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"Wild for Alaska Seafood"

Princess Cruises Debuts New Wild For Alaska Seafood Cruise Menu

With the first full Alaska cruise season in years set to begin, Princess Cruises has announced a new dining experience for their Alaskan cruise itineraries on board six ships this Spring. 

The “Wild for Alaska Seafood” program is an industry first, according to the cruise line, with an extensive menu rotation of Alaska seafood dishes, along with destination-inspired cocktail experiences—including flights of Alaska spirits sourced from local distilleries—inventive cocktails such as “Creamy Cinnamon Moonshine,” “Glacial chilled Martinis,” and hand-picked, premium wine pairings to go with Alaska seafood dishes.

“We take our role as the leader in Alaska cruising seriously and as such we’re always looking for new ways to enhance our guests’ experience, both on board and ashore, while helping them gain a deeper appreciation of this incredible cruising region,” said John Padgett, president of Princess Cruises. “Guests are going to love these one-of-a-kind dishes that showcase the unique culinary offerings that add an exciting new dimension to our Alaska vacations.”

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Wild for Alaska Seafood by Princess Cruises 

The new menus feature 30 unique Alaska seafood dishes with featured items every night in all main dining rooms. The dishes, crafted by Chef Rudi Sodamin and his culinary team, highlight the freshest seafood from Alaska with multiple varieties of Alaska salmon, including King (Chinook), Sockeye and Coho, as well as wild Alaska cod (caught by hook and line only), halibut, rockfish, Dungeness crabs, wild spot prawns and razor clams.

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“When it comes to cruising in Alaska, more people choose Princess than any other cruise line, and now we’re making the experience more authentic and memorable with fresh new seafood choices and culinary events not found anywhere else,” said Rudi Sodamin, head of culinary arts for Princess who spearheaded the initiative. “We created our exclusive ‘Wild for Alaska Seafood’ program to celebrate its rich fishing heritage and fascinating local culture, all while enriching our guests’ adventure as they experience and explore The Great Land. Our goal is to showcase Alaska’s deliciously diverse seafood as well its history allowing guests to truly immerse themselves in this awe-inspiring natural wonderland.”  

Additionally, ships’ specialty restaurants, including the Crown Grill steak and seafood restaurant and the classic Italian trattoria Sabatini’s, will offer “Wild for Alaska Seafood” menu inserts featuring appetizers like salmon carpaccio and choices of pan-seared, poached, pan fried or grilled  wild Alaska halibut or Copper River salmon. “Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a whole new range of Alaska seafood regardless of where they’re dining that evening,” Sodamin continued.

Chef Rudi Sodamin
Chef Rudi Sodamin | Photo: Princess Cruises

Sustainability is another focus with the new program as Princess developed the new “Wild for Alaska Seafood” program in partnership with Pacific Seafood, Alaska Seafood, and Alaska Leader Seafood, all of which have an abiding commitment to environmentally responsible practices and are among the best-managed, most sustainable fisheries in the world.

“It is our responsibility to serve our oceans through an unwavering commitment to sustainability, being stewards in our local communities, and leaders in sustainable fishing practices,” said Frank Dulcich, president & CEO of Pacific Seafood. “We are proud to partner with Princess in a mission that aligns with ours in serving sustainable, wild Alaska seafood, and the healthiest protein on the planet.”

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Evan Gove is the SEO & Content Manager for Porthole Cruise and Travel's digital department. He covers cruise industry news and writes ship reviews for porthole.com. You can also catch him as a guest on the YouTube series Cruise Control with Bill Panoff. Follow his tweets and posts about the cruise industry from Porthole Cruise and Travel's social media accounts.