Cruise Holiday Travel Guide: Ketchikan

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Known as Alaska’s “First City”, Ketchikan is the first major community visitors reach when travelling north. Read on to find out more about this magical location, or click here to see the latest deals on cruises to Alaska.

Why go on a Ketchikan cruise?

The US state of Alaska is located on the northwest extremity of the North American continent. Ketchikan is actually an island and is surrounded by the Tongass National Forest.

The city started out as an Indian fishing camp, and the name Ketchikan is a Tlingit phrase which is thought to mean “an eagle with spread-out wings”, which is reference to a large waterfall near the town. Ketchikan is also known as being the salmon capital of the world, and a large part of the towns economy is based around its fishing industry.

On sailing into Ketchikan, the first thing that will strike you is undoubtedly the town’s spectacular beauty. The town is set against forest-covered hills and faces a waterway alive with fishing boats, ferries and barges.

Ketchikan has the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles, which are found around the town and at four major locations. The Totem Bight State Park is a good starting point on the totem pole trail – here you will find 14 totem poles set within a peaceful forest. Each totem pole tells its own story and the park is also home to a replica 19th-century clan house, which offers a glimpse of the Tlingit and Haida Indian cultures.

For a further glance into the Tlingit culture visit the Saxman Native Village where you can watch carvers in action, shop for souvenirs and fine art and enjoy watching native dancing inside a clan house.

To truly experience the natural, dramatic beauty of this destination you should visit the Misty Fjords National Monument. Encompassing more than two million acres of sheer granite cliffs, crystal-clear lakes and 1000-foot waterfalls, the monument park is simply spectacular.
The Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary is also well worth a visit to appreciate the natural wonders of Ketchikan. The Sanctuary is home to bald eagles, a herd of reindeer, black bears, seals and a wide variety of birds. You can also see a Native master totem pole carver at work.

Visitors to Ketchikan will be delighted with the natural beauty and fascinating native history.
Cruise lines currently sailing to Ketchikan include Celebrity Cruise, Princess Cruises and Silversea.

Book your Ketchikan Cruise

Be sure to check our Alaska cruise deals page, as our offers are updated regularly.
In the meantime here’s a taster of some of our recent offers.

Luxury Alaska – Fly/Stay/Cruise
Sailing with Celebrity Cruises on board Celebrity Infinity
14th May 2015 for 14 nights

You will set sail from San Francisco before cruising to Ketchikan and onwards to Icy Strait, Juneau, Tracy Arm Fjord, Victoria and Astoria (Oregon) before returning to San Francisco.
This deal includes a hotel stay in San Francisco.

Images sourced via Flickr Creative Commons. Credit:  greyloch

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Alyssa Beit

Alyssa lives in Sydney, NSW. Born on the 14th October and is a Social and Human Service Assistant at Cruise 1st Australia. She is in her early 40’s and loves tranquility on luxury cruises.

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