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Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour from Ketchikan

  • 3-hour Alaskan fishing cruise from Ketchikan
  • Travel through the beautiful Inside Passage aboard the Aleutian Ballad
  • Watch the crew prepare long-line barrel pots and 700-pound king crab pots
Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour from Ketchikan
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If you’re a fan of the Discovery Channel’s hit TV show Deadliest Catch, you saw the Aleutian Ballad, a commercial fishing boat, escape a rogue wave in the Bering Sea. On this 3-hour fisherman’s tour from Ketchikan, hop aboard the Aleutian Ballad and navigate through the tranquil, protected waterways of the Inside Passage with a seasoned fishing crew, and marvel at the variety of marine creatures caught in barrel pots and hauled up on deck. Touch some of the catch, take photos and listen to entertaining sea lore.
What to Expect
Find out what life is like as a commercial fisherman in Alaska on this 3-hour Bering Sea fisherman's tour from Ketchikan. Step aboard the Aleutian Ballad, the 107-foot (33-meter) ocean-going vessel. Soak up the views from the open-air upper deck, or take a seat in the heated, enclosed amphitheater on the lower deck.

Your crew will ‘tie loose,’ push away from the dock and cruise through the waterways of the Inside Passage. Stay warm with a cup of provided hot chocolate, coffee or tea, and hear about the Aleutian Ballad’s history as a commercial fishing boat, including how it became famous on season two of Deadliest Catch, when the boat was struck by a 60-foot (18-meter) swell and survived to tell the tale. Ask them questions — the crew loves to share stories about life at sea!

En route, keep your eyes peeled for eagles, sea lions, whales and porpoises. Upon arrival at the fishing grounds, see firsthand how the crew bait the fishing gear with salmon and squid and toss the long-line barrel pots overboard. Then, watch in wonder as Bering Sea king crab is hauled up in 700-pound (320-kg) crab pots. Other sea creatures hauled on board include Dungeness crab, rockfish, ratfish, wolf eel, box crab, octopus, gray cod, prawn and more. 

The crew sorts through the catch, and places the fish and other marine life in a tank on the deck for your observation. Feel free to snap pictures and touch some of the catch before it is released back into the sea. Set voyage back to the dock after the crew has stowed all the fishing equipment.
Reviews (144)
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Reviewed 27 September 2018
Great Excursion!

We booked this excursion just because it said "the Deadliest Catch" in the title...so glad we did!!! It was fun, informative, and had the best people on the boat! If we ever do another Alaskan cruise, we will probably do this one again. So much...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 70kathyz
Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile
Deadliest Catch

What a great tour well worth every penny. We have watch the show for years and it was all that and more. Andy was the best, he had first hand knowledge and been fishing his whole life. Great personality and had awesome stories. Got to...More

Thank Wesley P
Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile
What a thrilling experience

We visited Ketchikan aboard the Norwegian bliss and booked this as our shore excursion in Ketchikan . The entire crew was fabulous. Very entertaining and informative. We learned first hand about crab fishing. But the highlight for me was seeing the eagles. What an experience...More

Thank Mark M
Reviewed 23 September 2018
Bald eagles

We’ll put together tour. Bring a jacket as it can get cold, but they also have a supply of heavy duty rain coats if you need one. Took us to an island with resident Bald Eagles. The Crew proceeded to throw Herrings into the water...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank deanwebb2016
Reviewed 21 September 2018
Great Excursion

I loved seeing all the Eagles!!!! I enjoyed learning about the life of commercial fishermen. I never watched the Deadliest catch but now I can't wait to watch it!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank anniesuzannie
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Response from ivypoison | Reviewed this property |
They keep the catch as safe as possible and then release.
Doug W
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Response from HIIslandHopper | Reviewed this property |
I booked through Holland America and had no issues at all.
30 April 2018|
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Response from HIIslandHopper | Reviewed this property |
PS they don’t go fast and they stay in the bay (calm waters). It’s a great boat with an impressive history. It is a very sweet tour, great group of people!