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2017 Detroit River Public Tours Recap

Lined up for Diamond Jack’s Detroit River Tour

The votes are in! 2017 was another wonderful year for our sightseeing tours along the Detroit River. We enjoyed giving our passengers tours of Detroit and watching the smiles on their faces as we cruised along the river. Let’s recap a few of our most treasured moments of 2017:

This year, our passengers enjoyed free wi-fi on our river boats so they could feel free to upload pics of the tour for their friends and family to see on social media. One of the best parts of sailing the Detroit River is snapping pictures along the way. Documenting your travels is a way to look back on fond memories and a way to share your experiences on social media. We truly hope you enjoyed sharing your pictures of your time spent on Diamond Jack’s tours during our photo contest. We had a blast seeing all the pictures you guys posted from our public sightseeing tours, and we always love to see more!

Witnessing History On Our Detroit River Cruise

2017 on the Detroit River was a sailing season full of history lessons, that’s for sure. This year, our passengers got to observe replicas of Christopher Columbus’ Niña and Pinta—the famous ships that he sailed the seas in. This August, the two ships made a stop in Wyandotte, Michigan. While passing by on our sightseeing tours, our passengers got to have a look and get a feel for the 15th century!

Another historic boat came to visit Detroit in 2017… This year, our customers got to see the Boblo Boat during our Detroit River tours. A historic icon of Detroit, Boblo Boat first launched in 1910! We were more than happy to share another piece of Detroit history with our passengers.

Detroit Events on the River

From events like Detroit River Days to watching the Detroit fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday, it was certainly a season to remember. We truly appreciated being in your company during our Detroit River boat tours, but even more importantly, we’re glad to have provided you with a fun time. We hope you’ll join us again next season for our 2018 Sightseeing Tours starting June 7th!

Christopher Columbus’ Ships the Niña and Pinta Sail Detroit!

Columbus Ship Replicas

Explorer Christopher Columbus sailed the seas and discovered the New World in 1492. His famous ships the Niña and Pinta allowed him to embark on his long voyage and you can get a chance to jump back in time to see what it was like!

Get a feel for what it was like to travel in the 15th century this weekend! The most historically accurate replicas of Columbus’ two ships will be sailing the Great Lakes and they’re making a stop in Wyandotte from Thursday, August 10 to Sunday, August 13. Make your way to our Wyandotte Dock in Bishop Park where you can do some exploring of your own on board these giant floating museums.

Both ships, operated by the Columbus Foundation, are open to the general public from 9am to 6pm. It is not often that the Niña and Pinta come around our parts of town. The ships last visit to Michigan was in 2014, so don’t miss out on this exciting and educational opportunity! Bring out your friends, family, kids, and of course the explorer in you!

La Niña La Pinta by Thomas R Machnitzki used under CC BY 3.0

2017 Sailing Season

diamond jack boat on the detroit river

The sun is out and the chill in the air has turned into a refreshing breeze! Sailing season is upon us once again! It’s time to get out to the docks and climb aboard one of Diamond Jack’s River Boats. Be sure to book your Detroit River Tour on the Diamond Jack, Diamond Queen or Diamond Belle! Reserve a Private Charter for a special event or join in on a Sightseeing Tour along the shores of U.S. and Canada.

Whether you’re celebrating a graduation or a wedding, hosting a family reunion, or holding a corporate event, give your guests an experience they won’t forget! With a full catering menu, beer and wine, a Detroit River Private Charter is the perfect way to spend time with family, friends and coworkers. Our private charters are available 7 days a week and great for large groups of up to 225 guests. Book a private charter river tour with Diamond Jack this year for an unforgettable event!

Public Sightseeing Tours begin June 1st at our Wyandotte Dock and Detroit Rivard Plaza Dock. Experience the sights of Detroit from a new perspective. Enjoy a 2-hour narrated ride and learn about Detroit’s rich history as you take in the summer breeze. Now that all our boats come with free WiFi, be sure to take photos and share on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter while sailing! Don’t forget to tag us!

We want you to kick off your summer right, so we’re offering a coupon for 25% off all public river tours in June! Grab your coupon now and we’ll meet you at the docks!

