Ketchikan Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour Excursion Reviews
Fabulous excursion in calm waters highlighted by narration of real life (and near death experiences) told by the crew during transit between activities---very interesting! Stopped to feed eagles, pick up pots containing box crabs, more pots containing golden king crabs, nets with prawns, and bottom fish on fishing lines. We handled some of the catch and that was fun and a good photo opportunity. Saved some $$$ booking directly with the vendor.
The Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour was the best one we went on...and we loved all three of our excursions so that is really saying something. My husband and I are big fans of the Discovery Channel show Deadliest Catch so it was really cool to be on ship that we'd seen on the show. We chatted with the co-owner of the boat Danene Lethin about how they turned the vessel into a tour boat and it was so interesting to her her passion for sharing Alaska's wildlife with visitors. The presentation by the crew was nothing short of spectacular. They were funny, engaging and so interesting. We got to see and hold/feel Opilio crab, Rock crab and golden King crab as well as Pacific prawn. They also showed up a huge Pacific Octopus. We got to see 2 mated pairs of bald eagles who they enticed out of the trees with some fish. It was incredible to see those beautiful birds soaring down to pluck the fish from the water. Everything about this tour was great. Highly recommend it whether you are already a fan of the show or not.
We went on the Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's tour and saw bald eagles, box crabs, Dungeness crabs, king crabs, a sea cucumber, several giant sunstars, a giant octopus, and several fish (including a salmon caught on a long line--the first time the tour'd seen this happen).
This tour was entertaining, informative, and allowed a close-up experience with sealife.
You can only touch the box crabs because the other types have caused too many injuries on previous tours. We saw how aggressively devouring the Dungeness crabs were: when their pot (cage) was pulled onto the boat, half of a king crab was found inside, already eaten by the Dungeness crabs in the pot. At a known eagle perch and nesting location, the tour guides tossed frozen herring into the water one by one, allowing nearby eagles to swoop in to take the fish. Nice close-up experience with an eagle. This was my favorite part of the excursion.
The crab fishing demonstration was informative, and the eagle sanctuary was very impressive. I was hoping for a little more hands-on activity with the crab fishing, and was under the impression we'd get to eat the results, but that apparently is a different tour. I love listening to old-timers talk about their experiences, so if you like hearing fishing stories this is the place to go. There is a bit of sales-pitching for the DVD and souvenir products (there's a kiosk on board) but it's nowhere near as bad as being on the ship or in port.
You can find some locally owned shops if you're willing to go further north and east than you'll see on the map they hand you on the ship. Go ahead and cross the bridge over the creek, and then you'll find out where you can get things that really do support the local economy. Ketchikan is a much bigger town than Skagway and has a bona fide local industry (sustainable fishing) that allows a good chunk of the town to not depend on tourism for income. I scored big with some Copper River salmon and king salmon. It really is the salmon capital of the world.
Sort of a Disney recreation of what goes on during a crabbing expedition. The fishermen were personable and gave excellent stories. We loved watching the hundreds of eagles dive for the chum they tossed into the water. This was our second choice, but we were happy with it.
The ships dock just across street from Lumberjack Show. A really fun family excursion that lasts 1hr, which gives you enough time to walk about 300yds and also take the Bearing Sea Fishing Tour.....ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS. Booked directly with Shauna, she was something else!!! Kudos to her. She really went the extra mile making sure my family got everything we needed. We actually became very good email partners. She is the one that really sold me on doing both tours. On this excursion we had lots of hands on with all the crabs, prons, etc. which the kids loved. And oh my gosh, we fed eagles and took photos of hundreds of eagles. This was magnificent excursion.
I cannot rave enough about this tour, it was fabulous, they have heaters on the boat to keep passengers warm, they tell stories of fishing in the Bering sea, they have crab pots with crabs in then, an octopus, the best part about it hands down is that they take you to a spot where they throw herring in the water and 30-40 eagles all swoop down to get them and it happens right in front of your eyes, take your video camera because a regular camera just cannot capture all of the action.
We really enjoyed this excursion. The crab fishermen are extremely engaging, humorous and educational. You really felt like you had a good understanding of what life is like for these men and their industry. It was fast paced, interactive and very interesting. Being out on the sea seeing bald eagles and other wild life on a sunny day was a total "Alaskan" experience.
We had a fantastic time on the “Bering Sea Crab Fishing Tour!” I have had this tour bookmarked on my computer for several years just waiting until I got back to Alaska. It didn’t disappoint. Yes, parts of it are “staged,” but the fishermen and the gear they use are authentic, and I may never have another opportunity to see eagles that close again. I thought the tour was very well done, appropriate for all ages, and well worth the money. Interestingly enough, we had booked this tour on the internet, but most of the people booked through the ship…for $25 more per person.
Super well done! Guides are all actual Bering sea fishermen, with great stories to tell. Lots of "hands-on" with the sea creatures, nice tour.
My husband and our 2 teenage girls went on the Bering Sea crab Fishermen's tour which I booked directly with. He said it was ok and cost should be more like $40 instead of the $159/adult $99/kid that I paid. He was disappointed that for the price, they didn't get to taste any of what was caught! Our kids said they enjoyed the hands on experience where they get to touch all the animals that were caught.
What an amazing time - this tour is legit, this isn't acting or BS, these are real fishermen, on a real boat showing you the real deal. Totally worth it.
We booked this independently not knowing it was also available through Princess. This is the best tour I have seen in 11 cruises. You don't have to be a fan of the show Deadliest Catch to enjoy this excursion. Not only educational but entertaining as well. Don't miss it.
This was A M A Z I N G! Everybody should do this tour. We saw crab- got to hold them. Sunflower starfish. Beautiful Octopus! Whales - up close! And EAGLES, 25 to 30 bald eagles swooping out of the trees to eat fish that they had chummed in the water. The crew was wonderful. Best tour ever. We enjoyed it so much we would do it again in a heartbeat.
Had a wonderful time. Loved the stories told by the crew and seeing and handling the crabs. But the most spectacular part was being so close to bald eagles as they snatched bait fish out of the ocean right next to the boat. You will want to take video of this.