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Become An Alaskan Fisherman, At Least For A Few Hours

July 2, 2009 at 8:47 AM | by | ()

If your summer vacation plans include a cruise to Alaska with your grandparents, then you might want to seriously start considering some alternate shore excursions. Sure you can wander through some shops and check out the Totem Poles in Ketchikan like everyone else, or you can pretend that you're a true deep sea fisherman fisherperson.

Imagine being on the Deadliest Catch TV show, except not having to lift a finger. On the Bering Sea Crab Fishermen’s Tour, you’ll sit in a heated amphitheater right on the deck where you’ll be free to watch all the action while remaining totally safe. The crew will share some information about the ship, and before long you’ll be watching them haul in rockfish, cod, octopus, and king crab. Too bad they don’t bring drawn butter along.

Bigger critters like whales and dolphins usually follow the ship to see what’s going on, so make sure you keep your eyes focused in the water as well. All animals brought to the surface will be placed in a live tank for tourists to gawk at. Who are we kidding; we’d definitely be sticking our hands in the tank trying to see what an octopus feels like.

The tour takes about 3.5 hours from dock to dock, and runs throughout the summer until the end of September. We’re thinking that’s when the crew focuses on the really dangerous fishing expeditions. All the major cruise lines will hook you up with assistance booking this tour, but if you want to do it yourself it will set you back about $160 per adult.

Related Stories:
· Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour [Official Site]
· Alaska Travel coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: Official Site]

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