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Sailing September!

Passengers board the Diamond Queen at Cullen Plaza on the Detroit River

Greetings, Diamond Jack family! What a gorgeous summer we’ve been having! After getting off to an auspicious start, this season has left us with so many lasting memories.

Now for the even better news …

It’s not over yet!

Thanks to the strong interest from families, friends, senior groups and local history buffs, our 2020 season was full of friendly, smiling, masked faces for our limited-capacity one-hour tours. We can’t thank you enough for making memories with us.

So this year, Diamond Jack’s River Tours will run an extended season. We’re sailing September!

Through Labor Day, we will offer our four one-hour tours, at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

After Labor Day, our cruise schedule will continue on Saturdays and Sundays only, still at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. With high school and college football delayed until spring and many other school activities on hiatus, families will be looking for weekend recreation opportunities before jacket weather returns.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors ages 55 and older, $10 for children ages 4 to 12, and free for babies and toddlers ages 3 and under.

Our ships are running at limited capacity to allow for social distancing.

Only 100 people are allowed on board the Diamond Queen this year, due to the pandemic.

  • Arrive early to guarantee your spot.
  • Our 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. cruises do sell out.
  • Why miss out on the fun? Come early and enjoy the sights and sounds on Cullen Plaza as you wait to board. Or take the 1 o’clock cruise and then stroll along the river on a sunny September afternoon.

We set sail from the Detroit dock and head toward Belle Isle, then down to the Ambassador Bridge and back along the Detroit shoreline, pointing out historical sites and landmarks along the way. Guests must wear masks while onboard. If you forget your mask, we have some available for purchase.

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call (313) 843-9376 or fill out our contact form.

Food and Beverage Options

We have summer refreshment onboard a Diamond Jack’s River Tour.

We have canned beer this year:

  • Miller Lite
  • Leinenkugel Summer Shandy
  • Corona
  • Atwater Dirty Blonde

Do you prefer wine? We have:

  • Red Sangria
  • Cabernet
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Grigio
  • White Zinfandel
  • Chardonnay

Our snack bar offers:

  • Chips
  • Candy bars
  • Pretzels
  • Cookies

Private Charters

Join us for a private charter aboard the Diamond Belle.

If you were reluctantly required to cancel a party or group outing earlier this year due to the pandemic, there’s still time to celebrate.

  • Wedding receptions
  • Birthday parties
  • Major anniversaries
  • Retirement parties
  • Bon Voyage parties
  • You name it!

Don’t let your occasion go unnoticed.

Host a party with Diamond Jack’s River Tours. Up to 100 guests will be treated to food and drinks, and you’ll have the ship to yourselves. Two of three decks are outdoors, and there are plenty of backdrops for your family photos.

When you look back at 2020, you’ll be glad you did!

Enjoy our tasty hors d’oeuvres: fruits, vegetables, cheese and crackers, followed by Herb Crusted Roast Beef, Honey Baked Ham or Maple Glazed Turkey.

Or try one of the following menus:

  • South of the Border
  • Taste of Italy
  • Motown BBQ or Big D BBQ
  • Middle Eastern Fare
  • Pizza (Meat Lovers, Pepperoni, Vegetable or Cheese)

Charter tours run through October 31.

To book your private charter right now or for questions, fill out our contact form or call (313) 843-9376.

Mystery Follow-Up

Some river tourists may remember the mysterious, so-called “Windsor Hum” we described hearing on cruises. People who live along the river recall this somewhat annoying noise beginning a decade ago, and many sought out the source, to no avail.

We have an update: Neal Rubin at The Detroit News reported late in July that the hum appears to be gone and the mystery may be over.

“Researchers ultimately blamed the hum on the U.S. Steel plant on Zug Island,” Rubin writes, “and as operations at the Great Lakes Works blast furnace petered out in the spring, so did complaints.”

Featured Tour Site: Cullen Family Carousel

Passengers line up for the Diamond Queen, filing past a carousel with sea creatures

This month’s featured site isn’t one you’ll see onboard, but one you’ll see in line.

All our 2020 sightseeing cruises have docked at Cullen Plaza. It’s a lively place to meet friends and people watch. If you have some time to spend between cruises, you can go for a walk west along the river toward the Ren Cen and Hart Plaza or head west and enjoy the dunes and wetlands of Milliken State Park as you head toward Belle Isle.

At the plaza, kids splash in the fountains. Young people ride by on customized skateboards and bikes, some with mini speakers playing music. People of all ages buy beverages and ice cream cones from the nearby snack stand and watch the boats go by.

In the middle of it all is the Cullen Family Carousel.

