Port of Ketchikan
If you’re sailing north from Seattle or Vancouver, the Port of Ketchikan on Revillagigedo Island will likely be your first port of call. The former salmon fishery and so-called "Salmon Capital of the World" offers visitors a real taste of Alaska’s frontier personality and cultural heritage, and serves as the gateway to Alaska's Inside Passage.
Travelers docking in Ketchikan can choose to explore the former fishery and gold mining town on their own or head farther 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 boat 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 too, such as eagles, bears, and marine mammals.
Things to Know Before You Go
Ketchikan Cruise Port terminal offers a visitor information center,
Most Ketchikan shore excursions include pickup and drop-off at the Ketchikan Cruise 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 Port of Ketchikan
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. From the port, there's a a free shuttle that runs to downtown and many shore excursions depart right from the dock. Taxis are also plentiful.
While the US dollar is the official currency, some shops also accept Canadian dollars. ATMs are located throughout town near the cruise ship dock. There are close to two dozen co-official languages in Alaska, including English, Tsimshian, Siberian Yupik, and Tlingit.