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Heritage Waterway Summer Cruise

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.

    Overnight Ports

  • 1000 Islands Anchorage
  • Upper Canada Village
  • Coteau Landing
  • Lachine
  • Cornwall
  • Morrisburg
  • Gananoque


  • #2015Jul 6, 2020 - Jul 13, 2020
  • #2111Jun 24, 2021 - Jul 1, 2021


In Alphabetical Order

  • 1000 Islands

    1000 Islands

    This cruise will take you to witness the island paradise and natural and man-made charm of the archipelago.Read More
  • 1000 Islands Tower

    1000 Islands Tower

    The 1000 Islands Tower is a unique attraction and will show you the best of what the area has to offer. Read More
  • Brockville Museum

    Brockville Museum

    Situated 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 Wellington

    Fort Wellington

    The first Fort Wellington was built during the war of 1812 high above the St. Lawrence River at Prescott. Read More
  • Fur Trade Museum

    Fur Trade Museum

    Located 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 Sightseeing

    Montreal Sightseeing

    A complete City tour, taking in many points of interest, including Notre Dame Basilica, a masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture. Read More
  • Moses-Saunders Power Dam

    Moses-Saunders Power Dam

    The 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 Locks

    Seaway Locks

    All 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 Center

    Thousand Islands Heritage Center

    On 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 Village

    Upper Canada Village

    Upper 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.

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