Ketchikan, Alaska, US
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Approximately 3 Hours
Meals not included
Board a motorcoach for a panoramic drive through Ketchikan.
At a private dock, meet the skipper and crew and step aboard a boat for a scenic cruise on the Tongass Narrows. Photo opportunities abound on this seafaring excursion. You will see eagles' nests with baby eagles in season. Harbor seals, pigeon guillemots and moon jellyfish are commonly spotted. A variety of sea birds are usually seen and sometimes even humpback or orca whales. Along the way, you'll hear of the area's maritime history, rich Alaska Native culture, the timber and fishing industries, and local lifestyle.
Relax in the heated main cabin or enjoy the open-air observation deck. You'll observe both secondary and old-growth areas of the Tongass National Forest and cruise past Guard Island Lighthouse, established in 1901 and still operating today.
View Totem Bight State Park from the water, where towering Tlingit and Haida totems and a clan house dominate the landscape. Colorful cabins and unique homes, many occupying private islands, showcase the Southeast Alaska lifestyle.
Your skipper shares stories of Ketchikan's treacherous Danger Island. You will circumnavigate or have a clear view of as many as twelve islands on your tour route, many inhabited only by Alaska's wildlife.
Enjoy a sampler plate with locally-sourced snacks such as smoked salmon, salmon spread, crackers, bull kelp pickles and artisan chocolate with a hot beverage, cold water, or your favorite soft drinks. The on-board gift shop stocks some interesting souvenirs.
Afterward, walk back to the coach for a relaxed drive back to the pier.
Binoculars are provided. Suitable for guests using a wheelchair if able to manage three steps with assistance. Walking a short distance is required in the parking area and at the dock. The dock is accessed via a 70-foot ramp. Wheelchairs and scooters are securely stored in a locked dockside storage shed while the cruise is underway.