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Northwest Island Reflections

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Northwest Island Reflections
The Northwest Island Reflections cruise is a relaxing exploration of the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest. No rushing, no deadline, just the pull of the tides and the push of the breeze. As the ship shoulders aside the jade-green waters of the Salish Sea, keep watch for harbor seals, orcas, minke whales, stellar sea lions and the several species of birds that call this area home . Dall’s porpoises are drawn to the bow on most outings, and their playful games keep the guests and crew enraptured as long as they remain. Stop at Jones Island and take a walk across the island (perhaps with some sliced apple for the tame deer that live here), or move on toward Stuart Island. Watching the sunset from the cliff above the West Point light is a once in a lifetime moment. The colors ranging from yellow to orange at the horizon to pink to burgundy and then to a dark velvet blue that fades to black in the east where the first stars are blinking on. The smells of the sea mix with the scent of warm forest and rock lichens. It’s hard to leave, but the Pacific Catalyst awaits with a gourmet dinner and a glass of wine.

As you cruise the San Juan Islands aboard the historic 12-guest Pacific Catalsyt II, enjoy daily off-vessel activities including walks along trails through forest and meadows, climb hills with scenic overlooks and paddle alongside cliffs riddled with fossils. Aboard the Nortwest Islands Reflections cruise find beauty in the small, and marvel at the large. Travelers and crew become friends, and friends become family. And that is the true gift of the Pacific Catalyst, a binding together of different peoples. Easily reached from Seattle, Washington, the Northwest Islands Reflections cruise is perfect for travelers seeking the solitude, wilderness and friendship of the Pacific Northwest.
read more The Northwest Island Reflections cruise is a relaxing exploration of the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest. No rushing, no deadline, just the pull of the tides and the push of the breeze. As the ship shoulders aside the jade-green waters of the Salish Sea, keep watch for harbor seals, orcas, minke whales, stellar sea lions and the several species of birds that call this area home. Dall’s porpoises are drawn to the bow on most outings, and their playful games keep the guests and crew enraptured as long as they remain. Stop at Jones Island and take a walk across the island (perhaps with some sliced apple for the tame deer that live here), or move on toward Stuart Island. Watching the sunset from the cliff above the West Point light is a once in a lifetime moment. The colors ranging from yellow to orange at the horizon to pink to burgundy and then to a dark velvet blue that fades to black in the east where the first stars are blinking on. The smells of the sea mix with the scent of warm forest and rock lichens. It’s hard to leave, but the Pacific Catalyst awaits with a gourmet dinner and a glass of wine.

As you cruise the San Juan Islands aboard the historic 12-guest Pacific Catalsyt II, enjoy daily off-vessel activities including walks along trails through forest and meadows, climb hills with scenic overlooks and paddle alongside cliffs riddled with fossils. Aboard the Nortwest Islands Reflections cruise find beauty in the small, and marvel at the large. Travelers and crew become friends, and friends become family. And that is the true gift of the Pacific Catalyst, a binding together of different peoples. Easily reached from Seattle, Washington, the Northwest Islands Reflections cruise is perfect for travelers seeking the solitude, wilderness and friendship of the Pacific Northwest.
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Day 1 - Embark Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands, Washington

Day 2 - Garrison Bay, San Juan Island

Day 3 - Reid Harbor, Stuart Island

Day 4 - Sucia Island

Day 5 - Matia & Sucia Islands

Day 6 - Disembark Friday Harbor


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Day 1 - Embark Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands, Washington

Board the M/V Catalyst at 12noon at Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands. After a brief boat orientation, head south down San Juan Channel and the wind-swept coast of Lopez Island watching for spotted harbor seals, Steller sea lions and seabirds on the numerous wildlife refuges. You may come across one of three resident pods of orca whales that feed on salmon in these plankton-rich waters. Enjoy a kayak orientation and paddle along the shoreline. The alpenglow over Mount Baker’s snowy 10,107-foot summit complements your welcome-aboard dinner in a quiet cove. Anchor at the south end of Lopez Island.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Pacific Catalyst II
MEALS:
dinner

Day 2 - Garrison Bay, San Juan Island

One of the most stunning panoramic views of the San Juan Islands is along the west side of San Juan Island. Travel along the strait passing by Lopez and San Juan, where the orcas, porpoise and rafts of sea birds feed and anchor in Garrison Bay. Here is the site of the former British Army encampment dating to the mid-1800s. Now a National Historic Monument, the bay boasts miles of trails and shorelines that invite travelers to explore on foot or by kayak.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Pacific Catalyst II
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - Reid Harbor, Stuart Island

