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Ketchikan, Alaska (Photo: Brian Lasenby/Shutterstock)

About Ketchikan

Misty Ketchikan, the rainiest town in Southeast Alaska, is known as the "Salmon Capital of the World." The town offers the perfect blend of activities: kayak in Misty Fjords or hike up Deer Mountain in the morning, then poke in and out of fantastic galleries and shops in the afternoon.

You're bound to visit Creek Street, a row of wooden buildings perched over the water on pilings. Brightly painted boutiques once catered to gentlemen seeking the company of "sporting women." The museum at Dolly's House gives you a glimpse into the bawdy ways of frontier life, though Ketchikan's red light district wasn't shut down until 1953.

Legends of a different sort are recorded on totem poles. Boasting the world's largest collection of Northwest totems, Ketchikan offers plenty of places to see these fascinating works of art.

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Regatta

38 Night
World CruiseDetails

385 Reviews
Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Oct 4, 2023
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Norwegian Sun

5 Night
Alaska - SeattleDetails

2,088 Reviews
Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Oct 6, 2022
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Norwegian Spirit

16 Night
Hawaii - OtherDetails

2,064 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Oct 3, 2022
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Celebrity Eclipse

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Alaska Hubbard Glacier CruiseDetails

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Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jun 30, 2023
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1,262 Reviews
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Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Oct 3, 2022
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Transoceanic CruiseDetails

233 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Sep 7, 2023
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TranspacificDetails

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Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Oct 3, 2023
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Alaskan Inside PassageDetails

788 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 1, 2022
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480 Reviews
Leaving:Seward
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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Transpacific CruiseDetails

385 Reviews
Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Oct 4, 2023
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Alaska CruiseDetails

229 Reviews
Leaving:Seward
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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More about Ketchikan

Why go to Ketchikan?

Pros:

Opportunities for cultural exploration abound in this town with a rugged vibe.

Cons:

There are plenty of shopping and dining gems, but they might require wading through tacky big-box storefronts first.

Bottom Line:

Lumberjacks and locals mix with tourist-frequented haunts and shopping strips.

Ketchikan Cruise Port Facilities?

Ships dock in the center of town at one of four berths, so there is a lack of the traditional cruise terminal facilities you might see at many larger ports. On crowded days, ships might be required to anchor and tender passengers into Ketchikan. Small ships sometimes dock a mile south of town.

Everything -- information kiosks, cafes, shops, museums, tour operators and restaurants -- is a short walk from the cruise ships. The visitors/tour center is located at Berth II (131 Front Street). A tunnel divides "Old Town" Ketchikan (where the majority of the attractions are) to "New Town," where several additional restaurants and bars can be found.

Good to Know?

No-see-ums. As the name suggests, you won't see these tiny bugs that reside in wet, wooded areas, but you will notice their bites later (and they aren't pleasant). Use bug spray if you plan to hike or explore in the woods.

Getting Around?

On Foot: Shoppers and gallery-hoppers will be able to easily navigate Creek Street on foot. This popular tourist area is only about a block from the cruise ship dock. To go a little further afield, say to Totem Bight State Park (10 miles away), you will probably take a taxi, motorcoach tour through the cruise line or public bus.

By Car: You might not have enough time in port to make renting a car worthwhile, but visitors who want their own wheels can head for Alaska Car Rental (2828 Tongass Avenue), located about a mile and a half from the dock. Ketchikan is home to three taxi companies with taxi stands near the cruise ship docks, and taxis are readily available throughout the downtown area.

By Bus: A free shuttle bus operates a loop around downtown, and connections can be made at various stops to the public bus system, which extends to other outposts and the airport. The silver bus line runs once an hour with pickup locations right in front of the cruise ships at Front Street and Dock Street. Bus fares are $1; allow ample time when using public transportation.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The U.S. dollar is the currency, but some shops will also accept Canadian dollars. Numerous banks with ATMs are located close to the cruise ship dock, including Wells Fargo (409 Dock Street) and First Bank (311 Dock Street).

Language?

English is spoken in Ketchikan.


Ketchikan Cruise Reviews
Ketchikan is overcrowded and touristy. When we first visited 20+ years ago, Ketchikan still had many locally owned stores with native craftsmanship. Now, it is full of cheap souvenir shops with everything "Made in ChRead More
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Spyder49
Totem Bight State Park at Ketchikan: Good! Wilderness Exploration Cruise & Crab Feast at Ketchikan: MIam, miam, the crab is fresh, good... Read More
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Roxane1
We loved Ketchikan and the Lumberjack show. It was funny, entertaining and fun to watch. The axe throwing competition afterwards was fun to try and learn. My hubby was the best thrower but he is quite strong. I just Read More
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Rain didn't spoil our Sunday in Ketchikan!Read More
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