Cruin was very entertaining and very knowledgeable about the area and history. We all enjoyed the experience and would highly recommend Cruin's walking tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Barbara. I had great fun that day, and I am glad I got to show you some of our town and our culture.
Maryann StangerUnited States
#1 request... SEE A BEAR! With no guarantee from him, we hooked up anyway. What a day we had. We saw a mama bear and her cub, then we saw 3 bears, you know, THE 3 BEARS! Papa, mama and baby bear. So so cool! Then we ate crab and more crab and more until I couldn't take another bite. Our rain forest hike was off the beaten track and so unbelievably gorgeous. We finished the day at a local art project. We watched locals paint real dead fish!!! Then make artistic bags. Great private tour and guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Maryann, it was my pleasure to show you and your husband a wee bit of Ketchikan, and our lives. Despite my refusal to give you any guarantees of seeing a bear, I was delighted and relieved when we saw some (knowing how much you wanted to see one). So the day was fulfilled for me right there, and the rest was a bonus!
Traci GrayUnited States
We loved our tour with Cruin! He was very friendly, down to earth and knowledgeable. We enjoyed our hike with the beautiful waterfalls, trees, mushrooms and spectacular scenery. He even tried to catch a salmon with his hands for us! We had many laughs and loved our day with him. He was even kind enough to take us to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription for my husband. Thank you for making our visit to Ketchikan so memorable!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Traci. I had a great day with you and Bella. Sorry that salmon was just a wee bit too quick for me that day, to my Scottish shame!
Tour was well organized and went as planned. We had discussed several options via email in advance and choose at time of tour. Tour of totem bright park was highlight, especially restoration work. Note that several places have totem in their name and you need to be specific. Transportation worked well for our group of five.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Robert, I loved our tour,, and I want to thank you all for your humor, your kindness, and your gentility. Sorry about the confusion in names of Totem Parks. As I told you at the time, I made a cut-and-paste error in the original tour description, now called "Spirit of Saxman" and the itinerary included an option of a visit to Totem Bight, a further, longer, and more expensive tour than Saxman. Because it was in itinerary (albeit an error), I gave you the option and was happy to take you.
Ronald CoeUnited States
Very enjoyable tour by Cruin. He is a wonderful story teller and shares generously his considerable knowledge of Alaskan culture.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ronald. It was great fun, and I am glad we saw a bear. Also, it was great to meet your very talented granddaughter, Sydney.
David KotchickUnited States
Kilted Cruin kept us constantly entertained in Ketchikan. His easy style and low-key presentation made it easy to enjoy every aspect of the tour, some local banter, peaceful natural settings and stories of the past. We especially enjoyed his personal touches of salmon tasting and totem pole carving.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you David. It was my pleasure, and my privilege. I do hope you come back some day.
Cruin is a great guide. He took us around by car and by foot to see the sites. He is quite knowledgeable and has useful personal contacts in Ketchikan. He has a great sense of humour and works well with disabled tourists.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gavin. It was my pleasure to meet you both and show you round Ketchikan.
Bob HaydenUnited States
A wonderful tour with a colorful and engaging guide. Lots of fun.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Bob, it was my pleasure.
Amul PurohitDavis, CA, United States
Cruin was fantastic and extremely knowledgeable. He knew Ketchikan and beyond in an historical perspective. He has very pleasant personality and all of us liked it very much. We enjoyed spending the day with him. We wish him all the best.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Amul, It was my pleasure to meet you, your family, and your friends. I had a great day, and wish you all the best of travels. Cruin.
Alba GarciaUnited States
During our Alaskan cruise, we didn't love any of the offered excursions for Ketchikan - so we looked on ToursByLocals and found Cruin. That was a great decision for our wallet (the cruise excursions are very expensive!) and for our brains (Cruin filled our brains with great stories and information about Ketchikan). Cruin expertly guided us through Ketchikan, finding the best spots and being so wonderful helping with my mom and her wheelchair. Thanks!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Alba, It was great fun meeting you, and Alba (the other Alba), and all your family, and getting a chance to play you the song, "Alba". I did not tell you, but I once met the band, Runrig, that play that song. If I ever meet them again, I will have to tell them about playing you their song. Regards, Cruin.
David BonnetUnited States
absolutely great! a real character. taught us the fine points of totem pole carving. also a real naturalist, had a great time in the forest. absolutely recommend all day tour as 6 hours not enough. Also took wives shopping at the end
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you David I too had a fantastic time that day.
Robin PlattmanUnited States
My husband and I enjoyed touring Ketchikan with Cruin. We learned about totem poles and got to see some salmon heading home. I hope you got some pie, Cruin!! :-)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I did! After you telling me stories about it, I had to get one. Elizabeth and I ate pie and ice cream, but I did not manage to get the pictures of us both eating pie together that I promised to sent to you. Oh Well! We will just have to eat some more pie-- just so we can get you those pictures, you understand.
Betty FosterUnited States
Cruin was a great guide. He knows so much about the area. His carving tools and letting our 4 teens experience carving was a once in lifetime experience. We saw several bald eagles.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Betty. I had great fun showing the kids how to carve.
