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.

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2017 Miss World Canada delegates boarding Mariposa Cruises

2017 Search for Miss World Canada Experienced a Classic Mariposa Cruise

It was an overcast Wednesday 19th of July when the fifty-seven delegates in the 2017 Search for Miss World Canada arrived at Pier 6  for their prearranged Toronto harbour cruise.  There was a lot of laughter and cheer as the young ladies, aged 19 – 25 came aboard to occupy the Oriole.The Delegates had already enjoyed a very busy day; they had just come from Ripley’s Aquarium and before that they were showcased on Breakfast Television, Weds 19 July 2017 show.  Although each young woman is, strictly speaking in direct competition with one another, they are also becoming best friends. Each delegate is vying for the 2017 Miss World Canada title, and the opportunity to represent the nation in The World competition later this year. The decision will be made by a panel of notable judges at the end of the week, in the Grande Finale on Saturday July 22nd in the 1,232-seat John W. H. Bassett Theatre in the Toronto Metro Convention Center.

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2017 Miss World Canada aboard Mariposa Cruises The Oriole

Because nothing on this day’s itinerary could help or hurt the delegates’ chances in any way, the assembly was programmed to simply relax and ride the waves. Except for perhaps winning Miss Congeniality, an award given to the friendliest most helpful contestant, and usually in response to a real life pageant-week story evidencing great sacrifice or personal friendship. The fifty-seven Region Delegates are sourced from all over the nation, and appeared wearing silver crowns and sashes marking their province-of-origin. When they arrived they were understandably excited at the prospect of spending time together in such a cute sailing vessel.  Many had never been to Toronto before, let alone out on the lake, and this excursion was set to be spellbinding

The Oriole was The Perfect Choice for the 2017 Search for Miss World Canada’s Toronto Harbour Cruise

The Oriole, a Victorian era steamship replica was built in Port Dover, Ontario and was the perfect choice for this happy excursion. This very Canadian vessel has a distinct old-world charm that has made her a favourite Toronto charter; her green and ivory exterior is easily visible as she cruises along with sailboats, salties, lakers, canoes, water taxis and ferries that sail along the city’s harbour. And we were especially visible this day, with most of the passengers wearing summer dresses with gem encrusted silver crowns atop their heads

2017 Miss World Canada Luncheon aboard Mariposa Cruises

2017 Miss World Canada Luncheon aboard Mariposa Cruises

One Hour Cruise Offers Fresh Perspectives

The schedule was straightforward; a one-hour cruise about the harbour with a light meal and lemonade.  But up the top deck of the Oriole, the delegates soon discovered there were some interactive attractions to be explored.

 Velago Furniture selfie couch on Mariposa Cruises

Velago Furniture selfie couch on Mariposa Cruises

Along the top rail at the back of the ship, the #VelagoSofaSelfie challenge on Instagram, sponsored by Velago Patio Furniture centered on a lightweight designer sofa listed in their online catalog as Outdoor Sofa Set – Lugano. This specimen was unique however with specially decorated seat cushions bearing the blue and white fabric logos from both Velago Patio Furniture and Miss World Canada. The winner of the challenge – the best selfie as judged by the patio furniture company CEO on Friday is set to receive a $600 voucher so they can buy the Marsala set (an even more luxurious outdoor sofa) or get the Lugano, the actual sofa on which they posed, delivered to their family home or cottage.

Samples of the exclusive t&k designer sunglasses collection – designed in Toronto and produced in Italy – were supplied by Spectacle.  Spectacle provided a pair of designer sunglasses to the delegate that took the best selfie.

Dahlia DeSouza, Lily from Streetchic Magazine, Mariposa Crew

Dahlia DeSouza, Lily from Streetchic Magazine, Mariposa Crew

Our Captains were very accommodating, except concerning the Oriole’s scheduled departure time; on that point they were inflexible. There was to be no deviating from the schedule, and Eric from Spectacle, lugging a trunk full of sunglasses was among the last passengers to make it up the ramp before the gangway was removed and the ship pulled away from the pier.The media ‘influencers’ and fashion merchandising entrepreneurs on board the ship included a very pregnant Dahlia DeSouza of  UptotheTime Watches and Lily from Street Chic magazine. Also present was Raymi the Minx who now also represents KPDI Digital Strategy Agency in Toronto, and Zack Bussy from Guy Maven magazine.

Raymi the Minx

Raymi the Minx

Here’s a classic Instagram where you can see Zach and Raymi beside Valerie Stachurski from Charming PR in Toronto. This trio of early adopters goes back ten years or more to the dawn of social media and they had a great talk about the future of their favorite digital tools at the bow of the Oriole.

