Working with Mariposa Cruises is no doubt a unique, once in a lifetime opportunity. Lake Ontario, the Toronto Island and the Toronto skyline are breathtakingly beautiful and serene to work around. With that being said, that’s where the beauty of ends with working with Mariposa Cruises.
Period point-blank, the company will pay you pennies in comparison to what you deserve. All service positions will pay server minimum + tips/gratuities. It sounds great right? Wrong. Cash tips range anywhere from $4.00 to (if you’re extremely lucky) $50/cruise. Gratuities range from $10-$60 on your paycheck every two weeks. Gratuities are taxed by the government. All cash tips are split equally by every single server and bartender working the cruise. Also, you will have to purchase two uniform shirts that will be deducted from your first paycheck -$44.
If you were hired as a Server or Bartender, do not think that is your sole job. Your main job is moving tables and chairs from one level of the boat to the next, throwing away heavy bags of garbage, lifting crates of plates, sending boxes of beer and liquor bottles to the recycle and setting up for the cruise.
70% Set-up/Take-Down and Cleaning
The job is no where near as glamorous as it seems. All workers are tired and overworked. On the positive side, Mariposa will feed the staff the remainder of the food left from the cruise before th food is thrown out. I’ll also say that the FOH staff are a fun bunch and easy to make friends with but nowhere is perfect. You will still find some bad apples.
Free Lunch, Toronto Skyline, Water