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Ghosts & Goodtime Girls Walking Tour

Red Onion
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Tour Description

The tour begins as you are greeted by a sumptuously dressed "madam," who will greet you with a souvenir garter and guide you through Skagway's streets and alleys. It was here during the famous Klondike Gold Rush where ladies of the evening once rubbed shoulders with notorious characters such as Soapy Smith and his ruthless gang of con men.

Your journey will take you past historic gold rush buildings and through the infamous red light district of this small town, which once boasted over 10,000 prospectors drawn by gold lust and gold dust.

On this tour, you'll hear the provocative tales of "Klondike Kate" Rockwell, "Diamond Lil" Davenport, Pea Hull Annie and other enterprising women who worked in the Red Onion in 1898.

Your tour will end at the world-famous Red Onion Saloon's brothel museum. Here you'll be invited to hoist a glass and join in a champagne toast before exploring the halls and "cribs" (the tiny bedrooms where the deed was done). Here you'll see a display of the priceless silver dress worn by Mattie Silks, aka the Oregon Mare, who was the Onion's first madam, as well as many of the original artifacts left by the "soiled doves" of over a century ago.

You can also have your photograph taken with one of the madams. Make sure to keep a sharp eye out for "Lydia," the Onion's resident ghost, who is said to make her appearances in the early morning.

Note: Minimum age to participate is 16 years old. A parent or legal guardian must accompany participants under the age of 21 years old.

Activity Level:


Excursion Length: 2 Hours

20% This activity will take up about 20% of your time in port.

Tour Prices:

Carnival: Adults, from $49.99; kids, from $39.99
Royal Caribbean: Adults, from $49.75; kids, from $49.75
Celebrity: Adults, from $49.75; kids, from $49.75
Princess: from $44.95
NCL: Adults, from $59; kids, from $59

What You Need to Bring:

  • Comfortable lightweight shirt
  • Sweater
  • Rainproof jacket with a hood
  • Pants or shorts
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Bring money for incidentals
  • Bring your camera

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What Else You Need to Know:

Transit to the site: You will meet your tour guide in front of the Red Onion Saloon to begin your tour of Skagway.

Who should take this tour:

  • History buffs
  • Folks who want to know about the raucous days of Skagway during the Klondike Gold Rush
  • Folks who want to learn about the influences of "Soapy" Smith
  • Folks who want to visit the brothel rooms in the Red Onion Saloon
  • Folks looking for a fun tour in a beautiful setting
  • Photographers

What you'll do


Meet guide at the Skagway Cruise Ship docks

Board bus and drive to Red Onion Saloon (5 minutes)

Walking tour of Skagway (1 hour 20 minutes)

Tour of Red Onion Saloon's brothel museum (30 minutes)

Re-board bus and return to the Cruise Ship docks (5 minutes)

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