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Experience the captivating natural beauty, delve into rich historical significance, and witness the stunning port and river cities along the St. Lawrence River on these top cruises for 2024 and 2025. The St. Lawrence River and Seaway, serving as the vital link between the Great Lakes and Atlantic Ocean, was inaugurated in 1959 and offers a truly unique and unparalleled experience worth exploring. Sail nearly 4000 km before heading into the ocean stopping in iconic locations such as Chicago, Detroit, Mackinac Island, Saguenay Fjord, Toronto, Tadoussac, Montreal, Quebec, Trois Rivieres, and Prince Edward Island. Contact us to start planning your cruise on the St. Lawrence.
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  • Ponant -  the sole French flagged cruise line, navigates the Saint Lawrence Seaway, a network of lakes, canals, and locks connecting Lake Ontario to the St. Lawrence River. Voyages include transports to and from the Le Bellot ship, professional Smithsonian lectures and discussions on board, and a shore excursion in each port of call. 
  • American Queen Voyages - offers Saint Lawrence Seaway cruises that take you to the stunning Atlantic coast onboard Ocean Voyager. Explore British Strongholds, New England colonies, tiny French Canadian villages, Victorian-era cities rich in marine history, and remote islands with outstanding wildlife watching and fascinating local cultures.
  • Adventure Canada - has been taking visitors to unique destinations like the Saint Lawrence River for over 30 years. Enjoy a Zodiac sail around Quebec's Percé Rock, learn about the region's French cultures, and sample the local cuisine aboard Ocean Endeavour while meeting the fishermen and farmers who make it all possible.

Main cities visited on your Saint Lawrence River Cruise

These are some of the most iconic port towns and cotoes that you will discover as you sail through the Saint Lawrence River and Seaway.  
  • Halifax: A blend of modern and historic meet in the beautiful seaport capital of Nova Scotia. Visit the Public Gardens, walk to Citadel Hill, or simply enjoy its bustling streets.
  • Montreal: French in style, this port city offers visitors the chance to explore trendy neighborhoods, and iconic architectural and urban features such as Mount Royal Park, St-Denis Street, and the gothic beauty of the Basilica of Notre Dame de Montreal. 
  • Quebec: Marvel at this city’s skyline with the iconic Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac at its heart, explore Quebec’s World Heritage Old Town and discover the city’s impressive 19th-century Citadelle.
  • Trois-Rivieres: Advantageously located between Quebec and Montreal, this small city has a beautiful historic quartier and natural surroundings that make it a perfect place to go walking and sightseeing 
  • Saguenay: A favorite spot for explorers as it is surrounded by three national parks, the famous Saguenay fjord, and an estuary inhabited by a large colony of whales such as blue, fin, and beluga. 
  • Baie-Comeau: This beautiful town is known to be a port for luxury cruises that stop to discover its forestry, hydraulic dams, and touristic activities. 
  • Sept-Iles: Rich in culture and nature, the home of the Innu people gives visitors the opportunity to learn about their traditions and to explore the breathtaking natural landscapes that surround it. 
  • Tadoussac: This colorful town full of history and surrounded by rich forests is also home to one of the oldest holiday resorts in North America, 100-year old Hotel Tadoussac.
  • Percé and Gaspé: Percé Rock and the Gulf of Saint Lawrence provide visitors with astonishing views that can be enjoyed through hikes and other activities. Explore this area’s cultural, natural,  and geological wonders, as well as the beautiful towns of Percé and Gaspé, considered some of the most beautiful in Quebec. 
  • Charlottetown: The capital city of Prince Edward Island, also known as the “Birthplace of Confederation”, or modern-day Canada, will charm visitors with its picturesque streets and parks. Discover its thriving cultural scene and friendly community. 
  • Cap-aux-Meules: Located in the island of the same name, this picturesque town surrounded by wonderful nature is also the archipelago’s commercial center and gateway to the region's most beautiful sites, such as the renowned town of Havre-Aubert. 
  • Baddeck: A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve where explorers can admire endless forests, beautiful lakes, and impressive geological features such as gorges and cliffs. 
  • Louisbourg: This charming town is home to the renowned Fortress of Louisbourg, a restored historical site that takes visitors back to how life was in 18th-century Canada. 
  • Lunenburg: Known for its colonial architecture and colorful houses, the World-Heritage old town of Lunenburg will captivate those who visit it. 

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