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We chose this cruise due to location and an opportunity to combine it with a stay in the old walled part of Quebec City. The boat is modeled after a river steamboat of the early 1900s and is architecturally interesting. 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. The beds are narrow, like the width of a camp cot, so this sleeping arrangement would not be suitable for anyone of a large size. Nor would anyone who is exceptionally tall be comfortable in the bed as it is hemmed in by the wall. There is a pleasant covered deck at the rear of the boat as well as an open deck for the top level. Inside there is one room that serves as the common space for meals, entertainment, and gathering. The meals are average--some better than others. Both lunch and dinner consisted of a meat/poultry/fish with a vegetable and a starch; I felt that the lunches would be better served as soup and sandwich, chef's salad, cold or hot buffet--namely, since this group draws an older clientele, two meals that are essentially dinners are neither needed nor often wanted. There is always coffee and tea available along with muffins freshly baked. The evening entertainment was superb and used local talent along the route. The crew was courteous, helpful, and overall efficient and professional. The shore excursions [all included] added to the knowledge gained as did the Log Book issues to each passenger. The trip along the St.Lawrence offers many beautiful views. This cruise is not suitable for children or teenagers.

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Canadian Empress Cruise Review by NurseLinda

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We chose this cruise due to location and an opportunity to combine it with a stay in the old walled part of Quebec City. The boat is modeled after a river steamboat of the early 1900s and is architecturally interesting. 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. The beds are narrow, like the width of a camp cot, so this sleeping arrangement would not be suitable for anyone of a large size. Nor would anyone who is exceptionally tall be comfortable in the bed as it is hemmed in by the wall. There is a pleasant covered deck at the rear of the boat as well as an open deck for the top level. Inside there is one room that serves as the common space for meals, entertainment, and gathering. The meals are average--some better than others. Both lunch and dinner consisted of a meat/poultry/fish with a vegetable and a starch; I felt that the lunches would be better served as soup and sandwich, chef's salad, cold or hot buffet--namely, since this group draws an older clientele, two meals that are essentially dinners are neither needed nor often wanted. There is always coffee and tea available along with muffins freshly baked.

The evening entertainment was superb and used local talent along the route. The crew was courteous, helpful, and overall efficient and professional. The shore excursions [all included] added to the knowledge gained as did the Log Book issues to each passenger. The trip along the St.Lawrence offers many beautiful views. This cruise is not suitable for children or teenagers.
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Cabin 3
I had selected one of the two rooms at the rear corners of the ship so as to have plenty of ventilation; four of the six windows opened a small amount. 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. The beds are narrow, like the width of a camp cot, so this sleeping arrangement would not be suitable for anyone of a large size. Nor would anyone who is exceptionally tall be comfortable in the bed as it is hemmed in by the wall.