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Port Review: Ketchikan - The Gateway to Alaska

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Ketchikan, USA is the first city you reach in Alaska when sailing from Vancouver.

Abundant wildlife

Depending on the time of year, you can see all kinds of wildlife including “CRITTERS”-  that’s bears to you and me.

The largest concentration of Fishing Canneries in the USA and my favourite, the National Emblem of America the Bald Eagle. They are magnificent as they fly past your balcony as they did ours no more than 4 feet for us and if they are in the trees all you need to look out for is their white heads which look like gold balls.

The Misty Fjords by Sea Plane

I can recommend visiting the Misty Fjords. Misty Fjords is an area of natural beauty inland from Ketchikan and has been made over the centuries by the natural forces of water over the cliffs. As you can imagine it gets its name from the clouds overhead and this is why you travel by Sea Plane as you can go under the clouds and land on one of the many lakes in the area.

Ancient traditions

In Ketchikan they have a very proud tradition of Lumber felling, don’t miss the great excursion to the Saxman Native Village &  Lumberjack Show, or if you’re lucky there might be a show in town you can go along to and see some of these skills still being practised today.

Ketchikan is a fascinating port of call on an Alaskan cruise, a unique part of the world.

Elizabeth Walker, Specialist Cruise Manager


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