St. Lawrence Cruise Lines, which launched its first (and only) ship in 1981 has carved out a river cruising niche that is unmatched by any other cruise line. The company offers two set itineraries: a five-night trip between Ottawa and Kingston and a six-night voyage between Quebec City and Kingston.
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St. Lawrence Cruise Lines is family owned and operated.
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Generally, St. Lawrence Cruise Lines attracts a more sedentary passenger and activities onboard reflect that. Shuffleboard and trivia games are highlights of onboard enterainment - but the real focus is on the itinerary and on education-based cruising. Folks traveling on this ship want to learn something besides having fun.
While by no means offering a luxury environment, the atmosphere onboard Canadian Empress is cheerful, comfortable and pleasant.
St. Lawrence Fleet
The fleet consists of the aforementioned one ship - the 66-passenger Canadian Empress. The ship is decorated with the Victorian era in mind.
Canadian Empress sails two different itineraries during her season, which extends from May to October. The six-night Quebec City/Kingston itinerary focuses on the St. Lawrence Seaway, which is a prominent engineering marvel; stops include Quebec City, Montreal, Brockville, Ogdensberg, Upper Canada Village and Kingston. A five-night voyage between Kingston and Ottawa explores the Thousand Islands, Montreal and Ottawa along with Kingston.