Get to Know the Last Frontier Onboard a Cruise to Alaska

by Margaret Adsit

On a cruise to Alaska, you're likely to see calving glaciers, majestic Alaskan wildlife, and the vast, lush surroundings for which the state is known. Now, on board your next Alaska cruise, you can not only see the scenic side of the Last Frontier, but also immerse yourself in its culture through the North to Alaska onboard experience. On your next cruise, try some of these fun-filled, uniquely Alaskan experiences:

Hear Tales of the Alaskan Wild

Almost every Alaskan cruise gives travelers the chance to learn about an aspect of the Alaskan wild, be it the forests (as shown through the eyes of lumberjacks), the open sea, or tales of wolves, one of the state's best-known native animals. Before you step foot on shore for a river adventure in Haines or zipline through Juneau, get to know Alaska through featured onboard activities.

You can get in touch with your rugged side with Logger Heads — a presentation given by a real Alaskan lumberjack who will shed light on the lives and adventures of these famously strong workers. After that, you'll be treated to an axe-throwing competition that you may even be selected to participate in! Hone your axe-throwing skills, and impress your fellow cruisers with your hidden talent.

You'll have the opportunity to meet Libby Riddles, the first woman to win the grueling 1,100-mile Iditarod sled dog race as she joins the ship in Juneau to share her tales, answer questions and sign autographs. Interested in storytellers? Steve Hites, a storyteller performs his "North to Alaska" show, a tribute to the Klondike days you won't want to miss!

Do you have what it takes to be a crab fisherman? Find out as Captain David Lethin, of Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch, and his shipmates share stories of their trials on the open sea.

Readers and nature lovers alike might enjoy watching Nick Jans, a New York Times best-selling author, as he shares the touching, true story of Romeo as shared in his book, A Wolf Called Romeo.

Eat Fresh Alaskan Seafood

You haven't had Alaskan king crab until you've had it fresh from the waters of Alaska. Celebrate the rich seafood culture of Alaska on board your cruise ship with dishes featuring Alaska king crab, salmon, and halibut. Delight in pan-seared salmon with root vegetable hash and mushroom tea, the recipe that Travis Haugen created to win the 2014 Great Alaska Seafood Cookoff.

Have Fun at a Klondike Festival and Midnight Sun Party

No Alaska cruise is complete without an authentic Klondike festival. Where else can you take penny whistle classes, try your hand at Tlingit art, and learn more about sled racing — all without leaving your ship?

Every day spent onboard will make you feel that much more like a native Alaskan. Cruise to Alaska, and you're sure to come back new.

Ready to plan your visit to Alaska? Booking a cruise is the perfect way to experience Alaska's rich cultural heritage — both on board and ashore

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