FAQ’s


General FAQ’s

All onboard activities, meals/snacks, as well as alcohol are included in the purchase price of the trip. Items not covered in the price of the trip are: airfare, travel insurance (see further details below in this FAQ), and fishing licenses which are available for purchase on board. Additionally, tips are not included in our trip price; however, we also highly recommend tipping our crew to show your appreciation for the services they provided during your trip. Recommended tipping information is provided later in this FAQ.
We accept all major credit cards including Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, JCB, Diners, and Maestro.

Yes, we accept PayPal. The link to our company PayPal account can be found here.

Please see our rates and dates page for your desired destination for pricing on both double occupancy and solo travelers. Both prices are for the entire cabin.
For solo travelers who prefer their own room, our policy is to charge 1.7x the standard per person double occupancy rate as it covers fixed operating costs for the upscale experience we provide. Solo travelers are also welcome to request the option of sharing with a roommate at the per person double occupancy rate, which we are happy to arrange with other solo travelers who request the same and are traveling during the same time period.

A non-refundable $1,500 deposit per person is due within 3 business days to hold your reserved space. If the booking is within 120 days of the trip departure date, full payment is required at the time of booking. Full deposit, refund and cancellation policy can be found here.

Full payment is due 120 days before the trip’s departure. An email will be sent to the email on file for the booking to remind you the full payment is due. Full deposit, refund and cancellation policy can be found here.

Tipping is purely at the guest’s discretion and should be determined based on your satisfaction with the trip; however, guests generally tip 10% of the full price of the trip before discounts to reward the crew for their hard work during your trip. This is only a recommendation. Tips should be given to the Captain the form of cash or check. 100% of the tip amount is shared by our crew. We cannot accept credit cards for crew tips. Our crew generally consists of eight persons: Captain, 1st Mate, Engineer, Chef, two Stewards and two Deckhands.

Tipping is purely at the guest’s discretion and should be determined based on your satisfaction with the trip; however, guests generally tip 10% of the full price of the trip before discounts to reward the crew for their hard work during your trip. This is only a recommendation. Tips should be given to the Captain the form of cash or check. 100% of the tip amount is shared by our crew. We cannot accept credit cards for crew tips. Our crew generally consists of eight persons: Captain, 1st Mate, Engineer, Chef, two Stewards and two Deckhands.

There is no child care services offered. Since we do not offer child care or babysitting services, we suggest children be at least 10 yrs of age to join us on trips.

Packing & Planning

We provide all the gear you will need for fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, whale watching, snorkeling, and surfing. The gear you will want to bring includes items such as a personal camera, hiking boots, sunglasses, hats, and watch. Refer to our packing lists for Sea of Cortez and Alaska.

We do not provide rain gear or boots on board the ship, but we highly recommend that you bring your own if you are traveling with us.
Each guest is limited to 2 bags. We recommend soft sided duffel bags since they store better. Please remember that all of your luggage must fit in your stateroom.
Yes, guests are allowed to bring their own drones on board; however, Offshore Outpost is not liable for any damage caused to personal drones during the expedition.

It is important to pack for your destination and the weather. Here is our recommended packing lists for the Sea of Cortez and Alaska.

We do not want any unexpected occurrences to impact your trip with us; however, unexpected events do happen, so we recommend obtaining travel, trip interruption insurance to ensure you are covered in the case your travel plans change. We also highly recommend purchasing evacuation insurance in the case of a medical emergency. Click here for more information on insurance options for your trip.

No. As we are regulated under the United States Coast Guard as a Passenger Vessel we are unable to allow the carriage of weapons.

Federal law supersedes state law, and since marijuana is still a federally controlled substance it is prohibited aboard our vessels.

(Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act (MDLEA) 46 U.S.C. 70501-70507, prohibiting the illegal transportation of controlled substances by a vessel)

To get an idea of what weather can be expected, we recommend tracking it on weather.com. Please note that the weather while on the water can change unexpectedly, so keep an eye on the forecast all the way until right before you leave for your trip to get the most accurate idea of how to pack. We also provide a summary of weather conditions in our packing lists for Sea of Cortez and Alaska.

Arrival & Departure FAQ’s

Once your trip has been booked and your travel details have been sent to us, we will schedule to pick you up with our shuttle on the day of the departure whether it be from the airport or your hotel and take you to the vessel.

