Ketchikan cruises

Tiny Ketchikan is just 3 miles long and 3 blocks wide, but here you’ll find Alaska’s busiest waterfront, buzzing with float planes, fishing boats and pleasure craft. You’ll witness local life with hardy fishermen working on crab trawlers catching local delicacies like King Crab, octopus, shark, prawns and Rock fish. It is not only known as Alaska’s First City due to geographically being the first place travellers stopped when heading north, it is also a figurehead of the outstanding natural beauty of Alaska.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Walk

    This delightful three-hour tour invites you to explore the breathtaking natural setting of the Ketchikan rainforest.

    Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Walk

    At rustic Herring Cove, a naturalist will guide you along a trail past Alaskan cedars to an elevated boardwalk overlooking Eagle Creek where the salmon runs during spawning season attract eagles, bears, seals and shorebirds. Then photograph bald eagles up close at the Alaska Raptor Center's exhibit and visit the fascinating Herring Bay Lumber Company sawmill, before watching a master carver crafting a totem pole.

    Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests must be able to walk approximately 1 mile. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

    Tour code

    KTN_023

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    2¾ hours

  • Saxman Native Village & Totem Pole Park

    Experience the rich culture of southeast Alaska at Saxman Native Village, where an elaborate tribal ceremony will welcome you.

    Saxman Native Village & Totem Pole Park

    After an engaging video about Tlingit customs and history, enter the Beaver Clan House where tribal members will perform traditional songs and dances, and you’re encouraged to join in! Your guide will lead you among over 20 awe-inspiring Tlingit and Haida totem poles, before you visit the Village Carving Center for a demonstration of their time-honoured skills in action. The Village Store provides an opportunity to purchase some of the native art available or pick up a memento of your visit.

    Your scenic ride back to the ship takes you past Alaska's busiest waterfront, bustling with floatplanes and boats; infamous Creek Street, Ketchikan's former red-light district during the Gold Rush; and historic residential areas and the turn-of-the-century style downtown area.



    This excursion is operated by coach and on foot and there is little walking included on this tour, however guests will have to stand for approximately 1 hour during the Saxman Village visit.

    Tour code

    KTN_018

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Lighthouse, Totems and Eagles

    Ketchikan’s native culture, abundant wildlife and history come to life on this coastal adventure.

    Lighthouse, Totems and Eagles

    From the heated main cabin or open-air observation deck of your vessel, hear tales of the area's maritime past, the rich Tlingit traditions and the timber and fishing industries. Highlights of your voyage include views of Guard Island Lighthouse, Totem Bight State Park, as well as many eagles and their nests. Along the way, you may spot all manner of other wildlife, such as deer, harbour seals, blue heron and pigeon guillemots, while even humpback whales and orcas are frequent sightings here.

    A snack of salmon spread, cheese, crackers, fresh fruit and cookies will served during you cruise.



    This excursion is operated by coach and boat. Binoculars will be provided onboard the boat.

    Tour code

    KTN_027

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show

    Experience one of the ‘Top 10 things to see in Alaska’.

    The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show

    Ever wondered what life’s like for Alaska’s hearty lumberjacks? Find out as you watch rugged, real working lumberjacks compete head-to-head in the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show.

    The state’s frontier lumberjacks battle British Columbia's woodsmen in a no-holds-barred competition for the title ‘Bull of the Woods.’ These world champion athletes engage in springboard chopping, buck sawing, axe throwing, chainsaw throwing, log rolling and the thrilling 50-foot tree climb, while your host shares colourful lumberjack stories.



    This excursion is operated on foot. Videotaping of the show is not permitted, but still photography is welcome. Guests are required to make their own way to the show on a 5- to 10-minute walk from the pier.

    Tour code

    KTN_019

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    1¼ hours

  • Private Hummer Adventure

    Treat yourself to a VIP Alaskan adventure as you see the sights from a luxury Hummer® H2.

    Private Hummer Adventure

    Whether your chauffeur creates your itinerary, or you have your own to-do list of sights, up to five of you will travel in style, with its heated leather seats and dual air temperature controls. Your many options include totem parks such as Saxman Native Village and Totem Bight State Park, walks through the rainforest, strolls along the beach, a visit to Herring Cove in search of wildlife sightings, waterfall viewings, Ward Lake in the Tongass National Forest and many more.

    Bottled water will be provided to all guests in the Hummer.



    This excursions is operated by by hummer. These are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to five guests. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included.

    Tour code

    KTN_700

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Wilderness Exploration Cruise & Crab Feast

    Live the life of an Alaskan crab fisherman for half a day in the stunning wilderness.