The carousel was specially designed for Detroit, featuring the flora and fauna of native to the area. The design was a commission by Briggs Design in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

It features colorful, handcrafted swans, sturgeon, herons, eagles, bass, catfish and frogs. A whimsical twist on your standard merry-go-round.

The carousel is named in honor of Detroit Riverfront Conservancy founding co-chair Matthew P. Cullen and his family, whose contribution made the Riverfront the blossoming scene that it is today. Proceeds from carousel rides benefit the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.

All aboard Detroit!

Summer Cruising with Diamond Jack

People wearing masks below deck of boat

It’s so good to have you back on board, Diamond Jack family!

After an uncertain start to the season, we are so thrilled to be welcoming everyone back. The public touring season will continue through September 6, with some changes to pricing.

The new August pricing is as follows:

  • Adults (Ages 13-54): $15
  • Adults 55+: $10
  • Kids (Ages 4-12): $10
  • Babies (Ages 3 and under): Free

Tours are offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tour times are:

  • 1:00 p.m.
  • 2:30 p.m.
  • 4:00 p.m.
  • 5:30 p.m.

The Diamond Jack crew will continue to practice safe measures in the wake of COVID-19. Our chairs are spaced to allow for ample social distancing, our crew will be wearing masks and PPE, and patrons are required to wear masks. Please call (313) 843-9376 for more information.

Remember, reservations are not required in advance for a Diamond Jack River Tour!

Still Available: Private Charters With COVID Pricing

A private charter is the perfect way to cap off summer. Our spacious boats are available for private rent until October 31, and COVID pricing is in effect.

You and up to 99 guests may enjoy a private tour on the Diamond Belle, which has room for 100 people and allows for social distancing. The hourly rate of $700 in the daytime and $1200 in the evening represents a significant savings over last year’s rates.

Private charters include plenty of room to roam on the boats, flexible departure sites and times, and catering onboard. We also have a fully stocked bar with beer and wine available onboard! From BBQ to Mediterranean style, your guests will be satisfied with the menu. Plus, you won’t have to worry about cooking or procuring an outside caterer! Click here to check out the catering menu.

Our private charters are great for any special event, including:

  • Family reunions
  • Weddings
  • Graduation parties
  • Corporate events
  • Fundraisers
  • Group outings

Masks are required. For more information on our private charters, fill out our contact form or call (313) 843-9376.

Featured Tour Site: Gordie Howe Bridge

Gordie Howe Bridge spanning Canada to America

The spotlighted tour site for this month is still in progress, but still quite the sight to see!

The bridge will span the Detroit River between the United States and Canada. It’ll run about 1.5 miles and have six lanes—three in each direction. Once it’s completed, it will be among the top five longest bridges in North America.

The Gordie Howe International Bridge is being hailed by MDOT as “the largest and most ambitious bi-national border infrastructure project along the Canada-United States border.”

The behemoth is expected to cost $5.7 billion, with connections to freeways in both countries and border inspection plazas on both sides. There will also be a “multi-use path” for pedestrians and cyclists.

In honor of its puck-slinging namesake, the towers of the bridge will reflect the curvature of a hockey stick in a slapshot. The towers will also reach 750 feet in height above the water.

Currently, the bridge is under construction, but you will be able to see the action from your Diamond Jack riverboat. And no rush—the project is expected to be completed in 2024! On a Diamond Jack cruise, we’ll cruise around both sides of the border so you can see the action.

July 2020 Newsletter

Diamond Jack’s River Tours’ boat on the Detroit River

Greetings, Diamond Jack family! It’s July and summer is shaping up! There’s still plenty of time to create Summer 2020 memories with family and friends aboard a Diamond Jack river cruise!

We are running 4 one-hour tours a day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for just $10 each. Limited to just 100 passengers, these lower-capacity cruises allowing us all to meet social distancing guidelines.

If you’re looking for an affordable family-oriented fun way to get out on the river this summer and learn something new, a Sightseeing Tour is just the ticket. Children under 3 board free.

Pick a day to set sail with family and friends while summer’s still here.

Tours are at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. We set sail from the Detroit dock and head toward the Ambassador Bridge and back as one of our knowledgeable tour guides points out the popular sites and historical landmarks.

Guests must wear masks while onboard. If you forget your mask, we have some available for purchase.

Soak up some sunrays and enjoy a cool breeze. No passports required.

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call (313) 843-9376 or fill out our contact form.

Food and Beverage Options

We have summer refreshment onboard a Diamond Jack’s River Tour. We have canned beer this year: Miller Lite, Leinenkugel Summer Shandy, Corona and Atwater Dirty Blonde.

