KINGSTON — Forty lucky passengers were on hand to help St. Lawrence Cruise Lines celebrate its 40th anniversary during a special Anniversary Cruise last week.
Sailing from Sept. 27-Oct. 1, the cruise carried 40 guests, many of whom have previously travelled with the cruise line, on a journey through the Thousand Islands and St. Lawrence Seaway, between the line’s homeport of Kingston, Ontario and Morrisburg, Ontario. Paying homage to the company’s rich history and its original small ship CANADIAN EMPRESS, the cruise included afternoon tea at Cosies Tea Room in Brockville, a celebratory dinner at the Harvest Barn at Upper Canada Village, and a Dedication Ceremony for the ship on Oct. 1 at the 1000 Islands boat Museum in Gananoque. The museum is located only a short stroll from the location where the ship was originally built and launched in 1981.
“We believe that it is important to pay tribute to the origins of the company, including the construction of the CANADIAN EMPRESS in Gananoque, as well as our first voyages through hthe Thousand Islands on the St. Lawrence River. This Anniversary Cruise gives us a chance to do that,” said St. Lawrence Cruise Lines President, Jason Clark.
“We are excited to share this Anniversary cruise with our passengers and crew,” he added. “We will also be welcoming a number of past crew members, many of the original journeymen involved with building the Canadian Empress to the Dedication Ceremony on Oct. 1,”
St. Lawrence Cruise Lines operates overnight cruises on the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers, with departures from Kingston, Ottawa and Quebec City. Its vessels travel exclusively in Canadian waters and makes overnight stops at select ports in Ontario and Quebec.
For more information or to request a travel brochure call 1-800-267-7868 or go to www.StLawrenceCruiseLines.com.