Starship Express : Catalina Express

Starship Express


StarshipExpress.jpgThe Starship Express, a high-speed catamaran, has two passenger decks with spacious airline-style seating, outdoor individual open-air seating, upgraded Commodore Lounge seating on the upper deck, air conditioned cabins, cabin attendant service, two bars and snack stations, restroom facilities (one handicapped accessible), and in-cabin flat screen monitors displaying selected programming or GPS information. Catalina Express introduced into service its high-speed catamaran, the Starship Express in August of 1999. The 300-passenger Starship cruises at speeds of up to 35-knots and makes the crossing to Catalina Island in an hour.

In addition to speed, the Starship Express was designed for passenger comfort. It offers airline-style seating, manufactured by Eknes Industrier of Norway. Seats are arranged in groupings of three and four seats separated by wide aisles for easy access. Wide, ceiling-to-seat level windows provide lots of light and great viewing. The main deck also features bar service, a snack station, five restrooms (one handicapped accessible), a large storage room for passenger luggage and overhead storage bins to accommodate carry-on bags. With the inauguration of the Starship Express, Catalina Express introduced a new level of service to Catalina Island with its 50-seat Commodore Lounge on the vessel’s upper deck. For a $15 upgrade over the normal one-way fare, Commodore Lounge passengers receive priority check-in and boarding and a complimentary beverage with packaged snack served at their seats by cabin attendants. The Commodore Lounge features leather-trimmed seats that are wider and recline for comfort.

For passengers who prefer sea breezes to air-conditioned comfort, the Starship Express offers covered deck seating on comfortable individual seats manufactured by Beurteaux of Australia on the rear deck of the upper level. The Starship Express was built by Pequot River Shipworks of New London Connecticut and designed specifically for Catalina Express by one of the world’s top designers of fast ferries, FBM Design of Cowes in the Isle of Wight, United Kingdom. Its sleek bows and full computer-controlled ride systems deliver a smooth channel crossing. At 134-feet in length with a 34-foot beam, the fast catamaran is powered by two MTU/Detroit 16V 4000 Tier III diesel engines. Each engine drives a Kamewa Water Jet and has 2680 horsepower. The catamaran offers several environmental improvements including a low wash or reduced wake as the vessel travels across the water, and new state-of-the-art engines feature a computer controlled electronic injection system that promises very low levels of emission.


Commodore Lounge Virtual Tour

STARSHIP EXPRESS - Specifications
Passengers 300
Length 134'
Cruising Speed 30 knots
Top Speed 33 knots
Crossing Time One Hour
Engines Two low emission Tier III MTU/Detroit Diesel 16v4000 M64, rated at 2,680 Horsepower each
Propulsion Kamewa, Model 71 Water Jets
Ride Control MDI T-foil with computerized ride control system
Launch Date 1999
Boat Builder Pequot River Shipworks of New London, CT
Designer FBM Design of Cowes, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom


Daily Boat Trips To Catalina Island

Discover paradise on Catalina Island with daily ferry trips to and from the island. More than one million travelers choose Catalina Island as their getaway each year and Catalina Express' large fleet of boats make the trip in about an hour, operating every day, year round from three mainland ports - Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point.

Escape To Catalina Island

Leave the hustle and bustle of the "mainland" behind. Catalina Island is the perfect place to take a break from the demands of daily life. With so many activities to choose from, your visit to Catalina Island can be adventure-packed or filled with rest and relaxation. With its year round Mediterranean climate, it's the ideal place to enjoy ocean air and sunshine.