Do you prefer wine? New this year, enjoy a red sangria, or order Cabernet, Merlot or a refreshing Pinot Grigio, White Zinfandel or Chardonnay. Our snack bar also offers chips, candy bars, pretzels and cookies.

Private Charters

For a family reunion or other group outing, book a private charter during the week on one of Diamond Jack’s historic river boats.

Charter tours run through October.

Come celebrate a graduation, wedding or a bon voyage party. Create memories together while staying socially distanced outdoors.

Your guests will love their own exclusive, private tour of the Detroit River and the friendly guides who are happy to share their love of the Motor City .

To book your private charter right now or for questions, fill out our contact form or call (313) 843-9376.

Featured Tour Site: Belle Isle Bridge

Archways of the MacArthur Bridge to Belle Isle

This month, we are featuring the Belle Isle Bridge. We’re missing that sight this season, as water levels are too high for the riverboats to pass underneath.

The Belle Isle Bridge, officially named the MacArthur Bridge, spans the Detroit River between Jefferson and Belle Isle. The bridge was completed in 1923 for just over $2.5 million. It replaced an iron bridge with wooden decking that caught fire and was destroyed in 1915.

It was originally named the George Washington Bridge but was renamed after General Douglas MacArthur in 1942.

Belle Isle Bridge features 19 arches that span across 2,193 feet. It carries five lanes of East Grand Blvd. and was restored in 1986 for $11.5 million.

In 1913, William Edmund Scripps (of the Scripps publishing family) flew a flying boat underneath the original Belle Isle Bridge.

Belle Isle is a jewel of Detroit and worth a visit to see it by land!

All aboard Detroit!

Welcome Back, Diamond Jack Family!

SPECIAL 2020 SAILING SEASON
Everything has changed. Please read carefully.

Three Diamond Jack Riverboats in front of the GM Renaissance Center

COVID-19 has certainly brought a lot of uncertainty these last few months. However, we’re so fortunate and excited to announce that Diamond Jack will be offering river boat tours once again!

Diamond Jack will be kicking off the season by offering 1 hour riverboat cruises from our Detroit dock to the public. Tours Start July 3rd and run through Sept 6th.

Our Wyandotte dock will not be open this season for public touring. In order to keep our customers and crew safe, we made the difficult decision to operate out of only one dock for this season. We apologize for the inconvenience.

We will provide adequate space for social distancing and our staff will be in proper personal protection equipment. Seating space is available inside the boat and on deck. We also require that all patrons wear face masks while boarding, on the tour and disembarking.

Tours Start July 3rd and run through Sept 6th

  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

Tour times are:

  • 1 p.m.
  • 2:30 p.m.
  • 4 p.m.
  • 5:30 p.m.

You can purchase tickets at the dock on your preferred tour date prior to boarding. You’ll still get to see iconic Detroit sites on your cruise.

This summer will be different, but everyone at Diamond Jack is thrilled to be offering an escape on the river! After being cooped up in quarantine, spending an afternoon on the water with loved ones is the perfect way to recharge and take in the great cities of Detroit and Windsor.

For more information, please call (313) 843-9376 or fill out our contact form.

Private Charters

A Diamond Jack Riverboat in the Detroit River with the Detroit skyline behind

If you had an event that had to be canceled or postponed due to COVID-19, why not book a private charter on a Diamond Jack boat? With spacious decks, ample room to wander inside and out and a fresh river breeze, our boats are a great alternative to a rental hall or restaurant.

We are still offering private charters until October 31, so there’s still plenty of time to book and plan your event! Diamond Jack boats have hosted tons of events, like:

  • Family reunions
  • Weddings
  • Corporate parties
  • Charity events
  • Group outings

Diamond Jack’s offers onboard catering and a bar, so you won’t have to worry about food or beverages. Flexible departure times are also standard on a Diamond Jack private charter.

For more information on private charters, call (313) 843-9376 or fill out our contact form.

Featured Tour Site: Belle Isle

Geese outside the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle at sunset

Sitting right in the middle of the Detroit River, Belle Isle Park is a 928-acre island filled with history and plenty of fun things to do. It was originally named “Hog Island” by the French settlers who let their livestock graze on the island.

It’s evolved since then–it now houses the Detroit Yacht Club, Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Belle Isle Aquarium and the James Scott Memorial Fountain. Walking paths, beaches and scenic vistas dot the island.

Although it is a state park now, it’s worn many hats. Besides serving as a hog feeding ground, it was also the private estate of General Alexander Macomb, Jr., a prominent War of 1812 general. The City of Detroit planned to start developing the island as a park in the 1880s, using the same urban park designer who designed Central Park in New York City.

