5 Reasons Why You Should Have a Nautical Wedding in Toronto

Consider a nautical wedding!  Imagine walking down the aisle alongside the sun, glittering against the rippling waves. The fresh air and gentle breeze tickling your senses. Rich hues of purple and orange paint the perfect backdrop, as the sun sets against the water. You’re glowing, there’s a sparkle in your eye and you say I do. Finally, the day turns to night and the stars electrify the sky with the Toronto city lights, as you share your first dance as a married couple.

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If you like the sound of this, why not experience it for yourself? There are numerous reasons that make nautical weddings in Toronto a truly breathtaking experience. However, at Mariposa Cruises, we offer plenty of other perks; including a limited time offer, where you can SAVE 20% OFF 2020 weddings when you book by August 31st, 2019!

1. Ever-changing Scenery 

Exchange your vows with a view! Getting married on a boat guarantees a scenic background to compliment every moment of your event, especially in Toronto. We have one of the most iconic skylines in the world and there’s no better way to experience it than from the water! From the city skyline and sunset views, to the lush Toronto Islands, every view is different. We’ve made many dream weddings come true and know the importance of capturing memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. Our vessels offer dynamic angles that provide lots of natural light and the best views in the city.

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2. Personalize Your Ceremony: We Make Planning Simple and Stress Free!

When you have a wedding at Mariposa Cruises, your boat is your oyster! Religious or not, big or small, we do it all! Getting married on a boat allows you to customize your wedding to represent your personal values and preferences, whatever the theme or style may be. Many newlyweds are keeping up with the trend of getting married in unconventional venues, such as a boat. However, we offer all elements of a traditional or non-traditional wedding, even a blend of both! We provide our clients with a full-service event planning team that is efficient and cost effective. They take care of all the details from décor to entertainment, food and beverage, photography, music and anything else your heart desires.

Our personalized planning process is simple and stress free! A Sales Manager will help you find a vessel that is the perfect fit for your wedding. Each of our six vessels are uniquely styled and vary in capacity from 40 guests to 560. Every couple is assigned an Event Coordinator, who will detail your event from start to finish. A dedicated Restaurant Manager and hospitality team are there for you on the day of your cruise; and DJ services are included on all vessels except the yacht Rosemary. Finally, our navigational team ensures smooth sailing and the best cruise route for the day of your wedding.

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3. Smaller & More Intimate 

When choosing a wedding venue, location, style and proximity to guests are very important. Having your wedding on a boat always allows you to stay within close range to your family and friends, whether you’re hosting 50 people or over 500. The outer decks provide comfortable seating arrangements that give guests the ability to easily mingle while enjoying the scenery. Our venue allows you to control the type of experience you want your guest to have, so that you can spend more time on the dance floor or chatting with your guests.

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4.  Feels Like You’re on Vacation 

Having your wedding on a boat feels like a destination wedding without the hassle! You don’t need to limit your number of guests, worry about finding accommodations or an expensive plane ticket to feel like you’re leaving the city. Why head to the tropics when you can experience the lush greenery of the Toronto Islands? The thrill of setting sail makes your guests feel like they are going on an excursion, even though they are just experiencing Toronto in a new way. On a Toronto cruise you can instantly be transported from the hustle and bustle of city life to a peaceful escape in minutes! During your voyage, guests can explore Toronto’s magnificent lakefront, waterways and lagoons . Plus, it’s a great way for out-of-town guests to experience Canada’s largest city.

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5. An Outdoor Wedding with all the Benefits of Being Indoor

The appeal of an outdoor wedding, with the inherent beauty only nature can provide is undeniable. However, spacious outdoor venues in Toronto’s downtown core are hard to find. Especially, those that can host a large number of guests, pre-wedding gatherings, a wedding ceremony and reception at the same place. At Mariposa Cruises, our vessels can facilitate all of this, while providing you with open, airy decks and private interior spaces. Better yet, you won’t have to worry about logistics and added expenses of transporting your guests to different venues. Enjoy your wedding ceremony in the natural light, with a picturesque backdrop and end the night by dancing under the stars!

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Having a nautical wedding in Toronto is the perfect setting for an outdoor wedding! Embark with us on your journey and let us help you bring your dream wedding to life!

Contact a Sales Manager today!

For more information, please visit our wedding page.




What to expect on a Toronto Harbour Tour


The Toronto Harbour Tour was a truly magical experience. Immersing myself into open water felt liberating and the bright blue sky made for a beautiful day. On the tour, I was able to see Toronto from a new perspective and I discovered many of the city’s hidden gems. From the Toronto Islands and historical landmarks to the natural ecosystems and wildlife, every view was different. (more…)

Meet the Crew: Captain William Bennett, Director of Marine Operations

Meet Captain William Bennett, Director of Marine Operations for Mariposa Cruises. An extraordinary person to know, Will has an impressive career in Marine that spans across many shipping sectors, and has taken him on voyages around the globe.Having worked with Mariposa Cruises in previous seasons, we were thrilled to have Will Bennett join us in January 2018.  Responsible for the maintenance and operation of a fleet of 6 vessels, and leading a crew of captains, officers, engineers, mates, and deck hands, Will’s role is no small feat.


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.


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!


Corporate Entertaining: Make it a Nautical Affair!

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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


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