Meet-the-CrewAt Mariposa Cruises we strive to exceed expectations and provide our guests with the highest levels of quality and service. It’s what sets us apart from our competition and why we are recognized as Toronto’s best recreational cruise by Consumer Choice Award and voted one of the top attractions in Toronto by Trip Advisor. It would be impossible to achieve this without the dedication and hard work that each of our team members exemplifies. For this reason, we want to celebrate our team members and let you get to know them a little bit better.

This month we would like to introduce you to Cruise Managers Amar Alsbayi.

With his keen eye for detail, Amar is renowned for his ability to ensure every aspect of an event is perfect. For this reason, he has become the notable Cruise Manager for weddings and special events. It is not uncommon for repeat clients to request Amar as their manager, simply based on his ability to genuinely connect with clients. He has proven to be an important part of the Mariposa team, even while balancing a full-time job and other professional obligations.

Let’s see what Amar had to say:

When did you start working for Mariposa Cruises?

OMG! 8 years ago… August 2006

What is your role at Mariposa Cruises?

Cruise Manager, Bartender, life coach, and molly maid!

What does a typical day at work look like for you?

Amar’s iPod being plugged in is mandatory at the start of Amar’s day! Followed by a lot of workflow management, coaching staff, finding supplies & resources, reporting, and establishing a relationship with guests. And counting my float at the beginning and end of each cruise!!!

What’s your favourite thing about your job and working for Mariposa Cruises?

The TEAM! I have made the best friendships at Mariposa. This statement surprises people all the time given that I work at Mariposa on the weekends. It is a VERY busy and demanding business under the most stressful and humid of situations in many cases. That said, the very high expectations do not seem that difficult to achieve simply because the amazing working relationships and VERY STRONG team spirit which helps get the job done!

Amar-Alsbayi-at-work

What do you do when you’re not working at Mariposa Cruises?

I have a VERY busy life. I have a wonderful companion at home that keeps me busy cooking and always vacation planning! I work full time at Bombardier 6 years now as an Account Manager, and going on 5 years now I have been the senior volunteer team leader and Streetfair organizer for the annual Pride Toronto festival.

Who is your role model? Why?

The Kardashians! They are my proof in the pudding that anyone can be successful! You need to be persistent, confident, dress the part, and make sure you always have the shoes to match your outfit!

If you could charter a boat and take it anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?

I would take the boat to the Caribbean. Of all the places I have visited in the world, the Caribbean has the most beautiful beaches I have ever swam in, amazing food all over because I have the appetite of a tiger, and fabulous people from one small island to another! PLUS spicy rum punch! Let’s not forget the cocktails!

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you want to meet? Why?

Ricky Martin! I admire his work-life balance success! Similar to the Kardashian’s, this small niño from the boy band Menudo of the 80’s sang his little heart to the top of the charts and won the hearts of many. Ricky Martin reaches out to everyone and does not discriminate. Ricky is from the gorgeous island of Puerto Rico and lives a beautiful life with two beautiful children. Ricky also has a successful novel named “Me”. Ricky has struggled through life as many of us have, which I truly can relate to. One day too I hope to be blessed with beautiful children, like Ricky and have the time to sit down and write my own book for those in my life to enjoy after I move on!

What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?

Probably 90% of the Cher songs ever written starting with I got you babe!


We hope you enjoyed getting to know Amar as much as we have. There are plenty of other Mariposa team members for you to meet. Be on the lookout each month, as we will be spotlighting a new team member on our Meet the Crew segment on the Captain’s Blog.

If you would like to join the Mariposa crew, visit our Mariposa Cruises Employment page for new job postings.