St. Lawrence Cruise Lines


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International: 613 549 8091


The Experience

Why Cruise With Us?

  • We are the rivers' most experienced cruise operator. This is our home.
  • Our years of experience, knowledge of the region, and attention to our guests ensures full value.
  • Our cruises are special because of the breathtaking, ever-changing scenery, and protected gentle waters between safe and secure overnight ports.
  • All shore excursions are included and educational information is presented en route.
  • Wholesome, generous regional cuisine. 
  • All riverboat staterooms are outboard, completely above the water line and contain modern conveniences within each room.
  • Friendly and congenial crew. 
  • Daily maid service.
  • Fun loving entertainment nightly.
  • New for 2019: Complimentary beer or wine with meals
  • Family and reunion groups accommodated. 
  • High international standards of health and safety.
  • An average of 98 percent of our guest's rate their cruise experience excellent or good in our survey.

Our Waterways

St. Lawrence River

The St. Lawrence River in its most limited bounds, begins at the foot of Lake Ontario, opposite the city of Kingston and flows generally in a north-easterly direction about 775 miles, when its flood mingles with that of the gulf by the same name. Beyond the Gulf of St. Lawrence lies the vast Atlantic Ocean. The St. Lawrence River has its source in the largest body of fresh water on the globe, and among all of the big rivers of the world, it is the only one whose volume is not greatly affected by the elements. This river, which Sir J.M. LeMoine called "The noblest, the purest, most enchanting river on all God's beautiful earth," for miles upon miles acts as a natural boundary between the good friends of the United States and Canada.

The 1000 Islands

With each nautical mile, nature's northern masterpiece unfolds. Within one 50-mile stretch on one of the world's largest rivers you will find no less than 1,870 islands. In these "1000 Islands", birthplace of the famous 1000 Islands Dressing, you will explore intricate river channels, sumptuous greenery, mysterious coves, nooks and crannies veiled in folklore. Here you will find opulent summer residences including famous mansions and castles. These islands have been the summer homes of many of the rich and famous: the Astors, the Pullmans, Helena Rubenstein, Irving Berlin, Mary Pickford, the McNallys and a host of others.

The St. Lawrence Seaway

The St. Lawrence Seaway is one of the most ambitious engineering feats of the last century. The objectives: increase the size of the St. Lawrence River shipping channel and generate hydro-electric power for Ontario, Quebec and New York State. Entire villages were relocated to higher ground, utilizing the largest moving and construction equipment in the world. As the temporary "coffer dams" were blown on July 1st, 1958, people watched with mixed emotions. Slowly rising water covered familiar land forever. It was sad for some to know they could never go home again. Others were excited to think of the new conveniences and services, modern schools and new friends. A major highlight is the opportunity to pass through the locks between Kingston and Montreal, experiencing an overall change in water level of 246 feet.

The Ottawa River

First explored by Samuel de Champlain in 1613, the Ottawa River is the largest tributary of the St. Lawrence River. The total length of the Ottawa River is approximately 790 statute miles with a total drop in level of no less than 1,100 feet. It drains an area of 57,000 square miles and has an average flow of about 70,000 cubic feet of water per second. This is said to be greater than that of all the rivers of England and Wales put together. This is significant, particularly when one considers that it is only a tributary of the mighty St. Lawrence.

River Steamboating

See the real Canada, the original Canada, as unspoiled as when the voyageurs moved up and down its waterways, as modern as the great St. Lawrence International Seaway and its spectacular locks and man-made canals. Sail on a replica steamboat. The Canadian Empress is a grand ship with a warm and friendly personality. The interior is designed in charming early heritage style. Whether it is heritage furnishing, or the brass handrails complemented by ornate metal ceilings, your ship recaptures the grace of a turn-of-the-last-century lifestyle.


Experience the marriage of classic steamboat style to modern technology against a backdrop of interesting ports of call, a congenial crew committed to excellence in comfort and service, modern conveniences and amenities expected by today's traveller, a very real camaraderie among passengers, and always, the rivers. We regard travel as one of life's special experiences, to be savoured, to be recalled with a special feeling. So, we keep you informed every nautical mile of the journey.


We know our rivers well. You will have access to charts, hear appropriate commentaries, and enjoy our daily newsletter. Our cruise directors are specialists in gracious thoroughness and kind attention to special events. Our Grand Saloon and decks provide a complete range of choices for quiet comfort and open activity. And, your Canadian crew is a special well trained, meticulously groomed people who do everything necessary to make your shipboard experience truly memorable.





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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