Everyone had a blast and it is something they will never forget. Please let everyone know how much we appreciate them!
Once we got sailing they took us across the lake and it was amazing seeing Lake Tahoe from a completely different view (in the middle of the water) I was stunned. The sailing was smooth and you could barely feel the water as you glided across the water. The service was top notch. The crew was very friendly and helped you with whatever you might need. I can not compliment the crew enough. At the end all I could think of was gratitude. I was so happy to have been fortunate enough to ride on this boat and have a Lake Tahoe experience that I wish to replicate every time I come here.
Santa Cruz, Ca
Just wanted to say that we took the Safari Rose cruise on 8/7. It was very enjoyable, the narration, the food, the staff, and of course the wonderful lake and sights, we had a great time and will be happy to return!
Walter & Martha inPhoenix
|The cruise on the Safari Rose was absolutely beautiful, the crew was a delight and the lunch delicious. My boyfriend and I had a great time. It was a long slow walk for my guy down the pier to the Safari Rose in the morning, and I was dreading the walk back to the parking lot in the afternoon. What a wonderful surprise when I saw a wheelchair waiting at the dock. I knew right away it was for David. It was the highlight of a truly memorable day. Thank you…Thank you…Thank you.
Wow – what an amazing time we had on the Safari Rose. I can’t thank you and the crew enough for all their hospitality and such an wonderful atmosphere they created for my parents big event. We had an awesome time and I’m sure all our guests won’t forget this experience.
So there are just a couple items left. One item – I know this is a long shot, but if the crew finds a brown Ralph Lauren sunglasses in the main sleeping quarter downstairs, they are mine. I was in such a rush to clean up and get off the boat that I didn’t check to make sure they were in my purse that had been on the bed with other jackets and such. I didn’t see them on the bed, so they may have fell off while someone else took their jacket. At any rate, if they are found I would certainly compensate you for sending them to me. I have a Fed Ex account number I could give you to send them to me or I would certainly pay for you to send them to me a different way. We did keep the bartender busy.
Thanks again for such a wonderful venue to have my parents wedding anniversary party. I would certainly recommend chartering the Safari Rose for any special occasion to all my friends.
I know Debbie sent you a note……As always great fun we always have with you folks……. I have a friend Jan Hughes and her family ( 4 maybe 5 ) that will be up there in a couple of weeks. I have recommended the West Side cruise and also the Thunderbird cruise to her……….Please take care of them for me like you always do for folks we send you way! HopefullyClarkwill be on the boat with them and maybe Dave on the Thunderbird…. Both are very special………………. So is Chris, great job as always………….Thanks again for making us feel like part of the family!
Elaine P. Concord, CA 6/30/2012
Where is a sixth star when I need one? Five are not enough to describe how we felt about our four-hour lunch cruise on the Safari Rose.
From my first phone call asking for information to the time we reluctantly stepped off the yacht and were back on shore, we experienced top customer service.
Special shout out to Captain Clark and his crew for the day, Rhonda and Frank. They may have made the trip many times, but you could tell they enjoyed their work and made the trip a very enjoyable one for everyone. Clark shared some good stories of Lake Tahoe. Enough history — and a few jokes — to make the trip interesting, but not jabbering every minute.
We lucked out with perfect weather: clear, sunny skies and very little breeze.
At times it felt as if we had the Safari Rose to ourselves as there were only 15 other passengers on board — way below the 40 that I had expected.
Many great photo opps. as we traveled from South Lake Tahoe to the West Shore. We especially enjoyed seeing the Kaiser estate where some of the Godfather was filmed. Emerald Bay was another highlight.
Lunch was included in the price and was much more than the deli sandwiches that some other lunch cruises feature. Frank grilled beef and chicken kabobs on board — could not have been fresher. Accompaniments included green salad, fruit salad with an optional sweet sauce, rice pilaf, and brownies. Coffee, iced tea, and lemonade were available. Rhonda poured generous drinks and we all enjoyed her Bloody Marys.
