Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan is known as Alaska's "First City" because it's the first major community travelers come to as they journey north. Located on an island, Ketchikan began life as an Indian fishing camp. The name Ketchikan comes from a Tlingit phrase that means "eagle with spread-out wings," a reference to a waterfall near town.

In the early 1900s, when gold was Alaska's claim to fame, fishing and timber industries were established in Ketchikan. The growth of these industries helped make this Inside Passage port Alaska's fourth-largest city.

Visitors to Ketchikan will be intrigued by its rich Native heritage, which includes the world's oldest collection of totem poles at Totem Heritage Center. The Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian are all a part of the city's colorful history. Ketchikan, with its abundance of salmon, is also a sportfishing paradise. Sightseers will be impressed with both the scenic town and its surroundings, especially Misty Fjords National Monument.

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Points of Interest

  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Totem Bight State Park
  • Saxman Native Village
  • Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary
  • Misty Fjords National Monument
  • Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show
  • George Inlet Lodge
  • Creek Street
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  • Outdoor Adventures

    Enjoy what is truly an outdoorsman's paradise, with activities you won't find anywhere else. Go for a ride in an off-road vehicle, kayaking, hiking, nature watching, flightseeing, ziplining and more.

  • Totem Bight State Park

    Set amidst the peaceful forest, the park is home to 14 totem poles, each telling their own story, and a replica of a 19th-century clan house, offering a look into the Tlingit and Haida Native Alaskan cultures.

  • Saxman Native Village

    Experience the rich living culture of the Tlingits as they welcome you to their village. Unravel totem pole mysteries, see carvers in action, shop for fine art and enter a clan house to watch Native dancers.

  • Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary

    This 40-acre rainforest reserve is home to bald eagles, black bear, seals and a variety of birds, a live eagle display and a master Native totem pole carver at work.

  • Misty Fjords National Monument

    Take in the dramatic beauty of a land slowly crafted by the hands of nature. It encompasses more than two million acres of sheer granite cliffs, 1,000-foot waterfalls, and crystalline lakes.

  • Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show

    This celebration of a bygone era is a rip-roaring good time. World champion athletes compete in springboard chopping, buck sawing, axe throwing, log rolling and the thrilling 50-foot tree climb.

  • George Inlet Lodge

    A former cannery bunkhouse built in the 1940s, this historic lodge was towed on a log raft over 70 miles to its current site on the shores of the spectacular George Inlet waterway 15 miles south of Ketchikan.

  • Creek Street

    This historic boardwalk was a Red Light District during the Gold Rush. Now, it's a quaint place to tour Dolly's House museum, view totem poles, and shop at locally owned stores and galleries.

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City Highlights, Totems & Creek Street by Trolley

1.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-950
  • Saxman Native Village
  • Creek Street

Get a glimpse into Ketchikan's rich history and fascinating culture with a 75-minute guided tour past some of the city's most colorful landmarks. Your knowledgeable guide will entertain you with stories and tall tales of Ketchikan's boisterous history and fascinating Native culture as you wind your way through the city and past the lovely City Park. Then, enjoy a photo stop and guided tour at Saxman Native Village, which boasts the world's largest collection of totem poles. A powerful representation of Alaskan Native culture and art, there are 32 totem poles scattered throughout the village. Next, you'll return to Ketchikan for a visit to Creek Street once renowned as the city's red-light district boasting more 30 brothels. Today, it's filled with museums, historic homes, and souvenir shops. At the end of your walking tour you can return via a complimentary public shuttle or walk back to your ship.

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Historical Ketchikan & Creek Street Walking Tour

1.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-380
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Creek Street

This short yet fascinating walking tour starts when you meet your guide of Tlingit descent who shares personal knowledge of the many changes Ketchikan has experienced. Stroll along Ketchikan's infamous Creek Street, the former red light district, where you will learn of its important economic role in the city's early history. Discover the story behind the many totem poles that line the streets, and more about the historic "Married Man's Trail." Your guide will tell you of the incredible journey salmon endure as they return to their spawning ground. Enjoy the many trees, shrubbery and flowers along the route and learn of their importance to the Tlingit's food gathering practices. Questions are encouraged, as your host would like you to leave Ketchikan with a better understanding of the community and its culture.

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Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show

1.25 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-300
  • Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show

Ever wonder what life's like for Alaska's hearty lumberjacks? Find out as you watch rugged, real working lumberjacks compete head-to-head in the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show. From the pier, it's just a short walk to the covered, heated and cushioned grandstand. During the action-packed show, you'll see Alaska's frontier lumberjacks battle British Columbia's premier woodsmen in a no-holds-barred competition for the title "Bull of the Woods." These world champion athletes are featured in springboard chopping, buck sawing, axe throwing, log rolling and the thrilling 50-foot tree climb, while your colorful host shares stories of lumberjack lore. Before the show, pick up a souvenir at the gift shop, or enjoy a snack before settling in for an exceptional show filled with music, excitement and lots of laughs. Afterwards, you're free to wander the town, or simply take the short walk back to your ship.

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Totem Bight State Park & Ketchikan Highlights

2.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-100
  • Creek Street
  • Totem Bight State Park

This two-and-a-half hour guided tour brings you the highlights of Ketchikan as well as showing you some of the more colorful traditions of Native Alaskan culture. You'll depart your ship for a scenic motorcoach ride around the city. Along the way you'll see Alaska's busiest waterfront, bustling with floatplanes and boats; drive by infamous Creek Street, Ketchikan's former red-light district during the Gold Rush; and travel along beautiful North Tongass Highway, passing salmon canneries and a pulp mill that was once the largest of its kind in the world. Then, you'll visit Totem Bight State Park for a glimpse into the native Tlingit and Haida Indian cultures. You'll see 14 colorful, traditional totem poles, each one telling its own fascinating story. Then, you'll visit a replica of a 19th century clan house where you'll learn more about Native Alaskan society.