Heading out of Garrison, pass by Speiden Island, where exotic animals graze on the steep slopes. Anchor in Reid Harbor at Stuart Island. Most of Stuart is privately owned, but a network of county-maintained dirt roads provides access to most of the island. The view from Turn Point Light is breathtaking as freighters and private yachts turn the “corner” into Boundary Pass. Orca whales frequently hug the southwest shore as they seek the shoals of salmon that pass through these waters on their way to their natal creeks, mostly tributaries of the mighty Fraser River. Here hike a few trails and paddle either in the bay or around part of the island.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Pacific Catalyst II
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Sucia Island

Today is devoted to exploring Sucia Island, and her off-lying satellites. Perhaps kayak to Fossil Cove and enjoy a picnic lunch, and hike beneath over-arching madronas from Shallow Cove to Ewing Point. Sucia has a fascinating history, both geological and cultural. Take the time to get beneath the surface of this beautiful place.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Pacific Catalyst II
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - Matia & Sucia Islands

Matia Island, along with Sucia, are the northernmost members of the San Juan archipelago. Matia has been the home to hermits and smugglers. With its outlying seal haul-out islets, unique geological and topographical features, you could spend several days here and not yet have seen it all. After a day of paddle and foot-borne wandering, return to the Catalyst for another satisfying dinner.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Pacific Catalyst II
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - Disembark Friday Harbor

Up anchor and begin heading back to our home port of Friday Harbor. As the Catalyst travels south down President’s Channel keep watch for Minke whales, harbor seals and Pacific whiteside porpoises. You'll be back in Friday Harbor in time to catch an early afternoon ferry back to the mainland.
ACCOMMODATIONS:

MEALS:
breakfast

Itinerary Notes

We may occasionally alter itineraries slightly for safety, or to take advantage of weather, wildlife, and unplanned discoveries. The ability to be spontaneous makes our style of cruising unique.
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Start/End DateShipPrice per Person
1       Sep 22 - Sep 27, 2014Pacific Catalyst II$2250 - $2700View Details

Cabin 4 - $2250

Lower deck, aft starboard side, 6'0" x 7'0" less 4' x 2'6" companionway; single bunk, 43" x 7'0"; storage under gear hammock, one non-opening porthole; shared bathroom and shower.
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Cabin 3

Cabin 3 - $2250

Lower deck, forward port side, 6'10" x 6'6"; Double Bunk, 50" x 6'6"; 2 drawers, storage locker, two non-opening portholes; shared bathroom and shower.
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Cabin 2

Cabin 2 - $2250

Lower deck, forward starboard side, 6'10" x 7'0"; Double Bunk, 50" x 6'7"; 4 drawers under bed, hanging closet, storage closet, bookshelf, two non-opening portholes; shared bathroom and shower.
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Cabin 5

Cabin 5 - $2250

Family sleeps up to 4 people; Lower deck, Aft cabin, 13'0" x 13'0"; Two single bunks 36" x 6'5," One double bunk 50" x 78"; two bench seats with storage underneath, six opening portholes, four non-opening portholes; shared bathroom and shower.
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Cabin 6

Cabin 6 - $2700

Behind pilot house; Double Bunk: 50" x 78"; private entry from outside of pilot house, drawers and storage space, bookshelf, opening porthole and windows; private bathroom and shower.
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Cabin 1

Cabin 1 - $2700

Upper deck, 10'6" x 6'2"; Double Bunk, 49" x 6'2", Single Bunk above, 32" x 6'2"; chest of drawers, bookshelf, private door to deck, opening porthole; private bathroom with shower.
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2       Sep 21 - Sep 26, 2015Pacific Catalyst II$2250 - $2700View Details
Cabin 2

Cabin 2 - $2250

Lower deck, forward starboard side, 6'10" x 7'0"; Double Bunk, 50" x 6'7"; 4 drawers under bed, hanging closet, storage closet, bookshelf, two non-opening portholes; shared bathroom and shower.
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Cabin 3

Cabin 3 - $2250

Lower deck, forward port side, 6'10" x 6'6"; Double Bunk, 50" x 6'6"; 2 drawers, storage locker, two non-opening portholes; shared bathroom and shower.
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Cabin 4 - $2250

Lower deck, aft starboard side, 6'0" x 7'0" less 4' x 2'6" companionway; single bunk, 43" x 7'0"; storage under gear hammock, one non-opening porthole; shared bathroom and shower.
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Cabin 5

Cabin 5 - $2250

Family sleeps up to 4 people; Lower deck, Aft cabin, 13'0" x 13'0"; Two single bunks 36" x 6'5," One double bunk 50" x 78"; two bench seats with storage underneath, six opening portholes, four non-opening portholes; shared bathroom and shower.
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Cabin 1