Woodwind Cruises has an excellent, easy-to-navigate website. It was easy to see that per hour they offered the best deal for a Tahoe cruise. Base price is $105 with a small discount for seniors. We took advantage of their website special: $10 discount offered through the end of June.
What started out to be a bit of a splurge turned out to be a great value. Highly recommend the Safari Rose over the paddle boat ventures where you have to deal with large crowds. So glad we made time for a longer cruise on Lake Tahoe!
Debbie W. Kent, WA 5/18/2012
We took this day cruise as a treat for my son-in-law to celebrate his 35th birthday! The crew was very nice and service was great. As it was April, it was sunny but still a bit chilly on the water. They brought out comfy pillows and blankets for us to lounge while we cruised the lake. Tina, the bartender brought us our drink orders and they had some tasty cocktails. She also doubled as the crew photographer and offered to use our camera to take some photos of us, even letting my little grandson steer the boat for his “photo shoot”! We had some wind so got to watch the crew hoist the sails so we could experience the lake by sail. Great views, great company and great fun
June 30, 2012
Last year Marlene and I had a wonderful time aboard the beautiful Safari Rose – we were particularly keen on seeing the Godfather house – since she had just recently completed a marathon of Godfather I, II & III. Join us for a day of the finest cruising on Lake Tahoe aboard our classic 80′ motor yacht, the Safari Rose. On this 4-hour sightseeing cruise we see Emerald Bay, of course, but there’s so much more. At 11:00 AM we depart Tahoe Keys Marina on the south shore and head north while the Captain begins his narrative. Take a moment to explore the Safari Rose, walk around the teak decks, the main salon with plush carpet, leather furniture and full bar, the semi enclosed fantail – or grab a chair up on the sun deck, sit back and relax – it’s all comfortable. Get out your cameras folks, our first stop is Fleur-du-Lac, the famed estate of Henry J. Kaiser, where the movie “Godfather II” was filmed. You will be served lunch aboard the yacht as we head south from there through McKinney Bay, passing the old brothel at Homewood, historic Chambers Landing and Sugar Pine Point State Park, site of the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion built in 1903.Continuing on we go by the fabulous lakefront homes and gorgeous beaches in Meeks and Rubicon Bay. Just past serene Lester Beach Cove at Bliss State Park we encounter the Rubicon Cliffs that drop from several hundred feet above us almost vertically over a thousand feet to the lake bottom. Following the pristine shoreline south we enter spectacular, glacier-carved Emerald Bay for a glimpse of osprey and bald eagles and take a spin around Fannette Island to view Eagle Falls and the Vikingsholm Mansion. Departing Emerald Bay we proceed past more lakefront homes at Cascade Properties, Baldwin Beach, Mt. Tallac and the Tallac Historic Site on the way back to our home port. Bring your camera and binoculars – this is Tahoe sightseeing at its finest! Full bar available on board. Cruise lasts approx. 4 hours. Advance reservations are required.
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Hello, My son was on vacation with his friends family. He accidentally left his phone on the boat owned by Woodwind Cruises. They did not realize it until they were almost back to San Francisco to fly home to New York. I want to thank your employees and company for their kindness and willingness to go “above and beyond”. They mailed the phone back very quickly and we were so happy with your employee/company honesty & integrity. If we ever get the chance to visit , we would definitely go on a cruise and recommend you highly.
Sincerely, Joyce Feeley
My wife and I cruised with Captain Chris and First Mate Vic (as I recall the names) to Thunderbird Lodge last Friday. Just wanted to compliment you and them on the professional way they handled themselves – making every effort to inform and entertain while keeping everything shipshape and on schedule. They are both extremely knowledgeable in every aspect of their jobs – the boat, the lake, the history and stories, the places we saw along the way…and the Lodge. They are a great asset to Tahoe Cruises! Thanks, Mike A.
