Until you are on the waters of Lake Tahoe, it’s hard to grasp the grandeur of one of the largest alpine lakes surrounded by the Sierra Nevada mountain range. So grab a camera, bring your sunscreen, and climb aboard one of my favorite cruises in Tahoe South this summer.
Tahoe Queen / M.S. Dixie II
If you’re visiting Tahoe South for the first time, you must experience a traditional paddlewheel cruise. The 312-passenger Tahoe Queen is the lake’s only authentic Mississippi paddlewheeler. After a recent overhaul, the Queen reflects the allure and luster of the early 1900s. And, voted “Best Cruise” by Nevada Magazine, the M.S. Dixie II departs from Historic Zephyr Cove and holds 520 passengers, making it the largest vessel cruising Lake Tahoe. Emerald Bay is the destination of both, making the out and back around 2 hours.
Rum Runner Cruise
The Rum Runner is the newest boat to South Lake Tahoe. The 55-foot yacht is equipped with two decks, one enclosed and the other wide open for great viewing. Be sure to bring your own snacks aboard, while the Beacon Restaurant supplies its famous Rum Runners and other beverages for purchase.
Relax and enjoy a quiet sail aboard the Woodwind II. This 55-foot catamaran has a 64-foot mast caressed by the Sierra breeze. The vessel seats 36 comfortably and has a full bar, sun deck, private booths, two underwater observation windows and an exceptional sound system.
Tahoe Bleu Wave
This yacht has been around the world and is now cruising Lake Tahoe. Measuring 70-feet, the Tahoe Bleu Wave is ideal for large groups (up to 50). It has a fully stocked bar with fireplace, private lounge, stateroom, fly-bridge, spacious party bow, climate controlled indoor facilities, and plenty of space to take in Tahoe's incredible sunsets.
This lake cruiser is all about luxury. Built in 1959 for the 3M Corporation, the Safari Rose is a classic yacht that glides effortlessly across Lake Tahoe. This 80-foot vessel features a dining room, plush couches, heated salon, fully-stocked bar, enclosed fantail, sun deck and a cozy fireplace.