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

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Small Ship Cruises in the Pacific Northwest, Southeast Alaska & Baja

Our focus is to provide our guests a uniquely authentic experience that will provide a life time of memories. Our itineraries are carefully crafted to showcase the very best of each region in which we operate.
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Welcome Aboard Pacific Catalyst

MV Westward

Unique small ship cruises in the sheltered inside passage of SE Alaska, British Columbia, and the San Juan Islands of Washington as well as the Sea of Cortez, Baja California aboard the historic wooden vessels M/V Catalyst & M/V Westward. A larger cruise ship alternative...a smaller, more intimate, cruising experience.

Our Small Ship Cruises

Southeast Alaska and Baja photo tours

Photo Tours of South East Alaska & Baja Mexico

Alaska: 8 days | Baja: 11 days
Photo Tours of South East Alaska & Baja Mexico Photographer Extraordinaire There are few species as endangered as full time professional...
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From $5250, All Excursions Included

SE Alaska’s Eastern Passages – Juneau to Petersburg

7 days
A 7-day/6-night voyage from Juneau to Petersburg. Navigating through ice filled fjords, we visit a tidewater glacier, searching the shores for...
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From $4250 All Excursions Included

SE Alaska’s Eastern Passages – Petersburg to Juneau

7 days
A 7-day/6-night voyage from Petersburg to Juneau. Navigating through ice filled fjords we visit a tidewater glacier, searching the shores for...
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From $4250 All Excursions Included

San Juan Islands – Friday Harbor Round Trip

6 days
A 6-day/5 night voyage on Westward around the San Juan Islands. Enjoy warm days and cool nights, kayak quiet coves, walk forest trails and...
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From $3600 & up. All Excursions Included
Loreto La Paz Grey Whales

Sea of Cortez, Baja & Gray Whales – Loreto to La Paz

12 days
A 12-day/11-night expedition among the scattered islands along the shore of the Baja peninsula begins with an overland visit to the gray whale...
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$6550 All Excursions Included
Small ship cruises to Baja, Sea of Cortez

Sea of Cortez, Baja & Whale Sharks – La Paz to Loreto

9 days
  We begin with a morning snorkeling adventure among whale sharks and we will have a chance to swim with playful sea lions,...
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$5250 All Excursions Included
Loreto to La Paz

Sea of Cortez, Baja & Petroglyphs – Loreto to La Paz

12 days
A 12-day/11-night expedition among the scattered islands along the shore of the Baja peninsula. Snorkel with young sea lions, walk along desert...
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$5,750 All Excursions Included
Loreto La Paz Grey Whales

Sea of Cortez, Baja, Gray Whales & Whale Shark Snorkeling – La Paz to Loreto

11 days
An 11-day/10-night expedition among the scattered islands along the shore of the Baja peninsula begins with an overland visit to the gray whale...
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$6550 All Excursions Included
La Paz in the Sea of Cortez

Sea of Cortez, Baja & Island Exploration – La Paz to La Paz

5 days
During this five day, 4 night voyage we will anchor in a shallow bay observing sea turtles, cruise along the shoreline of Isla Espiritu Santo,...
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$3,500 All Excursions Included

Glacier Bay

10 days
An exploration of Glacier Bay National Park, observing sea otters, mountain goats, humpback whales, sea lions, puffins and grey wolves. We will...
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From $4460 All Excursions Included

SE Alaska’s Western Passages

8 days
We will travel through canyons and fjords, stopping at beautiful anchorages at Admiralty, Baranof and Kupreanof islands, observing bears, whales,...
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$5750 All Excursions Included

Hand crafted, unique small ship cruises aboard historic wooden vessels

Our focus is to provide our guests a uniquely authentic experience that will provide a life time of memories. Our itineraries are carefully crafted to showcase the very best of each region in which we operate.

We love being able to introduce our guests to places we have discovered over our years of exploration. On our classic vessels, literally each one a one of a kind, we are able to provide the perfect conveyance for a return to the age of exploration.

Why invest in a trip that feeds only a few of your senses? Why not spend what may be your one trip to the Pacific Northwest, Alaska or Baja being able to fully embrace; not just the sights that every guest on every big cruise ship will see, but also the cliff rimmed coves, the stunningly silent and calm anchorages where the only sounds are nesting birds, or the explosive breaths of passing whales or surrounded by the star-lit night the slapping of hundreds of mobula rays on the water in the Sea of Cortez? Why not travel on a vessel that will stop for hours, engines off, drifting with an inquisitive Humpback who is intent on making eye contact with us or watching orcas engage in hunting? Why not discover the intimacies of each ecosystem as you foray into the different wildernesses on foot? Instead of going off your diet for your vacation, why not find out how amazingly delicious healthy food can be? We are one of the very few boats operating in the Pacific Northwest, Southeast Alaska and Baja that are true family operations. We are totally and completely committed to making your vacation the best experience it can be...

Owner/Operator Bill Bailey

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Bow Riding Dall's Porpoises

MV Catalyst and trips aboard her in SE Alaska, British Columbia and the San Juan Islands of Washington State. Owned by Pacific Catalyst II.

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