Just returned from a southbound cruise through the Inside Passage and wanted to pass along a good experience we had in Ketchikan.
We are a family of five (2 adults and 3 kids, ages 10, 12 and 15) and hired a boat through True Alaskan Charters (http://www.truealaskancharters.com/).
A great, locally owned and operated operation that takes care of both its customers and its captains, from the sounds of things. Can't say enough good things about them.
The young man who took us out, Sean, was born-and-raised there and is a commercial fisherman. Spotless boat. Knew right where to take us and each of my boys got to land a 7- or 8-pound silver within an hour. (We let them go again.) Marvelous outing. Not a drop of rain (highly unusual, I am told). Sean was in the next boat over when this video was shot:
And the best bit was, because we had the boat to ourselves, Sean took us to a nearby harbor seal rookery on the way back to town. Very up close and personal. We actually felt guilty disturbing their siestas on that rare sunny(ish) day. Yet another reason to go independent if you are passing through the town on a cruise -- the freedom to deviate from the schedule.
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