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Town & Harbor Duck Tour

1.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-660
  • Creek Street
  • Outdoor Adventures

Experience adventure with a splash in Ketchikan on Alaska's only "duck" tour. You'll enjoy a 90-minute tour aboard a modern, state-of-the-art amphibious vehicle that starts with a drive through town while your guide points out historic buildings and places of interest. You'll ride past the bustling waterfront and pass picturesque Whale Park with its pioneer clock, colorful flowers and totem pole. Then, you'll follow Ketchikan Creek, a rich salmon habitat, to the fish ladder and spawning grounds. You'll pass infamous Creek Street, once the city's "Red Light District," now filled with quaint shops and cafes. Then, without missing a beat, your "duck" will take to the water, launching into Ketchikan's bustling harbor for up-close views of fish canneries, seaplane docks and the sights of this waterfront community. Have your camera ready. You never know when eagles, seals, porpoises and other wildlife will appear during your informative, entertaining tour.

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Saxman Native Village, Dance Performance & Totem Park (Wheelchair Accessible)

2.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-121
  • Creek Street
  • Saxman Native Village

Get a rare opportunity to visit a living Native village – and access areas not available to independent guests – combined with a tour of the historic city of Ketchikan. You'll depart your ship for the short motorcoach ride to Saxman Native Village. Once you arrive, you'll be greeted with a traditional tribal ceremony and video. You'll then enter the Beaver Clan House where you'll witness tribal members perform traditional songs and dances and tell tales. Then, your guide will help unravel the mysteries of the towering, majestic works of poles at Saxman Totem Park before you visit the Village Carving Center. Your tour concludes with a scenic motorcoach ride back to your cruise ship. Along the way you'll see Alaska's busiest waterfront, bustling with floatplanes and boats; drive by infamous Creek Street, Ketchikan's former red-light district during the Gold Rush; and historic residential areas and the turn-of-the-century style downtown area.

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Saxman Native Village, Dance Performance & Totem Park

2.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-120
  • Creek Street
  • Saxman Native Village

Get a rare opportunity to visit a living Native village – and access areas not available to independent guests – combined with a tour of the historic city of Ketchikan. You'll depart your ship for the short motorcoach ride to Saxman Native Village. Once you arrive, you'll be greeted with a traditional tribal ceremony and video. You'll then enter the Beaver Clan House where you'll witness tribal members perform traditional songs and dances and tell tales. Then, your guide will help unravel the mysteries of the towering, majestic works of poles at Saxman Totem Park before you visit the Village Carving Center. Your tour concludes with a scenic motorcoach ride back to your cruise ship. Along the way you'll see Alaska's busiest waterfront, bustling with floatplanes and boats; drive by infamous Creek Street, Ketchikan's former red-light district during the Gold Rush; and historic residential areas and the turn-of-the-century style downtown area.

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Local Connections; Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show & Axe Throwing Challenge Created by Champion Ironjack

2 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-305
  • Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show

Celebrate southeast Alaska's rich logging history on this rip-roaring good time with quality entertainment for all ages! A short walk from the pier takes you back to a bygone era where the history of Alaska's frontier comes to life and lumberjacks display their dazzling skills. The show is held in a covered, heated and cushioned grandstand. Alaska's frontier lumberjacks battle British Columbia's premier woodsmen in a no-holds-barred competition for the title of "Bull of the Woods." Watch these world-champion athletes compete in springboard chopping, buck sawing, axe throwing, log rolling and the thrilling 50-foot tree climb while your host delights with lumberjack lore. Meet the jacks after the show for pictures, then the fun continues as you compete in a thrilling Axe Throwing Competition. You'll learn the art of throwing a 7-lb razor-sharp axe, and then, after a little practice, you will go head to head in a thrilling competition against other participants. Walk back to the ship at your leisure.

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Local Connections: Ketchikan Pub Walk Created by Bar Historian

1.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-385
  • Creek Street

Raise a glass to Alaska's First City with a pub crawl through downtown Ketchikan. You'll immerse yourself in the camaraderie and spirit of each establishment and have a unique opportunity to soak up the local color. As you walk to each historic establishment, your guide will share infamous stories of days gone by such as the prohibition era when the red-light district was in full swing, and the colorful history of Ketchikan's most popular hot spots. These neighborhood hangouts offer local favorite drinks for those 21 and older. During your tour, you can enjoy a sampler beverage at several pubs, meet the genuine characters who make Ketchikan unique and enjoy a stroll down historic Creek Street, said to be the most photographed street in Alaska. At your final stop, you'll be entertained by live music and have a chance to relax with new friends.

