Is there an age restriction for attending a cruise?
Guests of all ages are allowed on our One-Hour Harbour Tours, Brunch & Lunch cruises. Guests who are 10 years and older are recommended for our Public dinner cruises due the late docking time of our events.
Some special events (such as New Year’s Eve) are a 16+ event. Please contact us for more information on other special events. Please note due to space restrictions, high chairs and change tables are not available onboard.
What is the dress code for Mariposa Cruises?
For evening cruises, appropriate attire is business-casual. Generally 'shorts and T-shirts' are not recommended, however we do understand many of our guests are visitors to Toronto and are in comfortable travelling attire. Dress for the occasion! Afternoon cruises are more relaxed, and casual attire is accepted; please be mindful of our family environment.
What do drinks cost on board?
Mixed drinks start at $5.75 each for standard brand liquors; premium drinks start at $6.64 each. All beer is sold by the bottle, with domestic beer at $5.97 each and imported for $6.86 each. Wine starts at $5.97 per glass. Soft drinks are sold for $2.21 and juices are available for $2.43 each. These prices do not include tax or gratuity. Prices may be subject to change. For a full list of pricing, click here.
Clarification of “timing” terms
What is "Boarding Time", "Cruising Time", “Docking Time” & “Final Disembarking Time”?
- ”Boarding Time” is the earliest our guests may board the ship. This is typically scheduled for 30 minutes prior to the beginning of your cruising time.
- “Cruising Time” is the time from departure to docking and the boat is cruising on the water.
- “Docking Time” is the scheduled time that the boat will return to dock.
- “Final Disembarking Time” is the time allotted for guests to gather their things and say their goodbyes before departing for the evening. This is up to 30 minutes after docking.
Public Programs (Brunch, Lunch & Dinner Cruises)
Usual boarding time for an evening cruise is at 6:30 p.m. with cruising from 7-10 p.m. The usual boarding time for an afternoon cruise is at 11:30 a.m. with cruising from 12-2 p.m.
Please note, some special events may have a later boarding time, longer cruising time, therefore a later docking and disembarkment time.
NB: Bar service is available upon boarding and will end prior to returning to dock.
What is your cancellation policy?
There are no refunds or exchanges. All sales are final. And we do sail rain or shine.
Public Programs (Dinner Cruises)
Our dinner cruises feature a full range of popular tunes spun by some of the greatest DJs. Selections may include Rock, Blues, Line Dances, Motown, Oldies, Salsa, Hip Hop, Country, and current chart-toppers from every musical genre. And of course, our DJs are open to accepting requests.
Public Programs (Brunch & Lunch Cruises)
Our brunch & lunch cruises feature soft, background music for your enjoyment.
How do I get to the ship?
Mariposa Cruises is located at Pier 6. We are at the southwest corner of the intersection at Queen's Quay and York Street.
(Get directions here)
Our Waterfront is experiencing a revitalization! We recommend giving your self ample travel time as the waterfront is a busy attraction. All of our vessels are located on the water at Queens Quay and York Street.
What type of entertainment is offered?
Our Scenic Dining Excursions will have a variety of entertainment from one cruise to the next. For a full list of our themed events, please click here.
How can I purchase gift cards?
Mariposa Gift Cards are available for purchase online and by calling (416) 203-0178 or toll free (866) 627-7672.
Is gratuity included in the ticket price?
A service charge is included and covers the food portion of the ticket price. It does not include gratuity for beverages purchased on the ship or for any outstanding personal service provided by your server.
What size group can Mariposa Cruises accommodate?
Mariposa’s vessels can host parties of two to 200 guests for our public programs. To make reservations online please click here, or call us at (416) 203-0178 or toll free (866) 627-7672. For groups with 200 or more guests, please contact one of our Sales Managers for a customized proposal.
What type of food is served?
Our cruises feature buffet style meals with delicious choices prepared on board by our executive chefs and their galley staff. With advance notice, we can accommodate requests for kosher meals (additional cost), and any special requests. Check out our menus online: Lunch / Dinner / Brunch
Is there parking close to the ship?
Yes! There are several options located within walking distance to our fleet:
200 Queen’s Quay West
Daily rates vary
Harbourfront Centre Parking
225 Queen’s Quay West
Daily rates and information can be found here.
