Come aboard the CTMA Vacancier.

Every week, this 12,000 ton ship links Montreal to Îles de la Madeleine.

The cruise allows you to discover the St. Lawrence River and its majestic panorama. On the menu; a great cruising experience, the discovery of the marine environment and the marriage of culture and flavours.

Pleasure, fine cuisine and entertainment await you!

The cruise, regular or thematic, always includes 7-night accommodation (different classes of cabins available) 14 meals (3 meals per day of navigation and only breakfast on Îles de la Madeleine) activities and entertainment on board and the possibility of bringing one bike per passenger.

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Itinerary

Itinéraire CTMA 2015

Cruise dates

The CTMA 2017 season runs from June 9 to September 15.

 

Schedule

Friday Departure from Montreal at 3:00 PM
Navigation between Montreal and Quebec City
Saturday Day at sea
Sunday Arrival on Îles de la Madeleine at 9:30 AM
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday Discovery of Îles de la Madeleine (packages available)
Tuesday evening Departure from Îles de la Madeleine at 9:00 PM p.m.
Wednesday Stopover in Gaspé from 8:00 to 14:00 AM
Thursday Navigation in the Charlevoix region Stopover in Quebec City from 1:00 to 6:30 PM
Friday morning Arrival in Montreal at 6:00 AM
 

2017 Rates

Age group Rates (7 nights, 14 meals included)
Adults (13 to 59 yrs.) Starting at $1,096.00 (per pers. - double occ.) *
Adults (60 and over) Starting at $999.00 (per pers. - double occ.) *
* Contribution to the Compensation Fund and taxes not included.
Theme cruises have specific departure times during the season. Each offers a particular theme and special activities related to the theme. The activities on board are part of the programming and are almost all, free of charge.

Taste and explore the Îles de la Madeleine

Savour the typical cuisine of the Islands at its very best. Our Chef Léon Langford and his guest chef will be delighted share with you their passion for the flavours of the sea and the Islands' terroir. In high fishing season, this cruise will feature fresh local lobster, renowned for its unmatched quality.

Highlights

  • Menus featuring a cornucopia of seafood as well as products form Islands' terroir
  • Gourmet dinner prepared by Johanne Vigneau, a renowned Madelinot Chef
  • Tales and anecdotes from a Madelinot fisherman
  • Culinary workshop and discovery of the Islands' many riches
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Choose a musical cruise !

Sail to the sound of country music with Acadian artist Hert LeBlanc and his musicians. A festive atmosphere and thhe greatest country music hits will be yours to enjoy on this exclusive musical trip. Country dance workshops will delight amateur and experienced dancers alike.

Highlights

  • Country music evenings with Hert LeBlanc and his musicians
  • Various country dance workshops
  • Music workshop
  • Festive atmosphere and entertainment on the outside decks
Select a gourmet cruise !

Indulge in the pleasure of fine food and wine. A great chef and a renowned sommelier combine their passions to offer you fine food paired with flavourful wines. This gourmet trip is enhanced with culinary workshops and a tasting game that will let you experience the fascinating world of wine.

Highlights

  • Gourmet dinners prepared by Jean-Luc Boulay, chef and owner of the Le Saint-Amour and Chez Boulay restaurants in Québec City
  • Culinary demonstrations showcasing northern cuisine
  • VEGAS TASTING workshop/game and conference on prestigious wines with Jessica Harnois, a renowned Québec sommelier
  • Discovery of the Poméloi Orchard and tastings of Islands ciders
Select a gourmet cruise !

Discover gourmet cuisine inspired by the flavours of regional food products. From Québec's North Shore to Charlevoix to the Îles de la Madeleine, our guest chef will allow you to make a delicious discovery of regional products. Workshops and demonstrations round out the culinary experience.

Special itinerary

Three-day stay on the Islands - Stopover in Baie-Comeau - Stopover in Pointe-au-Pic (Charlevoix)

Highlights

  • Gourmet dinners prepared by Arnaud Marchand, chef and owner of the Chez Boulay restaurant in Québec City
  • Demonstration workshops for discovering regional food products
  • Conference on Québec's culinary traditions
  • Stories and tales about regional food treasures from the Îles de la Madeleine
Combine comedy and maritime discoveries

This dual-themed cruise will allow you to discover all the facets of navigation on the River and the Saguenay Fjord, in addition to entertaining you thanks to the presence of Michel Barrette, a comedian from Saguenay, and Tante Emma, a comical character from the Islands.

