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Canadian Empress Cruise Review by LHT28: Canadian Empress relaxing on the river

6 Reviews
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Cabin 2.0
Dining 3.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 2.0
Entertainment 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation Not Rated
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 2.0
Service 4.0
Shore Excursions 4.0
Value for Money 3.0

Canadian Empress relaxing on the river

Sail Date: May 2009
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: Other

First let my say we went with no expectations.

We knew the ship was small and the cabins were small.
One bed folds up on the wall during the day to give more room.
Hanging space is very limited.

Cabins 34 and 35  have a double bed (well not really)
If you are over 5' 9" you hit the wall at each end and the curve of the hull on one side takes away more space.
You need to crawl over the other person to get in/out of bed.

The age of the passengers was from mid 50's to 90, most were over 70.
We had 30 passengers on our cruise and we were two of the younger ones (61 & 62).

Daily puzzles,Trivia, bingo, shuffleboard, nightly entertainment, shore excursions

Entertainment was good with local talent. We had a magician, a guitarist/singer, a flutist and guitarist,  a comedian/guitarist and a trio.

Shore trips included in the cruise were: Fulford Mansion in Brockville, Fort Wellington in Prescott, Old More Montreal and trip to

the Cosmosdome, Upper Canada Village, trip to the 1000 Island Skydeck and lots of locks during the trip.

The meals were fair to good.
Breakfast was one special of the day plus  cold cereal, oatmeal, toast, muffins, juices, fruit.

Lunch was usually a hot meal with soup or a small salad. (no choice of entrees)
One day we had hamburger buffet with several salad choices.

For dinner you had two choices which you chose the night before.

Late night snack consisted of small hot or cold hors-d' oeuvres

Muffins, coffee, tea, lemonade or iced tea were available during the day at the self serve station.

Food portions were small and quality was inconsistent. Sometimes the food was not cooked well or overcooked. Vegetables were usually mushy and overcooked.
A couple of the fish meals tasted off and smelled fishy (fresh fish should not smell).
If you do not like either of the dinner or lunch entree they have no provisions for a substitute meal.

Drink prices were very reasonable and soft drinks were free.

The crew was very good. Ted the bartender and Marc the purser made a good team.
Small ship, relaxing cruise.

Not much time in port, just enough for the excursions
Food portions & selections

They need to start marketing to the younger seniors. Less

Published 06/02/09

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