The Bering Sea crab fishermen's tour will have you set out into the calm protected waters of Ketchikan, Alaska on the Aleutian Ballad crab boat which was a part of season two of the Discovery Channel's award-winning TV series Deadliest Catch.
The Aleutian Ballad is the only genuine Bering Sea crab fishing vessel licensed to carry leisure passengers. It has been completely remodeled to provide the comfort and safety you expect in a top-notch excursion. The Bering Sea Crab fishermen's tour allows people from all walks of life to stand on the edge of the commercial fishing world.
It is a profession that has captured the interest and fascination of millions worldwide. Our heated amphitheater allows you to enjoy an experience unlike any other. You will watch the crew work though many different types of commercial fishing gear as you are educated and inspired by their way of life.
Be prepared with your camera to capture the King and snow crab, octopus, prawns and sharks, just to name a few, that are placed in the live tank on-deck before being released back into the wild. Alaska is home to eagles, whales, seals and sea lions. These magnificent creatures form images and memories that will live with you forever. What we share with you is the extraordinary experience of life aboard a beautiful working boat. What you take home with you - is the heart of its crew.
An adventure so real - you can hold it in your hand!
Included: Complimentary coffee, tea & hot chocolate. Rain ponchos and rain coats provided as needed.
Please note: Minimum age is 5 years old. Child price is for 5-12 year olds. 13 and older must buy an adult ticket.
Duration: 3 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)
Will I get sea sick?
It’s highly unlikely that you will need it, however If you are extremely sensitive to motion you may want to take typical motion sickness medicine before coming.
Was this boat on Deadliest Catch?
Yes, the F/V Aleutian Ballad was featured on Season 2 of the Discovery Channel’s number one series Deadliest Catch. It was made famous when, purely by chance, a camera was mounted in the wheelhouse by the camera crew. Just moments later a massive rouge wave which almost capsized the boat was caught on film. It has become one of the most watched film clips in the series history.
Will I see any wildlife or bears on this tour?
Wildlife is abundant in Southeast Alaska and sighting animals above and below the sea are part of the tour! Bears are a spotted on occasion but are not guaranteed.
Are there any age restrictions?
Minimum age to participate is 5 years old.
Can I bring a backpack?
Backpacks, small bags, and purses are allowed on this tour.
Can I bring my own food or drink?
Outside food and drink are not allowed.
Are food and drink included?
Hot beverages of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate are included.
Are there any physical requirements for this tour?
This tour is accesible to all.
What type of clothing should I wear?
Layered clothing and weather appropriate outer wear. The seating area of the boat is covered and heated.
Do you offer any discounts or promotions?
We offer the local wholesale rates for all of our tours because we feel that everyone should get the same lowest price possible regardless of how many excursions you book. No tricks, no gimmicks, no hidden fees.
Do you offer tours for large groups?
Definitely, arrangements of tours for groups or large families are possible. Please contact us with your group requirements.
Can multiple families book this tour and be together?
Yes! Multiple families may join the same tour as long as adequate space is available and the maximum is not exceeded.
What happens if my ship is delayed getting into port?
If your ship is late, please call your tour operator so that your tour time can be adjusted. If an alternate tour time is not compatible with your schedule, your ticket will be fully refunded with no fees or penalty.
What if my tour is cancelled due to bad weather?
All tours that cancel because of weather will be fully refunded with no fees or penalties.
Where do I meet the tour operator to be picked up for my excursion?
All tours pick-up either at your cruise ship or within a short walking distance of your cruise ship unless otherwise noted. When you purchase your excursion, your ticket will be sent to you via email with detailed meeting instructions and emergency contact information. If you have any questions relating to a specific excursion, please contact the tour operator listed on your ticket.
How close is the pick-up location to the cruise ship?
This will vary from port to port. Most excursions meet you either in front of your cruise ship or within a maximum 5-10 minute walk from your ship unless otherwise noted. All pertinent directions and details will be listed on your ticket.
What happens if the excursion runs late and I miss my ship?
We guarantee that your tour will return on time. If you were to miss your cruise ship because the tour did not return on time, we will comp your hotel, food, and flight costs associated with meeting your cruise ship the next day. We have never had a passenger miss their ship.
Does the tour include transportation?
Yes. All tours pick up from the main cruise ship terminal and include round-trip transportation unless otherwise specified for the specific tour.
What if I am unable to print my ticket before I arrive in port?
All reservations are saved under the name you purchased your excursions and are kept on file with your tour operator. Having your tickets in-hand is the optimal choice to avoid confusion because the directions and meeting instructions are included. Please contact us if you are unable to print the tickets.