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    ALASKA CULTURE EXPERIENCE

    Ketchikan (Ward Cove), Alaska

    Duration 2 1/2 hrs

    Gain an understanding of the lives of the First Nations people at a replica 19th-century village and in a forest where they still harvest medicinal plants. Tlingit and Haida guides will share their cultures with you in the village clan house in Totem Bight State Park. ...
    Gain an understanding of the lives of the First Nations people at a replica 19th-century village and in a forest where they still harvest medicinal plants. Tlingit and Haida guides will share their cultures with you in the village clan house in Totem Bight State Park. more...

    Gain an understanding of the lives of the First Nations people at a replica 19th-century village and in a forest where they still harvest medicinal plants. Tlingit and Haida guides will share their cultures with you in the village clan house in Totem Bight State Park. The colorful totem poles throughout the village are carved with animal figures that reflect the myths and legends of the indigenous people. For instance, the raven is often portrayed in stories as a trickster and is said to be capable of changing its form at will. You will delve deeper into the culture while walking a woodlands trail at Connell Lake. The guides will point out and describe edible plants such as Labrador tea, bearded lichen, and fireweed. They will also show you how spiny devil’s club is carefully harvested to use as fishhooks, tattoo ink and even as a natural medicine for arthritis. A snack of local foods follows.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Learn about the First Nations cultures at a replica 19th-century village.
    • Gain insight into the symbols of animals that adorn the village’s many totem poles.
    • Follow indigenous guides along a trail at Connell Lake and hear how they use medicinal plants.
    • Snack on locally harvested foods that may include salmon and wild berries.


    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.


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    • Adult from: AUD$375.20 AUD
    • Child from: AUD$360.71 AUD
    DURATION 2 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    SELF-DRIVE ZODIAC ADVENTURE

    Ketchikan (Ward Cove), Alaska

    Duration 2 1/2 hrs

    Cruise through the spectacular Tongass Narrows in a Zodiac boat and take in the extraordinary coastal scenery with the chance of seeing iconic Alaskan wildlife. You may captain the 4-person Zodiac or ride along as a passenger. ...
    Cruise through the spectacular Tongass Narrows in a Zodiac boat and take in the extraordinary coastal scenery with the chance of seeing iconic Alaskan wildlife. You may captain the 4-person Zodiac or ride along as a passenger. more...

    Cruise through the spectacular Tongass Narrows in a Zodiac boat and take in the extraordinary coastal scenery with the chance of seeing iconic Alaskan wildlife. You may captain the 4-person Zodiac or ride along as a passenger. Either way, the views from sea level will be breathtaking. You will follow the guide’s boat past the islands off Refuge Cove and on to Totem Bight State Historical Park, home to a replica village like the ones the indigenous Tlingit and Haidas inhabited in the 19th century. The guide will entertain you with stories about these earlier times, logging, and the history of businesses such as the Ketchikan Pulp Mill. The Tongass Narrows is teeming with wildlife, and you may spot orcas and humpback whales breaching the water’s surface. Bald eagles are commonly seen soaring above, along the shore and feasting on fish that they have just plucked from the sea.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Skirt along the spectacularly scenic shoreline of the Tongass Narrows in a Zodiac boat.
    • Captain the Zodiac, be one of three passengers or switch positions if you like.
    • Look for wildlife that includes orcas, humpback whales and bald eagles.
    • Learn about the indigenous Tlingit and Haida people and how they lived in the 19th century.


    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.


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    • Adult from: AUD$288.28 AUD
    • Child from: AUD$288.28 AUD
    DURATION 2 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    RAINFOREST E-BIKE & NATURE WALK

    Ketchikan (Ward Cove), Alaska

    Duration 3 hrs

    Ride an electric bike inland to Connell Lake while admiring the natural beauty of the surrounding Tongass National Forest. ...
    Ride an electric bike inland to Connell Lake while admiring the natural beauty of the surrounding Tongass National Forest. more...

