Ketchikan Saxman Native Village Excursion Reviews

Visit Ketchikan's own Saxman Native Village, home to an authentic clan house and the world's largest collection of standing totem poles. If you book a tour through your cruise ship you can even see a native dancing show.
Culture exploration!
Sail Date: July 2019
Culture exploration! To learn of true Native Alaskans and their surviving culture. Totem poll explanation, lodges, languages, clothing were brought to life ...vividly. I did not want yo leave.
Culture exploration! To learn of true Native Alaskans and their surviving culture. Totem poll explanation, lodges, languages, clothing were brought to life ...vividly. I did not want yo leave. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Educational dance performance.
Sail Date: July 2019
Educational dance performance. Narration about totem park. Discussion with master carver.
Educational dance performance. Narration about totem park. Discussion with master carver. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We did a self guided tour of the Saxman Totem Park and nearby Native village.
Sail Date: July 2019
We did a self guided tour of the Saxman Totem Park and nearby Native village. We took a Silverline bus ($2 ticket) to the park and back, which was super price effective. The totem poles were interesting to look at, but we regretted not ... Read More
We did a self guided tour of the Saxman Totem Park and nearby Native village. We took a Silverline bus ($2 ticket) to the park and back, which was super price effective. The totem poles were interesting to look at, but we regretted not getting a guided tour, since we didn't have anyone explaining what they meant. Google helps, but not much. Thankfully we sat through a lecture on board the ship that had given us sufficient background information. The native village was just okay - to be honest, it felt staged, and not an active, lived in village, which we thought we were going to see. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Yawn.
Sail Date: June 2019
Yawn. Trolley took us to the gift shop, explained some totems, showed us a locked up carving shop and dropped us off on Creek Street.
Yawn. Trolley took us to the gift shop, explained some totems, showed us a locked up carving shop and dropped us off on Creek Street. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
The heritage of the the Indians was so interesting and all the totem polls were interesting.
Sail Date: May 2019
The heritage of the the Indians was so interesting and all the totem polls were interesting. The tour guide was very thorough and we really enjoyed this.
The heritage of the the Indians was so interesting and all the totem polls were interesting. The tour guide was very thorough and we really enjoyed this. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
I enjoyed this much better than the Potluck Park.
Sail Date: May 2019
I enjoyed this much better than the Potluck Park. The tour is given by natives to the village. So much more insight to their culture. Loved it.
I enjoyed this much better than the Potluck Park. The tour is given by natives to the village. So much more insight to their culture. Loved it. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Great experience with good narration by the tour driver.
Sail Date: May 2019
Great experience with good narration by the tour driver. Enjoyed learning some history of the area and the totem poles.
Great experience with good narration by the tour driver. Enjoyed learning some history of the area and the totem poles. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Cultural history with modern advantages.
Sail Date: September 2018
Cultural history with modern advantages. An ancient belief style in the modern age. The people are friendly and the city is beautiful. Alaska is truly a gem.
Cultural history with modern advantages. An ancient belief style in the modern age. The people are friendly and the city is beautiful. Alaska is truly a gem. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Loved learning about the totem poles and their meanings to the Tlingit.
Sail Date: August 2018
Loved learning about the totem poles and their meanings to the Tlingit. The Alaskan native tribes are very different from the tribes I live near. It was fascinating to be able to talk to one of the famous Native carvers, too. Also, ... Read More
Loved learning about the totem poles and their meanings to the Tlingit. The Alaskan native tribes are very different from the tribes I live near. It was fascinating to be able to talk to one of the famous Native carvers, too. Also, great shopping for Native gifts that actually benefit the tribes. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We bussed around the town and out to the totem poles.
Sail Date: August 2018
We bussed around the town and out to the totem poles. As we live on the west coast of BC, we have seen more impressive totem poles such as the ones at the Royal BC Museum. However, the explanation of the meanings was good and the shed ... Read More
We bussed around the town and out to the totem poles. As we live on the west coast of BC, we have seen more impressive totem poles such as the ones at the Royal BC Museum. However, the explanation of the meanings was good and the shed where carving was done was interesting. Could have spent more time there and less trying to sight seals, otters and eagles (of which we have plenty where we live). Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Our tour guide was native Alaskan and provided an awesome tour.
