About the Tour
Tour Duration: 3 Hours
Activity Level: Easy / Mild / Low - wheelchair and scooter accessible!
Tour Includes: Complimentary Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate and large comfy waterproof jackets (as needed)
Wheelchair & Scooter accessible
Gift shop on board - t-shirts, jackets, mugs, etc.
Adult Price: (13 years of age and older) $179
Child Price: (5-12 years of age) $115
*No fear of Seasickness!*
The Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour stays in the calm, protected waters of the Inside Passage cruising around the nearby islands and bays surrounding Ketchikan. It does not go out into the open ocean.
Large waves and rough seas as seen on the Deadliest Catch will NOT be encountered on the tour.
Tour Departure Schedule
Tour departure times vary. Most cruise ships calling into the port of Ketchikan have a tour departure that will accommodate their guests.
Click here to see our 2018 wall calendar.pdf or, when booking, see the 2018 ketchikan alaska cruise ship schedule.pdf .
We recommend that you book a tour departure time that is at least 30 minutes after your ship is scheduled to arrive and returns at least 30 minutes before your ship is scheduled to depart.
Click here to see the Getting to the Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour
The F/V Aleutian Ballad is docked at the Berth 3 - Tender Float on the
Main Cruise Ship Dock in downtown Ketchikan - across from the tunnel and behind Sockeye Sam's and the Ketchikan Visitor's Information Restrooms.
The Aleutian Ballad is docked on the same pier as the cruise ships!
Additional transportation is not required.
It is a short, easy walk to get to our vessel from any cruise ship gangway or from any downtown Ketchikan hotel.
How the Tour Works
Thirty minutes before your tour departure time our crew will greet you on the Main Cruise Ships Dock and direct you the short walking distance to the Aleutian Ballad located at the Berth 3 - Tender Float.
Come aboard and seat yourself under the heated and sheltered amphitheater or on the panoramic upper deck. When everyone is aboard and comfortable, the crew will “cut loose” and head out to the pristine fishing grounds.
You will be introduced to the entire crew, some of whom you may have seen on television. On our way to the fishing grounds, you will be familiarized with the boat you’re on and her colorful history as a working crab fishing boat in the notorious Bering Sea.
You will be acquainted with the history of Alaska’s fisheries as well as the type of fishing vessels and gear you are likely to encounter during your cruise through Alaskan waters.
During this ride out, you will get very close to islands and land where you may see Alaskan wildlife such as bears, deer, bald eagles, seals and much more. While we can never promise wildlife will be in site, we keep a close eye with binoculars and always make every best effort to let guests know if wildlife is in view.
As the F/V Aleutian Ballad pulls up on the first set of fishing gear, you will be right alongside watching as the crew begins to haul up the catch. Some animals brought to the surface will be placed in a live tank for everyone to see. Be prepared with your cameras to capture these moments when you can touch the mysterious animals before they are gently released back into the sea.
We will continue on towards the protected waters of Annette Island where will ease in close to shore where eagles nest. Further up the inlet you’ll witness the huge crab pots being hauled aboard and you’ll be able to touch these giant crustaceans. We may even pull up an octopus pot!