M.S. Dixie II Tours

387 reviews
To truly experience Lake Tahoe, take a trip aboard the M.S. Dixie II, a paddle-wheel boat that plies the lake’s stunning, cobalt-blue waters. From its vantage point on the lake, take in views of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Emerald Bay, charming Fannette Island, and Vikingsholm Castle.
The Basics
The 500-passenger M.S. Dixie II is South Lake Tahoe’s largest cruising vessel. Passengers can choose between daytime or sunset dinner cruises, each lasting about 2 hours. Daytime cruisers learn about the underwater world of Lake Tahoe during a “Sunken Treasures of Lake Tahoe” video presentation, while dinner cruisers enjoy live music, dancing, a sit-down dinner, and views of the sunset over the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Things to Know Before You Go
  • A M.S. Dixie II cruise is a must for families and couples.
  • Passengers must check in 30 minutes before departure.
  • Don’t forget sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat on daytime cruises.
  • Dress in layers, as it can get chilly on the lake.
  • Food and beverages are available for purchase on all sailings.
  • While the boat is wheelchair accessible, there are no elevators to the second deck.
How to Get There
The M.S. Dixie II departs from Zephyr Cove Resort Marina, 20 minutes northeast from South Lake Tahoe. Zephyr Cove offers complimentary shuttle pickup and drop-off service to select areas of Lake Tahoe. The closest airport is Reno-Lake Tahoe International Airport, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) away.
When to Get There
Passengers can cruise aboard the M.S. Dixie II throughout the year. Due to shorter daylight hours, dinner cruises depart after sunset during the winter season. Additional departures are available during the summer.
Other Activities at Zephyr Cove Marina
The Zephyr Cove Marina itself is also worth checking out before or after a cruise. Experience the thrill of parasailing; polish up on your wakeboarding or water skiing skills; relax on a mile-long sandy beach; or rent a boat, kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or WaveRunner for your own lake adventure.
Address: Zephyr Cove Resort & Marina, 760 U.S. Highway 50, Zephyr Cove 89448, USA
Hours: Departs daily. Hours vary by season.
Admission: Varies
Read More

2 Tours & Activities to Experience

Clear all
Select Dates
Sort by:Default

M.S Dixie II Sunset Dinner Cruise

Watch the sun slip behind the mountains on a 3.5-hour Lake Tahoe dinner cruise aboard the M.S. Dixie II, and enjoy champagne, live music and an elegant dinner on the water. Dance to tunes from the local Steve Walker Band, see a spectacular Sierra sunset, then sit down for a freshly prepared meal. Enjoy selections like grass-fed beef or trout, organic greens and vegetables. Finish the evening with fresh berries and cake as the first stars appear above the peaks, and Lake Tahoe’s scenic shoreline is illuminated.
  • Duration: 3 hours
See Details
  • Duration: 3 hours

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

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.
  • Duration: 2 hours
See Details
  • Duration: 2 hours

Having trouble booking online?
(888) 651-9785
Call (888) 651-9785