Intimate and Cozy Toronto Yacht Cruises

Nothing can compare to chartering a yacht! It allows for a sense of privacy with the freedom and flexibility to host your event as you please. Summer is in full swing and that means enjoying the warm weather and all that this great city has to offer– which includes Toronto Yacht Cruises! During the summer months, planning a private event and finding the perfect outdoor venue can be a challenge. No worries, the Mariposa team is here to help!  Within our fleet of six uniquely styled vessels,  we offer two yachts with the best patio views in the city! The Rosemary and the Klancy are perfect for small and intimate private events, ranging from 45 guests (on the Rosemary) to 80 guests (on the Klancy), depending on the style of your event. These yachts are the perfect for cruising in and around Toronto’s islands and lagoons.

Chartering our yachts is truly a one-stop shop, giving you full service planning that includes:

  • A dedicated Sales Manager and Event Coordinator
  • Private use of the yachts for your specified duration
  • Captain, Mate and Navigational crew
  • Professional sound system. (A DJ is included on the Klancy only)
  • Fully licensed cash bar
  • Linens and furnishings

Our Executive Chef is on site to prepare your guests a market-fresh menu. You can choose from a selection of bar and catering options, and our Chef is also happy to create a customized menu for your event.

Mariposa Cruises Yachts Rosemary and Klancy

Yacht cruising is perfect for your next event.


Rosemary

The Yacht Rosemary

Exterior and Interior decor photos of the Rosemary.

Cozy and intimate, the Rosemary is a classic choice if you’re looking for a stylish venue and the perfect ambiance for a small gathering or special event. This beautiful 62-foot yacht has hosted some of the most exclusive business and social functions in the city. It is decorated with rattan sofas and love seats, and its bright and spacious salon deck is an ideal spot for conversation. The fresh air decks are perfect for enjoying the outdoors and offer great views of Toronto’s spectacular skyline and harbour, whether you cruise during the afternoon or evening. Take a virtual tour of the Rosemary and see the yacht for yourself.


Klancy II

Exterior and Interior decor photos of the Klancy II.

The Klancy is the perfect option for groups of up to 80 guests. Featuring a stylish dining salon and spacious upper deck that hosts a dance floor to keep the party going, the Klancy also offers a bar and wrap-around counter and bar stools that provide a space for mixing and mingling. The outer deck can be fully enclosed, or the windows open to enjoy the fresh lake breeze and take in the scenery. A well-appointed yacht, The Klancy can easily accommodate any occasion from a wedding to business function. The Klancy even has a BBQ on the upper deck which is perfect for hosting your next corporate picnic or a casual social event. You can view it in 3D with a  virtual tour.


Cruising on a yacht is one of the most enjoyable experiences in life and with our charter services you’ll be out yachting on the Toronto Harbour in no time. We make it easy!
Toronto Skyline

The views along the Toronto Harbour are constantly changing.

From the Bar: Four Cocktail Recipes to try this Summer

Celebrate the summer season with these tasty cocktail recipes! The summer is here, which means it’s time to relax outdoors and mix yourself up something cool and refreshing. We bring you a few of our favorite picks for entertaining your guests and you can enjoy some of them on a Mariposa Cruise. We make summer party planning easy with a varied selection of beverages available, from delicious pre-pours to welcome your guests aboard, to fun Caesar and Mix & Muddle beverage stations. Non-drinkers and designated drivers can still mix & mingle with a selection of mocktails too. Get the details on our bar offerings for private cruises here.

Summer always ends too soon, so don’t let it pass without some quality time on a boat enjoying the warm weather!  Hop aboard for one of our Sip & Sail Cocktail Cruises — a great alternative to your typical outdoor patio, featuring two hours of cruising, a DJ spinning music to set the mood, and unmatched views of the harbour and skyline. Now is also the best time to enjoy some scenic dining on any of our Weekend Brunch, Lunch and Sunset Dinner Cruises. More on our Public Cruising program here.

Have a great summer. Cheers!


