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February 19, 2019

February 2019 Newsletter

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

20% Off Your Summer Charter

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.

We can provide soda, snacks, beer and wine at our snack shops on board. However, no party is complete without a full spread of food for all the guests. We offer an extensive catering menu with several options to choose from. Sign up for “Motown” BBQ menu and dive into angus beef hamburgers, chicken wings, baked beans, corn on the cob and potato salad. Salivate over our “Taste of Italy” menu or keep things simple with our “Hors D’oeuvres” special menu. No matter what the appetite is, Diamond Jack’s can fill it.

The charter and sightseeing tour seasons are just around the corner! Our preparations are already ramping up. We’ve scheduled “fit outs” for all our boats starting April 1st. During this process, we will water down and repaint the boats, clean all the carpeting, and have everything thoroughly inspected by the Coast Guard. From the engines to the life jackets, the Coast Guard combs through every element of our riverboats to make sure you are safe for your Detroit River fun.

It may not sound all that exciting, but we know it means the season is right around the corner! Whether you’re hosting a corporate outing, a wedding or a fundraiser, Diamond Jack’s charters guarantee everyone never-ending fun and long-lasting memories.

We’re Hiring for the 2019 Season Now!

Are you a college student looking to make some money during the summer? A teacher trying to fill your summer schedule? A retiree looking to stay busy? No matter who you are, Diamond Jack’s wants you to join our crew this summer!

You need to have a flexible schedule, reliable transportation and good customer service skills. Since our crew mates help captain the ship, you will need to be active and on your feet for all your shifts. You must be at least 18 years old and must be able to pass a drug test upon hiring.

It is a great opportunity to stay active and outdoors throughout the summer! Pay starts at $11/hour plus tips, and the opportunity for daily overtime. If interested, please e-mail your resume to info@diamondjack.com.

2019 Sightseeing Tours

Our tour season dates for our 2019 sightseeing tours are now live on our website. Explore Detroit with the Diamond Jack crew, whether it’s your first time or not. We will begin our Diamond Jack 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 captains and crew as they run the ship while you get to enjoy the sights on this up close and personal trip. Make sure to watch our website and read our newsletters for special discount coupons!

Do you want to get a preview of what you’re going to see on the tour? Check out this detailed list of major sites on each tour. Remember that each tour is a little bit different. Our Wyandotte boat tours feature different sites for the 1:00 and 3:30 tours. Head down to Wyandotte or Detroit to take a tour you won’t ever forget. Each unique tour has many sites you may 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.

We strive to give you the richest Detroit experience possible. Learn about the history of the buildings and Detroit itself. Every time you tour with us you have the option to get a new perspective of the city. Each boat offers soft drinks, beer, wine and snacks available for purchase on board at the snack bar.

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

Prices for the 2019 season are as follows:

  • Adults: $21
  • Seniors: $19
  • Children: $16
  • 4 and Under: FREE!

Highlights of the Tour: Milliken State Park

If you are taking the Detroit Tour, your tour starts the moment you step out of the car. With the tour departing from the Detroit Rivard Plaza Dock, you will be a few steps away from the recently renovated Milliken State Park and Harbor. As the first urban park in Michigan, the state park is named after former Michigan Governor William G. Milliken.

The park features 31 acres of green sanctuary in the urban landscape. With walking and biking trails right along the Detroit River, it has become a haven for active Detroiters. Along the RiverWalk portion of the park are fishing platforms and a memorial to Peter Stroh. Stroh was a noted conservationist who was at the forefront of reclaiming Detroit’s riverfront for its residents.

With covered pavilions and grills open to the public, it has become a popular destination for city events, picnics and company outings. One of the first things you’ll notice upon entering the park is the 63-foot lighthouse that serves as a replica to the Tawas Point Lighthouse. It is the only representative of a true Victorian-style era station on the Great Lakes.

Milliken State Park was a landmark development in Detroit. It opened the doors for more agencies to push for urban parks and other nature conservatories. If you are taking the Detroit Dock tour, make sure to arrive early or leave some time after to explore this beautiful park.

Ask the Captain a Question

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

2019 Charter Season

Remember to book your next Diamond Jack charter soon. As a bonus, 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. 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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