July 2021 Newsletter
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Welcome back Diamond Jack family! We hope everyone had a great 4th of July holiday.
Thank you to everyone who has taken part on our sightseeing tours on the Detroit River this summer! We appreciate every one of our guests, whether it’s their first Diamond Jack tour or their 100th!
We have had a fantastic season so far this summer and are looking forward to keeping it up in July! If you’re looking for something fun to do on a summer afternoon, come on down to the Detroit Riverfront and hop on a Diamond Jack boat!
July Sightseeing Tours
This summer, we have been offering our 1-hour sightseeing tours on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and we will continue to do so through Labor Day!
Tickets for our tours cost $18 for adults, $13 for seniors 60+, $10 for children 6-12 and $5 for kids 5 and under. If you are looking for a deal, though, we are running a special this month! Adults can get $3 off a sightseeing tour on Thursdays and Fridays until July 30.
If you’re looking for a fun day on the water learning about some of Detroit’s most famous sites, come on down to The Rivard Dock in Detroit and sail with us!
Our sightseeing tours depart from the Cullen (Rivard) Plaza at 1340 Atwater Street, Detroit, MI, every Thursday through Sunday at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Remember, we don’t take reservations for our sightseeing tours. Tickets can be purchased on the boat once you board. Boarding begins 30 minutes before the tour’s scheduled departure time.
We suggest you arrive early, find parking, and make your way to the dock at least 15 minutes before the tour is scheduled to leave to get a place in line. Don’t worry! We rarely turn people away, and the next tour is in just 90 minutes.
Entertain your small group with a Diamond Jack private charter!
Our private charters are a perfect option for small group luncheons or dinners. Why not host your group in a one-of-a-kind setting on the water?
Whether it’s a social group, private dinner party, family reunion or office outing, our private boat tours are a fun and affordable way to keep everyone entertained.
We offer flexible departure times to meet your needs, as well as fantastic catering options. We have a great special for luncheons called the “42 for $42,” where, when you have at least 42 people, they can enjoy a chicken buffet, soda and sides for $42 per person, which includes the cost of the boat charter!
With our “42 for 42” option, you can enjoy an awesome 2-hour boat ride, a delicious meal and unforgettable vistas from a Diamond Jack Boat!
We’ve hosted many events in the past – family reunions, office parties, charity events, and more, so we know how to meet your needs. Make your group event one to remember with Diamond Jack.
Featured Tour Site: TCF Center/Cobo Hall
This month, we’re featuring the well-known TCF Center. The TCF Center, or as many famously know it, Cobo Hall, is situated right next to the site of the former Joe Louis Arena. The venue has been the home of the North American International Auto Show, and also hosts some of Detroit’s largest exhibitions, attracting millions of people to the venue every year.
The TCF Center previously featured an arena called Cobo Arena, which many Detroiters are familiar with, as popular concerts and sporting events were held there in the past. The arena was renovated in 2015 into meeting halls, a ballroom and a glass atrium that looks out onto the Detroit Riverfront.
The event space is located right on the Detroit Riverfront and is within walking distance to many downtown sites, like the Renaissance Center and the Diamond Jack dock.
The original facility was opened in 1960. It was constructed on the site where Antoine Cadillac first set foot in July 1701 and claimed the surrounding area for France.
The first convention held at the TCF Center was the Florists’ Telegraph Delivery. The first year the facility was opened, President Dwight D. Eisenhower was a keynote speaker at a dinner there.
The former Cobo Arena served as the home court of the Detroit Pistons from 1961 until 1978, as well as the home of the short-lived World Hockey Association team the Michigan Stags and the World Team Tennis team the Detroit Loves in 1974.
In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at Cobo Arena.
Cobo Arena was also home to many legendary rock concerts, including Queen, Journey, The Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Prince, and many more.
In 1994, the neighboring Joe Louis Arena was the host of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and Cobo Arena was the site of the famous assault of figure skater Nancy Kerrigan.
Ask the Captain a Question
Question: What is your favorite place on the boat?
Answer: Favorite place on the boat is, of course, the pilot house where we drive the boat. It’s our home away from home for the summer months.
Question: What is the longest time you’ve sailed a boat?
Answer: I have sailed for weeks on a tugboat, but on the Diamond boats, we are limited to actual steering the boat for 12 hours, after that we have to have at least 6 hours off.
Have a question for the Captain? Submit it here!
As we sail through the 2021 season, we are hiring happy, smiling crew members to help us out on our tours. If you or someone you know has a passion for being on the water, helping others have an enjoyable time and just having fun, send them our way!
If you have any questions about our tours, or to book a private charter, call us at (313) 843-9376.
All aboard Diamond Jack’s River Tours!