Ketchikan, Alaska Cruise Port

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About Ketchikan, Alaska

While known as the “salmon capital of the world,” Ketchikan offers plenty to do that doesn’t revolve around fish. Thrill-seekers, for instance, can be found zip lining through the forest. 


What people said about this port:

"lumberjack show Saxman Native Village The rainforest tour was great." in 101 reviews.

"Was expecting more totem poles." in 34 reviews.

"Creek Street shopping was fun." in 54 reviews.


1438 reviews and tips of Ketchikan, Alaska




Gertrude1
Contributor Level: Purser

Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

There is not much shopping time at all in Ketchican so if you book any excursions, make sure to shop as soon as you dock because you won't have much time afterwards. I booked the double Lumber Jack show and Saxman Village tour and that is all that I had time to do. Would have liked to browsed through some shops.

Visited: Jun 11, 2016

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nzellner
Contributor Level: Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

It would be nice to have more time here. Walk to Creek Street and read the historical markers. A trail takes you past two areas where salmon run (when in season).

Visited: Jun 25, 2016

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morenita1024
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Traveled As:
Couple

Experience:
4-6 cruises

This is the it place to get your shopping done. Great variety, budget friendly selections and genuine local vendors. This differs a lot from the other ports which are bombarded by jewelers and pricier vendors owned by the cruise lines. There is also a free white school bus that shuttles you around town. 20min waiting intervals near the cruise tram.

Visited: Aug 28, 2015

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counselor39
Contributor Level: Second Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Experience:
4-6 cruises

O-M-G. First, I'd like to see them spend less time in Haines and more in Ketchikan. The shopping: prices are the best of the 3 stops, with very good array of shops, but Juneu has moe of them - still, I would forgo Juneau and shop in Ketchikan...the port is beautiful and has the BEST zipline course I've seen.

Visited: Jul 05, 2015

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dutchndino1
Contributor Level: Second Mate

Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Experience:
7+ cruises

buy all your trinkets here as I found it the least expensive of all ports. Also bought a wonderful "Alaska" jacket for $19.95 here.

Visited: May 14, 2016

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NaplesGirl
Contributor Level: Second Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Experience:
4-6 cruises

Organize your luggage for the land portion of the trip so that you only have to open one piece each day for this part of the trip rather than having what you need scattered throughout different pieces of luggage. This part of the trip is VERY CASUAL! You do not need dresses, or even dressy pants and shoes. Rugged shoes and casual wear is worn everywhere, even to dinner.

Visited: Aug 23, 2015

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CourtJester
Contributor Level: Third Mate

Traveled As:
Large Group

Experience:
7+ cruises

Local bus service is quite good. You can take the city bus to two different totem parks. But, time is very limited so don't try to plan too much.

Visited: Jul 05, 2016

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hamathon
Contributor Level: Purser

Traveled As:
Family (older children)

Experience:
4-6 cruises

Ketchikan has become a tourist trap since our first trip there in 1999. There are other places to shop along the way so don't feel you have to spend your money on the first stop. The lumber jack show was fun.

Visited: Jun 24, 2016

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