Hubby and I recently returned from a delightful six night, actually two - three night cruises aboard the Canadian Empress, the one and only ship of the St. Lawrence Cruise Lines company. We cruised from Kingston, Ontario to Montreal and back through the Thousand Islands and several locks and canals of the St. Lawrence Seaway.
We drove to the port. You could drop off your luggage when you arrived in Kingston. The company had arrangements with some of the local hotels for secure parking. Embarcation was easy and all were onboard in minutes - easy to do with only 32 passengers.
The Canadian Empress is a replica of a river boat, including pressed tin ceilings. It is a small ship that can accommodate up to 66 passengers and 12 crew. All rooms are compact - think small inside cabins on the big cruise ships. All cabins are outsides and have windows that actually open. Most cabins have two twin beds, one of them folds up into the wall during the day for more floor space. There are a few rooms with a double bed. The Grand Salon is where all meals are served, where the bar is located and evening entertainment is held. This room could have felt crowded if the ship had been sailing full or if there had been a greater need for dry space outside of one's cabin. There are covered outside decks at both the front and aft of the ship. The top deck is aptly called the Sun Deck. There are lounge and deck chairs to enjoy the views along the St. Lawrence. There is also shuffle board and checkers available to play.