Hand crafted, unique small ship cruises: the Inside Passage of SE Alaska, British Columbia, the Pacific Northwest, San Juan Islands and the Sea of Cortez, Baja Mexico.
Pacific Catalyst

Our Vessels

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Come and join us on one of our handcrafted, small ship cruises aboard our classic, historic wooden vessels. Our warm interiors, with decade’s old varnished wood paneling, heavy beamed ceilings and glowing mahogany trim and furniture takes us back to a time when craftsmanship was...

Our Trips

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All Trips Aboard MV Westward

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Explore our hand-crafted, unique small ship cruises offered aboard our restored, historic wooden motor vessel Westward. Trips to Southeast Alaska, the Inside Passage, Sitka, Petersburg and Juneau. Trips to Baja, Mexico, La Paz and Loretto and trips in the San Juan Islands from...

Island Reflections
San Juan Islands Archipelago

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Take a San Juan Island Cruise Written by Captain Bill Bailey: After spending a bit over 30 years sailing, cruising and fishing among the San Juan Islands the sights and feelings are reduced to something akin to snap shots. A flash of a hunting group of Orcas swimming toward, and...

About Pacific Catalyst, Small Ship Cruises to Baja California, Southeast Alaska & Pacific Northwest

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We love being able to introduce our guests to places we have discovered over our years of exploration. On our classic vessels, MV Catalyst and MV Westward, we are able to provide the perfect conveyance for a return to the age of exploration. On behalf of myself and the crew of...

All Trips Aboard MV Catalyst

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MV Catalyst, trips to Southeast Alaska, British Columbia and the San Juan Islands including: Juneau, Petersburg, Northbound and Southbound Inside Passage, Endicot Arm and Glacier Bay, Prince Rupert, Queen Charlotte, Victoria, Friday Harbor, Roche Harbor, San Juan Island, Orcas...

Cruising the Inside Passage

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Cruising The Inside Passage – A week aboard the Pacific Catalyst II -by Serine Halverson, Alaska Magazine Click here to read the pdf

Our Crew

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Welcome Aboard! Our purpose is to provide a safe, reliable, and marvelous trip for our wide range of guests. To operate a vessel at sea requires a great diversity of talents and skills. In addition to maritime expertise, our crew members all come from rich and various life...


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Frequently Asked Questions Please check our Terms and Conditions, Trip Information, and Clothing and Equipment pages found on the Pre Trip Planning page. There is a lot of information that may answer your questions.