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Operated by: Pacific Catalyst

Built as a government research vessel in 1932, MV Catalyst is a classic 12-guest small ship constructed with the finest of craftsmanship. Her warm, wooden interior features decades-old varnished wood panelling, heavy beamed ceilings and glowing mahogany trim and furniture. Her original 1932 Washington Diesel engine, the only one like it still in operation today,  makes Catalyst a living creature, with a strong iron heart. The pace of a Catalyst cruise is relaxed and unhurried, but the original excitement of exploration and discovery remains on board. There are a total of six cabins for guests. Lower Deck cabins share one washroom with shower. There is a second head on the Upper Deck next to the main salon. Cabins 1 and 6 have their own head and shower. Excursion tenders include an inflatable zodiac, a four-metre aluminum tender and a fleet of nine sea kayaks.

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Key Facts

75 Feet / 23 Metres
18.40 Feet
8 Knots
Passenger Decks
Room Grades

Upper Deck

SIZE:5.50m2 / 60sqftSLEEPS:2

Cabins 1 and 6 are located behind the bridge on the Upper Deck. Cabin 1 has a double bed and bunk single, chest of drawers, bookshelf, private door to deck, opening porthole; private bathroom with shower. Cabin 6 has a double bed, private entry from outside of pilot house, drawers and storage space, bookshelf, opening porthole and windows; private bathroom and shower. Note that all cabins aboard the Catalyst are compact in size.

Upper Deck

Lower Deck

SIZE:4m2 / 42sqftSLEEPS:2

The four Lower Deck cabins all utilise the lower deck shared bathroom facilities. These cabins feature portholes and storage space for luggage. Cabin 5 is a favourite for families, accommodation g up to four guests, while Cabin 4 is the smallest room and accommodates single travellers. Note that all cabins aboard the Catalyst are compact in size.


Dining is a highlight of any Catalyst expedition. Ingredients are sourced locally, often along the way, meaning that the freshest vegetables and seafoods are always used. The Chef ensures all ingredients are sustainably produced. Meals are hearty, warming and simple, making best use of local flavours. 


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Catalyst's classic features include compact private staterooms, a central galley and a warm wood-panelled salon. The stern deck is well furnished with ample space to take in the stunning views. Catalyst travels with two excursion tenders (including an inflatable zodiac) along with six double and three single canoes.


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