A wonderful way to see Lake Tahoe is aboard the M.S. Dixie II. (to purchase tickets, click here.) Cruise Emerald Bay by day, or enjoy the Sunset Dinner Cruise. Both cruises offer unforgetable views of one of the most beautiful places in the world.
The boat itself is upscale, clean and comfortable. It travels a very comfortable average of 7.5 miles per hour during its 2 hour journey. There are 3 levels, each providing unique features. (Check out the video below for a virtual tour.)
Guests enter the boat on the first level, where they'll find plenty of indoor tables and chairs. The indoor tempature on this level is set at a cozy 72 degrees ferenheit. There is a small outdoor deck on the first level bow (front of the boat).
By taking 12 steps up, either indoors or out, you can access the second level bow of the boat. Indoors, on the second level, is where the food is. (and it's good family-food too) In addtion to the snack bar and grill, the second floor also has restrooms and abundant indoor table/chair seating. You can place your order at the counter and your meal is brought to your table by friendly staff.
The third level is entirely outdoors, and provides an awe-inspiring view of the lake and surrounding mountains. Most kids agree, without hesitation, that their favorite part of their M.S. Dixie II adventure on the lake was the paddlewheel, located at the stern. Kids are intrigued to learn that the paddlewheel rotates towards the boat when going forward, and away from the boat when backing up.
For many adults, the highlight of the two hour cruise on the the M.S. Dixie II comes as they approach the mouth of Emerald Bay.