Sail Date: July 2018
Our tour guide was native Alaskan and provided an awesome tour. At Saxman Village Norm put on his ceremonial cloak and did the tour in it. We saw eagles, learned much native heritage and culture and saw a bear too.
Our tour guide was native Alaskan and provided an awesome tour. At Saxman Village Norm put on his ceremonial cloak and did the tour in it. We saw eagles, learned much native heritage and culture and saw a bear too. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We especially enjoyed the native dancing and the native village, especially the totem poles, and ...
Sail Date: July 2018
We especially enjoyed the native dancing and the native village, especially the totem poles, and wood carvings, and paintings.
We especially enjoyed the native dancing and the native village, especially the totem poles, and wood carvings, and paintings. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
I guess that I expected more totems and a little more information on the native tribe.
Sail Date: July 2018
I guess that I expected more totems and a little more information on the native tribe.
I guess that I expected more totems and a little more information on the native tribe. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We drove through town and our driver Joseph was very pleasant.
Sail Date: July 2018
We drove through town and our driver Joseph was very pleasant. When we got to the totem poles he gave a little talk about them. He would take your picture if you wanted to. Interesting.
We drove through town and our driver Joseph was very pleasant. When we got to the totem poles he gave a little talk about them. He would take your picture if you wanted to. Interesting. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Good history on the native Indian Tribes and the stories of what each totem pole represented.
Sail Date: June 2018
Good history on the native Indian Tribes and the stories of what each totem pole represented.
Good history on the native Indian Tribes and the stories of what each totem pole represented. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Gave us onsite into the culture of these people, they are very proud of their heritage and enjoy ...
Sail Date: June 2018
Gave us onsite into the culture of these people, they are very proud of their heritage and enjoy sharing it with others.
Gave us onsite into the culture of these people, they are very proud of their heritage and enjoy sharing it with others. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Very informative.
Sail Date: June 2018
Very informative. The Tlingit people were happy to share with us their customs and culture and stories about the totem poles
Very informative. The Tlingit people were happy to share with us their customs and culture and stories about the totem poles Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Worst show ever, they had no clue that tours were coming.
Sail Date: June 2018
Worst show ever, they had no clue that tours were coming. They were not prepared for a tour. Just walked you around in the grass from building to building without showing you anything.
Worst show ever, they had no clue that tours were coming. They were not prepared for a tour. Just walked you around in the grass from building to building without showing you anything. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Interesting.
Sail Date: May 2018
Interesting. If you have mobility issues, let them drive you up the hill. The "short easy walk" wasn't easy to my 78-year-old Mom.
Interesting. If you have mobility issues, let them drive you up the hill. The "short easy walk" wasn't easy to my 78-year-old Mom. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This experience with a local tribe was an experience not to miss.
Sail Date: May 2018
This experience with a local tribe was an experience not to miss. Learning about their history and being able to participate in thier dances was a learning experience
This experience with a local tribe was an experience not to miss. Learning about their history and being able to participate in thier dances was a learning experience Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Very informative.
Sail Date: April 2018
Very informative. Learned much about the totems. Got to participate in a native dance in the Clan House.
Very informative. Learned much about the totems. Got to participate in a native dance in the Clan House. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Saw a Native show with dancing and my husband and sister participated.
Sail Date: April 2018
Saw a Native show with dancing and my husband and sister participated. The tour of the totem poles was very interesting with alot of detail.
Saw a Native show with dancing and my husband and sister participated. The tour of the totem poles was very interesting with alot of detail. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Didnt like the Saxman native show would have prefered more time in town
Sail Date: September 2017
Didnt like the Saxman native show would have prefered more time in town
Didnt like the Saxman native show would have prefered more time in town Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Was interesting to learn about the native culture and their way of living.
Sail Date: September 2017
Was interesting to learn about the native culture and their way of living.
Was interesting to learn about the native culture and their way of living. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Neat but no charge to go in.
Sail Date: August 2017
Neat but no charge to go in. Do on your own.
Neat but no charge to go in. Do on your own. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line