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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 sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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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M.S. Dixie II cruise
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Lunch and complete bar services are available for purchase once on-board the boat.
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
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.
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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
  • 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

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 canceled 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 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.
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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Traveler 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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star-5
Charming experience.
Lynn_S
, Apr 2021
This has a nice vibe and was not over-crowded even though the cruise was sold out. The information on audio was good but not over done. We would do this again.
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star-3
No social distancing
MariaG_O
, Apr 2021
When everybody started standing and walking around without a mask not caring for anybody else but them self and their pictures. I love the scenery
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star-4
Nice Cruise
Teresa_B
, Apr 2021
This was our first trip to Lake Tahoe. We enjoyed the relaxing cruise and finding out the history of the beautiful lake. It was a nice sunny day, and the snow covered mountains made some beautiful memorable pictures. Only criticism I have is while social distancing is still a must with this pandemic, there were way too many people on the boat. I witnessed some uncomfortable exchanges of words between some people because there was not enough seating for groups of people to be six feet apart.
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star-5
Don't miss out, make reservations!
Tracy_F
, Apr 2021
Very enjoyable cruise. Many interesting facts learned. Absolutely beautiful sightseeing. Staff was A+++
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star-5
First time in South Lake Tahoe
Kalaisa_J
, Apr 2021
The whole thing was wonderful and the staff was very friendly. I was happy to have found this activity
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star-5
I would do it again!!
Griselda_Z
, Apr 2021
Everything was awesome! We were celebrating 2 birthdays and there was 6 of us. Very relaxing and awesome.
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star-5
Beautiful Experience
Megan_J
, Apr 2021
A wonderful experience for my husband and I. I would say it is definitely worth the price. You get a beautiful boat ride across the lake to Emerald Bay and back to Zephyr Cove. Lots of amenities on the boat. They are not included in the price of the ticket but still worth the extra dollars. We ate lunch on the way back across the lake and the service was great as well as the food was delicious. Overall a very fun experience.
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star-3
Not fabulous, but nice.
Mark_M
, Apr 2021
Nice lake cruise. Would give it 4 stars except that (1) according to their website, the occupancy per vessel was supposed to be only 20, due to Covid restrictions and it was PACKED, (2) there was not enough seating available for the number of passengers aboard, and (3) the narration was very difficult to hear over the talking, both inside and out. Otherwise, pretty scenery and relaxing.
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star-3
Great views
Three_generations
, Apr 2021
Great views especially if you sit outside. Wear layers! The boat was pretty packed so social distancing was a challenge. Food was average. Would have been more fun if the music was louder in between educational recordings.
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star-4
My Dixie II excursion
WilliamG
, Mar 2021
Could use another cashier/ bar tender to help move the line faster . It was a GREAT lake outing, will visit again would like to experience the dinner cruise.
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