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Canadian Connection: St. Lawrence River Passage

East: Kingston to Quebec City (6 Nights)

Canadian Connection Map
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Cruise Dates:
June 11–17, 2012 Waitlist Only
June 29–July 5, 2012
July 31–August 6, 2012
August 18–24, 2012 Waitlist Only
September 18–24, 2012 (Fall Foliage Cruise) Waitlist Only

Overnight Ports:
1000 Islands Retreat
Brockville
Upper Canada Village
Coteau Landing
Montreal
Trois Rivieres

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1 Your Canadian Connection cruise east commences with boarding in historic Kingston, Ontario. If possible, plan to arrive in Kingston early and spend some time in this splendid community.
Day 2 Make sure you have your cameras and binoculars in hand, because we're weighing anchor to wander leisurely through the famous and beautiful 1000 Islands to visit its Heritage Center. Pass by Singer Castle en route to Brockville.
Day 3 This morning after breakfast busses will be waiting to take us to yet another first-class attraction, Fulford Place mansion, where you'll quickly appreciate the opulence of the turn of the last century.
Day 4 This morning after breakfast, horse-drawn wagons will be waiting to take you to Upper Canada Village. Upon return the ship will depart bound for your overnight berth in Coteau Landing. Today's sail will take us through both American locks, Snell and Eisenhower.
Day 5 As we approach our berth in Old Montreal, we'll pass by "Man and His World", site of the World's Fair in 1967. You'll recognize Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome, and many of you will recognize "The Big O" (Olympic Stadium) home of Montreal's many sporting and recreational events (originally constructed for the 1976 Olympics).
Day 6 After lunch we'll arrive at Trois Rivieres where we will board a motorcoach for a brief tour of this historic city bound for a guided tour of Notre-Dame-du-Cap shrine. The Cape is a place of pilgrimage and devotion to Our Lady of the Cape (Canada's national shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary).
Day 7 As we get closer to Quebec City the bluffs along the shore become higher and higher culminating at the Plains of Abraham, site of the famous battle for Quebec between the French and the British. Imagine having to climb those cliffs. That was the task that faced the British soldiers on September 13th, 1759.

West: Quebec City to Kingston (6 Nights)

Canadian Connection Map
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Cruise Dates:
June 17–23, 2012 Waitlist Only
July 5–11, 2012
August 6–12, 2012
August 24–30, 2012 Waitlist Only
September 24–30, 2012 (Fall Foliage Cruise) Waitlist Only

Overnight Ports:
Quebec City
Trois Rivieres
Montreal
Upper Canada Village
Brockville
Rockport

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1 Your Canadian Connection cruise west commences with boarding in beautiful Quebec City. If possible, plan to arrive in Quebec City early and spend some time in this splendid historic City.
Day 2 This morning we'll depart Quebec City early bound for Trois Rivieres. The departure from Quebec City is awesome. Initially the bluffs culminate at the Plains of Abraham, site of the famous battle for Quebec between the British and the French.
Day 3 Today is a great day to meet with your new acquaintances and participate (if you wish) in the many ship's scheduled activities. As we approach our berth in Old Montreal, you'll be surprised at the capacity of the Port facilities.
Day 4 En route to Upper Canada Village we will pass through a series of four International Seaway locks and you're sure to encounter some large lakers and ocean-going "salties" that are always ready and willing to greet you with a blast of those great ship's horns. There are seven locks in the St. Lawrence River; five in Canada and two in the United States.
Day 5 Our horse-drawn wagons will return from Upper Canada Village to the ship for lunch and our departure bound for Prescott, Ontario where we'll tour historic Fort Wellington, originally built during the war of 1812 and later reconstructed as a result of the Upper Canada Rebellion in 1837–8.
Day 6 Make sure you have your cameras and binoculars in hand because we will be departing Brockville to wander leisurely through the famous and beautiful 1000 Islands en route to Rockport, Ontario. Upon arriving, a bus will be waiting for a transfer to the 1000 Islands Skydeck for a panoramic view of the Islands from 350 feet.
Day 7 The Captain is going to take you on a waterfront tour before berthing in front of Kingston's majestic City Hall. Unfortunately, all good things have to come to an end, but not before our Closing Ceremonies in the Grand Saloon.