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Sikumi Boat Remodeling

Year after year we spend quite a bit of time at sea, cruising Alaska’s inside passage. So after our incredible 2014 cruising schedule we scheduled the MV Sikumi for dry-dock in where we could revamp the interior and exterior of the ship.

While Custom Alaska Cruises is based out of Juneau, Alaska, we had to cruise the boat down to Seattle to dry-dock in order to remodel the Sikumi. Because Juneau is landlocked, without any major roads in or out, it is cost effective to cruise to Seattle where we could get the materials quite a bit cheaper. Otherwise, we would have to ferry or fly all materials in from the lower 48.

Here are some of the first pictures from the remodeling project:

Just in case you were wondering, it is a 5 day cruise from Juneau to Seattle without stop. Stay tuned as we will continue to post new images from remodeling the Sikumi. We’d love to hear your feedback, so feel free to comment below!

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Alaska Tidal Pools

Exploring the tidal pools on the shore is a great way to spend an hour or two. Anenomes, starfish and kelp are just a few of the things that inhabit these pools, while snap weed blue mussels and barnacles cling to the rocks. View our Alaska Cruises for more information on other cruising excursions and trips.

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Alaska Adventure Cruises

Activities & Excursions below included in Cruise price

Make your Alaskan adventure vacation one you’ll never forget. Custom Alaska Cruises provides adventurous travelers with time tested advice and speedy & consistent transport to the best locations for adventure in Southeast Alaska. All onboard the luxury small cruise ship, the M.V. Sikumi.


The Sikumi is equipped with several top of the line kayaks (both single and double). Our experienced and friendly crew will guide you on kayaking excursions. You can get up close and personal with the magnificent nature around you.

Wildlife Viewing

The Sikumi will take you to get a closer view of all things wild in Alaska.Our kayaks offer yet another platform for wildlife viewing. They are a quiet and intimate way to explore kittiwake rookeries and other coastal sights.



Glacier Viewing

We cruise through the ice-strewn waters that surround the faces of glaciers.The face of a tidewater glacier can be hundreds of feet high and when large pieces calve off, the thunder echoes because of the surrounding mountains.

Fishing Excursions

Whether aboard the M.V. Sikumi or on a chartered fishing vessel, opportunities for great Alaska salmon and Alaska halibut abound for both the avid fisherman and the novice.




Skiff Rides

Ride on the skiff to get closer than you ever thought possible to Glaciers, or perhaps you would prefer to be towed behind it on a surfboard or wakeboard.


South East Alaska has some of the most spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Best views are from the upper deck or the comfort of the wheelhouse.



Alaska and it’s waterways are home to a large and diverse bird population. Including the abundant bald eagle.


The Sikumi goes right up close to some very impressive waterfalls.



Alaska is an adventure that many passengers enjoy. Explore the temperate rainforests of Southeast Alaska and discover the lush and abundant plantlife.


Alaskan Beachcombing is an activity that many Sikumi passengers indulge in. You can seek out a perfect beach spend a few hours just exploring or collect a load of driftwood and build a fire on it!


Berry Picking

Imagine filling buckets with seasonal wild berries and carrying them back to the Sikumi for the Chef to create a delicious dessert.

Plantlife and Wildflowers

While on a hiking or beach landing amateur botanists will marvel at the diverse and colorful Alaska Plantlife growing in the Tongass National Forest.


Tidal Pools

Exploring the tidal pools on the shore is a great way to spend an hour or two.


Hot Springs

Baranof Hot Springs features natural outdoor Hot Pools, a public bath house which contains three separate tubs and communal Hot Springs Pools.


Beach Fires

Alaska’s driftwood strewn shores provide a ready supply of fuel and are perfect for building beachfires. What better way to watch a spectacular Alaskan sunset. If weather co-operates and the group is willing we will all go to shore for a twilight beach fire.

“Smores” supplies provided.

Create the Alaska adventure cruise you’ve dreamed of and let us take you there. We would also be happy to assist you with any facets of the planning you’d like. Glaciers, an amazing array of wildlife, and towering snow capped mountains will envelope you the moment we leave the dock.

