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 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.