Kenneth W.United States
Cruin was a joy. Having lived in Ketchikan for many years, he had a wealth of stories about the town and about his own experiences. He was open to all of our ideas and took us places that we never would have thought of on our own an never would have seen on a cruise ship tour. At our request, he directed us to a shop where we could purchase authentic Native-made items (as opposed to tourist stuff), and introduced us to the owner. We would have given him six stars if we could have.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Kenneth, for your kind words. I loved meeting you both, and I had a great time. You made the tour great fun. Thanks again, Cruin.
Shelly KopelUnited States
Cruin was a great tour guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Shelly. Sorry we did not see a bear -- at least we tried. I hope you had lots of fun despite the bearlessness! Hope we meet again someday. Cruin.
Thomas GrebouskiUnited States
Not a single complaint, Cruin is exceptionally knowledgeable and you will not regret this tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Tom. I will always think of you climbing up that spire. Cruin.
Jeannette ChabinaUnited States
He was absolutely amazing with the children. There were four children in a party of ten. Cruin really focused on the children which made it great for the entire family. He also took some amazing, unforgettable photos.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Jeannette, I actually had a ball that day. I loved playing with the kids.
Veronika KellerUnited States
We had Cruin as a guide during our Alaska cruise stop in Ketchikan. Cruin is very entertaining guied and we had great time. He showed us the town and took us on an amazing hike through beautiful rain forest
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Veronika. It was great to meet you and your family.
Richard HowellUnited States
We enjoyed Cruin's passion for nature as we strolled the rain forest and low tide pools. It's all about the nitrogen! Special thanks to his wife, Elizabeth.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Richard, It was my pleasure to meet you.
Jack CunninghamUnited States
Cruin is one of the best guides we have ever had. He showed us things no one ever sees and it seemed like everyone was glad to see him and meet us. A highlight of our trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jack, it was my pleasure to meet you. You made it fun for me.
Barbara ButlerUnited States
Cruin is a lovely guide with lots of stories to tell. We had such a great time and he treated us Just like family. We saw eagles, sea lions and whales. Laughed a lot and just had a great time. We feel as though we made a great friend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Barbara. I too had a great time, and thought it so funny that we saw a whale right after you said you would like to see one. It was like magic (although it was sheer luck). I too, feel like I have made great friends in you and Jen. I hope we get to meet again someday. Do keep in touch, and let me know how you are doing from time to time. Fond regards, Cruin.
Michele HornUnited States
Cruin was a delight! We loved him. So friendly and knowledgeable. He made our day flawless and we wished we were there for longer. Thank you Cruin. I feel like we made a friend for life.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Michele, I had such fun on our tour, it was a delight. It was a great pleasure to meet you and the others. I still laugh when remembering the talk around the table at George Inlet, and the climb back up the steps after!
Bonnie DufaultUnited States
My wife and I and another couple had the privilege of touring Ketchikan with Cruin MacGriorgair recently (May, 2018). Not only does Cruin possess an encyclopedic knowledge of the area and its history, he went out of his way to ensure we were afforded the full Ketchikan experience, from the main street to dining and saloons and -- of course -- the beautiful wilderness. A highlight was touring Totem Bight State Historical Park and seeing the magnificent totem poles. Highly recommended! Thanks, Cruin!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kindness. I had great fun touring with you all. I know we did not see bears (or puppies) that day, but I still thought it a great tour.
We had a wonderful afternoon with Cruin. Because it was a beautiful, sunny day, he changed our itinerary a bit and we went to Settlers Cove. We had a lovely walk through the forest, down to the beach and also stopped to watch the salmon run. We had a nice snack of local salmon and also visited the Totem Heritage Center. Cruin was kind enough to stop at a drug store for us as well. He is very knowledgeable and we very much enjoyed our day with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Kim, it was great to meet you and your family. I will try and get to unloading and sorting pictures soon.
David SchafferUnited States
Really enjoyed the tour. Deep local knowledge makes a difference in the experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you David. I am now, kind of, stuck with wearing a kilt (i actually do wear it, sometimes, in regular, non-tour-guide life, and almost always while hiking). But after the first pictures went up on TBL, it was expected, so now I am, for better or worse, "the kilted tour guide."
Deborah HindmarchCarnation, WA, United States
Cruin did a great job in personalizing our tour based on our interests. We took a short hike through the forest to a beautiful beach with amazing views, and were able to see the salmon run up close. We also looked at several of the totem poles in town, learning about carving techniques and getting a chance to try out Cruin's hand forged tools. He gave us some great tips for shopping in Creek Street, and even provided a light snack. We also got a good sense of how everyday people live and work in Ketchikan
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Deborah, It was my pleasure to meet you and your parents and take you out for a tour. I had a great time too, and remember and laugh every time I think of you almost helping that salmon by pushing it up the stream (your parents egging you on to push it) -- so funny. I hope I get to meet you all again one day. Cruin.
