Tranquil landscapes. Deep-rooted Native Alaskan culture. Fishing in the “Salmon Capital of the World.” Located at the southernmost part of Alaska’s famous Inside Passage, Ketchikan is a fabulous city to take an Alaska cruise from, or (more commonly available) to take a cruise that includes it as a destination port. Photographers especially should find Ketchikan to be a fantastic destination, as there are endless opportunities to shoot breathtaking landscapes. From hand-carved totem poles and an intriguing art scene to museums, local restaurants, sport-fishing, and more, you will never be bored when taking a cruise including Ketchikan.
Cruises from Ketchikan are typically available from May to August. Currently, only Lindblad Expeditions offers cruises from Ketchikan, but many cruise lines offer cruises that include Ketchikan. Among the many fantastic cruise lines offering such cruises are Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Oceania Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, and many more.
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These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Ketchikan, along with a brief description:
♦ Totem Heritage Center
If you are interested in learning about Ketchikan’s native Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people before or after your cruise, the Totem Heritage Center has everything you need. Exhibits in this museum include 19th century totem poles, Northwest Coast artwork, ancient carving tools, and more. The Heritage Center is open daily from May to September, and tours are available. There is a small admission fee for adults, and children 17 and younger are free. All hours and fees are subject to change, please verify with the Totem Heritage Center directly prior to your visit.
♦ Saxman Native Village
If you are looking for more totem-pole action, you might consider stopping by Saxman Native Village before or after your cruise. This village is famous for containing the highest amount of totem poles in one location. Once a settlement for Native Alaskans, this village is now an open-air park where you can join in on a guided tour or explore on your own, learning all about the history and culture of Alaska’s natives. Located just two miles from Ketchikan, you can easily hop on a free shuttle or take a scenic walk along the city’s waterfront to get to this village.
♦ Scanlon Gallery
Art-lovers should definitely consider visiting Ketchikan’s Scanlon Gallery before or after their cruise. Containing the finest collection of Alaskan art since 1972, you definitely don’t want to miss all the exciting pieces housed in this gallery. Among some of the works you can admire here include sculptures, paintings, fine prints, art books, and more. The staff is also very friendly and knowledgeable, ready to answer any questions you might have. You even have the option to purchase one of these works and bring home all the memories of your time in the city.
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