James McConnellUnited States
Stephen seemed to know everything about Ketchikan- from the historical perspective to the cultural. He drove us all through the city and into its outskirts, pointing out all the relevant sites. He has a very personable and pleasant demeanor and we thoroughly enjoyed our tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Nice of you to say so, James. I enjoyed my time with you as well. Steve
Cruise sponsored tours are fine, but limited to one venue or activity. Stephen showed us a wide variety of locations and told us a lot about the life and people in Ketchikan. He introduced us to several locals, including a world famous local artist, not something you get with a cruise tour. We have never arranged for locally guided tours before on our previous excursions, but Stephen has certainly convinced us this is the way to go. Well timed and thoughtful tour....even had coffee and snacks.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much for your very kind words, Judith. I had a ball showing your and your husband around. I hope your have by now received your books from Saxman Village. Feel free to return any time.
Nicolette LothUnited States
TERRIFIC!! Stephen was professional so knowledgeable about his lovely town. We were traveling on the ferry so had a limited amount of time. He determined what we wanted ahead of time and gave an excellent speed tour of Ketchikan. Made us hungry for more so we will probably be back to see the town at a much slower pace. If you are on a cruise ship, he will give you the best possible tour and assure you are back to your ship on time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Nicolette, you and your friend were soooo much fun to show around. So glad you enjoyed our time together. Yes, when you come again, our pace will hopefully be much more relaxed. Thank you for your kind words. All the best. /s/ Steve P
John Blutenthalosprey, FL, United States
What a wonderful tour we had. Stephen clearly loves his work and was so pleasant and understanding of our needs for the tour from the beginning. We felt like good friends right from the outset. He knows the area so well and shared wonderful sights and insights. A great guy showed us a great day. Sorry, we didn't review earlier, but wanted to make sure our fellow travelers know about Stephen.
Jill BauerFernandina Beach, FL, United States
Stephen was an excellent guide. In the short time we had together, he was able to give us a real feel for life in Ketchikan. We had been in Northern Alaska the prior week, but Stephen was able to explain and show us the key differences in the forests. The waterfalls were fabulous and the parks were gorgeous. Learning about totem poles and the native American lifestyles was also valuable. He picked us up right on time and had us back in plenty of time for a cruise ship. See the real Alaska not shops!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was nice getting to know you both, Jill. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing Ketchikan as it really is. I hope the photos taken that day make it on to the 'coffee table' and are a happy reminder of Ketchikan despite the inclement weather. Steve P
Susi W.United States
Steve is very personable and kept our spirits up despite the torrential rain we endured the day we were in Ketchikan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your kind words, Susi. It was a pleasure showing you and your friends around the town and environs despite the inclement weather. Rest assured that you have now seen the essence of Ketchikan and it is wet indeed. Just so you know, that day was a record setter. Steve P
Margaret KernanUnited States
What fun we had walking the streets of Ketchikan with Stephen and his sidekick. One brought the educational ind informative side and the other brought the humor and levity. This was a great way to learn about Ketchikan
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Margaret, I was fun for as as well! We thoroughly enjoyed showing your group around and are glad we were able to bring that sort of balance to the tour. I will certainly pass this on to Cruin M. Thanks for using TBL!! Steve
John MullinsUnited States
We enjoyed our tour with Stephen very much. He is very knowledgeable about Ketchikan, and all of Alaska. He personalized the tour to our desires and took us from end of the island to the other showing us beautiful waterfalls and other wonderful natural vistas. We highly recommend this tour, it is so much better than just wandering from shop to shop in the highly commercialized center town area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I appreciate your kind words, John. You are correct about TBL. It was a pleasure showing you around. Steve
Roxanne HayesUnited States
This was a very private and very informative tour. Thank you
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Roxanne. I try to make my tours both of those things and apparently, at least in your case, I have succeeded. Steve
Morton WalleyUnited States
