Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour

Ketchikan, Alaska, USA
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Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour
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When you get off your cruise ship in Ketchikan, you’ll already be at the departure point for your fishing expedition! Just meet the members of the fishing crew on the cruise ship dock, and follow them to the Aleutian Ballad, the 107-foot (33-meter) commercial fishing vessel that will take you through the protected waterways of the Inside Passage.

Your shore excursion starts as you board the boat and take a seat in the heated and sheltered amphitheater on the lower deck. Or, brave the weather and take advantage of the views from the open-air upper deck. Your crew will then ‘tie loose’ and head out into the Inside Passage. As you make your way to the fishing grounds, stay warm with a cup of provided coffee, tea or hot chocolate, and learn about the Aleutian Ballad’s history as a commercial fishing boat, including how it became famous on season two of Deadliest Catch, when it was hit by a 60-foot (18-meter) rogue wave and survived!

When the boat pulls up to the fishing station, watch the crew go to work baiting the fishing gear with salmon and squid and throwing the long-line barrel pots overboard. Then stare in wonder as marine creatures of all kinds are hauled up from the water and onto the deck of the boat: Dungeness crab, box crab, gray cod, ratfish, rockfish, wolf eel, octopus, prawns and more. Bering Sea king crab will also be collected in 700-pound (320-kg) crab pots.

The crew expertly sorts through the catch on board and then places the fish and other marine life in a tank on the deck for your observation. Take photos and even touch some of them before they are all returned to the water.

In addition to what comes up on board, other local marine life may also be in the area, so keep a lookout for whales, porpoises, sea lions and eagles. Once the crew has stowed all the fishing equipment, feel free to ask any questions while you head back to Ketchikan — the crew loves to share stories about life on a boat!

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to the Ketchikan port for your ship’s departure. In the extremely unlikely event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.


  • Coffee, tea and hot chocolate
  • Raincoats and ponchos provided, as needed
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
  • Food and drinks, unless specified (snacks, such as chips and chocolate bars, are available for purchase on board)
  • Port pickup and drop-off (the tour leaves from the main cruise ship dock)
Additional Info:
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • You MUST check in 15 minutes before your departure time
  • If you are concerned about seasickness, please note that this tour stays in the calm, protected waters of the Inside Passage and does not go out into the open ocean; large waves and rough seas will not be encountered
  • Transportation: The Aleutian Ballad is docked at the same pier as the cruise ships; additional transportation is not required, as it is a short, easy walk to get to the fishing boat from any cruise ship gangway or from any downtown Ketchikan hotel
  • Cruse ship passengers: It is 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
  • At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required

Meeting Point

Main cruise dock, Berth 3-tender float
Departure Time:
Coincides with the arrival time of your cruise ship
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point


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