Cruise teams up with local experts

SINGAPORE, 22 July 2019: New for the 2019 season and celebrating the cruise line’s 50th year sailing in Alaska, Princess Cruises has partnered with a team of local experts in Alaska to give guests even more exclusive and authentic experiences ashore as part of the cruise line’s award-winning Local Connections programme

Local Connections in Alaska was designed to connect guests with the people of the destination, and offer them interactive experiences with local chefs, artists and expert guides – from cooking with an Alaskan Chef to axe throwing with Lumberjacks and whale watching with the experts.

(LEFT) David Lethin presents the Crab Fishermen’s Tour and (right) Alaskan Chef Lionel Uddipa hosts culinary demonstrations

With a total of 15 featured shore excursions in four Alaska ports, Princess Cruises has partnered with well-known chefs, artists, wildlife experts, seafaring captains and much more. Examples include:

Icy Strait Point – Cooking in Alaska’s Wildest Kitchen with Alaskan Chef: Learn to prepare wild, natural and sustainable Alaska seafood in a hands-on tasting session hosted by wilderness chef Dodie Lunda. Living on a floathouse for 23 years in remote Alaska made her a creative and accomplished cook.

Juneau – Culinary Demonstration with Alaskan Chef: Winner of 2017’s Great American Seafood Cook-Off, Chef Lionel Uddipa takes local Alaska flavours and ingredients and updates them with a modern flair.

Ketchikan – Ketchikan Photo Safari with Nature Photographer: Photographers and outdoor enthusiasts will thrill to an excursion designed for the novice, as well as the professional.

Other Alaska Local Connections shore excursions include:

Juneau Whale Watching & Wildlife Quest Created by the Allen Family 
Discover Alaska’s Whales – A Small-Group Experience Created by Alaskan Captain 
Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier Photo Safari Designed by Alaskan Photographer

KetchikanGreat Alaskan Lumberjack Show & Axe Throwing Challenge Created by Champion Ironjack 
Bering Sea Crab Fishermen’s Tour Created by Captain David Lethin 
Ketchikan Pub Walk Created by Bar Historian

Skagway Skagway Street Car City Tour with Storyteller 
White Pass Rail Bennett Lake & Yukon Adventure Created by Train Historian 
Hands-On Kitchen Science with Alaskan Chef 
Golden Glassblowing Experience at Jewell Gardens Designed by Glass Artist

The award-winning and cruise industry first Local Connections program launched in 2016 as part of Princess Cruises’ “Come Back New” Promise, a multi-million-dollar array of new product innovations and guest experience enhancements designed to create lifelong memories and meaningful stories for guests to share from their cruise vacation.

Local Connections connects guests with different cultures in unique ways by sharing the passion and pride the company’s port partners have for their destination. Princess Cruises currently offers Local Connections shore excursions, lecturers and inspiring content in the worldwide destination the cruise line visits including Alaska, Australia & New Zealand, the Baltics, British Isles, Japan, Mediterranean, Mexico, Panama Canal and South America.

As the cruise line that hosts the most passengers in Alaska, Princess Cruises offers a variety of cruise and cruise tour options highlighting the state’s must-see attractions, including Glacier Bay National Park and Denali National Park. Alaska cruises range in length from seven to 12 days and depart from Vancouver, Anchorage (Whittier), Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
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