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May 2019 Newsletter – Sailing Season is Finally Here!

2019 Sailing Season is Finally Here!

Spring is here and so is Diamond Jack season! We are officially open for charter tours on the beautiful Detroit River. With the weather turning and our river boats primed up, don’t wait any longer to book your private party with Diamond Jack.

From end-of-the-year school field trips to senior groups to corporate outings, Diamond Jack loves giving our guests a one-of-a-kind experience. With beautiful sights, great food and good company, we have an easy time doing it!

We still have charter dates available through October 31st, but they will fill up fast. Private charters from our Wyandotte dock will sail up the Detroit River to the Renaissance Center and back down. If you choose to depart from our Detroit Rivard Plaza Dock, you will stay within Detroit but can go out to Lake St. Clair.

However, you can create your own custom route along the Detroit River for an additional cost!

Both are unique to themselves and offer great sights and history along the way. Our boats can accommodate up to 225 guests and we provide a variety of catering options, beer and wine.

Sightseeing Tours Start June 6th

Those looking to hop on the Diamond Jack, Diamond Belle or Diamond Queen for a sightseeing tour have to wait just a little bit longer. All three of our sightseeing tours begin on June 6th, with four total tours running every day between Thursday and Sunday.

View a side of Detroit that you’ve never seen before. From the mysterious Windsor Hum and legendary Post Office Boat to the beautiful waterfront mansions, your neck will be sore from all of the sightseeing!

If you are a ship lover, make sure to take our Wyandotte-Detroit Tour that departs every Thursday through Sunday at 1 PM.

Note from the Diamond Jack team: On June 30th, 2019, the Detroit Rivard Plaza Dock will be closed due to a private event. Therefore, both the 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM Detroit tours will be closed for the day. However, the Wyandotte tours will still be going out at their scheduled time.

We’re Still Hiring for the 2019 Summer Season!

We still have a have a few openings for our summer staff! If you’re a college student or teacher off for the summer, or just looking to stay active in the nice weather, Diamond Jack is the perfect summer job.

You need to have a flexible schedule, reliable transportation and good customer service skills. Since our crewmates help captain the ship, you will need to be active and on your feet for all your shifts. You must be at least 18 years old and must be able to pass a drug test upon hiring.

It is a great opportunity to stay active and outdoors throughout the summer! Pay starts at $11/hour plus tips, and the opportunity for daily overtime. If interested, please e-mail your resume to info@diamondjack.com.

Highlights of the Tour: Grassy Island

One of the sights on our Wyandotte-Detroit Tour, Grassy Island is a small, uninhabited 72-acre in the Detroit River. Located just north of Gross Ile, the island is a part of the Wyandotte city limits.

Grassy Island is also part of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge and should not be confused with Grass Island, an island of Ontario on the exact opposite side of the Detroit River.

The island was first noted by French explorers in 1796 as they dubbed it Ile Marecageuse (Marshy Island). At the time of its discovery, the island was only 6 acres.

Unfortunately, from 1960-1982, the island was used as a disposal facility for millions of cubic meters of toxic soil scoured from River Rouge. It’s because of this that the island’s size increases so dramatically, and also why it remains uninhabited.

The decades of Detroit’s unregulated industrialism have had a profound impact on Grassy Island and the life that surrounds it. It is now contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyl, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, and lethal amounts of harmful heavy metals such as mercury and lead.

Public access to the island is prohibited but not enforced very often. The soil contains 28 different contaminants that exceed state and federal limits.

Efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Interior are being made to restore the island. Nevertheless, it is up to residents like us to take action and protect the beautiful sights around Detroit.

Ask the Captain a Question

Do you have questions for the Captain? We have answers! Whether you’re curious about the inner-workings of a boat or have any other sailing-related inquiries, we’ll provide you with answers straight from one of our captains. Submit your questions to info@diamondjack.com.

Each month, we will pick a select few as winners and publish those questions (with the answers) on our next newsletter and on our website! The winners will receive two free tickets for a scenic cruise with Diamond Jack’s River Tours!

Congratulations to this month’s winners – Carolyn, Paul, and Cathy!

Q: Where are the boats kept during the winter? Have you ever been stranded due to a breakdown and had to call for help? Does the Coast Guard come or a tow service? Is there a memorable cruise for you that you will never forget? Why?
A: We lay up the vessels in the Rouge River at the Gaelic Tugboat Company Yard. The owners of Diamond Jack also own Gaelic Tugboat and have property on the Rouge River for layup. That leads to into your answer for the second question regarding towing. We own a tugboat company so we can tow our own boats. Most memorable cruise for me was the time we did a move wrap-up party and had Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore onboard.

Q: Dear Captain, I would like to know how does your largest vessel compare in size to the old Boblo boat? My family would frequent the island when I was a youngster, and I’ve been going on the Diamond Jack boats for over 20 years. In my mind, the Boblo boat seems bigger. But that could be because I was a teenager and everything probably seemed big as a youth.
A: You are correct, the Boblo boats Columbia and Ste. Claire were much larger than our vessels. The Boblo boats were 208 and 197 feet long compared to our boats the Belle and Queen (90 feet) and the Jack (65 feet). The Columbia and Ste. Claire were 60 and 65 feet wide compared to ours at approximately 28 feet. Also, the Boblo boats each held approximately 2,500 passengers, compared to our Belle which is the biggest at 250.

Q: The Diamond Jack, I believe, cruises partly on the Canadian side of the river while on a tour. What is the understanding between the two countries regarding entering and exiting the two countries while on the river cruise?
A: As far as traveling on Canadian waters, the two countries have a mutual agreement that you can be in each other’s waters with no notice or problems. However, if you touch Canadian shore or tie up, you must go through the proper agencies such as customs and immigration. That would also apply to you coming back from the Canadian shore. You would have to do the same to reenter the USA.

Featured Reviewers

With the new season finally here, we figured it would a good idea to see what some of our 2018 customers had to say! We love giving Michiganders and visitors a fun and unique look at Detroit. Check out what some of our guests had to say following their trips and tours:

“We go on several tours each year, from the Wyandotte dock. I think the price is very reasonable for all that you get: both tours are several hours long, (and narrated), staff is fun, friendly and helpful, a small bar is available (with pop, beer, wine, chips), restrooms, and a variety of seating. Tip…if at boarding, you don’t get the seat you would like, wait awhile and go back and check. People move around throughout the tour, giving everyone an opportunity for favorite spots. Ive sat in every section and was never disappointed. Heres a few more tips: get in line early if you absolutely must sit in a certain seat. Groupon has discounted tickets (read instructions carefully. Its worth it) Sunscreen…always a good idea, no food/drinks allowed, bags may be searched. Bring sunglasses, binoculars, a light jacket or go below if you get cold. Be respectful, relax, and be ready to do it again! I go often and still see/learn something new each time!”
– Dawn

“This was my second time taking the boat tour. We love it! It is a great price and you get to see the beauty of Detroit and it even goes into Canada! Such an enjoyable time and we met so many nice people! I will definitely go back!”
– Jennifer

“I work for Berkley Schools and we took our AT class on a tour. Now the weather was wonderful and the people where even better. One young lady really stood out her name is Megan she was the best! Very comfortable with our students and very kind. She gave the tour of all the things we saw!”
– William

“Our ride got a little hairy when a sudden storm swept up on us. Thought I was going to be full Gilligan’s Island for a second. But the crew was great, they were all super nice and friendly, and the ride was scenic and enjoyable even through the rough weather.”
– Dean

Diamond Jack Belle under Rainbow

April Newsletter

2019 Season is Coming Up Quick!

The weather is finally starting to turn in Detroit which can only mean one thing: Diamond Jack’s tours are right around the corner! Starting May 1st, you’ll be able to start taking our private charters that are perfect for a family or group outing.