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Totem Bight State Park & Lumberjack Show

4 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-110
  • Creek Street
  • Totem Bight State Park
  • Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show

This excursion combines two of our most popular tours (100 and 300)! After a scenic motorcoach ride in and around Ketchikan, you'll travel along North Tongass Highway and disembark at Totem Bight State Park for a fascinating look at Native Tlingit and Haida cultures. Follow the path through a forest of mighty hemlocks to an old Indian campsite surrounded by colorful totem poles. Continue walking to a replica of a 19th century Clan House and step inside and learn more about the rich Native Alaskan culture. Enjoy coffee and cookies before shopping at Alaska Totem Trading and rejoining the coach. Then, get a look at Alaskan lumberjacks in jaw-dropping competitions at the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show. Watch world champion athletes compete in springboard chopping, buck sawing, axe throwing, log rolling and the thrilling 50-foot tree climb, while your colorful host delights the crowd with stories of lumberjack lore.

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Rainforest Canoe & Nature Trail

3.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-430
  • Outdoor Adventures

Feel your worries slip away as you soak up the serenity of Tongass National Forest while gliding over the still waters of Lake Harriet Hunt in a Native-style canoe. Whether this is your first time canoeing or you're an old pro, the scenery you'll paddle through is so breathtaking, you may find it indescribable so have your camera handy to show the folks back home. Paddling under the direction of an experienced guide, you'll scan the shore for wildlife and learn about Ketchikan's natural and Native history. Paddle to shore and walk to base camp for a well-earned and tasty snack of smoked salmon, clam chowder, rolls with wild berry jams and beverages. Refreshed, you'll set out on a short nature hike with your guide who'll share his knowledge of the forest's flora and fauna. Before returning to Ketchikan, you'll receive a souvenir "I Canoed Ketchikan" pin.

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Eagle Islands Sea Kayaking

3.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-770
  • Outdoor Adventures

Embark on a kayak adventure in Tongass National Forest. Your excursion begins as you board your motorcoach for a scenic, narrated drive out of downtown to Knudson Cove, an "off the beaten track" waterfront property. Upon arriving, you'll receive a basic kayaking and safety class before. You'll board your tandem kayak and quickly gain confidence as you paddle to the Eagle Islands in Clover Pass. The protected waters of Clover Pass offer the opportunity to enjoy the tranquil setting of the Tongass National Forest. Along the paddle, you'll learn about the natural and cultural history of the area while keeping a keen eye out for bald eagles, seals and jumping salmon. After nearly two hours on the water, you'll end your day with a hot beverage and a relaxing return drive back to the pier.

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Lighthouse, Totems & Eagles Excursion

3 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-600
  • Totem Bight State Park
  • Outdoor Adventures

All aboard for an award-winning voyage of discovery guaranteeing eagle sightings, ten eagles' nests, and views of Totem Bight State Park, Vallenar Rocks Wildlife Viewing Area and historic Guard Island Lighthouse. After a narrated drive through Ketchikan board your vessel and relax in the heated main cabin or enjoy the open-air observation deck. Witness abundant eagles and baby eagles in season. See Tongass National Forest & historic Ward Cove Cannery. Complimentary salmon spread, cheese, crackers, fresh fruit, cookies and hot & cold beverages are provided throughout. Besides eagles, you commonly see harbor seals, pigeon guillemots, moon jellyfish, whales, deer, blue heron and other seabirds. Colorful cabins, mansions and unique homes round out this breathtaking seascape. This tour is consistently rated highest quality by cruise passengers.

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Rainforest Sanctuary Nature Walk, Totems & Eagles

2.75 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-420
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary

This delightful three-hour tour gives you the rare opportunity to commune with nature in a breathtaking setting of the Ketchikan rainforest. A scenic coastal drive takes you to rustic Herring Cove, where a naturalist will guide you along a forest trail past Alaskan cedars before stopping at an elevated boardwalk overlooking Eagle Creek. During spawning season (mid-July through September,) the salmon runs attract eagles, bears, seals and shorebirds. Then photograph bald eagles up close at the Alaska Raptor Center's exhibit, visit the fascinating Herring Bay Lumber Company sawmill and explore the on-site totem park. Browse the General Store before the ride back to town.

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Local Connections: Ketchikan Photo Safari with Nature Photographer

3 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-330
  • Outdoor Adventures

Capture the jaw-dropping beauty of Alaska on this small-group photography excursion. Designed for the novice, as well as the professional, the itinerary is personalized and kept flexible in order to allow for the unexpected events that often become the highlights of the experience. Led by a local photographer, your guide will share area history, facts and stories as you travel from six to eight different sites in a Ford transit passenger van through town and into the wild. Once you meet your photographer guide, you'll go off the beaten path and focus on taking compelling, personal images. Then, get your camera poised for a dazzling panorama of earth, sea and sky; some of the sites you'll shoot include the rainforest, flowers, totem poles, beach, and mountains, creeks, waterfalls, and the chance of wildlife encounters. Enjoy hot coffee and a gourmet cookie while photographing the boats at historic Bar Harbor.

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Mountain Point Snorkeling Adventure

3 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-790
  • Outdoor Adventures

On this award-winning marine adventure, immerse yourself in a seldom-seen underwater view of Alaska at Mountain Point, southeast Alaska's premier snorkeling destination. After suiting up in a state-of-the-art wetsuit, you'll climb down a rocky slope to the shore and enter the water from a protected beach, together with your guides, highly trained PADI professionals. You'll see and handle a variety of multicolored sea stars, urchins, sea cucumbers and the giant sunflower star during this one-hour guided marine-life tour. As you snorkel over a kelp forest, you'll discover the myriad of fish that inhabit these waters. Complete instruction, in-water supervision and entertaining narrative make this an unforgettable underwater experience for both beginners and experienced snorkelers alike.

