We had to tender but got in earlier than expected & got out early. Did the walk around ketchikan thing on our own & had a great time - got a good laugh out of Dolly's house (interesting decorating techniques she had for her bathroom!). Then, there was not one thing bad about our trip out with Michelle from Island Wings. Can't even describe - it was wonderful. She picked out a great lake to land on & tied up to a log on an island - it was wonderful & she is a lot of fun. It was so worth the money.
Personally, we took the Saxman Village tour, however we were not really impressed with it at all, and were quite bored with it. It is a modern day depiction rather than a true historical one. We had wished we had taken the "totem" tour instead.
However, we live in the southwest, and Arizona has a lot of historical indian culture which we are used too. So we could be a bit spoiled in a way, when it comes to viewing the old indian culture and their ways.
So it all depends on what you are truely interested in. I too did not find a lot that jumped out at me either for ketchikan excursions.
Independance of the Seas
Monarch of the Seas, October, 2007
Serenade of the Seas June, 2006
For historic information on totems, go to the Totem Heritage Museum. Easily walkable from the dock. Any "town" touring, is greatly enhanced if you pick up the walking tour map at the dock visitor center, then at least you can have some direction and detail. A nice walk is going down Park, salmon ladder viewing, through the city park, then down Deermont. A look at residential life too. The Alaska Discovery (Public Lands building) is worth a stop, if of interest.
I did the Zipline excursion while in Ketchikan. After all the other ports I didn't feel like shopping any more... hee hee but for the zipline it was a fun time. None of my family members wanted to go so I went solo,, it was still fun! I still had a bit of time after the zipping to explore the town.
We were just in Ketchikan at the end of June and did the Canopy Adventure which we enjoyed. It was kind of expensive at almost $160 pp. but we had never done zipling before and we love adventure. Alot of people on board had gone to the Lumberjack Show and really raved about it. We have see them several times at State Fairs so we opted for something new. If you are into snorkeling, you might considere mountian snorkeling. The water was so clear in the creek at Creek Street that we could see jellyfish in it. I had read somewhere where the mountain snorkeling was considered one of the top excursions in Alaska.
Take the floatplane/cruise to Misty Fjords National Monument...it is a wonderful trip with 3000' cliffs and waterfalls. You'll land on the sea and then come back by boat. We have done this twice and loved it each time. We saw lots of wildlife including grizzly bear, whales, otters, etc. It's a bit pricey, but well worth it.
As previously mentioned, a float plane to Misty Fjords. Another trip (both can be done in one day) is to take a helicopeter to Prince of Wales Island to see the bears. I think there are other float plane or helicopter trips also to see the bears.
"The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."
F Scott Fitzgerald
Silversea Silver Explorer (23nts) - Kangerlussuaq, Greenland - Nome, Alaska - Aug 14
Seven Seas Voyager (30nts) - Dubai - Cape Town - Nov 14
We really enjoyed the Wilderness Exploration and Crab Feast. The boat ride to the crab traps was enjoyable, led by the son of the owners of the George Inlet Lodge. He fascinated us with his dialogue. Pulling up the crab traps and handling the dungeness crabs was fun and educational. The inlet was beautiful. We saw a bear too! And the crab feast back at the lodge was SO delicious.