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Cruising the St. Lawrence River


Relax as the Canadian Empress weaves through the islands


The Canadian Empress is a grand ship built in the classic steamboat style with a warm and friendly personality. Her interior is designed in early heritage-style with brass and elaborate furnishings, recapturing the grace and charm of the early 1900’s. The crew is committed to providing a relaxing and comfortable experience, regaling the elegance of the early era of cruising, as the ship plies the waters of the magnificent St. Lawrence River.

The cruise features daily attractions with included shore excursions, complimentary domestic beer and wine with meals, nightly entertainment and a never ending supply of inspiring river scenery.

The St. Lawrence River is surely one of the most enchanting rivers on the planet, as it meanders for miles upon miles, acting as a natural border between the United States and Canada, as well as providing a major shipping route into the interior of North America. Your journey will traverse through the scenic “1000 Islands” between Kingston and Brockville – an archipelago of 1870 islands stretching over fifty miles; passing beyond Montreal to conclude in Québec City. Journey through six locks and a change of 246 feet in water level; past the summer homes of the rich and famous; up intricate river channels, and into mysterious coves. The shallow draft of the Canadian Empress allows her to meander close to the islands and slip into hidden bays and cruise waterfront scenery.


Stateroom amenities, and pricing vary with cabin category.


Daily Itinerary

Your journey begins with a flight into Toronto. Drive to Kingston and board the ship the next day. Cruising the river you'll sail past Millionaires’ Row, Boldt Castle and the St. Laurens Statue. Dock in Brockville for an evening in this delightful heritage town that was once the center of wealth and industry. Continue along the river to the Fort Wellington National Historic Site, commemorating the War of 1812. Farther along the river, visit Upper Canada Village depicting life in a rural English-Canadian 1866 setting. As your horse and carriage passes through the 1850’s toll gate into the village, the sights, sounds and smells of a past era are immediately evident.

As you leave Ontario and cruise into Quebec waters, pass through the Eisenhower and Snell Locks (U.S.A.); the Beauharnois Locks, and Cote Ste. Catherine and St. Lambert locks; arriving into Montreal harbor late afternoon. Spend the evening enjoying the unique French-Canadian characteristics of Montreal. In Trois Rivieres, visit Notre Dame du Cap Shrine, a famous place of pilgrimage and devotion to Our Lady of the Cape. Explore the beautiful grounds along the way to the Shrine. On your final day, sail past Montmorency Falls as you approach the romantic and beautiful Québec City. After departing the ship, visit the old district of Québec City and enjoy an evening dinner with your fellow travelers.

This package includes Sports Leisure’s signature door-to-door service, roundtrip airfare to Toronto/from Montreal, daily shore excursions and sightseeing activities, 21 meals (6FB,7L,8D), accommodations pre- and post-cruise in addition to shipboard stateroom; and the services of a Sports Leisure Tour Director. Stateroom amenities, and pricing vary with cabin category.

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options


Sunday, August 15, 2021 to Monday, August 23, 2021

9 Days, 21 Meals

6 full breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners



St. Lawerence Class Staterooms:

  • $5185 p.p./dbl.occ., $6405 single
    5200/6450 Gold Passport Points

Ottawa Class Staterooms: 

  • $5460 p.p./dbl.occ. 
    5500 Gold Passport Points

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