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.
American Discount Vacations is proud to offer the best deals possible on all cruises from Ketchikan, AK. Backed by our "Low Price Guarantee," and powered by our team of expert travel agents, we're sure to exceed your expectations when booking your next cruise departing from Ketchikan, AK!
The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Ketchikan, AK. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Ketchikan, AK. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Ketchikan, AK:
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
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.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
When the finest cruise vacation is your top priority, this is the place to start.
On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
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.
Average monthly high and low temperatures. Values are in Fahrenheit (switch to Celsius):
Total per month. Values are in inches (switch to millimeters):
Days of precipitation per month:
The information above is provided for informational purposes only. Monthly statistics are based on the most recent instance of that month. Weather is subject to change and cannot be guaranteed. The data is provided by a third-party and we accept no liability regarding its accuracy.