Seafood and Shore Excursions Plus More Tips for Eating in Alaska
Alaska is an adventurous place to visit in more ways than one. Visions of kayaking, glacier trekking, and dog sledding probably come to mind when you picture an Alaska cruise, but you should also add some culinary images to that daydream. Yes, even eating in Alaska can be an adventure. From fishing for your very own catch of the day to participating in salmon bakes after mountain adventures to Alaskan cooking demonstrations from local chefs, there are plenty of exciting ways to nosh on Alaska cuisine.
One of your best options for eating in Alaska during a cruise is to partake in shore excursions. By choosing a shore excursion that features some foodie fun, you’ll get to try some traditional Alaskan cuisine in addition to getting escorted around some of the most beautiful areas of Alaska.
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From south to north here is a culinary shore excursion guide for experiencing Alaska’s food scene. You’ll learn the best shore excursions for eating in Alaska while visiting five different popular cruise ports: Ketchikan, Sitka, Icy Strait Point, Juneau, and Skagway.
Cuisine Excursions in Ketchikan
Chef’s Market Discoveries – Alaska Fishing Adventure and Private Dinner
Celebrity Cruises offers Chef’s Market Discoveries in many of its ports, which is a shore excursion series that pairs your excursion with a Celebrity Cruises chef who will teach you about the local cuisine while in port. The land excursion is followed by a special dinner back on board the ship featuring ingredients and cooking techniques you learned about that day.
In Ketchikan, you can do a Chef’s Market Discoveries shore excursion that takes you on an Alaska fishing expedition in the Tongass National Forest. You’ll sail to a prime fishing locale where you might catch salmon, Pacific halibut, rockfish, or lingcod. After your fishing adventure concludes, you’ll head back to the harbor with your catches, where a local fishmonger and a chef from your cruise ship will meet you. They’ll help you decide which fish to choose to dine on that evening.
Once you’re back on the ship you’ll meet the chef for a tour of the galley followed by a meal featuring your catch of the day and other Alaskan flavors.
Celebrity Discovery Collection: Totem Discovery and Crab Feast
Learn about local culture as it pertains to the history of totem poles and the catching of crab on this interesting shore excursion that combines visits to the Totem Heritage Center and Saxman Native Village with a delectable all-you-can-eat Dungeness crab feast.
Catch of the Day: Private Cabin Cruiser, Crabbing, and Seafood Fest
Take your crabbing experience in Alaska one step further with this elaborate shore excursion in Ketchikan that teaches you how to bait and set crab pots, then later you’ll eat the crab you catch. When you’re not catching or feasting on crab, you’ll get a luxurious tour of the Ketchikan coastline and Bostwick Bay on a 22-foot cabin cruiser.
Sitka Shore Excursion for Adventure-Loving Foodies
Alaska Zodiac Adventure and Fin Island Lodge
Feel the spray of the ocean on your face as you adventurously zip around Sitka Bay on a Zodiac while you search for wildlife and take in gorgeous sights. Your Zodiac will deposit you on Fin Island where you’ll head to the lodge of the same name for a hearty feast of Alaska king crab, wood-fire grilled salmon, prime rib, homemade sides, dessert, and hot chocolate and other beverages.
Icy Strait Point Excursion with Food To-Go
Salmon isn’t the only popular fish in Alaska; Pacific halibut also has quite a following. You can try your hand at catching it on a halibut fishing shore excursion while in Icy Strait Point. If you’re wondering how fishing also equates to eating in Alaska, don’t worry – you get to bring the taste of Alaska home; your catch can be specially packaged and shipped back to your home for you to enjoy upon your return.
Juneau Shore Excursions for Eating in Alaska
Chef’s Market Discoveries – Alaska’s Wild Flavors and Private Dinner
Just like in Ketchikan, Juneau has a Chef’s Market Discoveries shore excursion. On this one, you can do a Chef’s Market Discoveries excursion that takes you around the city to a crab shack, botanical garden greenhouse, brewing company for a beer tasting, and a local culinary school for some Cajun salmon samples. Your private dinner that evening also includes a tour of the galley on the ship.
Taste of Juneau
Try some of the best Alaskan dishes in Juneau on this shore excursion, which also includes a beer tasting at a local brewery. For the food portion of your excursion, you’ll get to sample some of the best things to eat in Alaska while also learning how to make them from the head chef of Chez Alaska Cooking School. The Taste of Juneau excursion also includes a sojourn to one of the city’s best viewpoints.
Taku Lodge Feast and 5 Glacier Seaplane
Give your taste buds a thrill with an Alaskan cuisine feast at Taku Lodge, the only place where you can eat in Juneau with glacial views. Best of all, you’ll get to Taku Lodge on a 10-seater seaplane, from which you’ll have a bird’s eye view of all the incredible glaciers and wilderness surrounding Juneau.
Skagway Shore Excursion Worth Its Weight in Gold…and Salmon
Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp and Salmon Bake
Feel like you’re living in the gold rush era with a grilled, all-you-can-eat salmon feast in the open forest while at the Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp, followed by your chance to pan for gold in the Liarsville gold fields.
Shore Excursions Help Provide a Stress-Free Alaska Cruise
An added bonus of choosing a shore excursion through Celebrity Cruises during your Alaska cruise is getting the peace of mind of knowing you’ll be back at your ship on time before it departs for the next port.
If for some reason any delays occur, the ship will wait for your shore excursion group to get back. Though unlikely, if your excursion is significantly delayed and the ship can no longer wait in port for you, arrangements will be made for you to rejoin the ship at a later port at no expense to you.
To learn more about the benefits of shore excursions and to book your Alaska cruise, visit Celebrity Cruises’ vacation planning pages and start putting together an exciting – and delicious – cruise to America’s Last Frontier.