Final Weeks


Join us for a tour on the Detroit River as we wind down with our final few weeks of cruises in 2016.

If you haven’t had a chance to join us yet, hurry down to one of our two locations—the Detroit Dock or the Wyandotte Dock—before September 4th and climb aboard one of our famous tour boats.

It’s been a great season of sailing on the Detroit River! For those of you who remain on dry land, welcome to our new website. Take a look around, and we hope to see you soon.

Fall Charters


Fall is finally upon us, but it isn’t too late to book a private charter with Diamond Jack’s River Tours. We have our fair share of social, family or business events throughout our sailing season, but the months of September and October lend themselves to so many unique sailing ideas! Why not make your Oktoberfest celebration special by spending it with us on the Detroit River, with the history of this great city as your backdrop? Or throw a Halloween party aboard one of our tour boats that will be remembered for years to come? Fall is a special time of year, so hold an autumn-themed work party as you take in the beautiful sights of the Motor City. The possibilities are endless, so don’t be afraid to get creative!

We’re also honored to announce another successful year of having Captain Cathy’s Cruise for Kids on the Diamond Belle. We’d like to share with you some pictures of the wonderful children from the Children’s Hospital of Michigan enjoying the annual cruise hosted by Captain Cathy’s friends and family.

We look forward to spending time with you this fall season on our one-of-a-kind riverboat tours. Take your pick of the Diamond Belle, Diamond Queen or Diamond Jack for an experience you won’t forget! Our private charters run seven days a week until October 31, so hurry up and book your private charter with us today. It’s going to be an eventful fall season, and we hope to see you soon. All aboard!

The 2016 Sailing Season is Finally Here

Spring time for the Diamond Belle

The weather is finally turning, trees and flowers are blooming and summer is almost here. You know what that means, it’s time to book your Detroit River tour with one of our three vessels. Join us for a public tour
or a private charter as we get started on a magnificent summer on the Detroit River! There’s never been a better time to sail!

Public tours start on June 2nd at both of our Detroit area docks. Come down to the Rivard Plaza Dock near the Renaissance Center in Downtown Detroit, or our Wyandotte Dock at Bishop Park to experience one of Diamond Jack’s unique sightseeing experience on the Detroit River. We couldn’t be more excited for a season of fun in the sun. For the first time this summer, we’re proud to announce all of our boats now come with free WiFi so you can stay connected while sailing. That’s not all though, we’re also offering 25% off of all tours public in June, so make sure to bring our coupon with to the dock.

It’s going to be a hot summer, get it off to a great start by booking your cruise now with Diamond Jack’s River Tours. Start making your summer plans now and take advantage of our great deals and new features. All aboard Detroit!

A Detroit tradition for 25 years

When Captain Bill Hoey launched Diamond Jack’s River Tours in 1991, few put their trust behind the idea of touring the Detroit River. But Mr. Hoey was determined to share his adoration for the Great Lakes by offering a family-oriented and affordable way to enjoy the River during the summer. Sadly, Mr. Hoey passed away in December of 2013, but his spirit is still very much present as Diamond Jack’s begins its tours once again, running Thursdays-Sundays. In this, the legacy of Captain Bill Hoey continues with each trip on the Detroit River.

Major League Baseball And Mapquest Features Diamond Jack

Major League Baseball and Mapquest have combined efforts to create a city-by-city video guide for baseball fans, titled “Key To The City.” Hosted by comedian and baseball enthusiast Matt Fisher, the series is setting its sights on Comerica Park and surrounding local hotspots found in Detroit. Fisher makes his way through the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, Lafayette Coney Island, Nemo’s Bar & Grill, The Motown Museum, and, of course, down to our very own Diamond Jack’s River Tours. Detroit is a beautiful city, rich with history and a fervent sense of pride, and we applaud Major League Baseball and Mapquest for letting us be a part of their stunning web series, shining a light on some of the exciting places in the city we love most. So be sure to watch Matt soak up the sun on the Diamond Belle and his other Detroit adventures showcased on the episode, “Key To The City: Detroit.”

