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St. Lawrence Cruises

St. Lawrence Cruise Lines

About St. Lawrence Cruises

The Canadian family-owned St. Lawrence Cruise Lines has carved out a river cruising niche that uses a replica turn-of-the-last-century steamboat on two main itineraries: a five-night trip between Ottawa and Kingston and a six-night voyage between Quebec City and Kingston.

  • Who goes on St. Lawrence cruise ships?

  • Do I have to dress up on a St. Lawrence cruise?

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Murray River Wonders & Kangaroo Island

FREE Inside to Outside Cabin Upgrade

  • Fully escorted tours – Departures from January - March 2022
  • 3nt Murray River paddlewheeler cruise with all meals and sightseeing
  • 4* hotel stays in Adelaide and Kangaroo Island with breakfast
  • All flights, taxes & transfers included - Call (02) 8313 5926 to book

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Who goes on St. Lawrence cruise ships?

The line mostly attracts seniors from the U.S. and Canada (with a small sprinkling of other nationalities) who want to sail with like-minded folks of around the same age.

Do I have to dress up on a St. Lawrence cruise?

A little. There's no dress code during the day -- comfortable, casual wear is the watchword. There are no formal nights, but people do dress up more smartly in the evening -- think sport shirt and slacks with a sport coat or sweater for men and resort wear (dresses, sweaters, slacks) for women. On the final evening, men generally wear a sport coat and tie and women wear a dress.

Is everything free on St. Lawrence cruises?

No. Fares include meals, wine and beer with lunch and dinner, and all excursions. Bar drinks and gratuities are not included.

What are St. Lawrence’s most popular activities?

The emphasis for St. Lawrence Cruise Lines passengers is on slow-paced, educational touring, that is to say scenic sailing interspersed by informative shore tours -- mainly gentle walks around places of interest. Generally, St. Lawrence Cruise Lines attracts more sedentary passengers and activities onboard reflect that. Shuffleboard and trivia games are highlights of onboard entertainment, and there is low-key entertainment in the grand salon in the evening.

Why go with St. Lawrence?

  • Exclusively sails the St. Lawrence Seaway
  • Particularly popular among Americans and Canadians
  • Aimed at senior travelers
  • Excellent regional enrichment and entertainment

Best for: Mature couples, solos and older parent/child combos

Not for: Foodies, young cruisers, party animals and anyone in a wheelchair

St. Lawrence Cruise Lines Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Perfect for Very First Cruise Ever!

Family and friends have all cruised, so we wanted our first one to be on a small boat and on a river. We love Canada and settled on St. Lawrence River Cruises. Customer service was tremendous while we planned a... Read More
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First Time Cruiser

Age 60s

2000$ Waste

Unfortunately this is the first and last time I will be sailing with St Lawrence Cruise Lines. My husband and I booked on one of their cruises through the islands and while the scenery was lovely, it didn't make... Read More
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2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

The St Lawrence River from Quebec to Kingston

The Canadian Empress is a replica of the old steam operated passenger riverboats that used to cruise in the Thousand Islands of the St Lawrence River. There are of course modifications for the 21st century, even... Read More
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10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Beautiful scenery

We chose this cruise due to location and an opportunity to combine it with a stay in the old walled part of Quebec City. The boat is modeled after a river steamboat of the early 1900s and is architecturally... Read More
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6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

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