Galley Gourmet dinner cruises

Dessert on the dinner cruise in Kodiak, Alaska
Rhubarb fudge cake. Yum.

Since 2003, Galley Gourmet’s signature dinner cruises have been a highlight event for visitors and locals alike. Our dinner cruises are much more than a meal aboard a boat. They are a wildlife tour as well, making them one of the most popular ways to experience Kodiak.

Kodiak is home to sea lions, puffins, sea otters, beautiful wildflowers and whales. Every stretch of water and shoreline is a treat to the senses. As one happy customer said, “The Sea Breeze is Alaska at its best.”

“No trip to Kodiak Island is complete without a cruise with Galley Gourmet!”
~ Scott McMurren, Alaska travel expert for 30 years

Dinner cruises last about 3.5 hours and you’re special guests of hosts Marion and Marty Owen on the Sea Breeze, a classic 42-foot yacht.  After leaving the dock, Marty

Sea otter
Sleepy sea otter

navigates around scenic islands and passages. While nibbling on tasty appetizers, you’ll notice many opportunities to bring back beautiful pictures. Marion is a professional photographer and is happy to help you get great photos.

Marty knows a lot about the ocean. He recently retired from his harbormaster duties and his Kodiak roots go back to the 1930’s when his family settled on Kodiak Island–which means he has lots of stories to tell.

What’s for dinner?

Kodiak is home to world-class seafood and the ocean air gives you a healthy appetite. From local seafood and

organic greens from Kodiak gardens
Fresh salad greens

fresh, organic salad greens (Marion is a master gardener and co-author of the New York Times bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul) to the scrumptious dessert, you’ll discover why it’s called “Galley Gourmet, a feast underway!” So while we like to feature local fare, we’re also happy to serve non-seafood dishes and work with guests who might have special dietary needs or restrictions. Just let us know.

Take a look at this sample menu:

Apricots and marinated halibut wrapped in bacon
Orange-garlic hummus
Apple salsa and corn cups
Salmon Kiev with king crab sauce
Fresh garden greens with raspberry-herb dressing
Vegetable shish-kebob
Brown rice and lentils
Salmonberry mousse

What makes Galley Gourmet dinner cruises so special?

Marion Owen, chef aboard the Sea Breeze, takes a little break
Marion’s galley: A great view for doing dishes!

Our dinner cruises are casual yet special events. With a maximum of six guests, you’ll enjoy the intimate atmosphere and personal attention. Whether you are a party of 1, 2, 4 or 6, our goal is to provide a fine dining experience in a beautiful setting.

Note: If you enjoy travel journaling, we invite you to draw your food and add ingredients, other guests names, and the birds and animals you see.

How did we get started doing dinner cruises?

That’s a story in itself: Following the catastrophe of 9/11, local French chef Joel Chenet organized a fundraiser dinner and auction for the surviving families of restaurant staff that perished when the World Trade Center towers fell. One of the auction items was a gourmet meal aboard our boat. “You provide the boat, and I’ll bring the dinner,” said Joel.

The dinner cruise was a big success. When they returned to the dock, Joel looked at Marty and said, “Marion likes to cook, right? You guys should offer dinner cruises on your boat.” Well, the rest is history…

At-a-glance tips and highlights

  • Where: The Sea Breeze ties up in Slip B-3 in St. Paul Boat Harbor, located  downtown.
  • Time: Guests should meet the at the boat at 6 PM. We depart soon after 6 PM and return around 9:30 PM
  • Dress code: Kodiak Casual: Wear comfortable shoes; bring a jacket, hat, camera, batteries, etc.
  • Alcohol: Our dinners are BYOB (bring your own booze). We have corkscrews, ice, glasses, etc.
  • Cost: $175 per person for the 3.5-hour cruise (does not include tax or tip). Special rates are extended for active military.
  • What else to bring: Guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item. We will deliver your donation to the Kodiak Island Food Bank. We thank you in advance.
Kodiak, Alaska scenic
Everyone has a window seat.

How to book your dinner cruise

To book a dinner cruise, send us an email (my garden@alaska.net) or give us a call:

  • 907-654-8150 (Marty’s mobile)
  • 907-539-5009 (Marion’s mobile)
  • 907-486-5079 (home office)

You may have noticed we don’t have an online booking service. That’s because we prefer the more personal touch, to communicated directly with our guests.

Deposits and refunds

We require a deposit on all reservations. Deposits are refundable only if cancellation is made at least 30 days prior to your scheduled trip. And we also understand that Mother Nature can get cranky when it comes to weather. (A processing fee of $25 will be charged for all cancellations).

Remember, when you make your booking, let them know if you are celebrating an anniversary, birthday or other special occasion. We like to help you celebrate life.

Place setting for Galley Gourmet dinner cruise in Kodiak, Alaska
“All’s well that ends with a good meal.”

We hope to see you soon on one of our dinner cruises.

Sincerely, and with tasty thoughts,

Marion and Marty