My family and I enjoyed the one-hour narrated harbour tour on the Oriole, which is one of seven Mariposa vessels. The Oriole usually carries the public harbour tours, but occasionally other Mariposa cruise vessels are used. There are about six daily departures for the public tours from mid May to September. Call to make sure about the public tours before going, as they may have tour cancellations on certain times due to school tours, weddings, parties and other special events.
|Inside the Oriole|
|Upper deck in the Oriole|
The open air upper deck allows us to enjoy the beautiful breeze. Smoking is allowed in the outer upper deck of the cruises, which is unpleasant if we don't like the smell of cigarettes.
Mariposa cruises also has other tour options such as the lunch or weekend brunch cruise that are 2 hours long. Their dinner cruise is 3 hours long, which will allow us to enjoy the beautifully lighted night skyline.
There is plenty of room inside the vessels to enjoy the grand buffet style meals that is served aboard. They also have special events on specific days on different vessels.
We enjoyed walking the decks and enjoying the scenic view of the sails, boats, and planes flying while we waited for our tour. No worries if you get there early because it is a wonderful place to take pictures, so don't forget your camera gear.
Going on a cruise doesn't have to be far or expensive, it is a wonderful fun way to spend time with family and friends. It is a perfect way to enjoy the harbourfront, celebrate special occasions, or entertain out-of-town guests.
The tickets can be bought on site at the Kiosk, located on the southwest corner of Queen's Quay and York Street.
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