Ketchikan Cruise Port Tours

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If you’re sailing north by cruise ship from Seattle or Vancouver, Ketchikan cruise port will likely be your first port of call. The former salmon fishery and the Salmon Capital of the World offers visitors a real taste of Alaska’s frontier personality and cultural heritage and a chance to explore the surrounding temperate rain forest.

The Basics
Travelers docking in Ketchikan can choose to explore the former fishery and gold mining town on their own or head further afield on a half-day shore excursion to explore the natural surroundings. See the world’s largest collection of totem poles at Saxman Native Village, explore the Inside Passage on a Zodiac cruise, board a fishing boat from Deadliest Catch for a fishing excursion, walk through the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, or take off on a floatplane tour above Misty Fjords National Monument. Many tours offer the chance to spot wildlife, like eagles, bears, and marine mammals.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Most Ketchikan shore excursions include pickup and drop-off at the Ketchikan port.
  • Guided shore excursions typically last two to four hours, depending on the activities involved.
  • Bring bug spray ashore, especially if you plan to spend time in the woods.
  • While it’s possible to explore on your own, booking a shore excursion with transportation and a guide is the best way to eliminate hassle. 

How to Get to Ketchikan from the Ketchikan Cruise Port
Cruise ships dock at one of four berths located right near the city center. On the occasional days when the berths are full, ships might be required to anchor offshore and tender passengers into town. 

Port Information
While the US dollar is the official currency, some shops also accept Canadian dollars. ATMs are located throughout town near the cruise ship dock. 
Location
Address: 405 Dock St, Ketchikan, AK 99901, USA
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Ketchikan All In One

Ketchikan is one of Alaska’s most visited cruise ports, renowned for its salmon fishing, wildlife, and indigenous heritage. On this tour, take in all the highlights with a local guide. See the famous salmon ladder, admire the traditional totem poles at the Saxman Native Village, enjoy whale-watching from Rotary Beach, and look out for seals, eagles, and bears at Herring Cove.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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USD79.00
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour from Ketchikan

If you’re a fan of the Discovery Channel’s hit TV show Deadliest Catch, you saw the Aleutian Ballad, a commercial fishing boat, escape a rogue wave in the Bering Sea. On this 3-hour fisherman’s tour from Ketchikan, hop aboard the Aleutian Ballad and navigate through the tranquil, protected waterways of the Inside Passage with a seasoned fishing crew, and marvel at the variety of marine creatures caught in barrel pots and hauled up on deck. Touch some of the catch, take photos and listen to entertaining sea lore.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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USD199.00
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Zodiac Wildlife Adventure

Explore Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage while steering your own 14-foot zodiac boat on this shore excursion. After a safety briefing, follow an expert guide into inlets and estuaries and watch for wildlife including whales, seals and sea lions. While out on open water, you might even pass one of the crabbing vessels featured on the Discovery Channel’s 'Deadliest Catch!' Port transport is included on this 2.5-hour outing.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Eagle Sanctuary and Rainforest Wildlife Center

Take a 3-hour shore excursion to explore Alaska’s Rainforest Sanctuary. See numerous native animals such as black bears, bald eagles, seals, and a number of marine birds in their native habitats. Learn about the area’s ecosystem from your informative guide as you walk along the trails of the sanctuary. Enjoy light refreshments and a fresh smoked salmon snack during your tour.
  • Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes
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  • Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes
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Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary Walking Tour

Spend your time in port in Ketchikan exploring the fascinating wilderness of the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary. Easily accessible from your cruise ship, this 2.5-hour walking tour will teach you about Alaska’s diverse ecosystem as you follow an informative guide through the wilderness. Stroll through a beautiful forest, see Alaska’s dramatic mountains, and keep and eye out for local wildlife. You’ll see a scenic marine estuary and have the opportunity to take striking photos.
  • Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes
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USD89.00
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The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show & Crab Feast

Taste & experience what makes Alaska such an awesome place to visit by joining us on this Alaskan style Crab Crackin & Lumberjackin tour!  Enjoy one hour of Alaskan Lumberjacks battling it out in chopping, sawing, tree climbing, axe throwing all wrapped up in history and lore.  Get all your rowdy friends together and join in the Alaskan axe-tion in this amazing competition of skill and strength.  Meet our Jacks after the show for pictures and then loosen your belt and grab your camera as you sightsee your way to the rustic yet elegant George Inlet Lodge for an all-you-can-eat Dungeness crab feast. Rounding out the menu are baby red potatoes, fresh oriental salad and a scrumptious blueberry cheesecake dessert. The return drive showcases charming Ketchikan and its dramatic mountain, forest and coastal scenery.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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USD138.00
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Off-Road Jeep and Canoe Safari

