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St. Lawrence Cruises

Canadian Empress

About St. Lawrence Cruises

The Canadian family-owned St. Lawrence Cruise Lines has carved out a river cruising niche that uses a replica turn-of-the-last-century steamboat on two main itineraries: a five-night trip between Ottawa and Kingston and a six-night voyage between Quebec City and Kingston.

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  • Do I have to dress up on a St. Lawrence cruise?

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Who goes on St. Lawrence cruise ships?

The line mostly attracts seniors from the U.S. and Canada (with a small sprinkling of other nationalities) who want to sail with like-minded folks of around the same age.

Do I have to dress up on a St. Lawrence cruise?

A little. There's no dress code during the day -- comfortable, casual wear is the watchword. There are no formal nights, but people do dress up more smartly in the evening -- think sport shirt and slacks with a sport coat or sweater for men and resort wear (dresses, sweaters, slacks) for women. On the final evening, men generally wear a sport coat and tie and women wear a dress.

Is everything free on St. Lawrence cruises?

No. Fares include meals, wine and beer with lunch and dinner, and all excursions. Bar drinks and gratuities are not included.

What are St. Lawrence’s most popular activities?

The emphasis for St. Lawrence Cruise Lines passengers is on slow-paced, educational touring, that is to say scenic sailing interspersed by informative shore tours -- mainly gentle walks around places of interest. Generally, St. Lawrence Cruise Lines attracts more sedentary passengers and activities onboard reflect that. Shuffleboard and trivia games are highlights of onboard entertainment, and there is low-key entertainment in the grand salon in the evening.

Why go with St. Lawrence?

  • Exclusively sails the St. Lawrence Seaway
  • Particularly popular among Americans and Canadians
  • Aimed at senior travelers
  • Excellent regional enrichment and entertainment

Best for: Mature couples, solos and older parent/child combos

Not for: Foodies, young cruisers, party animals and anyone in a wheelchair

St. Lawrence Cruise Lines Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Perfect for Very First Cruise Ever!

Family and friends have all cruised, so we wanted our first one to be on a small boat and on a river.They handed out fun out awards on the last night.Read More
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Fiddlegal00

First Time Cruiser

Age 60s

2000$ Waste

4) Dining crew were amazing!I want to stress that the scenary, and the employees (at least the dining ladies, engineer and deckhands...Read More
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PAndrews

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

The St Lawrence River from Quebec to Kingston

The remainder of the day you can sit on the upper deck or either of the covered stern or bow decks to watch the beautiful scenery go by.Shore excursions usually take up a half day, including a bus tour of Montreal, a stop in Trois Rivieres with a bus to the shrine at Cap de la Madeleine, a visit to Upper Canada Village, a tour of Fulford Mansion in Brockville, and a trip up the Sky Tower on Hill Island from Gananoque.Read More
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Ganmaggy

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Beautiful scenery

The cabins are tiny with no storage other than three very small drawers [one under one of the bunk beds] and the other two in a small night table, as well as the floor space under the beds.Inside there is one room that serves as the common space for meals, entertainment, and gathering.Read More
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NurseLinda

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

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