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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

Ramona S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was an excellent tour! The boat is wonderful, the trip is just the right amount of time, and our family enjoyed it immensely! I highly recommend this tour if you want to truly enjoy the Lake Tahoe experience. It was one of the highlights of my time in Tahoe.

Denise H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was such a beautiful day and the trip was really a lot of fun. I took my grand daughter visiting from New York!! She loved it!!

Thomas M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Emerald Bay is Gorgeous.

John S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The boat ride was fantastic and the scenery was amazing. It was a beautiful day to be on the water.

michael k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

great trip on the lake :

Ajay S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I've been to many cruises in the recent past so the cruise itself was ok but the views are gorgeous and worth it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a great way to spend aptwo hours. The weather was perfect, the scenery was beautiful and cruising through Emerald Bay was very serene.

Greg N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Beautiful and informative, well worth the time. Excellent bar and food, highly recommend the French Fires.

Carlo J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was my second trip this year. It has been the best Tahoe activity for my visiting friends.

Myron T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The cruise was great

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