Tours by locals is our new very favorite way to get to know a city. A great way to experience your travel destination. Steve has to be the perfect local to spend time with, knowledgeable, personable, and happy to share his city. We learned about his its history ,geography and art in an easy going manner. Loved spending 3 hours here with our guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was absolutely my pleasure to be able to able to show you our little SE Alaskan town. Feel free to come back any time! Steve P
Larry FranksArlington, VA, United States
Obliging, picked good stops for our interests, even found a spot where we could view a black bear in the wild. Managed time wisely. Treated us to a mini-picnic of smoked salmon while we visited a waterfall.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm so glad you enjoyed yourself, Larry. I had fun myself. Feel free to come back any time. Steve P
Peter KellyUnited States
Thank you so much Stephen!! We couldn't have asked for more!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was great pleasure, Peter, to introduce you to Ketchikan. Come back soon. Steve P
Polly SpinnlerUnited States
My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful tour of Ketchikan with Stephen. We spent three hours seeing all the highlights of the area. He picked us at the cruise pier and although a rainy day(normal in Ketchikan) it did not interfere with our tour. We enjoyed a lovely walk in Totem Bight State Park and we had a wonderful conversation with Nathan Jackson (totem pole carver) at his studio. We highly recommend Stephen's Ketchikan tour!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank YOU for visiting. I'm so happy you and your husband enjoyed your time here. Steve P
Andrew SeborUnited States
Steve was very personable and knowledgeable about the history of Ketchikan. He took is to Brown Mountain where we saw mountain goats and great scenery. Strongly recommend him over canned cruise tours with dozens of people.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I was my great pleasure to show you, your wife, and son some unique aspects of Ketchikan that few tourists ever get to see. Thanks also to the mountain goats for THEIR kind cooperation. I hope the rest of your cruise goes well, sir!.
Patricia HarrisonUnited States
Stephen was waiting for us as we got off the ship, even though our itinerary was changed a "little". Stephen is very knowledgeable about his hometown and eager to share. He has a great personal touch with local stories and favorite spots. We felt we were seeing Ketchikan with a friend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your very kind words. In fact, you WERE seeing Ketchikan with a friend. Feel free to come back any time!
Alexandra FosterUnited Kingdom
We had a fabulous tour in Ketchican with Stephen. He was extremely knowledgeable about the area. Out tour was fun and varied. We had visited Ketchikan before and Stephen took us to see several things we had not seen before. He was an excellent host and guide and we cannot recommend him highly enough. We would have no hesitation in using Stephen the next time we are in Ketchikan
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much, Sandy! I really had fun showing you around as well. Come back any time!
Rulon RichardsSpring, 77379, United States
We enjoyed our time with Stephen vey much. He has lived in the area for many years and, as a U.S. Forest Service retiree, he has a great wealth of local information.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your very kind words. It was a pleasure to show you around!
Linda ByromUnited States
We had a very enjoyable excursion with Stephen. He was very knowledgable & interesting. We felt like friends by the end of the tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Linda. I feel the same way about you and Bob. Come back soon! Steve
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much for your kind review! It was a pleasure showing you our little SE Alaskan town and getting to know you and your family. Best wishes in the future!
James LutzUnited States
Tour and guide were excellent. Met us at the pier as promised and had a great and informative day with Stephen. Like the fact he emailed us a couple of days before the tour. Very informed about Alaska. Would highly recommend him to anyone wishing a tour in Ketchikan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: The pleasure was mine, Sir. Come back again soon!
Mike MolineUnited States
Our tour with Stephan was the highlight of our cruise and it was by far the best value. The trails are spectacular and the totem poles need someone who knows what they are to explain what they mean. It was really great. Make sure to save some time to go to the hotel with the cable car and take a ride up and down. We saw so many things that you'd never see unless you had someone local showing you around. Stephan was able to accommodate our timing perfectly. We couldn't have had a better trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your nice words, Mike. I enjoyed meeting you and your family and showing you around our little town!