St. Lawrence Cruise Lines


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40th Anniversary Cruise

Kingston to Upper Canada Village and Return
May 16 - 20
4 nights, 5 days

Since 1981, the river has been our home. Come with us to celebrate the Canadian Empress as she begins her 40th anniversary season on the beautiful and historic St. Lawrence River. This special cruise features a unique itinerary that includes rare tours and attractions. Some of the special attractions included are the Doran Bay Model Ship Museum and a period-style celebration meal at Willard's Hotel at Upper Canada Village.
*Canadian Empress Alumni can receive a special rate for this cruise. Please contact our Reservations office at 1-800-267-7868.

    Overnight Ports

  • 1000 Islands Anchorage
  • Brockville
  • Upper Canada Village
  • Gananoque


  • #2104May 16, 2021 - May 20, 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
  • 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
  • Fulford Place Mansion

    Fulford Place Mansion

    Fulford was able to purchase 14 acres of waterfront property in Brockville, Ontario.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 in Kingston
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 Director's "Fun with Trivia" and get acquainted party
2230-close 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
0830 Weigh anchor to wander the 1000 Islands, Wanderer's Channel and Admiralty Group of Islands bound for Gananoque, Ont
1010 Debark at Gananoque for a tour & visit to the Arthur Child Heritage Museum of the 1000 Islands
1130 Depart Gananoque to cruise the U.S.A. side of the river
Learn about Boldt Castle on Heart Island
View and learn about Singer Castle on Dark Island
1430 Comprehensive Safety Presentation & Crew Drill
1530 Arrive Brockville - transfer by bus for a guided tour of Fulford Mansion
1700 Bus departs from Fulford Mansion to return to the ship
Evening Relax and stroll the waterfront - see Canada's 1st Railway Tunnel
Fun loving entertainment
Day Three
0800 Depart Brockville bound for Prescott, Ont
0915 Debark at Prescott for a tour of Fort Wellington (National Historic Site)
1130 Bus returns from Fort Wellington
1145 Depart Prescott bound for Crysler Park Marina, Upper Canada Village
Cruise along the old Galop Canal - opened in 1846
Pass through the Iroquois Lock at the Seaway control dam
Early PM Arrive Crysler Park Marina
Relax or stroll the marina and grounds
Evening Fun loving entertainment
Day Four
0900 Miniature train departs marina to meet horse-drawn wagon to tour Upper Canada Village. After your guided tour free time to wander on your own
1200 Transportation returns from the village (1.5 miles)
1230 Depart marina bound for Ivy Lea, Ontario in the heart of the 1000 Islands
PM Ship board activities
View and learn about the Statue of St. Lawrence
Late PM Arrive Ivy Lea
Relax or stroll this quaint little hamlet
Evening Enjoy some big band sounds for your listening and dancing pleasure
Day Five
0900 Debark ship for transfer to the 400 feet 1000 Island Tower on Hill Island
1030 Bus returns to the ship
1100 Depart Ivy Lea and sail through the Canadian channel enroute to 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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