Ketchikan is a very cute and picturesque town. We did the Bering Sea crab fisherman's tour. They did a great job, despite truly terrible weather. The tour was much more interesting than I thought it would be.
After the tour we did a little shopping and had lunch at a seafood cafe in one of the bigger buildings near the dock. The four of us shared a seafood platter which was wonderful - so good to try the crab legs after seeing how they are caught and they were really yummy.
Juneau is a very pretty town, quite small for a State capital and we were surprised there is no road access, so the only way in or out is by air or sea.
We took the bus to the Mendenhall Glacier, at $14.00 return. The visitor's centre was OK, the highlight was the walk to the waterfall that is just across from the glacier. It's an easy walk, and very beautiful.
After the walk we found an internet cafe where we caught up on emails and news generally.
Then we had dinner at a restaurant called Zephyr which was fantastic.
Skagway is a cute historical town, of all the Alaskan ports we visited it had the most intact streetscape. Sadly our bushwalking tour was cancelled due to weather and as a second option we took the White Pass railway, which was great, beautiful scenery, I just hadn't wanted to sit for another three hours after being on the ship.
We also did a free walking tour of the historical sites that was organised through the tourist info centre next to the museum. This was very interesting.
The shopping was mostly jewellery stores and souvenirs (just like Ketchikan and Juneau) but we did find an interesting old wares shop where I found the best bargain of our trip - original 1902 postcards of Skagway and surrounds at $2 each.
We had lunch at the Red Onion, in a building that used to be a brothel. The waitresses are dressed up as Gold Rush era prostitutes (think 19th century version of Hooters). The food was surprisingly good given the gimmicky surroundings.
I had read a lot of complaints about Prince Rupert, that there's not much there. It's a working port town and not as geared to tourists as the other Alaskan ports. Personally, I see this as a good thing.
We did a kayaking tour and were blessed with a sunny windless day. The kayaking was really beautiful, on water that was like glass. A couple of locals had come down to join the group and we had a very long conversation with one of them that was extremely interesting.
The guides caught some crabs and headed back to shore to barbecue them - gosh there is nothing as yummy as freshly caught seafood. Then on the way back to the ship the guide drove us all over the town and talked a lot about various local issues.
If the weather had not been so good I can see that Prince Rupert doesn't have much to do but our experience was wholly positive.