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 one of our Galley Chefs, Faye Valenzuela.

Faye has been a valued member of Mariposa’s galley crew for over five years. Her dedication and willingness to take on new responsibilities has been instrumental in keeping the galley in ship shape contributing to many successful event on board throughout the busy season. Lovingly known as ‘Mama Faye’ to everyone that works with her, Faye always has time to greet her fellow team members with warmth and hugs regardless of how hectic her day may be.

Let’s see what Faye had to say:

Faye Valenzuela on the Northern Spirit

When did you start working for Mariposa Cruises?

I started at Mariposa in July 2010.

What is your role at Mariposa Cruises?

Right now I am the Chef for the Northern Spirit and I also help cater for the smaller boats.

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

There is no typical schedule just a list of to do’s. Every day is a new day with the same routine of ordering, delivery, prep, and cooking.

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

My Favorite thing about working for Mariposa is to meet new challenges and new crew. No matter how hard and stressful the job is, at the end of the day I am HAPPY. I feel I have a new family.

Faye Valenzuela working in the galley

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

I spend quality time with my two sons and do chores at home.

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

“Best way to push a boat is with the current.”

Who is your role model? Why?

My family is my role model and Martha Stewart! She has gained her success through hard work.

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

I would like to take the Northern Spirit to Thailand in Phuket! i want to explore nice lakes and exotic food.

Faye Valenzuela with her sons

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

I would like to meet Martha Stewart. I want to learn from her success in cooking and business.

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

All Celine Dion Songs and Country Music makes me calm.


We hope you enjoyed getting to know Faye 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.