Virgin Hickory Smoked Captain’s Caesar

Mariposa Cruises Captain's Caesar

Our Captain’s Caesar pictured with our house made Chipotle & Scotch Bonnet Infused Vodka. (The hickory smoked version is not served onboard. )

The Captain’s Caesar is a best seller aboard our cruises!

Ingredients: 

  • 3 Dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3 Dashes of Tobasco
  • 12(OZ) Mott’s Clamato
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Banderilla Skewer
  • Sriracha & Lime Rimmer
  • Hickory Chips for smoking
  • 1(OZ) Chipotle & Scotch Bonnet Infused Vodka (House Made) or Regular Vodka


Recipe: 

  1. First wet the rim of a cocktail glass with a lemon wedge. Then place the sriracha and lime rimmer on a separate dish and press the rim of the glass to coat.
  2. Add ice to a cocktail shaker. Then add 3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce and Tobasco. Afterwards add the Mott’s Clamato juice.
  3. Add hickory chips to a cocktail smoker to infuse the Captain’s Caesar.
  4. Ensure all ingredients are shaken. Lastly finish with a banderilla skewer.
  5. For an alcoholic Captain’s Caesar add 1(OZ) of vodka.

Classic Mojito

Classic Mojito

You can never go wrong with a classic mojito.

Ingredients: 

  • Sprigs of Mint
  • Lime Wedges
  • 1(OZ) of Dark Rum
  • Sprite or Soda Water


Recipe: 

  1. Add lime wedges and some sprigs of mint into a cocktail glass. Use a muddler to crush the ingredients together.
  2. Add 1(OZ) of dark rum.
  3. Add ice to the glass and mix together.
  4. Top with sprite or soda water. Add an additional lime wedge and mint to garnish.

Gin, Blueberry & Rosemary Fizz Cocktail

Gin, Blueberry and Rosemary Fizz

This cocktail is a perfect refreshment on a hot summer day.

Ingredients: 

  • 1(OZ) Gin
  • Blueberry’s
  • Rosemary
  • Sprite or Soda Water
  • Lemon and Lime Wedges


Recipe: 

  1. Add lemon and lime wedges to a cocktail glass. Then add some blueberry’s and rosemary.
  2. Use a muddler to crush the ingredients together.
  3. Add 1(OZ) of gin and ice to the glass.
  4. Top with sprite or soda water and mix the ingredients together.
  5. Lastly add lime, blueberry’s and rosemary as an additional garnish.

Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini

An Espresso Martini is a perfect dessert cocktail!

Ingredients: 

  • Single/Double Espresso
  • 1(OZ) Vodka
  • Whipped Cream
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Cinnamon
  • Maraschino Cherry
  • *You can also add Bailey’s for extra flavour


Recipe:

  1. Add a single or double espresso to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Then add 1(OZ) of vodka and shake.
  3. Pour the mixture into a cocktail glass. Top with whipped cream, drizzle caramel sauce and add some cinnamon.
  4. Add a maraschino cherry to garnish.

*Mariposa Cruises serves the Captain’s Caesar and Virgin Caesar. The Hickory Smoked Caesar is not available onboard. Please drink responsibly. Products shown in the videos are for demonstration purposes only and are not intended as endorsements of any kind. 

 

 

Our Top Wedding Tips

Among every group of friends there is at least one person who has organized, prepared and said “I do” at the altar. Thankfully, they are there every step of the way for you, to shed light on the do’s, don’ts and the what I wish I did on the big day! While we understand you may have a few friends like this, it is a totally different ball game when your wedding is on a boat! This comes with different obstacles, opportunities and advice! Not to worry, our seasoned team has received plenty of feedback over the years, and we compiled a few of our best wedding tips for you! 

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Beautiful Weddings Aboard our Boats

1.Do it yourself vs let others do it for you!

We understand, DIY is all the rage these days! Thanks to the internet, folding 100 name cards into origami shaped boats can be done in one weekend, but draping the entire boat in 2 hours flat? A bit trickier if you’re expecting to do it by yourself! What we suggest, is to be selective as to what DIY projects you take on, and what you hire someone else to do for you. We work with great décor specialists who can provide cost effective services to make your vision come to life! On your big day, we want you to be happy, relaxed and excited! Try to choose DIY projects that can be done well in advance, and leave the rest (especially day-of tasks) to the experts.