My wife and I went on the “4th of July – Safari Rose Cruise. We are boaters and regularly bareboat charter up to 50 footers in the San Juans and Channel Islands of Canada. We handle the boat, just the two of us. We want to praise the Safari Rose, her crew (Chris, Frank & J.T.) and your company for offering the best value-for-money on the lake. We were impressed with everything, but especially the crew, even Gayle, the bus driver and the ticket lady at dock-side. Everyone made a great impression on u s. We have already sent emails to our friends and acquaintances regaling them with praise of how good you guys are. We are extremely impressed, pleased and satisfied. As boaters we have high expectations and you guys certainly exceeded our expectations in a BIG way. Great service!
Sincerely, Bill & Katherine T.
Last night (6/22/11) my husband, my mother and I had the most wonderful time on the Safari Rose. Josh did a great job on his first night, being very attentive to me and the rest of the passengers. The captain was great at letting us know what was going on and the history of the area. The food was excellent and much more than we expected. It was an incredible experience & we will be recommending you to anyone who asks. When we made the reservations we wondered about how pampered we would be. We found out that the crew treated us like the high class executives that would have used the boat when it was in Miami for 3M. If you ever want a passenger testimonials we would be happy to do that. We look forward to cruising with you soon! Robin H.
Tahoe Cruises reviews from Yelp! listed under “Woodwind Cruises”
Great value for the money. It was a nice, long cruise up and down the lake. Everything that we had hoped for.
We took the sunset cruise and had a great time! Before you get on the boat the crew explains everything to those coming on board, including the fact that it is a working boat (which means the crew is very active in positioning the sails and rigging). As you come on board they take a picture of your group and then encourage you to grab a drink down below. There are many options for places to sit and enjoy the cruise. You can stay up front, where many cushions and blankets are available for your comfort (but it’s a bit windy there). We spent a lot of time inside so we could be closer to the booze (can you blame us?). You can also stand at the railings along the side and in the back where it is much less windy. We were out for about an hour and a half and it was the perfect time period… not too short, not too long. There were probably close to 25 people on this cruise, but you never felt like it was crowded. At one point in the cruise the captain stopped the boat so that we could get a good look at Tahoe Tessie who popped her head up to see us. My highest recommendation is that I would not only recommend this cruise to others, but I would definitely do it again… terrific fun!! Kat S.
What an amazing time on the Safari Rose! My husband and I went for our honeymoon, and couldn’t have had a better day. The weather was gorgeous. They have a bar on board and even serve you lunch. Most of the couples on the boat were older, but we still made a few friends. The narration on the cruise was great. I’ve been to Tahoe tons of times, and never knew half the facts that were mentioned. The crew had amazing customer service and I’d recommend this cruise (11 am – 3 pm) to anyone who wants to learn a bit more about the lake in a relaxed, fun setting. Stacie P.
I remember losing a cap on this cruise due to the high winds. Nonetheless, great scenery, friendly staff, time with family equates to a great experience. Tim Z.
Safari Rose yacht was a pleasure to board. Though Woodwind Cruises has a few different yachts and boats offered, we were lucky enough to board the Rose. Ship has magnificent history. Captain and staff were very knowledgeable and made the 4 hour cruise pleasurable, filled with interesting facts and stats about the Lake. Lunch was served on-board, which I think was pre-cooked and just basically reheated on the ship…not my favorite part of the cruise, but I was hungry so everything went down. Nice little bar on board. Cruise takes you nearly to Kings Beach on north shore and you get to see many sites and cabin mansions from the water that are not visible from the highway. A must do if you are new to the Tahoe experience or a returning visitor who wants to see something different. Steve M.
