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$125 Shore Excursions

Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Rainforest Zipline and Ropes Course

Spend your time in the port of Ketchikan on the adventure of a lifetime! On this shore excursion to the the Alaskan rainforest, you'll be introduced to the eight canopy ropes and seven ziplines you'll use to travel through the treetops. You'll also get amazing photos opportunities while high above the ground. Before you start, your guides will provide the necessary safety instruction and equipment. The zipline park is perfect for thrill-seekers of all levels. The less adventurous will have fun on gentler elements like suspended logs, rope bridges and swinging steps, while the more adventurous will enjoy the 50-foot (15-meter) climbing tower and circular staircase, allowing for great action shots of fellow companions. Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Ketchikan for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

$89 Outdoor Activities

Alaska Rainforest Walking Tour with Ketchikan Port Pickup

Take advantage of your time porting at Ketchikan with a small-group walking tour of the Alaska wilderness. Meet your knowledgeable guide at Ketchikan Port and head off on the 2.5-hour tour. Listen to your guide explain the history and significance of the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, home to many varieties of wildlife and plants. Stroll past cedar and spruce trees and observe the verdant moss and flowers of this radiant forest. See a protected estuary and follow Eagle Creek to a rustic boardwalk with a view of wetlands. During spawning season, thousands of salmon return to this spot, and lots of wildlife supported by the salmon population return here too. Bears, seals and bald eagles frequent the area during that time, as well as many other times of the year, so keep a keen eye out for them and have your camera ready. Listen as your guide explains the nuances of this fragile ecosystem and the diverse animals that depend on it. When you reach the end of the half-mile trail, you’ll have the option to visit the Alaska Raptor Center, your chance to get up close and personal with the local wildlife as a specialist tells you about their heritage. To conclude the informative and scenic hike, stop at the historic Herring Bay Lumber Company sawmill. See a master totem pole carver in action, explore the interpretive displays and relax with refreshments before being dropped off at the port. Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to Ketchikan Port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

$199 Outdoor Activities

Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour from Ketchikan

At your pre-selected departure time, meet your ship’s crew members at the main cruise ship dock in Ketchikan, and walk the short distance to the Aleutian Ballad, the 107-foot (33-meter) ocean-going vessel that will maneuver you through the waterways of the Inside Passage. Once you’re on board, have a seat in the heated and sheltered amphitheater on the lower deck, or take advantage of the views from the open-air upper deck. Your crew will then push off and head away from the dock. While you make your way to the fishing grounds, stay warm with a cup of complimentary coffee, tea or hot chocolate, and learn a bit about the Aleutian Ballad’s history as a commercial fishing boat, including how it became famous on season two of Deadliest Catch, when the boat was hit by a 60-foot (18-meter) rogue wave and lived to tell the tale. As the boat pulls up to the fishing grounds, watch the crew go to work baiting the fishing gear with salmon and squid and throwing the long-line gear overboard. Then enjoy as sea creatures of all kinds are hauled up from the water and onto the deck of the boat: rockfish, gray cod, ratfish, wolf eel, Dungeness crab, box crab, octopus, prawn and more. A 700 lb Bering Sea king crab pot will also be hauled up from the deep to demonstrate the scale of a major fishing operation.  After the crew expertly sorts through the catch, the fish and other marine life will be placed in a tank on the deck for your observation. Take photos and even touch some of them before they are released back into the wild. In addition to what comes up on board, other native wildlife may also be in the area — keep your eyes peeled for whales, porpoises, sea lions and eagles. After the crew has stowed all the fishing equipment, feel free to ask any questions while you head back to the dock — the crew loves to share stories about life at sea!

$169.34 Shore Excursions

Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Off-Road Jeep and Canoe Safari

While you’re in port, embrace Ketchikan’s natural beauty on this quintessential Alaskan tour on Revillagigedo Island (the same island on which Ketchikan is located). This combo tour allows you to enjoy the great outdoors in both a Jeep and canoe! The driving portion of your adventure starts as you are grouped with three fellow travelers for your tour of the mountainous terrain of Tongass National Forest. Follow the route through the lush rainforest and up mountain roads to admire the spectacular scenery. Through the two-way radios, your group leader and guide will offer interesting and informative commentary as you drive. Be fascinated by the area’s natural history as you pass through old-growth and new-growth forests and pull-over for some fantastic. Along the way, stop to change drivers so that anyone who wants to get behind the wheel will have the opportunity.Your Jeep adventure ends at Lake Harriet Hunt, where you’ll leave the Jeep behind for a quieter form of transport – a 37-foot (11-meter), 20-person canoe! Experience this unique Alaskan ecosystem as you paddle the large, Native American-style canoe across the lake with your guide. When you reach the other side of the lake, your expert guide will lead you on a nature hike through an old-growth forest. During your nature walk, take a break, relax and enjoy your Alaskan snack at a remote camp in Tongass National Forest! Refuel with smoked salmon, clam chowder, fresh bread rolls with local wild-berry jam, hot chocolate, coffee and more. The tour ends with a short narrated transfer back to the cruise port.Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Ketchikan port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

$139 Water Sports

Ketchikan Kayak Eco-Tour

This tour is very educational, and is about much more than just paddling a kayak. We are not in a hurry to get you from point A to B and every tour can be different. An immense amount of inter-tidal life can be on display along the rocky shorelines of Clover Pass andwe usually see plenty of sea stars, urchins, sea cucumbers, limpets, chitons, nudibranchs, etc. living in the ebb and flow of the tide, just waiting for you to pull out your camera. Our guides are incredibly knowledgeable and love taking the time to show you the different critters, what they're doing, and how they're interacting.  Our typical paddling route features a small island that is host to a large bald eagles nest whose residents have eaglets every summer. Watching the fledglings grow up and learn to fly is a highlight of our summers here. Depending on the weather and the wildlife we can paddle around as many as 3 small islands per tour. But when the Whales show up or the Sea Lions are feeding they do a pretty good job of dictating the tour route and pace.  Private transportation from our downtown office across from the cruise docks is provided and excellent rain gear is provided if needed that day. After gearing up and a quick lesson, you'll board your kayak and your nature viewing will begin.The total tour time is 4 hours dock-to-dock with 2 to 2.5 hours on the water for most groups. Both hot and cold refreshments and a local smoked salmon snack are prepared for when you return from paddling. Our relaxed pace and small groups mean we're not just rushing you into the van as soon as you hit the dock.  Eco-tours are limited to 12 guests per departure with a 6:1 guide to guest ratio. Sometimes we are all out on the water watching something fantastic and stay together, other times the group split into two seperate tours on the water. We're flexible. Private party tours for up to 20 guests are sometimes available upon request.  You'll be paddling tandem sit-inside kayaks for their roominess and stability. No swimming on this tour.

$179 Shore Excursions

Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Zodiac Wildlife Adventure

You'll be picked up at the cruise ship terminal and take you on a short 3-mile drive to Saxman Native Village. Watch a short safety video, sign a waiver and get outfitted in top-of-the line gear. Then walk down to your boat, get you another safety briefing, and hop aboard the 14-foot inflatable boat to explore one of the most beautiful places in the Southeast Alaska Inside Passage. Driving your own boat, follow your guide through inlets and estuaries and adventure out onto the open water in search of whales, seals, sea lions and more. Keep an eye out for some the commercial crabbing vessels featured on the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch!The exact route will depend on wind, weather and location of wildlife. You'll be on the water for about 2 hours of exhilarating fun. After returning to the marina, take off your gear and warm up with a hot beverage before your shuttle departs for the cruise ship dock.