2.Choose an all-encompassing venue

One of the most frequent questions we get from couples is if the boats can host both the ceremony and reception. The answer is YES! Our vessels offer outdoor space for a ceremony, and flow nicely into the dining room for lunch or dinner. We can then transform the ceremony area back into the dancefloor while your meal is taking place. The transitions are seamless, and avoid any gaps in the day for your guests! You can always have a photo opportunity at the dock following your ceremony if you choose to do it dockside. The possibilities are endless!

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Wedding ceremony aboard the Showboat.

3.Plan Ahead to avoid day-of stress

Did you hire a photo booth for your wedding? A magician? Or did your uncle’s wife fly in from overseas? Help coordinate vendors and out of town guests by designating a responsible friend or family member as your day-of contact. Doing this ensures that someone is available at all times, but eliminates the stress for you! Saying I do is no small feat, let someone else take care of the rest!

4.Skip the Favors

While wedding favors can be tasteful, it is difficult to find one item that is relevant to all people. More frequently people are skipping favors altogether, and putting that money towards something else. A late-night food station? Guest transportation? There are many great uses for that money. We have also had some couples put the money towards a donation instead. This can make a much larger impact then the magnet or cookie you take home at the end of the night.

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A Happy Couple on their Wedding day.


While past clients have shared many of their own do’s and don’ts, each couple is unique and these tips won’t apply to everyone! To get started, we suggest making a list of what’s important to you and your partner, and incorporating some of these things into your big day. If you have questions or are looking for more guidance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our seasoned Sales and Events team! It is our mission to make your dreams come true! Visit our Wedding Page for more on our wedding services. 

 

Engagement Photo Shoot Contest Winners: Eric and Niamh

Eric and Niamh

The beautiful love story of Eric and Niamh that won our hearts over, as told by Eric. Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry into our Engagement Photo Shoot Contest. We were so touched by all of your submissions and had a difficult time choosing from so many wonderful love stories. We wish you much love and happiness as you embark on your lives together 


The happy couple.

 Eric and Niamh’s love story: 

Our story is far from typical, but I never get tired of telling it. My roommate from freshman year of college had met an Irish girl the summer before college and they dated long-distance throughout all four years of school. After graduation, he moved to Dublin to be with her. My family was taking a trip to Europe that summer, so I decided to make a quick stop to Ireland myself to visit Grant. He was living in a house with five other people, and one of those people was my now fiancé, Niamh.

I always say it was love at second sight, because we only chatted briefly when we first met, but when I got to properly talk to her, I knew she was the one. I was only there for four days, but the memories lingered the rest of the year. I remember the quick kiss we shared and playing back every moment, wondering if I’d ever see her again.

She told me that she would be moving to Toronto that September, only a quick trip north for this Long Island native. We chatted for months, on and off, but she was reluctant to give me a chance, and who could blame her? Between leaving her whole life behind, moving to a new city, finding a new job and having to make new friends, the last thing she needed was a long-distance boyfriend.

I like to joke that I wore her down, because eventually she gave in and invited me up to Toronto. I booked my first trip to Canada in January of 2015. Our first date was a Raptors game and some drinks at the Loose Moose. The next night after dinner on Bloor, we officially started dating.

After that it was over two years of flights back and forth from Toronto to New York, each of us alternating ever month. It was a struggle at times (and quite expensive) but neither of us wanted to give up. By the end of 2016, we began to ask some serious questions about our future together and how we could continue to make this work. Now, I’ve never been one to believe in fate, but what happened next made me reconsider.

Niamh works in business (currently for Dell), so I had always assumed that she would move to New York considering all the opportunities that would be there for her. I work in soccer, specifically social media, so my employment options are much more limited. I told her that I wouldn’t move to Toronto for any old job, it would have to be on that would advance my career. “The only way I’d move to Canada is if Toronto FC offers me a job,” I said almost half-joking. Lo and behold, against all odds, I got a job offer in February and moved to Toronto in March.

