comprehensive effort to provide a rich Alaskan experience this summer whether on land or at sea.
Passengers will have several opportunities to experience the flavors of Alaska through Princess’ Signature Alaska Cuisine. Throughout the Alaska fleet, chefs will create a bounty of flavorful dishes that reflect the state’s culinary traditions, such as fresh local fish, savory meats, and an assortment of seafood specialties. Special culinary events featuring the local fare will be scheduled throughout each cruise. Among these special meals, the special Alaskan dinner in the dining rooms will feature a number of local tastes and regional influences, including salmon, a celebrated seafood soup and loin of venison. And on the deck during one port day, there will be a fish barbecue with crab cakes and venison chili and more for cruisers returning from shore.
Princess is also doing more to help guests understand and appreciate the magnificent landscapes and coastal regions of Alaska as well as the native cultures. On each Alaska sailing, passengers have the benefit of the expert guidance from a dedicated onboard naturalists, including biologists, writers, adventurers, professors and Alaska Natives, among others, who give informative presentations about local wildlife, glaciers, oceanography, marine life, native Alaskan cultures, history and many other local topics of interest.
And during trips through Glacier Bay National Park, rangers will present background information and explanation for passengers of all ages while ships sail among the dramatic ice fields. The rangers join the ship for the day, offering a live commentary from ship’s bridge throughout the visit to Glacier Bay, pointing out the natural wonders and wildlife sightings. Rangers also give an informative shipboard presentation with videos of Glacier Bay’s environment.
Photo of the three Native people at the Chilkat Indian Culture Center, Haines, Alaska, by Robin Hood.