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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 97 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 July 26, 2013

The Captain and crew are fishermen and their love of the sea poured out as they showed and told us about their lives. We saw more wildlife up close then we did for the whole rest of the week. We also saw and learned a lot about how fishermen fish and pull up their catch. The sea was calm, heaters and extra jackets were on board, there were hot drinks and restroom/s. We didn't use so I don't know how many.

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Reviewed July 26, 2013

Our family decided this was our favorite excursion in Alaska. The captain and crew were very informative and friendly. They told interesting stories of their life as fishermen on the Bering Sea. After bringing up a crab basket, the crabs were passed around for all to hold. After bringing up the fishing lines, the fish were diced and thrown out to bald eagles.....like 30 of them. It was awesome to see that many so close to our boat. Sit on the lower level so you can touch the creatures right away. It was a great tour!

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Reviewed July 26, 2013

There is no better tour than this one. Whether or not you are a fan of The Deadliest Catch doesn't matter. We took a whale watching tour to see whales that could only be seen with binoculars. On the Bering Sea tour, one came up very close to our boat. We were told we would see Bald Eagles on our whale watching tour. The guides would say, "see those golf balls up in the trees way over there, they are Bald Eagles." On The Bering Sea tour, he took us to an island where the eagles nest. After a few fish in the water, we saw thirty or more eagles. They were diving in the water, flying all around us. It was amazing. We watched a salmon fisherman pull up nets full of salmon. We heard touching stories about the lives of crab fishermen. We took pictures, held crabs, enjoyed hot chocolate and met wonderful people. This tour is fun for anyone.
From beginning to end, the crew made this the best thing we did in Alaska. Book this tour first.
Thank you to the crew of the Aleutian Ballad for making our day in Ketchikan memorable.

1  Thank Mari A
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

The best time ever!!!! My whole family choose this excursion to do together and we had the most spectacular time. The Captain & crew were amazing and the wildlife experiences were exceptional. This is a not miss excursion!!! Thank you for making my trip to Alaska the best ever. This made my entire week!!!

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Reviewed July 24, 2013

My husband and I enjoyed an Alaska cruise in mid-July. We filled our time in the three ports we visited with recommended excursions. We went whale watching in Juneau and rode the White Pass and Yukon train to Frazier, BC from Skagway. Both were very decent excursions and we had a wonderful time and got some great pictures. However, the Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour put them to shame. We boarded the Aleutian Ballad when it was almost full and still had great seats! The demonstrations, stories and anecdotes shared by the crew and captain were very entertaining. Allowing the guests to participate by holding the day's catch of crabs, starfish and prawns added an interactive experience that you really don't get on most excursions. But the highlight was the stop we made about half way through. They told us to grab our cameras and find a spot with a view and then they started tossing chunks of fish into the water. First one beautiful bald eagle began flying toward the boat, then another and another and another... There must have been twenty bald eagles circling and swooping down a few yards in front of us. It was absolutely awesome! If you're ever in Ketchikan, be sure to check this one out.

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