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Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour
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Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour
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Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour from Ketchikan
Ranked #1 of 96 Tours in Ketchikan
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Come aboard the "Aleutian Ballad" crabbing vessel as seen on season 2 of the Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch". Depart Ketchikan Alaska for a 3 hour trip to catch king crab, snow crab, octopus, fish, prawns and more. This tour also features some of the best eagle viewing on the planet. Share the allure and adventure that draw fishermen to the sea. Fishing legends that have worked the Bering Sea are your guides, some you may have seen on TV. The vessel has been retrofitted for guests comfort and fun, with a "live" tank on deck to allow for closer viewing of the wondrous creatures brought on board. Guests stay warm, dry and comfortable while we sail calm and protected waters. This is the REAL ALASKA and you won't want to miss it!
Reviewed September 13, 2012

We love watching the deadliest catch and couldn't wait to do this trip, it certainly lived up to all our expectations, and then some!
The tour guides were insightful, knowledgable and let us know what it was really like to work on the fishing boats, sharing their personal experiences with us, at some times quite emotional.
We will certainly be recommending this trip to all our friends. Thanks for a great trip.

2  Thank RelleP
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

Tjhanks to the tripadvisor specialists who said great things about this tour. I thought it might be too touristy. It was bit, but we all loved it. The men were gracious and their smiles were genuine. It was quite chilly and warm stadium jackets were quickly handed to everyone. Our crew went out of their way to make it a great day for everyone. If you have physical limitations, no worries. The ramp to the ship and onto land is pretty steep, but managable. Wheelchairs are no problem for their professionals. The four of us loved it and it was one of the highlights of our cruise. Bathrooms were plentiful and cleaner than some on land.

4  Thank tulsacats
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

This was the best tour we did on our Alaskan Cruise vacation. If you are fascinated by "The Deadliest Catch" TV show, this will be a "must-see" tour. My husband, who has never seen the show, loved this tour.

This tour was hands-on, which was really exciting. The guides are fun and the boat was neat and clean. Our tour guides talked about their experiences as crab fisherman in Alaska. They bring up various types of crab pots and show how they pull them in; they show different types of crabs and fish AND we got to see a real octopus! They are happy to answer any questions.

We learned so much about the fish, flora and fauna of Alaska. You get to pick up and hold various sea creatures (crabs, starfish, etc). We got to see bald eagles dive for fish. This was so educational (in a super fun way). They have a very clean bathroom on board, serve hot tea, coffee and hot chocolate. You can also purchase souvenirs and Bering Sea clothing at the small gift shop.

Everyone on board was friendly and helpful. At the end you can take a photo with the tour guides. I would definitely recommend this tour for all ages. Fantastic!

7  Thank Durwoody
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

Wonderful hands on learning experience. Got to see how they catch all kinds of crab, including Alaskan King Crab. Got to hold them, bring in the traps/ fishing line was fun. Saw whales and fed eagles who swooped by to pluck the fish (herirng) out of the water. Guides told stories of their travels, fishing and working. Very interesting for young and old.

4  Thank Marsha B
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

To be honest, I wasn't anticipating a great tour. I was more than pleasantly surprised with what the crew did with it. they spent time talking about their experiences on the Bering Sea and fishing in general. they spent some time feeding some bald eagles who dived down to catch the fish. They also pulled up some pots with pre-caught fish. While a few of the other reviewers have complained about that, I understand why they do that. Nothing would be worse than bringing up empty pots.

But the real highlight was the humanity they brought to their profession, the time they spent answering questions and the time they spent helping people hold crabs and then posing for pictures for them. I can't say enough positive things about the crew.

3  Thank GolferKen
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