Friday File: The Food Of Alaska

When you cruise to Alaska to enjoy the local cuisine, you can expect to have seafood…and seafood…and seafood. It’s what Alaskans have long consumed for survival, with a little caribou or reindeer added for variety, and it’s what passengers on the Star Princess had the most opportunities to enjoy. Did we mention that you should like seafood? Below are some of the dishes we encountered (also consumed) on our 11-day journey — with a little culinary variety, of course…

1-Crab Shack

The Crab Shack is a special feature on the ship and the dishes include a healthy array of counterparts from the sea.


Catch-and-eat…in rainy Ketchikan yesterday, Nancy caught three rockfish and four fellow fruitless fishers helped eat them.

2-Halibut burger

As part of the Alaska experience, Princess serves yummy Mermaid Burgers (halibut) on the pool deck, on select days.

9-Smoked salmon

One of the attractive room service orders are these bites of smoked salmon, enhanced with a little shrimp and caviar.

6-Denali Brewing

In Talkeetna, the Denali Brewing Company serves beer cheese soup, a spicy dish that’s more cheese than beer.

3-Liars salmon

King salmon really is royalty in Alaska, so it was a natural at Liarsville, a funky little town on many Skagway shore excursions.

7-Salmon belt

In Juneau, this is one of the places where you can see salmon, before they hit your dinner plate in the restaurants.

4-McKinley crab

Another member of the royal food family is this crab double dip (King and Bering Sea) from the McKinley Lodge.

5-Reindeer meatballs

A break from the seafood…mushroom caps stuffed with reindeer from King Salmon at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge.

8-Sabbatini dessert

Something sweet to finish — creme al caffe, served only at one of the ship’s specialty restaurants, Sabatini’s.

In the news…

• Nine Holland America passengers perish in Alaska plane crash
• New ships Carnival Vista, Viking Sea on the move in shipyards
• Quantum of the Seas set to begin Asian assignments

Today at Coming next year — Harmony of the Seas

Carnival Ecstasy
4 nights
September 28, 2015
Miami (return): Key West, Cozumel
Inside: $209
Cost per day: $52

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