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Princess expands local foods, cultural interaction in Alaska

Princess expands local foods, cultural interaction in Alaska
Princess Cruises' 'North to Alaska!' program is aimed at immersing passengers in authentic experiences. These include expanded seafood offerings, interactions with Alaskans such as learning about life as a lumberjack and on-board festivities such as Midnight Sun deck parties.

Princess partnered with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute to feature a nightly variety of authentic Alaska cuisine such as king crab, king salmon and halibut preapred by specially trained Alaska seafood chefs.  Specialty restaurants will also offer a regional Alaska cuisine menu on select evenings.

In addition, Princess is working with some of Alaska's best area joints to provide local favorites and signature dishes on board including crab cakes from Tracy's King Crab Shack in Juneau, fish tacos from Ketchikan’s Alaska Fish House and the Mermaid Burger from the Skagway Fish Co. The winning dish from the 2014 Great Alaska Seafood Cook-off, pan-seared Alaska salmon with root vegetable hash and mushroom tea, created by local chef Travis Haugen of Southside Bistro, will be featured in the main dining rooms.

Plus, from the Discovery Channel program, 'The Deadliest Catch,' Capt. David Lethin and his shipmates from the Aleutian Ballad will relate their true-life adventures and experiences in the Bering Sea in pursuit of crab.

Passengers will be able to experience living like a 'logger head,' learning the history of logging from a local lumberjack and participating in an axe-throwing competition.

New York Times best-selling author and renowned storyteller Nick Jans will relate his emotional story of Romeo the wolf and the effect he had on the people of Juneau, as told in his book, 'A Wolf Called Romeo.'

Kids and teens will be able to take part in adventurous activities including a Junior Ranger program, panning for gold, 'The Deadliest Catch' crab-sorting game, an interactive green screen game and more.

Among the Klondike Festival on-board activities are Alaska icon and sled-racing presentations, penny whistle classes, traditional dance performances and an arts and crafts show. The festival day will culminate with a Midnight Sun top-deck party with entertainment, games and specialty drinks.

In total, seven Princess ships offer more than 120 Alaska cruises during the May to September season. Ships sail from San Francisco, Seattle; Vancouver, BC; and Whittier.

Cruise-tours provide an air and sea vacation ranging from 10 to 15 nights. All include a seven-day 'Voyage of the Glaciers' sailing including Glacier Bay National Park plus up to four nights in the Denali National Park area with stays at Princess’ riverside wilderness lodges.