Pacific Catalyst’s intimate Alaska journeys added to expedition portfolio

Australia’s Expedition Cruise Specialists has added an exclusive Alaskan small ship adventure to their portfolio of the world’s best and most exotic adventure cruises.

The historic MV Catalyst hosts just twelve travellers at any one time on her weekly Alaskan Passages voyages between Juneau and Petersburg, including exploration of Ford’s Terror, Dawes and Baird glaciers and, by special permit, the opportunity to go ashore at Pack Creek Zoological Reserve to spot Brown Bears in their natural habitat.

Andrew Castles, General Manager of Expedition Cruise Specialists, said that more and more travellers were opting for expedition cruising over traditional big ships in Canada and Alaska. “Alaska is a destination where you need to get up close and personal” he said. “On Catalyst you can be anchored just metres from a calving iceberg, or close to shore to spot brown bears feasting on their dinner of freshly caught salmon. These are experiences you simply can’t have on an ocean liner.”

Seven day cruises aboard the Catalyst depart Juneau and Petersburg between June and September each year. Prices start at USD $4,250 per person in a Lower Deck cabin and include accommodation, meals accompanied by beer and wine, kayaking and all shore excursions.

Originally built in 1932 as the University of Washington’s first oceanographic research vessel, the Catalyst has a storied history. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in WWII, Catalyst was loaned to the US Navy and she spent the war years patrolling the Aleutian Islands for Japanese submarines. Later, she was purchased by an Alaskan mining company, and even served time as a floating dentist’s office before her current reincarnation as an intimate expedition ship. One of Catalyst’s unique features is her original 1932 Washington Diesel engine, the only one of its type operational in the world today.

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SOURCE   Expedition Cruise Specialists