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Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II

Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II

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Zephyr Cove, United States
Safety measures
icon2 hours  (Approx.)
Paper ticket
iconOffered in: English
Safety measures
icon2 hours  (Approx.)
Paper ticket
iconOffered in: English

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Safety measures
icon2 hours  (Approx.)
Paper ticket
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Take a boat tour on Lake Tahoe to soak up the alpine beauty of Emerald Bay, one of the lake’s most scenic spots. As you glide across the water on the M.S. Dixie II, admire the surrounding Sierra Nevadas, and cruise past Emerald Bay’s Fannete Island, the lake’s only island, as well as Vikingsholm Castle, a unique home on the shore. Plus, watch a video on board about the interesting underwater features of the lake.
  • Narrated sightseeing cruise of Emerald Bay
  • Admire majestic views of mountains and cascading waterfalls
  • Learn the history of Fannette Island and Vikingsholm Castle
  • Enjoy delicious lunch, cocktails and other refreshments available for purchase
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M.S. Dixie II cruise
Video presentation of "The Sunken Treasures of Lake Tahoe"
Local taxes
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Lunch and complete bar services are available for purchase once on-board the boat.
Zephyr Cove Marina , 760 US-50, Zephyr Cove, NV 89448, USA

Please check-in at the M.S. Dixie II Ticket Booth at least 30 to 45 minutes before departure time to pick up boarding passes.

This activity will end right where it started.
Your Lake Tahoe cruise starts at Zephyr Cove, where you’ll hop aboard the M.S. Dixie II. Set off toward Emerald Bay, listening to onboard narration about the formation of the bay, considered one of Lake Tahoe’s most beautiful locations.

Learn about its ‘little rock island,’ Fanette Island, the only isle on the lake, and hear about the history of Vikingsholm Castle, a stone mansion built right on the shore. You’ll have plenty of photo opportunities of the mountains, forests and beautiful shoreline during the cruise.

Also on board, watch a video presentation ‘Sunken Treasures of Lake Tahoe,’ which depicts what lies beneath the lake’s surface. Take a visual journey 500 feet (150 km) underneath the waters of Glenbrook Bay to explore the Steamer Tahoe, a boat that operated on the lake for 50 years before she was sunk. See underwater bluffs and canyons, travel through a forest of ancient petrified trees that caused scientists to reevaluate their theories of the lake’s size and evolution, and roam the bottom of Emerald Bay for a look at sea mounds.

If you are on the morning cruise during the summer months, you have the option for a buffet lunch, made up of deli meats, salad, soup, cheese, bread, chili, cookies, tea, soda and water. Beverages may also be purchased from the onboard bar (own expense).

Your cruise ends when you return to Zephyr Cove.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
South Lake Tahoe
Considered one of South Lake Tahoe’s most entertaining and affordable water activities, the Daytime Scenic Cruise on Lake Tahoe has been voted “Best Cruise in Nevada” by Nevada Magazine.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Lake Tahoe Cruises
Considered one of South Lake Tahoe’s most entertaining and affordable water activities, the Daytime Scenic Cruise on Lake Tahoe has been voted “Best Cruise in Nevada” by Nevada Magazine.
Pass By:  
Vikingsholm
Considered one of South Lake Tahoe’s most entertaining and affordable water activities, the Daytime Scenic Cruise on Lake Tahoe has been voted “Best Cruise in Nevada” by Nevada Magazine.
Pass By:  
Emerald Bay State Park
Considered one of South Lake Tahoe’s most entertaining and affordable water activities, the Daytime Scenic Cruise on Lake Tahoe has been voted “Best Cruise in Nevada” by Nevada Magazine.
Pass By:  
Lake Tahoe
Considered one of South Lake Tahoe’s most entertaining and affordable water activities, the Daytime Scenic Cruise on Lake Tahoe has been voted “Best Cruise in Nevada” by Nevada Magazine.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour cannot be booked or amended within 24 hours of departure
  • Smoking is permitted on the 3rd deck and outside viewing areas only
  • Wheelchairs are permitted on M.S. Dixie II, however there are no elevators on board servicing the 2nd level
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Pet Policy - Only service animals are allowed on the boat.
  • Parking at Zephyr Cove Resort is $10.00 per car, and spots are limited during the summer season. We encourage you to utilize our complimentary shuttle service if possible.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Guest are required to check in 30 minutes prior to the cruise time to allow time for parking and check in.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Aramark - S&E - Dixie II
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II.

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  • "Wheelchair accessible to the boat but not going to upper decks." See review
  • "Getting on the lake is something you don't want to miss." See review

Reviews

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star-4
Nice view
Hari_S
, Nov 2021
Good view from cruise. Nice clean water. Only thing is nothing special about the cruise that sets it apart from other cruises.
star-5
Dream cruise
Paul_H
, Oct 2021
All of it. The crew were very friendly. My wife grew up in Tahoe and always wanted to do the tour. It was amazing.
star-5
Fabian’s birthday weekend
Suzanne_R
, Oct 2021
We loved it. It was the best boat ride we’ve experienced. We’ve takin many. This was such a great experience. Can’t wait to tell our friends and family about it.
star-4
Loving Tahoe
Art_M
, Oct 2021
Trip was very informative. Great stories, very friendly crew. A must if you’re seeing the lake for first time.
star-5
Great day on the lake
mortmayer
, Oct 2021
Great perfect day warm in the sun cool when boat moving no smoke. Lake Tahoe as I remember it. Good commentary by boat of what we were seeing.
star-5
We had a Nice trip had a...
Colleen_T
, Oct 2021
We had a Nice trip had a nice time and good food and drinks. The scenery was beautiful. Would go again.
star-5
Awesome views
Sandra_R
, Oct 2021
Great time ceaser n chix salad was great. Booze line Lil long so double up.. I'd suggest getting there early.
star-5
Truly Enjoyed!
Charlene_F
, Oct 2021
Great cruise and beautiful scenery. Good food, picture taking opportunities and great guide explaining facts about the lake.
star-4
Amazing View
Zafir_S
, Oct 2021
Overall the experience was pretty good. The view was incredible and the boarding process was simple. The drinks were also nicely made. The tour portion was very limiting, no accommodations for dietary restrictions, and food was okay. If those things can be improved then o would definitely give it 5 stars.
star-5
Our Boat side view.
James_W
, Oct 2021
The bay was like no other. We had only seen it from the ground. Capt. Ozi and his crew did a wonderful job. The trip was perfect.

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