Ketchikan Activities? Here’s Some Ideas.

Last post I tough briefly on the city of Ketchikan, Alaska the first port of call on our Alaska Cruise Tour 2013. This time I will highlight some of the activities you can participate in while you are in port. Most of what I will tell you is shore excursions offered by either the cruise line or a separate shore excursion company, but you can also go of and explore the town on your own. You can visit Creek Street and see the unique shops that now occupy the bars and brothels that were there during the gold rush days. There is a free shuttle taking cruise passengers downtown from berth 4.


Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises

Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises

If you like the more organized tours of your port of call, you can check out the many shore excursions offered in Ketchikan.  The cruise lines offer you the ability to pre book your excursions online or even book them while on board the ship.  They offer you the assurance that you will make it back to the ship in time for departure.  There are a few shore excursion providers not affiliated with the cruise lines that now offer the assurance that they will get you back to port.


Some excursions are designed for people who are active while others are designed for those who like a challenge.  One of the easier excursions is to take a Lighthouse, Totems, and Eagles boat tour.  After a short bus rides from the dock you will board a vessel and see Tongass National Forest, historic Ward Cove Cannery, Guard Island Lighthouse, and Totem Bight State Park. You can enjoy the sights from either the heated cabin or from the observation deck.


Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International

Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International


Another one of the easier options is to experience what crab fishermen do. You will board the Allutian Ballad, a crab-fishing vessel that was featured in season two of the “Deadliest Catch”, where you will watch the crew pull a crab pot filled with crab. They will also pull other types of traps and pots used to catch other species.


photo courtesy of Princess Cruise Line

photo courtesy of Princess Cruise Line


If you Like fishing you can go on an Alaskan Fishing and Wilderness dining Expedition. You will be outfitted and take out to experience bottom fishing. Then you will enjoy a meal of freshly caught fish before returning to your ship.


The Alaskan Bear and Adventure flight excursion takes you by float plane into the Tongass National Forest and after a ¼ mile walk you will be able to spend time watching Bear fish for salmon. You will also get the opportunity to see eagles waiting for scraps left by the bears or even catching their own fish dinner.  When doing an excursion dealing with wildlife you need to keep in mind that seeing wildlife is not guaranteed but they do all they can to make it happen.

Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International

Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International


With all these activities there is plenty to look forward to at our first stop on our Alaska Cruise Tour 2013. You can learn more about our cruise tour at:

Author:  Nathan Nehmer –


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One thought on “Ketchikan Activities? Here’s Some Ideas.

  1. It’s hard to come by experienced people on this subject, but you seem like you know what you’re
    talking about! Thanks

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