Price starting from: $2584 CDN per person
Departure Dates: May 14 – 21 2021
Duration: 7 nights, 8 days at a 6 night rate
Join us as we kick off the 2021 river cruising season with 7 nights and 8 days of celebrating spring and the natural beauty and history of the 1000 Islands and St. Lawrence River. This return trip from Kingston to Montreal will explore the 1000 Islands region, as well as the St. Lawrence Seaway lock system as it facilitates travel and trade to Montreal. This Signature Cruise is designed to highlight the very best of springtime on the St. Lawrence River, and is available at a special 6 night rate starting at $2584 CDN per person.
Attractions – In Alphabetical Order
- 1000 Islands – This cruise will take you to witness the island paradise and natural and man-made charm of the archipelago.
- 1000 Islands Tower – The 1000 Islands Tower is a unique attraction and will show you the best of what the area has to offer.
- Fort Wellington – The first Fort Wellington was built during the war of 1812 high above the St. Lawrence River at Prescott.
- Fulford Place Mansion – Fulford was able to purchase 14 acres of waterfront property in Brockville, Ontario.
- Montreal Sightseeing – A complete City tour, taking in many points of interest, including Notre Dame Basilica, a masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture.
- 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.
- 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.
- Smyth’s Apple Orchard – This is a family-run business that had its beginning in the mid-1800’s. Situated on more than 120 acres and boasting more than 30,000 trees, you could safely say this family knows apples.
- 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.
- 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.
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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Day 1 Times
1730 Passenger boarding commences at Kingston – Brock St. Dock.
1745 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 Complimentary chocolate and liqueurs in the Grand Saloon
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 2 Times
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.
1030 Depart Gananoque bound for Brockville, Ontario.
1330 See Millionaires’ Row on the U.S side. Sail past Boldt and Singer Castles
After Lunch Comprehensive Safety Presentation & Crew Drill.
1500 Arrive Brockville and transfer by bus for a guided visit of the Aquatarium.
1630 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.
Day 3 Times
0900 Miniature train departs marina to meet horse-drawn wagons to facilitate tour of Upper Canada Village
1200 Transportation returns from Village
1230 Depart Crysler Park Marina bound for Coteau Landing, Quebec
Afternoon Transit Eisenhower and 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 4 Times
0700 Depart Coteau Landing bound for Lachine
Morning Pass through Beauharnois Locks (2) – Upper & Lower into Lac St. Louis
1200 Witness the continuing approach to Montreal over lunch in our Grand Saloon
1330 Arrive at Lachine
1345 Depart by bus for guided tour to downtown Montreal
1445 Guided tour of the Biodome at Montreal’s Space for Life
1715 Return to the Canadian Empress
Evening Relax after dinner and stroll through Parc St. Louis
Evening Fun-loving entertainment
Day 5 Times
0900 Depart by bus to visit the Fur Trade Museum (National Historic Site).
1130 Depart Lachine bound for Cornwall, Ontario
Afternoon Pass through Beauharnois Locks (2) – Upper and Lower
Afternoon Shipboard activities on the St. Lawrence Seaway
Early Evening Arrive Cornwall.
Evening Fun-loving entertainment.
Day 6 Times
0900 Transfer to the Reception Centre at the Moses-Saunders Power Dam.
1030 Return to ship for departure to Morrisburg, Ontario
1200 Transit Eisenhower and Snell Locks (USA)
1600 Arrive Morrisburg.
1630 Guest speaker from the British Home Child Museum
Evening Fun-loving entertainment.
Day 7 Times
0900 Transfer to the Smyth’s Apple Orchard, the home of the original MacIntosh Apple for a guided tour.
1130 Return to the ship at Morrisburg for departure bound for Prescott.
1200 Pass through Iroquois Seaway Control Lock
1430 Debark at Prescott to board bus for Fort Wellington guided tour
1600 Return from Fort Wellington
1630 Ship departs Prescott bound for Gananoque, Ontario.
Evening Arrive Ivy Lea for overnight – Fun-loving entertainment.
Day 8 Times
0900 Debark for bus transfer to 1000 Island Tower on Hill Island.
1100 Depart Gananoque bound for Kingston
1410 Arrive Kingston for Closing Ceremonies (Grand Saloon).
1415 Debarkation and farewells – Brock St. Dock, Kingston.
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)