Paddling tips for beginning stand-up paddle boarders

Paddle boarding is one of the easiest and least expensive summer pastimes.

All you have to do is rent the stand-up paddleboard, or SUP, find a body of water and you’re off! It’s the perfect way to explore Lake Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding rivers, and it’s easy for the whole family. However, if you’re new to SUP, you may not be familiar with the best techniques for paddle boarding. We’ve gathered a few tips on stand-up paddleboard stroke techniques to make your first time out a little easier.

Blade slope facing away from you

It seems common nature to think that you should hold the paddle so that the angle of the blade slopes toward you and the paddle “scoops” the water. However, thanks to physics, this isn’t the most efficient way. Instead, hold the paddle the opposite way, so the blade pushes down on the water as you paddle. This creates lift and allows you to glide across the water.

Opposite hand on top

If you’re paddling on the right side of the board, your left after should be on the top of the paddle, and vice versa. You’ll switch your grip each time you switch sides. All about the core Instead of trying to force your arms to do all the work, utilize your core are you paddle. To do this, stand on the board facing forward with a slight bend in your knees and look at the horizon as you paddle (not down at your feet.)

Pull past your paddle 

Instead of just pulling your paddle through the water, think about pulling yourself past your paddle. To get the most out of your stroke, push the paddle down so it’s fully immersed in the water and then pull it back until it is level with your ankle. Ready to hit the water? Rent a paddle board on Lake Coeur d’Alene through The Boardwalk Marina.

5 reasons to host your next party on a cruise ship

Are you getting ready to plan a big graduation party? Milestone birthday? Wedding? Anniversary? Class reunion?

We could go on and on — the point is, there are a lot of reasons to gather the people you love together in one place. As you begin planning that family reunion or class trip, you might start to be overwhelmed by the details you have to consider.

Big enough to house everyone

Our largest boat, the Mish-an-Nock, can house 356 guests, or 160 people for a meal. On top of that, we have the ability to tie two of our boats together, creating a floating, moving party barge that holds all your family and friends!

Food is no problem

Our culinary team has more than a century of collective experience. You can choose from existing menus to find the right food and drink for your event, or work with our executive chef to create your own custom menu!

Music is taken care of

All of our cruise ships have premier sound systems, and our on-site DJs offer a professional, entertaining experience, no matter what the event is!

Private location with no chance of interruption

Unless you count the wildlife you might see along the way, you’ll have the boat completely to yourself. There’s no need to worry about strangers wandering in, or people coming and going repeatedly throughout the night. Once you’re sailing, you’re guaranteed a private cruise.

No one is going to forget this event

Instead of forcing everyone in a stuffy ballroom or high school gymnasium, you’ll be out on beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene. What could be more memorable?

Ready to book your private chartered cruise? Give us a call today to reserve your ship.

Things to do in CDA even locals will enjoy — cruise Lake Coeur d’Alene

5 reasons you need to see Lake Coeur d’Alene by boat this summer

If you’ve lived in Coeur d’Alene your whole life, you may feel like you know this town like the back of your hand. But if you haven’t seen the town and lake from a cruise ship, you don’t know what you’re missing! Here are five reasons that even locals should hope aboard a Lake Coeur d’Alene daily cruise this summer.

  1. Show off your home
    If you have family in town for a long weekend or a holiday, taking them out on a cruise is the perfect way to showcase all that North Idaho has to offer. From our boats, you can see wildlife, homes, architecture and geography that you won’t be able to see from the shore.
  2. Fun for the whole family
    From young babies to Grandma and Grandpa, everyone will be able to enjoy this day trip! We have both indoor and outdoor seating ad well as a full-service bar, so your group will be comfortable the whole time.
  3.   Learn something yourself
    Maybe you’ve lived in North Idaho your whole life, but our experienced captains and crew are incredibly knowledgeable about the area. During the cruise, we’ll narrate the sights you’re seeing and pass on facts and history about the highlights, such as the Floating Green, secluded lake homes and wildlife.
  4. It’s free for youngins
    This is an inexpensive thing to do in Coeur d’Alene this summer, especially if you have young children. Kids under five years old are free on our daily cruises, and children six to 17 are just $16.75!
  5. Give yourself a break
    If you have family in town, you’ve probably been in hosting mode for the entire trip. Let Coeur d’Alene Cruises take on that role while you relax! Enjoy time with the family — or wander off to look at the view from the upper deck! 

Ready to book your Lake Coeur d’Alene cruise? You’re in luck — there’s one happening every day through October! Check out our full schedule here and book your cruise here!

Not-so-sunken treasure: The history of the Mish-an-Nock

After half a century, the Mish-an-Nock is still going strong.

Nearly 50 years ago, the mighty boat took its first cruise from the Spokane River to Lake Coeur d’Alene. Since then, the boat has become a staple on the water. Locals and tourists alike will recognize the tan exterior and bright blue trim on one piece of history still hard at work on the lake.