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Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show & Crab Feast

4 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-315
  • Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show
  • George Inlet Lodge

Indulge in an extravaganza of Alaskan culture and cuisine with a duo of legendary "must-dos." The fun begins with the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show. You'll see Alaska's famed lumberjacks battle British Columbia's premier woodsmen in a no-holds-barred competition for the title "Bull of the Woods." Your cheers will turn to roars of excitement as axes fly through the air, and men free-fall from tall trees and run atop spinning logs floating in the water. Next, a narrated coach drive takes you through Ketchikan, past some of the iconic landmarks and popular attractions of this charming waterfront town to the rustic-yet-elegant George Inlet Lodge for a scrumptious lunch of Dungeness crab, baby red potatoes, delicious oriental salad and a fabulous cheesecake with blueberry toppings for dessert. The drive back to the ship travels through the pristine Tongass National Forest and picturesque Ketchikan.

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Zipline Adventure Park

3.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-400
  • Outdoor Adventures

Different from all other zip experiences, you can swing, scramble, climb and glide on suspended cables through a unique rainforest adventure park. After a scenic, narrated drive out of downtown to Knudson Cove, an "off the beaten track" waterfront property, your guide walks you into the temperate rainforest. The high ropes portion of the course includes eight different spans across the canopy. Some of the ropes elements include suspended logs, rope bridges and swinging steps. Then, gravity pulls you along a series of eight lines zipping between a variety of impressive old growth red cedars and Sitka spruce. Finally head over to the 50-foot climbing tower where guides will show you techniques needed to rock climb to the top. After a short stop to take off your gear and shop for souvenirs, you'll board your motorcoach for your return drive back to the pier.

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Rainforest Island Nature Walk & Seahawk Adventure

4 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-425
  • Outdoor Adventures

A rainforest walk with a twist, your four-hour adventure starts when you board a motorized inflatable Seahawk, for the short but exciting cruise along the coast of Clover Passage. Along the route you may have the opportunity to observe whales, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, bald eagles and migrating seabirds.

Landing at a secluded beach you will follow your guide through the ancient Tongass National Forest, home to a diverse cross-section of animals including bears, eagles, wolves and trumpeter swans. View the Western red cedars and yellow cedars that early Natives depended on for spiritual enrichment, shelter and transportation. The well-maintained trail is mostly boardwalk and about one mile in length. You'll also enjoy an interactive beach life interpretation by your naturalist guide. After hiking the gently sloped, historic route, enjoy an Alaska-style snack, before the return trip to Ketchikan.

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Rainforest Trail Bike & Hike Adventure

3 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-455
  • Outdoor Adventures

Feel worlds away from life's hustle and bustle as you witness Alaska's wild, rugged beauty and awesome scenery during an exhilarating bike and hike. This active adventure begins with a stop at the outfitters where you'll pick up a mountain bike and put on a helmet and rain gear. After a few safety instructions, you'll follow your experienced Alaskan trail guide along a gently sloped, historic three-mile-long trail through the Tongass National Forest. While riding under a canopy of Sitka spruce and western hemlock trees, you may see Sitka black-tailed deer feeding on the native hemlock, berries, and lichens. Soon, you'll reach a rustic creek-side camp where you'll gather around a warm campfire and feast on a hearty Alaskan-style snack of clam chowder and smoked salmon. Recharged, you'll embark on a short nature walk with your guide who'll share his knowledge of the forest's flora and fauna.

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Sea Cycle Ocean Adventure

3.25 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-720
  • Outdoor Adventures

Behold wildlife, learn the history of southeast Alaska, and enjoy the great outdoors all from the seat of a sea cycle water bike. Your approximately three-hour adventure begins with a safety briefing and instructions at the sea cycle dock in historic Ward Cove. With your guide in the lead you'll head out onto the crystalline ocean waters. Soak up the serene seascape as you pedal near Tongass National Forest for a close up look at an eagle's nest. Then, you'll continue on to the former Ketchikan Pulp Company and learn its intriguing history. Soon, you'll find your way to a wildlife estuary, home to ducks and their ducklings, jellyfish, crabs, and the occasional bear. From here, you'll glide to the remnants of a floating log camp. Finally, your journey ends with an enjoyable Alaska picnic. After lunch you'll rejoin the bus and return to your ship.

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Backcountry Jeep & Canoe Safari

4 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-500
  • Outdoor Adventures

A land and sea adventure that's not to be missed. You'll drive a four-wheel drive automatic Jeep Wrangler along the mountain roads through Tongass National Forest. The safari travels from sea level to the sub-alpine region of this unique coastal island. You'll learn about the area's natural history as you drive abandoned logging roads. Along the way, you'll make stops to take advantage of photo opportunities and to rotate drivers so everyone has a turn at the wheel. Your next destination is the secluded mountain lake - Lake Harriet Hunt - where you'll board a large, easy-to-paddle canoe much like the Natives used to travel the coastal waterways. You'll paddle out to a camp in the woods where you will enjoy an Alaska-style snack, including chowder and smoked salmon. Your safari guide will then lead a optional nature walk through an old-growth forest or you're more than welcome to stay in the gazebo with the camp cook.

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Rainforest Sanctuary Walk, Totems, Eagles & Crab Feast

4 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-415
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary
  • George Inlet Lodge

Explore the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, a private reserve at scenic Herring Cove. A guided walking tour leads through tall stands of cedar, spruce and hemlock to a wetland estuary. Watch for bears and seals that feed on spawning salmon, in season. On-site experiences include seeing bald eagles up close, touring the historic Herring Bay Lumber Company saw mill, and exploring the totem park and General Store. Later, drive to the rustic yet elegant George Inlet Lodge for a feast of fresh Dungeness crab! Rounding out the menu are baby red potatoes, fresh oriental salad and a scrumptious blueberry cheesecake dessert and it's topped off with a rowdy Crab Shell Stacking Competition. The return drive showcases charming Ketchikan and its dramatic mountain, forest and coastal scenery.