For those that want to skip the socializing and just take in the mystic features of the Detroit River, our sightseeing tours start on June 6th. This is always one of the most exciting times of the year for our team. We’re training our new employees, making the finishing touches on our three famous riverboats and counting down the days until we can get back out on the water!

Our goal is to showcase the city and state we love in a unique way. When you cruise with Diamond Jack, you’ll see Detroit from a whole new perspective. Whether you’re booking a private event on one of our charter boats or just want to join us for a fun summer sightseeing tour, you’re guaranteed to have a blast with Diamond Jack.

Charter Tour Dates Still Available

We are one month away from launching our private charter boats! We’re excited to begin the sailing season by hosting your special event whether it be a corporate party, family reunion, field trip or any other occasion! Our boats are prepped and ready to hit the waters on May 1st.

If you’re still looking for a venue to host an upcoming event, we still have dates available to book through October 31st. Give your family, friends and guests a unique experience on the Detroit River. Our three private charter boats, the Diamond Jack, Diamond Queen and Diamond Belle are available 7 days a week and we can accommodate groups of up to 250 passengers.

We offer flexible departure times for your convenience and even provide full catering menus, beer and wine. Don’t miss out on a one-of-a-kind experience! Give us a call at (313) 843-9376 to book your private charter today!

We’re Still Hiring for the 2019 Summer Season!

Are you a college student looking to make some money during the summer? A teacher trying to fill your summer schedule? A retiree looking to stay busy? No matter who you are, Diamond Jack’s wants you to join our crew this summer!

You need to have a flexible schedule, reliable transportation and good customer service skills. Since our crewmates help captain the ship, you will need to be active and on your feet for all your shifts. You must be at least 18 years old and must be able to pass a drug test upon hiring.

It is a great opportunity to stay active and outdoors throughout the summer! Pay starts at $11/hour plus tips, and the opportunity for daily overtime. If interested, please e-mail your resume to info@diamondjack.com.

Highlights of the Tour: Manoogian Mansion

A highlight of our Detroit tour, the Manoogian Mansion is the official residence of the Detroit Mayor. Build in 1928 for $300,000, the mansion was not always under the city’s ownership. The original owner lost the home to the banks during the Great Depression. It sat vacant until 1939 when Alex Manoogian, founder of the Masco company, purchased it at an auction for $25,000.

Manoogian later donated the mansion to the city of Detroit in 1966. Former Detroit Mayor Jerry Cavanagh and his family became the first mayoral family to live in the mansion.

The Manoogian Mansion found itself in the middle of a controversy in the early 2000s. With infamous former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick sitting in office, he threw what was rumored to be an excessive party at the Manoogian Mansion. Several lawsuits resulted from the party that night.

Following Kilpatrick’s resignation, new mayor Dave Bing held off on moving into the mansion due to the taboo surrounding Kilpatrick’s time there. Aside from its rich and muddy history, the Manoogian Mansion is a site full of beautiful architecture and stunning landscape.

Backed up to the Detroit River, the Manoogian Mansion is easily visible as part of our Detroit Tour

Featured Reviewers

With the new season so close, we figured it would a good idea to see what some of our 2018 customers had to say! We love giving Michiganders and visitors a fun and unique look at Detroit. Check out what some of our guests had to say following their trips and tours:

“A few days ago I had the pleasure of bringing a small bus load of senior citizens down for one of Diamond Jack’s boat rides/tours. I believe this is the 4th time I have brought a group down and, as always, the boat ride and narrated tour was just great. Yet, the boat crew should be applauded because of the extra care and attention they give to people that need assistance loading on to the boat. Whether it was a guest that was just a little unsteady on the ramp, or a guest using a walker, or a manual wheelchair – the staff took good solid measures to make sure the guest was comfortable and safe getting loaded on and off the boat. And I loved some of the chatter on the bus on the way home; ” That is the best $15 I have ever spent and the most fun I have had in years! And I learned a lot!” Keep up the great work Diamond Jacks!”
– L.J.

“I highly recommend the Diamond Jack and the Diamond Belle boat trip to anyone that wants an outstanding experience on the Detroit River waterfront. The staff is friendly and helpful, the catered food on the boat is great and you can not find a better way to show off the beautiful waterfront that Detroit and Windsor share. This is an experience that is different from any run of the mill corporate event and also provides a great opportunity to take customers on. Don’t wait to take your friends, family, visitors or customers for a boat ride on the Diamond Belle or Diamond Jack!”
– Mary Anne

“A great way to spend a short afternoon with family and friends seeing the Detroit River and finding out about things you never knew existed.”
– Daniel

“The boat tour was fun. I liked the facts that the announcer said about the certain buildings and landmarks we sailed by. We saw places like: Kid Rock’s vacation home, the Bob-lo boat dock, and the hotel where the Beatles stayed! Great family fun.”
– Brooke

Ask the Captain a Question

Do you have questions for the Captain? We have answers! Whether you’re curious about the innerworkings of a boat or have any other sailing-related inquiries, we’ll provide you with answers straight from one of our captains. Submit your questions to info@diamondjack.com.

Each month, we will pick 5 winners and publish those questions (with the answers) on our next newsletter and on our website! The winners will receive two free tickets for a scenic cruise with Diamond Jack’s River Tours!

March Newsletter

Spring is Right Around the Corner!

Our crew and boats at Diamond Jack are getting primed up for the 2019 season. We’re less than 2 months away from the charter season, and less than 3 months from the start of sightseeing tours! Diamond Jack is Detroit’s first and foremost passenger fleet for over 20 years.

Our goal is to showcase the city and state we love in a unique way. When you cruise with Diamond Jack, you’ll see Detroit from a whole new perspective. Whether you’re booking a private event on one of our charter boats or just want to join us for a fun summer sightseeing tour, you’re guaranteed to have a blast with Diamond Jack.

Sit back, relax, enjoy the summer breeze and have fun learning about the unique history of the Detroit and Windsor shorelines.

Apply Now for the Best Summer Job

Are you a college student looking to make some money during the summer? A teacher trying to fill your summer schedule? A retiree looking to stay busy? No matter who you are, Diamond Jack’s wants you to join our crew this summer!

You need to have a flexible schedule, reliable transportation and good customer service skills. Since our crewmates help captain the ship, you will need to be active and on your feet for all your shifts. You must be at least 18 years old and must be able to pass a drug test upon hiring.

Sightseeing Tours

Diamond Jack offers three unique tours that are sure to please all ages. Every tour offers something different, but all are worth seeing. The tours are all two hours long and are narrated by our expert guides. Tickets are $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and $16 for children. They run Thursday through Sunday, departing at 1:00 PM and 3:30 PM depending on which tour you choose.

Since each tour is so different, here is a snapshot of each one to help you decide.

Detroit Tour

Our only tour that goes off on our “mini ship”, the Diamond Queen. It departs from Detroit Cullen Plaza at 1:00 PM and 3:30 PM, and takes you around Belle Isle, under the Ambassador Bridge and back to the Cullen Dock.

