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Come and explore the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers for 6 Days and 5 Nights. Board in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and disembark in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Along the shores of the Ottawa River, you’ll come face to face with the capital of Canada where a warm Canadian welcome awaits you. Politics and pageantry abound in this city known for its year-round festive flair. Ottawa is the seat of Canada’s federal government.

It’s the political centre of Canada, home to international dignitaries and site of world-class museums and galleries galore, satisfying every interest.

Cruising along the Ottawa River you’ll find yourself situated directly between predominantly English-speaking Ontario and French-speaking Quebec, basking in a unique blend of Canada’s founding cultures. Cruising in either direction, you will experience the many faces, stages, and attractions of the St. Lawrence River. A dynamic international waterway whose deep-draft navigation route is an essential lifeline between North America and overseas trade centres.

  • 5 night cruise aboard M/V Canadian Empress
  • Wholesome, generous regional cuisine
  • Complimentary domestic beer or ship’s private reserve wine with meals
  • All shore excursions are included and educational information is presented en route
  • Fun loving entertainment nightly
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • All riverboat staterooms are outboard, completely above the water line, and have modern conveniences
  • Magnificent, ever-changing scenery, and protected gentle waters between safe and secure overnight ports
September 22, 2021 Cruise Only
St. Lawrence Stateroom $2599 + $373 tax
Ottawa Stateroom $2933 + $412 tax

Airfare is additional.

Cancellation policy: If a passenger finds it necessary to cancel a cruise earlier than 60 days prior to the departure date, refunds will be made in full less a $100 per person administrative cost. You will receive a $100 voucher that can be used as a credit on your next reservation (good for two years).

Day One
1730 Passenger boarding at Gatineau (Hull) Municipal Wharf
1800 Captain’s Punch & Cheese Reception.
1830 Captain’s Welcome Remarks – Crew Introductions & Safety Instructions
1850 Harbour Cruise of Canada’s Capital – presented from the waters of the Ottawa River to see Canada’s Parliament buildings, Prime Minister’s residence, Rideau Hall, Embassies
1930 Empress Class Roast Prime Rib of Beef Buffet
2115-2230 Complimentary liqueurs
2230-close Return to port – piano music on the player piano & lounge services

Day Two
0730 Depart Gatineau, Quebec bound for Cumberland, Ontario
0915 Buses depart for Cumberland Heritage Village Museum
1115 Depart Cumberland Museum and return to vessel
1130 Ship departs for Montebello, Quebec
1430 Comprehensive Safety Presentation & Crew Drill
1500 Buses depart for Omega Animal Wilderness
1830 Arrive Carillon Lock Station for overnight
Evening: Cruise Director’s “Fun with Trivia” and get acquainted party
Late Evening: Soft piano music on the player piano & lounge service

Day Three
0830 Enter lock for 65 foot drop to the lower level
0915 Depart Carillon bound for Ste. Anne de Bellevue
1145 Pass through Ste. Anne de Bellevue Lock bound for the St. Lawrence River
Late Morning Sail along south shore of opulent Montreal Island and South Shore Canal time allowing – bound for the Montreal borough of Lachine
1400 Arrive at picturesque Lachine
1430 Debark for a 2.5 hour guided bus tour of Montreal. Free time before dinner to relax and enjoy the unique character of old Lachine
Evening: Fun loving entertainment

Day Four
0730 Depart Lachine bound for Upper Canada Village. Pass through Beauharnois Locks (2) B Lower & Upper. Shipboard activities
1600 Afternoon tea – Pass through Eisenhower & Snell Lock (U.S.A.) into Lake St. Lawrence
Early Evening Ship arrives Upper Canada Village, Crysler Park Marina
Evening: Relax or stroll the Marina and grounds
Late Evening: Fun-loving entertainment

Day Five
0900 Miniature train departs marina to meet horse-drawn wagons to tour Upper Canada Village
1200 Transportation returns from the village (1.5 miles)
1230 Depart marina bound for Prescott – pass through lock at Seaway control dam – Iroquois
1430 Enter and cruise the Old Galop Canal – opened in 1846
1600 Debark at Prescott, board bus for Fort Wellington tour
1730 Bus returns from the fort
1745 Depart Prescott bound for Brockville, Ontario
1915 Arrive Brockville (the city of the 1000 Islands) for overnight
Evening: Big Band sounds and vocals (new and old) – dancing

Day Six
0630 Transfer by bus for a tour of Fulford Mansion
Mid Morning: Cruise Millionaires’ Row on the U.S. Side of the 1000 Islands and turn-about at Pt. Vivian bound for Ivy Lea, Ontario
0915 Debark at Ivy Lea for bus transfer to 1000 Islands Tower
1030 Return to ship for departure
1100 Depart Ivy lea bound for more Islands and for Kingston. View and learn about the statue of Saint Laurens
1350 Tour Kingston waterfront
1400 Arrive Kingston / Closing Ceremonies (Grand Saloon)
1415 Disembarkation and farewells – Brock St. Dock, Kingston

Meal Times
0700 Early morning coffee – Grand Saloon (or observation deck)
0730-0900 Breakfast (latest full breakfast serving – 0900)
1030-1100 Morning bouillon
1200 Lunch – early sitting (at the call of the bell)
1315 Lunch – main sitting (at the call of the bell)
1600-1630 Afternoon tea – Grand Saloon (or observation decks)
1730 Dinner – early sitting (at the call of the bell)
1915 Dinner – main sitting (at the call of the bell)

Activities on Board
Shuffle Board, Parlor Games, Kite Flying

All times are approximate. This itinerary is subject to change without notice or incurring obligation. Currents, weather and seaway traffic may be modifying factors.

Terms & Conditions

All rates are per person, based on double occupancy in Canadian dollars (unless otherwise stated) New bookings only. Space and price may be limited and subject to availability at the time of booking.  Errors or omissions may occur on the above information with no guarantee of being honoured. Terms and conditions apply. Tax is not included in the above base fare. Above tax amount includes non-refundable $30 per adult Booking Management Fee. $50 per adult cancellation fee. Not included in the above rates: Xpresspost fee, recommended medical, cancellation or baggage insurance. Child rate is applicable when travelling with 2 paying adults sharing 1 hotel room, using the existing bedding. Price Match Policy: Travel Best Bets makes every effort to remain competitive by offering our ‘Match or Beat Any Price’ offer however due to certain restrictions  there will be some product we cannot match or beat. Please note the star ratings found on www.travelbestbets.com are determined by Travel Best Bets based on a number of factors and may not match the star rating found in the Tour Operator’s brochure. Please view our star ratings by clicking here. Due to an increasing volume of disputed bookings, we will only accept payment for air only travel to India, the Philippines and the continent of Africa through the following means: book and pay cash in person or by direct deposit into our business account – once the transaction is verified and a copy of the receipt emailed or faxed to our office, we will confirm the booking. Please contact us for details on how to book using this method.Please note there maybe a tax increase when FREE connectors are added with Air Canada Vacations. Please contact [email protected] for photo credit information. BPCPA #3287