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Hump Island Oyster & Kelp Farm with Tasting

3.25 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-320

Cruise over the sparkling waters of Clover Passage to the Hump Island Oyster Farm. Established in 2010, the farm offers a unique look at mariculture with samplings of oysters, snacks and refreshments. This exclusive adventure begins with a narrated ride along a coastal road that parallels scenic Tongass Narrows. En route to the departure site, your guide will share the area's culture and rough and tumble past. After a safety briefing, you'll board the USCG certified vessel that features a large deck and heated, covered indoor seating. After you arrive at this one-of-a-kind floating facility you'll embark on a behind-the-scenes look at the facility and oyster growing process. Meet the local critters in the touch tank and discover the canal's ecosystem with footage from an underwater drone. Before returning to Ketchikan, you'll be treated to a sampling of the locally harvested oyster and kelp products at the Oyster Bar.

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Wilderness Cruise & Silverking Lodge Seafood Feast

3.75 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-655
  • Outdoor Adventures

This tour combines four unique activities into one exciting and delicious expedition! First, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Ketchikan en route to Clover Pass Resort. Then, embark on a wilderness cruise that includes an active eagle's nest (keep your camera handy, you may also see porpoises and seals). Navigate through bays and inlets while gaining insights into the area. Next, arrive at Silverking Lodge, located in the heart of Grant Island State Marine Park and set out on a nature walk into the heart of the rainforest for an up-close and personal look at the flora and fauna of southeast Alaska. Finally, finish your tour under the lodge's covered gazebo with a delectable seafood feast all cooked in one delicious pot and served piping hot on your table! If you still have room, finish the meal with dessert. Before your return, enjoy free time to take more photos and grab a souvenir.

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Wilderness Exploration Cruise & Crab Feast

4 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-650
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • George Inlet Lodge

Explore Alaska's wilderness and experience the life of a crab fisherman on a narrated cruise through the heart of the Tongass National Forest followed by a crab feast. After a scenic drive to George Inlet Lodge, you'll board a comfortable sightseeing boat and cruise the George Inlet waterway. You'll pass the George Inlet Cannery and learn of "pirates" that plagued the area. View the Mahoney Glacial Cirque, with snow-capped mountains and 2,000-foot waterfalls, the site of an abandoned short seam gold mine. Head to a remote crab estuary and soak in the grandeur of the rainforest. Volunteers will assist in pulling crab pots and you'll learn of their anatomy and life cycle. Return to the lodge for a delicious Dungeness crab feast. After a lesson in the art of crab cracking, enjoy this succulent delicacy, hear tall tales and try your hand at a crab shell stacking competition.

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Coastal Wildlife Cruise

3.25 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-630
  • Outdoor Adventures

This 3 1/4-hour cruise takes you on a search for black bears, eagles, seals, sea lions, humpback and killer whales. Your tour begins with a short walk to board a custom-built, high-speed boat specially designed for wildlife viewing. You'll cruise 25 miles to a remote inlet to witness seals and eagles fishing for salmon and look for bears as they emerge from the forest in May and June to forage on beach grass, berries and crabs as well as salmon in late July - September. Although bear watching is your main objective, you'll spend about 30 minutes viewing wildlife that may be sighted during the journey to and from the bear viewing area. You'll keep a keen eye out for wildlife on the move. Whales, porpoise and sea lions follow schools of herring and salmon as they migrate to and from their spawning streams. Your excursion concludes downtown, with a short walk back to the pier.

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Bear Creek Zipline Adventure

3.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-410
  • Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary
  • Outdoor Adventures

Enter the fly zone on an eco-adventure for families, groups and first-time zipliners. After a scenic drive to the rich rainforest at Herring Cove, you'll board a 4x4 all-terrain vehicle and drive to Canopy Chalet. Here, you'll receive a detailed safety briefing and gear up for your flight over eight ziplines. You'll witness panoramic views of Bear Creek and a forest waterfall, and ocean, forest and mountain vistas from the platforms. Each successive zip ride provides a unique perspective and a new challenge. At one point, you'll rappel from one platform to the next before zipping out. At the end of the course, rappel to the ground from the last tree platform. Back at the base camp, enjoy time to shop at the General Store and explore the on-site totem park.

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Rainforest Zip, Skybridge & Rappel Adventure

3.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-405
  • Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary
  • Outdoor Adventures

This award-winning eco-adventure combines a flight over eight ziplines and a journey across three aerial bridges over a ground-based network of nature trails and boardwalks. After safety instructions and gearing up, your guides will ease you into the forest canopy along cables ranging from a short 175 feet to the 850-foot, pulse-pounding "Ben's Revenge." You'll watch for wildlife from the tree platforms, discover a hidden forest waterfall and cross three hanging sky bridges, all offering breathtaking views of the virgin forest up to 135 feet below. The final zipline emerges from the rainforest and transports you over lush grassy wetlands to a viewing tower 55 feet above the ground. Rappel back to land and browse the General Store for souvenirs,view the Alaska Raptor Center's exibits or explore the on-site totem park.

