Discover Glacier Bay National Park and the surrounding areas aboard the MV Catalyst or the MV Westward. See bears, sea otters, mountain goats, humpback whales, sea lions, puffins, and grey wolves!
San Juan Islands
Embark on a six-day voyage around the San Juan Islands.
- Cabin 1: private, main deck, off Salon Starting at:
- Cabin 2: private, below deck Starting at:
- Cabin 3: private, below deck Starting at:
- Cabin 4: single occupancy, shared shower/head, below deck Starting at:
- Cabin 5: large cabin, shared shower/head, below deck Starting at:
- Cabin 6: private, upper deck, behind wheel house Starting at:
- Pricing Per Person; Deposit 20% of Total Booking Price List prices valid through September 2024
Embark on a Multi-Day Voyage
Join us on an unforgettable six-day/five-night voyage aboard Catalyst around the San Juan Islands.Enjoy warm days and cool nights, kayak quiet coves, walk forest trails and explore crystal clear tide pools. We might see bald eagles soar overhead and observe pods of dolphins and orcas up close.
- Equipment needed for excursions (see Equipment list for what to bring)
- All park and permit fees
- Gourmet food cooked fresh from locally sourced ingredients
- Breakfast, Lunch and three-course Dinners with wine pairings
- Boat Drinks, Sodas, Beer, Wine
Cruises do not Include:
- Tips and Gratuities
We ask for a deposit of 20% of total booking price to reserve your cabin. The balance is due 90 days before the cruise begins; see Terms & Conditions for details.
Itineraries are dependent on weather and tides and may change at the captain’s discretion.
These voyages are 6-days and 5-nights in duration and feature the emerald jewels of the San Juan Archipelago. Consisting of 130 named islands scattered between the shore of mainland Washington state and the southern end of Vancouver Island British Columbia, they create a labyrinth of narrow passages through which we will meander.
A voyage through the San Juan Islands
Our voyages will begin and end in Bellingham, Washington, located 90 miles north of Seattle on the I-5 corridor. Bellingham is served by several airlines, but also allows those who are hesitant to fly to drive directly to the boat in their own vehicle. Trips will sail on Saturday afternoons at 2:00 pm and include all meals until our return to Bellingham late Thursday morning.
All of our trips are focused on natural history, wildlife and photography, and over the years we have introduced thousands of people to both the robust as well as the vulnerable aspects of wildness. We create opportunities for new perspectives on life that few of our species will ever be granted, by sitting quietly in a verdant forest, or drifting along a serrated shoreline in a kayak.
When we combine these moments with good companionship and masterfully prepared, locally sourced and hand gathered foods, we pass the threshold leading to something truly extraordinary.
During the course of our week together we will visit with different fermentation artists and sample the consummation of their talent and commitment. Each morning will begin with a walk or kayak paddle before we raise anchor and get underway. Afternoons will be allocated to visiting with vintners, brewers and distillers. One day we will meet a craftsperson who distills 14 different gins and an award-winning apple brandy. On another we will tour a tiny brewery and sample their products. Later in the trip we will visit with a vintner who will bring the fruits of their labors to the boat for us to taste.
Our palates will be exercised and educated by tasting these artisanal products and meeting some of their creators. Dinners will be multicourse and paired with the beverages we spent the afternoon discovering. After dinner we may retire to the salon for more conversation, a reading or presentation about local wildlife and history, or we may elect to remain on deck, absorbing a spectacular sunset as the sky turns from lavender to royal blue.
We will visit San Juan, Lopez, Orcas, Sucia, Matia, Stuart, Jones and Cypress Islands, hike their trails, kayak their sheltered coves, and explore some of their pebbled beaches. We may see orca, minke and humpback whales, land otters, harbor seals, Stellar sea lions, porpoise, plus many species of migratory and resident birds.
Location/size: Main deck, private washroom with shower. Bunk: Double bunk, 49 inches by 80 inches, single pull-down upper bunk, 32 inches by 74 inches, door to deck, one opening porthole.
Location/size: Lower deck, forward starboard side, private head and shower. 6 feet 10 inches by 7 feet. Bunks: Double bunk, 50 inches by 78 inches. Accommodations: Private head and shower. Four drawers under bed, two non-opening portholes.
Location/size: Lower deck, forward port side, 6 feet 10 inches by 6 feet 6 inches. Bunk: Double bunk, 50 inches by 78 inches. Accommodations: Private head and shower. Two drawers, storage locker, two non-opening portholes.
Location/size: Lower deck, aft starboard side, 6 feet by 7 feet. Bunks: Single bunk, 43 inches by 84 inches. Accommodations: Storage under gear hammock, one non-opening porthole.
Location/size: Lower deck, aft cabin, 13 feet by 13 feet. Bunks: Two singles, one double. Accommodations: Two bench seats with storage underneath, six opening portholes, four non-opening portholes.
Location/size: Behind pilothouse. Bunk: Double bed with no bunk, 50 inches by 78 inches. Accommodations: Private entry from outside of pilot house, private head and shower, drawers and storage space, bookshelf, opening porthole and windows.
NOTE: Cabins 4 and 5 share one washroom with shower. There is a second head on the upper deck next to the main salon. The crew has its own head and shower in the crew quarters.
All cabins on MV Westward are outfitted with a double bunk (4′ 6″ wide by 6′ 8″ long) and a single bunk (2′ 6″ wide by 6′ 6″ long), a settee, sink, toilet, and a shower. There is ample storage space. Cabins comfortably accommodate two guests and can accommodate up to three, though we do not recommend triple occupancy unless the third guest is a minor.