Other sights along the way include the Tri-Centennial State Park and Harbor, Historic Warehouse District, Detroit Boat Club, Peche Island and Waterworks Park. Two of the most popular features of our tours are the JW Westcott Mailboat and the Curtis Randolph Detroit fireboat.

The Westcott company was founded in 1874 by Captain John Ward Westcott who ferried supplies and mail to passing ships. It is the only floating ZIP code in the United States! The Curtis Randolph was launched in 1979 and can pump 11,000 gallons per minute.

After the Detroit Tour, make time to stroll the Riverwalk, ride the carousel, or relax and enjoy a meal in the pavilion. Plan on spending the day downtown!

Wyandotte-Detroit Tour

Departing from Wyandotte Bishop Park at 1:00 PM, the Wyandotte-Detroit Tour sails on the Diamond Jack cruiser. Enjoy the two-hour round-trip cruise to the Ambassador Bridge and back. This is always ship-watchers favorite tour with sights including downriver marinas, giant Great Lakes and ocean ships, and shipyards and marine terminals.

Other sights include Grassy, Fighting and Mud Islands, USS Ecorse, Nicholson Terminal and Dock, and USS Zug Island.

Wyandotte Bob-Lo Tour

Also departing from Bishop Park on the Diamond Jack vessel, this tour departs at 3:30 PM and offers plenty of nostalgia.

For almost 100 years, thousands of people rode the famous SS Columbia and SS Ste. Claire ferries or their own craft to enjoy a day of amusements, picnics, swimming and dancing on the Canadian island of Bob-Lo. If you look closely, the last remnants of the once famous amusement park can still be seen. On our cruise, you’ll view the new, exclusive island community of waterfront mansions.

You’ll pass ships, pleasure crafts and miles of scenic shoreline. Enjoy the riverside landscapes of Bob-Lo Island, Grosse Ile and Amherstburg.

Starting June 6th, you can take any and all our sightseeing tours. Free Wi-Fi on board, no passports are required, and we highly recommend you bring your camera. You never know what you might see!

Charter Tours: Book Your School Field Trip Today!

Starting on May 1st, Diamond Jack will be sailing away for our Spring and Summer charter season. The experience is perfect for school field trips to end or start the school year. Thousands of teachers, students and parents have enjoyed an exciting learning experience with us. Get a fun history lesson while enjoying the cool breeze and beautiful views.

Our tours offer a unique and closeup look at Detroit and Windsor’s most iconic landmarks. Gain a perspective of the two historic cities that you just can’t get from anywhere else. We travel 16 miles of US and Canada shoreline highlighting sights such as the Renaissance Center, Belle Isle, US Coast Guard stations, Ambassador Bridge and a floating post office. Your students will not forget it!

Prices are $9 per person with snacks and drinks available on board. Call (313) 843-9376 to reserve your outing soon! The sooner you book, the better!

Highlights of the Tour: Bob-Lo Island Amusement Park

With the amusement park officially closing in 1993, Bob-Lo Island still stands today and is the highlight of one of our Wyandotte tours. The abandoned amused park opened in 1898 and was open for nearly a century! The park was famous for its two steamers, SS Ste. Claire and SS Columbia that carried passengers from the foot of Woodward Avenue to the island. Both could hold about 2,500 passengers.

In its heyday, the park was highlighted by rides such as the Nightmare, Falling Star, Wild Mouse, Sky Streak and Screamer. Other features included a Ferris wheel, zoo, carousel and a small railroad to move visitors around the park.

Moreover, Henry Ford helped construct a dance hall that was the second largest in the world – holding 5,000 dancers at once. The dance hall also featured one of the world’s largest orchestrions as it was 16 feet tall and 14 feet wide with 419 pipes.

In 1952, visitors of the park were finally introduced to Joe Short, more commonly referred to as “Captain Bob-Lo”. Short had previously worked for Ringling Brothers Circus and was able to mesmerize children and adults alike with his antics. Equipped with colorful clothing, a large Captain’s hat, adventurous tales and riotous jokes, Short became a local favorite at the amusement park. He finally retired in 1974 at the age of 90!

Ask the Captain a Question

Do you have questions for the Captain? We have answers! Whether you’re curious about the inner-workings of a boat or have any other sailing-related inquiries, we’ll provide you with answers straight from one of our captains. Submit your questions to info@diamondjack.com. Each month, we will pick 5 winners and publish those questions (with the answers) on our next newsletter and on our website! The winners will receive two free tickets for a scenic cruise with Diamond Jack’s River Tours!

February 2019 Newsletter: 20% Off All Charter Prices

20% Off Your Summer Charter

Diamond Jack Charters

That pesky Punxsutawney Phil delivered us some good news on Groundhog’s Day. It’s going to be a short winter which means we get to start preparing for the 2019 charter season! Even though our charter season officially starts May 1st, we’ve been working all offseason to give you the best cruising yet. And don’t miss out on the opportunity to save BIG on charter prices. We are offering 20% off your boat charter price if you pay when full by March 1st. That means if you book the Diamond Belle for three hours, you’d be saving a minimum of $600!

Don’t miss out on this limited time offer. Call our Detroit office at (313) 843-9376 to start booking your private charter today! You can choose between our three famous Detroit River boats: Diamond Jack, Diamond Queen and Diamond Belle.

We can provide soda, snacks, beer and wine at our snack shops on board. However, no party is complete without a full spread of food for all the guests. We offer an extensive catering menu with several options to choose from. Sign up for “Motown” BBQ menu and dive into angus beef hamburgers, chicken wings, baked beans, corn on the cob and potato salad. Salivate over our “Taste of Italy” menu or keep things simple with our “Hors D’oeuvres” special menu. No matter what the appetite is, Diamond Jack’s can fill it.

The charter and sightseeing tour seasons are just around the corner! Our preparations are already ramping up. We’ve scheduled “fit outs” for all our boats starting April 1st. During this process, we will water down and repaint the boats, clean all the carpeting, and have everything thoroughly inspected by the Coast Guard. From the engines to the life jackets, the Coast Guard combs through every element of our riverboats to make sure you are safe for your Detroit River fun.

Painting the Tour Boat

It may not sound all that exciting, but we know it means the season is right around the corner! Whether you’re hosting a corporate outing, a wedding or a fundraiser, Diamond Jack’s charters guarantee everyone never-ending fun and long-lasting memories.

We’re Hiring for the 2019 Season Now!

Hiring Now

Are you a college student looking to make some money during the summer? A teacher trying to fill your summer schedule? A retiree looking to stay busy? No matter who you are, Diamond Jack’s wants you to join our crew this summer!

You need to have a flexible schedule, reliable transportation and good customer service skills. Since our crewmates help captain the ship, you will need to be active and on your feet for all your shifts. You must be at least 18 years old and must be able to pass a drug test upon hiring.

Hiring for 2019

It is a great opportunity to stay active and outdoors throughout the summer! Pay starts at $11/hour plus tips, and the opportunity for daily overtime. If interested, please e-mail your resume to info@diamondjack.com.

