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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.
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
The best crew

Right up close and personal with the sea life. The crew is friendly and very informative. What a day even with rain. The boat is set up to protect observers from the worst of it. You need to be prepared for a chilly day even...More

Thank ivypoison
Reviewed 3 days ago
Great Excursion!

We were scheduled for a different excursion, but it was cancelled due to weather. Decided on this at the dock and are so happy we did! We paid at the dock and boarded the boat easily. It was raining. A lot. It was raining sideways,...More

Thank Kimberly P
Reviewed 5 days ago
Fantastic Excursion, great for kids

just returned from Alaska cruise which included this excursion booked through our cruise line (Princess). The excursion was wonderful. Both of our boys (9 & 6yrs old) really enjoyed it. The crew was great start to finish, adding personal stories to the experience. Everyone gets...More

Thank Jennifer K
Reviewed 6 days ago
A must for Deadliest Catch fans.

While the Aleutian Ballad only appeared in season 2 of Deadliest Catch, it was the one that took the freak wave that is featured on the opening sequence. They spent $2.3 million to prep this boat 11 years ago for commercial tourism, largely to upgrade...More

Thank Ole A
Reviewed 1 week ago
Krab Boat

This is crab with a K. Sort of silly. No real king crab catching, they keep a pet octopus in one of the crab pots and rotate him every few days, and they feed the eagles from the boat with chum. Not cool. Go spend...More

Thank gary h
Shauna L, Manager at Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Greetings from Ketchikan, Gary H On behalf of the crew I'd like to apologize that you did not enjoy the tour. We appreciate your thoughts and that you took the time to write a review. I do hope it was made clear on the tour...More

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Doug W
15 June 2018|
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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!
Richard B
10 April 2018|
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Response from Phil H | Reviewed this property |
50 or less.....we loved the excursion and consider it one of our favorites....all narration is done by men that have actually spent time on the Bering Sea.
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