Category: Alaska General Information

Cruise For Conservation

Custom Alaska Cruises and MV Sikumi are proud to announce our third annual “Donation Month” for 2017 and 2018.

During the month of March, Custom Alaska Cruises will donate 5% of the purchase price of any standard cruise booked for the 2017 or 2018 season aboard the small luxury vessel, MV Sikumi, to the Alaska Conservation and its Sportsman’s alliance for Alaska initiative.

We, the owners of MV Sikumi, believe it is our duty to give back where we can, and through this you can feel good as well knowing your trip to Alaska helped support local conservation efforts.

If you’ve been thinking about a trip aboard the MV Sikumi, there is no better time than now and there is no better way to know your money went to help a great cause. Book your Alaska cruise today!

The Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska is setup to protect Alaska and it’s conservation efforts. These conservation efforts include the Bristol Bay region, Tongass National Forest and Teshekpuk Lake.

One of the most notable conservation efforts going on today is located in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska. Over the past 10 years, the Bristol Bay area has been targeted for a massive mining proposal. A Canadian mining company (Northern Dynasty Minerals) acquired 100% ownership in the mining rights to the area in 2005. Northern Dynasty Minerals want to develop the worlds largest open pit mine known as the Pebble mine.

The effects of the Pebble Mine are said to destroy a $1.5 Billion annual commercial salmon fishing industry due to the mine’s location upriver.

As this is just one of the many conservation efforts that the Alaska Conservation Foundation has in place to protect Alaska, your cruise with Custom Alaska Cruises will great help conservation in Alaska.



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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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