Meet the Crew – Cruise Manager Loya Lambie

Meet-the-CrewAt Mariposa Cruises we strive to exceed expectations and provide our guests with the highest levels of quality and service. It’s what sets us apart from our competition and why we are recognized as Toronto’s best recreational cruise by Consumer Choice Award and voted one of the top attractions in Toronto by Trip Advisor. It would be impossible to achieve this without the dedication and hard work that each of our team members exemplifies. For this reason, we want to celebrate our team members and let you get to know them a little bit better.

This month we would like to introduce you to Cruise Managers Loya Lambie.


A no-stress-no-mess solution to hosting Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving-thumbnailBail out of the hassle of prepping Thanksgiving dinner thanks to Mariposa Cruises

Planning and hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for the family is no easy task. For many it involves days of planning, scouring recipe books and websites for the perfect thanksgiving recipe, battling epic lines at the grocery store, carrying heavy bags of food home, challenging one’s spatial intelligence in an attempt to fit everything into the fridge, a mad dash back to the grocery store to buy the missing ingredient forgotten on the first trip and some serious time management skills to prep and cook each dish to perfection.

That’s not even taking into consideration the time needed to keep your guests entertained while you’re feverishly preparing the meal in the kitchen or the mess and clean-up that awaits you when the meal is said and done. It’s a herculean, almost thankless task that doesn’t always garner the full appreciation of the guests who come to consume it.

It’s no wonder why even the mere prospect of hosting thanksgiving dinner can make many people feel overwhelmed and a little on edge. If it’s your turn to host this year but you’d rather cut and run from the hassle there’s a safe haven just over the horizon. (more…)

Zoomers Cruising to the Oldies with AM740 on the Toronto Harbour

Mariposa Cruises’ guests Mary Lou and Chuck Simmons report their experience on the maiden voyage of the AM740 Oldies Cruise aboard the Northern Spirit

AM740-Oldies-Cruise-hosted by Norm Edwards On Wednesday July 30th we had the privilege of joining the AM740 Oldies Dinner Experience provided by Mariposa Cruises on the Northern Spirit, thanks to our granddaughter. Norm Edwards was a gracious host and had friendly interactions with most of the guests throughout the cruise. As soon as the guests arrived on board, he conducted a series of trivia questions and karaoke challenges. 




Yo-ho-ho it’s a pirate themed party for ye!

Inject a little fun and swagger into your next party by throwing a swash-buckling, Jolly Roger hoisting, treasure hunting pirate party. A pirate themed party is a great way to lighten the mood and break the ice among guests and it’s perfect for creating a fun and casual setting. Whether it’s a kid-friendly party for wee-lads and lasses or an adults-only celebration for wannabe buccaneers, guests are hooked on the adventurous and fanciful idea that a “pirate’s life” inspires at all ages.


At Mariposa Cruises we’ve hosted a number of pirate themed parties and cruises over the years. It’s a much-loved party theme among many of our charters. After all there’s nothing that sets the mood of a pirate party better than cruising out on open water, so naturally our fleet is a perfect venue for any pirate party.

For anyone looking to throw their own pirate themed party, here are some helpful tips. (more…)

A Perfect Evening on the Toronto Harbour

Mariposa Cruises’ guest Jen Defreitas retells how she and her husband celebrated their 6 year wedding anniversary on the Toronto Harbour aboard the Oriole on one of our scenic dinner cruises.

OrioleAn evening we will cherish in our hearts for a while was our 6th anniversary on the Oriole. It began with a warm greeting at the dock, which by the way is an entertaining district all on its own. Having arrived a bit early, afforded us the luxury of wandering the area and taking in the full atmosphere of the waterfront – which is kind of a happening scene! The ship itself was a charming sight. It reminded me of a classic steam boat, with its rustic, nostalgic appearance. I adore anything historical, so my eyes darted all over the vessel imagining each corners story or past. (more…)

Willkommen to a tranquil Oktoberfest Experience on the Toronto Harbour

Showboat-OktoberfestCome aboard the Showboat on Saturday October 4th when it is transformed into a floating festhallen and beer garden for Mariposa Cruises annual Oktoberfest Cruise on the Toronto Harbour.

It may not be your typical Oktoberfest venue but it certainly will have all the charm and gemuetlichkeit spirit of a Bavarian celebration. It is the perfect alternative for anyone looking to avoid the crowded, boisterous and at times overwhelming experience that so many Oktoberfest celebrations become this time of year. (more…)

Getting hitched the Mariposa Way with a Showboat Wedding on the Harbour

Daryl Ledwon recounts his unique experience of being a groom and working with our Events Team to create a truly unique wedding on board the Showboat for himself, his bride and his guests.


Photo by Isbertophoto Wedding Co.

It was honestly the best day of my life, marrying the woman I fell in love with so long ago. It went by so fast. I realize this will gain me some brownie points that I will hope to cash-in when I inevitably mess up….I’m a husband now, after all.

I speak with friends and associates all the time who are looking to book their wedding in a unique setting. It must be the age where everyone I know is getting married! I totally understand how important this is: setting up your special day; planning the perfect wedding; and ensuring the dream comes to fruition. (more…)

Parents can rejoice – finally a kid friendly brunch experience is just over the horizon!

Good-Ship-Lollipop-CruiseParents need not fear the unforgiving gaze and judgment of their fellow patrons when they venture out to brunch with the kids aboard the Northern Spirit on Saturday September 20th.

They will be among sympathizers because this kid friendly brunch was created with kids and parents in mind. There’s plenty to keep kids entertained aboard the Good Ship Lollipop making it the perfect family activity out on the Toronto Harbour. (more…)