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Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour

Ketchikan, Alaska
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If you’ve watched 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 shore excursion from Ketchikan, the Aleutian Ballad’s seasoned fishing crew takes you through the tranquil, protected waterways of the Inside Passage. Stare in wonder 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.
  • 3-hour Alaskan fishing shore excursion from Ketchikan
  • Cruise through the beautiful Inside Passage aboard the Aleutian Ballad
  • See rockfish, eel, king crab, box crab, prawns, octopus and more as they’re hauled onto the boat
  • Look for other native animals like eagles, sea lions and whales
  • Listen to amazing stories about life as a commercial fisherman in the wild waters of Alaska
  • Choose one of several departure times, from early morning to mid-afternoon
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
Discover what life is like as a commercial fisherman in Alaska on this 3-hour Bering Sea fisherman's shore excursion from Ketchikan. Meet the crew of the Aleutian Ballad and step aboard their 107-foot (33-meter) ocean-going vessel. Admire 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. Savor 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 enjoys sharing stories about life at sea!

During your outing, keep your eyes peeled for eagles, sea lions, whales and porpoises. When you reach the fishing grounds, see up-close how the crew bait the fishing gear with salmon and squid and toss the long-line barrel pots overboard. Then, marvel as the crew pulls up Bering Sea king crab 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.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:

We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to the Ketchikan port for your ship’s departure. In the extremely unlikely event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
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Good tour of a workingfishing boat. The...
, Nov 2017
Good tour of a workingfishing boat. The crew were well drilled and appeared to be very knowledgeable about their craft. It was interesting and informative but the tour could have included a taste of local crab or seafood. It was very easy to get on the boat from the cruise ship because the tour boat was right beside the same pier as the cruise ship. A good experience to understand the Pacific Ocean crabbers.
This was one of the best excursions we...
Susan H
, Sep 2017
This was one of the best excursions we have ever taken! The crew was amazing. Impossible to rate it high enough. Don't pass this one up!
It was a greaT EXPERIENCE ...PLEASANT...
Raymond J
, Sep 2017
It was a greaT EXPERIENCE ...PLEASANT CREW, KNOWLEDGable..........left on time, got back in time,,,,,saw and learned many things
This is an excellent, fun and...
David S
, Sep 2017
This is an excellent, fun and educational excursion. The crew is friendly, full of life and informative. The feeding of the Bald Eagles was a delight. I enjoyed the whole experience.
Right at foot of gangplank. Fun crew...
Donna B
, Sep 2017
Right at foot of gangplank. Fun crew. Good seating. Super friendly staff.educational too.
If you are a fan of Deadliest Catch you...
Martha H
, Aug 2017
If you are a fan of Deadliest Catch you will love this tour. Great crew, great commentary. Loved it
I could not have asked for a better...
Marcia V
, Aug 2017
I could not have asked for a better tour, I booked it for my husband thinking he would enjoy it, but he couldn't have enjoyed it any better that was truly a wonderful tour, the the staff on the boat were amazing!!!!!!
This was a superb experience from start...
Robin B
, May 2017
This was a superb experience from start to finish..the Aleutian Ballad just happened to be moored right next to our cruise ship so there were no worries getting to it on time. Anyone reading this has probably already done their homework and realised that this vessel was a genuine crab fishing vessel and featured on the Discovery Channel..Deadliest Catch. The crew are not tour guides but genuine ex fishermen with tales a plenty to tell...mostly scary tales of near death experiences...but they also give an insight into how the life of a fisherman impacts on you and those around you. Nets are hauled up from the sea bed and plenty of crabs are seen and some held by yourselves if you wish. Another memorable moment is seeing a colony of bald eagles swooping down for fish in the water in front of you....plenty of photo opportunities and great memories...oh..and my wife wanted to know when fisherman suddenly became so good looking...never seen her so attentive..
Excellent, had a great time. The...
Michael P
, Sep 2016
Excellent, had a great time. The captains and deck hand were wonderful. Told amazing stories about fishing, boats, fishermen. The Eagles were amazing. Highly recommend.
Excellent. The staff and crew were...
Donald B
, Sep 2016
Excellent. The staff and crew were funny and friendly.

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