Alaska Cruise Whale Watching Excursions

Alaska Cruise Whale Watching Excursions

Small Ship Cruises Allow You To Get Up Close!

Whales so close that they touch the boat and blow water on their passengers! Experience it yourself!

Alaska Cruise Whale Watching At It’s Finest!

Enjoy the spectacular majesty of Alaskan whales up close and personal.

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Where We Cruise

Custom Alaska Cruises sails along the infamous Inside Passage on our Custom 67' yacht. The MV Sikumi

Why US?

We're different from the large cruise liners. Going on a small boat cruise is a great way to get up-close and see Alaska intimately.

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View pricing and availability for our small boat cruise. Better yet, bring your whole family and book a private yacht charter with us.

Whale Watching Large Cruise Ship VS Small Boat

On a large ship cruise you will have to bring a LARGE telephoto lens to capture whales. This is not the case with a small boat cruise. On our boat, you'll have to worry about not getting your camera wet from the spray of a surfacing whale. No joke. View the video below of a GoPro under the surface of the water next to our boat.

During the summer months, whale watching is one of the most popular activities within Alaska’s Inside Passage and the Frederick Sound. Custom Alaska Cruises takes you to these magnificent creatures and puts you in position to see many different types of whales in their natural surroundings.

Several species of whales can be observed feeding in the waters of Alaska. Humpback whales travel from the warm waters off of Hawaii to feed in the nutrient-rich waters of southeast Alaska. Orca (Killer) whales can also be found in these waters. Other species include: Harbor porpoises, White-sided dolphins, Grey whales, Minke whales and the playful Dall porpoise.

Alaska Dall Porpoise Whale Watching

If you spy something leaping from the waves near our bow or playing in the ship’s wake, it is probably a dall porpoise.  They are well known throughout the Inside Passage for their playful attitude, and they love to put on a show for our guests. This makes Alaska whale watching one of the best experiences passengers have while on-board the MV Sikumi.

These black and white porpoises are not to be mistaken for orcas, and have body shapes that more closely resemble a bottlenose dolphin than a Killer Whale or Beluga.  They live here year-round and feast on squid, sardines, and many other small fish. Like other whales and dolphins, they live in small groups known as pods. When you are whale watching aboard your Alaska small ship cruise, keep your eyes open, and you will likely get the delight of seeing a dall porpoise playing nearby.

Splashing Waves break for Killer Whale
alaska cruise whale watching

Imagine viewing Humpback Whales as they rigorously bubble net feed by propelling their 40 to 50 foot bodies completely out of the water and then slamming back down to excite and confuse the fish they are feeding on. Right in front of you – this is a site seldom seen from traditional cruise ships; they just cannot get close enough. Of course we observe all wildlife viewing protocols, however – we can guarantee that viewing a breeching whale from a safe distance of fifty yards is still a spectacular and memorable sight that will never be forgotten.

View Alaska Whale Excursions – On your Southeast Alaska Adventure we are almost certain of seeing at least two species of whales and very likely we will observe dall porpoise and pacific white sided dolphin as well. If interested we can anchor just off a Stellar Sea Lion haul-out and view the fascinating interaction between Orca or Killer Whales and Sea Lions.

An Alaska cruise is an opportunity to get a rare glimpse of one of Alaska’s greatest beauties. We can take you to places where you are most likely to spot these majestic creatures. We are always careful to obey regulations and restrictions regarding safe viewing distances, but we cannot control the whale’s agenda, as they have been known to surface a few yards away from the M/V Sikumi. Our small cruise ship is one of the most unique and rewarding means of accessing the whales. We invite you to let Custom Alaska Cruises be your guides on your Alaska cruise. We’ll help make your cruise one you’ll never forget!

View All Our Other Small Boat Excursions

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Hot Spring

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Plantlife

Plantlife Excursions

Shrimping & Crabbing

Shrimping & Crabbing Excursions

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Sightseeing Excursions

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Whale Watching Excursions

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing Excursions

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