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Shore Excursion that are part of our program at the port of call in Ketchikan Juneau, and Skagway.
These tours will be operated buy Holland America.
     
KETCHIKAN SHORE EXCURSIONS
   
Alaska Rain Forest Sanctuary, Raptor
Center & Totems

This eco-exploration includes a guided nature hike, bald eagles, Alaskan reindeer, a Native totem carver and a historic sawmill at an exclusive reserve located in the forested mountains at rustic Herring Cove. A pristine natural environment, it is home to bald eagles, black bear, seals and a variety of birds and other species attracted by the major salmon runs in the abundant marine estuary. A naturalist will guide you along an improved trail through the heart of the dense forest, among tall stands of hemlock, spruce and cedar, stopping at strategically located viewing areas. At a protected, open estuary, you'll follow Eagle Creek along an elevated wooden boardwalk overlooking grassy wetlands. Major runs of salmon return to spawn here. Listen to the symphony of bird activity in this spectacular setting. Seasonal ecosystem changes result in varying levels of wildlife activity. After a half-mile trail walk you will have a chance to feed reindeer, see the historic Herring Bay Lumber Company sawmill, visit birds of prey up close at the Alaska Raptor Center's exhibit, and observe a master Native totem carver at work. Snacks and beverages are provided and shopping opportunities wait in the general store.

Notes:
Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. Tour operates in all weather conditions. Rain ponchos provided. Wear comfortable walking shoes and warm clothing.


Bear Creek Zip Line Adventure
Enter the fly-zone on this rain forest eco-adventure that is designed for those seeking excitement and exhilaration. Featuring seven zip lines, 10 lofty tree platforms, Alaska's longest sky-bridge, a 250-foot-long mountain slide, and rappeling, this is the ultimate Alaska action experience. Your adventure begins with a ride up a steep hillside in a custom all-terrain 4x4 Unimog to the briefing camp. After outfitting and orientation, it's an uphill hike via an improved rain forest trail to a ground-based practice zip line, where your guide introduces you to zipping. This is your first encounter with the 5,200 feet of dual cable zip lines, intersected with a 250-foot-long suspension bridge, providing an aerial view of Bear Creek and a forest waterfall. You will rappel to the ground from the last tree platform. Speeding down the mountainside will be one of the highlights of your zip line adventure. Experience panoramic ocean, forest and mountain views from the tree platforms on this exciting adventure at a rain forest reserve, just eight miles from Ketchikan. In addition to tall stands of spruce, hemlock and cedar, the ecosystem here supports an extensive wildlife population. Eagles and bears are often sighted. Gear down at the base camp, where each participant is presented with a special award in recognition of his/her achievement. View your action photograph and shop in the General Store before returning to the ship.

Notes:
Minimum weight is 70 lbs; maximum weight is 250 lbs. Minimum height is 50 inches. Full use of limbs required. Pregnant women and guests with injuries/seizure disorders and with vision or hearing impairments are not allowed to participate. Not suitable for wheelchairs. Waiver must be signed and medical conditions disclosed. Rain jacket provided. Closed-toe shoes are required. Long pants and layered clothing recommended. Rain gear provided. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed.
 



Exclusive Mountaintop Flightseeing & Crab Feast
This exclusive opportunity combines two of Alaska's favorite experiences—a flight on a de Havilland Beaver floatplane and dining on Alaskan Dungeness crab. Your flight begins as you take off from the Tongass Narrows, home to more floatplanes than any other port in the world. The bustling community of Ketchikan will quickly be revealed below as you take in the panoramic views of the spectacular mountains of the Tongass National Forest. Your flight narration will include the historic importance of the de Havilland Beaver floatplane and the many landmarks below. After twenty minutes of breathtaking scenery, you will land at the remote George Inlet Lodge—a rustic yet elegant wilderness oasis. Your host will greet you with delicious smoked salmon as you learn about the colorful history of the George Inlet Lodge and its epic journey across 90 miles of ocean to its current location. Learn about Alaska, Ketchikan and the wilderness lifestyle. Then, you will be seated in the elegant Oceanside Dining Room and your feast will begin—a fresh romaine salad with homemade oriental-style dressing, followed by steamed baby red potatoes, Dungeness crab and melted butter. A piping hot second helping of crab will arrive shortly. Last, but certainly not least, indulge in rich, creamy cheesecake with Alaskan blueberry sauce. A quick visit to the gift shop is a must before you depart. The second half of your journey is a narrated coastal drive back to your ship, passing totem poles, a fish hatchery, and the coast guard station of Ketchikan.

Notes:

Dress in comfortable, warm layers and wear shoes with good traction. Flight path is subject to change due to weather conditions. Floatplanes can be difficult to board for mobility-challenged guests. A van is available for guests who may have trouble using the stairs at the lodge. This tour also operates in reverse order so come hungry.
 



