A trip aboard the M/V Catalyst to wild Southeast Alaska reveals a world of dramatic landscapes and geological rawness, softened by the verdant temperate rainforest. From tiny island habitats…to sparkling glacial fjords and road less villages; they are all woven together by an intricate network of waterways. The myriad islands and imposing coastal mainland, still rising from the sea, form a natural invitation to exploration and adventure.
The largest old-growth forest in the nation, the Tongass, carpets more than a thousand off-shore islands. High peaks tower majestically near living ice fields just miles from shore. Thousands of miles of rivers and streams tumble down mountains and out from beneath glaciers.
The highest densities of brown bears and bald eagles in the world are found here. Wolves, foxes, martens, beavers and even moose also make this pristine wilderness their home. The sea teems with life not often seen elsewhere. Humpback and orca whales abound, and playful Dall’s porpoises delight in games with visiting vessels. The roaring of sea lions can be heard for miles. Beneath the tides, bioluminescence beckons while colorful and bizarre creatures sway to its mysterious light.
Inaccessible to most, the wonders of this vast wilderness are brought closely to hand for theCatalyst. Built in 1932 by the University of Washington for oceanic research, the 75 ft wooden vessel, with its original diesel engine, invites you into the past, where no roads intrude, to explore misty fjords carved by glaciers, to kayak into sheltered coves while bear watch from the shore, to eat dinner on the beach while listening to the sound of humpbacks singing as their breath glistens in the setting sun, and to be amazed by the power and sound of glaciers calving.
Alaska Cruises – Wilderness Adventures – Sea Kayaking – Nourishing Food – Great Crew. Our customized cruises explore Southeast Alaska’s coastline and sheltered passages – remote and untouched wilderness areas visited by no cruise ships and few boats. Discover the wilds of Alaska from the comfort of your own chartered small cruise ship. Experience Alaska’s true wilderness wonderland – hiking and kayaking – whale watching opportunities – a feast for the senses – an adventure of a lifetime.
Pacific Catalyst II, Inc. is authorized to operate on the Tongass National Forest by a special use permit from the USDA Forest Service.