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November 1 2018

November 2018 Newsletter

Reflect On The Past Charter Season As We Cruise Towards 2019!

Diamond Jack's Detroit riverboat tours offer many breathtaking views of the city's skyline.

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

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.

The Anticipation for Sightseeing Tours 2019 begins

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
  • 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

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

Do you have questions for the Captain? We have answers! Submit your questions to info@diamondjack.com. 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. 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

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.


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