I’M HERE, SEATTLE. LET THE PARTY BEGIN!
Our newest, most incredible ship is finally here! Here’s to a spectacular inaugural season in Alaska.
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The downtown area is the main commercial district and contains two large harbors, several cruise ship docks, and many of Ketchikan’s main attractions, including historic Creek Street, a boardwalk road built over Ketchikan Creek on pilings. The city center is best viewed from Ketchikan’s Waterfront Promenade that skirts the busy shoreline and is equipped with historical markers and whale-tail benches for visitors to rest and take in the view.
The road system extends both north and south of the city and leads to more parks, attractions and accommodations. RVers often depart the Alaska Marine Highway and head north to a handful of campgrounds including Settlers Cove State Recreation Area at the end of the road, 18 miles north of Ketchikan, where the sites are nestled among a lush rainforest overlooking a scenic coastal area. To the south, South Tongass Avenue leads to totems and hiking trails. For more information on campgrounds, trails and public-use cabins contact the U.S. Forest Service Ketchikan-Misty Fjords Ranger District.
Shaped by the staggering force of massive glaciers millions of years ago, Alaska’s Inside Passage boasts wildlife-filled fjords and lush island scenery — habitat for bald eagles, sea lions, porpoises and whales. Its mountains are carpeted with majestic forests. Inside Passage Alaska is home to Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian Indians whose history is reflected in towering totem poles. Russian settlers left a legacy of onion-domed churches gleaming with icons.
Spread across an impressive 3.2 million acres in Southeast Alaska, this treasure trove of scenic coastal islands, narrow fjords and abundant wildlife offers an inspirational glimpse into what Mother Nature does best. Glacier Bay is home to the highest concentration of tidewater glaciers on the planet, but visitors also come here for the unparalleled opportunities to see marine wildlife, especially whales. If you’re on a round-trip cruise, this is usually the point at which your ship turns around and returns to its home port. If you’re on a one-way cruise the ship will keep heading west, taking you across the Gulf of Alaska.