Canadian Empress Activities

Editor Rating:  2.5
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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 Entertainment

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One of the most interesting aspects of a cruise on Canadian Empress is the style of itinerary. Daytimes would alternate with a few hours spent sailing then a short stop in a small town to see some aspect-of-interest (from the Frederick Remington museum to the quite-fabulous Upper Canada Village historic site). While sailing, cruise directors organized competitions, ranging from a take-no-prisoners shuffleboard tourney to a ship-wide scavenger hunt. This curmudgeonly 40-something traveler - who, it must be admitted, thought she'd avoid the group activities and just catch up on her reading - was quite surprised at how much fun it was to participate (and never finished one book).

While sailing, the Captain would occasionally broadcast facts about interesting places we passed. And, as befits a destination-oriented line, shore excursions are included in the cruise fare.

Evening entertainment featured the aforementioned solo acts (with the exception of an excellent trio that has played one night per voyage for the past 18 years) and quality varied considerably.

Canadian Empress Public Rooms

Well, there's really just one public room and that's the grand salon, which serves as everything from the reading room to the pub to the dining area to performance venue to a game room. There's a bar - the ship's only one - tucked into a corner. Off the grand salon was a lovely back-ship screened in outdoor area with comfy wicker chairs. Upstairs, the Sun Deck - completely open to the sky - featured man-sized checkers board and a shuffleboard court along with a variety of lounges and chairs.

There is a small gift shop onboard; it stocks necessities and logo-wear and other souvenirs.

Canadian Empress Spa & Fitness

Does shuffleboard count? Otherwise, fitness enthusiasts will have to get their workouts off-board. Fortunately, the ship typically docks at small towns or marinas where there are facilities (pools, occasionally, always walking and running trails).
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Member Since 2017
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My husband wanted to follow the St. Lawrence by car until I located this cruise thru AARP. We have done a lot of cruising on large ships, but found the Canadian Princess cruise to be more intimate and lots of fun. The cabins aren't ... Read more
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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
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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
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