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Misty Fjords & Wilderness Explorer Cruise

4.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-620
  • Misty Fjords National Monument

This leisurely tour of the awe-inspiring Misty Fjords begins when you depart Ketchikan's picturesque harbor, passing colorful floatplanes and fishing boats en route to a wilderness experience you'll never forget. "Flying" at sea level along the rugged coastlines, your vessel will stop to enable you to view an active bald eagle's nest and a Tlingit pictograph. Admire New Eddystone Rock, an immense volcanic spire rising from the emerald sea and learn the natural history of the fjords while gliding quietly beneath 3,000-foot vertical cliffs. Feel the mist from glistening waterfalls and hear the call of seabirds nesting on rock faces sculpted by glacial forces. Then enjoy a selection of snacks and beverages while watching for whales, seals, eagles and other wildlife before returning to Ketchikan. On this latter part of the tour experience Native culture and history from a storyteller, artist at work or video presentation.

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Misty Fjords & Wilderness Explorer Cruise (Wheelchair Accessible)

4.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-621
  • Misty Fjords National Monument

This leisurely tour of the awe-inspiring Misty Fjords begins when you depart Ketchikan's picturesque harbor, passing colorful floatplanes and fishing boats en route to a wilderness experience you'll never forget. "Flying" at sea level along the rugged coastlines, your vessel will stop to enable you to view an active bald eagle's nest and a Tlingit pictograph. Admire New Eddystone Rock, an immense volcanic spire rising from the emerald sea and learn the natural history of the fjords while gliding quietly beneath 3,000-foot vertical cliffs. Feel the mist from glistening waterfalls and hear the call of seabirds nesting on rock faces sculpted by glacial forces. Then enjoy a selection of snacks and beverages while watching for whales, seals, eagles and other wildlife before returning to Ketchikan. On this latter part of the tour experience Native culture and history from a storyteller, artist at work or video presentation.

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Local Connections: Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour Created by Captain David Lethin

3.25 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-610
  • Outdoor Adventures

Fans of the Discovery Channel TV series, "Deadliest Catch," will recognize the Aleutian Ballad! It was made famous in season two and is your portal to adventure on this intriguing, 3-hour Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour. Perfect for the whole family, you'll see what life is like on an authentic Bering Sea fishing boat as you set off in the calm, protected waters. Relax in the heated and sheltered outdoor amphitheatre as your crew hauls up 700 lb. crab pots and long lines from the depths, revealing massive king crabs and other marine life such as octopus, prawns and various other fish species. The amazing sea creatures are gently placed into an on-deck aquarium for you to view, snap photos and even get hands-on with the catch! A stop near Annette Island may offer up close sightings of bald eagles, seals, sea lions, whales and native Alaska fishermen at work.

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Rainforest 4x4 Family Adventure & Camp Meal

3 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-515
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Saxman Native Village

Indulge in family fun, scenic ATV buggy rides and s'mores during this exciting three-hour excursion. After a shuttle ride from the pier to the ATV staging area, you'll receive an informative safety lesson then set off on a scenic 30-minute ride through the lush and unspoiled Alaska rainforest. While driving under the canopy of aromatic spruce and cedar trees, you'll come to a clearing where a warm fire awaits you. After you disembark, you can huddle around the fire and enjoy pancakes, hot beverages and s'mores while learning about the area's flora and fauna. Then, you'll climb back aboard your 4WD and make your way to a remote clearing overlooking Nichols Passage and Tongass Narrows. Return down the gravel road and enter Saxman Native Village's world famous totem park. Your guide will entertain you with stories of the totem poles and delight you with history of the Tlingit village and the people who live there. You'll have an opportunity to view the carving shed and even spend some time in the Village Store before you return to the ATV staging area.

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Adventure Kart Expedition

3.25 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-510
  • Outdoor Adventures

An off-road adventure of a lifetime - you'll experience the rugged Alaska wilderness from the driver's seat of a specially designed off-road Tomcar adventure kart. At base camp, you'll receive a safety briefing and gear up for a thrilling, one-and-a-half-hour guided trek. After testing your driving skills, your caravan of Tomcar adventure karts will set out to explore the remote backcountry along several miles of improved forest trail. A comfortable pace is maintained as you thread your way around steep curves, climbing to reveal breathtaking views of the Tongass National Forest, Behm Canal and Alaska's fabled Inside Passage. Stops along the route allow you to soak up the grandeur of this lush land, and snap photos of vistas, waterfalls, and perhaps eagles, deer or bears. After a light snack, drivers and passengers will have the opportunity to switch positions and try their hand at driving the kart back to camp.

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Backcountry Zodiac Expedition

2.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-700
  • Saxman Native Village
  • Outdoor Adventures

Experience the beauty of the Inside Passage up close and personal as you skipper a custom-built motorized inflatable along the coastline of Revillagigado Island and the "Bridge to Nowhere's" Gravina Island for a unique Alaska adventure. You'll follow your guide to the harbor in front of Saxman Native Village, where you'll chat about the totem poles and Tlingit culture, and search for bears, eagles, whales and seals. You'll venture into the backcountry wilds of Nichols Passage where you will experience amazing scenery and beautifully rugged coastline. Visit a tranquil cove that was once home to an old gold mine and see a seal rookery located in peaceful Blank Inlet. Once back at the marina, you'll dock your boat and enjoy a hot beverage before returning to the ship.