2019 Sightseeing Tours

Our tour season dates for our 2019 sightseeing tours are now live on our website. Explore Detroit with the Diamond Jack crew, whether it’s your first time or not. We will begin our Diamond Jack sightseeing tours for 2019 on June 6th and end our season on September 1st. We relish the opportunity to have a fun environment for young and old to enjoy the breeze and learn a little bit about Detroit history on the way. Our river boat guides will point out the buildings and structures you will see in Detroit and in Canada. Get to sail with our excellent captains and crew as they run the ship while you get to enjoy the sights on this up close and personal trip. Make sure to watch our website and read our newsletters for special discount coupons!

Diamond Jack

Do you want to get a preview of what you’re going to see on the tour? Check out this detailed list of major sites on each tour. Remember that each tour is a little bit different. Our Wyandotte boat tours feature different sites for the 1:00 and 3:30 tours. Head down to Wyandotte or Detroit to take a tour you won’t ever forget. Each unique tour has many sites you may not have seen before. So come down and sail with us again in 2019. We promise you won’t have the same experience with us twice.

We strive to give you the richest Detroit experience possible. Learn about the history of the buildings and Detroit itself. Every time you tour with us you have the option to get a new perspective of the city. Each boat offers soft drinks, beer, wine and snacks available for purchase on board at the snack bar.

The 1:00 PM Wyandotte Dock tour will sail past many industrial sites, big ships headed for large-bodied waters (Great Lakes, Atlantic Ocean) as well as:
Wyandotte Waterfront
Mud Island
Zug Island
Nicholson Terminal & Dock
Morterm Terminal & Dock
LaFarge
Detroit Fireboat
J.W. Westcott II Post Office Boat
Historic Fort Wayne
Ambassador Bridge
Ojibway Salt Dock
Grassy Island
Marinas
Dieppe Park
Aggregate Docks
ADM Elevators
USS Ecorse
Fighting Island

The 3:30 PM Wyandotte Dock tour is our Bob-Lo Tour where you’ll see the remains of the Bob-lo Amusement Park, an array of private waterfront properties along with:
Bob-Lo Amusement Park Pavilion Building
Bob-Lo Island Marina Resort Community
Livingston Shipping Channel and Light
James Vernor & Charles Fisher Homes
Grosse Isle
Yacht Clubs and Marinas
Fort Malden Historic Site
Amherstburg Riverfront
King’s Navy Yard Park
Stony Island
1906 Grosse Isle Lighthouse
Canadian Coast Guard Station
Canadian Shoreline and Wetlands

Our Detroit Dock tour has a beautiful view of the skyline of Detroit including spectacular views of iconic landmarks like the GM Renaissance Center and the Ambassador Bridge. Bask in these sights and more including:
Cullen Plaza – formerly Rivard Plaza
GM Renaissance Center
Belle Isle Bridge
Hart Plaza & Dodge Fountain
Ambassador Bridge
Historic Warehouse District
Tri-Centennial State Park & Harbor
Peche Island
Stroh River Place
Cobo Center
Joe Louis Arena
Kid Rock’s House
Detroit Boat Club
Detroit Yacht Club
J.W. Westcott II Post Office Boat
Downtown Windsor
Manoogian Mansion (Mayor’s Residence)
Water Works Park
Bayview Yacht Club
Detroit Fireboat “Curtis Randolph”
Canadian Club Plant
Windsor Hum
Historic Fort Wayne
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
Hiram Walker Distillery
Detroit People Mover

Prices for the 2019 season are as follows:
Adults: $21
Seniors: $19
Children: $16
4 and Under: FREE!

Highlights of the Tour: Milliken State Park

If you are taking the Detroit Tour, your tour starts the moment you step out of the car. With the tour departing from the Detroit Rivard Plaza Dock, you will be a few steps away from the recently renovated Milliken State Park and Harbor. As the first urban park in Michigan, the state park is named after former Michigan Governor William G. Milliken.

The park features 31 acres of green sanctuary in the urban landscape. With walking and biking trails right along the Detroit River, it has become a haven for active Detroiters. Along the RiverWalk portion of the park are fishing platforms and a memorial to Peter Stroh. Stroh was a noted conservationist who was at the forefront of reclaiming Detroit’s riverfront for its residents.

With covered pavilions and grills open to the public, it has become a popular destination for city events, picnics and company outings. One of the first things you’ll notice upon entering the park is the 63-foot lighthouse that serves as a replica to the Tawas Point Lighthouse. It is the only representative of a true Victorian-style era station on the Great Lakes.

Milliken State Park was a landmark development in Detroit. It opened the doors for more agencies to push for urban parks and other nature conservatories. If you are taking the Detroit Dock tour, make sure to arrive early or leave some time after to explore this beautiful park.

Ask the Captain a Question

Tour Captain

Do you have questions for the Captain? We have answers! Whether you’re curious about the innerworkings of a boat or have any other sailing-related inquiries, we’ll provide you with answers straight from one of our captains. Submit your questions to info@diamondjack.com. Each month, we will pick 5 winners and publish those questions (with the answers) on our next newsletter and on our website! The winners will receive two free tickets for a scenic cruise with Diamond Jack’s River Tours!

2019 Charter Season

Remember to book your next Diamond Jack charter soon. As a bonus, if you reserve and pay for a charter cruise by March 1st you get 20% off your Charter cost. Our 2019 charter season begins again on May 1st and will continue until October 31st. Save money by booking ahead. With all that extra money you can save on booking your event location early there should be a surplus available to splurge on your friends, guests and co-workers. Make memories for them by sailing with Diamond Jack in 2019.

Sunset Over Detroit River

December 2018 Newsletter: Giftwrap a Detroit Experience. Give the Gift of Fun!

Stocking Stuffer Special

Stocking Stuffer Special

Although we are sad that our boats have migrated south for the Winter, there is a lot to look forward to in the upcoming 2019 season. We are offering some excellent discounts for you and yours this holiday season.

Our biggest discount is our Stocking Stuff Special! Get a special Holiday price when you buy tickets for your 2019 Sightseeing Tour. When you buy 4 Tickets for $18, Get 2 Free!

That means instead of buying 6 Adult tickets for $126 dollars. You can get 6 Adult tickets for $72 dollars. That’s a savings of $54 dollars!

Pricing is available from 11/16/18-12/19/18. You must call our office to receive promotion. Please mention the “Stocking Stuffer Special” and mention the special to receive this rate. Tickets will then be sent to your home from our office via postal mail. Office will be available for calls Monday through Friday 9AM-4PM. Call our office in Detroit at (313) 843-9376.

Get ready for Summer fun by spreading the holiday cheer. Get your friends or family for your favorite boat tours in Detroit.

Sightseeing Tours 2019 Schedule

Renaissance Center

Want to get a preview of what you’re going to see on the tour?

Check out this detailed list below of major sites on your tour of the Detroit River.