From your perch on a Diamond Jack River Boat, you’ll see plenty of sites around the island, like the MacArthur Bridge or the U.S. Coast Guard Station. What better way to spend a summer afternoon than on the water, gazing at the “beautiful island”?

May 2020 Newsletter

Diamond Jack’s River Tours’ boat at twilight with people

Greetings, Diamond Jack family! It’s May and the temperatures are rising, days are getting longer and the birds are singing. It’s almost time to be on the Detroit River in a Diamond Jack cruise!

As of right now, our boats are still scheduled to launch on June 4 from the Detroit dock and June 5 from the Wyandotte dock. We are, as so many families in Michigan are doing right now, “playing it by ear”. We are hopeful that the pandemic will have died down significantly in the next month and the Stay at Home order will be lifted. We will, of course, keep our Diamond Jack family updated as things progress and will do everything we can to protect against COVID-19.

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call (313) 843-9376 or fill out our contact form. We’ll answer your questions as quickly as possible.

Summer River Boat Tours

As we mentioned above, we are still planning on launching summer on the river in early June! Join us on June 4 at the Detroit dock or June 5 at Wyandotte for a carefree afternoon of taking a voyage on the Detroit River. Our boats offer plenty of space for social distancing, and two of three decks are outdoors.

This year, we’re offering 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. tours from our Detroit dock at the Rivard Dock on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Our Wyandotte dock in Bishop Park will have 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. tours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tours are about 2 hours long and offer a fascinating variety of sites for all ages to enjoy.

Pick a day to bring all your family and friends out to Wyandotte or Detroit and purchase your tickets at the dock. For a full list of prices and schedules, click here. Make it a Diamond Jack day!

Private Charters

While things may still be a little uncertain, we are offering private charters until October 31. Had an event that had to be canceled or postponed? Why not host it with Diamond Jack?!

Your guests will love their own exclusive, private tour of the Detroit River on one of Diamond Jack’s historic river boats. We offer the options for catering and a bar onboard, too! Private charters include three departure locations, flexible departure times and indoor and outdoor areas of the boat.

Whether your event is a prom, family reunion, office party, charity event, anniversary party or something else, let Diamond Jack’s make it an event to remember! To book your private charter right now or for questions, fill out our contact form or call (313) 843-9376.

Featured Tour Site This Month: GM Renaissance Center

A view of the GM Renaissance Center

One of the crowning jewels of the Detroit skyline, the GM Renaissance Center is a neighbor of the Detroit Diamond Jack dock. The distinctive silhouette has become one of the most recognizable icons of Detroit.

Although it is now known as the GM Renaissance Center, Henry Ford II unveiled the plans for the original “RenCen” in 1971. He boasted that the modern building, designed by John C. Portman, Jr., would revitalize the city of Detroit. Construction began for the first phase in May of 1973 and the first tower opened in 1976. The opening party took place in April of 1977, and other tower, renovations and additions have happened at the RenCen since then. It was originally built for $350 million!

Although the Ford Motor Company kicked off the idea for the Renaissance Center, General Motors purchased it for its world headquarters in 1996, hence the name.

Today, the Renaissance Center brims with banks, shops, restaurants, offices, world headquarters, a hotel, spas and more! The central tower is the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center and is the third-tallest all-hotel skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.

The Renaissance Center brims with 73 stories and 5.5 million square feet. Twenty nine restaurants serve all sorts of food, and the center welcomes 14,000+ visitors and tenants each year. It’s so large it has its own zip code: 48243!

Take a gander at the RenCen as you drive into the Diamond Jack Detroit dock, then see it up close and personal with it on your Diamond Jack River Boat tour!

All aboard Detroit!

All Aboard Detroit! April 2020 Newsletter

Diamond Jack River Boat on the water.

Hello, Diamond Jack family! The days are getting longer and warmer, which means river cruise season is upon us.

However, we would be remiss to not discuss the current pandemic at hand. As of right now, all tours are going forward as planned. We will of course update our Diamond Jack family if things change. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call our office at (313) 843-9376.

In the meantime, let’s think happy thoughts about being on the water. We’re ready to welcome your smiling faces aboard this summer!

We’re Hiring!

Diamond Jack crew members on the dock.

If you like working with people and being on the water, consider working at Diamond Jack’s River Tours over the summer! We are searching for enthusiastic people who are 18 and over who have flexible schedules. Potential employees must be able to pass a drug test. If you’re interested in applying, please call our office at (313) 843-9376 or email info@diamondjack.com to apply. Pass this along to anyone who’s looking for a summer job!

