Seniors Head North For a River Cruise Adventure

My latest AARP Magazine mentioned that many seniors are considering a Canada River Cruise over one in Europe. Well, why not?  It has to be cheaper than flying to France, Germany or another site.  Canada is our neighbor and they have lots of great rivers, the biggie of course is the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Canada’s copious system of rivers is more than a spectacular and integral part of its natural world, it has also been a major force in shaping the nation’s cultural heritage. The majority of riverboat cruises depart from the port in Old Montreal, a historically maintained neighborhood south of downtown.

St. Lawrence Cruise Lines

Choose this line and your ship will carry you through the very heart of central Canada’s most beautiful scenery on routes specifically selected for their history, natural beauty and modern vitality. They have four fall cruises including one on the Ottawa River, a beautiful river that seniors have found to be one of their favorite cruises in Canada.

USA River Cruises specializes in small ship cruises, ship sizes range from 28 persons to 600 persons, many of which cruise on such rivers as the Columbia, Snake, Mississippi, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, Hudson, St. Lawrence and many more. Their cruise agents are all certified in small ships and have extensive (over 20 yrs) experience in cruise sales.

More Cruise Lines For Seniors to Consider

USA Today has a listing of cruises that many seniors have taken and enjoy immensely. These include dinner cruises and paddle wheelers and a few cruises just for weekenders. Cruise Critic has some personal blogs of folks who have taken Canadian cruises plus some special prices up to 75% off.

Small Ship Cruises has a great site with the names of cruise lines and a description of those ships that can take seniors on Canada cruises. After looking over all this selection be sure to consider the Vancancier that leaves Montreal each Friday afternoon heading for the Gulf of St. Lawrence. An MSC Cruise may be to your liking to check out the brilliant colors of fall. notes that seniors can have an adventure that begins with a cruise through some of Canada’s rivers which have some of the most breath taking scenery. River Cruise Agent provides a host of choices for river cruising but highlights the fact that the St. Lawrence River in its most limited bounds, begins at the foot of Lake Ontario, opposite the city of Kingston and flows generally in a north-easterly direction about 775 miles.

Beyond the Gulf of St. Lawrence lies the vast Atlantic Ocean. The St. Lawrence River has its source in the largest body of freshwater on the globe plus you can visit Montreal and Quebec City on your route.

So grab your paddle, pack your bags and check out a Canada Cruise.  jeb


  1. Cruise vacations can be excellent choices for travelers with disabilities, but choosing the right ship is key. It’s important to note that vessels built during the past few years are more likely to have purpose-built staterooms, usually in more than one category and conveniently located for easy access to elevators. Most lines adhere closely to ADA requirements, and some even go several steps beyond. For older ships, cruise lines often retrofit staterooms to conform, but these cabins are never quite as good as cabins specifically designed for accessible cruising.

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