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Ketchikan Cruises

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Ketchikan Holidays

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Watch a totem pole being carved by a master carver at the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary.

Shop for Alaskan gifts, such as hand painted drums, jade carvings and canned salmon.

Take a flight or boat trip, and snap the stunning Alaskan wilderness from the air or sea.

There’s a lot to smile about on your cruise to Ketchikan, the salmon capital of the world. Feel your heart stir as you fly over the Misty Fjords National Monument, seeing vertiginous cliffs drop into mirrored fjords, waterfalls plunge into glacial valleys and icy blue lakes reflecting snow-capped peaks.

Fish for halibut and Dungeness crabs, watch salmon leaping upstream or trek the Tongass National Forest in search of black bears, deer and bald eagles. Art and culture is thriving here, plus it’s home to the largest collection of totem poles in the world.

Enjoy action-packed adventures, including rainforest canopy trails, kayaking, off-roading and speed boating. In Ketchikan, discover the stores and restaurants of picturesque Creek Street, suspended over the water on stilts, plus its colourful history of fish canning, logging and rowdy goings on.

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When can we take you to Ketchikan?

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The best of Ketchikan – things to see and do

Watch lumberjacks show off their skills, bears fishing for salmon and totem poles being carved. From bawdy tales to breath-taking panoramas you’ll be blown away by Ketchikan.

Take a tour of totem poles

Take a tour of totem poles
  • 120 ratings

Ketchikan is famous for its colourful Native American totem poles. See them and learn more at the Saxman Native Village, Totem Bight Historical Park and Totem Heritage Centre.

You can’t beat bear watching

You can’t beat bear watching
  • 230 ratings

Feel the thrill of seeing black bears fishing for salmon in the wild. Air and sea tours can take you to the best viewing places, such as the Tongass National Forest.

See lumberjacks show off their skills

See lumberjacks show off their skills
  • 230 ratings

Chopping, sawing, relay races, axe throwing, log rolling and a 50-foot speed climb – timber logging was once one of Ketchikan’s main industries. Watch how it’s done at a lumberjack show.

Enjoy a historic walking tour

Enjoy a historic walking tour
  • 230 ratings

Discover more about Ketchikan’s lawless past as a mining and fishing frontiers town and visit the museums and clan houses showcasing the town’s Tlingit and Haida cultures.

What ships can I choose for my Ketchikan cruise?

    Our ships travel around the world so there are times when they won’t be present in this location. so it’s worth checking back.

    Make the most of your holiday to Ketchikan with our amazing shore excursions

    With expert local guides, easy 24-hour cancellations, plus guaranteed first off ship and return-to-ship if your tour is delayed, our tailor-made shore excursions allow you to experience each incredible destination in a whole new way. Explore the breath-taking scenery of Rudyerd Bay and the Misty Fjords National Monument from the air and the water on your Ketchikan cruise, admiring alpine lakes, towering cliffs, dramatic waterfalls and glacial valleys.

    Visit a salmon hatchery at Neets Bay, learning about the life cycle of these fascinating fish, and watch bears trying to catch them in the wild. Or kayak through the spectacular wilderness of the Tatoosh Islands, accompanied by an experienced guide. To book the best of holidays to Ketchikan, see our most popular excursions below.

    Neets Bay Bear Watch by Floatplane

    Neets Bay Bear Watch by Floatplane

    Marvel at the breath-taking landscape of Ketchikan from a floatplane. Discover a salmon hatchery, the rainforest and one of Alaska's best bear viewing spots at the Tongass National Forest.

    Tatoosh Islands Wilderness Kayak Adventure

    Tatoosh Islands Wilderness Kayak Adventure

    Explore the calm waters of the Tatoosh Islands on a sea kayak adventure. Follow local guides along the lush shoreline of the Tongass National Forest, on the lookout for amazing wildlife.

    Misty Fjords Boat & Floatplane Wilderness Adventure

    Misty Fjords Boat & Floatplane Wilderness Adventure

    Explore Ketchikan's dynamic wilderness by water and air. Take a boat ride through Misty Fjords National Monument then fly in a floatplane, high above alpine lakes, towering cliffs, waterfalls and glacial valleys.

    Why book a shore excursion with us?

    Guaranteed first off ship

    Book a tour and you'll enjoy priority departure in port.

    Guaranteed Return To ship

    If our tours are delayed, the ship will wait for you!

    Safety First

    All our shore excursions are planned by insured partners, who adhere to the highest safety standards in the industry.

    Official blog - spotlight on your Ketchikan cruise

    Stay up-to-date with the latest posts from the Official Royal Caribbean Blog dedicated to bringing you travel tips, news and information on over 260 destinations.

    Discover the Natural Wonders of Alaska

    Take in awe-inspiring sights, eat delicious food and enjoy fun-filled activities as you take a walk on the wild side. An adventure onboard a Cruisetour to Alaska and Canada awaits!

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    From Korea to New Caledonia, we’re taking a look at a 5 unexpected places you can go on a cruise.

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