Ketchikan Journals

Catching Up With Ketchikan

A June 2007 trip to Ketchikan by bathtubjake

Holland Americas Zuiderdam from a Float Plane Photo, More Photos
Quote: On a port day in Ketchikan, we took a seaplane ride to Misty Fjords and a catamaran back to town.

Catching Up With Ketchikan

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Ketchikan is a popular cruise stop, and boy do they know it! The city has a variety of sights, tours, and tons of shopping to keep everyone occupied. We saw four ships in town on the day of our visit. We had just about six hours in town, though I would have liked to have spent a couple of days. Before our shore excursion to Misty Fjords, we briefly glanced into a couple stores, including the giant hardware store at the dock. But since our excursion took so much time, we really had just over an hour after our return in order to explore the shops.The shops had a variety of souvenirs available from artwork and fine jewelry to t-shirts and calendars. The prices seemed reasonable and slightly less ...Read More

Misty Fjords Float Plane Part One

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Holland America's Zuiderdam from a Float Plane Photo,
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We reserved our tour of Misty Fjords as an excursion from Holland America on the Zuiderdam. Upon arriving in Ketchikan, we met a representative of the outfitter near the ship and then walked a few blocks to the bus. Then we were delivered to the outfitter's seaplane dock on the other side of town. Once there, we had to wait nearly an hour to board the seaplane. Each plane could only ferry six people, and only four planes could dock at a time. Therefore, it took quite a while for all 200 passengers to be flown out to Misty Fjords. Everyone had to wait at either the seaplane dock in Ketchikan or at the Punchbowl formation in Misty Fjords on board the catamaran. Although the weather was pleasant, we...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 19, 2007

Misty Fjords Float Plane Tour Part Two

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Leaving the Fjords Photo,
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After our twenty-minute seaplane flight to Rudyard Bay, we boarded the catamaran for a sail back to Ketchikan. Upon leaving the dock, we had to sit down inside the boat, at a booth resembling a fast food restaurant. The view from here was limited and obstructed. Luckily, we were soon released and headed upstairs to the top deck, which was open across the back of the boat. Inside Misty Fjords National Monument, the ride was slow and gentle. We cruised through the Punchbowl cove featuring tall, slick cliffs. From the top of the cliff to the bottom of the fjord was equal to the height of the Sears Tower! The boat floated close to the cliffs and the onboard naturalist narrated the sights over the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 19, 2007