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Cruises to Ketchikan

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Ketchikan, Alaska (Photo: Brian Lasenby/Shutterstock)

About Ketchikan

Misty Ketchikan, the rainiest town in Southeast Alaska, is known as the "Salmon Capital of the World." The town offers the perfect blend of activities: kayak in Misty Fjords or hike up Deer Mountain in the morning, then poke in and out of fantastic galleries and shops in the afternoon.

You're bound to visit Creek Street, a row of wooden buildings perched over the water on pilings. Brightly painted boutiques once catered to gentlemen seeking the company of "sporting women." The museum at Dolly's House gives you a glimpse into the bawdy ways of frontier life, though Ketchikan's red light district wasn't shut down until 1953.

Legends of a different sort are recorded on totem poles. Boasting the world's largest collection of Northwest totems, Ketchikan offers plenty of places to see these fascinating works of art.

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Noordam

14 Night
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Leaving:Yokohama
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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77 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Ruby Princess

10 Night
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Celebrity Eclipse

7 Night
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Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Sapphire Princess

14 Night
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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Queen Elizabeth

19 Night
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Leaving:Yokohama
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Serenade of the Seas

7 Night
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Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Radiance of the Seas

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Leaving:Seward
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Discovery Princess

7 Night
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Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Seabourn Odyssey

14 Night
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Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
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Noordam

28 Night
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Leaving:Yokohama
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Radiance of the Seas

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Queen Elizabeth

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Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Discovery Princess

7 Night
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Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Norwegian Spirit

16 Night
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Leaving:Honolulu
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Majestic Princess

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Ovation of the Seas

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Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Grand Princess

7 Night
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Leaving:Whittier
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Quantum of the Seas

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Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Quantum of the Seas

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Norwegian Jewel

7 Night
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Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Westerdam

14 Night
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Leaving:Yokohama
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Queen Elizabeth

7 Night
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Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Regatta

12 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Why go to Ketchikan?

Pros:

Opportunities for cultural exploration abound in this town with a rugged vibe.

Cons:

There are plenty of shopping and dining gems, but they might require wading through tacky big-box storefronts first.

Bottom Line:

Lumberjacks and locals mix with tourist-frequented haunts and shopping strips.

Ketchikan Cruise Port Facilities?

Ships dock in the center of town at one of four berths, so there is a lack of the traditional cruise terminal facilities you might see at many larger ports. On crowded days, ships might be required to anchor and tender passengers into Ketchikan. Small ships sometimes dock a mile south of town.

Everything -- information kiosks, cafes, shops, museums, tour operators and restaurants -- is a short walk from the cruise ships. The visitors/tour center is located at Berth II (131 Front Street). A tunnel divides "Old Town" Ketchikan (where the majority of the attractions are) to "New Town," where several additional restaurants and bars can be found.

Good to Know?

No-see-ums. As the name suggests, you won't see these tiny bugs that reside in wet, wooded areas, but you will notice their bites later (and they aren't pleasant). Use bug spray if you plan to hike or explore in the woods.

Getting Around?

On Foot: Shoppers and gallery-hoppers will be able to easily navigate Creek Street on foot. This popular tourist area is only about a block from the cruise ship dock. To go a little further afield, say to Totem Bight State Park (10 miles away), you will probably take a taxi, motorcoach tour through the cruise line or public bus.

By Car: You might not have enough time in port to make renting a car worthwhile, but visitors who want their own wheels can head for Alaska Car Rental (2828 Tongass Avenue), located about a mile and a half from the dock. Ketchikan is home to three taxi companies with taxi stands near the cruise ship docks, and taxis are readily available throughout the downtown area.

By Bus: A free shuttle bus operates a loop around downtown, and connections can be made at various stops to the public bus system, which extends to other outposts and the airport. The silver bus line runs once an hour with pickup locations right in front of the cruise ships at Front Street and Dock Street. Bus fares are $1; allow ample time when using public transportation.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The U.S. dollar is the currency, but some shops will also accept Canadian dollars. Numerous banks with ATMs are located close to the cruise ship dock, including Wells Fargo (409 Dock Street) and First Bank (311 Dock Street).

Language?

English is spoken in Ketchikan.


Ketchikan Cruise Reviews
Salmon Capital of the World! Ketchikan was the best port for shopping. We bought some nice Christmas ornaments here, and a new watch for me :)... Read More
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patrout38
Cannot rate Ketchikan because we were not able to go their because of the wind and weather.... Read More
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eharris727
Not enough time to due excursions and see town. We chose town and it was great. Our cruise was trashed due to a blown engine but at least we got to see Ketchikan and might return one day on an Alaska ferry instead.... Read More
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Mr HKM
I had no idea how fantastic the shops would be on Creek Street and nearby last year so had not budgeted for it. Came back with 4 shops on list to hit, found my large sterling inlay bear, some gorgeous locally-dyed... Read More
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