|ST. LAWRENCE CRUISE LINES
St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers in Canada
Passenger Capacity: 66
Built: 1981 in Canada
Length: 108 ft.
Beam: 30 ft.
Draft: 5 ft.
Staff and Crew: 14, Canadian
Three, five and six-night cruises on the St. Lawrence
and Ottawa Rivers from May through October. Rivers are
quietest in the spring, boat traffic increasing in July and August.
Boarding ports include Kingston, Ottawa, and Quebec City. The
boat goes through seven locks between Kingston and Montreal. There are
excellent colors in the fall with several fall foliage departure dates. A cruise and rail option is offered with rail
connections from Ottawa, Kingston, Montreal and Quebec City.
32. All cabins are outside with screened windows that
open. Most have two twin bed; some have double beds.
Cabins have private bath with shower, heat and
- Dining: Open-seating, two seatings. Home-cooked meals. Snacks
available 24 hours per day. Special diets
accommodated if requested at time of booking. For dinner most men wear
a sport jacket.
- Facilities and Activities:
ship is a replica of the steamboats that were common on the rivers in the early 1900's. It cruises the rivers, exploring historical aspects of the river. The
decor and the atmosphere are designed to be reminiscent of the elegance
of turn-of-the-century cruising, with such touches as brass rails and ornate
tin ceilings. Most passengers are age 50 or older. The dining room doubles
as a general gathering place and lounge for entertainment. There is a library.
Entertainment nightly consists of local entertainment with folk singers and minstrels brought aboard. There is
kite flying off the deck, shuffleboard and a dance one evening. There is
occasional commentary over a p.a. system about historical attractions and tales of early adventures of pioneer explorers,
Iroquois Indians, early settlers, and fighters of the French and English
War and the War of 1837. Major daytime pastime is lounging on the Sun Deck
watching the changing scenery of the river and towns, including summer homes of such rich and
famous as Astor, Pullman, Rubinstein, Irving Berlin, and Mary Pickford
in the Thousand Islands, and the many cargo ships carrying grain and products
to and from Europe. Minimum age for cruising is 12. There are visits to mansions, museums,
forts, historic villages, sails past Montmorency Falls, 1000 Islands Sky Deck,
Omega Park Canadian Natural Wildlife Reserve and Fort
Wellington. Upper Canada village recreates the life of
an early settlement typical of 1784 to 1867. The
ship berths in old town in Montreal and
in Quebec City, where you can walk old cobblestone streets past 17th and
18th century buildings or explore by horse and carriage and watch the changing
of the guards at the 18th century citadel.
- Recent Fares Reported to Us: $811 to $1,153
for three-night cruise, $1,318 to $1,889 for five-night cruise, $1,582
to $2,267 for six-night cruise. Shore tours are included.
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