Hunting for Halibut
This is the experience many anglers dream of when planning an Alaskan vacation, fishing for the largest flatfish in the world, the Pacific Halibut. Imagine catching your first wild halibut with your friends or family and the bragging rights that will come with sharing your experience back home.
Unlike many other Alaska destinations, Ketchikan fishing is in protected waters a short ride from downtown Ketchikan. No matter your skill level, you'll experience halibut fishing like a local, with a halibut rod and Penn reel in your own two hands, working the sandy flats, drifting with the current, jigging in waters as deep as 300 feet. Spend the day with an experienced Alaskan fishing guide, in pursuit of the elusive halibut, learning the secrets of fishing circle hooks, working the tides and battling your catch.
Fully outfitted and accompanied by an experienced guide, your only job will be to catch the fish – a job that requires a little patience, a steady jigging arm, and perseverance at the reel.

Notes:
Alaska State law requires a valid 1-day fishing license, which may be purchased for US $20 cash from your fishing boat captain. Minimum age is 5 years. Participants may keep one halibut per person that is under 44 inches or over 76 inches in length. Fish can be shipped anywhere within the United States. Boxed lunch included a salmon spread sandwich, chips and cookie.
 


Ketchikan Salmon Fishing
Enjoy a 25- to 30-minute guided bus tour along the Tongass Narrows on your way to the marina. From there you will board a modern fishing boat, and head to the nearby salmon fishing grounds. Keep an eye out for eagles, whales, seals, sea lions or other wildlife. With only 4-6 guests per boat, you're off for a fine 3½- to 4-hour fishing adventure in the sheltered waters of Clover Passage.

Notes:
Alaska State law requires a valid 1-day fishing license, which may be purchased for US $20 cash from your fishing boat captain along with a US $10 cash king salmon stamp (during king season, May-June). Trolling involves using a downrigger to lower the bait to a specific depth. There are four downriggers, so up to four rods may be fished at once, allowing for fishing at different depths. Fishermen are rotated (instead of assigning rods) so that everyone has a fair chance to catch a fish. The captain may elect to use only two rods if the fish are plentiful. A light snack is provided. Guests who choose to have their fish processed and sent home (to US or Canada addresses only) will need to bring their credit card to pay for processing. A catch is likely but is not guaranteed. Minimum age to participate is 5 years.
 


Magnificent Misty Fjords by Floatplane
Board an authentic Alaska seaplane and take off from Ketchikan's bustling waterfront on a scenic flight over the Tongass National Forest. You are en route to the nation's second-largest wilderness area, encompassing more than two million acres. To fully appreciate the vastness of the Misty Fjords National Monument, you must see it from the air. Since its identification by Captain George Vancouver in 1793, Misty Fjords has been called a scenic wonder not to be missed. You will see majestic fjords, waterfalls and lakes, and perhaps wildlife such as bears, mountain goats, deer, wolves and eagles. Individual headsets allow you to enjoy the lively narrative and inspirational music as you take in the dramatic beauty of a land slowly crafted by the hands of nature. See sheer granite cliffs, 1,000-foot waterfalls, crystalline lakes and low-hanging mists on your flight from Tongass Narrows over Revillagigedo Island to Misty Fjords. At the entrance of spectacular Rudyerd Bay, your introduction to the monument, watch for New Eddystone Rock—a striking remnant of early geological activity. Enjoy a brief lake landing in Misty Fjords, giving you an opportunity to experience the silence, serenity, and monumental beauty that surround you.

Notes:
This tour is accessible to guests with some physical limitations—visit the Shore Excursions Office on board for details. Large bags/backpacks are not permitted inside the floatplane. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. Infants up to and including the day prior to their second birthday can be considered a lap child and should be added to the parent's weight they will be sitting on and are at no cost. On or after his/her 2nd birthday, the child is required by FAA to have his/her own seat and will be charged accordingly.
 

 

 

Misty Fjords & Wilderness Explorer
Explore Misty Fjords National Monument, one of nature's most spectacular creations, while cruising in luxury aboard one of the fastest sightseeing vessels in Alaska. The adventure begins as you leave Ketchikan's picturesque harbor, passing colorful floatplanes and fishing boats. Enjoy Alaskan hospitality and a narrative provided by your crew, and watch for marine and coastal wildlife as you view at sea level the rugged coastlines bordering Revillagigedo Channel. Voyage into Behm Canal, surrounded by the pristine beauty of Misty Fjords National Monument. Along the way you'll stop to view an active bald eagle nest, a Tlingit pictograph, and New Eddystone Rock—an immense volcanic spire rising from the emerald sea. Delight in the unhurried exploration of Rudyerd Bay, an ice-carved masterpiece deep within the Monument. Learn the natural history of the fjords, listen to the call of nesting seabirds, and feel the mist of glistening waterfalls while gliding quietly beneath 3,000-foot glacier-sculpted cliffs. On the cruise back to Ketchikan, enjoy a selection of snacks and beverages while watching for whales, seals, eagles and other species of wildlife. You'll also have the opportunity to experience Native culture and history presented by a Tlingit storyteller, watch a Native artist at work, or enjoy a tour-related video presentation.

Notes:

This tour is not accessible by electric scooters. Bring a warm, rainproof jacket to wear on the topside observation deck, as this tour operates in all weather conditions. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed.
 