A Delicious Lunch was Served Aboard The Oriole

A buffet lunch of sandwich pita wraps served alongside two types of salad and fresh cut veggies was followed by heaping fruit trays and silver platters tacked high with chocolate cookies.  People made up their plates and ate together all over the ship – nobody was too particular about where they ate, just so long as it was with friends. Below are writers and editors from Beyond Fashion magazine who chose to dine upstairs near the top deck dance floor. Trying to eat anything here would have been impossible in just a few minutes time.

Beyond Fashion Magazine

Beyond Fashion Magazine

The photo-taking frenzy died down a bit after lunch, and there was a gentle calm as the expedition cruised through some of the smaller channels of the Toronto Island.Then Justin Bieber songs started blaring through the cabin and suddenly a whole lot of dancing happened on deck. The party got white hot right around the forty-minute mark of the hour-long harbour cruise. Bieber’s pop classics got the party started! Delegates began dancing on the upper deck and every groovy tune kept the scrum shuffling to the beats. Many delegates sang the songs aloud and passing ships must have admired the sight and sounds of our afternoon sojourner.

2017 Miss World Canada delegates aboard Mariposa Cruises

2017 Miss World Canada delegates aboard Mariposa Cruises

Cognition Productions Toronto video company volunteered to come along and document the cruise in a ninety second sizzler that works to capture the mood and majesty of the ladies on the lake. The video showcases over a hundred magic moments and nicely encapsulates the entire expedition from boarding to disembarkation at 2:30 pm. Thanks Warren for your hard work on this.


An enchanting evening aboard the Classical 96.3 FM Summer Cruise

Mariposa Cruises’ guest Marg Koop recalls her experience aboard the Captain Matthew Flinders last year for The New Classical 96.3 FM Summer Cruise on the Toronto Harbour. Join us again this summer for the 2nd Annual Classical 96.3 FM Cruise on August 18th. 

Boarding the Classical 96.3FM Summer Cruise

The 1st annual Classical 96.3 Summer Cruise with Mariposa Cruises on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 was an enchanting evening. My friend and I were among the many classical music fans and avid listeners of the New Classical 96.3FM radio station who had traveled down to the Toronto harbourfront for an evening of classical music and fine dining while cruising on the Toronto Harbour.

We were blessed with exceptionally warm clear weather, which made the outside deck that much more enjoyable for taking in the marvellous Toronto skyline and snapping photos of it.

Sharon and Joe: Reflections on their First Wedding Anniversary

Our guests Sharon and Joe were married aboard the Showboat on July 3, 2015. A year later Mariposa Cruises is happy to welcome them on board again to share their wedding experience and celebrate their First Anniversary.

By the time Joe and I were married, we had been together for 26 years!  Although we often talked about ‘tying the knot‘, we could not decide on ‘the how’, traditional or non-traditional.  The pivotal event that helped in our decision came when we attended a fundraiser aboard the Northern Spirit.  We later discovered that good friends had been married, years earlier, aboard the same ship.  We were ‘hooked’!  With Mariposa Cruises we had our traditional ceremony with a very unique venue!

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We made inquiries with Mariposa Cruises and met with Daryl, one of the sales staff.  He answered all of our questions and addressed our concerns.  Daryl turned out to be the perfect person to talk to, as he had married his wife aboard the Showboat the previous year.  His many ideas, suggestions and advice were so helpful.  Daryl left Mariposa Cruises shortly after our meeting, but there was a seamless transition to Sophie, their senior sales manager.  Sophie was very friendly and accommodating.  She was always available to chat about whatever we needed to know – a lovely lady. The person whom we dealt with the most, face to face, would be Lauren, our event manager.  Following our walkabout aboard the Showboat with our photographers, we had many discussions about the set-up.  Lauren was always patient and understanding in dealing with the many details.

THE WEDDING DAY WAS PERFECT!  We couldn’t have asked for better weather!  Everything went according to plan thanks to our cruise manager, Amar, who did everything in his power to ensure that we had the best experience possible.  We cannot say enough about the food!  Our guests still rave about it!

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One of the best compliments we received was from one of our 30ish year old nephews who asked, “Auntie Sharon can you get married again?”  The only complaint was that it was too short!  Everyone had such a wonderful time!  The entire Mariposa Cruises team was committed to making our wedding day special, and they exceeded our expectations!We have not ended our relationship with Mariposa Cruises just yet.  We celebrated our 1st anniversary with a dinner cruise on board the Showboat and possibly many more after that!

Hats off to the fabulous staff at Mariposa Cruises!