The boats in the Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises fleet all have their own history and features. Some are bigger, and made to host lots of people, while others are shorter and great for smaller parties.

The 65-foot-long Mish-an-Nock has always served as a way for passengers to see Lake Coeur d’Alene since it was built in 1968 in Post Falls. The ship was crafted from 58 tons of steel by Howard J. Dolph, a well-known tugboat maker, along with help from brothers Scott and Rich.

The boat was named for a work that means “morning star,” according to a book by the Kalispell Tribe.

When the boat first slid into the water from Dolph Boat Works dock in Post Falls, it was powered by twin 125-horsepower Caterpillar engines. Today, “The Mish” has been upgraded, powered by twin D6 Volvo engines; it can hold up to 356 people.

In 1996, the boat was refurbished by Fred Finney, who also built other local cruise ships, including The Coeur d’Alene, The Spirit of Coeur d’Alene and The Osprey. The boat is now 107 feet long.

In 2017, the Mish-an-Nock took 525 trips around Lake Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding waterways, carrying more than 63,000 passengers. According to Captain Carl Fus, Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises plans to continue upgrading and maintaining “The Mish” for many more years of parties, sunsets and firework shows!

What’s your favorite memory on the Mish-an-Nock? Or maybe one of the other boats in our fleet? Let us know!

Five reasons you’ll want to charter a cruise ship for your next event

From graduation parties to business board retreats, people are always looking for new and exciting locations to host gatherings. This time of year, the sun starts shining and people would much rather be outdoors than in a stuffy conference room.
When you start looking for a unique place to host your next party, consider chartering a cruise ship to host your gathering! Here’s five reasons renting a boat from Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises will make your meeting so much easier:

  1. Skip the prep work and clean up
    The worst part of planning an event is set up before and clean up afterward. Let our team take care of that! When you arrive for your event, the boat will already be decorated and set up, so all you have to do is have fun.
  2. Plenty of space.
  3. Our smallest boat, the Kootenai, can hold up to 80 people, and 40 people for a meal, while our largest boat, the Mish-an-Nock, can hold up to 356 people! To add even more space, charter two boats, and let us tie them together!
  4. The food is taken care of. Our professional catering team will be able to help you create the perfect menu for your event, from light hors d’oeuvres to a full buffet.
  5. Unique location creates memories
    No one remembers the employee retreats in a hotel ballroom. What they will remember is getting outdoors, seeing the sights and doing something different this year!
  6. Add specialty touches from music and photography to fireworks, we have a slew of special touches we can add to your event. It’s just one more way you’ll create a lasting impression!

Are you ready to book Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises for your next event? Give us a call today to reserve a boat — or two!

The perfect gift: Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise

Still searching for the perfect gift for Mom this year for Mother’s Day? Is she one of those mothers who says she “just wants a day” as a gift? Or maybe she already has everything she needs? Instead of scrambling last minute to find a gift, book your ticket on Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch Cruise. The event includes a tour around Lake Coeur d’Alene and a delicious meal. Here are three reasons why a cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene is the perfect Mother’s Day gift:

  1. Spend time together
    We’ve all heard this gift request from mom: “I just want to spend time with you!” Now you can give her just that, without feeling like you’re skimping on an interesting, fun gift. This brunch cruise runs from noon to 1:30 p.m., so you have time to stroll along the boardwalk before or hit the downtown shops afterward!
  2. Sample a delicious menu.
    Don’t tell mom, but this is as much a gift for you as it is for her! You’ll both get to sample an exquisite menu from Coeur d’Alene Cruises culinary team. This year, they’ve created the perfect menu to highlight spring complete with crisp salads, pasta salads and fresh fruit. The menu includes Black Forest quiche Lorraine, Idahoan au gratin potatoes, scrambled eggs, hickory smoked bacon and sausage, oven roasted turkey and three-hour glazed ham. Top off the meal with miniature desserts!
  3. Do something unique
    Just like you get dad a tie every year for Father’s Day, do you have a go-to gift for mom? Maybe you always get her jewelry or some lotions. Brand out this year, and create new memories with a unique gift! She’s sure to remember getting dressed up to go out and do something unique with her kids. 

Ready to book your Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise? Grab your tickets here!

Wine and Waves: Cruise the lake and learn about vino with this extra special cruise

Last month, we were all about the swingin’ sounds of the annual Coeur d’Alene Blues Festival. But we wanted to keep the fun rolling, so in April, we’re offering another fun cruise!

Join us on April 20 for the Wine Extravaganza Cruises! These cruises, at 5 and 7:30 p.m., will kick off the Wine Extravaganza, a weekend of fine wines in downtown Coeur d’Alene.

California-based winery J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines will be aboard the ships for an on-the-water tasting of their many gourmet wines. The evening will include hors d’oeuvres and, of course, an incredible view. 