After relaxing aboard your ship, this off-road Ketchikan shore excursion will pump up your adrenaline. First, steer or ride in a 4WD Jeep Wrangler® deep in Tongass National Forest. Then, at Lake Harriet Hunt, paddle with your group a Native American–style, 20-person canoe! Keep watch for deer, moose, eagles and even bears along the way. Reward your outdoor activities with a delicious snack of smoked salmon, clam chowder, fresh bread with local wild-berry jam, and hot chocolate.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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USD169.34
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Rainforest Canopy Ropes and Zipline Park

Get off your cruise ship and your adrenaline going on this half-day shore excursion to a Ketchikan zipline adventure park. Soar through the Alaskan rain forest on seven ziplines and eight canopy ropes. This natural jungle gym includes suspended logs, rope bridges, a climbing tower and staircase, meaning thrill seekers of all experience levels will share in the excitement. Round-trip port transport included.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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USD125.00
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Rainforest Canopy and Zipline Adventure

Spend your time in port in Ketchikan on an exhilarating zipline tour. During this shore excursion to Tongass National Forest, you'll soar above a dense canopy of trees at heights up to 135 feet (41 meters) in the air, cross three suspension bridges and look down on salmon-spawning streams and tidal estuaries. As you zoom across 6,000 feet (1,830 meters) of dual-cable ziplines, you’ll have the chance to spot wildlife like black bears and bald eagles. This advanced zipline course is limited to nine people per every two guides, providing a small-group experience.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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USD189.00
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Zodiac Boat Wilderness Adventure

Leave your cruise ship behind for a few hours and steer a Zodiac boat in the waters of the Alaskan wilderness. This small-group guided shore excursion from Ketchikan is limited to just four people, and everyone takes a turn at the wheel. Cruise through rain-forest islands, into remote bays and inlets, and spot wildlife including eagles, seals, whales and bears. Enjoy a beachside snack and a boatman certificate to take home as a souvenir. Round-trip port transport is included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Eagle Island Sea Kayaking

While your ship is docked in Ketchikan, kayak around Eagle Island, part of Tongass National Forest, on this 3.5-hour guided shore excursion. Enter the protected waters of Clover Pass and as you paddle around the island, spot wildlife including bald eagles, seals, salmon, and perhaps even humpbacks and orcas. The tranquil waters provide a perfect opportunity for beginning kayakers and the more experienced alike to enjoy the Alaskan wilderness.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Potlatch Totem Park & Ketchikan City Tour

Gain a deeper understanding of Ketchikan and its indigenous Tlingit peoples on a tour of Potlatch Totem Park. Your guide, who navigates for you, provides a rarely–heard history of the area and information about the art form of carving and restoring totem poles. After free time to explore, enjoy a light snack at the Totem Trading Company as well as take a tour of the historic downtown.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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USD75.60
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Wilderness Exploration & Crab Feast

This excursion will bring you right to the heart of Southeast Alaska. Feel the pioneer spirit of those who live and work on her coastal waters and experience “a day in the life” of a local Alaskan. If you want to be hands on, make sure to volunteer to pull up crab pots from the abundant waters surrounding Revillagigedo Island, overflowing with delicious Dungeness Crab. Breathe in the fresh air and spectacular scenery as your crew shares stories and the history of this magnificent waterway. No Alaskan crabbing excursion would be complete without a feast of fresh Dungeness Crab! Baby red potatoes, fresh oriental salad, and a scrumptious cheesecake with blueberry topping dessert will round out this hearty meal. Your hosts will lead you through a panorama of local tall tales then demonstrate the easiest way to crack your crabs! The remote location will only add to your dining pleasure at the rustic, yet elegant, George Inlet Lodge. 
  • Duration: 4 hours
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USD180.30
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary & Crab Feast

On this tour, you’ll first get to do an incredible narrated scenic tour on a motor coach up to the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary. You’ll be able to cross on elevated platforms that give you a greater chance the see the wildlife, so be sure to keep your eyes open for black bears, bald eagles, seals, deer and a huge variety of birds. If it’s bald eagles you want to see, then you’ll continue your excursion at a stop at the Eagle Sanctuary to see the eagles up close and personal. Then, you’ll get to stop by the carving shed to meet and interact with a native carver to learn how to carve totem poles, and the traditions behind them. To finish off an incredible experience, you’ll get to have some fresh cooked Dungeness crab in an incredibly beautiful lodge setting next to the George Inlet. Please note: Tour could operate in reverse order. Roundtrip transportation from the cruise ship terminal is included in tour price.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Shore Excursion Ketchikan: Lumberjack Show & Popular Historic Trolley

Join this unique experience, our guided tour gives you the once in a lifetime chance to see downtown Ketchikan, the Saxman Native Village, and the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show. This shore excursions is full of history, culture and the frill of the Lumberjack competition during the famous Show.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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USD106.36
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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