Ever since then, we’ve been living together downtown and loving life. There was definitely an adjustment period after going from long-distance straight into living together, but we’ve hit our stride. It hasn’t been the simplest path, but we wouldn’t change a thing and can’t wait to see what’s next.

Eric and Niamh’s beautiful marriage proposal surrounded by love, family and friends.

Eric and Niamh’s marriage proposal: 

Niamh was going home to Ireland for her godson’s communion, but I told her that I wasn’t able to attend due to my work schedule. However, I decided to surprise her by hopping on a flight with my family and ring in tow.

I got on the phone with her sister to coordinate the whole plan (which did a number on my nerves) but it all worked out perfectly. I kept telling her that I wouldn’t propose until after my brother’s wedding (this July) so she was caught totally off guard. Her family was going on a trip to the Cliffs of Moher for a day out in the sun, but little did she know I’d be waiting alongside the cliffs. When she got to the bottom of the hill, I took her to a picturesque point and got down on one knee in what made for a truly unforgettable occasion.

 

Stay tuned for Eric and Niamh’s engagement photos aboard the yacht Rosemary!

8 Reasons Why You Should Visit the Toronto Harbourfront This Summer

Toronto houses one of the longest urban lakefronts in the world!  The Harbourfront area is now a bustling hub within the downtown core. There is so much to do and see we’ve compiled a list of the top eight reasons to visit the Toronto Harbourfront this summer.

1. Toronto Skyline

Toronto boasts one of the most iconic skylines in the world and the best way to experience it is from the water aboard one of our cruise ships!  Whether you cruise during the day or night, the Toronto skyline never looks the same way on any given day and won’t fail to impress!  Mariposa Cruises offers a variety of public cruise programs, including brunch, lunch and dinner cruises as well as a Sip and Sail and special event cruises. Our Scenic Toronto Harbour Tours offer guided narrations in six different languages–English, French, Spanish, German, Mandarin and Japanese– and showcase many sites including the island park lands and waterways, Queens Quay Terminal, Toronto Island Airport, Harbourfront Centre, CN Tower, Rogers Centre, HTO Park, Rogers Centre, Air Canada Centre and the fabled Gibraltar Point Lighthouse to name a few.

The view of the Toronto skyline from our Harbour Tour cruise.

2. Toronto Islands

The Toronto Islands are collectively made up of 17 separate islands, totaling over 600 acres. There are several swimming beaches on the islands, including Centre Island Beach, Gibraltar Point Beach and Hanlan’s Point Beach. , Toronto’s clothing optional beach. In 2002, the location was made permanent, making it only the second official clothing-optional beach in Canada. The many beaches make the islands make a great spot for canoeing, kayaking, cycling and picnicking. Cottage country is right in our backyard!

3. Waterfront Trail

The Waterfront Trail stretches for 740km and passes through the Toronto Waterfront where all of our boats are located!  The trail includes 41 communities, 182 parks and natural areas, 152 arts and culture heritage attractions, 37 major annual waterfront festivals and 170 marinas and yacht clubs.  Perfect for both cyclists and pedestrians for a scenic stroll along the water!

The Waterfront Trail boasts the perfect view for a walk or bike ride.

4. Harbourfront Centre

The Harbourfront Centre is a year-round event facility that features live concerts, competitions, films and markets. Throughout the summer, the Harbourfront Centre comes to life with art exhibitions, cafes, events and a pond with canoe and water activities! The concert stage was designed to provide the best sound quality to visitors, both on land and in the water.

The Harbourfront Centre hosts several events throughout the summer.

5. Go to a Game!

Whether you attend a game at the Air Canada Centre, BMO Field or the Rogers Centre, Toronto boasts many amazing sports teams within the city.  All of these sites are visible from the water and just a short walk away from the Toronto Harbour.  Spend your day on the waterfront or aboard one of our public cruises and top off the day with a game to cheer on any of our amazing teams!

The Rogers Centre, home of the Toronto Blue Jays.