Cabin 1 - $2700

Upper deck, 10'6" x 6'2"; Double Bunk, 49" x 6'2", Single Bunk above, 32" x 6'2"; chest of drawers, bookshelf, private door to deck, opening porthole; private bathroom with shower.
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Cabin 6

Cabin 6 - $2700

Behind pilot house; Double Bunk: 50" x 78"; private entry from outside of pilot house, drawers and storage space, bookshelf, opening porthole and windows; private bathroom and shower.
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3       Sep 28 - Oct 03, 2015Pacific Catalyst II$2250 - $2700View Details
Cabin 2

Cabin 2 - $2250

Lower deck, forward starboard side, 6'10" x 7'0"; Double Bunk, 50" x 6'7"; 4 drawers under bed, hanging closet, storage closet, bookshelf, two non-opening portholes; shared bathroom and shower.
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Cabin 3

Cabin 3 - $2250

Lower deck, forward port side, 6'10" x 6'6"; Double Bunk, 50" x 6'6"; 2 drawers, storage locker, two non-opening portholes; shared bathroom and shower.
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Cabin 4 - $2250

Lower deck, aft starboard side, 6'0" x 7'0" less 4' x 2'6" companionway; single bunk, 43" x 7'0"; storage under gear hammock, one non-opening porthole; shared bathroom and shower.
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Cabin 5

Cabin 5 - $2250

Family sleeps up to 4 people; Lower deck, Aft cabin, 13'0" x 13'0"; Two single bunks 36" x 6'5," One double bunk 50" x 78"; two bench seats with storage underneath, six opening portholes, four non-opening portholes; shared bathroom and shower.
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Cabin 1

Cabin 1 - $2700

Upper deck, 10'6" x 6'2"; Double Bunk, 49" x 6'2", Single Bunk above, 32" x 6'2"; chest of drawers, bookshelf, private door to deck, opening porthole; private bathroom with shower.
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Cabin 6

Cabin 6 - $2700

Behind pilot house; Double Bunk: 50" x 78"; private entry from outside of pilot house, drawers and storage space, bookshelf, opening porthole and windows; private bathroom and shower.
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4       Oct 05 - Oct 10, 2015Pacific Catalyst II$2250 - $2700View Details
Cabin 2

Cabin 2 - $2250

Lower deck, forward starboard side, 6'10" x 7'0"; Double Bunk, 50" x 6'7"; 4 drawers under bed, hanging closet, storage closet, bookshelf, two non-opening portholes; shared bathroom and shower.
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Cabin 3

Cabin 3 - $2250

Lower deck, forward port side, 6'10" x 6'6"; Double Bunk, 50" x 6'6"; 2 drawers, storage locker, two non-opening portholes; shared bathroom and shower.
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Cabin 4 - $2250

Lower deck, aft starboard side, 6'0" x 7'0" less 4' x 2'6" companionway; single bunk, 43" x 7'0"; storage under gear hammock, one non-opening porthole; shared bathroom and shower.
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Cabin 5

Cabin 5 - $2250

Family sleeps up to 4 people; Lower deck, Aft cabin, 13'0" x 13'0"; Two single bunks 36" x 6'5," One double bunk 50" x 78"; two bench seats with storage underneath, six opening portholes, four non-opening portholes; shared bathroom and shower.
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Cabin 6

Cabin 6 - $2700

Behind pilot house; Double Bunk: 50" x 78"; private entry from outside of pilot house, drawers and storage space, bookshelf, opening porthole and windows; private bathroom and shower.
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Cabin 1

Cabin 1 - $2700

Upper deck, 10'6" x 6'2"; Double Bunk, 49" x 6'2", Single Bunk above, 32" x 6'2"; chest of drawers, bookshelf, private door to deck, opening porthole; private bathroom with shower.
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Included

Accommodations on ship, excursions, entrance fees, leadership, crew, all meals, local guides, and permits, unless otherwise indicated in the itinerary. We reserve the right to make any changes in the itinerary or to substitute modes of transport or guides, from those mentioned in the literature.

Exclusions

The cost of air flights, unless otherwise indicated in the itinerary, airport taxes, passports, visas, immunizations, insurance of any kind, laundry, excess baggage, items of a personal nature, medical costs, costs of hospitalization, additional expenses arising from the delay or extension of a trip due to weather, political disputes, illness, failure of transportation, or other causes beyond our control.

Room Configuration

Single cabin available. There is a 50% single supplement for single travelers in a double cabin.

Families & Children

Call for details about charter savings for families and large groups. You can save off the standard cruise rate by traveling with just a group of 10. Cabin 5 is a great family option, fitting four.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $500 is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 91 days - 50% of deposit
90 to 31 days - 50% of total trip cost
30 to 0 days - 100% of total trip cost

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