The 1:00 PM Wyandotte Dock tour will sail past many industrial sites, big ships headed for large bodied waters (Great Lakes, Atlantic Ocean) as well as:

Wyandotte Waterfront
Mud Island
Zug Island
Nicholson Terminal & Dock
Morterm Terminal & Dock
LaFarge
Detroit Fireboat
Post Office Boat
Historic Fort Wayne
Ambassador Bridge
Ojibway Salt Dock
Grassy Island
Marinas
Dieppe Park
Aggregate Docks
ADM Elevators
USS Ecorse
Fighting Island

The 3:30 PM Wyandotte Dock tour is our Bob-lo Tour where you’ll see the remains of the Bob-lo Amusement Park, an array of private waterfront properties along with:

Bob-Lo Amusement Park Pavilion Building
Bob-Lo Island Marina Resort Community
Livingston Shipping Channel and Light
James Vernor & Charles Fisher Homes
Grosse Isle
Yacht Clubs and Marinas
Fort Malden Historic Site
Amherstburg Riverfront
King’s Navy Yard Park
Stony Island
1906 Grosse Isle Lighthouse
Canadian Coast Guard Station
Canadian Shoreline and Wetlands

Our Detroit Dock tour has a beautiful view of the skyline of Detroit including spectacular views of iconic landmarks like the GM Renaissance Center and the Ambassador Bridge. Bask in these sights and more including:

Cullen Plaza formerly Rivard Plaza
GM Renaissance Center
Belle Isle Bridge
Hart Plaza & Dodge Fountain
Ambassador Bridge
Historic Warehouse District
Tri-Centennial State Park & Harbor
Peche Island
Stroh River Place
Cobo Center
Joe Louis Arena
Kid Rock’s House
Detroit Boat Club
Detroit Yacht Club
Post Office Boat
Downtown Windsor
Manoogian Mansion (Mayor’s Residence)
Water Works Park
Bayview Yacht Club
Detroit Fireboat “Curtis Randolph”
Canadian Club Plant
Windsor Hum
Historic Fort Wayne
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
Hiram Walker Distillery
Detroit People Mover

You might notice that each tour is a little bit different. We do this to give you the richest Detroit experience possible. Learn about the history of the buildings and Detroit itself. Every time you tour with us you have the option to get a new perspective of the city.

Our Wyandotte boat trips at 1:00 and 3:30 feature different sights depending on the departure time. So if you’re looking for a fun Wyandotte or Detroit experience, take the Sightseeing tour in 2019. Tours start on June 6th and end our season on September 1st. Let us show you Detroit in a way you haven’t seen it before. We guarantee you won’t have the same experience with us twice.

If you plan on going with a large party make sure to go to our Discounts Discounts page and check out all of our 2019 promotions before they disappear.

Visit our website and follow us on social media to get updates on special discount coupons!

Highlights on the Tour: Renaissance Center

Detroit Skyline

If you have been on a Diamond Jack’s River Tour in Detroit then the Renaissance Center will be one of the most notable sights you will view in Detroit Skyline. Built in 1977 the Renaissance Center consists of 7 different buildings all built inside one larger campus. 4 of the buildings: the RenCen Tower 100, the RenCen Tower 200, the RenCen Tower 300, the RenCen Tower 400 all surround on 4 corners the largest of the buildings, The Detroit Marriott. The other two buildings: the RenCen Tower 500 and the RenCen Tower 600 are built on the other side of Beaubian street a few hundred feet down Jefferson Avenue. The 500 and 600 towers were completed a few years after the others in 1981.

The center was originally conceived by Henry Ford II in 1970 to help revitalize Detroit and place Ford Motor Company in the heart of the city. The goal was to make the Renaissance Center “a city within a city.” Henry Ford II’s effort lobbying efforts eventually proved successful to community leaders and the Detroit alike. In 1971 construction began under principal architect, John Portman. When Phase 1 was finished in 1977 the center generated over $1 billion in economic growth for downtown Detroit over the next year.

Unlike other large buildings in Downtown Detroit the Renaissance Center is the only building that is formerly on the Detroit Riverwalk and in turn on the Detroit River. This gives viewers from the International Riverfront and Windsor the distinct impression that the Renaissance Center towers over the rest of the Detroit Skyline. However, this is not too far from the truth.

The main tower of the Renaissance Center, the Detroit Marriott is the tallest skyscraper in Detroit (727 feet.) and the second tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. In fact, the Renaissance Center dominates the Detroit skyline. The Renaissance Center has 5 out of the 8 tallest skyscrapers in Detroit’s skyline since the RenCen Towers 100-400 all have an equal height of 509 feet. In fact, the 100-400 Tower only made the cutoff to be labeled a “skyscraper” by 17 feet since “skyscrapers” is a title reserved for buildings taller than 492 feet (150 meters.)

Although it is known formally as the Renaissance Center; it was nicknamed by their current owners, General Motors, as the “GMRENCEN.” General Motors bought the building in 1996 and now uses it as their world headquarters. In that time since there have been restaurants, convenience stores and more placed inside the center for the enjoyment of visitors and employees alike. General Motors borrowed the name from the established nickname “The RenCen” that most Detroiters currently use today.

The Renaissance Center is situated near many iconic and Detroit Staples including The Cobo Center, The Spirit of Detroit, the Detroit Windsor Tunnel, Hart Plaza, The People Mover (along with its own dedicated stop) and the Detroit Riverwalk.

Ask the Captain a Question

Do you have questions for the Captain? We have answers! Submit your questions to info@diamondjack.com. Whether you’re curious about the innerworkings of a boat or have any other sailing-related inquiries, we’ll provide you with answers straight from one of our captains. Each month, we will pick 5 winners and publish those questions (with the answers) on our next newsletter during the Sightseeing Tours and on our website! The winners will receive two free tickets for a scenic cruise with Diamond Jack’s River Tours!

Charter Season 2019

20% off Your Private Charter when you pay in full by 3/1

Detroit River Boat

Diamond Jack’s River Tours is grateful that we get to serve so many wonderful events this year on our Private Charters. Whether we are hosting a work event or a school field trip we love how much young and old enjoy the sights on the river. We have hosted a range of events including, but not limited to:

  • Corporate Parties
  • Family Reunions
  • Weddings
  • Birthday Parties
  • Organizational Events
  • Fraternity/ Sorority Mixers
  • Business Gatherings
  • LGBTQ Events
  • Promotional Parties
  • Churches/Religious Organizations
  • Employee/Staff Parties
  • Freshman Orientations
  • Prom Parties
  • Corporate Mixers

To encourage you to let us cater your next big party we are offering an additional 20% discount to your Charter cost if you reserve and pay before March 1st, 2019.

If you are interested in renting out a space for an event with family, friends or co-workers then our private charters are the perfect spot. We have 3 different boats that can accommodate anywhere from 70 to 225 people! We have an excellent catering menu and an available catering staff.

So why wait any longer to reserve your planned event in 2019? Call Diamond Jack’s now at (313) 843-9376 to place your reservation on our calendar so you can get your party on board.

Detroit River Evening Sky

November 2018 Newsletter: Reflect On the Past Charter Season As We Cruise Towards 2019!

Charter Season Ending 2018 20% off if paid in full by 3/1

Detroit River Boat

It’s that time of year again that we always rue at Diamond Jack’s: boat season ending for the year. As of November 1st we will officially have closed Charter Season for 2018. As we reflect on all the great passengers who have voyaged on the Detroit River this past fall we can’t help but feel proud of all the great people that we got to sail with. Ages young and old get the opportunity on our charters with us to have some great food, experience fun on the water and get to host an event in a setting their guests will never forget.
We are so glad this season has been such a success and all of that comes to our wonderful passengers. Thank you for making this charter season such a blast.

If you are interested in renting out a space for an event with family, friends or co-workers then our private charters are the perfect spot. We have 3 different boats that can accommodate intimate as well as large gatherings. We have an excellent catering menu and an available catering staff. So when you have a wedding, corporate event, birthday party or family reunion you are planning for in 2019, choose Diamond Jack’s River Tours.