New Blog Post

Have you checked out our previous blog? It’s all about the hidden restaurant gems in Downriver, all of which are a quick drive from the Diamond Jack Wyandotte dock! If you’re planning to make a full day out of your Wyandotte Diamond Jack river tour, this is the perfect resource for you. Read our Dining Downriver blog here.

Summer Tours

The Detroit River at sunrise.

Only about two months until the kickoff of our summer tours…who’s excited?! We are offering Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday tours from our Detroit dock and Friday, Saturday and Sunday tours from our Wyandotte dock. Tours are two hours long and are offered at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. River cruises are a great way to spend quality time with your loved ones! Join us on June 4 in Detroit and June 5 in Wyandotte to begin a great summer on the river. And be sure to visit our FAQs page for any tour questions you may have!

Private Charters Still Available!

Summer is the perfect time for entertaining. Whether you’re hosting a wedding, family reunion, corporate party or group outing, look no further than Diamond Jack River Tours. You will have the opportunity to experience a private Detroit River tour, flexible departure times, no cleanup on your part, plus onboard catering and a bar! Your guests will rave about your unique event. The good news is there is still time to book your private charter for the 2020 season! We offer private charters from May 1 to October 31. To book your private charter right now or for questions, fill out our contact form or call (313) 843-9376.

Featured Tour Site: Fort Malden

Sunset of the Hough House in Fort Malden with the Detroit River in the background.

One of the best reasons to take a Diamond Jack River Tour is that you will be exposed to historic sites that you might not have known about. Dating from 1795, Fort Malden is a Canadian National Historic Landmark that you will see on the 3:30 p.m. Wyandotte tour.

Fort Malden, formally known as Fort Amherstburg, was built in 1795 by the British to protect Canada (which was then a British colony) from the newly freed Americans. The fort also played a pivotal role in the War of 1812 and was briefly occupied by the Americans during the war. Many fugitive African-American slaves also made their escapes to freedom after being ferried across the Detroit River to Fort Malden. In the last act of the historical era, the fort served as a mental asylum.

From your perch on your Diamond Jack boat, you can see musket and cannon firings and reenactors dressed as 18th century soldiers. Should you want to explore the Fort more after your cruise, the Fort welcomes visitors May through October and offers free tours. You can even sample food that a British soldier would have eaten in the 1800s in the Soldier’s Cookhouse!

Let’s get ready to have fun this summer, Diamond Jack family! All aboard Detroit!

Dining Downriver of Detroit: Diamond Jack’s Recommendations

Looking forward to your upcoming Diamond Jack river cruise in Wyandotte? Why not make it a fun day out and eat at one of the many delicious restaurants in the area?

The Detroit Free Press recently rolled out a list of “9 definitive Downriver dining destinations.” The list ranges from your classic diner to authentic Hungarian fare. Whether you want to get a filling lunch before your cruise or cap your day with dinner and drinks near the water, Downriver and Wyandotte offer plenty of mouthwatering options for you.

Let’s dig in!

Sibley Gardens

Craving some classic Italian food? Sibley Gardens is open for lunch and dinner on Friday, and dinner only on Saturday. Since 1935, this restaurant has been offering pasta, steak, chicken and more. They also offer private rooms and family-style dining, if you’d like to take your group out after a river tour. For more information, give them a call at (734) 285-1707 or visit sibleygardens.com.

TV’s Deli & Diner

Not only does this diner offer a great retro feel, but it also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner — perfect for the group where everyone wants something different to eat! TV’s also offers delectable desserts and a wide variety of alcoholic beverages. Be sure to check out their daily specials online or call (734) 671-9005.

Frank’s Café

Once a Prohibition blind pig in a Civil War–era farmhouse, Frank’s is a cozy establishment that has changed little since its founding close to 100 years ago. They offer bar staples like burgers and beer, plus the renowned fried perch that has been made the same way for 80 years. They don’t have a website, but call (734) 283-4660 for more information and hours.

Moro’s Dining

Labeled as a “unique dining experience,” Moro’s Dining offers elegant Italian fare and a show — you can request flaming entrees and desserts to be prepared tableside. If the décor and service take you back in time, that’s because Thomas Moro, who started the restaurant, trained at the legendary Mario’s Restaurant in Detroit during its 1960s heyday. Moro’s does not accept reservations, but they do offer the option to host private parties. Learn more at their website or by calling (313) 382-7152.

R.P. McMurphy’s

Although it sounds like your typical Irish pub, McMurphy’s is housed in an early-20th-century German pub. And just a two-minute drive from Diamond Jack’s Wyandotte dock, it’s a great place to stop after your cruise. R.P. McMurphy’s offers classic bar staples like burgers, sandwiches and salads. Check out their website at rpmcmurphys.com or call (734) 285-4885.

