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April 2, 2019

April 2019 Newsletter

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

2019 Season is Coming Up Quick!

The weather is finally starting to turn in Detroit which can only mean one thing: Diamond Jack’s tours are right around the corner! Starting May 1st, you’ll be able to start taking our private charters that are perfect for a family or group outing.

For those that want to skip the socializing and just take in the mystic features of the Detroit River, our sightseeing tours start on June 6th. This is always one of the most exciting times of the year for our team. We’re training our new employees, making the finishing touches on our three famous riverboats and counting down the days until we can get back out on the water!

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.

Charter Tour Dates Still Available

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!

We’re Still Hiring for the 2019 Summer Season!

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.

Highlights of the Tour: Manoogian Mansion

A highlight of our Detroit tour, the Manoogian Mansion is the official residence of the Detroit Mayor. Build in 1928 for $300,000, the mansion was not always under the city’s ownership. The original owner lost the home to the banks during the Great Depression. It sat vacant until 1939 when Alex Manoogian, founder of the Masco company, purchased it at an auction for $25,000.

Manoogian later donated the mansion to the city of Detroit in 1966. Former Detroit Mayor Jerry Cavanagh and his family became the first mayoral family to live in the mansion.

The Manoogian Mansion found itself in the middle of a controversy in the early 2000s. With infamous former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick sitting in office, he threw what was rumored to be an excessive party at the Manoogian Mansion. Several lawsuits resulted from the party that night.

Following Kilpatrick’s resignation, new mayor Dave Bing held off on moving into the mansion due to the taboo surrounding Kilpatrick’s time there. Aside from its rich and muddy history, the Manoogian Mansion is a site full of beautiful architecture and stunning landscape.

Backed up to the Detroit River, the Manoogian Mansion is easily visible as part of our Detroit Tour

Featured Reviewers

With the new season so close, we figured it would a good idea to see what some of our 2018 customers had to say! We love giving Michiganders and visitors a fun and unique look at Detroit. Check out what some of our guests had to say following their trips and tours:

“A few days ago I had the pleasure of bringing a small bus load of senior citizens down for one of Diamond Jack’s boat rides/tours. I believe this is the 4th time I have brought a group down and, as always, the boat ride and narrated tour was just great. Yet, the boat crew should be applauded because of the extra care and attention they give to people that need assistance loading on to the boat. Whether it was a guest that was just a little unsteady on the ramp, or a guest using a walker, or a manual wheelchair – the staff took good solid measures to make sure the guest was comfortable and safe getting loaded on and off the boat. And I loved some of the chatter on the bus on the way home; ” That is the best $15 I have ever spent and the most fun I have had in years! And I learned a lot!” Keep up the great work Diamond Jacks!”
– L.J.

“I highly recommend the Diamond Jack and the Diamond Belle boat trip to anyone that wants an outstanding experience on the Detroit River waterfront. The staff is friendly and helpful, the catered food on the boat is great and you can not find a better way to show off the beautiful waterfront that Detroit and Windsor share. This is an experience that is different from any run of the mill corporate event and also provides a great opportunity to take customers on. Don’t wait to take your friends, family, visitors or customers for a boat ride on the Diamond Belle or Diamond Jack!”
– Mary Anne

“A great way to spend a short afternoon with family and friends seeing the Detroit River and finding out about things you never knew existed.”
– Daniel

“The boat tour was fun. I liked the facts that the announcer said about the certain buildings and landmarks we sailed by. We saw places like: Kid Rock’s vacation home, the Bob-lo boat dock, and the hotel where the Beatles stayed! Great family fun.”
– Brooke

Ask the Captain a Question

Do you have questions for the Captain? We have answers! 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. 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!


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