Misty Fjords boat excursion is wonderful. Misty Fjords is really beautiful. Cascading water falls, wild life, and breath taking scenery. If the budget can allow it the Misty Fjords by boat and plane is just awsome. It is one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Ketchikan is not that big. Its is easily walked and most attractions are within walking distance for the younger group. For those that are unable to keep up with the younger group, you might find bus/boat sight seeing tours for them.
We're not into fishing or salmon bake or totem pole viewing.
We'd like to just take a nice tour of the city.
Is this better booked through NCL? Or better/easier/cheaper booked once you get into Ketchikan the town? Are there duck tours that are really good there?
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
The main area of the town is pretty walkable, so it's easy to tour on your own. Nonetheless, there's not much there. A totem park and a historic downtown shopping area that includes a historic pub are the main attractions. You might want to consider a shore excursion that goes out of the city to fill some of your time there. The excursion to Saxman Village would be an excellent choice, as its totems are historically significant but not its main attraction.
BTW, Ketchikan is not a good place to plan outdoor activities. It's in the middle of a temperate rain forest, so you probably will encounter rain..
Frankly, you do not need a costly SUV in Ketchikan, I've rented a cheap economy car from Alaska car rental a couple times. If you have rented from them, inquire of their downtown drop off. Saves time and very convenient. If you rented from another, be certain they will shuttle you, some companies do not.
Saxman can be poor choice for a drive up, you get little out of it without a tour and the commentary. They don't let you in the carving shed anymore without a tour. But you can look in the windows. If not of interest for the tour Ketchikan is loaded with totems all over downtown. Also be aware that the city bus goes right to Totem bight for less than $2 each way, also has a Walmart stop.
With a car I would suggest hiking Preserverence Trail, and Ward Lake.
I strongly disagree on Rev's claim of "not much there". There is plenty and more than enough to fill up your port time. It's a great walking tour area with plenty of interesting things to do.