Catalina Express Fleet
The Catalina Jet, a high-speed catamaran
has three passenger decks with spacious inside airline-style seating on two decks and open-air outdoor seating on the top deck, upgraded Commodore Lounge seating on the second deck, air-conditioned cabins, cabin attendant service, two snack bars, restroom facilities (one handicapped accessible) and in-cabin flat screen monitors displaying selected programming or the GPS vessel route plotter.
The all aluminum, $9 million, high-speed catamaran joined the Catalina Express fleet under lease in spring 2004 and the vessel was acquired by Catalina Express in 2005. This fast catamaran is a 450-passenger vessel that travels at a speed of 35-knots and makes the crossing to Catalina Island in one hour.
The interior of the Catalina Jet was completely refurbished in 2006. The first deck offers in-cabin seating with airline style seats designed by Beurteaux of Australia and wide ceiling to seat level windows provide lots of light and great viewing. The main deck also features bar service, a snack station, restrooms (one handicapped accessible) and a large storage room for passenger luggage. The second deck has been upgraded to included a Commodore Lounge as well as a selection of individual exterior open-air seating.
For a $15 upgrade over the normal one way adult fare, Commodore Lounge passengers receive priority boarding and a complimentary beverage with packaged snack served at their seats by cabin attendants. The Commodore Lounge features leather trimmed headrests and seats that are wider and recline for comfort. A “reverse wind screen” has been added to the top deck, where all seating is open-air.
In fall of 2007, the Catalina Jet received low emission engines and updated water jets.
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