St. Lawrence Cruise Lines


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About Us

St. Lawrence Cruise Lines Inc. is a family built and operated Canadian business in its 39th year. As our guest I invite you to join us to explore the most scenic, calm water rivers in this part of the world. Our professional, highly trained all-Canadian crew will spoil you with exceptional cuisine and genuine Canadian hospitality as you experience the beauty of Canada's rivers and the rich history of Upper and Lower Canada.

I intend to continue our legacy and to honor my Uncle Bob Clark’s philosophy of being a trusted company and providing fair value.


We look forward to welcoming you aboard!

Jason Clark, President



Bob Clarke, Founder of St. Lawrence Cruise LinesHow it all began...

The M/V Canadian Empress was the result of some fanciful thinking on the part of Bob Clark in 1979. Having lived on the St. Lawrence River for a number of years and being familiar with its many attractions and scenic beauty, Bob couldn't understand why there wasn't an overnight cruise ship providing a regular opportunity for visitors to see this very special part of the world.

Having been actively involved in architecture, real estate and the housing industry, Bob's entrepreneurial spirit wouldn't allow him to let go of this idea and within a very short period of time the keel for the ship was being laid. The M/V Canadian Empress was launched on September 6th, 1981.

The year 1908 was chosen as a design and decor theme because Bob wanted a vessel that would integrate well with the history of the St. Lawrence river. The M/V Canadian Empress is not a replica of any specific vessel, but is a composite replica of many vessels that were common in the St. Lawrence region during the last century.

Over the years, the M/V Canadian Empress has been host to guests from virtually every province of Canada, every state in the United States and numerous countries throughout the world. In 1990, St. Lawrence Cruise Lines Inc. was named Business of the Year by the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce, and in 1997, Bob Clark was named Business Person of the Year.

Bob was a firm believer in a "hands-on" management style, always looking for improvements; and so, it was not uncommon to find Bob and his wife Mryna cruising on board with passengers... taking just a little time from work to enjoy the scenic beauty of these wonderful rivers.

Cruise Choices

Celebration of Spring
Signature Cruise

Join us as we kick off the 2019 cruise season with 6 nights, 7 days of fresh spring air on the St. Lawrence River. This trip from Kingston to Quebec City is a super value at a 5 night rate starting at $2091 per person.

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Seaway 60th Anniversary Cruise
Signature Cruise

Celebrate the 60th anniversary of the St. Lawrence Seaway with a special cruise, featuring unique ports and attractions, and a travelling historian. This cruise is 6 nights, 7 days from Quebec City to Kingston.

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Heritage Waterway Summer Cruise
Signature Cruise

Come and cruise with us for 7 nights and 8 days as we trace the routes of early upper Canada explorers. Learn about the history of the early trade route between Kingston and Montreal.

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Fall Harvest and Colour Cruise
Signature Cruise

As Autumn unfolds, the shore and islands ignite with a blaze of colour and travellers come from far and wide to take part in this parade of colour for 7 Nights and 8 Days.

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Upper River Expedition

Come and explore for 4 nights and 5 days the intricate passages and channels of this amazing archipelago of 1870 islands known as the 1000 islands. 

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Canadian Connection

Experience Quebec's joie de vivre (love of life) on this cruise as your ship passes through all 7 St. Lawrence Seaway locks. Cruising 6 nights 7 days between Canada's show piece Quebec City to historical Kingston. 

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Canada's Capital

The joy and beauty of the lower Ottawa River coupled with the amazing 1000 Islands and St. Lawrence Seaway makes this 5 night, 6-day cruise an unforgettable voyage. 

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