Barry WillstropUnited States
Our tour with Cruin was a wonderful experience. He was prompt and most courteous and assisted my wife, who is disabled, in every way possible. Altho' Cruin is not native to Ketchikan his knowledge and insight were fabulous. He went out of his way to look for wildlife, and our tour lasted longer than the scheduled time. I don't consider him as a tour guide but as a new found friend. Would I recommend him and use his services again? YES. Thanks for a wonderful day and it was a pleasure to meet you. Barry W
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Barry thank you for your very kind words. It was my pleasure to meet you both. I am sorry about the weather in Tracy Arm, and the landslide in Skagway (Boy! you really got the Alaska experience) but at least we had a fine day here in Ketchikan, and I am glad you got home safe. I do hope we get to meet again. Cruin M.
Albert KoppSouth Africa
We loved our tour with Cruin. He was knowledgeable and clearly loved what he was doing. He added a really nice touch to our stay in Ketchikan. He gave us a good introduction to Ketchikan, which was our first stop on our Alaska cruise.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Albert. It was fun to go on tour with you.
Ed MurlMarkham, ON, Canada
Had a great and informative visit to Ketchikan with Cruin in spite of the weather. It rains a lot there.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ed, and thank you both for being such good sports in spite of the weather. Cruin.
Colin ForrestUnited Kingdom
Excellent tour with Cruin. Very knowledgeable about a wide range of local customs and traditions as well as natural history. The trip exceeded our expectations because Cruin accommodated our requests perfectly e.g. The cemetery trip. He provided several surprises that added a great deal to our enjoyment. Very many thanks.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Colin, It was my pleasure meeting you and Beverley. I really enjoyed our tour, and and I really liked the side trip we took to the cemetery. I was also delighted to meet a Traveler with a strong knowledge of Natural History. I hope we meet again someday. Regards, Cruin.
Larry LipmanUnited Kingdom
We throughly enjoyed our tour of Ketchikan with Cruin, who was just amazing. He was very knowledgeable about the area and entertained us with many of his fascinating bear stories. Cruin engaged our 7 year old twins brilliantly by teaching them how to make a totem poles, and look for wild-life at the beach. He even had a buckets and magnifying glasses for the kids.Thank you so much Cruin for making our day in Ketchikan a most memorable one. And thank you for all the fabulous photos you took of our family!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, I really enjoyed meeting you all. I really liked the time I spent with the kids (I think I am a big kid myself, I could have spent the whole day gathering crabs on the beach). I hope we all get a chance to meet again someday. Regards, Cruin.
Richard SilverUnited States
We loved our tour with Cruin. He is a great guide and a good person. We especially appreciated that he crafted the tour to meet our preferences and made the day a lot of fun.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Richard. It was my pleasure to meet you and your friends. I hope we meet again someday.
Steven MattixUnited States
Cruin was personable, friendly and knowledgeable. He accommodated our personal interests plus guided us to local points of interest that we were not familiar with. He was generous with his time and knowledge. We highly recommend his tour. If you are looking for something smaller and more personable, this is the tour for you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Steven I really enjoyed our tour, and meeting you and your friends. I thought you were very funny, and very human, and you made the tour great fun. I do hope we meet again someday. Cruin.
Kellie HolmstromUnited States
Cruin did a great job. He was at the assigned meeting spot wearing his kilt. He was informative about Ketchikan showing us his carving tools. Unfortunately few salmon were running but he shared some canned salmon and crackers at the end of the tour. He drove to see where the "bridge to no where" was suppose to go. WE enjoyed the hike thru the forrest.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Kellie, it was my pleasure to meet you and your husband, and I had great fun showing you around and walking with you. I hope we all meet again someday.
Peter BurlowUnited Kingdom
Had a great day out with Cruin, he was quite a character, although not a descendent of the area was well immersed in its culture and explained a lot about the carvings and local life. He showed us around the area and answered all our questions.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Peter, I really enjoyed meeting you and your family. It was a fun day. Regards, Cruin.
Heather MacIsaacUnited States
Wonderful tour.!.Cruin was really fun and informative. We got to see a bit of almost everything...eagles, bears...a really beautiful waterfall too.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Heather It was my pleasure -- I was happy to meet you and Gene. I hope we can meet again. Cruin.
Cruin was an excellent guide who seemed to be known by many in the town of Ketchikan. Loved the information he was able to give us about the carvers and the carving of the totem poles he showed us. Just wish we had more time to spend, it was a short port stop for us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure to meet you and your family, and show you a wee bit of Ketchikan and some of our carvers. I hope you are all doing well.
Leah Anderson-TaylorUnited States
Hi, my name is Leah Anderson-Taylor and my Mom is Barbara. We recently did a tour with Cruin in Ketchican Alaska. He was wonderful. The point was that my mom is 80, and could not do a long tour. He customized the tour for mom, and he understood our needs perfectly. He came right to us and helped with my mom's walker, took us to ADA accessible places and was really informative. Took great pictures of us together. You should really promote his abilities with persons who need extra help or ADA tours. Thanks
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Leah, you and your mum were a delight to take out on tour. Thank you for telling me about Ojibwa Jingle Dresses. Barbara is a strong woman who has lived a long and interesting life, and despite some physical setback is striving to be active, and share things with you – I take my hat off to both of you. I hope our paths will cross again someday. Regards, Cruin.