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

Wedding Cruises on Lake Coeur d’Alene

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.

Holiday Cruise Deals and Voyages

The Coeur d’Alene Holiday Light Show has been called one of America’s top attractions, and there is only one way to get the 360-degree show! Our water tours are the easiest, most exciting way to see all the lights every year, regardless of age.

Kids under five ride free, but the entire family can enjoy the 40 minute journey which ends in the most magical place of all- The North Pole! Santa, Mrs. Clause and all the elves are excited to greet the guests, and even send a special shout out to children on board (thanks to some behind-the-scenes magic!) It’s bound to be a special memory for years to come.

Another special our team offers is our Holiday Lighting Ceremony cruise. The light show has been featured on ABC’s Good Morning America as one of the nation’s best holiday destinations, and the best view is from the water. Tickets are limited each year, so if you want a new, exciting view of the fireworks, caroling, and lighting celebration, give us a call in advance.

No matter what you want to see this holiday season- or whether you’ve been naughty or nice!- we have something for the whole family.

For more information on ticket prices, or to start your journey, visit our Holiday Cruise Page.

Sunset Cruises Offer Style and Comfort for a Romantic Evening

While restaurants may seem stuffy, and the area doesn’t offer an opera, get out with your significant other to realize your dream of a more comfortable, exciting date night.

Coeur d’Alene Cruises offers a grand tour of Coeur d’Alene Lake with a romantic atmosphere that’s sure to impress your significant other, and sets the mood for a wonderful night. The nightly cruises present a variety of different ways to see the lake, making them the easiest and most cost effective way to get a 360-degree view of the waterfront.

Adult cruisers can see the lake during the most beautiful time of year, spring through fall, with our sunset cruise package. These offer a buffet of local delicacies and classic meal favorites prepared by our on-site chief, which is bound to make any night magical. Our guests can enjoy steamship round of beef and baked King salmon, three cheese au gratin potatoes, summer green and pasta salad, and sunset cheesecake.

While cruising around the peaceful water, participants can enjoy a tasting of locally grown and made wine, during our “Wine Wednesdays.” These include a flight of locally grown wine or wine tasting party, perfect for two looking to try out a new adventure.

Party cruises on CDA Lake- the finest way to enjoy the lake

Even though fog has started creeping across the lake, and the leaves have started to change colors, some of our patrons have already begun thinking about next summer’s adventures. Even though it feels like light years away, the summer months will be upon us before you know it.
Until that time, you can start daydreaming about your time on Coeur d’Alene Lake. With all the different areas and sights to see around the lake, you’ll have trouble getting to it all in just a few short months!
Instead, let us take you on the grand tour. Coeur d’Alene Lake Cruises offer a variety of different ways to see the lake, making it the easiest and most cost effective way to get a 360 degree view of the waterfront.
As part of our packaged deal, we offer different kinds of events and cruises daily or weekly, and each one is a party.
Adults can see the lake with our sunset cruise, which offers a buffet of foods prepared by our local chief, as well as “Wine Wednesdays”, which include a flight of locally grown wine or wine tasting party.
Families can enjoy the lake with swashbuckling adventures with our pirate cruise. Our local band of misfits are sure to entertain you and your family with songs, antics, and even a sword fights or two!
No matter how you’re looking to spend your summer, keep a lake cruise in mind. There’s no easier way to see all the sights Coeur d’Alene has to offer!

Things to do in Coeur d’Alene: Sunset Dinner Cruises

Autumn in the northwest is one of the most tranquil times of the year. The colors are just starting to turn in the foliage, but we are usually lucky enough to enjoy a month or two of extended warmth after Labor Day weekend. The crisp fall air, mixed with the beautiful sunshine, creates some of the most stunning visuals, especially on Lake Coeur d’Alene.
Even though the typical summer activities have started to close up, there are still ways to enjoy the lake, and see the sights of the town.
Through the first few weeks of September, we offer sunset dinner cruises for two hours every evening. Nothing is more relaxing, or more unique, than watching the sun sink behind the mountains, as our professional chefs prepare a delightful dinner buffet.
The chefs at the Coeur d’Alene Resort are some of the best, and their meals can’t be beat. You can enjoy steamship round of beef and baked King salmon, three cheese au gratin potatoes, summer green and pasta salad, and sunset cheesecake.
If you’re looking for one final way to say goodbye to summer, and usher in fall with style, seeing the lake at sunset is the only way to go. The season will go quickly, so don’t hesitate to enjoy the last of the warm weeks.

Where to go for a Pirate Ship Cruise?

Avast ye mate, and climb aboard! Do you have yer sea legs yet, mate? You’ll need them, as you join Captain Calico Jack and his crew on an exciting adventure you won’t soon forget!

Set sail on the high seas of Lake Coeur d’Alene, and enjoy 90 minutes packed full of games, fun, and adventure. Great for kids of all ages, and those who are pirates at heart!

The ship boards twice daily at Independence Point, and takes sailors on an exciting journey around the lake. Local pirates entertain the sailors with their antiques, search for treasure, and general mayhem. And of course, what would a pirate cruise be without some swashbuckling sword fights?

While the Pirate Ship Cruise is one of the newest attractions on Lake Coeur d’Alene, it is easily one of the most original and entertaining. The humor and language is appropriate for all ages, and is completely entertaining from start to finish. There’s nothing like it on the lake, so set sail with us, and see where the adventure leads!