Long wooden wharf leading down to docks with small private boats in Friday Harbor, Washington, at sunset.
1 yellow & 1 red kayak sit on a shore of pebbles beside calm blue water with tree-lined shores in the background on a sunny day during the Voyage Through the San Juan Islands small ship cruise.
Rows of grape vines with green leaves on a sunny day in Washington state, seen during the Voyage Through the San Juan Islands cruise from Bellingham.
Bright pink geranium flowers look out onto calm seas & tree-lined islands, seen during the Voyage Through the San Juan Islands cruise.
View Photos
North America Pacific Northwest Cruise

Voyage Through the San Juan Islands

Depart on an unforgettable 6-day voyage around the San Juan Islands aboard historic yacht 12-guest Catalyst. Enjoy warm days and cool nights, paddle a kayak in quiet coves, walk forest trails and explore crystal clear tide pools. Watch for bald eagles soaring overhead and pods of dolphins and orcas swimming up close. Experience the emerald jewels of the island-filled San Juan Archipelago. Some 130 named islands scattered between the shore of mainland Washington state and the southern end of Vancouver Island British Columbia create a labyrinth of narrow passages through which your small ship meanders.

With departures round-trip from Bellingham Washington, these Friday Harbor cruises are easy to access by air or over land. Every departure is focused on natural history, wildlife, photography, and revealing the robust as well as the vulnerable aspects of wildness. Enjoy opportunities for new perspectives on life, by sitting quietly in a verdant forest or drifting along a serrated shoreline in a kayak. Combine these moments with good companionship and masterfully prepared, locally sourced and hand-gathered foods, for a truly extraordinary San Juan Islands cruise.

Island hop aboard the Catalyst, a purpose-built historic adventure yacht. This intimate small ship offers historic charm and hearty, experienced crew members with character. Enjoy gourmet cuisine paired with the beers, wines and spirits discovered daily during these cruises from Bellingham aboard M/Y Catalyst. For those who want to take their own group of up to 12, consider securing Catalyst for private charter cruises in the San Juan Islands.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Pacific Northwest cruises and San Juan Island cruises.



Itinerary

A Voyage Through the San Juan Islands Itinerary

The Voyage Through San Juan Islands cruise operates round-trip from Bellingham, Washington, with a focus on locally sourced epicurean delights, fermented drinks and visits with their brewers, and active experiences of nature.

Route map of Voyage Through the San Juan Islands cruise, operating round-trip from Bellingham, Washington, with visits to various islands within the archipelago.
Read More
Day 1
Embark Bellingham, Washington

Connect through Seattle on a flight, drive in or catch a shuttle from the Seattle airport in order to arrive in beautiful Bellingham ahead of the 1:30pm embarkation and 2:00pm casting off. Settle into your cabin and home-away-from-home for the next 6 days, the 12-guest Catalyst.

Accommodations

Catalyst

Meals

dinner

Read More
Days 2 - 5
San Juan Islands

During the course of the week, visit with different fermentation artists and sample the consummation of their talent and commitment. Each morning begins with a walk or kayak paddle before raising anchor and getting underway. Afternoons are allocated to visiting with vintners, brewers and distillers. Meet a craftsperson who distills 14 different gins and an award-winning apple brandy. Tour a tiny brewery and sample their products. Visit with a vintner who brings the fruits of their labors to the boat for a special tasting.

Palates will be exercised and educated by tasting these artisanal products and meeting some of their creators. Dinners will be multi-course and paired with the beverages discovered each afternoon. After dinner, possibly retire to the salon for more conversation, a reading or presentation about local wildlife and history, or elect to remain on deck, absorbing a spectacular sunset as the sky turns from lavender to royal blue.

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. Hope to see orca, minke and humpback whales, land otters, harbor seals, Stellar sea lions, porpoise, plus many species of migratory and resident birds.

Accommodations

Catalyst

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 6
Disembark Bellingham, Washington

These six days pass quickly, leaving memories of wildness, plus new friendships, both of which leave a lasting impression upon disembarking and returning home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; excursions; entrance fees; leadership; crew; all meals indicated in itinerary; local guides and permits, unless otherwise indicated in the itinerary.

