Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour with Alaska Shore Tours
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  • Bering Crab Sea Fisherman's Tour
  • Bering Sea Crab Alaska Shore Excursions
  • Bering Crab Sea Fisherman's Tour
  • Bering Crab Sea Fisherman's Tour
  • Bering Sea Crab Alaska Shore Excursions
  • Bering Sea Crab Alaska Shore Excursions
  • Bering Crab Sea Fisherman's Tour
  • Bering Crab Sea Fisherman's Tour
  • Bering Crab Sea Fisherman's Tour
  • Bering Crab Sea Fisherman's Tour
  • Bering Sea Crab Alaska Shore Excursions
  • Bering Sea Crab Alaska Shore Excursions
  • Bering Sea Crab Alaska Shore Excursions
  • Bering Sea Crab Alaska Shore Excursions


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Bering Sea Crab Fisherman’s Tour


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Mon - Sat 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Ranked #1 out of 88 tours in Ketchikan on TripAdvisor, the Bering Sea crab tour receives a host of glowing reviews from visitors who have boarded the famous fishing vessel Aleutian Ballad for this exciting Deadliest Catch tour. Yes, the Aleutian Ballad and its hardy crew have been featured on Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch documentary show! Unlike the crew, however, you won’t be experiencing the wild weather and rough seas of the open ocean that make for jaw-dropping television viewing: During your tour, the boat stays within the calm and protected waters of the Inside Passage and cruises the bays and islands around Ketchikan. What you’ll experience is nail-biting excitement as the fishermen haul in their catch, the chance to spot amazing wildlife like eagles and whales, and the opportunity to hold a huge, live Alaskan king crab for a once-in-a-lifetime photo moment! During the 3 ½ hour Deadliest Catch tour, you’ll also be regaled with colorful tales of the crew members’ daring and dangerous adventures on the high seas.

The Aleutian Ballad is docked within easy walking distance of the cruise docks and downtown Ketchikan hotels, and seating onboard the Bering Sea crab tour is in either a heated and sheltered amphitheater or a panoramic upper deck, with excellent views from either option. As you’re introduced to the Deadliest Catch tour crew, you may recognize some from their battles with the elements on television. The crew will keep their binoculars at the ready and alert you if they spot any wildlife each time the boat draws close to shore. Then, when the time comes to haul in a catch, it could include rockfish, stars, octopi, prawns, halibut, and, of course, giant crabs! The catch is placed in holding tanks onboard for you to view, feel, and touch before it’s released back into the water. This Bering Sea crab tour will be a highlight of your Alaskan adventure, so be sure to be early to book your place on this popular and exciting excursion.


If you’re also heading to Skagway and are looking for another exciting coastal wildlife adventure, you might consider the Glacier Point Wilderness Safari.

3 ½ Hours Duration

From pick-up to drop-off

Board a Fishing Vessel

From Discovery’s ‘Deadliest Catch’

Wildlife Opportunities

Eagle and seal sightings common

A #1 TripAdvisor Tour

Book early to guarantee spaces




Family-friendly, Wildlife Viewing


3 hours

Adult Rate


Child Rate

$109 (ages 5-12)

Minimum Age

The minimum age for participants on this tour is 5 years old, no exceptions.


This tour is appropriate for guests with limited mobility and is wheelchair accessible., Scooters are also allowed onboard the vessel as the main deck area is all one level. If you need assistance getting to the boat, please contact us in advance.

Cancellation Policy

In the event your cruise ship is late, delayed, or doesn't make it into port we always issue a full refund for the tour., Changes or cancellations are allowed up to 14 days prior to the tour departure with absolutely no penalty., Including 'Flex Cancel' allows refunds up until 24-hours before the tour., Any cancellations made within 14 days of the tour departure (or within 24-hours with 'Flex Cancel') are nonrefundable.

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8 reviews for Bering Sea Crab Fisherman’s Tour

  1. 5 out of 5

    Loved it!Loved every minute of this tour. Learned so much and enjoyed all the stories the crew entertained us with. The eagles were awesome. Would highly recommend this tour!

