Before we got to Ketchikan, we read that it rains there 340 days a year, and that generally speaking if you are in Ketchikan for more than an hour it will have rained. Our weather luck reigned once again as we walked around the town for about 3 hours and it didn’t rain! This was sadly another ‘cruise-ship’ town though, very disappointing that the Alaskan cruise stops are so un-authentic with rubbishy tourist shops. The scenery has been absolutely amazing on this cruise, and for that it has been definitely worth it – Glacier Bay was so stunning and we could never have seen that if it weren’t for the ship, but the ports have been very made-for-tourist type stops which has been a shame. The towns used to be pretty little towns but now they have basically sold their souls to the tourist industry (excepting Sitka to some extent) which we were quite shocked to see. Again though, the fantastic scenery along the way has more than made up for this.
While in Ketchikan we walked around the original Creek Street (above), where the Salmon swim upstream to spawn in summer, went up to the waterfalls and then bypassed all the shops as quickly as possible! Back on the ship we had a Dutch chocolate night which consisted of over 100 chocolate dishes – impressive to see, yummy to eat, and gross to watch all the morbidly obese Americans eat plate after plate of.