Taste Alaska: Savor the Flavor of Fresh Sustainable Seafood

View of cooked salmon and vegetables on white plate with Alaska landscape in background.

Though sailing to the great land with Holland America Line includes spectacular glacier and wildlife views, it also offers something unique – the mouthwatering taste of fresh, certified and sustainable Alaska seafood.

We’re proud to have earned the Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) certification, making us the first and only cruise line to achieve this distinguished credential whereby all our ships cruising to the Last Frontier serve only fresh, sustainable and traceable Alaska seafood. This demonstrates our commitment to protect the fish and local communities that catch them.

What the RFM Certification Means

RFM is a third-party certification program for wild-capture fisheries. It’s aligned with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries – the most comprehensive set of international standards and best practices for wild fisheries. The RFM ecolabel includes the seafood product’s origin and tells consumers where their food comes from every step of the way, from reeling in the catch, to processing and delivering to our ships, to your plate on board.

Person holding fresh caught fish in front of Holland America Line cruise ship.

Culinary Council Member Chef Ethan Stowell selects salmon from a catch.

Partnering with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute

We’re also a proud partner of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI), sharing a commitment to serve sustainably sourced Alaska seafood. Having traveled to Alaska for more than 75 years, Holland America Line continues to encourage stewardship of the environment and operate in partnership with the people and organizations in the areas we visit.

View of fresh seafood meals on table with flowers in front of Holland America Line cruise ship.

Serving Fresh Flavors

Tasting Alaska’s fresh and flavorful seafood on our ships has long been part of our immersive culinary experiences. On any Alaska cruise, we serve more than 2,000 pounds of Alaska Salmon, 1,000 pounds of Alaska cod, 800 pounds of Alaska halibut, 500 pounds of Alaska rockfish and more.

We also offer recipes developed by our Culinary Council Member Chef Ethan Stowell and ASMI. Guests can relish a fried Alaska cod sandwich with malt vinegar aioli and savoy cabbage slaw; Alaskan salmon chop with cucumber, tomato, avocado, bacon and green beans; and roasted fennel crusted Alaska halibut with artichokes and Taggiasca olives. This is in addition to several other Alaska seafood dishes on menus throughout our ships.

Savor My Catch

Is catching a big one at the top of your bucket list during an Alaska cruise? Reel in a catch on select fishing-focused shore excursions and savor every bite on board through our Savor My Catch program, where Holland America Line’s expert chefs prepare and serve it in a true ocean-to-table experience.

Are you ready to taste Alaska? Learn more about how you can experience Alaska Up Close™.

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  1. […] Ron Loves Alaska’s Fresh Seafood Ron, our Food & Beverage Director, started sailing with Holland America Line more than 30 years ago. His father worked for the cruise line before that, so cruising has been part of his family for generations. Though he loves traveling all over the world, he has a heart for Alaska’s seafood. […]

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