Planning an event can be stressful. There are guests to invite, venues to set up, foods to order, entertainment to book, and plenty of expectations to be met. Even in a city like Toronto, where there are seemingly endless options and services available to a party planner, it's still difficult to find that extra factor that will elevate an event to the next level.

Nowadays, it seems as if people idealize destination events more so than domestic ones. While there is a certain thrill to holding a wedding or a birthday beyond the city's borders, it can be very costly and have a somewhat discouraging effect on some guests who just aren't willing to spend money to make the trip.

Perhaps the problem is that we're searching in the wrong place. A simple look into our very own harbour might just hold the solution you seek.

Mariposa Cruises is Toronto's largest hospitality cruise operator, and has sailed the waters of Lake Ontario since 1987. With a fleet of 6 exquisite cruise ships, the company offers amazing services for charters and private events that are perfect for your upcoming party.

Here are 7 solid reasons why hosting an event on a cruise is a sure way to make a splash!

#1 Get away from the city without actually leaving it.

Experience a "getaway" from the hustle and bustle of Toronto without having to actually get on a plane. World-class hospitality and high-quality products will make you and your guests feel like you're on vacation just as much as any resort would, for a fraction of the cost.


#2 Enjoy sensational views of the skyline you just can't get from land.

You haven't truly seen Toronto until you've looked at it from the water. Not even a rooftop venue can provide the same awe-inspiring view of the city skyline like a boat in Lake Ontario can. Whether you're holding a wedding reception, corporate event or a birthday party, Mariposa Cruises' ships sail the calm waters of Lake Ontario, offering a scenic atmosphere that is sure to impress your guests.


#3 Choose the luxury that suits you best.

The Mariposa fleet of cruises all impart a unique sense of charm which just cannot be replicated in a banquet hall. Each ship is fully-licensed and equipped to provide full-service dining options, stunning outdoor decks, large and inviting dance floors, and top-of-the-line sound systems to accommodate groups as small as 20 to as large as 575 people. No matter what your event is, there is a boat that’s perfect for it. See detailed descriptions of each ship here.


#4 Find everything you need to make your party a true success.

Some people like to get heavily involved in the planning process, while others prefer to get help from professionals who may have a better handle of coordinating events. Whatever your case, Mariposa Cruises has you covered. From award-winning catering services, world-class entertainment, a variety of decoration options, linen provisions and more, Mariposa Cruises’ dedicated team works with you every step of the way to deliver everything you need for your party!


#5 Customize your event exactly the way you want it.

For many things in life, appearances are everything. Whether it’s a wedding, birthday party, bar/bat-mitzvah, or corporate event, you want to make sure your event is something that will truly knock their socks off. Several aspects of the event and venue can be customized to your liking, from decor to special catering and entertainment, so you can turn your party vision into a reality.


#6 Indulge in the full VIP treatment.

Recognized as Toronto's best recreation cruise by Consumer Choice Award and voted one of the top attractions in Toronto by Trip Advisor, Mariposa Cruises is clearly doing something right. Their crew members are some of the friendliest people you'll ever meet, and all work extremely hard to provide you with the highest levels of quality and service, so you can have the experience of a lifetime.


#7 You get to party on a BOAT!

Guaranteed memories that will last a lifetime.

So water you waiting for? Check out the Mariposa Cruises website for a complete list of services.

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