To build up some additional excitement for the next season we want to offer you a discount for your next charter in 2019. Reserve and pay for a Charter Cruise by March 1st and get 20% off your Charter cost. So why wait any longer to reserve your big event? call Diamond Jack’s now to get your party on board.
Detroit River Evening Sky

The Anticipation for Sightseeing Tours 2019 begins

Renaissance Center

Our tour season dates for our 2019 Sightseeing Tours are now live on our website. Explore Detroit with us all over again. We will begin our Sightseeing tours for 2019 on June 6th and end our season on September 1st. We relish the opportunity to have a fun environment for young and old to enjoy the breeze and learn a little bit about Detroit history on the way. Our river boat guides will point out the buildings and structures you will see in Detroit and in Canada. Get to sail with our excellent captain and crew as they run the ship while you get to enjoy the sights in this up close and personal trip. Watch our website for special discount coupons!
Want to get a preview of what you’re going to see on the tour? Check out this detailed list of major sites on your tour. Remember that each tour is a little bit different. Our Wyandotte boat trips at 1:00 and 3:30 feature different sights for those different times. So head down to Wyandotte or Detroit to take a tour you might not have seen before. Each unique tour has different sights you might not have seen before. So come down and sail with us again in 2019. We promise you won’t have the same experience with us twice.

The 1:00 PM Wyandotte Dock tour will sail past many industrial sites, big ships headed for large bodied waters (Great Lakes, Atlantic Ocean) as well as:

  • Wyandotte Waterfront
  • Mud Island
  • Zug Island
  • Nicholson Terminal & Dock
  • Morterm Terminal & Dock
  • LaFarge
  • Detroit Fireboat
  • Post Office Boat
  • Historic Fort Wayne
  • Ambassador Bridge
  • Ojibway Salt Dock
  • Grassy Island
  • Marinas
  • Dieppe Park
  • Aggregate Docks
  • ADM Elevators
  • USS Ecorse
  • Fighting Island

The 3:30 PM Wyandotte Dock tour is our Bob-lo Tour where you’ll see the remains of the Bob-lo Amusement Park, an array of private waterfront properties along with:

  • Bob-Lo Amusement Park Pavilion Building
  • Bob-Lo Island Marina Resort Community
  • Livingston Shipping Channel and Light
  • James Vernor & Charles Fisher Homes
  • Grosse Isle
  • Yacht Clubs and Marinas
  • Fort Malden Historic Site
  • Amherstburg Riverfront
  • King’s Navy Yard Park
  • Stony Island
  • 1906 Grosse Isle Lighthouse
  • Canadian Coast Guard Station
  • Canadian Shoreline and Wetlands

Our Detroit Dock tour has a beautiful view of the skyline of Detroit including spectacular views of iconic landmarks like the GM Renaissance Center and the Ambassador Bridge. Bask in these sights and more including:

  • Cullen Plaza formerly Rivard Plaza
  • GM Renaissance Center
  • Belle Isle Bridge
  • Hart Plaza & Dodge Fountain
  • Ambassador Bridge
  • Historic Warehouse District
  • Tri-Centennial State Park & Harbor
  • Peche Island
  • Stroh River Place
  • Cobo Center
  • Joe Louis Arena
  • Kid Rock’s House
  • Detroit Boat Club
  • Detroit Yacht Club
  • Post Office Boat
  • Downtown Windsor
  • Manoogian Mansion (Mayor’s Residence)
  • Water Works Park
  • Bayview Yacht Club
  • Detroit Fireboat “Curtis Randolph”
  • Canadian Club Plant
  • Windsor Hum
  • Historic Fort Wayne
  • Dossin Great Lakes Museum
  • Hiram Walker Distillery
  • Detroit People Mover

3:30 feature different sights for those different times. So head down to Wyandotte or Detroit to take a tour you might not have seen before. Each unique tour has different sights you might not have seen before. So come down and sail with us again in 2019. We promise you won’t have the same experience with us twice.

Highlights on the Tour: Cullen Plaza/ Riverwalk?

If you have been on a Diamond Jack’s River Tour in Detroit then you have definitely been to Cullen Plaza. Cullen Plaza is a public plaza that sits almost at the midway point of the 3.5 mile eastern stretch of the Detroit RiverWalk. Cullen Plaza sits only a mile away from Downtown Detroit and landmarks like the Renaissance Center and the Spirit of Detroit. But Cullen Plaza has not always been a hive of activity for Detroiters in the summertime.

Originally called Rivard Plaza, Cullen Plaza happened to be an access channel to the riverfront from Atwater Street. Then in 2003 a group of community, civic and public leaders in Detroit founded the non-profit organization, The Riverfront Conservancy. The Riverfront Conservancy’s goal was to restore all 5.5 miles of Detroit’s international waterfront.

Matt Cullen, a co-founder of The Riverfront Conservancy and its current Chair took a special interest in Rivard Plaza. This began back in June 2007 when the Cullen Family Carousel was opened. Designed to be representative of Detroit’s scenery and wildlife the carousel prominently features animals such as sturgeon, egrets and walleyes.

On June 22nd of 2018 Rivard Plaza was officially renamed “Cullen Plaza.” This was in honor of Matt and Karen Cullen who were presented the 2018 Shimmer Award. The Shimmer Award is awarded by the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy to recipients who show outstanding dedication to revitalizing the Detroit riverfront. The Cullens dedication since 2003 and their $4 million dollar contribution to the Detroit riverfront has placed them as a necessary bridge between the original idea of a RiverWalk to its implementation and present reality.
Cullen Plaza is a home to a lot of art and entertainment. Besides the carousel, The plaza has an in-laid map of the Detroit river and a glass sculptured map of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The plaza also has water fountains, greenery and a playscape for children. The plaza also features the delicious RiverFront Café open during the warm seasons. Free 2-hour parking is available to all visitors. Take advantage of the free parking in the summertime and come enjoy Cullen Plaza with us. Our Detroit Diamond Jack’s River Tours board and dock from here so make sure to get in our 2 hour guided tour along the beautifully renovated Detroit riverfront.

Ask the Captain a Question

Detroit Skyline
Do you have questions for the Captain? We have answers! Submit your questions to info@diamondjack.com. Whether you’re curious about the innerworkings of a boat or have any other sailing-related inquiries, we’ll provide you with answers straight from one of our captains. Each month, we will pick 5 winners and publish those questions (with the answers) on our next newsletter and on our website! The winners will receive two free tickets for a scenic cruise with Diamond Jack’s River Tours!

Charter Season 2019

Diamond Jack Boat
Remember to book your next Diamond Jack charter soon. Remember as well if you reserve and pay for a Charter Cruise by March 1st you get 20% off your Charter cost. Our 2019 charter season begins again on May 1st and will continue until October 31st. So save money by booking ahead. With all that extra money you can save on booking your event location early there should be a surplus available to splurge on your friends, guests and co-workers. Make memories for them by sailing with Diamond Jack in 2019.

July 2018 Newsletter: Sailing Fun All Summer Long!

Cruisin’ Through the Summer

Long summer days are ahead in the month of July and what better way to take a break from the heat than a breezy ride on our sightseeing tours! Relax and enjoy the beautiful sights along the Detroit River waterfront on our 2-hour narrated tours. While you’re cruising, don’t forget to grab a snack or a refreshing cold beverage from our snack bar on board! Our featured drinks include Miller Lite, Molson, Summer Shandy and Atwater Dirty Blonde.