I had my wedding reception on The Tahoe out of Marina Keys just this past Saturday, 9/4/10. I worked w/Karen for the arrangements. When we got to the boat (there were 5 adults & 4 children) we were greeted by our Captain Chris, and Vic, our bartender. These guys were AWESOME. They were fantastic with the kids, they were fun, knowledgeable, and professional. I would recommend this in a hot second. It was a beautiful trip, a great night, the kids had a ball & so did the adults. Fantastic! Dawn G.
Had a great time on this cruise! They have sailings daily through Zephyr Cove every couple of hours. We went at 3:30 and had the best winds! The winds were blowing at 40 kn and we were traveling about 10 kn. Now I am not a sailor or know anything about sailing….I was told this by my friend who does sail and I guess that is an impressive speed! Now to get to the stuff I do know about…..the drinks! The boat has a full bar and a great crew that not only kept us afloat but mixed up some yummy cocktails. Rum Runners, Lava Flows, Margaritas…..whatever our hearts desired! And they were soooo friendly and fun. The first mate walked around took drink orders (because a little buzz and a moving catamaran make it a little difficult for those that don’t have sea legs!) and offered to take group photos! Basic info……the cruise was about 2 hours long, $32 for all the cruises but the twilight happy hour cruise ($47 I think), and if you save your ticket stub you can go back and get your next cruise at half price. Totally worth your time and your money! What more can a person ask for? Good cocktails, great views, wind blowing in your hair, and leisure time with friends! Avon T.
My perfect day in Tahoe! We were on the Safari Rose which cruises the west shore of the lake daily starting at 11am for 4 hours. The size of the party we had on Labor Day was perfect, about 22 of us. It wasn’t crowded and there were lots of space on the lower and upper deck for everyone to enjoy the beautiful view. The crew were friendly, helpful and informative. They have a full bar downstairs that you can have an open tab throughout the cruise, and lunch were grilled upstairs, so it tasted good and freshly cooked. Ice tea and lemonade were provided free. I saw a lot of great views and sceneries that were all new to me. I can’t wait to go back to Tahoe and take the cruise to see the east shore!! Florence W.
A great day on the lake. The water is even more incredibly blue when you are on it. We took the Safari Rose day cruise which leaves from the Tahoe Keys Marina. It was great. The crew were really friendly and did everything they could to make the trip fun and relaxing. The scenery was really interesting. I haven’t spent any time on the west shore at all, so everything was new to me and most of it you can’t see from the road. The boat captain did a wonderful job of pointing out all kinds of interesting landmarks. I highly recommend this cruise. The 4 hour cruise includes lunch which was much better than I expected. One of the crew grilled steak and chicken kabobs. Salad, fruit, and rice were also available. Brownies and cookies for dessert. Iced tea and lemonade are free, cocktails are reasonably priced.
Review from Dave P.
We first went on Woodwind to celebrate my wife’s birthday a couple of years ago and had so much fun we decided to try the 4th of July Fireworks trip. It wasn’t cheap but what a fantastic evening. We talked about it so much that some friends and relatives wanted to go so we ended up doing it again. The crew really know how to entertain, we had another fantastic evening. I would highly recommend this for a splurge night. Review from Jack G.
We got lucky – only the group I was with (6 of us) and a family of three. Didn’t matter for Woodwind as they still treated us great. They were stoked to be there and even better, made good bloody mary’s. The trip length is pretty decent, but it could always be longer (Lake Tahoe is rad). Anyway, I recommend these guys. Good ride, fun stuff, dope drinks. Review from Latham A.
I will echo what the previous reviewers have said. We did a 2 hour tour at half the price of typical rides. The service was top notch, the atmosphere was great, would do it again! Review from Robert C.
9/7/2009 6 photos
This was awesome! Paid only 28 dollars for the cruise, we got the $4 off coupon per couple. We went on the happy hour cruise so all cocktails were half off! I’ve never been on a sail boat but it was really fun and relaxing. They have big cushions that you can sit on. The bartender Tina had so much energy! Everyone was very friendly on the boat. It was so pretty and the view of the lake was amazing! Review from SANDY P.