Princess Cruises to Open Fannie Q’s Saloon at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge
A prospector, trapper, hunter, woodcutter, gardener, dog musher and great sourdough cook describe the legendary Fannie “Q” Quigley, an Alaskan with a rough-and-tumble, hard-working personality admired for her loads of hospitality.
In May 2019, at the start of Princess Cruises 50th year of sailing to Alaska, the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge will debut a new restaurant and bar named after this famed Alaskan pioneer, Fannie Q’s, showcasing her story and locally inspired dishes in a modern saloon setting.
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Fannie Q’s Saloon will offer indoor and outdoor seating with a total capacity of 180, located at the Lodge in the center of Princess Village. Menu offerings will include authentic, home-grown dishes, such as Bison Sliders, Braised Pork Shoulder and a dish Fannie Quigley was known for – Bear-Lard Pie. In the evening, live entertainment will fill the air offering a lively local atmosphere.
“Our new Fannie Q’s Saloon was inspired by this famous female pioneer’s sense of adventure and tenacity, helping to tell the local stories our guests seek to discover while enjoying an authentic dining experience with local eats and beverages,” said Jan Swartz, Princess cruises president.
“We strive to innovate our product offerings with new or refreshed concepts to maintain our number one position in Alaska.”
Just outside of Fannie Q’s Saloon and in the heart of the Princess Village at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, the Fireside Patio also debuts with three firepits offering a new gathering place for guests to roast marshmallows, talk about their adventures and have a drink in the midnight sun. Light refreshments will be available for purchase at this new cozy spot.
In addition, the existing Grizzly Bar & Grill will be updated and renamed Grizzly Burger. This fast-casual restaurant allows guests to quickly order at the counter and seat themselves. Grizzly Burger will feature the cruise line’s award-winning “Ernesto” burger, named “Best Burger at Sea” by Cruise Critic.
This uniquely crafted ribeye burger was created exclusively for Princess by burger expert Chef Ernesto Uchimura.
The 663-room Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge is located just one mile from the entrance to Denali National Park and features an expansive deck overlooking the Nenana River with views into the park. Accommodations are available to Princess Cruises cruisetour guests, exploring the interior of Alaska pre- or post-cruise.
In 2019, seven Princess Cruises ships will sail to Alaska with the inaugural season of Royal Princess, bringing the largest Princess ship ever to sail the region. In addition, 76 percent of all voyages sail to Glacier Bay National Park. To enhance the cruise experience and to see more of Alaska, guests can also choose from more than 23 available cruisetours.