Lake Tahoe’s Queen gets extreme makeover for 25th anniversary |

Lake Tahoe’s Queen gets extreme makeover for 25th anniversary

The Tahoe Queen prepares to dock at Camp Richardson Monday afternoon. The untraditional landing required the boat to dock in less then four feet of water.

Lake Tahoe Cruises, operated by ARAMARK Harrison Lodging and offering a variety of year-round scenic and entertainment cruises, today announced its famous Tahoe Queen paddlewheeler boat will undergo a half-million dollar renovation in time to celebrate her 25th anniversary in 2008.

The renovations will result in a new and updated, luxury saloon-style look and feel to the Tahoe Queen, the only authentic paddlewheeler on Lake Tahoe. The Queen will be open for minimized operations from November through mid January to accommodate the first phase of interior improvements.

She will be open from mid-January through mid-March to operate as the world’s only known ski shuttle, as she has for more than a decade, to select North Shore ski resorts. She will be out of operation again for exterior renovations and additional interior improvements through early spring.

Renovations will include a new wooden railing to wrap around the entire third deck for a more pleasant cocktail and sunset experience, a new brushed brass look to all deck railings, an open deck with chandelier, new lounge-style furniture, bar stools placed at all bars for a more authentic bar feeling, a decreased maximum occupancy for a more comfortable dining experience and more.

To commence her 25th anniversary and grand re-opening celebrations, the newly redesigned Tahoe Queen will welcome aboard community leaders and visitors during the South Shore’s annual Opening Day at the Lake summer kick-off event. That same weekend, on June 21, 2008, she will go head to head with her sister ship, the MS Dixie II, in the famous annual “Battle of the Paddles” sternwheeler race.

Also in celebration of the Tahoe Queen’s 25th year on the lake, guests can take advantage of 1983 price roll-backs and 80’s dress-up nights throughout the 2008 summer season.

Cruise schedules can be found online at For reservations, contact Lake Tahoe Cruises at 800-23-TAHOE.

Operating out of Ski Run Marina in the heart of the South Shore, Lake Tahoe Cruises offers daily cruises on the authentic paddlewheeler Tahoe Queen ranging from the “Family Fun Cruise with Tahoe Tessie” and “Tales of Tahoe by Mark Twain,” to sunset buffet, weekend dinner/dance and sightseeing cruises. During winter, the Tahoe Queen operates as the world’s only aqua ski shuttle, transporting skiers to and from Ski Run Marina to Squaw Valley USA and Northstar-at-Tahoe. In addition to the Queen, the Tahoe Cruises fleet comprises the M.S. Dixie II, offering daily sightseeing dinner and brunch cruises, the 80-foot luxury liner Tahoe Paradise and the smaller Tahoe Princess, both of which can be chartered for special events and groups.

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