Major League Baseball Features Diamond Jack

Major League Baseball is running a new series showcasing things to do in cities around major league ballparks. In a segment titled “Things to do Around Comerica Park”, you’ll get to see things, for fans of the Detroit Tigers, to do around Detroit. The episode shows fans how to make their way to Diamond Jack’s River Tours and spotlights a tour boat of students on a school field trip. Diamond Jack is proud to be a part of the city of Detroit, and is delighted Major League Baseball chose our Detroit River tour to feature in their show. Be sure to look out for Diamond Jack’s River Tours on and a chance to see one of our famous river boats!

HBO “Togetherness”

The Ambassador Bridge over the Detroit River

The Ambassador Bridge over the Detroit River

Producers Mark and Jay Duplass of the hit HBO series “Togetherness” contacted Diamond Jack’s earlier this year about filming a portion of a new episode at its Rivard Plaza dock on the Detroit River in Downtown Detroit. Diamond Jack’s was ecstatic to hear about this opportunity and jumped head first at the chance to be included in the program. On April 25, the production crew filmed a short scene on the Diamond Jack’s dock while 300 “glow bikers” watched as part of the background of the scene. The star of the series had ridden to the Rivard Plaza with all of the glow bikers from the Eastern Market as a part of the story-line in this episode. If you want to watch the scene, it will be in Season 2, Episode 3.

“Togetherness” is a comedy about two couples living under the same roof who are trying to balance their relationships with the pursuit of their individual dreams. Recognized writer/actor siblings Mark and Jay Duplass are creators of the series while Mark also occupies a starring role. Other members of the cast include Amanda Peet, Steve Zissis and Melanie Lynskey. Season 1 was very well received by critics and fans alike, and Diamond Jack’s is proud to be a part of the second season and wishes the best for all involved. With the Season 1 finale just behind us, be sure to keep an eye out for Diamond Jack’s appearance, and the star boat of the episode, the Diamond Belle, on “Togetherness” in January 2016.

If you’d like to book a private charter, or if you have any questions about our river tours, give Diamond Jack’s a call at (313) 843-9376 or use the Live Chat feature at the bottom of the screen.

Diamond Jack’s River Tours Welcomes New Season

For those looking for a unique and entertaining way to spend a sun-kissed summer afternoon in the Motor City, why not slice your way down the Detroit River on a Diamond Jack’s River Tour? It’s anchors aweigh in Detroit as preparations are made for a brand new season of sailing in 2015, and with special group rates, private charters and more, seeing the iconic landmarks of the city that put the world on wheels has never been easier. Pre-season tickets for the upcoming season are now available at, with cruises beginning June 4 and running through September 5.

Set sail with Diamond Jack’s in 2015

In Diamond Jack’s 25th season, loyal passengers will see that a nautical excursion with Diamond Jack’s is the best way to see the beautiful views of Detroit and Windsor that can only be unveiled from aboard one of our three vessels. Passengers boarding from Bishop Park in Wyandotte and the Detroit dock at Rivard Plaza will feast their eyes on such landmarks as the storied Manoogian Mansion, Belle Isle and its aquarium, Downtown Windsor and they will even sail under the Ambassador Bridge. Accompanying all tours are Diamond Jack’s knowledgeable docents, who will provide spot-on narration and anecdotes while passengers see why Detroit city is the place to be for summer 2015.

Diamond Jack’s is also a proud participant in the 2015 River Days festival, which celebrates the Detroit riverfront from June 19-June 21 (there will be no sailing on Thursday June 18) with live music, delicious food, jet ski tours, and special 1-hour $10 tours from Diamond Jack’s. Our 1-hour tours from Rivard Plaza will run from 1-7 p.m. Regular 2-hour tours will sail as usual from our Wyandotte dock, except for Sunday, June 21. No Groupons and no Reservations as its Father’s Day.

A Detroit tradition for 25 years

When Captain Bill Hoey launched Diamond Jack’s River Tours in 1991, few put their trust behind the idea of touring the Detroit River. But Mr. Hoey was determined to share his adoration for the Great Lakes by offering a family-oriented and affordable way to enjoy the River during the summer. Sadly, Mr. Hoey passed away in December of 2013, but his spirit is still very much present as Diamond Jack’s begins its tours once again, running Thursdays-Sundays. In this, the legacy of Captain Bill Hoey continues with each trip on the Detroit River.