Santa Claus is coming to Winterfest!

Winterfest 2015It’s the most wonderful time of the year again! And while Santa and his elves are gearing up for their busiest night of the year, they are looking forward to returning to Santa’s favorite ship for a relaxing cruise along Toronto’s waterfront with all the boys and girls.

Rather than taking the kids to the nearest mall to have their photo taken with Santa, why not make seeing Santa a unique excursion that the whole family can enjoy?

One of the nicest places to enjoy a family outing is on board the Northern Spirit during The Waterfront BIA’s annual Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront presented by the Ports Toronto this holiday season from Friday December 18 to Sunday December 20.

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Raise a stein to an Oktoberfest celebration on the Toronto Harbour

Mariposa CruisesOktoberfest Cruise on the Northern Spirit will be bringing more oomph aboard their annual Oktoberfest Cruise as they transform the Northern Spirit into a floating festhallen, complete with Steam Whistle beer garden on top of the largest outer deck in the Toronto Harbour.

There will be plenty of Bavarian spirit aboard the 4-hour Oktoberfest dinner cruise on Saturday, October 3rd, with a German themed menu, performances by the high-energy German Folk Dance troop The Schwaben Dancers and the opportunity to drink beer from a 1L stein. (more…)

Sons of Rhythm get set to sing the Blues on the Toronto Harbour

Mariposa Cruises Blues CruiseIn three weeks’ time Mariposa Cruises will be hosting our very first Blues Cruise aboard the Northern Spirit on Thursday October 1st.

It will be a night of great food, great city and harbour views and great live music by Toronto blues band Sons of Rhythm.

To get to know our feature act just a little bit better we asked lead singer/bassist Mick Maratta some questions about the band. Here’s what he had to say….

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Summer Sizzle – Date night on the Toronto Harbour

Mariposa Cruises’ guest Graeham Magee recounts his date night as a newlywed aboard the Captain Matthew Flinders for the Summer Sizzle Cruise on the Toronto Harbour.


Summer-Sizzle-Cruise-facebookCaptain Matthew Flinders sacrificed his freedom to become the first to circumnavigate Australia and discover it as a continent. A rugged navigator and respected cartographer, he endured undeniable hardships to explore, discover and further our collective comprehension of the modern world, and in this man’s humble opinion, I believe that he would be proud of the ship at Toronto’s Harbour front bearing his name.

My wife and I… yes wife, it still sounds strange when I say or write it, but strange in the best of ways, (we are newlyweds), decided to take a Saturday night dinner cruise aboard the aforementioned Captain Matthew Flinders, and we were blown away by its majesty and grace. (more…)

How to plan a Luau Party the Mariposa way

Hot summer weather is often a short-and-sweet memory for Canadians. That’s why it is so important to make the most out of our summer months. One of the best ways to celebrate great summer weather is by throwing a luau party.

We’ve hosted a number of luau themed parties and cruises over the years. It’s a favourite theme among many of our charters, not to mention we throw a pretty good Luau themed dinner cruise every August.

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Here are some helpful tips on how to create your own Luau themed party this summer. (more…)

Ahui-hou Summer 2014 – aboard the Luau Cruise

Mariposa Cruises’ guest Catrina Ascenuik recounts her experience aboard the Captain Matthew Flinders for the end of summer Hawaiian Luau Dinner Cruise on the Toronto Harbour.


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My significant other and I decided to toast to the end of summer with Mariposa’s Luau Cruise on the Toronto Harbour. It was the perfect night to say goodbye to summer and ring in September.

From the start, a beautiful luau dancer named Olivia, who placed lei’s around our necks, greeted us. My boyfriend was particularly thrilled by the idea and thoroughly enjoyed that experience.  (more…)

Retro date night on the Toronto Harbour

Mariposa Cruises’ guest John C Recker recounts his date night experience on the Toronto Harbour with his girlfriend aboard the Northern Spirit on the 80’s & 90’s Retro Dinner Cruise


80s & 90s Retro Dinner Cruise

On a sunny and bright Friday evening, my girlfriend and I attended Mariposa Cruises’ Retro Dinner Cruise on the Toronto Harbour.

Before boarding, we were greeted by some of the friendly crew, and a photographer for a local paper covering the outing. We had our picture taken and promptly boarded the Northern Spirit while being welcomed warmly by more of the crew already on board.
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Lobster lovers go East Coast on the Toronto Harbour

Alexander Keith's Lobster Galley Party CruiseToronto lobster lovers can rejoice this week. On Thursday, July 23rd, Toronto’s love for lobster will be celebrated down on the Toronto Harbor.

Alexander Keith’s & Mariposa Cruises are partnering up to bring a little East Coast flavor to the Toronto Harbour with the maiden voyage of the Alexander Keith’s Lobster Galley Party Cruise aboard Mariposa Cruises’ flagship the Captain Matthew Flinders. (more…)