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$125 Shore Excursions

Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Rainforest Canopy Ropes and Zipline Park

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.

$269 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Misty Fjords Seaplane Tour from Ketchikan

Spanning 2.3 million acres (930,000 hectares), Misty Fjords National Monument is best experienced from the air. Your Alaskan adventure starts at the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau across from the port. After meeting your experienced pilot and boarding your six-passenger floatplane, take off from the Tongass Narrows, the Y-shaped body of water between Ketchikan and Gravina Island.Rising up in the air, gaze down on Ketchikan from your window seat, and marvel at the views of Tongass National Forest and the surrounding mountains as you fly over Revillagigedo Island to Misty Fjords National Monument, about 40 miles (64 km) east of town. During the ride, you’ll hear your pilot loud and clear via your headset, which also provides a musical soundtrack to your journey.Soar over Rudyard Bay to see New Eddystone Rock, a basalt remnant of the area’s early volcanic activity. Continue your flight to admire waterfalls, lakes, fjords, cliffs through the low-hanging mist that gives the area its name. Your pilot will also help you look for wildlife such as bears, deer, wolves, mountain goats and eagles that live within the forest of cedar, spruce and hemlock trees.The aerial views aren't the only thing that will take your breath away. A dramatic water landing on one of the fjords or lakes, depending on weather conditions, puts you right in the middle of a tranquil forest. Hop out on one of the plane’s pontoons with your pilot to take in the incredible scenery before returning to Ketchikan, where your tour ends.

$179 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. Your kayaking adventure starts with a paddle down a wall of sea stars. With the dramatic Alaskan tide swings, this large wall becomes exposed, and all its residents are then eye-level from your kayak. At high tide, the critters climb up the wall and are easily seen in the amazingly clear water. Sea stars, urchins, sea cucumbers, limpets, chitons, nudibranchs, etc. cling to the wall, living in the ebb and flow of the tide, just waiting for you to pull out your camera. Your guides will take the time to show you the different critters, what they're doing, and how they're interacting.Your nature viewing eco-tour continues as you paddle by a large bald eagle nest with resident adults, and typically young baby eagles throughout summer. Continuing around other islands, you'll view another eagle's nest, and some great tide zones along the rainforest shoreline. Your tour concludes as you kayak back through the local Alaskan fishing boats, in the marina where you began.Transportation from your cruise ship/hotel, and excellent gear is provided. After gearing up and a quick lesson, you'll board your kayak and your nature viewing will begin.The total tour time is about 4 hours from when your guide meets you to when you return downtown, with approximately 2¼ hours on the water.Eco-tours are generally limited to 8 guests (with 2 guides). Private party tours for up to 16 guests are sometimes available upon request. Your guides will pick you up right at your ship or wherever you're staying. You'll be using tandem sit-inside kayaks for their roominess and stability. Sit on top kayaks are available upon advanced request.

$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.

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