Located on the southwestern side of Revillagigedo Island, Ketchikan is Alaska’s second most popular cruise destination. Known as the ‘Salmon Capital of the World’, Ketchikan offers a unique blend of cultural and adventure activities including kayaking the idyllic waters of Misty Fjords and hiking up Deer Mountain. A more relaxing way to spend an afternoon is strolling in and out of the charming local galleries and shops.
A city rich in Alaskan history, Ketchikan also houses several fascinating museum collections and totem parks dedicated to both ancient and modern Indigenous arts.
Cruise ships dock at Ketchikan Cruise Port, located on the waterfront in Ketchikan’s centre. Due to the city’s popularity as a cruise destination the port has 4 berths and is able to accommodate several large ships at once. Ketchikan Cruise Port welcomes an average of 450 ships every year during the peak season of May to September.
Located in the heart of downtown Ketchikan, the cruise port is within walking distance to a number of attractions as well as a range of transport and tour services. The Ketchikan International Airport lies just 5 kilometres from the cruise port.
The port is well equipped to handle the vast numbers of cruise ship passengers who visit the city every year. Docking right on the waterfront, passengers are afforded easy access to a range of amenities.
- Easy access to several transport services
- Ketchikan Visitor’s Bureau
- A range of shopping and dining options
- Free shuttle service during cruise season.
Taxi, bus and car rental services are within close proximity, ensuring easy access to both downtown and outlying areas. Accommodation is available at several inns, hotels and lodges in downtown Ketchikan.
How to Get Around
Cruise ships dock in a very central location in downtown Ketchikan, affording easy access to the city’s main attractions. Tour and shuttle buses, taxis and public transportation are all available from the port. With an excellent location close to the city centre the easiest way of getting around Ketchikan is on foot.
Travel times from Ketchikan Cruise Port
- 5 minutes to downtown Ketchikan
- 5 minutes to Ketchikan Visitor’s Bureau
- A free shuttle service runs from May to September within the port
- Car rental companies are located in downtown Ketchikan
- Taxi services around town cost $3.50 per mile
- Out of town taxi tours cost $70-$80 per hour
The best way to get to and from Ketchikan International Airport, located approximately 3.5 kilometres from the port, is by public ferry. Travel time is around 7 minutes and one-way fares start at $5.
- Currency - the currency in Ketchikan is the US Dollar. Coins come in 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50-cent denominations, as well as one-dollar coins. Notes come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100-dollar denominations.
- Time Zone - Ketchikan uses Alaska Standard Time (AKST), which is 9 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-9). During Daylight Saving Time (AKDT) it is 8 hours behind (UTC-8).
- Weather - Ketchikan has a mild, humid climate with warm summers and no dry season. Average temperatures range from 18 degrees Celsius in summer (December to February) to 0 degrees Celsius in winter (June to August).
- Creek Street - located along the banks of Ketchikan Creek, the historic Creek Street is built on wooden pilings over the water. Visited by thousands of tourists every year, the boardwalk stretch is home to several restaurants, private dwellings and the iconic Dolly’s House Museum; an bordello-turned-cultural-attraction.
- Totem Heritage Centre - take a step back in time at the Totem Heritage Centre in downtown Ketchikan. The centre is home to a number of historic and preserved totem poles that were collected from abandoned Tlingit and Haida villages in the region. Other exhibits include Alaskan masks, photographs and traditional artwork.
- Misty Fjords National Monument - set across more than 5,500 square kilometres of wilderness, the stunning Misty Fjords National Monument is a must-visit Alaskan attraction. Located between 2 fjords – Behm Canal and Portland Canal – it’s a nature lover’s dream. Tours depart from Ketchikan via high-speed catamaran and seaplane.
- Tongass Historical Museum - explore the history, art and culture of Ketchikan at the Tongass Historical Museum. A variety of permanent and temporary exhibits, programs and events detail the region’s fascinating history over the ages. Discover native Alaskan artifacts, tools and art, and an extensive collection of photographs.