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 Loya Lambie.

Loya is a crucial part of the Hospitality Department, especially in her role as Lead Cruise Manager this season. Her work ethic, dedication and great smile are only a few reasons why we value her as an exceptional team member. Not only can we rely on her to get the job done, but also to support her peers whenever needed.

Originally hailing from Jamaica she moved with her mother to Canada when she was 16 to attend boarding school at The Bishop Strahan School. Today Loya manages to escape our icy cold Canadian winters by studying at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus in sunny Kingston Jamaica.

Let’s see what Loya had to say:


When did you start working for Mariposa Cruises?

I started working at Mariposa Cruises in April 2009.

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

My day consists of ensuring that all staff members (Servers, Bartenders and Cruise Managers) have all the tools and supplies needed to carry out a smooth cruise and to ensure a completely satisfied guest.

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

My favourite thing about my job is the people that have become my family.  Everyone at Mariposa has built a long lasting relationship with each other that will never be forgotten.

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

When not at Mariposa I attend the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus in Kingston Jamaica where I have recently completed my Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Sciences.

Do you have a favourite quote or words that you live by?

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result.” – Albert Einstein

Who is your role model? Why?

I do not have a specific role model, but I do know the qualities that I would look for in a role model.  These include, but are not limited to: persistence, ambition, kind & giving (philanthropist), educated and strong (in will and mind).

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

If I could charter a boat I would take it to China.  My mom is full Chinese and her family has a lot of traditions and culture that carries much meaning to them.  I may not fully understand the meaning behind all the traditions, but visiting China would allow me to learn some of these things first hand.

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

I would meet Raymond Chang.  Raymond has not only broken the stereotype of Jamaicans having to be dark in skin complexion and unable to survive in a larger city, but no matter how large or small his salary was, he always gave back.  He is known not for what he gave back, but for what he has done for many.

What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life? Why?

“Try” by Pink – “You got to get up and try and try and try.”
“Let it be” by the Beatles – “There will be an answer, let it be.”

We hope you enjoyed getting to know Loya 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.