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.

2017 Miss World Canada, Mariposa Cruises

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.

2017 Miss World Canada

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.

 

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It is with great excitement that we launch our new responsive website.

Twenty-seven years ago when Mariposa Cruises first set sail, we never could have envisioned that one day our cruise tickets would be booked using a cell phone. Back in those days a cell phone was a clunky device that only the likes of Gordon Gekko from “Wall Street” was fortunate enough to own.

A lot has changed since 1987 and we are constantly changing too and looking for ways to improve our communication and services to meet our guests’ needs and expectations. Our new site has been designed to be compatible with all devices ensuring that our guests can access information about our products and services regardless of whether they prefer to use a desktop, mobile phone or tablet. (more…)