Do I need a fishing license?
Yes, you will need to purchase an Alaska fishing license at the Fish House in Seward before you get on the Darby if you want to fish. Check out the latest prices below:
Will I get sea sick?
This depends on your responsiveness to motion sickness but usually the conditions are mellow during our summer months in the Gulf of Alaska. We do our very best to pick the calmest and most comfortable cruising options available each day. But if you have a tendency to "feed the fishes" easily, then I would suggest taking something to prevent motion sickness so you can enjoy this adventure to the fullest.
Are the sea conditions rough all the time?
No, not all the time. We monitor the sea conditions on a continuous basis and strive to provide the safest and smoothest trip possible for everyone. If we have to change our itinerary a little we will so everyone is as comfortable as possible.
Do I need a rain jacket and rain pants?
Yes. Even if it doesn’t rain, having a layer that breaks the wind will make your time out on the water a lot more comfortable.
What clothes should I bring?
Layers. Lots of layers. Preferably not cotton. A warm hat, gloves, and a warm jacket are advisable. You might want to pack a swim suit, just in case you want to take a dip under the Alaska midnight sun. We have rubber calf high boots, for your use, to go ashore or use in the kayaks so you don’t have to pack any.
Are beer, wine, and spirits provided free during the trip?
No, you must provide your own. There are multiple places in Seward and near the harbor to purchase your supplies. We will have a cooler on board to keep your beverages of choice cold, and no extra charge will be added to your bill.
What is the best time to view Alaska’s wildlife?
From early May to the first of September is the best time to view marine wildlife. Often we get good opportunities to see Orca's from mid May to mid June and occasionally during summer fish runs. Humpback whales usually show up by mid May and stay until the end of August. A variety of birds show up at the end of May and stay until mid August generally.
Is there a shower on the Darby?
Yes, but our guests rarely use the shower. The lifestyle of living on a boat for a few days, embracing the salt air, and the soothing sounds of the sea seem to make our guests forget all about having a shower. This is perfectly normal behavior.
Do you offer transportation services to Seward from Anchorage?
No, we do not. There are a variety of ways to get to Seward via train, bus or car rental services, all of which terminate right at the harbor. There is a small airport if you have a friend with a small plane who can fly you here. Check out Our Friends page to see links to those transportation options.