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.



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

Price: $20.99. Can be purchased here.

2. Tipsy Elves Naughty and Nice Two-Person Sweater

Price:$78.00. Can be purchased here.

Don’t forget to join us this year at our annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Cocktail Cruise on Friday December 15th 2017! The cruise will take place on board the Main Deck of the Northern Spirit, with boarding starting at 6:30PM. Tickets are just $39.95 and include food, photos, music, and guaranteed ugly sweaters!

We will have exciting food stations, and hot hors d’oeuvres including soft pretzel bites and BBQ turkey flatbreads. You can preview the full event menu here . To accompany your delicious treats, we recommend any of our seasonal cocktails and spirits!

You can expect to be entertained with our Ugly Christmas Sweater contest, which is sure to feature a few of our favorites on this list! We will also have a complimentary Bad Santa photo booth for those who have been naughty and nice this year. If photos and contests aren’t your thing, you can enjoy our DJ who will surely mix in a few holiday classics along with a selection of top 40 music. You don’t want to miss it!

Wherever the festivities take you, we hope to welcome you on board a Mariposa Cruise this holiday season!

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…)

Live on the Lake rocks the Toronto Harbour

Toronto’s music scene hit the harbour in July when Mariposa Cruises introduced Live on the Lake to our public cruise program. Featuring performances by great local musicians on select Tuesdays aboard the Oriole, the music nights are similar to our Sip & Sail Cocktail Cruises where guests can take in the sights of Toronto’s skyline and harbour, except that these cruise nights are charged with the energy of live music. (more…)

2017 Miss World Canada Harbour Cruise

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…)

On Celebrating 30 Years

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…)