One of the most important things we do at Mariposa Cruises is share the Toronto harbour cruise experience with young people. We traffic in shareable moments and set the stage for new friends to make foundational memories. Our staff aboard each of our unique ‘floating’ networking platforms strives to create the perfect place for young adults to start lifelong friendships. Cruising the busy harbour opposite the biggest city in Canada is thrilling at any age, and watching the shoreline grow more distant while being ensconced in the excitement aboard ship impacts young minds and empowers them to visualize infinite possibilities on their own horizons. (more…)
If only our boats could talk, the stories they could tell of couples who met and fell in love, young students who came on a class trip, a corporate milestone celebrated onboard…they could boast about hosting dignitaries, sports legends, Stanley Cups, celebrities & movie shoots. There are stories of birthday parties, bar mitzvahs, company events, proposals and weddings. There are stories from so many who came to us from all around the world and visited our city of Toronto. Over the last 30 years, our fleet has welcomed over 3 million guests and while our boats can’t speak, they do tell our story. (more…)
My name is Kyle Larkin, and over the course over the summer I’m going to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the work the officers of Mariposa put in throughout they year as we gear up for another action-packed season!
After five years at the University of Toronto pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism, I naturally progressed to steering boats (more…)
At Mariposa Cruises, we are gearing up for another busy season. For 30 years our team of professionals have been delivering unforgettable cruise experiences on Toronto’s Harbour.
Our team is the perfect blend of trusted experience and new energy and each season we look to continually improve our services. We are a team of professionals passionate about delivering the highest level of quality and service to our guests who come to us from all over the world. (more…)
Andrew Vilhena, Director of Hospitality at Mariposa Cruises, talks about new onboard menu offerings this season. Our culinary team have developed a fresh take on our traditional buffet offerings.
Menu-wise, what can our guests anticipate in 2017?
We pay close attention to our customers’ requests, their preferences in menu selections, and the important feedback from post-cruise reviews and customer surveys. Buffets continue to be the most popular choice, however our Food Stations and cocktail style menus are becoming increasingly in demand.
Our 2017 menus consistently offer a vegetarian main, in addition to our traditional beef or chicken. We feature a variety of choices, different salads and sides for more vegetarian and vegan friendly options. Our delicious gluten-free tomato and edamame salad, or the cranberry and baby spinach stuffed tortilla (Gluten- Free & Vegetarian) with wild rice and butternut squash, are some examples.
Tell us about how Mariposa Cruises is revamping its cocktail-style menus:
We host a lot of cocktail style events for both our charter and scenic dining programs. Our Sip & Sail Cruise program is a great alternative to a patio and a relaxed way to experience Toronto. We offer a variety of hors d’oeuvres, appetizers and platters on the menu. Guests can decompress from their work day, mingle, & take in the views and enjoy some food and cocktails. (more…)
Events Manager, Lauren Matunin talks wedding planning. She’s been to over 100 weddings! Well not exactly…she’s coordinated that many during her tenure at Mariposa Cruises; plus many more special occasions on the water–so it sure feels that way! Lauren makes wedding dreams come true; and with so many happy nuptials behind her–and her own wedding to plan this year– she’s got plenty of insights & good advice to impart. (more…)
Mariposa Cruises talks to Leisure Program Coordinator, Courtney Mayer, who offers party planning advice that takes the stress out of planning and puts you on track to throwing a successful holiday gathering this season.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to throw a holiday party?
There are so many ways to celebrate the holidays with Mariposa Cruises this season. Whether you are looking for a unique event venue to celebrate with family, friends, or coworkers, or you want to get into the holiday spirit, we have just the festive event for you! This season, experience winter cruising from the warmth and comfort of the two largest ships in the harbour. The Captain Matthew Flinders and The Northern Spirit offer fully heated and festively decorated interior dining spaces from which to enjoy the winter wonderland of Toronto waterfront and skyline–all lit up like a Christmas tree!
Here are 5 great reasons to get on board a Mariposa Cruise this season!
1. Holiday and Christmas Party planning made easy.
From industrial port to metropolis, Toronto’s harbour has come a long way.
If you haven’t visited Toronto’s Harbourfront in over a year, you’re in for a surprise. An extensive three year revitalization project (completed in June 2015) has transformed Toronto’s waterfront. Queen’s Quay West is now completely accessible by car, public transit, on foot or by bicycle, with lots of great public places to frequent and enjoy. Tourism is also up this year: Big events, a low Canadian dollar and really great weather have all contributed to an increase in visitors.
If you spend a day on Toronto’s waterfront, you’ll notice a multitude of activity on the lake. (more…)