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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 September 19, 2013

The staff are excellent and really try to keep the guests both entertained and informed. The boat is well laid out with seats and even has heaters above the seating areas to add some warmth if the weather gets too cool. They can selectively turn off some heaters to appease just about anyone's comfort level. The water was relatively calm when we went out, and I doubt waves ever get too bothersome given they stay in channels and away from large open areas of water.

The area where they view the bald eagles is nice, but during our visit there were only two eagles in the area. Apparently when the salmon are spawning the eagles are generally elsewhere enjoying a plentiful supply of fish.

The weather was cloudy for most all of our trip and there was a fair amount of light drizzle (even heavy drizzle by the time we returned to Ketchikan. The seating area is covered so you don't need rain gear while you are on the ship.

The pulling of the nets is a bit contrived, but understandable in that it is not an active fishing boat and they are trying to give you an overview of what crab fishing is all about, and see some of the sea creatures up close. Its educational, interesting and entertaining.

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Reviewed September 19, 2013

The crew consisted of men who had experienced crabbing in the Bering Sea. Their stories where a highlight and the hands on of handling crabs where an experience. Whether you have or not watched the Deadliest Catch on TV, this tour is a must.

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Reviewed September 19, 2013

A great educational tour. Kids will love it. We saw different types of crabs, octopus, starfish, fish, and bald eagles. The Guides were great and we enjoyed their stories and interactions.

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Reviewed September 18, 2013

This tour is worth every penny! The staff is extremely friendly and professional.
Dress warm and waterproof and enjoy the trip!

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Reviewed September 16, 2013

Even our 23 yr old son really enjoyed this excursion and that says a lot! We disembarked our ship and had about an hour to wander around Creek Street and the waterfront before heading down the ramp at berth 3 to board the Aleution Ballad. We were greeted by Terry the Captain and immediately made to feel welcome. We chose seats centrally located on the covered lower deck, but it looked like all seats had a good view including those on the open upper deck.

Danny & Paul were both very engaging, informative and humorous throughout the entire excursion and you would never know that they do this show twice daily and still seem just as excited to share their experiences each and every time.

From start to finish the interactive show was very educational and interesting. My respect for fishermen went up several notches after seeing the strength, endurance and speed they need to have. The 3 washrooms on board were not your usual closets, they were nice, large & very clean facilities.

The weather certainly co-operated, we had a beautiful September day to spend out on the sea viewing bald eagles and seals.

I booked this several months in advance on-line directly which saved us $20 p.p. and since it was only a short walk from our ship, it was easy peasy to skip the middle man.

The excursion was also accessible for scooters and wheelchairs and for those who smoke, there was a section for them as well. I would definitely recommend this excursion, we were very happy that we chose it.

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