Special itinerary

Two-day stay on the Islands - Stopover in La Baie - Stopover in Québec City

Highlights

  • Comedy show featuring Michel Barrette
  • Show starring Tante Emma, a Madelinot comedian
  • Conference about the history of navigation on the St. Lawrence
  • Discovery of the marine mamals of the St. Lawrence and discovery workshops on the outside decks
Choose a 100% Acadian cruise !

Experience Acadie in all its aspects from Montréal to the Islands, with a stopover at Havre-Saint-Pierre to visit the Madelinots' cousins. Through history, music and traditional food, you will experience total cultural immersion in the Madelinot Acadian roots.

Special itinerary

Three-day stay on the Islands - Stopover at Havre-Saint-Pierre - Sail up the Saguenay Fjord

Highlights

  • 225th anniversary of the arrival of the Acadians from Miquelon to the Islands, told by Maxime Arseneau, a Madelinot historian
  • Stories about the Islands with Madelinot Cédric Landry
  • Show starring Tante Emma, a Madelinot comedian
  • Musical evenings by the Madelinot group Suroît

For an Unforgettable Trip to the Islands

Once you have chosen a cruise, whether a traditional cruise or theme cruise, we suggest enhancing your trip with one of our three all-inclusive or freedom packages. With this unique offer, you can enjoy a wide array of activities on the Îles de la Madeleine. For more information about these packages, please see below. 
 
$610.00 + tx p.p.* (To be added to the cost base of your cabin.)

Make your stay in the Islands one to savour

Take advantage of this all-inclusive Flavours Package and enjoy the talents of local chefs. Once you’re on the islands, you’ll have every opportunity to sample the wealth of local products and visit producers and artisans who are passionate about their work.  
 
THE PACKAGE INCLUDES :
  • 7 nights’ accommodation on the CTMA Vacancier
  • All meals, including 15 meals on the ship and 5 meals in Îles restaurants (service charges included for restaurant meals)
  • Activities on the ship
  • 3 days of guided tours on the Îles de la Madeleine: Visits to producers and artisans, tastings of local products, tours of the archipelago’s most beautiful areas
PACKAGE ITINERARY : Day 3 (Sunday): Tour of the central island Day 4 (Monday): Tour of Havre-aux-Maisons, Grosse-Île et Grande-Entrée Day 5 (Tuesday): Tour of Fatima, L’Étang-du-Nord, Havre-Aubert and Bassin

For more details on the itinerary of this package, see the Autobus Les Sillons website. 

* Please note that this itinerary may be changed due to unavoidable circumstances. 

* Contribution to the Compensation Fund and taxes not included.
$200.00 + tx p.p.* (To be added to the cost base of your cabin.)

Choose total freedom for your stay in the Islands

Choose this Freedom formula Cycling & Outdoors Package to explore the Îles in the most beautiful way imaginable. You can ride down the paths and discover picturesque scenery, stunning beaches and traditional shops along the way. Self-guided tour: each cyclist rides at his or her own pace. Does not require any specific physical condition.  
 
THE PACKAGE INCLUDES :
  • 7 nights’ accommodation on the CTMA Vacancier
  • 14 meals on the ship
  • 3 picnic-style meals for lunch during the cycling stay-over on the Islands
  • Entertainment and activities aboard the ship
  • Transport of one bike per person


Each biking circuit includes:

- Daily orientation session 
- Itinerary adjustments depending on the winds
- Transportation by bus at the end of the day (Sunday and Monday only)
- Support and repair service along the circuit

PACKAGE ITINERARY : Day 3 (Sunday): Southern island by bike
  • 27 km biking circuit to Havre-Aubert island
  • Optional 24 km loop
  • Return to the ship by bus (or transportation in the morning and return to the ship by bike at the end of the day, depending on the wind direction)
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Day 4 (Monday): Exploration of Havre-aux-Maisons and the eastern islands
  • 62 km biking circuit with 5 optional meeting points
  • Return to the ship by bus (or transportation in the morning  and return to the ship by bike at the end of the day, depending on the wind direction)
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Day 5 (Tuesday): Discovery of the central island
  • 27 km biking circuit 
  • Optional: Half-day kayak outing ($)
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* Please note that this itinerary may change due to wind direction, to ensure that cyclists enjoy the best conditions. 

