Ketchikan, Alaska

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When your cruise ship arrives for a port of call, we have time to acquaint ourselves with this new community. You can count on delightful curiosities and shops ready for your business as soon as you descend the gangway into town, but cruise lines also provide a series of shore excursions you could purchase. Whether by motorcoach, float plane or catamaran, these optional adventures showcase extraordinary environments or facilitate hands-on activities.

Read on to learn more about some of our favorite excursions during our time at our Inside Passage port of call in Ketchikan.

Ketchikan is a port of call on our Alaska & Glacier Bay Cruise.

Bear in mind that your onboard ship credit may not be applied to the cost of excursions before the day we board the ship. If you want to purchase an excursion and you suspect it could sell out beforehand, consider purchasing the excursion on your own and applying your onboard ship credit elsewhere.

Fishing Excursions

If you have an interest in sport fishing, you should know Ketchikan is the “Salmon Capital of the World!” Fishing excursions in this port of call include salmon or halibut hunts aboard a modern fishing boat and may be packaged with other activities such as a bus tour through the Tongass Narrows or a seafood dinner. Note: Fishing excursions may be catch-and-release only or require additional costs such as a one-day fishing license.

Misty Fjords National Monument

Travel by boat or seaplane northeast of Ketchikan to a landscape of immense granite cliffs and thick coastal rain forest. Misty Fjords is part of the 2.3 million-acre Tongass National Forest, the largest protected forest in the nation. Keep your cameras handy when you arrive in Behm Canal, whose extraordinary scenery was described by famous naturalist John Muir as “the Yosemite of the North.”

Totem Bight State Park

Immerse yourself in an impressive array of authentic totem poles and a replica Clan House just 10 miles north of Ketchikan. Find out what life was like for indigenous communities inside the house and decode the stories the totem poles tell. The park is also home to lush coastal rainforest foliage and marvelous views of the Tongass Narrows.

Saxman Native Village
Totem Pole Park

This public park south of Ketchikan is home to more than 20 totem poles, some of which were recovered from abandoned Tlingit villages. Seeing the Lincoln Totem, with a familiar president’s likeness at the very top, is sure to bring a smile to your face. Excursions to Saxman may also include a native dance performance or admission to the Great Alaskan Lumberjack show back at port.

Wildlife Viewing & Nature Walks

Go on scenic adventures and photo safaris in the greater Ketchikan area by foot, motorcoach, or floatplane. Some excursions are accompanied by a professional local photographer to give you camera tips, whisper headsets (especially useful on aircraft!), and much more. Note: Bear-watching excursions in Ketchikan usually begin no earlier than the first full week in July.

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