May 30, 1999
The mainland to Santa Catalina Island by boat in less than an hour? It's now possible. This weekend, Catalina Cruises was scheduled to debut the Catalina Jet, a 450-passenger, 36-knot catamaran that can make the trip from Long Beach in about 55 minutes. Round trips cost $35, versus $25 for the line's other boats, which take one hour, 50 minutes to make the trip. Reservations: tel. (800) CATALINA.
September 24, 2000
Catalina Cruises, which has served Catalina Island for 27 years, abruptly stopped service to Avalon last week. It was continuing to run whale-watching cruises and charters and to serve campgrounds elsewhere on the island. Three other companies still provide service to Avalon. Catalina Cruises President Bruce Voss said the company had trouble filling the 450 seats on its year-old, high-speed Catalina Jet catamaran--the biggest serving the island--in the off-season.
April 29, 2007 |
NEARLY a million people cross San Pedro Channel to Santa Catalina Island each year, most aboard one of the sleek computer-assisted catamarans that skip atop the water like ice skates over a frozen pond. Indeed, most morning rides wouldn't put more than a light chop on your celebratory Bloody Mary. But more adventurous options for getting to Catalina abound, from paddleboards (pass) to vintage sailing ships (really?).