The Saguenay

Spectacular natural scenery abounds on this adventure from New York to southeastern Canada. From the bustling bright lights of Manhattan to the charm and sophistication of Montreal, travel the waterways that blend U.S. and Canadian cultures. Go where other ships simply cannot go, we check in on the Hudson and sail the river valley before transiting the Erie Canal. Cruise through the stunning 1000 Islands along the St. Lawrence River before entering The Saguenay River, nestled beneath towering cliffs and enveloped in pine. The cold cobalt waters attract schools of Beluga whales, making the Saguenay one of the world’s premier whale-watching destinations.

Montreal - Image Credit © Azier Elorza
Waterways Navigated:

NY Harbor

Hudson River

NY State Barge Canal

Lake Ontario

St. Lawrence River

Saguenay River

The Saguenay


September 20 – October 3

New York to Montreal (Grande Mariner)
Save up to 25%

DEPARTS: Montreal

September 12 – September 25

Montreal to New York (Grande Caribe)
Save up to 40% and Free Early Arrival

To Be Announced

DEPARTS: Montreal

To Be Announced

Category 13 Nights

These are the lowest priced cabins located main and lower deck. Restricted to either a porthole or no window with doors to an interior hallway. Select Cat I cabins have a marine shower which means that the toilet area and shower are in a shared space. 

All cabins in Cat II are located in the bow of ship on the main deck. These cabins all have porthole window and doors that open to an interior hallway.

Most Cat III cabins are located on the main deck with large fixed windows (unable to open but let in lots of light). The cabin size of Cat III is slightly larger than Cat I & II.

Most Cat III cabins are located on the main deck with large fixed windows (unable to open but let in lots of light). The cabin size of Cat III is slightly larger than Cat I & II.

These cabins are the most spacious out of the four categories with large fixed windows that open to allow a natural breeze. All Cat IV cabins are located on the sun deck. You may select whether you would like a cabin that opens to an interior hallway or sun deck.

+ Port Taxes + $425


New York, NY

From the bustling bright lights of Manhattan to the UNESCO world heritage treasure of Quebec City, travel the waterways which blend the cultures of the US and Canada. This journey introduces you to both amazing civil engineering feats such as the Erie Canal and stunning natural wonders like the 1000 Islands region in the St. Lawrence Seaway. Embark today in New York City. A tour of New York Harbor puts you in a NY state of mind before setting sail on the Hudson River.


Kingston, NY

This morning in Kingston, NY, treat yourself to an optional tour of nearby Hyde Park and Springwood, the beloved estate of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, now home to his presidential library and museum. We’ll follow the majestic Hudson River meandering through the Erie Canal, a marvel of engineering and a testament to American ingenuity, and into the Oswego Canal having passed through 30 locks along the way. Watch as the ship’s unique retractable pilot house is lowered, allowing the vessel to slip easily beneath low bridges.



Image Credit © Fitz &Follwell Co
Cruise the Erie Canal

Relax during a full day of sailing on the Erie Canal’s calm waters. Blount Small Ship Adventures is the only overnight cruise line to sail this famed waterway. Enjoy a daytime tour of nearby Saratoga Springs, a charming small town and resort destination, popular for its plentiful mineral springs. Your tour includes a visit to the Saratoga Battlefield, site of the first major American victory over the British during the American Revolution in 1777. Conclude your day with festive musical entertainment.

Rome, NY

A second full day on the Erie Canal invites you to enjoy an optional excursion to the Oriskany Battlefield and Fort Stanwix in the Mohawk River Valley, where the 1777 Siege of Fort Stanwix endured for nearly three weeks.

Cruise the St. Lawrence Seaway

Crossing into Canada via the St. Lawrence Seaway, you will be awe-struck by the immense natural beauty surrounding you. Welcome to the splendor of 1000 Islands region where Emerald pines and stone castles stand guard. Called the ‘Garden of the Great Spirit,’ by the Iroquois, there are 1800 islands here straddling the US and Canadian borders. Ancient legend holds that Manitou, the Great Spirit, bestowed a magnificent garden to his people if peace would prevail in their land. But when fighting started, he wrapped the garden in a bundle and ascended into the sky. The garden tumbled out of his arms and into the St. Lawrence, breaking into pieces that became the 1000 Islands.

Jeff Frenette Photography
Quebec City, QC

Depart the enchanting 1000 Islands region for the quaint, French-inspired, Quebec City considered by many to be the most romantic city in North America. Offering a distinctly French culture, cobblestone streets, and the historic architecture of Old Town, your afternoon arrival allows time to discover the city’s treasures during an optional guided walking tour.


Port de Saguenay, QC

At the tip of a majestic fjord where the waters of the Saguenay and the Saint Lawrence Rivers meet lies the charming village of Saguenay. With a decidedly French atmosphere and a touch of the Old World. With its pristine ecosystem, quintessentially -Canadian natural beauty and some of the most picturesque villages on Earth, you’ll soon see why Saguenay was voted the happiest city in Canada!

Cruise the Saguenay

Founded by Jacques Cartier in 1536, The Saguenay River is nestled beneath towering cliffs and enveloped in pine. The Saguenay supposedly gets its name from an Iroquoian legend about a kingdom in the north rich in gold and silver. Today, enjoy whale watching on the majestic Saguenay River where the cold, cobalt waters attract schools of Beluga whales, making it one of the world’s premier whale-watching destinations. A local naturalist will join us onboard to give a presentation on the animals of the Saguenay and to provide commentary along the way.


Quebec City, Qc

Return to Quebec City, where an optional morning tour introduces the charms of this breathtaking locale and the stunning view from Observatory Towers before visiting the impressive Montmorency Falls. Tonight, a local pianist entertains you onboard.


Montreal, QC

Welcome to Montreal, vibrant with culture, history, artistic wonders, and enchanting riverside vistas. Choose an optional tour including Old Montreal, Notre Dame Basilica (subject to availability), Olympic Park, and St. Joseph’s Oratory. This afternoon, a second optional walking tour introduces you to historic Old Montreal and its 17th century architecture. Your walking tour culminates with a delicious local treat while taking in the sights and sounds of new and Old Montreal. This evening, a flute and guitar duo entertain during a festive farewell celebration onboard the ship.

Pre and Post Cruise Packages

Let us assist with your pre and post cruise transportation and hotel accommodations. Call for details!


The Saguenay ships and Cruise Dates

Grande Caribe

Grande Mariner