Alaska Christian Cruise: Ketchikan Pictures

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Cruise Ships Docked in Ketchikan

Cruise ships docked in Ketchikan, Alaska
Alaska Inside Passage Cruise Pictures - Port of Call: Ketchikan, Alaska Cruise ships docked in Ketchikan, Alaska. Image: © Bill Fairchild

Port of Call: Ketchikan, Alaska

Our third port of call, Ketchikan, is one of the most popular cruise ship destinations in Alaska's Inside Passage. We arrived in Ketchikan early Wednesday morning, and although it was overcast, no rain was expected. Since the town is situated in a rain forest and known as the rainiest city in the United States, averaging about 160 inches a year, we felt very blessed with the day's weather forecast.

Located on Revillagigedo Island and rich in commercial fishing resources, Ketchikan is proud to be called the "Salmon Capital of the World." It also bears the nickname "First City" because it is the southernmost city in southeast Alaska and often the first Alaskan port for northbound ships.

• Cruise Highlights: Alaska Inside Passage Travel Log.
• Cruise Review: Alaska Christian Cruise Review.

Ketchikan, located on Revillagigedo Island, is one of the most popular cruise ship destinations in Alaska's Inside Passage.

This view of cruise ships docked in Ketchikan is part of our Inside Passage Christian cruise pictures, including photos of our third port of call: Ketchikan, Alaska.

More Alaska Inside Passage Christian Cruise Pictures:
Embarkation Port: Seattle, Washington
At Sea on the ms Zaandam
Port of Call: Juneau, Alaska
Port of Call: Skagway, Alaska
Cruise Tracy Arm to Sawyer Glacier
Port of Call: Victoria, British Columbia

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Welcome to Ketchikan

Welcome to Ketchikan
Alaska Inside Passage Cruise Pictures - Port of Call: Ketchikan, Alaska Welcome to Ketchikan, Alaska. Image: © Bill Fairchild

From our cruise ship dock we received this friendly welcome to Ketchikan, Alaska.

This view of the "Welcome to Ketchikan" sign is part of our Inside Passage Christian cruise pictures, including photos of our third port of call: Ketchikan, Alaska.

More Alaska Inside Passage Christian Cruise Pictures:
Embarkation Port: Seattle, Washington
At Sea on the ms Zaandam
Port of Call: Juneau, Alaska
Port of Call: Skagway, Alaska
Cruise Tracy Arm to Sawyer Glacier
Port of Call: Victoria, British Columbia

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First City - Ketchikan, Alaska

First City - Ketchikan, Alaska
Alaska Inside Passage Cruise Pictures - Port of Call: Ketchikan, Alaska Ketchikan's many inviting tourist shops and famous lumberjack show are all conveniently located for cruise ship passengers. Image: © Bill Fairchild

Ketchikan bears the nickname "First City" because it is the southernmost city in southeast Alaska and often the first Alaskan port for northbound ships.

This view of Ketchikan's "First City" is part of our Inside Passage Christian cruise pictures, including photos of our third port of call: Ketchikan, Alaska.

More Alaska Inside Passage Christian Cruise Pictures:
Embarkation Port: Seattle, Washington
At Sea on the ms Zaandam
Port of Call: Juneau, Alaska
Port of Call: Skagway, Alaska
Cruise Tracy Arm to Sawyer Glacier
Port of Call: Victoria, British Columbia

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Rainiest City in the United States

Rainiest City in the United States, Ketchikan, Alaska
Alaska Inside Passage Cruise Pictures - Port of Call: Ketchikan, Alaska Hillside homes near downtown Ketchikan, Alaska. Image: © Bill Fairchild

Ketchikan is situated in a rain forest and known as the rainiest city in the United States, averaging about 160 inches a year.

This view of the rainiest city in the United States is part of our Inside Passage Christian cruise pictures, including photos of our third port of call: Ketchikan, Alaska.

More Alaska Inside Passage Christian Cruise Pictures:
Embarkation Port: Seattle, Washington
At Sea on the ms Zaandam
Port of Call: Juneau, Alaska
Port of Call: Skagway, Alaska
Cruise Tracy Arm to Sawyer Glacier
Port of Call: Victoria, British Columbia

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Thomas Basin - Ketchikan's Boat Harbor

Thomas Basin Boat Harbor, Ketchikan, Alaksa
Alaska Inside Passage Cruise Pictures - Port of Call: Ketchikan, Alaska Thomas Basin Boat Harbor in Ketchikan, Alaska. Image: © Bill Fairchild

Sailboats and commercial fishing boats fill Thomas Basin, Ketchikan's boat harbor.

This view of Thomas Basin Boat Harbor is part of our Inside Passage Christian cruise pictures, including photos of our third port of call: Ketchikan, Alaska.

More Alaska Inside Passage Christian Cruise Pictures:
Embarkation Port: Seattle, Washington
At Sea on the ms Zaandam
Port of Call: Juneau, Alaska
Port of Call: Skagway, Alaska
Cruise Tracy Arm to Sawyer Glacier
Port of Call: Victoria, British Columbia

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Thomas Basin Boat Harbor in Ketchikan

Thomas Basin Boat Harbor in Ketchikan
Alaska Inside Passage Cruise Pictures - Port of Call: Ketchikan, Alaska Thomas Basin Boat Harbor in Ketchikan, Alaska. Image: © Bill Fairchild

Like most Inside Passage towns in Alaska, Ketchikan is only accessible by boat or plane.

This view of Thomas Basin Boat Harbor in Ketchikan is part of our Inside Passage Christian cruise pictures, including photos of our third port of call: Ketchikan, Alaska.

More Alaska Inside Passage Christian Cruise Pictures:
Embarkation Port: Seattle, Washington
At Sea on the ms Zaandam
Port of Call: Juneau, Alaska
Port of Call: Skagway, Alaska
Cruise Tracy Arm to Sawyer Glacier
Port of Call: Victoria, British Columbia

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Totem Pole in Ketchikan, Alaska

Totem Pole in Ketchikan, Alaska
Alaska Inside Passage Cruise Pictures - Port of Call: Ketchikan, Alaska Totem pole in downtown Ketchikan, Alaska. Image: © Bill Fairchild

Ketchikan is a great place to learn about totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center or by taking an excursion to Totem Bight State Park.

This view of a totem pole in Ketchikan is part of our Inside Passage Christian cruise pictures, including photos of our third port of call: Ketchikan, Alaska.

More Alaska Inside Passage Christian Cruise Pictures:
Embarkation Port: Seattle, Washington
At Sea on the ms Zaandam
Port of Call: Juneau, Alaska
Port of Call: Skagway, Alaska
Cruise Tracy Arm to Sawyer Glacier
Port of Call: Victoria, British Columbia

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Ketchikan Creek

Ketchikan Creek
Alaska Inside Passage Cruise Pictures - Port of Call: Ketchikan, Alaska Ketchikan Creek in Ketchikan, Alaska. Image: © Bill Fairchild

Ketchikan received its name from the Tlingit word, Kitschk-hin. This was the original name given by natives to Ketchikan Creek which runs through town.

This view of Ketchikan Creek is part of our Inside Passage Christian cruise pictures, including photos of our third port of call: Ketchikan, Alaska.

More Alaska Inside Passage Christian Cruise Pictures:
Embarkation Port: Seattle, Washington
At Sea on the ms Zaandam
Port of Call: Juneau, Alaska
Port of Call: Skagway, Alaska
Cruise Tracy Arm to Sawyer Glacier
Port of Call: Victoria, British Columbia

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Creek Street on Ketchikan Creek

Creek Street on Ketchikan Creek
Alaska Inside Passage Cruise Pictures - Port of Call: Ketchikan, Alaska Creek Street in Ketchikan, Alaska. Image: © Bill Fairchild

Creek Street on Ketchikan Creek is a popular place among tourists, offering shopping, entertainment, and a stroll through Ketchikan's colorful history.

This view of Creek Street on Ketchikan Creek is part of our Inside Passage Christian cruise pictures, including photos of our third port of call: Ketchikan, Alaska.

More Alaska Inside Passage Christian Cruise Pictures:
Embarkation Port: Seattle, Washington
At Sea on the ms Zaandam
Port of Call: Juneau, Alaska
Port of Call: Skagway, Alaska
Cruise Tracy Arm to Sawyer Glacier
Port of Call: Victoria, British Columbia

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Authentic Creek Street Bordello

Dolly's House Creek Street Bordello
Alaska Inside Passage Cruise Pictures - Port of Call: Ketchikan, Alaska Dolly's House Creek Street Bordello in Ketchikan, Alaska. Image: © Bill Fairchild

The wooden boardwalk known as Creek Street is lined with authentic 1890s establishments.

The bars and bordellos which once formed the city's red light district, now offer mostly restaurants and gift shop.

This view of Dolly's Authentic Creek Street Bordello is part of our Inside Passage Christian cruise pictures, including photos of our third port of call: Ketchikan, Alaska.

More Alaska Inside Passage Christian Cruise Pictures:
Embarkation Port: Seattle, Washington
At Sea on the ms Zaandam
Port of Call: Juneau, Alaska
Port of Call: Skagway, Alaska
Cruise Tracy Arm to Sawyer Glacier
Port of Call: Victoria, British Columbia

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Salmon Capital of the World

Salmon Capital of the World, Ketchikan, Alaska
Alaska Inside Passage Cruise Pictures - Port of Call: Ketchikan, Alaska "You Catch 'Em We Cook 'Em" Salmon Factory in Ketchikan, Alaska. Image: © Bill Fairchild

Ketchikan is rich in commercial fishing resources and proud to be called the "Salmon Capital of the World."

This view of the Salmon Capital of the World is part of our Inside Passage Christian cruise pictures, including photos of our third port of call: Ketchikan, Alaska.

More Alaska Inside Passage Christian Cruise Pictures:
Embarkation Port: Seattle, Washington
At Sea on the ms Zaandam
Port of Call: Juneau, Alaska
Port of Call: Skagway, Alaska
Cruise Tracy Arm to Sawyer Glacier
Port of Call: Victoria, British Columbia

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Seaplane Landing in Ketchikan

Seaplane Landing in Ketchikan
Alaska Inside Passage Cruise Pictures - Port of Call: Ketchikan, Alaska Seaplane Landing in Ketchikan, Alaska. Image: © Bill Fairchild

Ketchikan offers many exciting shore excursions, including a breathtaking seaplane tour of Misty Fjords National Monument.

This view of a seaplane landing in Ketchikan is part of our Inside Passage Christian cruise pictures, including photos of our third port of call: Ketchikan, Alaska.

More Alaska Inside Passage Christian Cruise Pictures:
Embarkation Port: Seattle, Washington
At Sea on the ms Zaandam
Port of Call: Juneau, Alaska
Port of Call: Skagway, Alaska
Cruise Tracy Arm to Sawyer Glacier
Port of Call: Victoria, British Columbia