Booked through charters.com. Captain John was a cynic and no one on board could please him. Constantly ridiculing us for our ineptness. Just made the trip unpleasant. We did however catch some fish and we arrived back home safe and sound just not happy campers.
Not told prior to fishing about limits and whether or not the fishing was good, or bad. The boat operator seemed more interested in the lone female aboard, and kowtowing to her wishes, than he was interested in successful fishing.
Before our trip, Princess encouraged us to take their excursion, as they only used the best and most qualified. We spent $800 for the Halibut fishing excursion. As avid fishing enthusiast, my husband and I recognize catching Halibut cannot be guaranteed. However, with 5 tourists on the boat, I did not expect to have to SHARE rods. Way to make me pay $400 for half a rod Princess. To make matters even better, I had read on Princess’ excursion site that we could bring enough fish on board to cook for a meal one evening. When I posed the question to the captain, he said no. Only later did I find out other fishing excursions allowed their tourists to bring the fish aboard the cruise for a lovely fresh fish meal. So glad Princess has a rigorous screening process for their excursion vendors. Don’t waste the money!
One of the best excursions. You are with just 5 or 6 other people and the fisherman who takes you out walks you through what to do so you don't need any experience. My husband and I each caught 4 salmon - had them sent home and we have been enjoying wild salmon that we caught ourselves! We also saw whales, eagles and other wildlife.
Our captain and his deck hand were right on time and had his boat waiting for us right where we exited the cruise ship. He had a cooler of water and soft drinks as well as snacks and cookies waiting on board. His boat was very clean and had a bathroom. We were traveling with 4 adults (around age 40) and 5 kids ages 8-13. The captain and deckhand were so knowledgeable and taught us how to do everything so we could all be hands on. We caught tons of crabs and after we were done fishing, we pulled into a quiet cove. There the captain set up a stove and cooked all of our crab to eat right there. It doesn't get any fresher than that. He even had tools to crack the legs open and melted butter for dipping. We loved it all!
The cruise said their salmon fishing excursion was booked, so I hit the pier on my own to find a fishing charter. Fortunately there were other people doing the same thing. There's a "Fishing Charter" office right off the Cruise Ship pier that set 4 of us up with a local boat and captain. Between the 4 of us we caught 9 salmon over 5 enjoyable hours. The cost was $213 per person for the charter.
There were 5 of us on the boat, another couple and their daughter from our cruise ship. It was fun. The captain (Kevin) could have been a little more friendlier. The weather was cool but sunny and the seas were rough in a spot, but he moved to calmer seas when someone got sick. We caught fish, but not too many. Although that's why it's called fishing not catching. There were two other boats from our cruise. Neither of them caught anything. We did see a lot of bald eagles though.
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