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  2. 5 out of 5

    TopsThis tour was outstanding. Loved every minute of it. Fully packed and staff were exceptional. Very well done. The bald eagles were amazing. Really enjoyed this tour, was sorry to see it end. A real hands on experience that we could not have gotten anywhere else. True Alaska.

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  3. 5 out of 5

    Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's TourMy son and I went on this tour on our stop in Ketchikan. The crew did a great job sharing information about crab fishing and demonstrated many things watchers of "Deadliest Catch" would recognize. Throwing hooks, pulling pots, baiting baskets and discussing fishing are all part of this tour, although on a very small scale. Besides being informative, it was also humorous and entertaining. My son enjoyed learning about and holding live crabs and prawns, and seeing octopus up close. A highlight of this tour was a stop to see bald eagles. We got amazing up close photos of eagles diving for fish chunks!

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  4. 5 out of 5

    Best TourI would rate this as the best tour that we had on our 14 day Alaska Cruise! The bold eagles soaring was a great surprise. There were 100's. The guides were great. They were fun, funny and very helpful to provide us with how dangerous the crab fishermen had it. I would definitely take this tour again.

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  5. 4 out of 5

    Bering Crab Sea Fisherman's TourThe guides on the boat were humorous and gave an excellent description of the hard work and dangers of being a crab man. Unfortunately, we only saw about 2 eagles, but did see an octopus and some other sea creatures.

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    Will I get sea sick?

    Answer: Ketchikan is located within Alaska's Inside Passage. The water here is normally very calm. Even when the winds pick up during the winter months and the weather gets bad, the islands create a break for us and we hardly see a wave.The F/V Aleutian Ballad is over 100 feet long and made of solid steel. The boat was specifically created to handle the roughest seas in the world. Also, as the seating area is outside (covered and heated, of course), there is always a lovely cool breeze that refreshes the senses. If you are extremely sensitive to motion, you may want to take typical motion sickness medicine before coming. However it’s highly unlikely that you will need it.

    What will we see and do on the tour?

    Answer: When you step aboard the Aleutian Ballad, you will have an experience that cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world. We are the only boat of its kind, a true Bering Sea crab fishing vessel featured on the Discovery Channel, taking passengers along to experience and share in the wildlife, the stories and the beauty that is "The Last Frontier".During a typical tour on the (fishing vessel) Aleutian Ballad, we will encounter life above and below the sea. Common sightings include: whales, orcas, American bald eagles, porpoise, giant octopus, king crab, opilio crab, shrimp, jellyfish, bears, sharks, many different fish and a huge list of unexpected sightings.The experience you have is really up to you. If you would prefer to stay top-side, photographing the wilderness landscapes and relaxing as you listen to the fisherman's tales - that is up to you! Perhaps you'd prefer to stay by the live tank, touching all the sea creatures we pull up from the depths and learning about the different species of fish, octopus and crab - do it! Want to do some shopping? Visit our on board gift shop, and take home some memories of this special day. This tour is what you make of it and it is all at your fingertips...

    Is transportation provided?

    Answer: The Aleutian Ballad is actually docked at Berth 3 in Ketchikan and within walking distance of downtown and the cruise ships. A representative from The Bering Sea Crab Fishermen’s Tour will be waiting for you at the bottom of your gangway (steps off of the boat) 30 minutes prior to the tour departure time. Look for the bright yellow jacket and the sign that reads, “Bering Sea Crab Fishermen’s Tour.” You'll receive an email confirmation with full meeting instructions upon booking.

    Will we make it back to the ship in time? What if we don't?

    Answer: We've never left anyone behind and only schedule tours that work well with your cruise ship's itinerary. We leave plenty of cushion so you can confidently book your trips independently.

    What if our ship is delayed or doesn't make it into port? Refund?

    Answer: It's very rare that a ship is delayed into port, but in those cases we will try our best to work with you to reschedule the tour to a later time. If that is not a possibility or your ship doesn't make it into port, we will of course refund the full cost of the tour.

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