Is there coach parking available?
Yes. Coach parking is located on the northwest corner of Queen’s Quay West & Rees Street (directly south of The Rogers Centre), a short 2 blocks west of Mariposa Cruise Line’s docking locations at Queen’s Quay Terminal. Arrangements must be made minimum 5 days in advance with the Harbourfront Centre, 416-839-0227.
Is there Coach drop-off available?
Yes. Coaches may use the southbound lanes of Rees, York and Lower Simcoe Streets for short-term drop-off and pick-up.
What type of payment do you accept?
Payment is required in full at the time of the reservation. We accept major credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Diner's Club. We also accept traveler’s cheques, certified cheques, money orders and cash.
Will my cell phone work on the cruise?
Yes, your cell phone will work on the cruise though there are black out areas in the lake. For the comfort of other guests, we ask that cell phone conversations be held only on the outside decks.
Do you offer refunds?
There are no refunds or exchanges. All sales are final. We cruise rain or shine.
How can I make reservation for a cruise?
Reservations are highly recommended. You can review pricing and purchase tickets online via our reservations calendar or by phone.
Click here for more information.
(416) 203-0178 or Toll Free: 1(866) 627-7672
Will I get seasick?
We sure hope not! But in all seriousness, it is highly unlikely. Mariposa Cruises sails in the calm waters of Toronto's inner harbour and on Lake Ontario.
How is seating arranged on board?
- General: The majority of our tables accommodate four to eight people.
- Public Programs (Brunch, Lunch & Dinner Cruises): At times, guests may be seated with other parties. Please note: while we do our best to accommodate all requests we are not able to fulfill all requests for window seats.
Can you tell me a little about the ship?
All Mariposa Cruises vessels offer interior deck space with seating, outdoor strolling decks, dance floors, full service bars, restrooms and panoramic views. For specific details on each of our seven vessels, please click here.
What is your smoking policy?
All interior areas of our ship are non-smoking areas. Passengers who smoke may do so on the outdoor observation decks.
Transport Canada Certification
Are your vessels Transport Canada certified?
Yes. All Mariposa Cruises Vessels are Transport Canada certified and inspected annually to adhere to strict safety regulations. Our navigation and service staff participate in regular safety drills.
Where can I pick up the cruise tickets?
- Brunch, Lunch & Dinner Cruise Tickets: We operate on a paperless system and no tickets will be issued. Please provide the last name that you used for your reservation to the cruise manager at time of boarding and you will be directed to your assigned table.
- One-Hour Harbour Tour Tickets: Tickets can be purchased at our conveniently located kiosk during our regular sailing season. Located on the South West Corner of the Queens Quay Terminal Building.
Are your boats accessible by water taxi?
All of our fleet is accessible by water taxi with the exception of the Captain Matthew Flinders. We are happy to arrange a water taxi collection or drop off for you. To contact a water taxi directly, please call:
Five Star Water Taxi Services
Toronto Harbour Water Taxi
Do you sail in inclement weather?
Absolutely, we sail rain or shine and while we are always hoping for sunshine, some of our most successful events have cruised in the rain.
Is Mariposa wheelchair accessible?
Our ships are federally regulated by Transport Canada that requires evacuation plans in the event of an emergency. Evacuation plans include disembarkation via stairs/ladders into lifeboats. While we can offer limited wheelchair accessibility onboard The Oriole - it is important to note that for safety reasons, this is limited per cruise.
Mariposa provides limited Wheelchair Accessible Boarding Ramp on the Oriole. Experienced Crew will assist patrons at the ramp. Unfortunately, Electric Chairs and Scooters cannot be accommodated. Wheelchair Access to all deck levels and washrooms is limited.
Public Programs (One-Hour Harbour Tours)
Washrooms on the One-Hour Harbour Tour program – The Oriole – are located on the lower levels of the vessel with staircase access only.
Please contact Mariposa Cruises at 416-203-0178 for assistance in ship accessibility and program options.
For a complete outline of our Terms of Carriage, please click here (PDF)
I have more questions, who can I contact?
We welcome all questions via phone or email. Please call us at 416-203-0178, 1-866-627-7672 or Contact us directly by filling out our online contact form!