 


Orca Beach Rain Forest Nature Trail
Join an experienced Alaskan trail guide for a walk through natural, unspoiled beauty in the coastal rain forest on a remote island in the Tongass National Forest. The trail takes you through a beautiful old growth forest by way of a secluded beach, and is mostly boardwalk, about one mile in length and well maintained. Follow your knowledgeable guide through this ancient forest and learn about botanic species native to this region, including Western red cedar and yellow cedar that early Natives were so dependent upon for spiritual enrichment, shelter and transportation. Learn how Sitka spruce was instrumental in the construction of Howard Hughes' famous Spruce Goose and early vintage fighter planes. After hiking this gently sloped historic trail, enjoy an Alaskan snack of smoked salmon, cheese and crackers, hot chocolate, coffee, juice and water. Then take some time to explore the natural beauty around you. A motorized rigid inflatable Seahawk provides a short but exciting cruise along the coast of Clover Passage. Whales, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, porpoise, bald eagles and migrating seabirds may be spotted on this route. Knudson Cove is the launch point for transportation from the pier.

Notes:
Bring binoculars. Rain gear and life jacket provided. Wear warm, waterproof clothing. Tour is not suitable for wheelchairs. Not recommended for guests with back problems. Minimum weight is 40 lbs.
 

 


Rain Forest Canopy & Zipline Expedition
Live the thrill of gliding through the top of a rich rain forest canopy along a series of eight dual cable zip lines with three aerial bridges suspended between tall spruce, hemlock and cedar trees, bordering the magnificent Tongass National Forest. This major rain forest reserve embraces one of Alaska's richest salmon spawning streams and a pristine inter-tidal estuary. Abundant wildlife habitat here includes a high concentration of bald eagles, black bear and a variety of other species. At Herring Cove, an all-terrain custom 4x4 Unimog will transport you up a steep rain forest hillside to the canopy chalet. Professionally trained guides will outfit you with state-of-the-art safety equipment and provide a detailed orientation before you mount the first platform. Your rain forest canopy challenge features a flight over eight zip lines—6,000 feet of high-tension cables and ground-based nature trails. Your guide will progressively ease you into the forest canopy along cables ranging from a short 100 feet to the 750-foot, pulse-pounding Ben's Revenge. Eagles and bears are often seen from the platforms. Discover Eagle Creek falls, and cross three hanging bridges offering breathtaking views of the virgin forest below. You will be up to 135 feet above the forest floor. Throughout this adventure you will be surrounded by the sights and sounds of the rain forest wildlife preserve. The final zip line emerges from the rain forest and transports you over lush grassy wetlands to a viewing tower, 55 feet above ground. Descend the stairs and gear down at the base camp. Upon completion of this amazing experience, enjoy a snack and hot beverage, view your photograph and shop in the General Store.

Notes:

Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. Minimum weight is 90 lbs; maximum weight is 250 lbs. Minimum height is 5'0". Full use of limbs required. Pregnant women and guests with injuries/seizure disorders are not allowed to participate. Guests who have vision or hearing impairments are not allowed to participate. Waiver must be signed and medical conditions disclosed. Closed-toe shoes are required. Long pants and layered clothing recommended. Rain jacket provided. On July 4th, there may be road closures due to the Independence Day Parade. Guests booked on the morning tour may be required to walk approximately one mile back to the ship, accompanied by your guide. Please consider this when booking.
 

 


Saxman Native Village & Lumberjack Show
Don't be fooled by cheap imitations—this tour provides exclusive access to the Beaver Clan House, a working Native carving center, and a chance to view the traditional Native dancers first hand. You can't buy this tour elsewhere, so if you're going to Saxman Native Village make sure you are part of this genuine, up-close look at the rich living culture of Southeast Alaska's Native Americans. The Tlingits welcome you in the traditional style that defines the culture of Southeast Alaska. A short video program introduces you to the culture and history of Saxman. You will then enter the Beaver Clan House where you are welcomed by song and dance. Visitors are encouraged to participate in the final dance, before moving on to the Saxman Totem Park, one of the largest gatherings of totems in the world. Your guide will help unravel the mysteries of these towering, majestic poles. At the Village Carving Center, skilled craftsmen pass on their skill to eager apprentices. Fine Alaska Native art and small mementos are for sale. Next, you will experience Native American culture through song, dance and stories, and learn of the art of lumberjacking through a rollicking demonstration of good-natured competition and hard-earned skill. Treat yourself to an action-packed experience at the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show, where the world's best lumberjacks go head-to-head in more than a dozen exciting events such as chopping, sawing, relay races, axe throwing, log rolling and a 50-foot speed climb. The colorful host will introduce the events and offer a historic view of the Alaskan timber industry, which has shaped this rugged land. Just a short walk from your cruise ship pier, this celebration of a bygone era is a rip-roaring good time and quality entertainment for all ages.

Notes:
There may be a short wait prior to start of the Lumberjack Show. This time can be spent on your own or in the rustic company store located at the Lumberjack Show facility. Maximum weight is 500 lbs.
 

 



View the Holland America web site ( www.hollandamerica.com ) for more details and booking instructions