Are you interested in?
- 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
- See king crab, box crab, prawns, rockfish, eel, octopus and more as they’re hauled on deck
- Look for other wildlife like whales, sea lions and eagles
- 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
Departure & Return
Kindly make your way down the gangway to the Berth3 tender float where the Aleutian Ballad is parked. Our staff will be wearing a bright yellow jacket for your reference and a sign that reads "Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour"
What To Expect
Your crew ‘ties 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.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Minimum age is 5 years, no exceptions due to coast guard regulations.
- You MUST BE ON BOARD THE ALEUTIAN BALLAD for check in 15 minutes before your departure time.
- If you are concerned about seasickness, please note that this tour stays in the calm, protected waters of the Inside Passage and does not go out into the open ocean; large waves and rough seas will not be encountered. You WILL NOT be in the Bering Sea.
- Please note: additional transportation is not required, as it is a short, easy walk to get to the fishing boat from any downtown Ketchikan hotel or cruise ship.
- Wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required.
- Wheelchair accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Near public transportation
- Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
- Guests traveling with Norwegian Cruise Line needs to meet an hour early to get into town. we will provide bus transportation for you but if it ver important you know to meen AN HOUR EARLY to account for travel time into Ketchikan. NCL is docking at Ward Cove which is outside the city
- Most travelers can participate
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 136 travelers
- OPERATED BY Bering Sea Crab Fishermens Tour
- For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
- If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
- Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
- Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
Learn more about cancellations.
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
- Gear/equipment sanitized between use
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Regular temperature checks for staff
- "Get to learn about what life is like as a crab fisherman - hint, it is hard and dangerous." See review