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Montreal History Guided Sightseeing Cruise

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Montréal, Canada
Montreal History Guided Sightseeing Cruise

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 8 more

Overview

Set sail for fun with a guided cruise near Montreal on the scenic St. Lawrence River, enjoying skyline views and learning about city history as you ride. Step on board your ship, the AML Cavalier Maxim, complete with sunny terraces and a glass-enclosed dining area, passing area landmarks including the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, the islands of Boucherville and the scenic shoreline. During your Montreal cruise, hear tales about the city’s founding and role of a legendary French explorer in its settlement.
  • Historic discovery cruise of Montreal
  • Admire the Montreal skyline from the St Lawrence River
  • Hear about Montreal's history through anecdotes from a local guide
  • Enjoy the views from the sunny terraces or the glassed-in dining rooms
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Cruise relating the maritime history of the metropolis Montreal
The best view on the city, the river and its shores
Indoor bistro service as well as on the terraces
New: Audio guide in 8 languages!
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

200 Rue de la Commune O, Montréal, QC H2Y 4B2, Canada

At the Grand Quai in the Old Port.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Discover the beautiful river landscapes and fascinating history of Montreal during this cruise along the St. Lawrence River. Anyone with a love for geography, historic explorers or that simply enjoys great views will relish this scenic boat ride along the shores of French Canada’s biggest city.

Start your trip from the city’s Alexandra Pier in either the morning or afternoon. Then cast off for your river ride, journeying 22 miles (35 kilometers) of the river near Montreal. During your cruise you’ll pass famous city sights including the islands of Boucherville, Jacques-Cartier Bridge and the city’s picturesque shoreline. 

Make sure to also take advantage of all that your ship, the AML Cavalier Maxim, has to offer during your voyage. Enjoy some sunbathing on the ship’s al fresco terraces, or step inside if you need to warm up in the glass-enclosed dining area. An array of food and drinks, including muffins, salads, cookies, sandwiches, juice, and cocktails, is available for purchase at the on-board café.

At the end of your ride, return back to Alexandra Pier, having gained a new perspective on the city of Montreal and its rich history.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
St. Lawrence River
Explore 22 miles (35 km) of the historic St Lawrence River including the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, the shoreline and the islands of Boucherville.
Pass By:  
Pont Jacques-Cartier
Explore 22 miles (35 km) of the historic St Lawrence River including the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, the shoreline and the islands of Boucherville.
Pass By:  
La Ronde
Sail near the shore of La Ronde
Stop At:  
Croisieres AML
Explore 22 miles (35 km) of the historic St Lawrence River. Aboard your boat, the AML Cavalier Maxim, take advantage of the sunny terraces and relax while admiring the city, or enjoy the panoramic views from the glassed-in dining room. You'll see the city from a completely new angle. The snack bar on board offers food and drinks including sandwiches, salads, cookies, muffins and juice to enjoy on one of the sunny decks. Or you can liven up the party with a refreshing Captain's cocktail! All food and drink purchases are at your own expense.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Old Port of Montreal
See the famous Old Port of Montreal
Pass By:  
Parc Des Iles de Boucherville
See the Boucherville Islands from the river
Pass By:  
Biosphere
See the iconic Biosphere on the Ile Ste-Helene
Pass By:  
Olympic Park (Parc olympique)
See the home of the 1976 Summer Olympics.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 300 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Croisieres AML

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Montreal History Guided Sightseeing Cruise ?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Montreal History Guided Sightseeing Cruise ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Montreal History Guided Sightseeing Cruise ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Montreal History Guided Sightseeing Cruise ?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Montreal History Guided Sightseeing Cruise .
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Montreal History Guided Sightseeing Cruise ?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 300 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Montreal History Guided Sightseeing Cruise .

