There’s no better way to learn about a destination than by talking with and watching the locals. Princess Cruises understands that locals provide a lot of experience and knowledge to travelers who are visiting a new destination, and they can serve as excellent guides! If you’re planning a cruise to Alaska, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from locals while taking part in fun adventures. Princess Cruises is now offering special excursions and tours led by local experts to celebrate 50 years of sailing to Alaska! This is a fantastic way to make your Alaska cruise even more memorable.

Princess Cruises has been sailing to Alaska for 50 years, and they’re now offering Alaska experiences through their Local Connections program. These authentic tours will give travelers a chance to experience real Alaska during their vacation. Local experts will lead the way and give you a taste of their lives. There are 15 exciting shore excursions to choose from, so pick the ones that are most interesting to you.

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Wondering what kind of tours and experiences you can book? Here are some example options that you may want to consider:

Ketchikan Pub Walk Created by Bar Historian: This walking tour will take you to Ketchikan’s best pubs. A lifelong Alaskan will guide you every step of the way as you learn about the history of the watering holes. You’ll hear prohibition-era stories about the previous red-light district brothels and will learn all about the historic town. Of course, there will be plenty of sample beverages along the way.

Culinary Demonstration with Alaskan Chef: This experience will allow you to learn all about the flavors and ingredients in Alaskan cuisine. Chef Lionel Uddipa, winner of the Great American Seafood Cook-Off, will give you a cooking lesson. He will also discuss Alaska’s fresh seafood and the many dishes that can be created. You’ll enjoy a four-course tasting menu on this delicious adventure.

Discover Alaska’s Whales—A Small-Group Experience Created by Alaskan Captain: If you want to get up-close to the amazing whales, this is the experience for you. You’ll hop on board a research vessel and take part in hands-on science activities while a naturalist talks all about the creatures. This tour is the perfect opportunity to see and take photos of whales because you’ll have the ultimate view.

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This list is just a small taste of the available excursion offerings, Book your Alaska cruise today so that you can experience one of these incredible adventures and learn from expert locals.