Mariposa Cruises‘ guest Graziella Fadel recounts her experience aboard the Oriole for the very first Sip & Sail Cocktail Cruise of the season which cruises around the Toronto harbour and Islands.


 

After a long day at work, you can find me doing one of two things:

1. Snuggling up in my onesie watching The Bachelorette.
2. Catching up with girlfriends over a glass of wine.

With the official start of summer just around the corner, I figured it was time for a change and invited my best friend to Mariposa Cruises’ Sip and Sail Cocktail Cruise.

Unfortunately for us, summer in Canada means rain and packing a safety cardigan! The weather was not ideal, but the atmosphere, company and impeccable views were!

We arrived at 6:15 p.m. excited to board the Oriole. The cruise didn’t start until 7 p.m. but I definitely recommend getting there as early as possible to enjoy a little pre-drink before sailing the harbour! My best friend tends to get a little sea sick and that extra time to get used to the boat really put her at ease for a comfortable sail.

Our lovely waitress Maggie welcomed us right away and asked us what we would like for our complimentary drink. Since we were on a boat I figured why not trade in my usual white wine for something a little more fun! I asked Maggie for the most colourful drink on the menu and she suggested vodka with cranberry and orange juice. Delicious choice!

Sip-&-Sail-Complimentary-Drink

Once the Oriole started to sail, we made our way to the top deck for some fresh air and because we HAD to take a couple of selfies by the harbour – the rain wasn’t going to stop us.

Sip-&-Sail-Selfie

The DJ was spinning Top 40 at a perfect volume so that we could spend the rest of the cruise chatting about work, boys, my upcoming birthday…the usual. Our stories took a little longer to tell because there’s no way to not get distracted by the scenery – totally worth the pause.

One of our favourite views that had us aww-ing for a couple of minutes was a couple having a private dinner on their boat! My picture isn’t the greatest but how adorable is this couple?

Sip-&-Sail-couple-on-boat

If you’re looking to get out of your usual after work rut, Mariposa Cruises’ Sip and Sail Cruise is a must! This was just the first of the season and there’s plenty to come throughout the summer (the next one is August 13!). The $20 ticket includes a complimentary drink (my favourite part) and the one-hour scenic cruise. Appetizers are also available for purchase!

Sip-&-Sail-Graziella-onboard

See you August 13!


To learn more about Mariposa Cruises upcoming cocktail cruises visit our Cocktail Cruise Page or go to our Sip & Sail Cocktail Cruise page to see when our next Sip & Sail Cocktail Cruise is.

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About the Author:

Graziella Fadel is a 24-year-old University of Toronto alumni with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English and French. She recently graduated from Centennial College with a postgraduate certificate in Corporate Communications and Public Relations. She loves to travel, read and will buy anything that’s purple.