Intimate or Grand: Pop the Question Away from land!

Marriage proposal aboard The Captain Matthew Flinders

Newly engaged couples can agree that after showcasing their shiny new engagement rings, the first question asked is, “How did s/he propose?!” While people may tire of sharing other stories, an engagement story is truly one of a kind, and never gets old. For some, this is the day they’ve always dreamed about, and the biggest surprise of their lives! Not surprisingly, this leaves most people mounting under pressure once they realize that they want to pop the question, but don’t know how.

Here at Mariposa Cruises, we believe that if you can dream it, we can host it, and nothing speaks truer for a surprise proposal! While we have had the pleasure of hosting many surprises over the years, engagements are close to our hearts, as we understand the significance that this has for our guests. Here are below are four benefits of popping the question on board one of our vessels:

Intimate or Grand

With six boats in our fleet, you are sure to find the right boat to set the mood! Our vessels range in size and capacities of just 2 people all the way up to 560 passengers on board! We have seen it all, from intimate two-person proposals, to a surprise celebration including extended family and friends. While all vessels are excellent, the Rosemary is definitely the favorite among our clients! This vessel is relaxed in style, and has just the right amount of space for a few friends or family members to hide inside. Did we mention that the top deck gives panoramic views of the city skyline? It’s a must see!

yacht Rosemary

The yacht Rosemary is the perfect boat size for small private events

Unique and Personalized

How many people have said that they were engaged on board a private yacht? Not enough! It is time to forgo the traditional clichés of a “nice” dinner, fortune cookie or jumbotron, and give you and your partner a story to tell!

Attention to Detail

As a company that has been in business for 30 years, we understand the thought and detail that goes into a proposal. We will work with you to find the perfect way to surprise your partner, including the tricky logistics of getting them down here, mood-setting décor, and food and beverage options to enjoy following the surprise. You will have an event coordinator work with you every step of the way, via telephone, email and in person!

Rosemary decor

Setting the mood with decor

Location, Location, Location!

Our central location features a large number of restaurants, people and activity which will keep your partner on their toes until you’re ready to get down on one knee! Better yet, once you’re on board you will be surrounded by the city lights, historic views and a beautiful skyline. It is the perfect backdrop for newly engaged photos!

toronto skyline

The perfect backdrop to capture special moments

Listed here are just a few reasons why a yacht proposal is right for you! If you’re already engaged, but if you like what you see, why not consider an engagement shoot on board the Rosemary? From May – September, we offer 1.5-hour photo shoots from 9am-10:30am, which provides the ideal lighting for your photos. Get the details here.

We also offer wedding packages to suit all budgets and desires! At Mariposa Cruises, we are your one stop shop for all things I do!

If you know what’s best, call us today so that your partner says YES!




Back from Heddle Marine: The Captain Matthew Flinders is in ship-shape!

Every five years, commercial vessels in Canada must undergo a series of Transport Canada inspections that require vessels to come out of the water. On October 17 at 3:00 am, the Captain Matthew Flinders set sail from Toronto for the Heddle Marine facility in Hamilton .   As an ocean going ship, the Flinders is quite sturdy but at a maximum speed of 8 to 10 knots—the fastest she can sail–the journey took 3- 4 hours.  Among the thousands of Flinders’ notable voyages, it boasts a colorful stint as a casino boat off of West Palm Beach Florida and cruises to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Named after the Australian explorer who was the first to circumnavigate and identify the Australian continent, the Captain Matthew Flinders was built in 1986 in Port Adelaide. The ship joined Mariposa Cruises’ fleet in 1989, making its way from Australia to Toronto, a journey that took four months!

The Captain Matthew Flinders at Heddle Marine

The Captain Matthew Flinders waits for the lift to be taken into dry dock.

This year, the Flinders spent close to 4 weeks in dry dock undergoing a series of ultrasonic tests.

The propeller shaft is removed from the Captain Matthew Flinders for inspection

The propeller shaft is removed from the Captain Matthew Flinders for inspection.

The propeller shaft and rudder were inspected for any weak spots or cracks. The anchor was dropped, and the anchor chains measured and re-painted, and all of the valves were checked too.

Captain Matthew Flinders in dry dock with anchor and chain.

The anchor is dropped for inspection and the chains are measured and painted.

Submerged in water for the past five years, the steel hull, which frames bottom of the boat, was inspected with ultrasonic tests for thickness, wear and rust.  

Captain Matthew Flinders undergoes Transport Canada Inspection in 2017

Inspecting the valves and hull.

The Captain Matthew Flinders passed all of the tests, with only six of its thirty valves needing replacement.  Having the ship in dry-dock also afforded us the opportunity to do some work on the vessel. After the inspections were completed, the Flinders’ exterior got a brand new paint job, from top to bottom, including the crest which adorns her bow. 

Mariposa Cruises Crew

Our crew is back in Toronto after driving the Flinders back from Hamilton.

Our crew drove the Flinders back to Toronto in ship-shape on November 17, just in time for holiday cruising season.    Cruising on the Flinders is a special experience.  With two interior decks, a massive split-level outer deck, stairwells and long promenade decks running from bow to stern, you get a true sense of being on a classic ocean liner. You can still experience a voyage on Captain Matthew Flinders this season on one of our Winter Dinner Cruises, or aboard our New Year’s Eve Cocktail Cruise.

Captain Matthew Flinders at Christmas

Decking the Halls.

 See more of the Captain Matthew Flinders! Take a virtual tour here.