Oak Café

If craft beer is your thing, then Oak Café is the place for you to visit before or after your river cruise. They’ve got 40 beers on tap, plus great appetizers, burgers, sandwiches and Tex-Mex fare. This bar only accepts cash, so be sure to bring some or stop by the ATM. Their menu is available online, or you can call (734) 283-8380.

Portofino

If you want to keep the nautical theme going after your river cruise, Portofino is a great place to cap your Diamond Jack day. It’s also a five-minute drive south of our Wyandotte dock! This nautical themed restaurant right on the Detroit River offers lunch and dinner (and brunch on Sundays). Sit by the large windows and watch boats go by on the river or admire the murals on the inside walls during your meal. See their menu at portofinoontheriver.com, or give the restaurant a call at (734) 281-6700.

Auburn Café

Opa! Mouthwatering Greek food awaits you at Auburn Café. Lunch and dinner could be authentic Greek food or traditional American staples. You can make a reservation for before or after your cruise, order carry-out or even have it delivered if you live nearby! (As much as we would love to smell your Greek food delivery to the Diamond Jack dock, we don’t allow outside food on cruises.) You can see their menu and make a reservation online or by calling (313) 381-8133.

Hungarian Rhapsody

Last but certainly not least, Hungarian Rhapsody offers authentic Hungarian food right in the heart of Downriver! Lunch and dinner options include turos teszta, chicken paprikas with dumplings, salads and soups. The Rhapsody, as it’s known, also has a mini museum with Hungarian artifacts. View their menu online at therhapsodyrestaurant.com or call (734) 283-9622 for more information.

Be sure to stop by these great Downriver partners if you’re planning a full-day outing to Wyandotte for our river tour. All aboard Detroit!

March 2020 Newsletter: Spring Is Almost Here!

Sunset on the Detroit River

It’s almost spring, Diamond Jack family! March 19 is the official first day of spring. And while it might not be warm enough to be on the water yet, we’re preparing the boats for cruising the Detroit River.

As we start to creep out of winter hibernation, there’s still plenty to talk about in the upcoming season. Let’s dive in!

Sightseeing Tour Spectacles

Diamond Jack boats on river in front of Renaissance Center

We’re so excited to get on the water with you! In just a few short months, public tours will be offered on all three of our boats. Tours begin June 4th at the Detroit dock and June 5th at the Wyandotte dock. Tours are available Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Please note: we’ve changed the Wyandotte tours to only be offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

We offer two convenient docks for you to experience Diamond Jack River Tours: the Rivard (Cullen) Plaza dock in Detroit and the Bishop Park tour dock in Wyandotte. We have videos on our website about how to get to our docks and where to park.

There are so many exciting places to view on the Detroit River from the comfort of your Diamond Jack boat seat. Take in the beauty of Belle Isle, Grosse Isle, Boblo Island, historic homes, prominent buildings and more on the tours.

Diamond Jack School Field Trips Are a Hit!

Middle school students on a river boat field trip

Students of all ages will love a Diamond Jack field trip! What better way to learn about local history, geography, maritime safety and more than by spending an afternoon sailing the Detroit River?

With a wide variety of departure times and dates available, a Diamond Jack field trip is an excellent way to keep students engaged or entertain faculty and alumni. Our hour-and-a-half-long field trips departing from the Detroit dock are perfectly suitable for grades kindergarten through 12th. If you or someone you know is a teacher, let them know about our field trips! Tell them to call (313) 843-9376 soon to book their trip. The cost is $10 per person.

Book Your Private Charter

Diamond Jack River Boat on Detroit River with rainbow in background

While public touring may still be a few months away, private chartered trips can start setting sail on May 1! Our private charter boats are ideal for office parties, proms, family reunions, senior groups and parties. On a Diamond Jack private charter, you won’t have to worry about entertaining your guests – they’ll be entertained with our fabulous narrated tour or just enjoying time on the river. Your event will be the talk of the town aboard your private Diamond Jack tour.

And tours don’t have to be limited to the summer season – we offer private charters until October 31!

We offer three different departure locations, flexible departure times, indoor and outdoor areas on the boats and catering and bar options. When you choose Diamond Jack for your affair, you don’t have to worry about a thing!

There is still availability for private charters during the 2020 season, but spots are filling fast! Call (313) 843-9376 to book your charter today, or fill out our contact form.