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Traveler Tips


  • "Lower deck was enclosed with windows; upper deck open with plastic bench seats, a bit uncomfortable." See review
  • "Nice way to see the river and parts of Montreal without driving." See review

Reviews

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118 Reviews

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star-3
Cruising into Montreal port after all!
Damian_S
, Sep 2021
Couldn't hear the audio very well but the experience was still good with a pitcher of sangria on a hot summer's day in early September.
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Cruise worst than a boat trip.
Petikirige_D
, Sep 2021
We booked this trip a few days prior because we want to make sure that our children will get the best experience. We arrived an hour early only to find out that the cruise was cancelled because there were fewer people for that cruise at that specific time. We were told that an email was sent to all customers but unfortunately, we did not receive an email, text message or call. We overheard a conversation that there was a private trip at that same time and the same boat with acrobat show and brunch. We contacted Viator customer service regarding this matter and we were told that the cruise operator has not informed Viator regarding any cancellations. Meanwhile, Viator customer service managed to book our trip at a later time on that day. Because of this incident, we cancelled some of our planned activities in the afternoon and it is very upsetting how they have mishandled the situation leaving us dealing with everything and not a single help from any of the staff or crew of the cruise regarding this matter. During the cruise, we barely see the historical sites that was said in their ads. It was too far away for us to see. Unless you see bring a binocular and instead, the tour guide was mostly explaining about the ships that are anchored in the harbor. The photographer was very insistent of taking a picture without even asking if it is ok. It was like forcefully taken and we have no choice but to pay for the photo which looks almost exposed. Not worth a penny.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hello to you, Have you checked your junk mail regarding the ad? Unfortunately we often fall into this category. We are sorry if this is the case. As for the rest, we are very sorry to read that your experience was like this. Please know that we take your constructive feedback to heart so that this type of situation does not happen to other of our customers. Thank you for taking the time for this comment.
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Terrible
Jacqueline_M
, Aug 2021
I could not find a good seat because of how many people were there. I ordered nachos and 2 drinks and the nachos came very late. When we had only 20 minutes left we cancelled the drinks. Who would drink alcohol rushing? Very slow service and overcrowded.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hello, Thank you for taking the time to write this comment. It is true that it is not pleasant to receive your food and cocktails so late. We will make sure this does not happen again. Regarding seating, we ask that passengers arrive one hour early to reserve their seats on board. Thank you for the constructive feedback!
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star-5
Excellent trip around Montreal
Chris_B
, Aug 2021
Excellent boat trip - very highly recommended Great staff, nice lounge and very good guide The views around the city are very impressive
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thank you very much for your comment! We hope to see you soon!
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star-5
Excellent, fabulous
Rubaiyat_F
, Aug 2021
Everything is nice , crews were awesome and professionals . We will do it again . Just one note .. we had a problem with parking ticket , got confused but they opened the gate without getting the ticket from the machine .. which was awesome and good customer service
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thank you very much! It is very important to us that our staff provides you with excellent service. Not all docks have parking, but you did well. Thank you!
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star-1
Garbage place DONT BOOK!
Zishan
, Aug 2021
Absolutely garbage customer service. Would not recommend. Montreal downtown was blocked for anti mask policy and they still took bookings. And later denied refund when not able to board the cruise. Worst service from Darlene and Laura at the operator level and Verma at viator.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hello, We are saddened to hear that your experience was affected by an external event in Montreal that is beyond our control. We will take care of the quality of our customer service as we are committed to providing excellent service. Thank you for your comment, it will be taken into consideration to change for the better!
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star-5
100% recomended
melvin_a
, Aug 2021
Food ,drinks , view ,staff , very nice experience. Definitely i will take it again next year 5 stars
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thank you so much for your positive review. We are very happy that you enjoyed your experience we hope to see you again very soon!
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star-5
It was great !
Boom
, Jul 2021
I loved it ! The weather was perfect. It was amazing too! Great food, music and view. Thank you so much.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Wow! We thank you for your amazing comments. We are so glad that you loved your adventure! Your comments are very appreciated, we love having good feedback. We would love welcoming you back on one of our boats soon!
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star-5
A fun and relaxing experience!
Saynab
, Jul 2021
The ride itself. Love being near water. It was perfect weather. The guide was fun and entertaining while being informative. Excellent brief history.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for your great comments! We are very happy to see that you enjoyed your adventure on one of our cruises. Also, it is great to see that you found the tour interesting and entertaining, that is our goal. We hope to welcome you aboard again really soon. Once again, thank you!
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Terrible
Mliana_A
, Jul 2021
Terrible experience & bad customer service. Terrible experience & bad customer service. I repeat, terrible experience & bad customer service.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
We are very sorry that your experience was disappointing. However, thank you for taking time to give us a review. We would like to have more details on your disappointment so we can fix it with the greatest attention. Again, we are very sorry that the experience did not meet your expectations.
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