1. What to wear
"Wear layers," is the advice of all Southeast Alaska residents. Our weather can change from rainy and foggy to bright and sunny all in the space of a few hours. Pants, several layers of tops ranging from t-shirt to fleece, and comfortable socks and shoes are a must. We will provide you with the "outside essentials" which includes rain pants and rain coat, warm hat and rubber boots.
2. What to bring
Bring your camera! Ketchikan is full of beautiful and amazing sights and we don't want you to miss that perfect shot. Bring a windbreaker, fleece, or rain coat. (If you bring an umbrella, here's a note: carrying an umbrella will indicate that you are a tourist. With almost 14 feet of rain a year, Ketchikan residents have learned the futility of the umbrella, especially with 30 — 50 mile-per-hour gusts of wind as a common occurrence in the fall and winter! We just pull up the hoods of our rain jackets and get through the day.) If you dress in warm layers, our excellent rain gear will keep you dry! And, bring your curiosity: we subscribe to the "no question is too silly" rule here. You are on vacation and you have a knowledgeable guide: ask away!
3. What you will see
You will see totem poles, eagles and lots of water — creeks, waterfalls, inlets, narrows, coves, rivers… you name it, and we've got it! You won't see igloos, dogsleds, or moose.
4. What not to bring
You won't need your metro card, your stiletto heels or your bear spray. Ketchikan has lots of wood stairs, docks and planks, so sensible walking shoes or boots are the fashion here. And though we might be lucky enough to spot a bear, they are generally wary of humans and keep their distance.
1. What is a private tour?
A private tour is a tour geared exclusively toward you and your group. We are listening to your wishes and making the day unique to you. We have designed a list of creative, impressive itineraries that celebrate Ketchikan. Our tours are fashioned to allow you to travel in luxury and style while you are our guests. And the term "private" means it's all about you: it is your day in port and the tour is about satisfying you. Private touring is about special requests: don't be shy!
2. I'm traveling in a group; what accommodations do you have for families or groups?
A private tour is an excellent choice for groups, because the tour is customized to meet your needs. If you are having a family reunion, we can group vehicles together or arrange for different itineraries based on age and interest. If you are celebrating a special event (renewing wedding vows, anniversary, or something else) please let us know so we can work our magic. Our specialty is making your day unforgettable.
3. What if it is rainy or stormy?
Our vehicles are designed to be comfortable in sunny, rainy and windy weather, so don't worry. We recommend wearing warm clothes, in layers, such as long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt or sweatshirt. We provide excellent outdoor gear such as rain pants and jackets, warm hats, and rubber boots to protect you and keep you warm while we are out enjoying all Ketchikan has to offer.
4. What is the policy for cancellations?
If we cancel the tour for any reason, you will receive a full refund. If you choose to cancel the tour, the cancellation policy depends on your ship. Please speak to your shore excursion manager about your ship's cancellation policy.
5. What if I have a question that isn't found in the FAQs?
Please contact us! We look forward to answering your questions and ensuring that your trip is everything you desire.
6. How do I book a private tour?
You can book a private tour several ways. Either click on the link entitled "Reserve this trip," or call the number for excursions through your cruise line. You can also book this tour on the ship: just talk to your shore excursion manager.
7. What is the population of Ketchikan?
The population of the greater Ketchikan area is over 14,300 humans, millions of salmon, hundreds of bald eagles, eighty three totem poles, four boat harbors, five fish processing facilities, and one Starbucks Coffee shop.
8. What is the average annual rainfall in Ketchikan?
The annual average is 13 1/2 feet (That's 162 inches a year. For comparison, rainfall in Seattle, Washington is 36 inches a year on average.) Ketchikan residents soak in rain about 228 days a year.
9. What is the amount of daylight on the longest day of the year?
There are 17 1/2 hours of daylight on the summer solstice, which is June 21st. December 21st, the winter solstice, gives us 7 hours of daylight.
10. How many totem poles does Ketchikan have?
Ketchikan has the largest collection of totems of anywhere in the world, with more than 80 poles throughout the area. They can be seen at the Totem Heritage Center, Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, Saxman Native Village, Cape Fox Lodge, Ketchikan Indian Community buildings, two local parks, Totem Bight State Park, and several private residences.