Z103.5’s All White All Night Cruise Was A Night To Remember

Mariposa Cruises’ guest Laura D recounts her experience aboard the Captain Matthew Flinders during last year’s  Z103.5 boat cruise. Join us again as we host their 2nd annual party cruise on July 21st.


The horn sounded and the engines swelled. The decks of the luxurious Captain Matthew Flinders yacht were filled with droves of beautiful people dressed in their most luminous whites as they waved goodbye to July.

The sun may have been setting but summer was still in full swing, and the folks who usually help fill the radio airwaves were making waves on Toronto’s Harbourfront for the annual Z103.5 appreciation cruise.


ALOHA SAILOR! Enjoying a Hawaiian Luau on the Toronto Harbour

Mariposa Cruises’ guest Michele Aristide recounts her experience aboard the Northern Spirit for the Hawaiian Luau Dinner Cruise on the Toronto Harbour..

Hawaiian Luau Dinner Cruise

After a long and difficult week, my husband and I went aboard the Northern Spirit in hopes of some R&R.

We were immediately greeted by a very cheerful Manager, Allison, who welcomed us aboard. Once on the ship, the soothing music of Hawaii and a lovely young female dancer attracted our eyes and slowed us down from our fast paced march of the work week. Her slow and ethereal movements immediately made us feel like we just entered an environment that would give us just that, a nice relaxing evening.


Retro fun on the Toronto Harbour

Mariposa Cruises’ guest Luisa Fracassi recounts her experience aboard the Northern Spirit for the 80’s & 90’s Retro Dinner Cruise on the Toronto Harbour.

80s & 90s Retro Dinner Cruise

The Northern Spirit departed Habourfront a few minutes after 7. It was a sunny 23 degrees and my friend and I wanted to enjoy the weather on the boat’s large open upper deck. The theme of the night’s cruise was 80s and 90s retro. A handful of guests dressed in costume, myself included, imagine a splash of neon and acid wash jeans amongst a crowd dressed in smart casual attire.


Best Salsa Party In Toronto

Mariposa Cruises’ guest Maiby Davison retells her experience aboard the Northern Spirit for the Salsa in Toronto Cruise Night on the Toronto Harbour.

Salsa in Toronto Cruise Night

If you like Latin music this is definitely your party!!! You get it all!!

I decided to celebrate summer my way!!! So I went to the Harbourfront (the most beautiful area in Toronto) and of course went on a Mariposa Cruise! I found the perfect cruise for me and all my people that love Latin music: the Salsa in Toronto Cruise Nights Cruise, part of the Salsa in Toronto Festival Week.


Ringing in the New Year on the Toronto Harbour

Mariposa Cruises’ guest Katharine MacNevin retells her experience aboard the the Captain Matthew Flinders for our New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Cruise on the Toronto Harbour.

“Here comes the jackpot question in advance… What are you doing for the New Year, New Year’s Eve?”

Ahhh yes, the big question. What are you doing New Year’s Eve? Most of us have spent some time pondering over this at one point or another, and perhaps even fretting over whether or not choosing incorrectly might result in a year-long jinx. Fortunately, I don’t subscribe to that theory. Even more fortunate, choosing how to ring in the New Year for 2015 ended up being a very easy decision once I learned there was an option to spend it on a boat, cruising Toronto’s harbour.


Let The Good Times Roll Mardi Gras Style

Mariposa Cruises’ guest Ivana Vrljic retells her experience aboard the Showboat for the Mardi Gras Dinner Cruise on the Toronto Harbour.

Mardi Gras Cruise decor on tableAs adventurous and charming downtown Toronto may be, a dynamic 180 in your environment is always refreshing – and I don’t mean by visiting the CN Tower! Why go up when you must come down? Instead, Mariposa Cruises took their guests above and beyond with their specialty Mardi Gras dinner cruise, cruising along Lake Ontario, leaving the city noise behind for a few hours.


Toronto Date night cruising on the Northern Spirit

Mariposa Cruises’ guest Kaylin Fitzsimons recounts her Toronto date night aboard the Northern Spirit for a  Dinner Cruise on the Toronto Harbour with her boyfriend.

Northern Spirit Toronto date night

Wow, wow & wow! This was our first time on a cruise with Mariposa and it was amazing. We are often near the waterfront and see the beautiful lake sparkling in the sun. We have always talked about going on a dinner boat cruise and finally one day we planned it and boy are we glad we did!

Our fingers were crossed that it would be a mild, dry and warm summer evening. Luckily we got just that. We boarded the Northern Spirit Cruise ship from the Queens Quay port and we were in such awe with the size of the ship up close. We were greeted by the Captains and friendly staff when we arrived and entered the white doors to the main dining room and bar area.