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We Tried It! Fishing for Our Dinner in Alaska

by Dana McMahan | December 06, 2016

One of the highlights of an Alaska cruise is getting to sample the local seafood, straight from waters teeming with salmon, halibut, and king crab. And with Princess Cruises' new "Cook My Catch" excursions, you can actually be the one who casts the lure and reels in that fresh catch before it is prepared by chefs back on the ship. So what's it like to go out on a fishing boat and reel in dinner? On a recent cruise to Alaska, I found out.

What It's Really Like
I set out from Ketchikan with five of my fellow Star Princess passengers on a 34-foot cruiser. Our captain, an experienced guide named Brian Larson, set up the poles and baited hooks while we waited. Nearby, whales surfaced on the water as we snacked on salmon crackers and waited for something to happen. 

Then, the pole nearest to me bent dramatically. Our captain instructed me on how to brace the pole against my midsection and carefully reel it in.

Dana McMahan

Dana McMahan is a Detroit-based contributor to ShermansCruise who also writes for the Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post.

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