    Ride an electric bike inland to Connell Lake while admiring the natural beauty of the surrounding Tongass National Forest. As you will discover during the initial briefing, the electric-enhanced bicycle will boost your pedal power, allowing you to ride farther and negotiate hills with considerably less effort than with a conventional bicycle. It’s only about three miles to the Connell Lake, all of it staggeringly beautiful. Sitka black-tailed deer are commonly seen along this route. The flora is also exceptional, especially the carnivorous sundew plants that consume insects that they trap on their sticky pads. Upon reaching the lake, you will learn how it was created in 1952 by damming several creeks to provide hydroelectric power to the Ketchikan pulp mill. The dam no longer supplies power as the pulp mill closed more than 25 years ago. Before pedaling back, you can relax around a campfire under a canopy of coniferous trees or walk a short nature trail.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Pedal an electric-enhanced bicycle to and from Connell Lake, a roundtrip of about six miles.
    • Gain a historical perspective of the manmade lake, which once powered the Ketchikan pulp mill.
    • Learn about the indigenous flora and fauna from the naturalist guide.


    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.


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    • Adult from: AUD$259.31 AUD
    • Child from: AUD$244.82 AUD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    TALBOT LAKE RAINFOREST HIKE

    Ketchikan (Ward Cove), Alaska

    Duration 3 hrs

    Hike to Talbot Lake following a natural trail through Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in America. In the decades since the last pulp mill closed, the forest has regained its splendor and wildlife has flourished. You may spot eagles, deer, and beavers, which are particularly prevalent along the trail at Talbot Lake. ...
    Hike to Talbot Lake following a natural trail through Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in America. In the decades since the last pulp mill closed, the forest has regained its splendor and wildlife has flourished. You may spot eagles, deer, and beavers, which are particularly prevalent along the trail at Talbot Lake. more...

    Hike to Talbot Lake following a natural trail through Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in America. Although the hike is only about three miles long roundtrip, the surrounding scenery is wonderfully varied and spectacular. You will walk in the shadow of towering western hemlocks, Sitka spruce and red cedars, all indigenous to the area. The naturalist guide will narrate the hike by describing the native flora and fauna and detailing the history of the area, which was once crucial to the logging industry. In the decades since the last pulp mill closed, the forest has regained its splendor and wildlife has flourished. You may spot eagles, deer, and beavers, which are particularly prevalent along the trail at Talbot Lake. The lake-view setting couldn’t be more serene as you sip hot chocolate while gathered around a campfire. You may see anglers fishing for cutthroat trout, but otherwise you will likely have the woods to yourself.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Hike three miles roundtrip through Tongass National Forest, America’s largest such landscape.
    • Follow the trail to beautiful Talbot Lake and gather around a crackling campfire.
    • Learn about the flora, fauna, and local history from the naturalist guide.


    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.


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    • Adult from: AUD$201.36 AUD
    • Child from: AUD$186.88 AUD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    SEA CYCLE OCEAN ADVENTURE

    Ketchikan (Ward Cove), Alaska

    Duration 2 1/2 hrs

    Pedal a pontoon-style Sea-Cycle around the estuary at Ward Cove as the guide describes the scenic beauty and area history. There is plenty to view, especially when passing Tongass National Forest, the largest such protected landscape in America. The dense forests of red cedars, hemlocks ...
    Pedal a pontoon-style Sea-Cycle around the estuary at Ward Cove as the guide describes the scenic beauty and area history. There is plenty to view, especially when passing Tongass National Forest, the largest such protected landscape in America. The dense forests of red cedars, hemlocks more...