The departure time can fluctuate slightly, but typically happens at approximately 3pm.
The time we return to port at the end of our trip depends on the flight schedules of our guests. Typically though, you can expect us to return to port between 9am and 10am.

Onboard Facilities

Electrical outlets provided on board supply a 110-volt current, same as are standard in North American houses. Guests traveling from other countries may need to bring an adapter for electronics.
No, guest laundry services are not offered onboard. We recommend you pack accordingly to cover you for the entire voyage.
Yes, we have hair dryers onboard.
Yes, we have a large digital library of movies and physical books on-board that passengers can use during their time with us. Movies can be uploaded from our library to a flash-drive, which can then be plugged into your stateroom television. Please be courteous of the other passengers though, so if you have finished enjoying a book, we ask that you return the items to the common area to be enjoyed by someone else.
Yes, each of the 6 staterooms has a private, en suite bathroom and there is 1 public restroom (day head) for guests adjacent to the Dining Room on the Lounge Deck.
None of our cabins are connected, but we do our best to keep groups of people in bordering cabins if desired.
The Pacific Provider is equipped with a personal tv in every stateroom as well as a large television in the parlor room. While we do not have access to Live Television, we have a large library of movies which can be watched in the main saloon or the privacy of your stateroom.
Our goal is always to make your experience an unforgettable one. If you have a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary that you would like to celebrate, inform us as soon as possible before the trip and we are happy to help accommodate.
We pride ourselves in providing first class amenities to our passengers. Each stateroom is equipped with premium linens, a full ensuite bathroom, television, ample storage, binoculars, 110-volt outlets, Gilchrist & Soames bath products, and a breathtaking above water view.
No smoking is permitted in any indoor areas of the ship. Smoking is permitted outside, but please be respectful and smoke downwind of other guests.

Medical, Mobility, & Seasickness

Our ship does not have a medical professional on board, but our crew has CPR certified professionals and the crew is current on first-aid techniques. Our Captain can arrange for emergency medical evacuation when necessary. Guests should keep all regular medications with them on board the ship, including extra medication to accommodate any travel delays. We recommend you determine the coverage included in your health insurance policy before coming on the trip and consider purchasing additional travel, trip interruption and evacuation insurance. Click here for more information on insurance options for your trip.

No, our vessels are not wheelchair accessible. Due to the smaller cruise ship size and the nature of our active excursions, our cruise is not recommended for someone who uses a wheelchair; however, we will do our absolute best to accommodate a guest in a wheelchair.
The majority of our trips happen in protected waters from the open ocean. Unless the weather becomes stormy and water rough, you should experience smooth sailing. The Captain and crew will keep a close eye on the weather forecast and will inform passengers of foreseen storms during the trip.
Seasickness medication is kept onboard at all times and is available as needed. This medication is not available though to children. If you are bringing a minor on the trip and are concerned that seasickness may be an issue, contact and see your physician before the trip to be prescribed medication.

Activities & Explorations FAQ’s

We want to customize the travel experience to your preferences and desires. Our goal is to provide you with a first class trip that will have you coming back for future experiences. With our expertise, we can either plan out each day for you, or leave you the freedom to choose activities. Our 4 tenders are also available each day to help you have an intimate, authentic, and memorable experience.
Although our trips are designed around nature and excursions, we have a large variety of activities that tailor to those wanting a more low key experience including relaxing on our expansive top deck and walks along the shore.
Our guides love what they do, and love sharing it with our passengers. Each day our guides are available all day to take you on your desired activities.
Activity levels and types of activities available vary by itinerary and destination, but we do like to play! On kayaking excursions, open paddles are at your own pace and most guided paddles last up to 1.5 hours. Hikes range from easy walks along the shore, to more rigorous treks over rugged terrain. Among the many activities available, guests can also enjoy stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling, and exploring the waters and shore by inflatable skiff. We will cater your experience to your ability level and desire for physical activity.
After dinner, guests will be presented the next day’s location and provided with different available activities.
There are several activities that you can partake in without needing a guide. A few options include kayaking, paddle boarding, and swimming.
Fishing licenses are available for purchase onboard. Prices for fishing licenses vary dependent on the number of days the license is active for and range from $25 for one day to $70 for seven days.
Evenings are all about relaxing and engaging with your fellow travelers. After everyone has returned from their excursions, we will have a happy hour period where drinks will be poured and stories will be shared. A delicious meal will be prepared and served by our highly trained chef. Once the meal has finished, you have the option to spend your evening however you’d like. We have board games, the top deck jacuzzi, two bars to laugh and bond around, a great selection of books, as well as a large digital library of movies to choose from if you’d rather relax in your stateroom.

