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Making the Most of Ketchikan, Alaska

Making the Most of Ketchikan, Alaska

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The Wonder visits Ketchikan on Saturdays, and sometimes all of the port’s four large ship berths will be occupied. The berths run parallel to the waterfront along Front St./Water St., with the Wonder normally assigned to southernmost Berth 1 (see map, page 395). From Berth 1 downtown is just across the street, but from Berth 4 it’s a ⅓ mile walk. A free shuttle bus stops at Berth 4 (see below). The main Visitor Information Center, with its well-known Liquid Sunshine Gauge, is near Berth 2, but there’s also information and restrooms near Berth 4. All ashore time is 11:15 am, all aboard time is at 7:45 pm.


For cruise ship passengers, Ketchikan is a very compact place. Downtown and the historic Creek St. district cover a five-block by five-block area, and the longest drive anywhere is less than 20 miles. After that, you run out of road. Totem Bight Park is a nine mile drive to the north, Saxman Indian Village is three miles to the south. Walking is the main mode of transportation, with highly-promoted attractions like the lumberjack show just a couple of blocks from the pier. In most cases, taxis won’t be necessary, but fares are $3.70 drop, and $3.50/mile, and they can usually be found by the Visitor Information Center. A free shuttle bus circulates in the downtown area on a 20-minute route, including stops at Berth 4. Car rentals are possible, but hardly necessary. Budget and EZ operate by the airport along with local Alaska Smart Rentals 907-225-1753. Ask if they’ll pick you up at the pier. Float plane tours are very popular, with at least a half-dozen tour operators, both large and small. We got a walk-up booking with mom-and-pop operation SeaWind Aviation (877-225-1203) at their desk in the Visitor Information Center. There are several other tour desks in the center, so if you haven’t booked ahead (which is a good idea for discounts and better selection of flight times), you may still be able to bargain hunt, especially if they have empty seats to fill on short notice.


Thanks to its remote location, Ketchikan, like its fellow Alaskan ports of call, is a pretty safe place. Normal precautions always apply. City streets are not particularly busy, but don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. Stay on the sidewalks, and keep aware of traffic. It’s not likely you’ll be headed into the forest on your own, but if you do, black and brown bear are an important consideration, as are all regular backcountry hiking safety rules.

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