Lake Tahoe cruises are not to be missed during any visit to this spectacular destination. While there are countless ways to enjoy the scenery, from an invigorating hike to a white water rafting tour down the Truckee River, no experience is quite as classic and rewarding as a Lake Tahoe dinner cruise. Watch the sun set in one of the most stunning mountain destinations in the western United States and then dance the night away aboard one of Tahoe’s cruise boats. For a family adventure or a romantic night on the town, climbing aboard one of these boats is an experience you won’t soon forget.
A growing trend in recent years is a Tahoe wedding cruise. What more spectacular backdrop for a wedding could there be than Lake Tahoe and the Sierra mountains? Lake Tahoe is ideal for weddings as well because of the many vacation rentals, condos, and other accommodations in the region. Fine dining, casinos, and spas all complete the package for the perfect destination wedding. Even if you don’t know someone getting married here, there are many excuses to climb aboard dinner cruises in Tahoe. Delicious food, divine food, and quality time with family and friends are just the beginning.
The most difficult part will be choosing among Lake Tahoe cruises. Some visitors enjoy their first trip so much that they wind up embarking on another cruise as well. One popular choice is the M.S Dixie II cruise on Emerald Bay. This two-hour narrated sightseeing cruise takes place during the day and offers spectacular opportunities for photographs. This tour departs year-round from the resort marina at Zephyr Cove, and there’s a great discount on children’s tickets. Another option for a scenic day cruise includes the Tahoe Queen Sightseeing Cruise, also on Emerald Bay. This 2.5-hour cruise leaves from Ski Run Marina and offers delicious lunch and cocktails on board for purchase.
Beyond daytime scenic cruises, dinner cruises in Tahoe are also very popular. These lively cruises offer more than just an introduction to the beauty of the lake—they also allow you to dine and dance in this spectacular backdrop. Nightly at 6 pm, the Lake Tahoe dinner cruise “Captain’s Dance on the M.S. Dixie” departs from Zephyr Cove Resort Marina. Beginning at sunset, guests will be delighted by how the views change as the stars come out over Lake Tahoe. You may want to make your reservations in advance for this evening of dinner, dancing, cocktails, and views, especially during popular seasons, but beware that cruises may be cancelled due to weather or other conditions.
Of all the dinner cruises in Tahoe, one of the consistently top-rated is the Tahoe Queen Sierra Sunset dinner cruise. Departing daily at 7 pm, this Lake Tahoe dinner cruise is a favorite of foodies. When you climb aboard, enjoy appetizers as you sail into the sunset including cheese, fruit, crab, and more. The delicious options will keep coming as the main course is served; choose from prime rib, pasta, and more. The best part is a live band on the deck where you can dance under the stars. These nighttime Lake Tahoe cruises are more expensive, but they’re also more luxurious. No matter what cruise you pick, however, the views will be amazing, so above all, don’t forget your camera!