We know not everyone is able to make it to some of these exciting events. If you can’t, but still want the view and the fun, we have a couple upcoming special event cruised you might enjoy:

Our cruises often book up, so reserve your place today

Coeur d’Alene Blues Cruise: Enjoy one of the most anticipated festivals in a unique location

Tap your toes, swing to the rhythm and let the sounds of the Coeur d’Alene Blues  Festival wash over you. This award-winning weekend is back, and, once again, you can celebrate the best of modern blues in a unique and exciting way — with us, sailing on Lake Coeur d’Alene!
Every year, the annual blues festival is one of the most anticipated weekends in North Idaho. The Coeur d’Alene Resort brings live music, great food and fun entertainment to the region, and the team at Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises is always excited to be a part of the action.
We’re bringing three days of musical cruises to Lake Coeur d’Alene. Like every year, we’re providing food, drinks and even an after-party, to keep the mood swinging. Here’s a breakdown of this year’s event:

Friday, March 23 —
Swing into the weekend with the first Blues Cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene. The cruise runs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., and includes live music from multiple bands, featuring The Sidemen and Shoot Jake. We’ll tie the vessels together to create the ultimate party barge, and keep grooving at the Resort Plaza Shops for an after-party.

Saturday, March 24 —
We’ll have two cruises this day to double the fun! Cruises set sail at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., and include live entertainment from the Sara Brown Band. This cruise is for all ages, so bring the entire family to boogie down.

Sunday, March 25 —
Join us for the Blues Cruise Brunch at 11 a.m., because we can’t get enough of that swinging rhythm!

Are you as excited as we are? Then reserve your tickets soon, because these cruises often sell out! Give us a call for questions, or to reserve your place.

Choosing a venue: 5 reasons to get married on a cruise ship

If you’re looking for a magical way to start your life with your loved one, look no further than tying the knot on a cruise. No matter where you’re from or what you’re looking for, you are sure to wow guests and creating life long memories if you choose a unique venue, such as a cruise ship.

1) Pricing

For those who live near a lake or body of water, there’s sure to be a cruise company that specializes in weddings and events. The company will be able to provide everything you need, from meals to decorations, and you’ll be able to cut down on expenses, Many times, cruise companies have special packages and deals for those booking wedding events, especially during the off-season, usually November through April.

2) More time for you

Instead of worrying about blowing up balloons, fixing tiny quiches or trying to teach yourself how to make do-it-yourself decorations, let a professional staff take care of the details. Many times, the staff on the cruise will be able to take care of all the preparations ahead of time, allowing you more time to bond with bridesmaids, visit with family, and enjoy your special day.

3) No clean up


Most cruise ships have a wait staff which will take care of all the clean up for you, including post-meal dishes, bars and drinks, and after the party ends. You won’t have to worry about cleaning the night of your wedding to get your deposit back, or hurrying out before the next party starts. Instead, let the professional staff take care of the messy, behind-the-scenes details.


4) No parking troubles 

Cruise boats can accommodate a large number of people, usually upwards of 150 people, while still having an intimate setting. However, it can be hard to find parking to accommodate that number of guests. Whether you’re looking for transportation to a venue, such as a beach or lake house, or a spot for the ceremony and reception to take place, parking at a marina is simple, and always easy.


5) Beautiful photographs, decorations, and memories

Imagine coasting across a lake at sunset, or enjoying the lights of the stars. What more could you ask for?

In addition to weddings, the ships are a great venue for rehearsal dinners and bachelor and bachelorette parties, and are multifunctional for any occasion. When considering where to host your big day, check out your local cruise company for what is guaranteed to be the simplest, most beautiful wedding you’ll ever see.

From transportation to a beautiful venue

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho is one of the last hidden gems in the country. Locals treasure it, tourists covet it, and everyone who visits knows they’ve never been anywhere more beautiful. This irreplaceable beauty is what makes Coeur d’Alene the perfect backdrop for a wedding ceremony.

According to statistics, nearly 33 percent of engagements take place between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, so by the time January roles around, most brides are excited to start planning, and ready to choose a venue for their ceremony or reception.

One of the most underrated venues is a cruise ship on Coeur d’Alene Lake. For those spring and summer weddings, there’s no better place to enjoy all the beauty the town has to offer. Our cruises are the perfect way to set the scene for a gorgeous ceremony.
The cruise boats can do weddings for 25-150 guests, and we have some spectacular all-inclusive packages for any budget.

The cruise ships are also a great way to transport guests to a lake home or beach, for those that are chose to get married at a private location. It’s an easy way for guests to make a breathtaking entrance and accommodate larger groups, especially since most people don’t have enough parking for a large group of people.
In addition to weddings, the ships are a great venue for rehearsal dinners and bachelor and bachelorette parties.

So no matter what you’re looking to celebrate, let us help you make your big day memorable.