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Seafood Tasting, Wildlife Cruise & Historic Cannery

3.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-645
  • Saxman Native Village
  • Outdoor Adventures

Experience all that the "Salmon Capital of the World" has to offer: breathtaking beauty, amazing wildlife encounters and, of course, mouthwatering fresh-caught seafood. Travel the rugged coastline to George Inlet, viewing the totem poles at Saxman Native village along the way. Your motorcoach is met by cannery guides who lead you on a short scenic nature walk through the rainforest. Arriving at the cannery, get a taste for Alaska's robust fishing industry – starting with a hearty bowl of seafood chowder. Then tour an interactive exhibition as you savor delicious fresh offerings like house-smoked salmon, halibut, oysters, crab and more. Next, board a comfortable excursion boat for a wildlife cruise that will take you back to Ketchikan. Pass Walden Rocks, where seals "haul-out" to rest and bald eagles and marine birds are found in abundance. And keep an eye out for whales, sea lions and porpoises throughout your boat ride.

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Wildlife Safari Cruise & Beach Bonfire

3.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-640
  • Outdoor Adventures

Set off on a half-day adventure when you board a deluxe waterjet-pwered expedition vessel and head into the waterways of the Alaska wilderness. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and warm clothes and bring along a camera. Your captain will use his knowledge of the local tides, weather and seasonal considerations in choosing your route to ensure the maximum opportunity to view wildlife. Search for humpback and orca whales, porpoises, harbor seals and bears, to name a few. Then, step ashore on a remote island for a local Alaska-style beach bonfire. Learn about traditional Tsimshian Native harvesting techniques before tucking into a scrumptious feast of local favorites like reindeer sausage, an Alaskan amber beer and classic s'mores made with roasted marshmallows and handcrafted chocolate. Enjoy leisure time exploring the rainforest or tide pools. Back on board, cruise along the exquisite coastline of Tongass Narrows for scenic photos on your return to port.

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Salmon Sportfishing Expedition

5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-550
  • Outdoor Adventures

Experience the thrill of fishing on the Inside Passage aboard a large heated cabin cruiser. After a short walk from the ship to sportfishing boat harbor, you'll receive a safety briefing, then depart for the fishing grounds. En route, you'll purchase your fishing license. Upon arrival, you'll troll for salmon and test your sportfishing skills in the calm, protected waters of the Inside Passage for approximately 3 to 4 hours. Your catch can be processed locally and shipped to your home for an additional charge, or cooked on board for dinner - it's your choice.

A smoked salmon snack will be served during the excursion and beverages are provided throughout the tour. Upon return to the dock, your Alaskan fishing guide will assist with taking photos of the days catch. Walk back to the ship with memories of a relaxing fishing trip in the "Salmon Capital of the World."

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Black Bear, Wildlife & Nature Walk - Animal Planet Exclusive

3.25 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-885
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary

The only drive-to-bear viewing tour in Ketchikan takes you on adventure of a lifetime, as you view black bears in a private reserve. Your guide leads you along a trail through the heart of the rainforest. Here, large concentrations of black bear gather to feed on the huge runs of spawning Pacific salmon in the stream running through the reserve. Bald eagles wait for scraps, mink and marten frequent the area, and seals can usually be seen feeding on the bountiful fish harvest. Your search for wildlife takes over an elaborate elevated boardwalk system, viewing platforms overlooking the creek and off-the-beaten-track areas. Although wildlife sightings are not guaranteed, keep your camera ready for a myriad of photo opportunities. At the trail's end, you'll see birds of prey close up, tour a historic sawmill and explore the on-site totem park.

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Exclusive Flightseeing & Crab Feast

3 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-820
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • George Inlet Lodge

Get a whole new perspective on Alaska on this tour that combines flightseeing aboard an authentic Alaska bush plane, a thrilling water landing, and an all-you-can-eat crab dinner at a rustic Alaska lodge. As your flight takes off from the bustling Ketchikan harbor, panoramic views of Revillagigedo Island and the Tongass National Forest are revealed. After 20 minutes of spectacular scenery, you'll experience the thrill of a water landing at the remote George Inlet Lodge, an early 1900s cannery bunkhouse. You'll snack on smoked salmon as you learn of the lodge's colorful history. Sip white wine or Alaskan Amber beer as your host entertains you with stories of Ketchikan and the wilderness lifestyle. Seated in your private dining room, enjoy an all-you-can eat Dungeness crab feast, complete with baby red potatoes, fresh Oriental salad and cheesecake smothered in Alaska blueberries. End your day with a scenic coastal drive back to the pier.

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Misty Fjords National Monument by Seaplane (with Wilderness Landing)

2.25 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-800
  • Misty Fjords National Monument

Experience the Misty Fjords National Monument on this exhilarating 65-minute small-group tour in a DeHavilland Beaver or DeHavilland Otter floatplane. The spectacular seaplane features large windows for exceptional views, and individual headsets allowing you to enjoy the lively narrative and inspirational music, specially selected as an accompaniment to the stunning sights unfolding before you. Set aside as a fully protected wilderness area in 1978, Misty Fjords National Monument encompasses more than two million acres. Discover sheer granite cliffs, 1,000-foot cascading waterfalls, glistening lakes and low-hanging mists on your flight. Then marvel at the lush forests of spruce, hemlock and cedar clinging to snowcapped peaks, in this land of incredible natural beauty and rugged grandeur. An exhilarating water landing in Misty Fjords gives you the opportunity to step out on to the plane's floats where you can savor the incredible scenery and sweeping silence of this remote region.

