Local Connections: Deadliest Catch Crab Fishermen's Tour Created by Captain David Lethin

3.25 hours | Ketchikan | K T N - 6 1 0
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Min. age: 5 years (See special notes)
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Wheelchair Accessible, Shopping Opportunities, Easy activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Experience the thrills of Bering Sea without leaving the calm, sheltered waters of the Inside Passage. This eventful cruise, created by boat owner and Alaska fisherman David Lethin, aboard the Aleutian Ballad is the ideal Alaska adventure for the whole family. After years of back-breaking work in the commercial crab fisheries, Captain Lethin converted his famous boat so he could share the bounty of the ocean and stories of life at sea.

Imagine being aboard a real Bering Sea crab fishing boat from the award-winning TV series "Deadliest Catch" on a relaxing jaunt off the coast of Ketchikan. Discover breathtaking places where the fishing is extreme, the marine life is mind-boggling, and the out-of-this-world scenery stirs your imagination. Take it all in from your seat in the heated, sheltered stadium-style lower deck or from your favorite spot out on the open-air top deck. You'll see amazing sea creatures and get hands-on experience while interacting with crabs, prawns, octopus and more: all designed to bring the world of the commercial fisherman to life. Watch in awe as the crew hauls up 700 lb. crab pots laden with Alaska King crabs. Get a spine-tingling glimpse of the crab fisherman's craft as a variety of crabs are pulled out of the crab pot and placed in an on-deck aquarium for up close viewing. If you are willing, you can try your hand at holding one yourself for the perfect photo to share when you get home. The crew will also pull up barrel pots in hopes of catching octopus and wolf eels and reel in long lines hung with colorful rock fish and more. One-by-one, each creature will be revealed, reviewed and offered up to adventurous guests for up close encounters. Your time on board will be filled with family fun and interlaced with action-packed stories about life on the sea. A stop near Annette Island may offer sightings of bald eagles, seals, sea lions, whales, and native Alaska fishermen at work. You may even purchase some of the best king crab you will ever eat right onboard.

Arriving back at the dock, you'll cap off your tour with the short walk back to the ship, brimming with memories about the Aleutian Ballad and her crew.

Special Notes:

Minimum age is 5. Guests make a short walk to/from the cruise ship pier to the vessel.

This tour can accommodate manual and electric wheelchairs; however they must be able to transit the 31 inch wide gangway to embark the tour vessel. Passengers with disabilities must contact the onboard Tour Office at least 48 hours prior to the excursion to ensure arrangements can be made to meet their particular needs. Ketchikan is sometimes a tender port. Please be sure to read the "Accessible Cruising" information on the home page of Princess.com.

Provided: Rain poncho

Unaccompanied Minor Policy: Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Walk to vessel, introduction & overview

Transport type:
Walking
Travel time:
00:30
Walking distance:
1000
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes

Cruise to fishing grounds

Transport type:
Motorized Vessel
Transport Capacity:
120
Travel time:
00:30
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Long line fishing demonstration - halibut, rock fish, shark, etc possible

Transport type:
Motorized Vessel
Transport Capacity:
120
Time at site:
00:15
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Wildlife viewing - eagles, whales, sea lions, seals, etc possible

Transport type:
Motorized Vessel
Transport Capacity:
120
Time at site:
00:30
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

King & Dungeness crab demonstration - haul 700 lb. crab pot onboard

Transport type:
Motorized Vessel
Transport Capacity:
120
Time at site:
00:30
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Barrel pot demonstration - octopus, wolf eel possible

Transport type:
Motorized Vessel
Transport Capacity:
120
Time at site:
00:30
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Cruise back to dock & hear crew stories of fishing in the Bering Sea

Transport type:
Motorized Vessel
Transport Capacity:
120
Travel time:
00:30
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes