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


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!


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.


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


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!


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


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…)

Top 5 Best Things About Toronto Wedding Cruises

A big city like Toronto has no shortage of choices for wedding venues. Couples on the hunt for a city wedding with a beautiful outdoor setting find that wide-open spaces start to become scarce in the downtown core and come at a premium. Consider a Toronto Wedding Cruise. Mariposa Cruises has hosted thousands of nautical nuptials and if the idea of having your day on the water appeals to you, we’ve got five great reasons why you should:

City or Country Wedding: The Best of Both Worlds


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. (more…)

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! (more…)

Get ready for Ugly Christmas Sweater Day!

Christmas, Cocktails and Cruises!

In the past few years, the Ugly Christmas Sweater trend has gone from non-existent to common place. Not only are retired, tattered and worn sweaters found in thrift stores, but they’re now widely available online and in stores, with extravagant additions including light up Christmas trees, wine bottle holders and modern-day slogans.

The industry has soared with the use of social media, having friends battle it out for the most likes, shares and comments. This has led to the ultimate competition of who will find the most sharable, ugly and memorable knit. Will it be you? Mariposa Cruises has made it easy this year by sharing some of our most notable finds

1.Tipsy Elves Women’s Christmas Stocking Tacky Sweater 

Price: $49.95. Can be purchased here

2.Blizzard Bay Men’s Shirtless Santa Ride Ugly Christmas Sweater


Gearing up for Fall & Winter Cruise Season: A day in hospitality training

Like New York and Chicago, Toronto provides great opportunities for cruising in the fall and winter. As a busy summer season winds down, many of our seasonal staff departs, but it’s still business as usual at Mariposa Cruises as we move into our fall and winter cruise season.

Recently our Hospitality Department hired a small group of staff see us through to New Year’s Eve.  September Orientation consisted of a small group of new hires. Very different from April Orientation, during which we welcome and train our crew in large numbers, this orientation session was smaller and afforded us the opportunity to take a more experiential, hands-on approach to introducing our new hires to Mariposa Cruises. (more…)

Meet the Crew: Customer Experience Manager Roshan Tajdini

Ro emcees Mariposa Cruises 30th Anniversary Voyage

Meet Customer Experience Manager, Roshan Tajdini, master of ceremonies and people person extraordinaire!  Roshan (aka Ro) has a background in entertainment and recreation that includes an 8-year tenure coordinating entertainment and events for Disney Cruise Lines, which gave him the opportunity to cruise all over the world. Two years ago, he left Disney Cruise Lines at the end of his contract to take an extended break and attend a family wedding. He took some time to travel around Canada and get his land legs back before returning to his hometown Toronto. Ro’s experience and warm & friendly personality was welcomed at Mariposa Cruises, where he has worked for two seasons. (more…)