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
The Westward after 5 months of renovation

Progress with the Westward

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We launch Monday, December 20th and then begin final preparation for our repositioning run from Port Townsend to La Paz, Baja Sur. We have been longer than planned here in the boatyard, and spent more than budgeted, but things are coming together and Westward is in better shape...

New Trips Aboard MV Westward in SE Alaska Starting in May 2016

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Beginning in May 2016 we are introducing several new trips to our Alaska schedule. All of these new itineraries will be aboard Westward, our 86’ classic 1924 motor yacht. These voyages are centered in Sitka, Alaska, and on the northerly leg extends to Juneau, Alaska’s State...

MV Catalyst

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SPECS CABINS Cabin 1 Location/Size: Main deck, private washroom with shower.Bunk: Double Bunk, 49″ X 80″, single pull down upper bunk 32″x 74″, door to deck, one opening porthole Cabin 2 Location/Size: Lower deck, forward starboard side, 6’10”...
food on the Catalyst

Southeast Alaska Trip 1503 Menus

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This group had three folks who eat no red meat and one person who is gluten free, so these menus worked with just a few substitutions and omissions. Most of the baked goods were made without gluten. 5/17 Turkey Mole and Vegetable Enchiladas, Smokey Pinto Beans Korean Style Shrimp...
food aboard the Catalyst

Southeast Alaska Trip 1513 Menus

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On this trip we had some folks from Singapore who told me that they really missed Asian food when traveling, and another guest with a nightshade allergy, so menus were created that worked well for all.  8/2 Smoked Chicken Sausage, Kale and Sweet Potato Stew, Garlic Scape Pesto...
Orca whales in Southeast Alaska

Southeast Alaska – Trip 1516

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We encountered amazing bear viewing at Pack Creek yesterday and stayed past our planned departure time. Today’s schedule didn’t allow any room for flexibility, so we traveled through dinner last night and arrived at our anchorage in the late evening. The only illumination as we...
Humpback Whales, Sea of Cortes

Why Choose Pacific Catalyst for Your Next Cruise

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Why Choose Pacific Catalyst for Your Next Cruise? We realize that there are many companies offering “adventure” cruises and that based on advertising alone it is difficult to know which voyage will satisfy your criteria. The most distorted words in cruising literature a...

Update on Westward

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We hauled Westward for regular maintenance in late June. My work list included replacing the rotten foremast, building aluminum outrigger poles from which to set our at-anchor stabilizers and giving her hull its annual paint job. Things took a major twist within a few days when...
Brown bear checking out a new arrival at Pack Creek on Admiralty Island, AK. Photo by Shannon Bailey,

Summer 2015, Alaska Newsletter

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Dear Friends: Summer 2015, Alaska Newsletter As I write this we are southbound in Stephen’s Passage, on our way to Twin Meadows in Endicott Arm. We are making 8.3 knots with the wind and current at our backs, and the sky is fair overhead. It is a fine day to be on the water, as...

Catalyst Trips

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