Experience the Majestic Beauty of an Alaskan Cruise: A Vegan's Guide

Embark on an unforgettable Alaskan cruise and immerse yourself in the majestic beauty of this breathtaking destination. Discover a vegan's guide to exploring Alaska's stunning landscapes, wildlife, and local cuisine. Explore the wonders of Alaska while staying true to your vegan lifestyle. Uncover hidden gems, tips, and recommendations tailored specifically for vegan travelers. Don't miss out on this ultimate guide to experiencing the splendor of an Alaskan cruise as a vegan. Start planning your dream adventure today

7/24/20234 min read

Imagine standing on the balcony of a cruise ship, surrounded by breathtaking glaciers, towering snow capped mountains and crystal clear waters as far as the eye can see. The allure of an Alaskan Cruise lies in the beauty of it's landscape, where nature's grandeur takes center stage. Witness humpback whales gracefully breaching the surface, playful otters swimming in the water surrounding the ship, and bald eagles soaring through the bright blue skies. Explore picturesque towns, immersing yourself in the rich culture and history of Alaska. Whether it's taking a boat trip to see a black bear foraging for food on a remote beach, or taking a raft trip through glacial waters, and Alaskan cruise promises an unforgettable adventure amidst nature's wonderment.

When embarking on an Alaskan cruise as a vegan, there are a few potential challenges to be aware of. Firstly, limited vegan options may be available on board the cruise ship. There are many cruise lines that offer vegan menus that are available online prior to purchasing your cruise, and there are some that do not. Our family member that booked our cruise used a travel agent who assured us there would be vegan options, even though we were not able to find this information on the cruise company's website. Once the cruise was booked and paid for I reached out to the dietary needs group to see what options would be available and to see if I would be able to look at menus prior to boarding. I was pretty discouraged when I received the response from them stating there are not vegan options available, I would need to make things work from the vegetarian menu. I was told the vegetarian options could possibly be modified to be vegan friendly, but I was not able to see any menus until we boarded the ship in Vancouver, BC. In preparation I went to the grocery store the morning we were to board the ship and purchased snack bars, instant oatmeal, protein powder and some other various snacks.

Exploring the challenges and opportunities of maintaining a vegan diet amidst the unique culinary offerings of an Alaskan cruise can be rewarding. Depending on the cruise line it may not come without its challenges. I was able to meet with one the dining room managers and together we came up dinners that met my dietary needs. He worked with the executive chef to modify the vegetarian options into health and flavorful meals. The challenge was, the rest of the day I was on my own. The reason being, I did not want to eat every meal in the dining room, I wanted the flexibility of taking my son to the pool or just being to chat with family. Here's an idea of what most days looked like. Instant oatmeal and fresh fruit for breakfast. I would order french fries and get more fruit in the afternoon and then for dinner I would head to the dining room to enjoy my 3 course dinner. On the second night of the cruise our whole family was able to enjoy a dinner together. The chef came up with an amazing 5 course vegan friendly dinner with a specially curated vegan dessert!

Cultural differences can also pose challenges for vegans on an Alaskan cruise. Alaska has a rich cultural heritage, and traditional Alaskan cuisine often includes seafood and meat. This can make it more difficult to find vegan friendly options when exploring local cuisine during shore excursions or dining at ports of call. I found that in each port we stopped in, there was at least one place that had one or more vegan options on the menu. If you have traveled much as a vegan you may have found that the local brewpubs usually have one or two things listed on the menu that are vegan or can be made vegan. This was true for Alaska too! When we got off the ship in Skagway, we had two excursions planned and we only had about 1.5 hours in between them. We had planned to go to Skagway Brewing but they were packed and there was no way we would make it in time for our afternoon excursion. Luckily we stumbled upon a food truck that had not one but two vegan options on the menu! I told the guy we were in a pinch for time and he recommended the option that would take about 10 minutes to make. That is the one I chose and 10 minutes later I was enjoying a vegan chorizo bowl. Anchorage also proved to be a vegan friendly town. I found multiple restaurants that had vegan items listed on the menu. Our family ended up going to 49th State Brewing. I started with an appetizer of Mexican street corn and I had vegan burger with fries for my main course. I washed that all down with a house made Spruce Tip Soda, a local favorite!

Embarking on an Alaskan cruise as a vegan may present some challenges, but with proper preparation, a willingness to explore and not being afraid to do your research it can be a rewarding adventure. Despite limited vegan options aboard the cruise ship, it is possible to work with the restaurant staff to create delicious and satisfying plant based meals. Additionally, while traditional Alaskan cuisine often includes seafood and meat, there are still opportunities to find vegan friendly options at local restaurants and breweries during shore excursions. Planning ahead and being open to new experiences can lead to delightful surprises and memorable dining experiences. So don't let dietary restrictions hold you back from experiencing the awe-inspiring beauty of an Alaskan cruise. With a little creativity and flexibility, you can enjoy an unforgettable journey amidst nature's masterpiece while maintaining your vegan lifestyle.