    Wilderness Exploration Cruise & Crab Feast

    A sightseeing cruise along George Inlet waterway takes you past the old cannery, as you learn about the ‘pirates’ that once plagued the area, and the Mahoney Glacial Cirque with its towering mountains and 2,000-foot waterfalls. Reaching a remote crab estuary, you’ll help pull up crab pots for a close-up view before returning them to the water. Once you’ve reset the pots, you’ll follow a course to the George Inlet Lodge for a delicious Dungeness crab dinner with all the trimmings!



    There are numerous steps at the lodge, but van rides are available for guests who cannot manage these. Guests are advised to dress warmly in layers. One glass of beer or wine is complimentary. The tour order may vary.

    Tour code

    KTN_031

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Historical Ketchikan & Creek Street Walking Tour

    Enjoy the rugged good looks of Ketchikan during a walking tour of downtown.

    Historical Ketchikan & Creek Street Walking Tour

    Discover Ketchikan’s intriguing frontier spirit during an easy 90-minute stroll. It includes infamous Creek Street, reputedly the most photographed street in Alaska. Now lined with colourful shops and art galleries, this boardwalk was once the red-light district, where you’ll learn how ‘Married Man's Trail’ received its name. Uncover the story behind the many totem poles around town and the importance of Tlingit culture. Ketchikan is known as the ‘Salmon Capital of the World’ and your guide will also explain the function of one of the city's salmon ladders.

    This tour is entirely on foot.

    Tour code

    KTN_021

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    1½ hours

  • Town & Harbour Duck Tour

    Discover the best of Ketchikan by land and sea aboard a state-of-the-art amphibious vehicle.

    Town & Harbour Duck Tour

    Drive past the totem pole of Whale Park and the salmon ladder at Ketchikan Creek. Notice the wooden staircases that used to serve as streets in days gone by. Admire photogenic Creek Street, once the city's red light district and now a hive of quaint shops and cafés. When you reach the water’s edge, your ‘duck’ vehicle will simply drive into Ketchikan's harbour for close-up views of local canneries, seaplane docks and the town’s fishing fleet.

    This excursion is operated by amphibious vehicle and there is minimal walking on this tour but guests must be able to negotiate a 9-rung ladder to board the Duck.

    Tour code

    KTN_033

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    1½ hours

  • Totem Bight State Park & Lumberjack Show

    Combine two very different sides of Alaskan culture, past and present.

    Totem Bight State Park & Lumberjack Show

    Totem Bight State Park offers a unique glimpse into the native Tlingit and Haida cultures. Skilled carvers, using traditional hand-made tools, recreated 14 totems which you can admire along with a replica of a 19th century Raven Clan House.

    Then, ready yourself for rip-roaring fun at the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show, as Alaska's frontier lumberjacks battle British Columbia's premier woodsmen in springboard chopping, buck sawing, axe throwing, chainsaw throwing, log rolling and the thrilling 50-foot tree climb.

    After the visit to Totem Night State Park, a brief stop will be made at the Alaska Totem Trading Store to enjoy a coffee and cookies and some time to shop for souvenirs.



    This excursion operates by coach and on foot. Please note that there may be a short wait prior to the Lumberjack Show. The advertised itinerary may operate in reverse. Filming of the Show is not permitted. Guests are required to walk a short distance back to the ship independently after the Show.

    Tour code

    KTN_017

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    3¾ hours

  • Alaska Fishing & Wilderness Dining

    Get hooked on fishing in the unspoiled wilderness of Alaska's southeastern coastline.

    Alaska Fishing & Wilderness Dining

    Using your own rod and tackle, you'll almost certainly experience the exhilaration of landing rockfish, red snapper or even a Pacific halibut. After all, this excursion is renowned for the highest catch rate of any Alaskan fishing tour. Later, you’ll head to a wilderness campsite, where the camp cook prepares your freshly caught fish served on a saffron-infused bouillabaisse.



    This excursion is operated by boat. Guests must be aged five years or older to participate in this tour and weigh no more than 300 lbs. Please remember you are purchasing the opportunity to catch fish, not a guarantee of doing so. A fishing license is required and can be purchased onboard your boat for $25 cash per person. When king salmon is targeted, a $15 per person additional retention tag is required. Children under 16 are not required to purchase a license. Trolling with downriggers is the method of fishing used on this excursion. Bottom fishing is done by jigging bait off the ocean floor, typically in 100 to 300 feet of water, while the boat is on anchor or drifting in one area. Each fisherman has use of their own rod and reel while fishing.

    Tour code

    KTN_025

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Exclusive Flightseeing & Crab Feast

    Admire Alaska’s vast open expanses from the air on this exclusive tour.

