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About Pacific Catalyst
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.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This trip was our 6th ocean visit to Baja and honestly the best of all. The personal attention that comes with traveling with Pacific Catalyst is simply the best. The captain and crew, total 3 people, who make you feel like best friends, treat you...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank lowjumpingfrog
Reviewed July 6, 2018

The bottom line is that this trip was terrific. We have traveled a lot of the world hiking climbing skiing so this was different-and were older. Having our son and his wife with us just added to the enjoyment-scenery, wildlife, just general

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Date of experience: May 2018
Thank peterkspiegel
Reviewed July 6, 2018

As frequent travelers, it has been one of our greatest pleasures to have watched and wandered the wilds and waters of Alaska’s Inside Passage aboard the M/V Pacific Catalyst. The Catalyst, a 1932 vintage beauty, is lovingly maintained and piloted by an exceptional crew. Skilled...More

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Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Carol D
Reviewed July 3, 2018

We had a wonderful time on this charming wooden boat in Glacier Bay. Eleven passengers, four delightful crew, ten days up close to wildlife, was all we hoped for. The boat was snug, warm and comfortable. Gourmet food and wine topped it off. We got...More

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Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Robert K
Reviewed July 1, 2018

My wife and I were in search of a true small boat cruise in Alaska and we found it with Catalyst. Their wooden vessel Westward is a National Historic Place and with only four berths is a true small boat. We traveled from Sitka to...More

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Date of experience: June 2018
Thank larry511925
Reviewed June 28, 2018

food was incredible. natualist was incredible. captain and engineer obviously good, but more in background, so hard to compare. i loved my trip and have recommended, with video sarah made, to several others already. you guys are amazing!

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Date of experience: June 2018
Thank rwspiegel
Reviewed June 18, 2018

This was an unique and amazing experience. Captain Bill, First Mate/Super Chef Tracie and Naturalist Carlos provide an excursion one will never forget. Our time began exploring ancient cave carvings and paintings before boarding the 1924 Westward and traveling from peaceful Loreto to La Paz...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank jeanbQ9064XU
Reviewed June 10, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I just completed a delightful week on the small ship Catalyst in southeast Alaska. The nearly 90-year old ship has been kept in excellent, original condition and is very comfortable for the guests in the six cabins. The crew of four are...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank V964QWdanielj
Reviewed May 20, 2018

We did the Sea of Cortez trip aboard M/V Westward - Loreto to La Paz. There are only four cabins on Westward, each with a head and shower, This is the way we like to travel - truly small group. Westward has an amazing history...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Paul H
Lisa M, Front Office Manager at Pacific Catalyst, responded to this reviewResponded June 10, 2018

Thank-you for your kind words about our boat. We sure love her. We are happy that your trip to Baja was wonderful. We are excited to be adding 5 day trips leaving from La Paz and adding Whale Shark snorkeling to our itineraries. Captain Bill,...More

Reviewed May 13, 2018

We spent a wonderful week on the Westward, a beautiful vintage wooden boat sailing from La Paz to Loreto in Baja, Mexico. The actual road journey between the two towns is only 4 hours but we took a leisurely 8 days by sea visiting many...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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