Exclusions

The cost of air flights, unless otherwise indicated in the itinerary; airport transfers; 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 force majeure: including, without limitation, pandemic, act of God, governmental regulation or order, weather, political disputes, illness, failure of transportation, or other causes beyond our control.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,000(2021 departures) or 20% of the total trip cost(2022 departures) is required per person at the time of booking. 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. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 150 days – 50% of deposit
150 to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Voyage Through the San Juan Islands cruise begins and ends in Bellingham, Washington (BLI). Plan flights to arrive to Bellingham ahead of the 1:30pm embarkation on day 1 of the itinerary, for for a 2:00pm casting off. Travelers flying in from outside the Seattle area should arrive a day prior to the cruise departure date. We highly recommend that all travelers arrive one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to depart Bellingham in the early afternoon on day 6.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, kayaking, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, photography, whale watching and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 50% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Triple accommodation may be available, but cabin sizing is ideal for two travelers or the third traveler being a child. Please inquire with an AdventureSmith Specialist for discount pricing for the third person traveling. Choice of cabins is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Families & Children

Children should be at least 12 years old to enjoy this cruise. Travelers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Whole-boat charters can accommodate younger guests.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

This ship is an AdventureSmith favorite for private charter. Contact us for charter pricing and details.

Sep 15 - Sep 20, 2022
Catalyst • 6 days
From $3000USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
Sep 22 - Sep 27, 2022
Catalyst • 6 days
From $3000USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
Accommodation

Learn About The Small Ship On Your Itinerary

Yacht
Catalyst

Catalyst is a historic 12-passenger yacht with a warm wood interior that takes guests back to a time when crafstmanship was the rule, not the exception. Her original 1932 Washington Diesel engine is the only one like it in the world.

Expert Review

Reviews from Our Experts So You Know What to Expect

Todd Smith • December 17th, 2020
Expert Aboard: Catalyst Ship Review

Read firsthand insights about this historic wooden vessel cruising Alaska and the Pacific Northwest from our experts who have been aboard. Learn all there is to know about the top notch crew, creative cuisine and more.

Book with the confidence that comes from experience.

100+ combined years of experience, 7 continents explored, decades of expedition cruising around the world & here to help you find & book your dream trip.

Extend Your Trip

Additional Travel Options Before or After Your Cruise

Add to Wishlist
8 Day Cruise
Rivers of Adventure & Wine Cruise

This 8-day Rivers of Adventure & Wine cruise aboard the 86-guest Wilderness Legacy travels round-trip from Portland, Oregon on the Columbia, Willamette, Deschutes & Snake Rivers, mixing active adventure with local food and wine tastings along the way.

From $4395USD
Sep Oct Nov
Add to Wishlist
14 - 15 Day Cruise
Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska & British Columbia

This 14-day itinerary between Seattle, Washington, and Sitka, Alaska, is an educational voyage aboard the National Geographic fleet of small expedition ships. The 15-day alternative route also visits Haida Gwaii.

Special Offer
From $10640USD
May Sep
Add to Wishlist
13 Day Cruise
Inside Passage & Glacier Bay Wilderness Cruise

A collection of small ships make this iconic 13-day passage along the coastline between Seattle and Juneau, Alaska, visiting UNESCO World Heritage Site Glacier Bay National Park.

From $3345USD
May Aug Sep Oct
More to Explore

Trips You Might Also Like

Add to Wishlist
8 Day Cruise
Exploring British Columbia & the San Juan Islands

A perfectly paced expedition aboard the 100-guest National Geographic Venture, this 8-day cruise explores remote islands, charming towns and First Nations heritage sites.

Special Offer
From $5290USD
Oct
Add to Wishlist
8 Day Cruise
San Juan Islands & Olympic Wilderness Cruise

Cruise round-trip from Seattle exploring coastal Washington, Puget Sound and Olympic National Park, with opportunities to kayak and paddleboard for up-close wildlife viewing.

From $4895USD
Apr May Sep Oct
Add to Wishlist
8 Day Cruise
Columbia & Snake Rivers Journey

Spend 8 days on this culinary journey that embraces the Columbia and Snake River regions’ vibrant history, harvests and landscapes aboard a selection of National Geographic vessels.

Special Offer
From $5590USD
Apr May Sep Oct Nov
Exit Created with Sketch.

Voyage Through the San Juan Islands

test message
View Wishlist