We walked through town a bit and then stopped by one of the many local tour operator booths and paid $16 round trip per person to be taken to Mendenhall Glacier. Just beautiful and worth every penny. We did do the 1.3 mile hike to the waterfall which is totally worth it. If I was to offer one piece of advice, it would be to go early; right after your cruise ship arrives in port. As we were leaving there were tons of tour buses pulling up, dropping off hundred of passengers. It is much more serene, and easy to enjoy without as many people. Once we got back, we had to try the seafood at Tracy's Crab House. Although it was spendy, it was really delicious. The crab bisque was incredible, as were the crab cakes and king crab legs.
We booked a six hour Yukon Discovery Tour through Frontier Excursions. The cost was $99 a person but they had a coupon online for about $7 off per person. Totally worth every penny especially considering that we only had twelve people on our tour. Our tour guide, Mike, was great. He had lots of information about each place and was happy to take pictures of me and my husband with our camera. We saw so many beautiful places. We had a bbq chicken lunch at Caribou Crossing which was pretty decent and we got to hang out with the husky puppies. On our way out of there, Mike got radioed by another tour operator from their company that there were three moose at the watering hole nearby. Mike made a detour and we got to get out of the bus and take pictures of the mama moose and her babies. Priceless! We would love to do this tour again in July when the lakes are thawed and the bears are out of hibernation and looking for salmon.
We booked this wildlife sanctuary tour through the Travelocity site. The tour group was small and our guide throughout the sanctuary was very good, but there was just very little wildlife to be seen which is disappointing. We did see two eagles way up in the trees, one bird and a cat. Little disappointing but who can control these things? We did see the eagle and owl that they had in captivity for a short period of time, followed by about five minutes to feed the reindeer who were cute. The we went into a shed for about five minutes where someone showed us a big log that they will carve into something for a totem pole. In our opinion, not really worth the money we paid for the tour but hopefully some of it went to preserving the rainforest and wildlife in it. Ketchikan was a cute town and I wish we could have been there for longer than three hours.
Only five hours in this port (from 7pm to midnight) so we walked into town and went to the Bard and Banker Scottish Pub. The food and drink was expensive which we expected but the building was really neat. We were impressed with how clean Victoria was as well as the fact that we walked through the residentials by the cruise port and it was incredibly quiet. We were the only ones to be seen during most of the time.