The Northern Spirit is Getting a Major Makeover: A Rundown of what’s to come!

Many have enjoyed the Northern Spirit since it joined our fleet in 1993, as it is a popular choice for corporate groups and weddings. It is best known for its wide-open space, bright large picture windows, and having the largest moving rooftop patio in Toronto!

While we’re grateful for all the wonderful events held on board over the years, it was time to give some love back by upgrading the vessel this winter season! As a team we brainstormed, set our sights high, and began the renovation of a lifetime! While the work is quickly progressing, we thought we would share the exciting news of what is to come!

2018 Northern Spirit Renovation Breakdown

Windows

The Northern Spirit has over 100 custom made windows on board, and each of these will be replaced with heat resistant glass windows that do a great job of keeping the heat out, while letting the light in!

new window installation Northern Spirit

New windows will provide better insulation and privacy.

Sound System

We have purchased a new state of the art audio system, which uses the latest technology to bring clean, even sound throughout the vessel. The boat will feature over 80 speakers across three decks when it is finished!

Lighting

We selected new LED lighting for the energy saving features, and to provide atmospheric lighting to match the mood of your event. The ceilings have also been replaced to be more aesthetically pleasing!

ceiling installation Norther Spirit

A new ceiling for a bright, clean look.

Washrooms

All four washrooms on board have been repurposed to include new floor tiling, low flush toilets, vanities and stylish wall coverings.

Bars

New bar installation Northern Spirit

Brand new bar spaces will have a fresh new look and are designed for better functionality.

Getting a drink has never been easier! Our new bar spaces will be organized using custom made cabinetry and stainless-steel counter tops, with feature accent lighting. The bar is definitely the place to be!

Flooring

The old flooring has danced its way into the past! The new renovation will feature brand new carpeting, and tiled dance floors.

DJ

Last but not least our DJ booth has been minimized to provide more space for dancing and guests. While still large enough for 2-3 DJ’s, this space has been upgraded with high quality finishing’s including new tabletops and lighting.

Completion is set for April 2018 and we can hardly wait to show you the finished product! Be sure to check back for progress, updates and the unveiling of the newly improved Northern Spirit!

Now Hiring! Rewarding Opportunities in Cruise Hospitality

Welcome to the world of Mariposa Cruises, a truly unique establishment in the hospitality industry! Over the last 30 years our fleet of vessels has hosted over 3 million passengers—from tourists, young students, celebrities and the Stanley cup, to thousands of events ranging from weddings, birthdays, business functions and celebrations!

Server on Showboat

Serving a private function aboard the Showboat

Over the years, our guests have come to experience Toronto from the water, to cruise the city’s historical harbor and waterways, and view one of the most iconic skylines in the world.  Committed to the customer experience, you’ll be part of a team which consists of many moving parts and works collectively to deliver the best possible hospitality and service on every voyage.

Every season we undertake to building an amazing team, welcoming returning employees and new hires alike.

A Gateway to a Career in the Hospitality Industry

Hospitality students have an amazing opportunity to gain experience and training for their future careers.  Not only will our training allow you to hone your customer service and hospitality skills, you have a unique opportunity to work as part of a crew on a boat, participate in regular drills and safety training, and understand what it takes to work as a team.

Safety Day Training

Safety Day. All Mariposa Crew must complete required training and drills

We provide exposure to a wide range of areas, with the opportunity to cross train and learn different skills that build your resume.  For example, if you’ve just completed Bartending Courses, a season at Mariposa Cruises provides you with a foundation of relevant experience to set you on your career path. Whether new or returning crew, we focus on the individual’s goals and whenever possible help them by cross training in other departments or assisting them with their career goals while they complete their education.

Bartending on the Showboat

A great opportunity to gain bartending experience and learn mixology.

 

A Commitment to the Guest Experience

Mariposa Cruises provides ongoing training and opportunities for professional development within the company. While we are dedicated to training one thing we can’t teach is attitude, personality, passion and drive.  Every voyage brings a different crowd with a different set of expectations. If you understand that at the very core of our values is a commitment to delivering the most memorable experience for our guests; if you thrive in a fast-paced environment and enjoy team work, if you’re perfectly at ease working with the public, know and love Toronto well and can commit to a season,  you already possess some of the key attributes we search for in our job candidates.

Roast Beef Carving Station Northern Spirit

Working the carving station on an afternoon lunch cruise

Available Positions

We’re hiring a series of seasonal positions (May to September) across company departments. Not all positions require previous training or experiences so feel free to visit our Careers Section to apply.

Hospitality & Kitchen: Includes Cruise Managers, Event Crew and Hospitality Coordinators, Bartenders,  Chefs du Cuisine, Chefs du Partie, Sous Chefs,  Kitchen Help, Cleaners.  Smart serve certification is required for most positions.

Harbour Tours- Includes Tour Guides and Kiosk Sales Representatives. Multiple Languages are an asset. Mandarin is highly desired.

Sales and Events: Includes Event Coordinators, Sales Coordinator. Marketing Coordinator, Reservation Agents. Previous experience is an asset.

Marine Operations: Includes Captains, Mates, Deckhands and Engineers. Must have required licenses and certification.

Wheelhouse on Captain Matthew Flinders

At work in the wheelhouse.

We’ve been very fortunate over our 31 years on Toronto’s Harbour to have hired some bright and talented individuals. Our crew is at the heart of our achievement as the leading cruise hospitality operator in Toronto. Some have returned to us season after season, and many others we’ve wished well as they’ve moved on to pursue other career goals. We look forward to building our 2018 team of amazing talent!