Lake Tahoe dinner cruises are an excellent way to tour one of the nation’s most pristine bodies of water while enjoying gourmet food and good company.
Cruising Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe is located in two different states. The massive freshwater lake borders California and Nevada and is surrounded by the stunning Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is the largest alpine lake in North America with a depth of more than 1,600 feet. Lake Tahoe’s spectacular views and exceptionally clear waters make it a haven for cruise enthusiasts. While skiing is the area’s main attraction, the chance to cruise Lake Tahoe’s cobalt blue waters, while soaking up awe-inspiring natural scenery, is an opportunity many visitors and residents refuse to pass up.
Lake Tahoe Dinner Cruises
One of the best ways to tour Lake Tahoe is on a dinner cruise. The sunset sailings feature unprecedented views of the lake, live music, savory menu options and romantic surroundings.
Fortunately, there are a number of options available for individuals looking to take Lake Tahoe dinner cruises, including:
MS Dixie II
The M.S. Dixie II has been voted “Best Lake Tahoe Boat Cruise” since 1990. The 570-passenger glass bottom paddlewheeler offers a dinner dance cruise that combines old world charm with modern day amenities. Departing from and returning to Zephyr Cove on Lake Tahoe, the elegant dinner cruise features:
- A narration of intriguing stories about nearby Fanette Island and Vikingsholm
- Four-course gourmet meal with entrée choices that include Angus beef top sirloin and macadamia-crusted mahi-mahi
- Signature cocktails and fine wines
- Live band performing classic songs, such as “Only Make Believe” and “Old Man River”
- Romantic starlit strolls on deck
The Tahoe Queen is an authentic Mississippi paddlewheeler, which offers sunset dinner cruises year-round. Departing from Ski Run Marina in the heart of South Lake Tahoe, the classic vessel from a bygone era sails into the sunset toward Emerald Bay. Dinner is served against a backdrop of breathtaking views and includes menu options, such as:
- Lake Tahoe Style Trout dressed with Pine Nut Cornmeal and a Lemon Herb Sauce
- Hand carved Peppered Prime Rib of Beef served with Signature Rustler Steak Sauce
- Roast Turkey Breast with a Wild Mushroom Demi-Glace
Cocktails and wine are also served and can be enjoyed while listening to the Steve Walker Band.
The three-hour Lake Tahoe dinner cruise sails by majestic mountains in glacier carved Emerald Bay in a vessel that provides cruisers the chance to experience a nostalgic stroll down memory lane.
Lake Tahoe’s famous Party Boat is a charter vessel that features several dinner cruise options. The luxurious 52-foot Harbor Master accommodates 49 guests comfortably and is ideal for birthday parties, weddings, receptions, and family reunions. The Party Boat’s special features include:
- Spacious indoor and outdoor decks
- A fly bridge
- Two bathrooms
- Fully equipped kitchen
The Party Boat is located at the Tahoe Keys Marina in South Lake Tahoe and specializes in catered dinner cruises. The menu includes healthy options, such as free-range chicken, grass-fed beef, line-caught trout, and organic vegetables. In addition to a gourmet meal, passengers can enjoy the crisp mountain air, the soothing sound of rippling waves and live music.