Tour code: 253501
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. 


  • 2-hour 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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What You Can Expect

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

MS Dixie II Emerald Bay Sightseeing Cruise

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 2-hour 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. 

Customer Reviews

Ericca T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Very nice tour.

Paul C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was perfect

Doris E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a wonderful tour. My sister was visiting from Decatur, GA. My husband and I took this tour with her. We enjoyed every moment of our time aboard the M.S. Dixie II.

This was a well organized educational experience.

William T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

A wonderful Lake Tahoe cruise made easy with Viator.

Christopher A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The tour was magnificent. You must do it if you are in the Tahoe area. Fun, informative, a great time.

Joyce Elaine M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Relaxing and informative with beautiful views of the lake. Love riding on steamboats and stepping back in time. Only improvement needed was warmer weather so we could have been on the outside deck, but we were there the end of April and it was a bit nippy for deck chairs.

Tori S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The views were Breathtaking. A nice boat ride to see the lake. Not too complicated, just show up and the boarding is easy. They serve food and beverages on the boat so no need to bring anything.

Jianhua H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016



5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The service was excellent, the tour information was very informative, and although the weather was not co-operative it was raining, we had a great time on the MS Dixie II. Would do it again on a sun shiny day as the scenery was gorgeous!

Eduard K USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

i wish we could do it again

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