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Address: 1 Riverfront Festival Plaza, Windsor, Ontario N9A 7A2, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 519-258-0911
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Windsor River Cruises Limited

Windsor River Cruises, the concept, began late...

Windsor River Cruises Limited

Windsor River Cruises, the concept, began late in 2005 shortly after Pride of Windsor Cruises announced that it would cease operations in Windsor Ontario. It started as a dream to have a locally owned sightseeing and dining vessel big enough to cater to most groups and be docked downtown in the heart of the city while all at the same time small enough to make the operation of the vessel economical and affordable for smaller groups.

This dream came true in 2010 for local business man John Sheridan with the purchase of the "Macassa Bay." After 4 years of countless vessel surveys, inspections and failed attempts to find a suitable and seaworthy vessel, the Macassa Bay became available fulfilling John's dream to bring a tour boat back to the City of Windsor.

Windsor River Cruises Limited will operate from April through October of each year and provide a unique, pleasurable, and affordable dining experience by providing unsurpassed professional service and the highest level of food quality.

Offering regularly scheduled dining, sightseeing and special event cruises, the Macassa Bay also offers group rates and private charters suitable for any kind of function.

The Macassa Bay

The Macassa Bay was built in 1986 by Boiler Pump and Marine in Hamilton Ontario. Named after the Macassa Bay, a small inlet in Burlington Bay, the vessel was originally used as a ferry from Bull Arm, Newfoundland, to the Hibernia Oil Platform in the North Atlantic.

The Macassa Bay is a 93 foot 197 passenger Transport Canada Certified Vessel. The main deck (salon) offers tables and chairs for 80 passengers, a rear bar and an area for catering services. The galley is equipped with counter, sinks, cupboards, commercial dishwasher, fridge, and warming oven. Separate washrooms are located on the lower deck via staircase from salon. The upper deck allows for an additional 117 passengers (tables and seating for 60), a centrally located bar and a full length canopy that comes with sides to enclose the upper deck during colder temperatures.

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I thought we all had a very good time. Teenagers took lots and lots of photos. This was really exciting cruise for them. They enjoyed hot dog and snacks on the boat. My husband... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2016
Diane D
Windsor, Canada
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Windsor, Canada
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32 reviews
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Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

I thought we all had a very good time. Teenagers took lots and lots of photos. This was really exciting cruise for them. They enjoyed hot dog and snacks on the boat. My husband and I thought it was a great value for the outing.

Thank Diane D
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Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

My wife and I took the tour with our 7 year old grandson. It was scenic and informative. Our grandson was thrilled to travel in The U.S. (close to the shore anyway). It was a full, but everyone was more than happy to shift as needed for those that couldn't quite see. When close to the shore, many people on... More 

Thank Jim L
Wheatley, Ontario, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2016

Husband and I really enjoyed the 2 hour cruise. We sat upstairs and had an awesome view of both sides of the river. Loved the commentary which was informative and even funny at times. Loved it so much we booked the day trip going the other direction!

Thank Chris S
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Line up early, choice seating is minimum. chairs a bit uncomfortable for a two hr cruise. Bar area very noisy and near the exhaust stack which people had to talk above that noise level. Lots of interesting history about the early days of Windsor. They serve hot dogs and sausages, beer, wine,and mixed drinks that are reasonably priced. Free parking.

2 Thank Rick S
London, Ontario
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103 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2016

The ship left on time. The day happened to be sunny and beautiful; we were lucky I guess. Narration was audible and interesting without being too much. Get on board as soon as you can and get a seat on the starboard side.

Thank Wallis
Montreal, Canada
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2016

My elder Aunt always wanted t take this cruise so on this visit I decided to do so. Cost of $40 for 2 hours was a fun outing for a senior of 88 years old. Advice try getting there early because seating is not reserved first come first seated. Bring a hat because the heat could be intense. the cruise... More 

2 Thank Kenney R
Sydney, Australia
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122 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016

The cruise would have been enjoyable if they hadn't packed as many people on the vessel. The exterior seating and bar arrangements were inadequate. Many people had to stand or sit in the poorly ventilated, enclosed area downstairs. However, if you can find a vantage point, you get to see interesting aspects on both the Windsor and Detroit sides of... More 

1 Thank Allan L
Kingston, Canada
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2016

It's an interesting cruise, provides a different prospective on both Windsor and Detroit. Thought the narrative could be better, perhaps delve deeper into the history of both cities and the river. However, we enjoyed it very much. Tip, if you want a good seat on the upper deck - buy your ticket early, get in line early, say half an... More 

1 Thank Bill and Kelly B
Windsor, Canada
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

I see the boat up and down the river but never went until July 22nd for my husbands Birthday . I wanted to surprise him with something totally different and he was! Our kids and spouses met us on the boat. The staff is very friendly. The food was very good. . My kids who don't care much for things... More 

1 Thank Roxanne P
Burlington, Canada
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

We decided to take this 2-hr. cruise since we most likely wouldn't have time to visit all the places along the river during our stay. The cruise took us along the Detroit river along the Riverfront path and back up the other side along the Detroit shoreline. During our cruise, places of interest were pointed out by our narrator and... More 

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