Detroit River Tours Stories from Our Sightseeing Tours
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Summer 2021 Schedule

Days of operation





Tour Times

1:00 PM

2:30 PM

4:00 PM

5:30 PM

Ticket Prices



(60 and older)


(6 - 12)


(5 and under)


Length of Tour

1 Hour


First come, First Serve. Pay at dock.

Dock Location

1340 Atwater, Detroit, MI 48207


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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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! Read more

March 2018 Newsletter: Start of Spring Means Warm Days Ahead on the Detroit River

Captain’s Corner: Featuring Mike Nicholls

We’re happy to introduce Captain Mike Nicholls, our Diamond Queen captain. Mike’s interest in boating stems from his father who served in the U.S. Navy in World War II.

“My siblings and I would ride around the Downriver area with him in the summer,” Mike said.

“When we stopped for lunch, it was always at the Detroit River.”

His brother, who is now a naval architect, also had an impact on Mike’s interest in boating. His brother would make note of ships that passed by during those summer days on the river in 1967, commenting on their different characteristics – size, colors and national flags.
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February 2018 Newsletter: Preparing for Summer Cruisin’ on the Detroit River

Ask The Captain a Question!

Do you have questions for the captain? We have answers! Submit your questions to 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) to our website. The winners will receive two free tickets for a scenic cruise with Diamond Jack’s River Tours!

Jack’s Happenings

New Gangway

Gangway for The Diamond Queen

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