Canadian Empress for Kids

Editor Rating:  2.5
62% of cruisers loved it

Why Choose Canadian Empress?

  • Riverboat experience offering Victorian-era vibe
  • Tours included in fare on destination-focused cruises
  • Prompt, courteous and efficient services
Canadian Empress

Canadian Empress for Families

Editor Rating
At first glance this would appear not to be a ship at all geared to families. There are no organized activities, there's no children's onboard facility. But one couple brought their pre-teen children who had a ball - in large part because crew members took such pleasure in including them in activities and projects (from helping with tying up the ship to ringing the bell for dinner). The passengers, too (many grandparents among them) took them under their wing and played puzzle games with them. It was clear that the kids - who incidentally won the shuffleboard tournament - were having a great time, but I would not recommend this cruise line for families whose children are very young or who need lots of entertaining.

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Fun Run
Member Since 2016
1 review
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Sailed July 2016
It was a hoot. I am not a big fan or expert on cruises having been on two others Holland America and Norwegian, trust me friends this is neither. It is a 50 year old reproduction of a 1890-1910 river cruise ship. The rooms are tiny, ... Read more
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
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W have cruised extensively on 4 continents and know the difficulties of comparing what can be very different experiences.This little one ship ship cruise line attempts to step back in time a little ind delivered everything as promised, ... Read more
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
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Sailed October 2015
We [two couples] selected this cruise because we wanted to experience the St Lawrence and the Thousand Islands during the fall. We knew from the brochure and company website that the ship was small but both depicted a cozy environment with ... Read more
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