Loved it! We almost cancelled to spend the day in the solarium but it turned out to be a great excursion. The crew were funny and they told heartwarming stories about how they got involved in the industry. There was some hokey fun, too. The best part was seeing a ton of bald eagles soaring overhead. It was an amazing sight.
Was ok if you like Deadliest Catch show, they go in very calm waters and pull up crabs in pots and talk about being a fisherman up in the Bering Sea. I didn't enjoy it as much as others who have raved about it. Thought it was a bit long, not that relevant to the area (Bering Sea is a lot further north) and quite expensive at $179 for the outing.
This was a very fun and informative excursion. We love "Deadliest Catch", so this was a have-to excursion for us. We loved the owners, loved the whole tour. We got to hold crabs and prawns. We got to watch them feed eagles in the water. Awesome!
My wife's favorite excursion. The crew of the Aleutian Ballad showed us lots of eagles and even a whale as well as how crab and long line fishing is done. The crabs were preset in the pots, but the methods of lifting and dropping the pots were accurately shown. This is a great tour and worth the time and money.
When we got off the ship, the tour rep was at the gangway and directed us to their boat. The Trip Advisor reviews sold me on this excursion. The highlight was indeed the eagles. After throwing some fish into the water, there were about 10 bald eagles flying around. That was really cool and worth 5 stars. Truly amazing!
The boat made several stops. One was where they had a line with a bunch of hooks. They pulled the line in to see what they caught. That was ok too. There were several varieties of fish, including a shark. It was hard to see the fish, especially for those sitting in the back.
And that brings me to the main complaint about this excursion -- it was way too crowded. The stage wasn't that big, but they managed to seat about 150 people with viewing on only one side of the boat, so people were climbing on top of each other to see the eagles. When they brought up the crabs, everyone rushed to the stage and, again, there was little room to maneuver.
The website makes it sound like they are actually fishing for crabs, but that is false. There are crabs in the pot. Once everyone is done holding and taking pictures of them, the crabs go back into the pot, and the pot gets dropped into the ocean, only to be repeated for the next tour. Then they bring up another pot with plastic king crabs (apparently king crabs are really hard to catch so they use fake ones for the demonstration and store live king crabs in the live tank on the boat). Then they go to another location and bring up a large live octopus that is stored in the plastic barrel. The octopus slimes around with the crew, goes back into the barrel and into the ocean, only to be brought back up for the next tour. The tour felt like a glorified aquarium. Why are we on this boat?
And the kicker was the Deadliest Catch. It's on the website, there's a video in the gift shop, and the crew talks about it ad nauseum. Enough already! They are lucky to have it on video, otherwise there would be nothing to talk about. If it weren't for the eagles, this tour gets one star.
WOW is all I can say! Great excursion! The men on the boat that run the tour are both informative and entertaining. There are a few hands on with the crabs and other sea creatures. The stop at the eagle nesting ground is an experience you will not want to miss. I still can't believe what we saw. This is a great excursion I would give it more than 5 stars if I could. Do not miss this!
Wow, wow and a little more wow. This was the best excursion we went on independently of Holland America. The crew and staff were not only informative, they shared the personal stories. I do not want to ruin anything for anyone but I will let you know there is more than crab fishing. Worth the money we spent and then some.
The staff and guides were EXCELLENT. Very attentive and very funny. The highlight was stopping at sea and feeding dozens and dozens of bald eagles. Too man to count. This excursion is highly recommended.
Very entertaining excursion. You learn all about how they catch fish, crabs, and shrimp. You get to see a lot of sea life and Bald Eagles up close!! This was just a lot of fun and the Captains on the boat have some really great stories that they share with the crowd.
If you are a Deadliest Catch fan you will love this excursion! We really enjoyed it probably more just to meet the captains. It was so cool talking to them about the captains on that are on the show now. Really nice guys !
We took the Bering Sea Crab Fishermen’s Tour (KE50). Great time, very informative and would recommend it. We saw close to 50 bald eagles, they demonstrated line fishing, pulling a couple different styles of crab pots and a plastic drum. The boat has been modified with seating to accommodate the tour, but they still use it for crab fishing as well. The boat was docked right next to the Solstice in port, so easy to get to. They had extra jackets if you needed one to keep warm as well.
We took the Bearing Sea Crab Fisherman Tour. We are fans of Deadliest Catch, but even if you are not, I would recommend this tour. The crew puts on a great presentation and the stop to visit the eagles is amazing.
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