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

Schedules

Jun 24, 2021 - Jul 1, 2021

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.

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.

Fort Wellington

The first Fort Wellington was built during the war of 1812 high above the St. Lawrence River at Prescott.

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.

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.

Itinerary

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 Director's "Fun with Trivia" and get acquainted 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.