Internet & Phone Access FAQ’s

Wi-Fi is available on board when the vessel has cellular coverage and cellular coverage is rapidly improving in our areas of operation; however, the signal strength can be volatile; therefore, we recommend you download any movies or tv shows (e.g. Netflix) on your personal device prior to boarding the ship.
We do not provide telephone service, but cellular coverage is rapidly improving in our areas of operation (especially closer to towns), so customers will be able to use their personal devices when in range of a cellular tower. Our boat is equipped with a satellite phone to be used in case of emergencies.

Company FAQ’s

Offshore Outpost Expeditions (OOE), is owned by Offshore Outpost, LLC, with headquarters in Dallas, Texas. OOE is positioned to carve out a dynamic new business model for the expedition cruise industry. With only six spacious cabins, 12 guests to 8 crew, spacious common areas on deck as well as inside, and a range of high-end adventure gear, guests on the company’s 160-ft. Pacific Provider have unprecedented freedom to discover their own journey and share it with fellow travelers.
Offshore Outpost was founded in 2016 by a small group of skilled, enthusiastic, and experienced professionals who grew up on the Pacific Ocean.
Offshore Outpost Expeditions is the vision of David Mullen, a former Naval officer and adventurer who earned his MBA from Pepperdine while traveling the world. OOE addresses a gap in the expedition cruise market that serves small groups of active travelers who want to participate in creating their adventure. He and co-founders Cole Lysaught and Daniel Hund combine a passion for safely and sensitively sharing the wonders of unspoiled areas of the globe with the financial, operational and business management expertise to create and grow a scalable, sustainable company.
We currently offer trips to the Sea of Cortez between the months of November and April and Prince William Sound in Alaska between mid-May and mid-September.

We currently operate the Pacific Provider, at a length of 160 feet and a beam of 35 feet. This ship was originally built as an offshore supply vessel servicing the oil industry and was then converted in a crabbing vessel operating in the Bering Sea. Subsequent to crabbing operations, a superstructure was added to the boat, including staterooms, salon and dining areas, when it was converted to a private yacht.

The ship has three levels, including the main deck with passenger staterooms, second deck with a dining room, salon and both an indoor and outdoor bar area, and a top deck with a jacuzzi, comfortable outdoor furniture and lounge chairs for your relaxation. The ship comfortably holds a maximum of 12 guests along with eight crew.

Due to its size, our ship can operate in shallower waters than most of our competitors. This allows for a more up close and personal experience. We also have 4 tenders and a heavy-duty crane on board our ship which are equipped for fishing, shore trips and other activities.

Meals & Beverages

The meals served are prepared fresh daily and of the highest quality. Our amazing chef and restaurant sized galley allow us the ability to offer delicious meals tailored to the region in which you are traveling. We are also happy to prepare the fresh fish and shellfish caught by our guests.

Meal times can fluctuate depending on the day’s activities. Typically, we start serving breakfast around 6 am for those that have an early start planned. Lunch is around noon for those on the ship. For passengers on an excursion during lunch, we will have packed lunches prepared to take on the outing. Dinner will be served between 7 and 7:30 pm, with happy hour and hors d’oeuvres being served prior to dinner.
We supply beer, wine and an array of spirits; however, yes, you can bring your own alcohol if you have a specific preference (e.g. single malt scotch). We ask that you give the alcohol to our bartender (or any crew member) when arriving on board so that your drink can be ready for you when you arrive back from the day’s activities.
We supply beer, wine and an array of spirits; however, yes, you can bring your own alcohol if you have a specific preference (e.g. single malt scotch); however, we ask that you give the alcohol to our bartender when arriving on board so that your drink can be ready for you when you arrive back from the day’s activities.
Yes of course! We are completely understanding of people’s individual dietary needs and are equipped to customize individual passenger’s requests as needed.
Dress attire on the vessel is as casual as you’d like it to be. What is most important to us is that you are comfortable and happy.
Yes, we have a fresh water maker that produces 7,000 gallons of drinkable water each day. We provide all guests with their own stainless steel water bottles for use on the trip that you get to bring home with you!
 
 

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