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!

While corporate events have been a main focus for Mariposa over the last 30 years, the trend continues as people seek a unique idea that will get their clients talking for weeks to come. That’s why we have created a new Client Appreciation Package for 2018 that is sure to impress! Here are some of the highlights:

Comprehensive Stations Menu created by our Executive Chef!

thai food station

Creative food stations are a great alternative to a formal sit-down or buffet meal.














Who needs a sit-down dinner? Stations and appetizers create the perfect setting for mingling and entertaining and provides the WOW factor that clients are looking for! Our menu has something for everyone – including a fresh salad bar, vegetarian stir fry station, and a taco stand for those looking for something fun! Of course, there is also a decadent selection of desserts to finish off the cruise! You can check out a detailed description of our menu here.

A Cocktail for Everyone!

Starfruit pre-pour

Welcome drinks, mocktails, or signature cocktails, we offer many great bar options.

While this package provides 2 complimentary drink tickets per person, why not kick things up a notch with our enhanced beverage stations? Our mix and muddle station provide fresh ingredients including watermelon, grapefruit, basil, egg whites and so much more! Watch as our bartender prepares a beverage with fresh ingredients made just for you and your clients! Looking for something to set the mood? Offer a pre-pour as your guests enter the vessel! Greet your clients with a mojito, caesar or sangria! A welcome beverage is sure to impress.

Prepare to be Entertained!

guests dancing on outer deck of Oriole with skyline view

Get the party started! DJs are included in our Client Appreciation package.

Music is a crucial component to any party – whether it be relaxed background style or something to get you dancing, we will bring your vision to life! Want to take some pressure off? Our DJs can read the crowd and take requests instead! Our DJs will meet with you in advance so that everything is just right on board. They’ll also assist with your AV requirements day of, so you can say goodbye to struggling with a projector and screen, and focus on your clients!

Intrigued? We think your clients will be too! Take advantage of this unique opportunity and reach out to one of our Sales Managers today! We know how to entertain, and can’t wait to host you and your clients on board with us! For more on corporate events afloat, visit here.



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

Wedding Cruise through Toronto Islands and Lake Ontario

Wedding Cruise through Toronto Islands and Lake Ontario

Toronto Wedding Cruises are the perfect setting for an outdoor wedding. Vessels are conveniently located at the heart of downtown Toronto. Once your guests arrive and board, they’ll feel like they’ve been transported to another place. The great thing about being a waterfront city is that cottage country is literally a boat ride away— straight from the downtown core.  Four of our six vessels (The Rosemary, Showboat, Oriole and Klancy) are the perfect size to cruise in and around the Toronto Islands, waterways and lagoons, accommodating groups as small as 40 and as large as 150 guests, depending on your seating style. The scenery is peaceful, picturesque and a great way for out-of-town guests to experience Canada’s largest city.

A One-Stop Source for Planning your Wedding

Wedding Cruise on Northern Spirit

Photo courtesy of Samantha Ong Photography

Once you’ve decided on a Toronto Wedding Cruise, your event-planning is pretty much cut out for you when you choose a Mariposa Cruise. Our amazing crew makes it easy, with assistance from start to finish! Our wedding packages offer a variety of menus and catering options, and we can also customize your wedding depending on your needs.

Services include:

  • A Sales Manager who assists with choosing the right vessel for the size and style of your wedding
  • A dedicated Event Coordinator to guide your through the food & beverage options, floor plans and decor details
  • A Cruise Manager to oversee the event on the day of your wedding
  • Navigational Crew to provide you with a smooth voyage
Table Setting on the Oriole

Table Setting on the Oriole

Wedding Packages Include:

  • Five hours of exclusive use of the vessel including four hours for cruising and one hour for boarding/disembarking.
  • Standard white linen table cloths, napkins, china plates, glassware and stainless-steel cutlery, All existing tables, chairs, & table numbers.
  • Complimentary cake cutting service
  • DJ and professional sound system (excluding The Rosemary)
  • Access to our preferred supplier for decor, florals, cakes, photographers and more

Download our Wedding Package for full details.

Not Just for Wedding Ceremonies

Toronto wedding ceremony and reception

Combining the wedding ceremony at Toronto Music Garden with a wedding cruise reception . Photos by Samantha Ong Photography

Charter cruises are great for other celebrations surrounding your nuptials, like engagement parties, pre-wedding celebrations, or a post-wedding brunch cruise the morning after with close family and friends.  Many couples opt to have their wedding ceremony on land and host their reception on a boat. What’s great about Toronto’s waterfront is that it offers some beautiful areas for wedding ceremonies, like the nearby Toronto Music Garden  or the Toronto Islands. Combine different venues for your ceremony and reception, or host both onboard. The choice is yours.

Six Unique Love Boats and Endless Possibilities

Wedding decor on the yacht Rosemary

Wedding decor on the yacht Rosemary

Each couple is unique and so is their preferred style of wedding. Formal or informal, traditional or unconventional, intimate or grand—we can personalize your wedding according to your preferences. Each of our boats is unique in its own right, from small yacht cruising aboard the Rosemary and Klancy, to grand-style events aboard the Captain Matthew Flinders and Northern Spirit –two of the largest ships on Toronto’s harbour.

Toronto Wedding Cruise

East Indian wedding on the Captain Matthew Flinders

Our fleet can accommodate a range of groups, from 40 to 560 guests, and our team can assist with décor set-up to create your dream event.

Wedding Decor on Showboat outer deck

Wedding Decor on the outer deck of the Showboat

Stunning Backdrops

Toronto boasts one of the most iconic skylines in the world, and the best way to experience it is from the water.  A wedding cruise offers ever-changing views of Toronto’s skyline and harbour. As the day turns to night, you and your guests will delight in the sunset views and bright city lights at sundown. Weddings photos are afforded truly romantic backdrops. Your photos are your memories, and when the wedding day is over, they are all you get to keep from your day. Make them spectacular!

Toronto Wedding Cruise

Photo courtesy of Samantha Ong Photography

For more information about Toronto Wedding Cruises, visit our Wedding Cruise Section which includes videos, customer testimonials and 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!

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!

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…)

Tips for Holiday Party Planning

pictureMariposa 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?


5 Great Reasons to Celebrate the Holiday Season with Mariposa Cruises

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.