    Exclusive Flightseeing & Crab Feast

    Take to the skies in a De Havilland Beaver floatplane, to soar over verdant mountains cloaked in spruce and cedar trees on Revillagigedo Island and within Tongass National Forest. A thrilling water landing brings you to remote George Inlet Lodge, an early 1900s cannery bunkhouse, for tales of life in the wilderness. Its private dining room then welcomes you for an all-you-can-eat Dungeness crab feast.



    This excursion is operated by minivan and seaplane. This flight has no weight surcharge. Carry-on bags are not allowed and there is limited storage in the hanger.

    Tour code

    KTN_038

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show & Crab Feast

    This tour combines two of the highest-rated tours in Ketchikan into one unique experience.

    Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show & Crab Feast

    Take your seat for the rowdy Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show, where lumberjacks battle it out in twelve athletic events that utilise seven-pound axes, six-foot razor-sharp saws, tree climbing gaffs, and souped up chainsaws. Your cheers will turn to roars of excitement as axes fly through the air, men free fall tall trees, and then run atop spinning logs floating in water.

    Then, bring your appetite for an all-you-can-eat feast at the rustic, yet elegant, George Inlet Lodge. Dine on fresh Dungeness crab, baby red potatoes, oriental salad, and cheesecake topped with blueberries.



    There is a short walk from the ship to the Lumberjack Sports Arena. Vegetarian and non-crab options are available. There are numerous steps to negotiate at the lodge; a van ride is available to those who cannot manage steps. One beverage is included; additional glasses can be purchased at your own expense.

    Tour code

    KTN_020

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Rainforest Canopy & Zipline Expedition

    This award-winning eco-adventure combines a flight over eight ziplines and a journey across three aerial bridges.

    Rainforest Canopy & Zipline Expedition

    Embark on the ultimate nature experience as you glide through the rich canopy along a series of eight ziplines and 6,000 feet of high-tension cables in the heart of the Tongass National Forest. The ziplines range from 175 feet to the 850-foot, pulse-pounding ‘Ben's Revenge.’ You can also watch for wildlife from the tree platforms, discover a hidden forest waterfall and cross three hanging sky bridges, all offering breathtaking views of the pristine rainforest up to 135 feet below.

    Enjoy a complimentary snack and hot beverage in the General Store or take the opportunity to photograph eagles up close and learn about local birds of prey.



    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion is operated by minibus and 4x4 all-terrain vehicle. Guests must be at least 5 foot tall and weigh between 90 and 250 lbs. Guests must wear closed-toe shoes. Long trousers and layered clothing are recommended.

    Tour code

    KTN_022

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Wildlife Safari & Beach Bonfire

    Set off on a half-day adventure into the serene waterways of the Alaskan wilderness.

    Wildlife Safari & Beach Bonfire

    Aboard a deluxe expedition vessel, search for humpback and orca whales, porpoises, harbour seals, sea otters, bears and eagles. Then, step ashore on a remote island for a local Alaska-style beach bonfire. Tsimshian Alaska Natives will be your guides to traditional gathering and cultural customs, before you indulge in a delicious feast of local favourites like reindeer sausage, Alaskan amber beer and classic s’mores made with roasted marshmallows and handcrafted chocolate.

    This excursion is operated by boat. Guests must be aged 5 years or older. Participants must be in good health and be able to disembark onto the beach via a 5-rung ladder. Flat, comfortable shoes suitable for hiking are recommended. Wildlife sightings are frequent but not guaranteed.

    Tour code

    KTN_030

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Misty Fjords & Wilderness Explorer Cruise

    Explore Misty Fjord’s, one of nature’s most spectacular creations.

    Misty Fjords & Wilderness Explorer Cruise

    Discover the pristine beauty of Misty Fjords National Monument, famous for breathtaking sea cliffs, steep fjords and rock walls that jut 3,000 feet out of the ocean.

    Exploring in luxury on one of Alaska’s fastest sightseeing vessels you’ll reach Rudyerd Bay, an ice-carved masterpiece. Learn how the fjords formed, hear the call of nesting seabirds, and feel the mist of glistening waterfalls. You'll pause to view an active bald eagle's nest, a Tlingit pictograph and New Eddystone Rock: an immense volcanic spire rising from the emerald sea.

    Whilst onboard, enjoy a variety of hearty snacks.



    This excursion is operated by boat. Wildlife sightings are frequent, but not guaranteed. Guests are advised to dress warmly in layers. Binoculars and a souvenir map will be provided.

    Tour code

    KTN_029

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ hours