Featured Tour Site: The Detroit Yacht Club

Aerial view of the Detroit Yacht Club

Rising from the shores of Belle Isle is the Mediterranean-style Detroit Yacht Club. The current building was built in 1923, but the history of the club hearkens back long before that. The first “clubhouse” was built in the late 1870s on McDougall Street in Detroit for sailing enthusiasts. The Roaring Twenties was boomtime for the club, when membership swelled to 3,000 and the current clubhouse was built. Some notable past members of the club include Edsel Ford, Horace Dodge and Charles Kettering. Some members you might see around today are General Motors executives and Detroit mayor Mike Duggan.

Today, the DYC has 300 boat docks and hosts public tours monthly during summer. From your perch in a Diamond Jack boat, you can marvel at the sweeping structure and spot sunbathers and bocce ball players. Maybe you’ll even witness a special event taking place, like a wedding!

If you’d like to see the Detroit Yacht Club from the river, be sure to take a Diamond Jack tour when touring opens up this June.

Stay tuned for our next featured tour site…it’s going to be big!

All Aboard, Detroit!

We’re counting down the days until it’s time to set sail on the Detroit River. Until then, Diamond Jack family: make it a Diamond Jack day!

Still Time to Save 20% on 2020 Charters

Detroit River Ambassador Bridge at Sunset

Happy February, Diamond Jack family! Although it’s cold and quiet on the water now, the staff at Diamond Jack is busy preparing for the upcoming season of tours.

If you haven’t taken advantage of our special discount for private charters, please do so now! We are offering 20% off private charters that are booked and paid for by March 1. There isn’t much time left, so book now!

If you’re hosting a large special event, like a corporate party, family reunion, or a group outing, Diamond Jack private boat tours are an excellent way to make your event unforgettable. What is a more unique experience than taking your group on a private tour of the beautiful Detroit River? It’s also an excellent idea if you have a large group – our three vessels have maximum capacities of 125, 175, and 225. Don’t worry about providing food and beverages for your guests, either, as the Diamond Jack boats are fully equipped to serve food and drinks with a dozen catering menus. Diamond Jack also has three docking locations with parking for your convenience.

So, don’t worry about hosting your next big event – let Diamond Jack do it for you. Your guests will rave about the unique experience of their own private riverboat experience on the Detroit River. Be sure to book your charter before March 1 to get 20% off the cost of your charter! Call our office to book your private charter at (313) 843-9376 or fill out our contact form.

We’re Getting Ready for You!

Diamond Jack riverboat being cleaned with lifeboats stacked on table.

Take a peek at our very own Diamond Queen getting pampered for the upcoming boat season! Each winter, our boats undergo maintenance to make sure they’re in tip-top shape for everyone who wants to cruise the Detroit River the following summer. Because the Diamond Queen was built in 1956, she needs regular maintenance to make sure everything is working properly – kind of like humans.

Sightseeing Tours on the Detroit River

Diamond Jack Riverboat Diamond Queen on the Detroit River

Diamond Jack is gearing up for another great summer of two-hour, narrated sightseeing riverboat tours along the historic Detroit River. Our fun and educational tours have attractions for everyone to get excited about, from the Renaissance Center to the Post Office Boat. Diamond Jack Riverboat Tours are appropriate for all ages to enjoy.

With tours departing from the dock at the Rivard (Cullen) Plaza and the Bishop Park dock in Wyandotte, our summer touring schedule is sure to be busy. Tours begin June 4th at the Detroit dock and June 5th at the Wyandotte dock. Tours end September 6 at both docks, and are available Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Please note: we’ve changed the Wyandotte tours to only be offered Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

To buy tour tickets, you can come your preferred dock 20 minutes before the tour. We accept cash and major credit cards. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Be sure to bring your money on the boat, too – we sell snacks and drinks for you to enjoy on your ride!

Out of the Classroom and Onto the Water

Little boy on a Diamond Jack Riverboat field trip

If you’re a teacher in the metro Detroit area looking for an exciting, educational field trip, or just a fun day for your students with a learning aspect, you’ve come to the right place. Diamond Jack Riverboat Tours are an excellent way for students to learn about their community, history of Michigan, geography and more! The hour-and-a-half long tours are perfect for grades kindergarten through 12th grade (or even faculty and alumni of your school).

To learn more information about Diamond Jack’s educational field trips, feel free to call us at (313) 843-9376 or fill out our contact form. Please be sure to book your Diamond Jack field trip in advance.

