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Lake Tahoe Boat Cruises

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 Lake Tahoe boat cruises this summer.

Tahoe Queen / M.S. Dixie II

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Considered one of South Lake Tahoe’s most entertaining and affordable water activities, the Daytime Scenic Cruise on Lake Tahoe has been voted “Best Cruise in Nevada” by Nevada Magazine. This 2.5-hour scenic daytime cruise offers fabulous photo opportunities, sunshine, and fresh Lake Tahoe air, which has a way of invigorating everyone around.

If you’re visiting Tahoe South for the first time, you must experience a traditional paddle wheel cruise. Both the Tahoe Queen and the M.S. Dixie II depart daily from Zephyr Cove Resort. The 312-passenger Tahoe Queen is the lake’s only authentic Mississippi paddle wheeler. 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

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Travel along Lake Tahoe's southern shoreline for some of the best views, and watch for eagles while you enjoy an intimate experience aboard the Rum Runner yacht.

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.

Tahoe Bleu Wave

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The Bleu Wave caters to any private charter, from weddings to anniversaries, special events to birthday parties, corporate meetings to bachelor/ette parties, and life celebrations to anything in between.

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.

Safari Rose

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Choose from one of the Safari Rose's guided tours of Lake Tahoe’s magnificent shoreline and lakefront attractions, special evening cruises or an exclusive charter for your wedding, reception, corporate function or other special event.

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.

No matter which boat you choose, touring Lake Tahoe on a cruise is one of the best ways to experience the size and beauty of Lake Tahoe.

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Georgette Hartley

Georgette loves adventuring outdoors and can usually be found exploring the trails, lakes, and peaks of the Sierra Nevada with her family.


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