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What are the good things to do or see while in Ketchikan?

There's a good deal to see within walking distance to the cruise ship docks, like historic Creek Street (with lots of shops overhanging the creek) and downtown Ketchikan, home to many shops, restaurants, and the Ketchikan Museum. There's a great walking tour of town that lasts about two hours and goes for two miles. You can pick up maps outlining the walking tour at many local stores.

About 3 miles from town is the Saxman Native Village, which has great displays on native culture, including an authentic clan house, a totem pole park, and even a very cool live totem carving exhibit.

For an even more exotic experience, float plane tours are available to Misty Fjords National Monument, which is spectacular. It's known as the Yosemite of the North, and it is every bit as amazing as Yosemite Valley.

This is just a sampling of the many tours and excursions available in Ketchikan. It's a very picturesque fishing village, and even if you just spend the day walking around town, you'll have a great time.
Thanks Scott for such detailed reply. Really valuable - thanks!

You're welcome. Hope you have a great trip!
I was wondering if there is any certain time that is best to see marine life while on a cruise ship in Alaska?

Actually, the entire Alaska cruise season, from May to September, is a great time to see marine life in the region. Migratory whales summer in Alaska during this entire period, and Orcas, sea lions, and sea otters are also very active all summer long.
1.I was told that Princess owns several of the ports and that if you are on another cruise line you may have to unload on to smaller boats to get off at a port. Is this true?
2. The guys are wanting to go on a fishing trip at one of the ports. I saw in your info that Sitka was the best place for that, however, I am seeing a lot of cruises that do not have that on their list of port of calls. Any other suggestion, and is tht something that can be done while we are at port - we are there long enough?
3. We are planning on going next summer (09) June or July. Is it too early to be planning?

The majority of Alaska cruises do dock in the ports, though a few ships will dock offshore, in which case you will be shuttled to shore on the smaller ships called tenders. I believe the ports are owned by the municipalities. Princess does own many of the lodges in the Denali area, and they have the most access into Glacier Bay (along with sister line HAL).

You can take fishing charters during port stops in Ketchikan, Juneau, and Sitka. Ketchikan is also a major salmon fishing center.

Itineraries for 2009 have recently gone on sale, so now is an excellent time to plan your cruise for next year.

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