• Location: Lake Tahoe, Nevada
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
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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

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

Gary B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Great trip, enjoyed it very much.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

I believe this is the only boat tour on the lake. It was educational, and you could see the entire lake as we crossed it. A beautiful place. The boat was clean, the food and drinks were good as well.

Nancy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

The trip was wonderful The water was a little rough due to the weather and the trip back was smoother. Emerald Bay was lovely and the narration was great and so was the music. On the way back we were fortunate to see a beautiful rainbow on the south shore which seemed to be very vivid and then would fade away and come back again. It was my second time on there and the whole experience was lovely. My friend from Chicago and I I live in Sacramento thoroughly enjoyed it despite the weather.

Melissa B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This tour was amazing!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Was a beautiful day and enjoyed hearing the history of Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay. Lunch was offered but we did not eat on the cruise so cannot comment on the food. It was relaxing and lasted about two hours. We would recommend this to anyone who wanted to see the lake by cruising on it.

Venkata N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

It was amazing experience and restaurant was good, only problem is due to noise we couldn't hear what guide was explaining

Patricia B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Everything went smooth. Enjoyed the lunch that we purchased, food was very good.

Daniel B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Beautiful views, good narration, spacious, good bar, highly recommended, don't miss this if you're on vacation at Lake Tahoe

Barbara D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Extremely pleasant and informative trip...recommend highly. Great sightseeing and history of Lake Tahoe was quite interesting!

Patti J M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Enjoyed the cruise on Lake Tahoe very much. It was a beautiful day and the views of the lake, mountains and Emerald Bay were fantastic.

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