Our sightseeing tours sail whether it’s rain or shine every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday! Join us as we depart at 1:00 PM and 3:30 PM from our two dock locations – Detroit Rivard Plaza Dock and Wyandotte Bishop Park Dock. Each cruise features different attractions upriver and downriver. Check out the Tour Maps on our website for more information! One attraction you’ll want to keep your ears open for is the mysterious Windsor Hum! The unpredictable noise experienced by our Canadian neighbors has everyone baffled! Watch a video featured on The New York Times of one resident’s experience. Will you hear it aboard one of our cruises?

This month we’re offering $15 tours on Thursdays and Fridays from both docks at all departure times. What are you waiting for? Get your July Coupon today by visiting our coupon page!

Parking Made Easy with “Where to Park” Videos

A question we often get is where to park when coming down to our docks for sightseeing tours or private charter boats. For ease of direction, we’ve added “Where to Park” videos on the Dock Direction pages of our website. You can now either follow the listed directions or watch the “Where to Park” videos which take you along the ride at every turn until you reach the parking lot.

To watch our “Where to Park” videos, click on the link below of the dock you are visiting. All aboard, Detroit!

Detroit Rivard Plaza Dock
Wyandotte Bishop Park Dock
Stroh’s River Place Dock

Diamond Jack’s Photo Contest

We love seeing all your photos on board our boats! The Diamond Jack’s Photo Contest will continue to run through September so keep sharing your experience with us!

For a chance to win 2 FREE tickets for future rides, post a photo from a past cruise on one of our boats using #SailDiamondJack on social media. Each week we’ll go through all submitted photos and choose one lucky winner!

Three women on Diamond Jack boat ride
Family on a Diamond Jack cruise
Tourists on Detroit River boat tour

Diamond Jack’s Photo Contest

June was packed with amazing parties and events on our private charter boats and we’ve got more planned for July! Whether you are preparing for a charity function, family reunion, corporate event, senior group outing, holiday party or anything else, give your guests an experience to remember! Don’t miss the opportunity to host your next party on a Diamond Jack’s private charter. Our boats accommodate up to 225 guests and we provide a variety of catering options, beer and wine. You can even decorate the boat however you’d like to suit your event. There are dates still available through October 31st so contact us today at (313) 843-9376.

Ask The Captain a Question!

Do you have questions for the Captain? We have answers! Submit your questions to info@diamondjack.com. Whether you’re curious about the innerworkings of a boat or have any other sailing-related inquiries, we’ll provide you with answers straight from one of our captains. Each month, we will pick 5 winners and publish those questions (with the answers) on our next newsletter and on our website! The winners will receive two free tickets for a scenic cruise with Diamond Jack’s River Tours!

June 2018 Newsletter: Get Ready to Set Sail as Sightseeing Tours Begin!

All Aboard for Sightseeing Tours!

With June comes the excitement of long summer days loaded with endless outdoor fun! Be sure to include a Diamond Jack’s sightseeing tour as part of your summer outdoor activities this year! We will be setting sail starting Thursday, June 7th from both our Detroit and Wyandotte docks. Our two-hour narrated sightseeing tours will be running every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday departing at 1:00 PM and 3:30 PM … Rain or shine. No passport required.

There’s nothing like a breezy cruise along the Detroit River with breathtaking views of the GM Renaissance Center, Ambassador Bridge, Boblo Island, waterfront mansions and more! Enjoy drinks and snacks from our bar on board and experience the city of Detroit like you never have before.

Get in on our June Coupon while it’s still available! Save 25% on all sightseeing tours, Thursday-Sunday at either dock! Visit our coupon page for more details and to grab yours today!

Detroit River Days Festival

The 12th annual Detroit River Days Festival will be taking place June 22-24, 2018 and we can’t wait to take part in it once again! This year, River Days will be featuring exciting family-friendly activities and performances all weekend long including air shows, zip lining, a performance by Kool & the Gang and so much more!

Visit us at the Detroit Rivard Plaza Dock during the festival days as we will be open to the public for 1-hour tours! $10 for adults and just $5 for children! No reservations needed. Boats will be boarded first come, first served. Coupons can not be applied.

*Detroit cruises are SOLD OUT on Thursday, June 21st and Friday, June 25th for fireworks. Wyandotte cruises will run on normal schedule.

Diamond Jack’s Photo Contest

Diamond Jack photo contest 2018

Diamond Jack’s photo contest is back again for 2018! Share a photo from your last cruise with us using #SailDiamondJack for a chance to win 2 FREE tickets! Get your cameras ready starting June 7th!

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Post your favorite photo aboard a Diamond Jacks’ sightseeing tour on Facebook using hashtag #SailDiamondJack.
  2. Each week, we’ll go through all of the submitted photos and choose one lucky winner!
  3. We will get in touch with the winner and send the free tickets.
  4. One entry per person.
  5. With free WiFi available on all three of our boats, you can now enter the Photo Contest instantly while on board! We can’t wait to see all your sailing photos!

    Meet the Fleet Engineer: Jon-Paul Kubala

    Our Diamond Jack’s fleet engineer, Jon-Paul Kubala, is a graduate of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy and has been a valuable member of our team! We rely on Jon-Paul to keep all of our boats running smoothly and safely. We asked him your questions and he answered!

    Q: How often does the oil need to be changed on the boats?
    A: Every 500 hours is the rule of thumb, but with a good lubrication oil analysis program the hours can be stretched further to get the most use out of the oil.

    Q: How many gallons of oil does the boat need?
    A: Depending on the boat, we need between 60-100 gallons of oil.

    Q: What is the most expensive part of a boat that needed to be repaired or has been lost in the water?
    A: With a good preventative maintenance program installed we have kept repair costs low but like any machine, repairs are needed occasionally. The Main Engine and Transmission are the most important part of the boat and can be costly depending on repair.

    Boat engineer leaning on yellow engines

    Q: Are there any environmentally friendly measures taken when maintaining/conducting the boat?
    A: Being environmentally friendly is a top priority since we all like to keep the beautiful waters we work on clean. Everything that is pumped off from the boat is put into a tank and later on processed at a facility whether it is oil, antifreeze coolant, bilge water, or waste water. If it did not come from the water, it does not go into the water.

    Q: What is the top speed your boats can go? And how are knots measured in terms of miles per hour?
    A: Our boats can go anywhere between 10-12 knots, depending on the water current and weather conditions. A knot is measured based on nautical miles which takes in effect the curvature of the earth and is longer than a statute mile, the mile we are all used to using. So 1 knot is equal to 1.15 MPH.

    Ask The Captain a Question!

    Do you have questions for the Captain? We have answers! Submit your questions to info@diamondjack.com. Whether you’re curious about the innerworkings of a boat or have any other sailing-related inquiries, we’ll provide you with answers straight from one of our captains. Each month, we will pick 5 winners and publish those questions (with the answers) on our next newsletter and on our website! The winners will receive two free tickets for a scenic cruise with Diamond Jack’s River Tours!

May 2018 Newsletter: Anchors Aweigh for Private Charters!

Lifting the Anchors of Our
Private Charters!

Sailing season is finally here and we’re kicking off with a fun and exciting group of students! Our first private charter ride of 2018 is scheduled the morning of May 2nd for a school field trip where young explorers will get a chance to cruise the Detroit River and learn about its rich history. We’ll then welcome a group of seniors later that day for a relaxing, breezy afternoon. We have another private charter scheduled on May 4th for a wedding rehearsal dinner.

