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Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour

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Excursion Overview

Explore the world of commercial fishing aboard the Aleutian Ballard

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 through 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!

Things You Need to Know


  • Roundtrip transportation (for guests docking at Ward Cove, pick-up time is 1 hour prior to actual tour time)
  • Insulated coats and raincoats are provided if needed
  • 4 restrooms are available for use onboard


  • Minimum age: 5 years old
  • *Important Booking Notes for guests docking at WARD COVE in 2024*
    Norwegian, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (Quantum of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas) & Additional Cruise Line guests who will be arriving at the Ward Cove dock in 2024 are required to take a 50-minute bus ride from your ship's gangway to the tour starting location, provided by the tour operator. Please leave yourself at least 1 hour between your ship's arrival time and the tour start time, as well as the tour end time and your ship's all-aboard time. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers. Reach out to the Alaska Shore Excursions team with any questions.

Duration: 3 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)

  • 30 minutes - general information, crew introduction, and safety briefing
  • 30 minutes - sail to fishing grounds, stories from the crew and longline fishing
  • 30 minutes - eagle encounter
  • 60 minutes - crab fishing, octopus barrel and stories from the crew
  • 30 minutes - return to port, final stories, and photos with the crew

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets at your ship's gangway. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers. Please note, if your cruise ship is docking at WARD COVE, the tour operator will pick you up one hour BEFORE the tour time selected.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is wheelchair and scooter accessible. Service dogs are welcome. Please leave a comment during checkout if accommodations for motorized equipment will be required on tour. If the operator is unaware beforehand of necessary accommodations, they may not be able to accommodate guests day of.

Frequently Asked Questions

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. This tour is conducted in the very calm and protected waters of Southeast Alaska and the boat is built for premium stability.

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 rogue wave that almost capsized the boat was caught on film. It has become one of the most watched film clips in the series' history.

The boat was designed to ensure all seats would have premium visibility.

Yes, there are 4 restrooms available to use onboard.

Wildlife is abundant in Southeast Alaska and sighting animals above and below the sea are part of the tour! Bears are spotted on occasion but are not guaranteed.

Depending on the day-of conditions, seating is covered and heaters ensure guests stay nice and dry in even the wettest weather.

The tour is located in Ketchikan, Alaska which is 1,200 miles from the Bering Sea. You will not be in the Bering Sea.

All crew are Bering Sea crab fishermen and had to have fished at least one season in the Bering Sea in order to work aboard our boat.

The minimum age to participate is 5 years old.

Backpacks, small bags, and purses are allowed on this tour.

Outside food and drink are not allowed. King Crab and other snacks are available for purchase aboard the ship.

This tour is accessible to all.

Layered clothing and weather-appropriate outerwear. The seating area of the boat is covered and heated.


Guest Reviews


89 total


Juli B

On Sep 2023

This tour was excellent. Top notch. Professional. Polished. Not only did we get to see and learn a LOT - the owner and his crew were outstanding .

Lisa L

On Sep 2023

Informative, hands-on and very funny in a beautiful location. What's not to like? The crew work hard to give you an insight into this very dangerous job but also make time to take in the most beautiful scenery and wildlife.

William W

On Sep 2023

The best excursion I did on this cruise. And booking with Alaska Shore Excursions was great. I sent a couple emails with questions that were promptly answered. Also, I was with the same group of people who booked their excursion through Norwegian so it was the exact same experience, only a lot cheaper. Would definitely use them again.

Kevin W B

On Aug 2023

This was the best excursion of our trip! Big D, Kevin and crew put on a fantastic show not only explaining in detail what their job(s) entailed but also how dangerous they were. If your going to do an excursion, DON'T miss this one.

Jennifer J

On Aug 2023

By far one of our most favorite excursions! The crew was phenomenal! There were seven of us and they made sure we were seated together! Loved that they had jackets in case you got cold. We ranged in age from 83-55 and we all loved it! I have already told all our friends and family to do this excursion! Top notch!


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Duration: 3 hours

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Duration: 3 hours

Ages: 13+

Adult: $219.00

Child (Ages 5-12): $169.00

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