    Pedal a pontoon-style Sea-Cycle around the estuary at Ward Cove as the guide describes the scenic beauty and area history. Each two-person Sea-Cycle boat allows for leisurely pedaling yet leaves your hands free to snap photos of the surrounding natural wonders. There is plenty to view, especially when passing Tongass National Forest, the largest such protected landscape in America. The dense forests of red cedars, hemlocks and Sitka spruces will seem to go on forever. Along the way, the guide will elaborate on how many Alaskans still subsist on food and medicines that they harvest from the woodlands and sea. Be sure to keep an eye out for eagles soaring overhead and seals and bears along the shore. Ducks are among the most prevalent animals in the tidal estuary. Ward Cove is noteworthy for being the site of Alaska’s first pulp mill and home to one of the area’s most productive fish canneries.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Pedal a two-person Sea-Cycle boat around the estuary at Ward Cove and along the sea.
    • Take in the natural beauty of Tongass National Forest, America’s largest such landscape.
    • Look for indigenous wildlife such as bears, eagles and seals.
    • Learn about the history of Ward Cove and how it once fueled Ketchikan’s economy.


    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat, comfortable, non-slip shoes.


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    • Adult from: AUD$288.28 AUD
    • Child from: AUD$273.79 AUD
    DURATION 2 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Rainforest Zip, Skybridge & Rappel Adventure

    Ketchikan (Ward Cove), Alaska

    Duration 4 hrs

    Live the thrill of gliding through the top of a rich rain forest canopy along a series of eight zip-lines with three aerial bridges suspended between tall spruce, hemlock and cedar trees, bordering the magnificent Tongass National Forest. ...
    Live the thrill of gliding through the top of a rich rain forest canopy along a series of eight zip-lines with three aerial bridges suspended between tall spruce, hemlock and cedar trees, bordering the magnificent Tongass National Forest. more...

    Live the thrill of gliding through the top of a rich rain forest canopy along a series of seven 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 intertidal 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 seven zip-lines. 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. Cross three hanging bridges offering breathtaking views of the virgin forest below.


    Time permitting, explore the totem park and a historic sawmill, see an eagle up close at the Alaska Raptor Center and watch a blacksmith at work. Stop by the General Store to see photos taken during your zip-line experience and to shop for mementos of your Alaska adventure.


    Your excursion concludes with a scenic drive back to the ship.


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    • Adult from: AUD$331.74 AUD
    • Child from: AUD$302.77 AUD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Butchart Gardens & Victoria Highlights

    Victoria, British Columbia

    Duration 4 hrs

    This tour provides you an in-depth look into some of the best sights that Victoria has to offer, plus visit the world-famous Butchart Gardens. ...
    This tour provides you an in-depth look into some of the best sights that Victoria has to offer, plus visit the world-famous Butchart Gardens. more...

    This tour provides you an in-depth look into some of the best sights that Victoria has to offer, plus visit the world-famous Butchart Gardens. Your tour sets out through James Bay through the city's beautiful Beacon Hill Park, home of the world's tallest freestanding totem pole, then a fully narrated tour to the world famous Butchart Gardens. A National Historic Site and spread over 55 acres, there are walking trails that connect lavish floral gardens, cascading fountains, ponds and rock gardens. Here, amidst an enchanting floral aroma, you can enjoy a 2- hour self-guided tour through many themed gardens, including The Rose Garden, The Japanese Garden, The Italian Garden and Butchart’s famous Sunken Garden.


    After taking in this impressive attraction, continue to Victoria’s Inner Harbor to view the iconic Empress Hotel and BC Legislative Buildings, passing through the “Gates of Harmonious Interest” to see historic Chinatown, the second oldest in North America. You’ll travel past Old Town making your way back to the cruise terminal, or use the optional drop downtown to make your own way back to the ship, if time in port permits.


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    • Adult from: AUD$215.85 AUD
    • Child from: AUD$128.93 AUD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Butchart & Butterfly Gardens

    Victoria, British Columbia

    Duration 4 hrs

    A visit to Victoria would not be complete without a trip to Butchart Gardens and you’ve not seen anything like the Victoria Butterfly Garden’s lush tropical world. Enjoy the city sights as you make your way out to the rural home of both these beautiful gardens. ...
    A visit to Victoria would not be complete without a trip to Butchart Gardens and you’ve not seen anything like the Victoria Butterfly Garden’s lush tropical world. Enjoy the city sights as you make your way out to the rural home of both these beautiful gardens. more...

