We boarded the Canadian Empress at Quebec City ready for our six night cruise up the St. Lawrence River/Seaway. We sailed to Trois Rivieres, Montreal, Upper Canada Village, Brockville, Gananoque, and finally disembarked in Kingston, Ontario.
The Canadian Empress is a replica steamboat to resemble those in the early 1900's. The rooms were very small, but big enough to manage once you had a routine set up. We had two twin beds, one of which could be put up during the day; however, we kept both of them down and it worked out fine.
There were 48 passengers on our cruise and we got to know most of them by the end of the cruise. The hospitality staff was great. They served our meals and also made up our rooms. The meals were very good and varied. The galley staff took care of special dietary requests to the best of their ability.
The navigation staff was very personable and knowledgable and you were able to talk with them at any time.
Lorne, our cruise director, did a great job in moving things along, even though the ship had a small mechanical issue. For the most part, it did not affect any of our activities except for one.
The land excursions were good, but I felt they were not long enough, however, we had to leave to get to the next port. So much of the travel on the river depended on marine traffic through the locks.