Royal Caribbean Celebrates Alaska Culture with “Locals Onboard” Program

Royal Caribbean International will spotlight local artists across its Alaska cruises as part of a new “Locals Onboard” program in collaboration with The program is part of the line’s “SEA the Future” commitment to energize local communities by connecting local business owners and artists with vacationers.

Throughout this Alaska season, the line will offer a range of sailings with small group experiences onboard for travelers to meet and engage with Alaskans. Participating local artists lead guests through unique programming, including photography workshops, Alaska Native culture and dance, watercolor sessions, storytelling and more.

The immersive program showcases 16 artists and local business owners from six southeast and south-central Alaska communities (Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, Haines, Sitka and Seward). In total, the program comprises 52 experiences, including:

  • A Brief Introduction to Indigenous Southeast Alaska” – Vacationers discover the historical indigenous way of life in Ketchikan, exploring tribal artifacts, cedar weaving, the art of totem carving and traditional fishing methods
  • Painting the Wild” – Travelers explore artwork and inspiration from the coastal fjords of Glacier Bay
  • Harvesting Wild Plants in the Northern Lynn Canal” – Guests are introduced to foraging local plants sustainably with an opportunity to create sugar scrubs using wild flora and glacial silt harvested in the Northern Lynn Canal is an online marketplace that helps travelers buy products from local Alaskan businesses. It sells a large selection of Alaskan gifts and keepsakes, from Alaska Native Art to fresh seafood and local jewelry, available for sale from 200-plus small businesses and artists from all regions of the state.

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