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“See the islands of Georgian Bay” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Island Queen Cruise

Island Queen Cruise
9 Bay Street, Parry Sound, Ontario P2A 1S4, Canada
(705) 746-2311
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Owner description: Enjoy a captain's-eye view of Georgian Bay's 30,000 Islands Biosphere Reserve aboard the 550-passenger Island Queen. We offer two and three-hour sightseeing cruises that bring passengers surprisingly up-close to the pristine beauty of Georgian Bay's remote island wilderness and the rustic charm of its grand summer cottages. Follow in the wake of early explorers as the captain steers the ship past granite shoals into narrow channels and shallow waterways exploring out-of-the-way places within the world's largest freshwater archipelago. The Island Queen is fully equipped with comfortable inside and outside seating, large viewing windows, outside observation decks, wheelchair accessible washrooms, a snack bar, a full commentary and heat for our fall colour cruises. Cruises depart daily from June 1 to mid-October each year from the town dock in Parry Sound, Ontario.
North Bay, Canada
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“See the islands of Georgian Bay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

This is one of the must-dos in Parry Sound and is very popular with locals and tourists. During the Festival of the Sound there may be excellent music on the cruise as well.

Visited June 2013
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Dave A, Manager at Island Queen Cruise, responded to this review, August 7, 2013
Dear Passenger,
Thanks for your review. Our sunset evening cruises with the Festival of the Sound are always a highlight of the summer. The music is great, the scenery is wonderful, and the sunsets can be absolutely fantastic. Thanks again for taking time to review our cruise.
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Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada
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“Great way to see some of the 30,000 islands on our Beautiful Georgian Bay.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Plenty of room to move around. Spectacular views no matter where you sit or stand. If it is a nice warm day, go outside, but inside is cozy and warm for cooler/ windier days!

Visited September 2012
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Dave A, Manager at Island Queen Cruise, responded to this review, August 7, 2013
Dear Passenger,
Thanks so much for reviewing our cruise. The third deck of the Island Queen is always the most popular with our passengers because it is open to the sunshine, but you're right, there are great views wherever you choose to sit or stand on the ship. The open viewing areas on the bow of each deck are popular too. Thanks again.
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Parry Sound, Canada
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“Island Queen Cruise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Go in the morning, go in the afternoon and on special occasions during FESTIVAL OF THE SOUND, go on the evening cruise and listen to live music....varies from Down east music, Classical, Jazz, Mariachi. You'll have a wonderful time

Visited July 2013
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Dave A, Manager at Island Queen Cruise, responded to this review, August 7, 2013
Dear Passenger,
Thanks for your review and thanks for mentioning the Festival of the Sound music cruises. They are a highlight of the summer for many visitors to the area and the variety of music offered during the Festival is fantastic. The sunsets on the Festival of the Sound evening cruises are great too! Thanks again.
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Toronto, Canada
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“Beautiful scenery on a comfortable boat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

We took the 3 hour afternoon cruise in July 2013. The boat was really nice, lots of places to sit, either inside or outside. Recorded messages were played along the cruise with interesting information. Coffee and snacks aboard at reasonable prices. Scenery was very nice...a great taste of the Canadian landscape. Enjoyed it a lot!

Visited July 2013
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Dave A, Manager at Island Queen Cruise, responded to this review, August 7, 2013
Dear passenger,
Thank you so much for your review. We appreciate the kind words and would like to thank you for joining us!
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“Relaxing way to sight see Georgian Bay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

We have been on the Island Queen several times and always try to take visitors on a cruise when they come up to visit us. The Island Queen is a wonderful way to see the thousands of islands that are in Georgian Bay very close to Parry Sound. It's a relaxing and leisurely way to sight see. The most exciting part is when the ship sails through the "hole in the wall" a narrow channel between two massive rock cuts between islands. Everyone marvels at how close the boat fits the space. The ship is large enough that you can roam around from place to place if you get bored from sitting in the same area for a long time. The nicest place , weather permitting, is of course on the top deck. Once we were fortunate enough to take a trip on the Island Queen during the Festival of the Sound and we heard a live band concert aboard. The band played "Canadian Sunset" as the sun was going down. It was beautiful.

The scenery is wonderful. I would recommend the 2 hour trip. 3 hours is a very long time and sometimes people get bored with it.

Visited September 2012
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Dave A, Manager at Island Queen Cruise, responded to this review, September 8, 2013
Dear Passenger,
Thanks for taking the time to review our cruise. We're glad you enjoy bringing your friends aboard to see this amazing bit of Ontario. Thanks again.
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