6. Harbourfront Patios

At any time of day, you’re guaranteed a great view when you visit any of Toronto’s picturesque Harbourfront patios! You will be able to soak in the views of the water and skyline while enjoying delicious food and beverages.

Patios along the Harbourfront provide the perfect scenery for enjoying food and drinks.

7. Toronto Music Garden

The Toronto Music Garden is an enchanted location located within the city! The park design is inspired by Bach’s First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello with each dance movement within the suite corresponding to a different section of the garden .The garden encompasses the spirit of music, dance and art. Drop by the Toronto Music Garden to enjoy free and outstanding classical performances from around the world. 

Left image via the Harbourfront Centre. The Toronto Music Garden is the perfect backdrop for any photos.

8. Gibraltar Point Lighthouse

Completed in 1808, the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse is the oldest existing lighthouse on the Great Lakes! It was built at an original height of 52 feet and extended to 82 feet in 1832. The lighthouse was a functioning lookout tower for American ships that came across from New York State during the War of 1812. Finally decommissioned in 1958, Metro Parks took over operations and is currently unused, shut and a great spot to experience the ghostly past of Toronto. Make sure to go on our Harbour Tour to get a chance to see it for yourself!

The view of the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse from our scenic Harbour Tour.

We hope you are able to check off some of these Harbourfront attractions from your summer to-do list!

Engaged? Win Your Engagement Photo Shoot Aboard the Yacht Rosemary!

Throughout Toronto’s history,  the view from the water has been a favourite vantage point for photographers to capture images of one the world’s most iconic and ever-changing skylines. During our 31 years of operation, Mariposa Cruises has hosted over three million guests who come to experience the city from the harbour, not to mention countless photo shoots! This season we’re giving a photo session away aboard the yacht Rosemary. So if you recently popped the question and got a “Yes!”, you’re both in luck because you have a chance to win an engagement photo shoot featuring one of the most stunning backdrops in Toronto.

couple viewing toronto skyline

Toronto boasts one of the most iconic skylines in the world.

 

Engagement Photo Shoot Prize

We’re pleased to collaborate with long-time partners Photoworks. Throughout their portraiture, Photoworks Photography Studio has been capturing the fun, endearing and real  moments of life, including the personalities, connection and love that their clients share. They are experienced in a range of portraitures, from weddings, to family photos to a variety of events. Valued at $3200.00, the prize consists of a two-hour photoshoot aboard the yacht Rosemary and navigational crew to position the vessel for the most beautiful photos. The professional photography package includes 15-5 X 7 prints along with the corresponding digital files for lasting memories celebrating your engagement.

The Beautiful Yacht Rosemary

The Rosemary is the perfect size for cozy and intimate events of up to 40 people and has hosted many weddings and celebrations.  The fresh air decks on the Rosemary provide spectacular views and is sized perfectly to cruise in and around Toronto’s islands, lagoons and waterways.  Our fleet of uniquely styled vessels can accommodate a range of events for group sizes up to 560 people. Take a 3D virtual tour and experience them for yourself!

The yacht Rosemary is perfect for small and intimate weddings.

How to Enter

Engaged coupled can visit our contest page to complete the entry form and view the full contest terms and conditions. Our Engagement Photo Contests starts on Monday May 7th and we’re accepting entries until midnight on Sunday May 27th, 2018.

Wedding aboard the yacht Rosemary

A wedding on the yacht Rosemary affords beautiful photo opportunities and is the perfect size for cruising in and around Toronto’s islands and lagoons.

Good Luck!

Meet The Crew: Executive Chef Andrew Capone

Mariposa Cruises Executive Chef Andrew Capone

Executive Chef Andrew Capone in the kitchen.

Mariposa Cruises is delighted to welcome Andrew Capone as our new Executive Chef. Having previously been part of our culinary team on the Mariposa Belle, Andrew has accumulated an impressive culinary background. We are excited to see how his talent and passion will elevate our food offerings this season. As Executive Chef, Andrew will manage our hospitality cruise operation, leading two (floating) kitchens on The Northern Spirit and The Captain Matthew Flinders to cater for a fleet of six vessels. During the peak summer period, he could prepare up to 3000 meals a day, a logistical and strategic challenge for any Chef.

