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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

Patricia A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

beatiful lake tahoe views

Gopala krishna b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

It's awesome experience of exploring Tahoe lake. It is interesting and informative. The food they serveof course purchased is delicious and sufficient enough. It takes almost near to snow can get the feel of aquarium..such a beautiful blue water..

David V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a very relaxing and beautiful cruise on the Lake. Trip was about 2 1/2 hours and there is a place to buy lunch and sit to enjoy it

Therese J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

What a wonderful experience to see the beauty of nature so close up. The tour was just the right amount of time to enjoy the magic of Lake Tahoe. The color of the water is unbelievable. No picture can capture how really beautiful it is.

Debora S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

It was awesome we really enjoyed it and recommend for people to go on a cruise. The food was fantastic and the staff was very nice. The scenery is just beautiful we took a lot of pictures.

Nancy G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a beautiful boat ride to Emerald Bay. The scenery was breathtaking. Nice to have tickets purchased ahead of time because we avoided a long line. Would highly recommend this boat ride.

Janice C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our excursion on the M S Dixie II. It was a great boat ride and beautiful scenery. Emerald Bay is gorgeous. I highly recommend this excursion to anyone visiting the Tahoe area.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We had a wonderful time. Lunch, we had the chowder bowls, was really good. The narrations were especially informative. Beautiful scenery and super weather.

clifford w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Beautiful part of the world. Wonderful day and fantastic views!

Maria Lourdes M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

It is very good

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