Why you should get out of the office for your employee retreat

During the beginning of the year, many offices may look at ways to re-energize employees and get them excited about new opportunities. If you’re looking for the perfect place for team building in Coeur d’Alene or North Idaho, consider taking your employees on a cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Our cruise ships are the perfect place to increase morale and conduct team building exercises. Here’s why:

Get out of the office

Sometimes, businesses can get bogged down by the day-to-day hustle in the office. If you’re trying to host team building in the same place you always work, employees might get distracted by the work at their desk or the ringing phone. Instead, take team building outside the office to help change that mindset.

Get to know employees away from their desks

When you’re at your place of business, employees are probably pretty focused on work. But when you step away from that atmosphere, you can get to know people outside of the office. This is especially true with unique team building, such as those that take place on Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises!

Give them something to look forward to

If they know they’ll be getting out of the office and doing something different, employees will look forward to the day of team building and morale boosts!

…And something to talk about afterward

People forget a stuffy conference room. They don’t forget an afternoon on Lake Coeur d’Alene, doing fun things with coworkers!

Ready to reserve your private cruise for your office’s team building? Contact the team at Lake CDA Cruises today to reserve your ship.

5 reasons a lake cruise is a perfect location for team building meetings

Each year, companies across the country gather employees together for annual meetings. These meeting tend to be the butt of break room jokes, with employees dreading extended time in a stuff conference room, doing the same thing as the year before.

However, that doesn’t have to be your staff! Shake it up this year and introduce a new, exciting location for your employee retreats — the Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises boats!

Here’s five reasons a cruise boat is the perfect place for your next team building meeting: 

Big enough for the whole staff

Our largest boat, the Mish-an-Nock, can hold 356 guests, or 160 people for a meal. If you have a large staff, this is the perfect option. We can even tie two boats together to host large offices.

All in one place

Unless you count wildlife you’ll see along the way, you have the boat to yourself. There’s no need to worry about sharing a wall with noisy neighbors in a conference center!

Great meals

With more than a century of combined culinary experience, our team can provide a meal that will keep your staff’s energy up through annual forecasts, company updates and team building exercises. And your staff will know you care when we break out the desserts!

Premier sound system

Need to show presentations or have multiple speakers? Our sound system will guarantee all of your employees hear all the updates! And you can add some great music to the lunch hour.

A meeting they’ll look forward to

Instead of cramming everyone in a stuffy conference room, create an environment that fosters excitement. Employees will look forward to this event, and remember it for years to come!

Are you ready to book your cruise? Contact us today!

Why the Spokane River Cruise is the perfect summer day trip

As summer fades to a close, you might start running out of ways to entertain your kids or visiting family. But don’t worry — we’ve got your covered! Our Spokane River Cruise is the perfect summer day trip in North Idaho. Here’s why:

  1. A peaceful tour
    Touring on Lake Coeur d’Alene is lots of fun, but the lake can get a little busy. After all, it is one of the most popular places in North Idaho! If you’re looking for something a little quieter and relaxing, step onto our Spokane River tour boats. These river tours are three hours long, and offer a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the main lake.
  2. Learn something
    The Spokane River Cruises are packed with historical information and commentary about the amazing homes and natural landscape along the water. Even locals who have lived in North Idaho for years are sure to come away with new facts and tidbits to share.
  3. A delicious meal
    In addition to a peaceful cruise and a beautiful view, our three-hour cruises come with the option to have our River Chicken Buffet. These meals are created by our exemplary in-house catering team, and feature signature buttermilk fried chicken, Cole slaw, classic bakes beans, and warm biscuits and honey.
  4. Entertain the family
    This tour is perfect for family and friends of all ages. Whether you’re looking for a way to ease kids back into learning before school or want to show off the beauty of North Idaho, these cruises are a great way to entertain out-of-town guests.

Ready to book your cruise? Contact us today for more information!

Things to see on Lake Coeur d’Alene in the winter

There’s lots to do on Lake Coeur d’Alene in the summer, such as boating, swimming, paddle boarding and more! But don’t worry — this North Idaho lakeside town doesn’t shut down in the winter. In fact, residents and tourists alike are just as active during the colder months. This is our chance to hit the ski hill, hike Tubbs without fear of a sunburn or score some delicious food with amazing views. Even in November, December and January, there’s lots to don Lake Coeur d’Alene.

We’ve gathered a few of our favorite points of interest on Lake Coeur d’Alene that are still just as great in the winter:

The Coeur d’Alene ResortHow could this one not be top of our list! There’s so much to do at The Resort, even in the winter. Head to Beverly’s or Dockside for a meal with a view, or grab drinks at Whispers (same great view!) You can also warm up and stroll in the Resort Shops, or stroll along the famous Floating Boardwalk. 

Watching the eagles at Higgins PointIf you haven’t been, this is a must. Hundreds of bald eagles gather at Higgins Point on Lake Coeur d’Alene to feed and roost for the winter months. Watching the mighty birds swoop down to the water to catch fish is something everyone in the family will enjoy.

The Holiday Light Show: Another draw of The Coeur d’Alene Resort! If you’re visiting Coeur d’Alene between Thanksgiving and New Years Day, check out the Holiday Light Show on the Floating Boardwalk. Thousands of lights line the boardwalk and resort, depicting toys, dragons, dancers, elves and reindeer. Cedars Floating RestaurantAnother place to grab a delicious meal with a view. You can either boat up or drive to this restaurant, as it is literally floating on Lake Coeur d’Alene. The dining room is cozy, with a great view of the lake (since it’s literally on the water!)

What’s your favorite Lake Coeur d’Alene spot during the winter? Share yours!

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!