    A visit to Victoria would not be complete without a trip to Butchart Gardens and you’ve not seen anything like the Victoria Butterfly Garden’s lush tropical world. Enjoy the city sights as you make your way out to the rural home of both these beautiful gardens. The Butchart Gardens is a National Historic Site with a 55- acre wonderland of flowers, rare trees, winding paths and cascading fountains. Explore the many themed gardens; the Italian Garden, Sunken Garden, the Rose Garden and the Japanese Garden.


    The other main attraction on this tour is Victoria Butterfly Gardens. This beautiful warm tropical garden has thousands of exotic, free flying butterflies, as well as an impressive insectarium, flamingos, dozens of other tropical birds and reptiles, and Koi swimming in the stream and pond. A 12,000 sq. ft. enclosure, the Gardens features 200 species of orchids and thousands of tropical plants including Foods of the World and Carnivorous Plant displays. Reboard your coach to see the highlights of Victoria, including North America's second oldest Chinatown, historic Old Town, and the Inner Harbor, home to the iconic BC Legislative Buildings and the Empress Hotel.


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    • Adult from: AUD$186.88 AUD
    • Child from: AUD$114.44 AUD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    O Canada Highlights

    Victoria, British Columbia

    Duration 2 1/4 hrs

    View picturesque Victoria on this entertaining 2 hour and 15 minute tour with a distinctly Canadian flavor. Take in the city's iconic landmarks along the way. ...
    View picturesque Victoria on this entertaining 2 hour and 15 minute tour with a distinctly Canadian flavor. Take in the city's iconic landmarks along the way. more...

    View picturesque Victoria on this entertaining 2 hour and 15 minute tour with a distinctly Canadian flavor.


    Take in the city's iconic landmarks along the way.


    See the oldest Chinatown in Canada, and the stately Empress Hotel and Legislature building in Victoria's beautiful Inner Harbour.


    Heading up Mount Tolmie, you'll encounter a wonderful panoramic city view, followed by a drive through the University of Victoria, where the original campus design has an interesting American connection.


    What's the big deal about Tim Horton's? You're about to find out as you stop for coffee and a small snack at this Canadian institution -- a fast-food chain that is virtually synonymous with Canadian citizenship.


    A Canadian trivia quiz will entertain you along the way -- with prizes, of course -- ensuring that you learn a little about our northern neighbor and adding some variety to your outing. You'll pass through downtown en route back to the pier. Guests have the option to stay downtown and make there own way back to the pier if they would like.


    A Canadian goodie bag is yours to enjoy, with chips, a chocolate bar and maple candy at the end of the tour.


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    • Adult from: AUD$128.93 AUD
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    DURATION 2 1/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Aerial Zip & Rappel Course

    Ketchikan (Ward Cove), Alaska

    Duration 4 hrs

    Experience an exhilarating eco-rainforest adventure featuring 7 zip lines, 10 tree platforms, and two rappelling elements. ...
    Experience an exhilarating eco-rainforest adventure featuring 7 zip lines, 10 tree platforms, and two rappelling elements. more...

    Experience an exhilarating eco-rainforest adventure featuring 7 zip lines, 9 tree platforms, and two rappelling elements. Your adventure begins with an 8-mile coastal drive from Ketchikan to the Herring Cove rainforest reserve. Enjoy the ride up the steep hillside in a 4x4 Unimog to the outfitting shelter. After being outfitted in safety equipment, you'll hike uphill and learn the basics of zip lining before venturing onto the system of dual cable zip lines. Soon you’ll be flying from tree to tree and soaking in the forest views on the way. After soaring across the canopy and rappelling to the forest floor you will board the Unimog and return to base camp. Time permitting you are invited to tour the historic Fleenor Sawmill, observe a Master Native Totem Carver at work before exploring a garden of completed totem poles and visit the Alaska Raptor Center's Ketchikan exhibit to see their amazing birds of prey up close.