Featured Tour Site: The Manoogian Mansion

Detroit Mayor's residence Manoogian Mansion

Nestled in the Berry Subdivision Historic District right along the Detroit River, the Manoogian Mansion is the official residence of the mayor of Detroit. The mansion was built in 1928 in the Mediterranean-Revival/Spanish Colonial Revival style for $300,000. The original owner lost the mansion during the Great Depression, and Alex Manoogian bought the mansion in 1939. Manoogian, an Armenian immigrant and founder of the Masco Corporation, paid only $25,000 for the mansion at auction.

In 1965, Manoogian donated the mansion to the city of Detroit. The 4,000-square-foot dwelling has been the official residence of the mayor of Detroit ever since, although not every mayor since then has lived in the mansion. While Coleman Young was mayor, he hosted a reception for foreign dignitaries who were in town for the World Economic Summit in 1974. And the next year, Gladys Knight got married at the mansion!

You can see the Manoogian Mansion, plus other beautiful homes along the Gold Coast, on your Diamond Jack Riverboat tour!
Make it a Diamond Jack Day!

January 2020 Newsletter – Save 20% on 2020 Charters

Detroit River private boat charter

Happy New Year, Diamond Jack family! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season. Now that it’s 2020, it’s time to start thinking about warmer days on the water.

Private boat charters are an excellent way to host the perfect event. Hosting an event on one of Diamond Jack’s boats ensures privacy and safety for all your guests. Three docking locations offer convenience for all around Metro Detroit, with easy parking at the docks. Whether it’s a corporate event or private party, Diamond Jack private boat charters are an excellent setting for an unforgettable event. And, if you book your private boat charter and pay before March 1, you’ll save 20%!

Diamond Jack offers private charters seven days a week and welcomes groups of all sizes with a max of 225. Charters run from May 1st through October 31st, 2020. We offer private boats, flexible departure times, convenient parking, and indoor and outdoor areas on board. Don’t worry about food and beverages – we have a delicious catering menu that’s certain to appeal to all tastes, and each boat has a bar serving beer and wine.

Don’t wait to book your private charter – summer will be here before you know it! To book your own private boat charter, call (313) 843-9376 or visit our website, diamondjack.com. Remember to book your 2020 private charter and pay before March 1 to get 20% off the price.

Educational Field Trips for Students, Faculty and Alumni

Smiling students on a Diamond Jack river tour field trip

The Detroit Riverfront is filled with rich history, from the first Native American settlements to the roar of automotive industry today. A recent study by the University of Arkansas found that children who were taken on educational field trips performed better in school and on standardized testing than their cohorts who were not taken on field trips. Take your students’ learning out of the classroom and on the water with Diamond Jack field trips for an enriching and fun experience!

The educational tours by Diamond Jacks offer a unique experience to see the riverfront. The educational tour sites include the following: Renaissance Center, Bell Isle, U.S. Coast Guard Stations, Ambassador Bridge, Fort Wayne, J.W. Westcott II Floating Post Office, TCF Arena, the cities of Detroit and Windsor and much more.

Student Groups available by reservation only. Call our office or visit our website to book.

Spend a Day on the River with Sightseeing Tours

Diamond Jack river boat crew

It may seem cold and dreary now, but soon, bright sunshine and hot temperatures will make excellent conditions for riverfront sightseeing tours. Come spend a summer day viewing and learning about 16 miles of shoreline between the United States and Canada on one of our tours offered on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in Detroit. You can tour the riverfront from Wyandotte on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Our two-hour sightseeing tour is narrated by our amazing staff members and open to the public for all ages to come aboard. Check out dozens of exciting sites on our tours, like Bob-Lo Island or the Detroit Yacht Club. Starting June 4th, 2020 and running through September 6th, 2020, there’s something for everyone on Diamond Jack’s River Tours!

Featured Tour Site: Hiram Walker Distillery

Established in 1858, the Hiram Walker Distillery in Windsor, Ontario is considered the largest distillery in North America. Although the founder, Hiram Walker, was an American citizen who lived in Detroit, he bought land across the river because it was cheaper in Canada. Walker started off as a grocery clerk, then slowly built his fortune in the whiskey distillery business.

The Civil War boosted the new distillery’s business. Demand for foreign whiskey soared because most American distilleries were caught up in the middle of the war. Legend has it that Walker built a “smuggling pipeline” underneath the distillery to smuggle jugs of whiskey into Detroit during the Civil War.

Hiram Walker Distillery still produces 180,000 liters of alcohol every 24 hours, five days a week. One of the most iconic brands to come out of the distillery is Canadian Club Whiskey.

You can see the sprawling complex along the Detroit River on Diamond Jack’s Detroit Riverfront tour from our Rivard Plaza dock. The Hiram Walker Distillery is just one of dozens of sites you’ll get to see from our boats. Book your preferred tour in advance! Make it a Diamond Jack day!