Chef Andrew knew from a young age that a culinary career was his path. He credits his European upbringing and fondness of the Food Network as the influencers that led him to enroll in night school for culinary arts. He landed his first kitchen job at the Drake Hotel, where he learned for three years from great Chefs and mentors. He moved on to work at Thuet’s Bistro, where he was trained in French Cooking, picking up artisan bread making and traditional sauce-making techniques.

Chef Andrew decided to switch scenes to banquet halls, working at Grand Bacchus. “Moving from the restaurant scene to a banquet hall prepares you for a different type of food service where you’re cooking for 200 to 1500 people a night.” Other venues include The Harbord Room, Fantasy Farms where he worked his way up to Head Chef, and JW Muskoka Resort, before making the move to Banff in 2016. Eager to gain hotel experience, he started out as a General Chef de Cuisine at The Rimrock Hotel and was quickly promoted to Sous Chef after only a month.  There he had the opportunity to cater to an international audience and broaden his culinary training to fine dining, assisting at The Eden Restaurant, the Rimrock’s high-end establishment.

After returning to Toronto this year, Chef Andrew was offered and accepted the position of Executive Chef at Mariposa Cruises, where his training and expertise have been welcomed with enthusiasm.Working with fairly established menus for the season, Chef Andrew plans to revamp and elevate our menu by adding his own personal touches, sourcing out new, quality food suppliers, introducing new cured meats, fresh cheeses, premium breads & dips and handmade hors d’oeuvres to our offerings.  “I see myself putting my experience to work in the preparation techniques, in the quality of products and ingredients we use and in the presentation of our dishes.  This season our Public Menu offering will feature a fresh daily seafood option and a Chef’s Selection, which gives us the flexibility to get creative with local and seasonal products, serving up different salad selections and antipasto platters.”

Lunch buffet, Captain Matthew Flinders

Chef Andrew serves up lunch for Mariposa Crew on Orientation Day, featuring a fresh seafood offering and salad & taco stations.

The same applies with the Private Event Menus. He adds, “I am always willing to customize menus. I’ve prepared many types of cuisine from around the world, cooked for many cultures and a range of events. Our menu options offer enough variety to accommodate most dietary restrictions as well, whether vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free. Our investment in new Rational ovens will also allow for better roasting techniques and the ability to prepare, roast and vacuum seal food items for better storage and service. We will be able to serve our guests dishes we never could before, like roasted porchetta, made in the traditional way with the crispy outer skin and prepared with a rosemary and thyme salt rub.”

Most importantly, Chef Andrew will bring to us his invaluable expertise in the kitchen: “You need strong leaderships skills to run a kitchen, especially in a complex operation like Mariposa Cruses. Training is key and I’m excited to lead Mariposa’s culinary team in bringing our guests a great dining experience this season.”

Asked what he likes to cook for himself on his spare time, Chef Andrew replies, “I’m really random, whatever happens to be in the fridge. I love to make breakfast for dinner, but it’s never a regular breakfast. It’ll be something like pancakes and duck eggs. I like to go local butchers and places like the Farmers Market at Wychwood Barns in my neighborhood.  I’m not too picky when I eat at home…” and then adds, “ but I am picky when I dine out.“

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate Entertaining: Make it a Nautical Affair!

corporate events toronto

Corporate mixing and mingling aboard the Captain Matthew Flinders

Corporate entertaining blurs the lines between 9-5 client relationships, and provides companies with a competitive advantage among competitors. When thinking about your providers – whether they be your accountant, friendly neighborhood delivery service or financial advisor, who stands out the most? Is it the one who sends you a card at Christmas, calls on your birthday and asks about your weekend? Many will answer yes to all of the above! Relationship building not only strengthens ties with family and friends, it allows you to create a trusting bond with your service providers as well! While small touches go a long way, they’re easily replicated, and quickly become the status quo. Are you looking to maintain your client relationships, or make new ones? Why not try a unique idea to really blow them out of the water? Why not bring them on board a Mariposa Cruise! (more…)