Kingston to Montreal and Return
7 nights, 8 days
Join us for a must-see cruise in the heart of the summer season with 7 nights and 8 days of sunshine and warm temperatures amidst the natural beauty of the 1000 Islands and the St. Lawrence River. Our journey will trace the historic routes of early Upper Canada explorers, as well as explore the historic trade route between Kingston and Montreal and the modern International Seaway.
This Signature Cruise has a unique itinerary designed to highlight the very best of summer on the St. Lawrence River and the past and present of the International Seaway. This trip is your best opportunity to spot big freighters from around the world as they move their cargo in and out of world-class Canadian ports.
- 1000 Islands Anchorage
- Upper Canada Village
- Coteau Landing
- #2015Jul 6, 2020 - Jul 13, 2020
- #2111Jun 24, 2021 - Jul 1, 2021
In Alphabetical Order
1000 IslandsThis cruise will take you to witness the island paradise and natural and man-made charm of the archipelago.Read More
1000 Islands TowerThe 1000 Islands Tower is a unique attraction and will show you the best of what the area has to offer. Read More
Brockville MuseumSituated in Brockville's historic downtown core, the museum houses exhibits featuring the industrial, agricultural and social history of Brockville. All of the artifacts in the museum's collection are the tangible representation of this community's heritage.Read More
Fort WellingtonThe first Fort Wellington was built during the war of 1812 high above the St. Lawrence River at Prescott. Read More
Fur Trade MuseumLocated to the west of the Island of Montréal, the Fur Trade Museum at Lachine site is a testimony to the culmination of the fur industry in the Montréal region in the 18th and early 19th centuries.Read More
Montreal SightseeingA complete City tour, taking in many points of interest, including Notre Dame Basilica, a masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture. Read More
Moses-Saunders Power DamThe Moses-Saunders Power Dam, short for Robert Moses-Robert H. Saunders Power Dam, is a dam on the Saint Lawrence River straddling the border between the United States and Canada.Read More
Seaway LocksAll locks on the Seaway are similar in size. In width they are 80 feet; the depth over the sill is 30 feet; and the length - that is breast gate to fender - is 766 feet.Read More
Thousand Islands Heritage CenterOn Gananoque's waterfront there's a grand Victorian building designed in the tradition of the late 19th century two storey "grand cottage" with its expansive verandahs and a "widow's walk" lookout tower.Read More
Upper Canada VillageUpper Canada Village ? parts of it formed with buildings moved from flooded lands ? is a living museum community that recreates the life, work, and development of the early settlements along the upper St. Lawrence River valley.Read More
- Day One
1730 Passenger boarding commences at Kingston - Brock St. Dock. 1800 Captain's Punch & Cheese Reception. 1830 Captain's Welcome Remarks - Safety Instructions & Crew Introductions. 1850 Kingston Harbour tour bound for 1000 Islands anchorage. 1930 Empress Class Roast Prime Rib of Beef Buffet. 2115-2230 Cruise Directors get acquainted and "Fun with Trivia" party. 2230 Late night stroll on the upper deck under a million stars and among a thousand islands. Soft piano music on the player piano.
- Day Two
0730 Weigh anchor to wander the 1000 Islands, Wanderer's Channel and Admiralty Group of Islands bound for Gananoque. 0900 Debark at Gananoque for a guided tour of the Heritage Museum of the 1000 Islands. 1015 Depart Gananoque bound for Brockville, Ontario. 1330 See Millionaires' Row on the U.S side. Sail pass Boldt and Singer Castles. After Lunch - Comprehensive Safety Presentation & Crew Drill. After Lunch Comprehensive Safety Presentation & Crew Drill. 1415 Arrive Brockville and transfer by bus for a guided visit of Brockville Aquatarium. 1600 Return to ship for departure to Upper Canada Village. Cruise pass Windmill Point and site the Blue Church. Cruise along the Old Galop Canal - opened 1846. Evening Ship arrives Upper Canada Village. Relax and stroll the marina and grounds. Fun-loving entertainment.
- Day Three
0900 Transfer to the Loucks Farm on the outskirts of Upper Canada Village for a presentation of Spring on an 1850's farm. 1200 Transportation returns from Village (1.5 miles). 1230 Depart Crysler Park Marina bound for Coteau Landing, Quebec. Transit Eisenhower & Snell Locks (USA). 1500 Ship arrives at Coteau Landing, Quebec. Evening Relax and stroll the park at the mouth of the old Lachine Canal. Fun loving Entertainment
- Day Four
0700 Depart Coteau Landing bound for Lachine Pass through Beauharnois Locks (2) - Upper & Lower into Lake St. Louis 1200 Witness the continuing approach to Montreal over lunch in our Grand Saloon 1400 Debark at Lachine for a trip to Montreal's Botanical Gardens 1500 Guided tour of the Botanical Gardens at Montreal's Space for Life 1630 Return to the Canadian Empress for relaxation before dinner 1830 Relax after dinner and stroll through Parc St. Louis in Lachine Evening Fun-loving entertainment
- Day Five
0900 Depart by yellow limousine (a short trip) to visit the Fur Trade Museum (National Historic Site). 1130 Depart Lachine bound for Cornwall, Ontario. Pass through Beauharnois Locks (2) - Upper & Lower Shipboard activities Early Evening Arrive Cornwall. Evening Fun-loving entertainment.
- Day Six
0900 Transfer to the Reception Centre at the Moses-Saunders Power Dam. 1030 Return to ship for departure to Morrisburg, Ontario 1100 Depart Cornwall. 1600 Arrive Morrisburg. 1630 "Spring in the Islands" - "presentation. Evening Fun-loving entertainment.
- Day Seven
0900 Transfer to the Smyth's Apple Orchard, the home of the original MacIntosh Apple, guided tour. 1130 Return to the ship at Morrisburg to reboard, bound for Prescott. 1430 Debark at Prescott, board bus for Fort Wellington Tour. 1630 Bus returns from the fort and bound for sailing to Ivy Lea, Ontario. Evening Arrive Ivy Lea for overnight - Fun-loving entertainment. Fun-loving entertainment.
- Day Eight
0900 Debark Ivy Lea for bus transfer to 1000 Island Tower on Hill Island. 1030 Depart Ivy Lea bound for more islands, colour and for Kingston. 1410 Arrive Kingston for Closing Ceremonies (Grand Saloon). 1415 Debarkation 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.