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

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Zephyr Cove, United States
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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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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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Lunch and complete bar services are available for purchase once on-board the boat.

Departure Point

Zephyr Cove Marina, 760 US-50, Zephyr Cove, NV 89448, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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
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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.
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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.
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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
  • Most travellers can participate
  • 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.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Aramark - S&E - Dixie II

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date 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 sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II.

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Traveller Tips


  • "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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Breathtaking views
Detroiter-3
, Nov. 2020
Our experience was amazing, especially Samuel the Bartender! He was on top of it and sanitizing tables the second you walked up to them to sit down. The views were amazing too!
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Unforgettable 😀
William_M
, Nov. 2020
The foods are great! We enjoyed our coffee and foods while doing sightseeing stunning beauty of nature!
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at the emerald bay
omega
, Oct. 2020
boat staff did not follow covid-19 precautions, allowing at least 30% of total capacity of ~ 100 customers on the boat NOT wear a mask the entire 2 hours cruise. Over crowed boat in the setting of ongoing covid-19 spreading status. The view of the Emerald BAy and Lake was in itself beautiful, nothing to do with what the ship was doing. I would not recommend until this cruise practice strict covid-19 CDC standards of social distancing and all persons required to wear mask.
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Beauty wrapped in relaxation
Darling7Cat
, Oct. 2020
Relaxing....great views of the lake and surrounding cities. Once you get to Emerald Bay, it's just stunning. And I love that they play music as well as have different historical facts they tell you about. Great experience for any age.
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Cruising on Lake Tahoe
Dianne_Y
, Oct. 2020
Loved it. Will go again if I have the chance! It was a gorgeous sunny day with a light breeze. Very scenic and the narrative was very interesting.
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Great Experience
Larry_L
, Oct. 2020
This was a great experience! This was our first time to Lake Tahoe and won’t be our last. We had so much fun that we booked the dinner cruise for our honeymoon!
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Very relaxing...
Carly_S
, Oct. 2020
Very relaxing way to soak up the sun and see Lake Tahoe from a different perspective. $70 is a little steep for the cruise and could not hear the audio very well. However if you want to spend some time on the water, this is an easy and relaxing way to do it.
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Amazing lake tour
Wides_V
, Oct. 2020
Thats most incredible adventure we had in our life.we always visit tahoe,but that was our first time on boat at the lake tahoe.so me and my wife loves.we want to repeat on next summer hopely .
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Lake Tahoe
SkeeterB
, Oct. 2020
Very relaxing loved the view. There was a lot of exciting things to do while being on the cruise loved it
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Great experience
Cheri_C
, Oct. 2020
This was the second time I took the Lake Tahoe tour on the MS Dixie II. Once again, it was interesting and informative. It was a beautiful fall day and the lake did not disappoint.
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