If you haven’t booked your private charter boat yet for an upcoming special occasion, we still have dates available through October 31st! Private charters departing from our Wyandotte dock sail up the Detroit River to the GM Renaissance Center and back down. Boats departing from the Detroit Rivard Plaza dock stay within Detroit and can go out to Lake St. Clair. Both offer beautiful views of the waterfront giving your friends and family an experience like no other!

Sightseeing Tours on the Way

What better way to start your summer than out on the water? Join us Thursday, June 7th for the launch of our sightseeing tours! Our sightseeing tours will run every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday departing at 1:00 PM and 3:30 PM from both our Detroit and Wyandotte docks. Get a view of Detroit like you’ve never seen before as our boats cruise past the Ambassador Bridge, Belle Isle, waterfront mansions and more! Also keep your ears opens for the mysterious Windsor Hum that’s been haunting our Canadian neighbors for the last few years! No passport required.

Can’t wait to climb aboard? Get ahead of the game! Coupons are now available for June sightseeing tours! Save 25% on all sightseeing tours, Thursday-Sunday at either dock! Visit our coupon page for more details and to grab yours today!

Captain’s Corner: Featuring Jack Frost

Captain Jack in front of Diamond Belle boat

We are pleased to present Captain Jack Frost this month, our Diamond Belle captain! Jack’s interest in boating began at the young age of six years old as he grew up around boats on Lake St. Clair. When he got older, he worked different boating jobs including a deckhand, oiler and wheeling on tug boats. A captain on the boat he worked on was the one to encourage Jack to become a captain himself.

“A captain suggested I take classes to obtain my Master’s License. I worked as captain for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers running survey vessels and tug boats,” Jack said.

Today, as the captain of the Diamond Belle boat, Jack has several responsibilities. Aside from navigating the boat on Detroit River cruises, Jack is also responsible for ensuring the safety of all passengers and crew on board. He also makes sure all necessary supplies are on board and that the repairs and cleanliness of the vessel are fully taken care of.

Jack has worked as a captain for Diamond Jack’s River Tours for over 5 years and he’s made many wonderful memories during that time.

“There have been great times…but my greatest joy comes from children coming on a boat for the first time in their lives,” Jack said.

Ask The Captain a Question!

Q: Where do you get gas for your boats?
A: The fuel for our boats come from Warner Petroleum at Mistersky on the Detroit River.

Q: Where do you store the boats in the Winter? Do they come out of the water?
A: We winter the boats on the Rouge River at 13000 Denmark Street in Detroit. No, they do not come out of the water – we are working on them all winter long.

Q: Where do you take the boats for maintenance?
A: We do all of our own maintenance with our Fleet Engineer.

Q: Do you ever have cruises that are longer than the usual 2 hours? For example, would you ever go across Lake St. Clair to the Flats?
A: We used to do them once a month but now they are a thing of the past.

Q: Will you ever have sunset cruises that are not part of a chartered event?
A: Sunset cruises will not be something in the future. We like to keep the evenings available for charters.

Q: What happens if the boat breaks down during a cruise?
A: We hope the boat does not break down …. LOL

Q: How many gallons of paint does it take for the exterior of each boat?
A: Approximately 5-10 gallons of each color except for the red ribbon.

Do you have questions for the Captain? We have answers! Submit your questions to info@diamondjack.com. Whether you’re curious about the innerworkings of a boat or have any other sailing-related inquiries, we’ll provide you with answers straight from one of our captains. Each month, we will pick 5 winners and publish those questions (with the answers) on our next newsletter and on our website! The winners will receive two free tickets for a scenic cruise with Diamond Jack’s River Tours!

Detroit River Days Festival

The weather is finally warming up and we have our sights set on fun in the sun! We are so excited to take part in the Detroit River Days Festival again this year taking place June 22-24, 2018. Enjoy a weekend full of family-friendly activities, music, food and much more! Be sure to visit our Detroit dock at Rivard Plaza for 1-hour tours! $10 for adults and just $5 for children! No reservations needed. Boats will be boarded first come, first served. Coupons can not be applied.

Detroit cruises are SOLD OUT on Thursday, June 21st and Monday, June 25th for fireworks. Wyandotte cruises will run on normal schedule.

April 2018 Newsletter: Mark Your Calendars with Upcoming Sailing Dates

Private Charters Run in One Month!

Dates Still Available to Book

GM Renaissance Center at sunset from boat

We are one month away from launching our private charter boats! We’re excited to begin the sailing season by hosting your special event whether it be a corporate party, family reunion, field trip or any other occasion! Our boats are prepped and ready to hit the waters on May 1st. If you’re still looking for a venue to host an upcoming event, we still have dates available to book through October 31st. Give your family, friends and guests a unique experience on the Detroit River. Our three private charter boats, the Diamond Jack, Diamond Queen and Diamond Belle are available 7 days a week and we can accommodate groups of up to 250 passengers. We offer flexible departure times for your convenience and even provide full catering menus, beer and wine. Don’t miss out on a one-of-a-kind experience! Give us a call at (313) 843-9376 to book your private charter today!

Ask the Captain a Question!

Do you have questions for the Captain? We have answers! Submit your questions to info@diamondjack.com. Whether you’re curious about the innerworkings of a boat or have any other sailing-related inquiries, we’ll provide you with answers straight from one of our captains. Each month, we will pick 5 winners and publish those questions (with the answers) on our next newsletter and on our website! The winners will receive two free tickets for a scenic cruise with Diamond Jack’s River Tours!

Where’s the Windsor Hum Coming From?

This year, be sure to listen for the mysterious Windsor Hum as you sail with us! Our Canadian neighbors across the Detroit River have reported hearing a strange rumbling sound that scientists have not been able to explain. The noise experienced by Windsor residents has been unpredictable, each instance differing in timing, duration and intensity. Watch a video featured on The New York Times of one resident’s experience. A professor at the University of Windsor has described trying to find an answer to the Windsor Hum “like chasing a ghost”. Our sightseeing tours will cruise right into the inexplicable Windsor Hum. Will you hear it? Join us this upcoming season starting June 7th to listen for yourself!

Lots to See (and Hear) on Our Sightseeing Tours

The 2018 sailing season is quickly approaching and we’re beyond ecstatic to have you on board for our sightseeing tours come June 7th! There’s no other way to kick off the summer than on the waters of the Detroit River! Gather your friends and family for a sightseeing tour you won’t forget. Our two-hour narrated tour along the Detroit River is fun for all ages as you cruise past various Detroit attractions like the Ambassador Bridge, Manoogian Mansion, GM Renaissance Center, Belle Ilse and much more! Be sure to also keep your ears open for the mysterious Windsor Hum! Join us at either our Wyandotte Dock or Rivard Plaza Dock Thursdays – Sundays starting June 7th! Sightseeing tours depart at 1:30pm and 3:30pm. We look forward to seeing you then! All aboard!

Become a Diamond Jack’s Crewmember

Group of Diamond Jack’s employees

Diamond Jack’s River Tours is looking for friendly, smiley people to join our team for this upcoming 2018 sailing season. If you love sunshine, being out on the water and meeting new people, you’ll love being a part of the Diamond Jack’s crew! Starting pay is $10/hour. Must be 18 years or older and pass a US Coast Guard mandated drug test. If you are interested, please call (313) 843-9376 or email info@diamondjack.com.