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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Cruise dates

The CTMA 2018 season runs from June 15 to September 21.

 

Schedule

Friday Departure from Montreal at 3:00 PM
Departure from Quebec available on thursdays from June 21 to September 6
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
Wednesday Stopover in Gaspé from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Thursday Navigation in the Charlevoix region Stopover in Quebec City from 1:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Friday morning Arrival in Montreal at 6:00 AM
 

2018 Rates

Age group Rates (7 nights, 14 meals included)
Adults (13 to 59 yrs.) Starting at $1,119 (per pers. - double occ.) *
Adults (60 and over) Starting at $1,019 (per pers. - double occ.) *
* Contribution to the Compensation Fund and taxes not included. The times shown are local times. Due to uncontrollable circumstances, this itinerary may change without notice. If the speed limit is in effect, some stops may be changed or canceled without notice.
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.

Discover the culinary delights of the Gaspé Peninsula and the Islands.

Discover the culinary delights of the Gaspé Peninsula and the Islands. Our chef Léon Langford, accompanied by chef-educator André Lagacé, who teaches the course "Chef by nature" in Gaspé Peninsula, round up local Madelinot and Gaspesian products that are sure to delight your taste buds.

Highlights

  • Gourmet dinners by chefs André Lagacé and Léon Langford;
  • Cooking workshop showcasing regional products; 
  • Sampling appetizers prepared using products from the Gaspé Peninsula;
  • Stories and anecdotes told by a seasoned Madelinot fisherman.
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Treat yourself to fine food and drink.

An acclaimed chef hailing from Portugal and a renowned sommelier unite their passions to bring you fine cuisine, perfectly paired with exquisite wines.

Highlights

  • Gourmet dinners by Helena Loureiro, chef and owner of restaruants Portus 360 and Helena
  • Fine wine talk tasting workshop woth renowned sommelier Élyse Lambert
  • Cooking workshop and demonstrations
  • Discover and tasting of craft drinks from the Islands
Discover the St. Lawrence River.

In addition to learning about the hidden facets of navigation on the St.Lawrence, you will sail up the breathtaking Saguenay Fjord t odiscover the abundance of marine wildlife, accompagnied by esperts passionate about the St.Lawrence River.

Highlights

  • Stories and anecdotes told by a seasoned Madelinot fisherman
  • Enjoy appetizers featuring sea products with the Fourchette Bleue certification
  • Talk on the history of sailing on the River presented by an expert on navigating the waters of the St.Lawrence
  • Learn about the sea mammals of the St.Lawrence and attend interpretive sessions on the outer decks

Special itinerary

In addition to your visit to the Îles de la Madeleine, cruise up the majestic Saguenay Fjord and enjoy a stopover in La Baie. The cruise also includes a stopover in Quebec City.
Discover Québec and its flavours.

Our guest chef, Ann-Rika MArtin, 2017 winner of the show Les Chefs! offers a mouth-wathering discovery of regional Québec products, from the Côte-Nord to Charlevoix to the Îles de la Madeleine. This gourmet experience also includes cooking workshops and demonstrations.

Highlights

  • Gourmet dinners by Ann-Rika Martin, winner of the show Les Chefs!
  • Cooking workshops and demonstrations
  • Conference on Québec culinary traditions
  • Discovery and tasting of Madelinot cheeses
Special itinerary

Stopovers in Baie-Comeau and Pointe-au-Pic

Discover the Islands in all their splendour.

This cruise showcases the history of the Îles de la Madeleine, its culinary traditions, music and dace, offering you a true immersive experience in Madelinot culture.

Highlights

  • Talk on the history of the Islands and Havre Saint-Pierre by Madelinot historian Maxime Arseneau
  • Traditional Islands cuisine cokking workshop
  • Musical evenings with the Madelinot group Suroît
  • Traditional dance workshops
Special itinerary

En plus du séjour de trois jours aux Îles de la Madeleine, profitez d'une escale d'une journée à Havre-Saint-Pierre et de quelques heures de navigation dans le majestueux fjord du Saguenay.

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. 
 
