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Recommended Port Adventures in Ketchikan, Alaska

Recommended Port Adventures in Ketchikan, Alaska

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Of the 37 excursions offered by Disney Cruise Line, here are our recommended port adventures for first-time visitors to Ketchikan:

Low Budget: Saxman Native Village & Exclusive Lumberjack Show (KE02, $105/$52 ages 3–9, 4-4.5 hours) gives better bang for the buck than most other inexpensive tours. If you want more nature in the mix, Rainforest, Wildlife Sanctuary, Raptor Center & Totems (KE11, $89/$49 3–9, under 3 free, 2.5-3 hours) takes you to out-of-town sights.  If you want to see in-town sights, we suggest a self-guided walking tour and the free shuttle (get the very good free map), or maybe the Ketchikan Duck Tour (KE49, $44/$27 ages 0-9, 1.5-2 hours).

Big Budget: This is the town for flightseeing in seaplanes. Every excursion promises breathtaking views (and they really are) and the thrill of watery take-offs and landings. Flight time and additional activities (like bear watching) are responsible for price variations. You pay similar rates for much longer airline flights. To save a bit or get more flight time, book early, directly with the excursion operators. The only other big-ticket excursions are the private charters (boats, planes, and Hummer), but if you fill the vehicle to capacity, the per-person cost is little different than a regular excursion.

Nature: Bering Sea Crab Fishermen’s Tour (KE28, $199/$119 ages 5–9, 3-3.5 hours) is ultra-cool. If you want to hook ‘em yourself, take your pick of fishing excursions (this is the Salmon Capitol). Neets Bay Bear Watch by Floatplane (KE24, $389 ages 2 and up, under 2 free, 3-3.5 hours) isn’t always available, but it takes you deep into the Misty Fjords outback like no other excursion.

Active: Rain Forest Canoe Adventure and Nature Trail (KE08, $112/$69 ages 5–9, 3.5–4 hours) should get the adrenaline pumping. Mountain Point Snorkeling Adventure (KE22, $129 ages 8–70, 3–3.5 hours) should be on the list for novelty alone (and when else can you swim on this cruise?) Both ziplining excursions offer something that’s available in every port, but Ketchikan offers the fewest competing active excursions. The kayak adventure here could be better, as on-water time is quite brief.

Armchair: The best “armchair” may be a seat in a Dehavilland float plane (see Big Budget, above). Wilderness Exploration and Crab Feast (KE31, $159/$109 ages 0–9, 4–4.5 hours) gets you out on the water and puts something yummy in your tummy, Misty Fjords and Wilderness Explorer (KE19, $195/$119 ages 0–9, 4.5-5 hours) gives you the most on-water time in the fjords. A visit to Saxman Native Village is better than Totem Bight for native culture.

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