Temperatures are consistently above freezing, all of the ice has melted, and there is once again open water on Lake Geneva! All of these signs point to one thing for anxious locals and visitors: summer lake life is coming soon.
No one is more excited than our amazing staff at Lake Geneva Cruise Line as we are already making preparations for the first boat tours of 2019. Spring has always been a season of transition for us, of course, but this year – we’ve been extra busy over the winter months.
As we all enjoy the first few weeks of cracking windows and enjoying the fresh air, we’d like to share with you a few improvements we’ve been working on to make this year better than ever before.
Major Updates and Improvements in 2019
During this past offseason, we began a comprehensive review of our entire fleet of boats as well as our facilities to discover areas to update and improve the experiences of our riders.
The Lady of the Lake, Grand Belle, Walworth, Polaris, and Duchess all had basic maintenance performed and repairs made. A few of our other boats, however, underwent extensive restorative treatments to get them into tip-top shape for this upcoming summer season.
The Steam Yacht Louise had all of her handrails and stanchions stripped, stained, and refinished. She also needed a partial deck replacement and refinish, partial fascia replacement and repainting, and entire hull repainting as well.
The Lorelei – entering her 65th year on the water – had a little work done too. All of her deck and exterior wood surfaces were stripped, stained, and refinished, and her hull was also repainted. Essentially, she got a nice, little facelift.
The Geneva’s hull was in need of some repair work, this year, so once that was performed – like the others – it received a fresh coat of paint. She looks better than ever and is ready to hit the lake in a few weeks’ time.
We are still identifying and planning for additional ways to enhance our excursions, so stay tuned for future updates!
Anchors Away! First Tours are Starting Soon.
Having made all of these exciting improvements with more in view on the horizon, our team at Lake Geneva Cruise Line can’t wait to get the first tours of 2019 underway.
Fortunately, we don’t have to wait long! We’re launching our first few boat tours of the year beginning on Saturday, April 27, 2019.
Geneva Bay Tours
While on the cruise, you’ll enjoy a variety of sights and narrated highlights of historic estates on the eastern end of the lake.
These popular excursions make their launch on April 27th and will be offered daily at 11:30am starting on May 1st, so reserve your place ahead of time.
Full Lake Tours
Touring half of the lake is great, but why not explore the whole thing? Opening weekend also marks the launch of our Full Lake Tours, featuring twice the majestic beauty for 2-hours out on the Walworth.
Featuring an engaging, narrated tour experience, you’ll have the chance to view every inch of Lake Geneva’s serene shoreline dotted with natural wonder and impressive homes that are rich in history.
Our Full Lake Tours begin opening weekend and will be offered at 1:00pm daily starting on May 1st. A snack and cash bar are available to satisfy any cravings that arise while enjoying your lake cruise.
Ice Cream Social Tours
Speaking of cravings…our Ice Cream Social Tours are beginning soon! So close we can almost taste it, this sightseeing cruise aboard the Grand Belle enhances your traditional narrated Lake Geneva Tour by adding a delicious, Breyer’s ice cream sundae.
Prepared just the way you like it, simply sit back, relax, and enjoy spoonful after spoonful while taking in the astounding sights and sounds of Lake Geneva’s historic shoreline.
Great for families, couples, and ice cream lovers of all ages, these welcoming tours will be offered only on weekends starting on May 4, 2019, so be sure and book ahead of time to reserve your spot!
Black Point Estate Tours
Interested in getting a bit closer to Lake Geneva’s storied past? Our Black Point Estate Tours are starting up again soon on May 4, 2019, offered on weekends only at 10:30am.
Aboard the Geneva, you’ll take a 45-minute narrated cruise from the Riviera to the impressive Black Point Estate – one of the most intriguing, historic homes in all of Wisconsin. The estate – built in 1888 by Chicago beer baron, Conrad Seipp, it stands as one of the finest examples of Queen Anne architecture in the Midwest.
Upon your arrival at Black Point, you’ll begin a guided walking tour of the mansion’s first two floors as well as its exterior grounds. Perfect for history buffs, this tour does involve a fair amount of time on your feet (about 1½ hours, including stairs), so please take that into consideration when booking.
Lake Life Begins with Gage at Lake Geneva Cruise Line!
It’s going to be another wonderful season out on the waters of lovely Lake Geneva. Offering a wide range of sightseeing, dining, and specialty cruises, our staff at Lake Geneva Cruise Line is excited to show you around.
If you’re ready to kick things off with us, this year, you can book your tour of choice online today or give us a call at 262-248-6206!
*If weather turns out to be great on Easter weekend, we may offer selected tour experiences. Follow us on Facebook for updates as we get closer to that time!