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North America Alaska Cruise

Sikumi Custom Alaska Cruise

The Sikumi Custom Alaska Cruise is an adventure all its own. Each all-inclusive, 7-day small ship cruise aboard the 8-guest Sikumi features a distinct itinerary, with the ship sailing where the wildlife and weather are best. 

Alaska owned and operated, the Sikumi has the advantage of knowing the ins and outs of coastline Alaska travel. Sikumi’s captain will show you the real Alaska, without the confines of a rigid schedule. If the whales are active in one area, you’ll go there, and hit the next stop as time accords. While there will be time to appreciate each sight, the crew also works to insure you see everything possible.

Daily excursions may include kayaking, hiking, fishing from the boat for your dinner, whale viewing, visits to sea lion rookeries, a day at the glaciers (unforgettable) and other exciting stops. Common sights are whales, bears (brown and black), seals, sea lions, Dall porpoises and bald eagles. In addition, look for many other forms of marine and wildlife along with a host of iconic Alaska vistas and scenery one can only view best by small ship.

Book your Sikumi small ship Alaska cruise in one of four Main Deck cabins, or secure the whole boat as one of our private Alaska yacht charters for up to 12 guests. Most trips follow the outlined itinerary roundtrip from Petersburg, but keep in mind that each sailing will be tailored to the conditions of the week. The Captain can also accommodate specific requests by charter to customize a cruise to meet your desires.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Alaska cruises.



Itinerary

Sikumi Custom Alaska Cruise Itinerary

Route map for Sikumi Custom Alaska Cruise, operating round-trip from Petersburg, AK, with visits to Fredrick Sound, Hobart Bay, Baranof Hot Springs, Hood Bay, Admiralty Islands's Herring Bay & Thomas Bay.
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Day 1
Embark Petersburg, Alaska

Arrive on the vessel at noon and you’re greeted with juice, freshly baked pastries and an array of freshly cut fruits and vegetables. The MV Sikumi typically departs by 1pm and transits south to LeConte Glacier. Enjoy opportunities for Humpback whale watching and keep eyes open for harbor seals while cruising through Frederick Sound. At LeConte Glacier, watch massive pieces of the tidewater glacier calve into the sea. Motor north to Hobart Bay where Skumi will drop anchor for the night. The ship always aims to have its anchor down and engines off by dinner so you can enjoy solitude and the sounds of nature.

Accommodations

Sikumi

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
Fredrick Sound & Hobart Bay

Slip into a kayak for a guided morning paddle among hidden coves and bays, watching for sea otters. Enjoy more time to whale watch in Fredrick Sound, searching the water for bubble net feeding and breaching. Anchor again in Hobart Bay where a possible post-dinner skiff outing is organized by the captain.

Accommodations

Sikumi

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Hobart Bay, Frederick Sound & Baranof Hot Springs

Following breakfast, take another opportunity to sea kayak around Hobart Bay, perhaps spotting bears along the shoreline. Sikumi then weighs anchor to head West along Frederick Sound, with Dall’s porpoise and more whales as possible wildlife to spot along the way. Pass by Admiralty Island, famed for its large grizzly population, and look for shorebirds, hawks and eagles. The ship arrives at its resting place for the night. Take a guided river walk to Baranoff Hot Springs, where pre-dinner relaxation is abundant.

Accommodations

Sikumi

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Hood Bay

Head north to scenic Hood Bay where a guided hike explores a nearby abandoned copper mine. Walk amongst unique vegetation including muskeg and an array of wildflowers. Customize your day by instead choosing to fish for halibut from the back deck of the ship-the onboard chef will happily prepare a catch. Following a delicious dinner, join the captain on shore for beachcombing and a campfire, weather permitting.

Accommodations

Sikumi

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Hood Bay & Admiralty Islands's Herring Bay

Wake up to a heart breakfast with possible options like made-to-order omelets, then head south into Frederick Sound. The captain steers to a special halibut fishing hole where you can learn the basics and try your hand at reeling in a catch. Following a BBQ lunch, join the guide ashore for beachcombing or stay on board to continue relaxing with a book or board game-the choice is always yours. Following a scrumptuous dinner, the captain weighs anchor and Sikumi heads north to Herring Bay on Admiralty Island, where the ship will stay overnight.

Accommodations

Sikumi

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Frederick Sound & Thomas Bay

Transit Frederick Sound today, heading to Thomas Bay in the east. If you or a fellow traveler have put out shrimp pots with the captain the night before, then you may enjoy appetizers of freshly caught shrimp along the way. Take time to visit the captain in the open bridge, if you haven’t already. Upon arrival in Thomas Bay, you may opt to don a survival suit and go swimming or surfing behind the skiff, or perhaps get in one more guided sea kayak paddle. Today presents the final opportunity to fish for halibut, and the ship’s crew will be happy to filet and package your catch, to take home.

Accommodations

Sikumi

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Disembark Petersburg

Enjoy a final breakfast before the 2-hour motor to Petersburg. Sikumi may pause for pictures and wildlife viewing at a stellar sea lion haul out along the way. Disembark in Petersburg around 10:00am and take your arranged transfer to the airport.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations, excursions, entrance fees, leadership, crew, all meals; local guides and permits, unless otherwise indicated in the itinerary.

Exclusions

The cost of air flights; Alaskan State fishing licenses if you choose to fish; hard liquor; fly fishing (independent guide service and gear); gratuities (not expected but usually 10% of trip cost); airport taxes; passports; visas; immunizations; insurance of any kind (strongly recommended); excess baggage; personal items; medical costs; costs of hospitalization; additional expenses arising from the delay or extension of a trip due to weather, political disputes, illness, failure of transportation or other causes beyond our control.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,000 per person is required at the time of booking. 50% of your total trip cost is due by December 1st the year before your cruise; the remaining balance is due March 15 on the year of travel.  Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to November 30th the year before your cruise – 10% of total trip cost
December 1st the year before your cruise, through April 14th – 50% of total trip cost
April 15th through departure date – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Sikumi Custom Alaska Cruise begins and ends in Petersburg, Alaska (PSG). Flights in and out of Petersburg are limited and the ship’s schedule is programmed to accommodate these flights. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Petersburg in time to make the 12:00pm Noon embarkation day 1 of the itinerary. Flights out of Petersburg depart at 12:10pm or later on day 7, following a 10:00am disembarkation. Arrival and departure times vary for alternative itineraries; inquire with your Adventure Specialist upon booking for details.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include guided hiking and beachcombing, sea kayaking, skiff excursions, wildlife viewing, bird watching, glacier viewing, whale watching, hot springs, fishing (Alaska fishing license required), shrimping and crabbing. Activities are designed to take advantage of local weather and wildlife conditions and are based on the interests and ability of the group.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.5x the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. A limited number of single cabins may be available; inquire for details.

Families & Children

Kids 17 years and younger are welcomed aboard all departure dates but must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Details

Charters available weekly mid-June through early September. Contact us for current rates and availability.

Accommodation

Learn About the Small Ship on Your Itinerary

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Sikumi

The 8-guest Sikumi, a Native Alaskan word for “Among the Ice,” was built tough yet finished for first-class cruising. Owned and operated by an Alaska-based family, the Sikumi provides a true insider’s look at this great land.

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