Sailing into October and beyond: Our Fall & Winter Cruise Program is underway!

The cruising continues on Toronto’s Harbour! Torontonians are welcoming the mild October weather following a cool and rainy summer.  If you didn’t get a chance to cruise Toronto this summer, no worries, our fall cruise season is now underway along with a full winter cruise program lined-up until New Year’s Eve.

PUBLIC CRUISES

This weekend we kick off the fall season our annual Octoberfest Dinner Cruise on October 7th featuring two-piece band Graham & Bowie, a delicious Bavarian-inspired buffet dinner and partners Steamwhistle Brewery to liven up our floating beer garden. Families can celebrate the long weekend with a relaxing afternoon aboard our Thanksgiving Brunch Cruise on October 8th.

If you plan to spend some time on Toronto’s waterfront don’t miss a chance to experience a harbour cruise.  Our 45-minute Scenic Harbour Tours continue through October with select dates and times scheduled throughout the month. Our Harbour Tour cruises are great way to experience the city whether your travels take you to Toronto or you want to experience your city in a new way.  Guests can enjoy a peaceful cruise along the harbour and around Toronto’s island and lagoons, getting all the highlights in just 45 minutes. Hourly departures vary each day. Consult our Scenic Harbour Tour Schedule for a list of available dates and times.

Shorter days into the fall and winter afford our guests the opportunity to see the skyline light up at night.  Our Scenic Dinner Cruises sail every Saturday throughout October and November featuring new Fall and Winter buffet dinner menus.

The Captain Matthew Flinders and Northern Spirit are the two largest ships in the harbour and offer spacious, fully heated interiors for cozy and comfortable winter cruising.  This December hop aboard one of our Special Event Cruises. There’s a cruise experience for everyone. Families can enjoy an afternoon of fun and games with Santa aboard our annual Santa Brunch Cruise on Sunday December 10th.  December 15th is Ugly Christmas Sweater Day and we’ve got a cruise for that! Come aboard our Ugly Christmas Sweater Cocktail Cruise for tasty food stations, fun with Bad Santa and cheesy Christmas music.  The uglier the Christmas sweater, the better! We’re holding a contest.

Cruising Season 2017 ends with our annual New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner and New Year’s Eve Cocktail Cruises. There’s nothing like celebrating New Year’s along Toronto’s harbour.  The energy is electric and the view is unrivalled from anywhere else in the city. Always popular, these cruises sell out fast. Book your table early.

PRIVATE CHARTERS

Your One-stop source for event planning

If you’re celebrating a special occasion or planning a company event, host it on the water for a scenic atmosphere that is sure to impress your guests!  Charters can be hosted afternoons or evening and Mariposa Cruises is currently offering special cruise packages complete with seasonal menus. Our charter cruises include:

  • 4 hours onboard with 3 hours of scenic cruising and 30 minutes to board/disembark
  • Professional navigational crew and friendly service staff
  • A dedicated Sales Manager and Event Coordinator
  • A delicious buffet menu with all the trimmings, freshly prepared by our Chef
  • Professional DJ and sound system
  • Access to a fully licensed bar (options available)

Our Fall Colours Cruise Package is perfect for this time of year and starts as low as $46.95 per person, featuring seasonal menu items like sour cherry roast pork loin, roasted root vegetables and seasonal crumbles.  The time to start planning holiday parties is now! Our Holiday Charters come complete with festive décor so all the details are taken care of for you. Choose from our Silver Winter Wonderland Cruise package starting from only $63.95 per person or Gold Festive Holiday Dinner Cruise package from only $69.95. Plus we offer a complimentary Hot Chocolate Station for your guests to warm up from the cold, complete with whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate sprinkles and caramel sauce when packages are booked by October 16th.  We can always customize an event specific to your requirements.

Contact our Sales team for the full details on planning your fall or winter event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!