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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 1 more

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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 at your cost
Live guide speaking French and English
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
200 R. de la Commune O , 200 R. de la Commune O, Montréal, QC H2Y 4B2, Canada

At the Grand Quai in the Old Port. Please note that parking could be difficult to find and there could be very heavy traffic, therefore we recommend to use public transport or arrive in the area in advance.

This activity will end right where it started.
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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 300 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Croisieres AML
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Montreal History Guided Sightseeing Cruise .

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  • "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

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star-5
The cruise had...
Jullet_A
, Aug 2022
The cruise had amazing views and service. Getting ticket we’re easy. Experience was fun and 😎 guide was very knowledgeable.
star-4
Intriguing cruise
Tamara_A
, Aug 2022
The story telling from narrator, added with sights made it so much more interesting than it would have.
star-4
Great time
Mathieu_D
, Aug 2022
A really nice time. My girlfriend and I enjoyed ourselves, got some nice views, the only thing is I wouldn't recommend their food but overall really nice.
star-3
Uninteresting
Joseph_T
, Aug 2022
Good service but not a terribly interesting experience. Very nice views the first several minutes then nothing interesting to see. Good drinks at least available.
star-4
Good but could have showed us more.
Subhannita_S
, Jul 2022
It was a good cruise. Could have been better if they took us further out. The cruise only went up to the southern tip of boucherville.
star-3
Average experience
Rosemary_R
, Jul 2022
Large sitting area. Menu items looked very delicious and reasonable however we did not try anything. We were on the cruise to see the sites and hear the commentary. It was very hard to understand the cruise director and there was no commentary coming back.
star-4
All the crew is very educated and made a good service
VINICIUS_B
, Jul 2022
The attendants are very efficient. The ship is very comfortable and the goods and drinks are very tasty. The
star-4
Montreal by boat!
Arthelia_B
, Jul 2022
Great way to get a panoramic view of the city. The crew was engaging and informative. Leisurely way to spend an afternoon.
star-3
Nice, but not enough history.
Sarah_R
, Jul 2022
Comfortable boat, friendly staff. I just expected more history commentary. I heard the Petit Navarre was good. Should have done that one.
star-2
No title
Kerry_R
, Jul 2022
It was not very scenic as described. Couldn’t hear the commentary unless on upper deck… her voice didn’t come thru clearly below.
star-4
The whole operation was...
john
, Jul 2022
The whole operation was fine; well run and all. The crew was very good in all aspects. The problem is that the tour route is not terribly interesting. One side is largely commercial and industrial, the other is distant and somewhat lackluster. Not much to photograph, really. We don't regret going but we've been on many that were more visually satisfying.
star-5
Exceeds Expectation !! Good job Thank you.!!
Seema_M
, Jul 2022
ZIP LINNING MONTREAL : and the Cruise in Montreal : Amazing experience. Viator is always exceeding expectation It was so much fun doing this
star-4
Awesome experience, it...
Dishant_M
, Jul 2022
Awesome experience, it would recommend my friends to come to Montreal and definitely be part of this cruise, Thanks.
star-4
Harbour trip around Montreal
Keith_A
, Jun 2022
A great way to relax and see the harbour side of Montreal. Food and drinks all available on the boat. Seating inside and upon deck. Good commentary on the local areas as one passes by.
star-5
Worth the price
Bryan_W
, Jun 2022
Great tour, good history on the city. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions.
star-1
Stuck for 90 Minutes… where do I begin
Paul_H
, Jun 2022
Total and utter waste of money. You literally go up and down the same stretch of water which they drag over 90 minutes. Your sights will mainly be shipping containers and freight ships. You will honestly learn nothing about Montreal from this tour. I was trapped for 90 minutes and wanted to disembark after just 9 minutes. Of course feel free to book and experience yourself but believe me you will just flush your money down the loo.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello, We thank you for sharing your experience with us. The satisfaction of our customers is our priority which is why we value all feedback sent to us. We are sorry that your experience did not live up to your expectations. Thank you once again for your feedback. Best regards,
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Awesone experience
Filor_I
, Jun 2022
The scenery was great. Explanation in English made it easier. The service was exceptional. Definitely would recommenf
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience. It was a pleasure to welcome you aboard! Regards,
star-3
A very pleasant...
Alta_F
, Jun 2022
A very pleasant excursion. It was nice to experience the city from the water. The tour is in English & French so there is l lot of talking the first 45 minutes and just music the rest of the time.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello, Thank you for your comment. Know that our customers' satisfaction is our priority. We wish to keep on offering the greatest experience possible which is why we are open to suggestions if you have any. Best regards,
star-4
Pleasant
Esther_V
, Sep 2021
Cruise was very nice but I wish we would have gotten more information on the sites we saw. Boat was very clean. Staff very friendly
1 traveller found this review helpful
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.
1 traveller found this review helpful

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