"My husband, my son, and I all agree that this fantastic excursion was absolutely the best part of our two week vacation in Alaska! At the end of the excursion, we didn't want to get off the boat; we wanted to hear more of the crew's experiences and see and learn more about the animals! Being fans of the "Deadliest Catch", we were looking forward to being on the Aleutian Ballad. However, this excursion far exceeded our expectations. The crew was friendly, informative, entertaining, and genuine. As we cruised around, they told of their real life experiences on various crab boats. People of all ages were fascinated with their stories..."Annapolis, MD
"Well worth the price!!! Very kind and personable crew. The crew described their love of crabbing but also the human sacrifice that must be made. Very evident they loved their job!! Very accomadating for every request. The scenery was awesome... My favorite off shore excursion."Winfield, WV
"The tour was excellant with very friendly & informative guys. Gave a wonderful insight into the life of sea crab fishing.
The crabs were amazing, lots of photo opportunities & some handling, And as for watching the eagles swooping down to pick up fish - they were brilliant."Great Britain
"We had never seen an episode of Deadliest Catch and have no interest in fishing, but we signed up for this tour based on reviews of the varied sea creatures and wildlife to see. We were very impressed from start to finish and LOVED the experience.
The crew were friendly, helpful and informative. Their stories were unbelievable....gained a whole new respect for any crab fisherman who braves the Bering Sea!"Clearwater, FL
"This was the best shore excursion from our cruise. We are so glad we decided to do this. The guys were informative but fun. They played off of each other so well. The 3 hours went by so fast. It was interesting to see all the different types of fishing. And watching the eagles soar down to the water for the herring was an incredible site. I would go again for sure."
"DO NOT MISS THIS TRIP. This was the best excursion I have ever been on from a cruise ship. I got to see whales, eagles, crabs, eals and all types of marine life. The crew is fantastic, entertaining and knowledgable. We had captain Terry and him and his crew gave us everything that was promised and more...Do not hesitate if you are afraid of getting sea sick, it was a very calm ride from the dock to the waters where they fished. We got a treat and ran into some whales on our way and the captain gave us extra time to get some good shots. Make sure you have a camera, one with a high speed shutter, that's how fast the action is.
If you are wheelchair bound and can make one or two steps you will have no problem, the bathrooms are clean and neat and two steps down from the deck of the ship...I can't say enough about this tour, it was fantastic.
"OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!! What can I say other than AWESOME!!!!! Not only did this Tour live up to my expectations, it far and above EXCEEDED my wildest dreams!!!!!!! From Dave, the Captain of the ship, and the entire crew, IT WAS AWESOME!!!! You all went above and beyond to make sure that we all had a fantastic tour and it was amazing. Everyone I have talked to and shown the photos to are so green with envy!!! I will recommend to everyone going to Ketchikan that if they take no other excursion, they HAVE to take yours!!!! I WILL BE BACK!!!!!"
"My wife and I just got back from our vacation, and I want to let you all know how blown away we were by the tour! It was even more entertaining and more hands on than we had thought it would be. The whole crew were so down to earth and "real"... in the end it was simply an amazing tour. The bald eagles were a special treat for us. The crab boat and crew and even the eagles left us at a loss for words in the best of ways. I honestly can't think of any way to improve on what the tour was when we took it...Felt like we knew the crew when we left. Thanks for a great time, and a geat taste of Alaska."
"Cruised Alaska for the second time last week and my ninth cruise overall. Your Bering Sea Crab Tour topped all excursions taken to date. Enjoyed every aspect of the tour and was just knocked out by the eagles. I expect to do it again sometime in the future."
Del City, OK
"We just wanted to let you know that this tour was the highlight of our Alaskan Cruise. As a matter of fact, I think it was the best tour we have ever taken during our past 6 cruises. The crew was very accomodating, instuctional, and entertaining from the time we set foot on the vessel until we stepped off! Thank you for a wonderful afternoon, we can't wait to come back and do it again."
"Took this tour on 5/19/09 and it was nearly a "religious experience". I felt tears when I saw the whale tail, the eagles and helped hold a crab. Also the stories you guys told, especially the heartfelt experiences on the ride back to port - made us feel the love you guys have for your job and your WONDERFUL tour. Anyone that goes to Ketchikan and doesn't book your tour is absolutely missing out on the best thing along the Inside Passage!! I'm your biggest fan!!"
"My wife and I went on your Aleutian Ballad tour on 05/13/2009 and had a great time. It was a lot of fun to meet the crew and staff and watch first hand the operations of the vessel... Not to mention the hands on experience you allow your guest to share in and enjoy while on board."
"My fiance and I recently took your tour May 21st off the NCL Pearl. I wanted to thank you again for the best day out of our vacation. He is still talking about it. I will do my best to get the word out there on every blog site I can find. Bob also runs a fishing charter in NYC and will be talking it up and showing our tour pics all those who book his boat. Thank you so much. I wouldn't change a thing!"
Cliffside Park, NJ
"Oh my goodness...what a wonderful excursion!! My husband & I are thrilled we had a 2nd chance to pick this up on our roundtrip aboard HAL's Zaandam. The crew of the Aleutian Ballad are fun, informative and so obviously in love with what they are doing. Please be sure to give this a try...its the best excursion we did in 14 days cruising Alaska.
