Cruising is not about staying on the ship and the ocean all day for seven days. Thank goodness. I would be very ill if that was the case. We had 4 ports of call during the voyage. Ports of call are ports that the ship docks at, lets the passengers off and then leaves the same day to sail again.
After constant sailing for a day and a half we were all very ready for dry, solid, non-moving land. And Ketchikan welcomed us with…fog and rain.
But quite honestly, fog and rain could NEVER, EVER take away from the beauty of Alaska.
We arrived at 7 am but after a hefty wedding the day before, I wasn’t going anywhere until noon.
I headed to a balcony (not mine, I had an inside cabin) and look what view pleasantly awaited me…
Interesting fact about Ketchikan: You cannot get to it by roads. The only way to access this city is by boat or plane.
And I looked right…
And I looked left again…
And I decided it was time to face the rain and get off the ship…
I headed into town. It was small.
I walked around for a half hour, bought a chocolate bar, took 2 pictures, bought a pair of fluffy Alaskan socks for FBF (no worries, he knows), got cold, headed back to the ship, went in the adult only hot tub…the benefit of cruising.
Oh, p.s. Alaska is FREEZING! Even in August! Ketchikan was the coldest because it was the most northern city we visited on the adventure.
People also had the option of going on excursions at the port of call. Some of my sister’s friends took a float plane up the mountains for a huge crab bake…yum!
Everyone else I spoke to decided to save the excursions for the other ports of call. And since you choose the excursions waaaay ahead of time that was pure luck since this city proved to have the worst of the weather.
One more interesting thing about Ketchikan: Some people were able to glimpse a real “The Deadliest Catch” boat!!