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Alaska Fishing & Wilderness Dining - Discovery Exclusive

5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-560
  • Outdoor Adventures

Gear up for an authentic fishing excursion in the unspoiled wilderness of Alaska's southeastern coastline. This tour is customized for any interest and skill level with just five or six guests per boat. You'll board an open-air boat and glide into a breathtaking landscape. Your guide leads you to secluded locations for wildlife viewing and remote fishing. You'll experience the thrill of angling for numerous bottom fish species and whichever of the five Pacific salmon species are in season. Most folks reel in a catch - this excursion is renowned for the highest catch rate of any Alaska fishing experience. Your skiff heads to a wilderness campsite where a crackling fire awaits. You'll experience this outdoor culinary adventure as the camp cook prepares your freshly caught fish served atop a saffron-infused bouillabaisse. It's no wonder Food & Wine magazine called this "The world's best camp meal ever."

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Hunting for Halibut

6 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-570
  • Outdoor Adventures

Cook My Catch is Princess Cruises' exclusive culinary experience highlighting the pinnacle of fresh seafood. Our chefs can cook and serve the fish you'll catch while on select Alaskan fishing excursions. You can choose your preferred preparation and accompaniments for your fresh-caught seafood and enjoy it for lunch or dinner. Your guide will meet you at the ship for a short walk to the marina for your license and proper gear. After a safety briefing, you're ready to board and cruise out onto the protected waters. Learn the secrets to catching halibut by working the sandy flats, drifting with Ketchikan's current, and jigging in waters as deep as 300 feet. Sit back with a tasty snack, admire the scenery and keep an eye on your reel and the occasional eagle, seal or whale. Finally, walk back to the ship with memories of a fishing trip in the world-renowned waters of Alaska.

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Misty Fjords Seaplane & Crab Feast - Discovery Exclusive

3.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-815
  • Misty Fjords National Monument
  • George Inlet Lodge

Experience the Misty Fjords on this exhilarating small-group tour on that combines a flightseeing tour in the Misty Fjords National Monument, a thrilling water landing and a crab feast at a rustic Alaska lodge. The spectacular seaplane features large windows for exceptional views, and individual headsets allowing you to enjoy the lively narrative and inspirational music, specially selected as an accompaniment to the stunning sights unfolding before you. Set aside as a fully protected wilderness area in 1978, Misty Fjords National Monument encompasses more than two million acres. Discover sheer granite cliffs, 1,000-foot cascading waterfalls, glistening lakes and low-hanging mists on your flight over land of incredible natural beauty and rugged grandeur. Next you'll experience the thrill of a water landing at the remote George Inlet Lodge, an early 1900s cannery bunkhouse. Snack on smoked salmon and sip white wine or Alaskan Amber beer as your host entertains you with stories of Ketchikan and the wilderness lifestyle. Enjoy an all-you-can eat Dungeness crab feast, complete with baby red potatoes, fresh Oriental salad and cheesecake smothered in Alaska blueberries. End your day with a scenic coastal drive back to the pier.

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Neets Bay Bear Watch & Flight

3 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-870
  • Outdoor Adventures

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get an up close view of the endearing black bears of southeast Alaska in their natural habitat. Your tour begins as you board your motorcoach for a short drive to the float deck. Upon arriving, you'll board a DeHavilland Beaver or DeHavilland Otter floatplane with a guaranteed window seat for your 50 minutes (roundtrip) in the air. You'll fly over Revillagigedo Island en route to Neets Bay in Tongass National Forest. A fully guided nature walk along a quarter-mile trail through old growth forest takes you to Neets Bay Creek, a remote site where the annual gathering of fish is a huge draw for the region's most plentiful concentration of black bears. From a viewing platform, you'll spend 45 minutes watching black bears fishing for and feeding on salmon heading upstream to spawn, and eagles perch in surrounding trees waiting for scraps.

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Alaska Bear Adventure & Flight

3.25 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-875
  • Outdoor Adventures

Embark on a guided wildlife adventure that takes you to a remote site in the Tongass National Forest, where you'll watch black bears in their natural habitat feeding on salmon runs. Your excursion begins as you board your motorcoach for a short drive to the floatplane terminal. Upon arriving, you'll board an Alaska floatplane with a guaranteed window seat for your 50 minutes (roundtrip) in the air. You'll depart for Traitors Cove in Tongass National Forest, where upon landing your guide/naturalist takes you on a quarter-mile walk along a trail to a viewing platform overlooking a salmon-rich stream. You'll spend almost an hour watching black bears fishing for and feeding on salmon heading upstream to spawn, and eagles perch in surrounding trees waiting for scraps (wildlife sightings are not guaranteed). Access to this area is limited as it's controlled by the U.S. Forest Service to minimize impact on the wildlife population and to protect this fragile environment.

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Private Hummer Adventure

4 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-900

Explore Ketchikan and Revillagigedo Island in rugged luxury as you ride in a fully loaded Hummer H2 with heated leather seats and dual air temperature controls. You design the itinerary or you may let your guide suggest a route. Among the many options are the area's totem parks including Saxman Native Village, Potlatch Park and Totem Bight State Park, walks through the rainforest, a beach walk, a stop at Herring Cove to look for wildlife in season, waterfall viewing, Ward Lake in the Tongass National Forest and many more. All entrance fees to attractions listed above are included in the price. Bottled water is provided for all guests. Custom stops can include, but are not limited to: shopping, dining or exploring just about anything on the island. This VIP experience is limited to smaller groups of 5 guests.

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