6 Helpful Tips for Planning your Wedding

Events Manager, Lauren Matunin talks wedding planning.  She’s been to over 100 weddings! Well not exactly…she’s coordinated that many during her tenure at Mariposa Cruises; plus many more special occasions on the water–so it sure feels that way! Lauren makes wedding dreams come true; and with so many happy nuptials behind her–and her own wedding to plan this year– she’s got plenty of insights & good advice to impart. (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?

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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.

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Plan the office holiday party with minimum hassle

Get all decked out for the office holiday party without the stress.

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are starting to change, a chill is starting to set in the air and while the first flake of snow has yet to hit the ground, it’s not just Santa’s elves who are working away at creating a memorable holiday season in the months to come. In just about every office, there is usually at least one person who is tasked with planning the annual office holiday party.

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They are the unsung heroes, who on top of their regular workload are laden with the responsibility of creating an event to boost company morale and spread holiday cheer. After all the annual office holiday party is often the launching point to everyone’s holiday season. While there will be many events to follow throughout the festive season, it is always the hopes of the office holiday party planners that theirs will be remembered as the shining star of the holiday season rather than the dud or office joke. (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…)

Outdoor Wedding Planning – Top 10 Things to Consider

How to plan an outdoor wedding

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Imagine walking down the aisle basking in the glow of the afternoon sun, surrounded by the natural beauty that only nature provides. You share your first kiss as husband and wife as the sun sets just behind you. Later at the reception you have your first dance as a married couple under the stars.

Whether you are looking for an alternative to a religious venue for your ceremony or simply a gorgeous setting for your reception, the appeal of an outdoor wedding, with its romantic natural backdrop, is undeniable. Planning and executing an outdoor wedding, on the other hand, can be unpredictable and is not without its challenges.

Over the years, we’ve played host to a number of weddings in the natural beauty of the Toronto Harbour. As such, we know what can make or break an outdoor wedding.

Here is our top ten list of what every bride and groom needs to consider when planning their outdoor wedding.

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Win Your Perk is back in 2015!

Win-Your-PerkThe year 2015 will be “the year” to host your event on the Toronto Harbour, now that the impressive revitalization of Toronto’s Waterfront is scheduled for completion in early spring and the Pan Am games will be hosted in Toronto this summer.

The Toronto harbourfront will be a flutter with fun and excitement for all visitors to enjoy and the perfect backdrop for your next big event. The only thing that could top hosting your 2015 event with Mariposa Cruises in 2015 would be to win one of our four premium perks in our 2015 Win Your Perk competition.

When you book your special event with Mariposa Cruises by March 20th, 2015 you will be entered into the draw for a chance to win one of four premium perks to enhance your 2015 cruise experience! Winners will be drawn on March 23rd 2015.

HERE ARE THE PRIZES YOU COULD WIN

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Early birds get to pick their perks

Pick-your-perkThe year 2015 is panning out to be a great year, if not “the year” to host an event on the Toronto Harbour. With the completion of the impressive revitalization of Toronto’s Waterfront scheduled for early spring and the anticipation of hosting the Pan Am games in summer, the Toronto harbourfront will be a hub of activity and excitement for all visitors to enjoy and the ideal place to host your next big event.

That’s why it’s never too early to book your charter with Mariposa Cruises and secure the date and vessel you want for your big event. As one of Canada’s largest hospitality cruise operators with the best maintained fleet, the team at Mariposa Cruises are leaders in providing great service and hospitality to all guests who come aboard. This commitment to excellence is underscored by glowing reviews and awards such as the Consumer Choice Award for Toronto’s best recreational cruise.

In case you are not swayed by reputation alone, for a limited time Mariposa Cruises is offering a bonus to sweeten the deal. Book your charter before December 31st 2014 and you can pick your perk. (more…)

Yo-ho-ho it’s a pirate themed party for ye!

Inject a little fun and swagger into your next party by throwing a swash-buckling, Jolly Roger hoisting, treasure hunting pirate party. A pirate themed party is a great way to lighten the mood and break the ice among guests and it’s perfect for creating a fun and casual setting. Whether it’s a kid-friendly party for wee-lads and lasses or an adults-only celebration for wannabe buccaneers, guests are hooked on the adventurous and fanciful idea that a “pirate’s life” inspires at all ages.

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At Mariposa Cruises we’ve hosted a number of pirate themed parties and cruises over the years. It’s a much-loved party theme among many of our charters. After all there’s nothing that sets the mood of a pirate party better than cruising out on open water, so naturally our fleet is a perfect venue for any pirate party.

For anyone looking to throw their own pirate themed party, here are some helpful tips. (more…)

Getting hitched the Mariposa Way with a Showboat Wedding on the Harbour

Daryl Ledwon recounts his unique experience of being a groom and working with our Events Team to create a truly unique wedding on board the Showboat for himself, his bride and his guests.


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Photo by Isbertophoto Wedding Co.

It was honestly the best day of my life, marrying the woman I fell in love with so long ago. It went by so fast. I realize this will gain me some brownie points that I will hope to cash-in when I inevitably mess up….I’m a husband now, after all.

I speak with friends and associates all the time who are looking to book their wedding in a unique setting. It must be the age where everyone I know is getting married! I totally understand how important this is: setting up your special day; planning the perfect wedding; and ensuring the dream comes to fruition. (more…)