Guide at a Glance
Long Beach, California, United States
Escape to Catalina Island
Catalina Express began in 1981 when three Catalina Island residents realised the need for fast, reliable transport to and from the island. Doug Bombard, his son Greg Bombard, and long time colleague, Tom Rutter, worked tirelessly to make the vision a reality. Since then, more than 17 million passengers have set sail to Catalina Island on board Catalina Express.
In its first year of service, Catalina Express operated with only one, 60-passenger vessel. The founders worked closely with boat builders to design vessels with innovative features like full ride control systems for stability, modern navigational systems, airline-style cabin seating, panoramic viewing windows, and on-deck seating, which won immediate acceptance from passengers. Today, the fleet consists of eight high-speed vessels including four catamarans.