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Summer 2022 Schedule

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May 7 - 29 Saturday & Sunday1p | 2:30p | 4p | 5:30p
June 2 - Sept 4 Thursday thru Sunday1p | 2:30p | 4p | 5:30p
Sept 10 - 25 Saturday & Sunday1p | 2:30p | 4p | 5:30p

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


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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Newsletter: 90 Days Left To Fit-Out. Here Before You Know It!

Captain’s Corner:
Featuring Paul LaMarre

Captain Paul LaMarre of the Diamond Jack

Captain Paul LaMarre of Diamond Jack’s River Tours.

Meet Captain Paul LaMarre, a member of our crew who captains the Diamond Jack from Wyandotte, MI. Paul has been interested in boats since he was a young boy. His dad did work for a local shipyard, Great Lakes Engineering, where ships were worked on and repaired. Two of Paul’s uncles were freighter captains, thus strongly reinforcing the boating family tradition. In time, Paul began doing artwork of popular lake ships. Paul also had friends who worked on tugboats and ships, and eventually met Bill Hoey, who was formerly the owner of Diamond Jack’s River Tours.
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Diamond Jack’s River Tours Newsletter Nov. 2017

Captain’s Corner:
Featuring Steve Carrothers

Captain Steve Carrothers of Diamond Jack’s River Tours.

Meet Captain Steve Carrothers, one of Diamond Jack’s captains. Steve entered the marine business in 1991 when Diamond Jack’s River Tours was started. He began his work with DJRT running the bar and concession stand on the Diamond Jack.

“My father in law and owner at the time, Bill Hoey, said that the only way to run a business was to be able to do all the jobs on the boat,” Steve said. “So, I started paying attention to our captains and started driving boats under their supervision.”
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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! Read more

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.
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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!
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