Canadian Empress Dining

Editor Rating:  2.5
64% of cruisers loved it

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 Dining

Editor Rating
Dining
3.0
The food on Canadian Empress was well-prepared and consistently tasty but finicky gourmands may want to reduce expectations (or choose another type of cruise experience). All meals are served in the ship's Grand Salon. Breakfast is available from 7:30 - 9 a.m. and features a hot dish -- pancakes, eggs Benedict, etc. -- hot and cold cereal and muffins. Lunch is served promptly at 12:30 p.m. and includes a fruit or salad course, hot entree and dessert. Dinnertime on our trip was at 6:30 p.m. - though when the ship is fully at capacity it may offer two seatings. Menus included a starter, a choice between a meat and fish dish, and dessert. Occasionally, bouillon was served in the morning. In all cases, meals are open-seating.

There is no room service. There are no vegetarian entrees on the menus (aside from fruit and salad courses) but we found that, whatever the health issue, the staff was more than amenable to making changes.

Speaking of special -- the service on our trip by the handful of crew (13 in total) -- was as exceptional, prompt, courteous, genuinely friendly and efficient -- as we've experienced on even the most high-priced luxury lines.
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MarEd0396
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
Fun Run
Member Since 2016
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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
mcgrath45123
Member Since 2016
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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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