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Sikumi Alaskan Yacht Cruises Celebrates Salute to Service

Sikumi Alaskan Yacht Cruises salutes all Veterans this November 11th and all men and women who serve our Nation! In recognition of Service Month, Sikumi Alaskan Yacht Cruises has partnered with the Navy SEAL Family Foundation and will donate 5% of the price of all trips booked in November to the Foundation. Sikumi salutes the men and women of Naval Special Warfare and recognizes the sacrifices family members endure while their SEALs serve our Country. Families also serve!

The SEAL Family Foundation (SFF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that raises awareness and funds for special programs in direct support of the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) families on a local, national and global scale. SFF’s family-focused efforts allow SEAL warriors to focus on their training and deployment with a greater sense of ease knowing that their loved ones have strong support at home. Learn more about SFF and Naval Special Warfare by checking out the SFF website,

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The Difference Between an Iceberg and Glacier

What is the difference between an Iceberg and Glacier?

The difference between an Iceberg and Glacier is that the iceberg is the piece of a glacier that breaks off of (or calves) when temperatures warm up. Glaciers are made up of a large mass of snow and ice mixture that covers the valley floor of a mountain range.

This is crazy!

Here is a quick video of a Glacier that is calving into Icebergs during the summer months within Alaska’s Inside Passage.

Glaciers capture the imagination of many of the visitors that cruise thorough Alaska’s waters. These massive sheets of ice can take up entire coves, and they crack like thunder when they break apart and float off into the water in a process called calving. Before you embark on a private Alaskan cruise, we thought you would like to know the difference between a glacier and an iceberg.

Glaciers are found in places where more snow falls than melts in a given time. During its lifetime, the lower layers of snow within the glacier change their form, compressing into ice. Contrary to what you might think, Alaskan glaciers were not formed in the last ice age and are on average only about 100 years old.

Icebergs form when these glaciers melt and break apart. These chunks of glacial ice can be immense and foreboding as they float out to sea. We love taking our guests for kayak trips around the icebergs as they float down the Inside Passage. We can also take you on a special glacier viewing, so you can experience their wonder firsthand.

Book your Alaskan cruise today to experience Glaciers and Icebergs firsthand!

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Alaska Bubble Feeding Whale Watching Excursion


If you listen to seasoned whale watchers and marine biologists during your trip to the far north, you may hear them refer to “bubble netting.” While this may sound like the most ridiculous pair of stockings ever, it is actually a strategy used by Northern Pacific humpback whales to catch fish.

Many of our guests on their custom Alaskan cruises get the experience of watching these magnificent creatures bubble feed. We will explain what this means, so when you see it, you will know exactly what is happening.

Several whales work in a group. One whale dives down while the others blow bubbles in a circle around a school of herring.  Once they create the bubble net, the whales then vocalize, scaring and confusing the fish so they bunch together into a tightly compacted, easy to catch and digest, ball. Then the one below swims up and scoops up the fish.  They then repeat this, taking turns, until their bellies are full.

Contact us today to check the availability to book your Alaska cruise to view the whale excursions.

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Orca Whale Watching Aboard Your Private Alaskan Cruise

Also called killer whales, Orcas are one of the most commonly sighted whales off the deck of the Sikumi.  Therefore, we have prepared a little information about them just in case you spy some during your private Alaskan cruise. Orcas are usually between 27 and 32 feet long, and live and hunt in small family pods ranging from 10 to 50 members.  These black and white whales feed off birds, sea turtles, fish such as salmon, and even other whales.

They are the second most widely distributed mammal on earth, second only to humans.  They can be found in almost all oceans across all hemispheres, but usually live in colder waters. Orcas fall into three distinct subspecies that each has its own unique genetic signature. The first, and most widely, studied are resident orcas. These usually stay within a couple hundred miles of their home territory. The other two subspecies are transient and offshore orcas.  As their names suggest, these orcas range for hundreds of miles often following the migration patterns of salmon and other prey. The most mysterious of these three are the offshore orcas. Scientists haven’t been able to study them as thoroughly because they live so far from land.

If orcas are on your bucket list, contact us to find out which cruise is best to view the Alaska Orca Whale Excursions.

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