Mariposa Cruises’ guest Katharine MacNevin retells her experience aboard the the Captain Matthew Flinders for our New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Cruise on the Toronto Harbour.

“Here comes the jackpot question in advance… What are you doing for the New Year, New Year’s Eve?”

Ahhh yes, the big question. What are you doing New Year’s Eve? Most of us have spent some time pondering over this at one point or another, and perhaps even fretting over whether or not choosing incorrectly might result in a year-long jinx. Fortunately, I don’t subscribe to that theory. Even more fortunate, choosing how to ring in the New Year for 2015 ended up being a very easy decision once I learned there was an option to spend it on a boat, cruising Toronto’s harbour.

The plan was to partake in Mariposa Cruises’ New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Cruise on board the Northern Spirit with my husband. Included with our tickets were reserved seating, dinner buffet, party favors, champagne at midnight, dancing and, of course, spectacular views of Toronto’s skyline from the water. A week or so before the cruise, we received word from Mariposa staff that our New Year cruise was upgraded to the Captain Matthew Flinders. Not too shabby!

Ringing in the New Year aboard the Captain Matthew Flinders

The night of our cruise happened to be one of the windiest nights we had seen for some time. We struggled against it as we trekked down to the waterfront to board the Captain Matthew Flinders. I admit I was a bit concerned about how the wind would affect our travels but once on board I was delighted to learn that the choppy waters didn’t have too great an effect on the ship. That being said, our departure was delayed due to poor weather. The good news is that it didn’t delay the start of the celebrations inside.

We were seated at a table for two, covered in New Year party favors. Getting into the spirit of things, I convinced my husband we should start wearing our festive hats immediately. Not too long after that, we were approached by a photographer and we posed for a souvenir photo.

Happy New Year 2015 with Mariposa Cruises

We then had time to wander around both levels of the ship before the announcement was made that the dinner buffet was opening to the first group of numbered tables. We were in the second group called and we loaded our plates with a selection of bread, salads, vegetables and meat. Delicious!

New Year's Eve Gala Dinner Cruise aboard the Captain Matthew Flinders

As we ate we began our trip around the harbour, sailing until the entire skyline of Toronto came into view. The CN Tower was lit up like a Christmas tree and I thought about how happy I am to be living in a city I love so much. The outer decks of the ship began to receive brave revellers who weren’t going to let the cold interfere with taking the perfect picture. I must admit, I couldn’t muster up the desire to go outside. It was too cold for me. Lucky for me, my husband was determined and he snapped us some great pictures of the skyline.

Toronto's skyline lit up for the New Year

After dinner the party kicked into high-gear with the DJ switching to more upbeat, danceable tunes. The dancefloor was located on the lower level (we were seated on the more mellow, upper level) so we decided to check it out before dessert. The dancefloor was hot and crowded but the level of fun was contagious so we dove right in. We danced until the announcement came that dessert was being served, at which point we hurried back to our seats to eat (priorities, guys). Dessert was an assortment of rich cakes and delightful cookies, served with coffee and tea.

Happy New Year dessert and drinks

I was surprised that we had begun to approach midnight. The evening really flew by! Champagne was poured and before we knew it we were counting down the seconds until 2015 began. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Soon after we toasted the New Year, we were docking back at the shore and preparing to disembark. But before we did, the souvenir photo we posed for was brought back to our table and offered to us for purchase. I thought it looked quite good (if I do say so myself) so we bought it to take home where it now serves as a lovely memory of an absolutely wonderful evening.


About the Author Katharine MacNevin

About the Author:

Katharine is a sworn Toronto enthusiast who loves taking advantage of all the city has to offer. Her hobbies include watching movies, listening to music, eating noodles and hiding from the sun.