The Ship

A Classic Canadian Riverboat

The Canadian Empress is a grand ship with a warm and friendly personality, and the size and design of the vessel serves to enhance the intimacy of river cruising. The exterior of the ship emulates the classic steamboats of the Victorian era, while the interior is a mix of charming early heritage style, with brass handrails and ornate metal ceilings, and contemporary fashion.
This classic riverboat style is combined with modern technology to provide all of the safety, comfort, and amenities expected by today's travellers. All staterooms are above the waterline and include daily maid service.
*Note: The Canadian Empress is only equipped with stairs between decks. Persons with mobility issues should inquire with reservations staff about stateroom accessibility and potential accommodations.

St. Lawrence Deck

The St Lawrence Deck is the main accommodation level on the Canadian Empress. The St. Lawrence, Sterling and Premier Category staterooms can be found on this deck. All staterooms on this deck are above the waterline with opening windows to the fresh river air. Also located on this deck is our Corner Store. This is where you will find a nice selection of souvenirs a few toiletries and at the end of your journey this is where all outstanding accounts are settled.

  • St. Lawrence Staterooms
  • Sterling Staterooms
  • Premier Staterooms
  • Corner Store

Ottawa Deck

All 8 Ottawa category staterooms are accessed from this level as are both of our outdoor observation decks. It is also on the Ottawa deck you will find our Grand Saloon. The Grand Saloon in its Turn-of-the-Century warmth is where all meals are served and all of our nightly entertainment is enjoyed.

  • Ottawa Staterooms
  • Grand Saloon
  • Dining Room
  • Observation Deck
  • Lounge & Bar

Sun Deck

Sit back relax and enjoy some of Canada's most beautiful scenery. From your comfortable deck chair or lounge watch as each scene unfolds. Join your Cruise Director on the sun deck for some fun activities including shuffleboard or kite flying.

  • Wheel House
  • Shuffle Board
  • Outdoor Lounge

The Canadian Empress