$630.00 + tx p.p.* (To be added to the cost base of your cabin.) PACKAGE ITINERARY : Sunday / Day 3
  • Reception and information session with the Autobus Les Sillons team
  • Tasting and visit of the Fromagie du Pied-de-Vent cheese making workshop museum
  • Lunch at Accents Resto Bistro
  • Beer tasting at À l’Abri de la Tempête microbrewery
  • Visit of La Belle Anse
  • Free time at the Dune du Nord beach
  • Dinner at Réfectoire du Vieux Couvent
Monday / Day 4
  • Visit of the Fumoir D'Antan smokehouse workshop museum
  • Scenic drive: Chemin des Montants
  • Free time at the Dune du Sud beach
  • Seal and lobster pâté tasting at Auberge La Salicorne
  • Lunch at Auberge la Salicorne
  • Visit of the Seal Interpretation Center
  • Visit of the port of Grande-Entrée
  • Visit and tasting at Le Barbocheux, winemaker and traditional bagosse artisan
  • Dinner at La Table des Roy, gourmet restaurant
Tuesday / Day 5
  • Tasting of local products at Gourmande de Nature workshop-boutique
  • Free time at La Côte (main attractions : salon de thé Le Flâneur, port de pêche, boutiques)
  • Lunch at Vent du Large
  • Free time at La Grave historic site
  • Visit of Les Artisans du Sable workshop museum
  • Visit of the Site d'Autrefois cultural site*
  • Scenic drive: Bassin, La Montagne, L'Étang-des-Caps
  • Dinner on the CTMA Vacancier

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

* Contribution to the Compensation Fund and taxes not included.
$210.00 + tx p.p.* (To be added to the cost base of your cabin.) PACKAGE ITINERARY : Sunday / Day 3
  • 27 km biking circuit to the island of Havre-Aubert
  • Optional 24 km loop
  • Key attractions : Martinique beach, LA Renaissance fishery, La Grave historic site, Sandy Hook beach
Monday / Day 4
  • 62 km biking circuit with 5 optional meeting points
  • Key attractions : Au-Pied-de-Vent cheese factory, Méduse glass factory, le Barbocheux, Auberge La Salicorne, Dune du Sud Beach, Fumoir D'Antan smokehouse workshop museum, Maison du Héron, Grande Échouerie beach and Port of Grande-Entrée.
Tuesday / Day 5
  • 27 km biking circuit
  • Key attractions : Anse aux Balainiers cove, Belle Anse, La Côte site, À l'Abri de la Tempête microbrewery, Lavernière church, Butte du vent, Art Tendance gallery-boutique and Café d'chez nous.


* 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 clothing
  • 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.) PACKAGE ITINERARY : Sunday / Day 3
  • Reception and information session with the M.A Poirier team
  • Demonstration of blowing glass at Atelier Iso
  • Scenic drive: l'Étang-du-Nord lighthouse and Belle Anse site
  • Visit of the Mi-Carême workshop museum
  • Lunch at Café d'chez nous restaurant
  • Free time at La Côte (main attractions : Le Flâneur art gallery, fishing port, boutiques, workshop-gallery Mario Beaudoin)
  • Visit of the Lavernière church, second largest wooden church in North America
  • Dinner at Le Sablier restaurant
  • Evening performance by Tant Emma, a Madelinienne comedian*
Monday / Day 4
  • Visit of the Fromagerie du Pied-de-Vent, cheese making workshop museum
  • Visit of the Fumoir d'Antan smokehouse workshop museum
  • Free time at Dune du Sud beach
  • Lunch at Réfectoire du Vieux-Couvent
  • Visite du centre d'interprétation de Mines Seleine
  • Visit of the Mine Seleine's Interpretation Center
  • Free time at Old Harry (Mains attractions: La Maison du Potier studio-boutique and photographing the landscape)
  • Visit of the port of Grande-Entrée
  • Dinner-conference at the Bistro Plongée Alpha with Mario Cyr, a filmmaker who explores the ocean depths*
Tuesday / Day 5
  • Visit of the Site d'Autrefois cultural site*
  • Scenic drive: Bassin, La Montagne, L'Étang-des-Caps
  • Visit of La Baraque art gallery*
  • Lunch at Auberge Chez Denis à François
  • Visit of the museum of the Sea
  • Free time at La Grave, historic site
  • Visit of Les Artisans du Sable workshop museum
  • Dinner at Accents Resto Bistro

* 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 2018 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 $1,019*
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Block 2

(Outside cabin/shared bathroom)
From $1,150*
See the cabins description

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Block 3

(Inside cabin/private bathroom)
From $1,114*
See the cabins description

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Block 4

(Outside cabin/private bathroom)
From $1,402*
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 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).