City Cruises Gananoque to kick off 2024 season early due to mild winter

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Thanks to a mild winter, City Cruises Gananoque is looking forward to an early opening for 2024.

The 1000 Islands passenger cruse line will kick off its 2024 season on Saturday, April 13, City Cruises announced in a media release.
 
The cruises run through the archipelago where Lake Ontario empties into the St. Lawrence River.
 
“A cruise through the 1000 Islands is an experience that should be on your bucket list,” stated Mory DiMaurizio, chief operating officer of City Cruises Canada in a media release. “We are coming off a strong 2023 season and are excited to be able to get back on the water early this year, sharing with our guests the incredible vistas, rich history and fascinating stories — from the small cottage islands to the majestic estates.”
 
Launched in 1951 as Gananoque Boat Line, City Cruises Gananoque operates five triple-decker, all-aluminum vessels with ports in Gananoque and Ivy Lea.  
 
Four cruise options will be available for the 2024 season in the Thousand Islands region:  
 
One-Hour 1000 Islands Cruise from Ivy Lea 

Sailing from the Ivy Lea port, see Boldt Castle, the Statue of St. Lawrence — visible only from the water, standing a solemn guard over the mighty river its vessels high above on a rock cut — the 1000 Islands International Bridge and Zavikon Islands, home to the world’s smallest international bridge.  
 
One-Hour 1000 Islands Cruise from Gananoque 

Come on board for a one-hour cruise that gets closer to the scenery than any other cruise available in the 1000 Islands. Referred to by the Iroquois Nation as the “Garden of the Great Spirit,” the tranquility of the area belies a history of adventures, wars and rebellions. See fifth- and sixth-generation family cottages, and cruise the narrow channels of the Admiralty and Navy group of islands in the most intimate tour the 1000 Islands has to offer. 
 
Three-Hour Thousand Island Cruise from Gananoque 

A ‘signature experience,’ this tour features onboard audio commentary in English and French telling the story about the 1000 islands region, its history, and its people. You will see the famed Boldt Castle and lavish homes of the rich and famous on “Millionaire’s Row.” Learn about and discover the remarkable feats of engineering required to build the St. Lawrence Seaway, 1000 Islands International Bridge and so much more. This cruise is the perfect way to explore the scenery that has made the region famous throughout the world. 
 
Five-Hour Boldt Castle Stopover Cruise from Gananoque 

Set sail through the Canadian and American span of the 1000 Islands before stopover at the majestic Boldt Castle, on the most famous of the 1000 Islands, Heart Island. The narrated cruise also takes you past Zavikon Island, Millionaire’s Row, the St. Lawrence Seaway and the 1000 Islands Bridge as you see the area’s most breathtaking scenery. This cruise includes admission to Boldt Castle. A valid passport is required to enjoy this cruise as Heart Island is an official port of entry to the United States.  
 
All City Cruises Gananoque vessels are fully accessible on the first deck. 

Tickets for the 1-Hour Cruise, 3-Hour Cruise and 5-Hour Boldt Castle Cruise (starting in May) are on sale now at citycruises.com/Gananoque.

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