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT:
  • Bicycle (preferably a hybrid type)
  • Bicycle pump
  • Spare Inner tube
  • Helmet
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Backpack
  • Water bottle
* Contribution to the Compensation Fund and taxes not included.  
$620.00 + tx p.p.* (To be added to the cost base of your cabin.)

Let the Islands' charm sweep you away

Take advantage of this all-inclusive Art & Culture Package to discover our rich island culture. During your stay on the Îles, you’ll have an opportunity to visit many different museums and art galleries, meet and talk with expert Madelinot artisans, and attend a play relating the history of this small corner of the country.
 
THE PACKAGE INCLUDES :
  • 7 nights’ accommodation on the CTMA Vacancier
  • All meals, including 14 meals on the ship and 6 meals in island restaurants (service charges included for restaurant meals)
  • Activities on the ship
  • 3 days of guided tours on the Îles de la Madeleine: Cultural activities, visits to museums and art galleries and an evening show.
PACKAGE ITINERARY : Day 3 (Sunday): Tour of the central island
  • Morning arrival at the Îles de la Madeleine
  • Reception and information session with  M.A. Poirier team
  • Demonstration of blowing glass at Atelier Iso
  • Scenic drive: L'Étang-du-Nord lighthouse and Belle Anse site
  • Visit to La Mi-Carême workshop museum
  • Lunch at Café d'chez nous
  • Free time at La Côte (main attractions: Le Flâneur art gallery, fishing port, boutiques)
  • Visit of the Lavernière church, second largest wooden church in North America
  • Dinner at L'Auberge du Port restaurant
  • Evening performance by Tante Emma (french only)
Day 4 (Monday): Tour of Havre-Aubert Island Day 5 (Tuesday): Tour of Havre-aux-Maisons and the eastern island

* Please note that this itinerary may be changed due to unavoidable circumstances. 

* Contribution to the Compensation Fund and taxes not included.

Le N.M. CTMA Vacancier

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Ship cabins and 2017 rates

Whether you are traveling alone or with your family, the cabins are designed to provide an idyllic cruise to the Îles.

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Block 1

(Inside cabin/shared bathroom) From 999 $* See the cabins description
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Block 2

(Outside cabin/shared bathroom) From 1 138 $* See the cabins description

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Block 3

(Inside cabin/private bathroom) From 1 102 $* See the cabins description

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Block 4

(Outside cabin/private bathroom) From 1 390 $* See the cabins description

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Block 1 : Inside cabin/shared bathroom

DD Cabins
  • 2 single-beds: 1 bottom + 1 top
  • Cabin dimensions: 7’x 7’

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Block 2 : Outside cabin/shared bathroom

BB Cabins
  • 2 single-beds: 1 bottom + 1 top
  • Cabin dimensions: 7’x 9’
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Block 3 : Inside cabin/private bathroom

CC Cabins
  • 2 single-beds: 1 bottom + 1 top
  • Cabin dimensions: 5’x 7’
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EE Cabins
  • 4 single-beds : 2 bottom + 2 top
  • Cabin dimensions: 7’x 12’
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KK Cabins
  • 1 double-bed
  • Cabin dimensions: 9’x 10’
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FF Cabins
  • 2 beds : 1 double sofa-bed + 1 top
  • Cabin dimensions: 7’x 9’
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OO Cabin (handicapped)
  • 2 single-beds : 1 bottom + 1 top
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Block 4 : Outside cabin/private bathroom

AA Cabins
  • 4 single-beds: 2 bottom + 2 top
  • Cabin dimensions: 7’x 12’
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GG Cabins
  • 3 single-beds: 2 bottom + 1 top
  • Cabin dimensions: 7’x 12’
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HH Cabins
  • 2 single-beds: 2 bottom
  • Cabin dimensions: 7’x 11’
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JJ Cabins
  • 1 double-bed
  • Cabin dimensions: 7’x 11’
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Notes : Size of a single-bed: 30" Size of a double-bed or a double sofa-bed: 48" * Price per person based on double occupancy / 60 years and over / Tax and port fees not included. Price includes entertainment and on-board meals, except during the stay-over in the Islands. Fees to plan for: tips aboard the ship / meals and activities during the stay-over on the Islands / excursions during the stopovers (sold aboard).