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    • Adult from: AUD$288.28 AUD
    • Child from: AUD$186.88 AUD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Ocean Wildlife & Orca Exploration

    Victoria, British Columbia

    Duration 3 hrs

    This tour is designed to showcase to you as much wildlife as possible, as they explore their natural feeding grounds along the shores of British Columbia's rugged coastline. ...
    This tour is designed to showcase to you as much wildlife as possible, as they explore their natural feeding grounds along the shores of British Columbia's rugged coastline. more...

    Victoria is the gateway to Puget Sound, the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands and is home to three resident orca pods, transient orcas, humpback whales, Minke and gray whales, as well as a variety of other marine life. You'll have an opportunity to view porpoises, Pacific dolphins, sea otters, Steller and California sea lions and more. This tour is designed to showcase to you as much wildlife as possible, as they explore their natural feeding grounds along the shores of British Columbia's rugged coastline.

    Your journey begins at the Ogden Point Cruise Terminal, where you'll be escorted to the whale watching vessel departure point. Our large covered vessels offer onboard washrooms, complimentary hot drinks, marine naturalists, snacks for purchase, and hydrophones to hear the call of the whales if they are vocalizing during the tour. As you travel to the viewing location, be sure to enjoy the majesty of the coastlines and mountains surrounding you!

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    • Adult from: AUD$244.82 AUD
    • Child from: AUD$172.39 AUD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Rainforest Ropes & Challenge Park

    Ketchikan (Ward Cove), Alaska

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Your adventure begins as you ascend into the trees and gravity pulls you along the ziplines. Nestled on a platform in the park, keep an eye out for eagles and ocean views. Feel the speed and acceleration of the ocean zip where you'll land above the water, on a freestanding platform. ...
    Your adventure begins as you ascend into the trees and gravity pulls you along the ziplines. Nestled on a platform in the park, keep an eye out for eagles and ocean views. Feel the speed and acceleration of the ocean zip where you'll land above the water, on a freestanding platform. more...

    Board your motorcoach for a scenic 25 minute drive to Knudson Cove, a private waterfront estate in the Tongass National Forest. Upon arrival, guides will instruct and outfit you with safety equipment in an open air forest pavilion. Your adventure begins as you ascend into the trees and gravity pulls you along the ziplines. Nestled on a platform in the park, keep an eye out for eagles and ocean views.


    You can take an optional challenge route that leads you across swinging logs and rope bridges. Feel the speed and acceleration of the ocean zip, where you'll land above the water on a freestanding platform. Then take the final zip to the taproom deck where you can have a free Alaskan brewed beer if you’re 21 or older.


    If you choose to skip the taproom, take the UTV up the hill to the 50 foot climbing tower where guides will show you techniques to climb to the top and safely auto belay to the ground. For those that are less adventurous, guides can assist you in skipping elements if you choose. You’ll complete five to nine ziplines, with time to shop for souvenirs before returning to the pier.


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    • Adult from: AUD$288.28 AUD
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    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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NCL makes arrangements for Guests for shore excursions solely for the convenience of the Guest; NCL does not act on behalf of or supervise the parties or persons who own, furnish, or operate such excursions, and the same are provided by independent contractors. NCL assumes no responsibility for, nor guarantees the performance of, any such excursion provider, and Guests acknowledge that NCL shall not be liable for losses or injuries arising from the acts or omissions of such provider.

Participation in activities and excursions may involve physical exertion, and may be potentially hazardous or dangerous. It is the responsibility of each individual to determine whether you are capable of engaging in any activity. Participation in any activity or excursion is at your own risk.

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Our group shore excursions are offered in English. Depending on the booking situation, various excursions are also offered in German, Spanish, French, Italian or Russian (minimum number of 30 participants). The tours offered may vary from cruise to cruise. Please see the detailed information for your shore excursion on board.