I absolutely loved this tour around the lake! The Tahoe Queen is a lovely, authentic paddlewheel boat that takes you from the shores of Stateline on a gorgeous ride to Emerald Bay. The tour starts out with a photo of you and your group, but since I was flying solo, I opted to skip that part. When I tried to bypass the photo line, the 20-something photog was rather snippy about it. Hey buddy, it's just me, and I don't want the dang picture! Why wait in a 30-person line for a pic I don't want! I largely ignored his calls and kept walking (though there should be two lines on the dock for people that don't want pics.....).
Anyways, my advice is to get there early and get a seat on the deck at the top! Totally worth it, and I stress the "get there early part" because they only allow people to stay up there if they have a seat. Something about the fire code. The views are worth the wait! Once you get rolling, grab a bloody mary at the FULL BAR (this was my 2nd favorite part) from the nicest bartender around. He didn't skimp on the vodka or the olives...my kinda guy. The $6 price tag was worth it! (But that also have drink specials if that's too steep.)
The boat starts paddling, and cruise captain then regales you with the history and facts about the lake and the surrounding area. He was informative and funny, and the information was incredibly interesting. Since the cruise is around two hours, he also allows some quiet time without narration for you to just enjoy the scenery and talk to the other boat guests, which I loved. Sometimes you just want the peace to soak it all in, so that was great.
Once we got to the Emerald Bay area, he jumped back in with the narration, which was perfect. I had driven to Emerald Bay a few days before to see it from the viewing points, but seeing it from the cruise was a whole different ballgame. It was breathtaking and magnificent! From the views, to the kayakers climbing up the cliffs/rocks to the gorgeous Vikingsholm, this area is a must-see!
I was lucky, since I was alone, to strike up a conversation with two awesome couples sitting next to me, so the two hours flew by!
A great cruise, totally worth the money, and HIGHLY recommended.
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