Its a great outing for all ages."
"Going on the Aleutian Ballad was the best land tour I took during my 12 day cruise/land tour of Alaska. It was more inspiring and emotional than flying around Mt McKinley and landing on a glacier or riding the 1 mile zipline at Icy Strait Point. Everyone on the tour (40 to 60 people) felt it was so much more than they ever expected.... I will take this tour every time I go to Alaska."
La Jolla, CA
"...the weather was cold and rainy and we were sure we would not enjoy being on an "open" boat in that kind of weather, but boy were we wrong. This was the best excursion ever. The crew, Kiwi and Terry, and Captain Dave, were very entertaining and seemed to really enjoy everyone's questions. This was my second time in Alaska and the first time anyone on an excursion spoke to me as an individual and not just part of the "group". Good going guys!!"
"One of the highlights of our family (from Grandpa to Grandson) was the Aleutian Ballad in Ketchikan, Alaska. From Captain David, Kiwi and the rest of the crew offering amazing stories and educational input, this tour will not dissapoint. Great personal attention was given to the guests. We all enjoyed the sights, the eagles and the crabbing! This tour will be remembered by our family forever."
"My husband and I went on this tour on May 5th, 2008 while on a port stop from our 7 day cruise aboard the Norwegian Star. It was our 1st ever cruise and our 1st ever shore excursion, but it remained our absolute favorite thing we did the whole week. It is still what we talk about most now when people ask us about or trip to Alaska. I would recommend this tour to anyone, but especially to anyone who is a fan of the show "Deadliest Catch" as it is so amazing to be up so close to something you see on tv. The crew is so willing to share their knowledge and experiences. It was definitely one of the funnest experiences I have ever had."
"This is the BEST excursion on the cruise circuit to Alaska. BEST. The bald eagles were amazing. AMAZING!!!
The fish were amazing too.
WOW, you need to do this tour if you go to Ketchican. PERIOD! I am so glad I did my homework and did this one."
L - Austin TX
"You have to take this tour. The most informative and best value of all of the tours we took."
"My Granddaughter and I took the Bering Sea trip as a shore excursion the end of May, 2008. These guys are great!! They love fishing and have the ability to share that love with a lot of enthusiasm. They demonstrate what they do and sprinkle it with the right amount of stories. They let us watch bald eagles fishing off the end of an island. They brought up a variety of crab pots.
The trip was just the right length.
The best of all the excursions on this trip."
"This was the last of six shore excursions that my mom and I went on while on an Alaskan cruise and it was far and above our favorite thing and the best thing we did the whole time. She is a Deadliest Catch fan and I've seen maybe two episodes and it was equally awesome for both of us. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable and funny and engaging, and watching them effortlessly crab and fish was just captivating. I would have happily gotten off the boat and hopped right back on to do it again. If I'm ever in Ketchikan again, you can bet I'll be right back there. I highly recommend this to everyone, doesn't matter who you are or if you've watched The Deadliest Catch before. You'll love it."
Silver Springs, MD
"Been hanging out in Ketchikan for the season, seen and done a lot of things. Your tour tops them all!"S. Tamling - Alaska
"This trip is the greatest event there is, you should be proud of the wonderful experience you give people. May all your dreams come true."H - England
"Hello, I rode your inaugural voyage in Ketchikan today and offer sweet praise on a job well done."C. Wilhelm - Ketchikan, AK
"Thank you for a wonderful and interesting afternoon on the water!"L. Kern - Ketchikan, AK
"My nephew and I were lucky enough to be on the first tour of the Aleutian Ballad...The crew and staff are very friendly...If you are in Ketchikan, this tour should be at the top of your list of "things to do in Ketchikan". It is an AWESOME tour. We both decided that this would be our only tour, if we cruised the passage again. Yes, it is that good!"B. McIntosh - Mesquite, TX
"We want to say thank you very much for putting together such a breathtaking excursion. It far exceeded our expectations as to what we would encounter on that trip."T. Hendrickson - Muscoda, WI
"My husband, kids & I would like to thank you for the awesome experience we had taking the tour with your crew yesterday, it was a blast!"J. and M. Scoblic - Ketchikan, AK
"Dear David.....THANK YOU...THANK YOU...Your tour was a memory that my wife and I will always have...My wife was in a wheel chair and has trouble walking long distances... the young lady who was working the deck went above and beyond in assisting my wife, making sure that she could see everything, moving people so my wifes vision was not blocked and bringing the catches to her...Looking forward to doing another tour with you in the near future and we are spreading the word here on the east coast. May you have much sucess with the tours and always be safe."M. Poulin - Tiverton, RI
"Just wanted to thank you for a GREAT trip. You and the crew did a wonderful job and made the tour one to remember!"R. and P. Irby - El Dorado, CA
"I just want to tell you that your tour created memories of a lifetime for our family. Our son has not stopped talking about all the crabs and other sea creatures that he was able to hold or touch. He maintains that the cruise was the best 7 days of his life, he's 8 years old, and the crab boat was his favorite thing of all."C. Carty - Herndon, VA