Ever since sea and food parted ways due to artistic differences, dinner cruises have repeatedly tricked them into going on reunion tours. Reunite two old pals with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a lake dinner cruise from The Lake Lounge on Okanagan (a $50.40 value, including HST).
One of the largest cruise boats on Okanagan Lake, The Lake Lounge on Okanagan ships diners off on elegant, two-hour dinner cruises touring the lake's natural splendour. Up to 90 guests board its decks at The Sails at 6 p.m. before drifting out around the festive fringes of City Park. The boat then travels under William R. Bennett Bridge and around the waters of its south side for views of vineyards, shoreline rock features, evergreen copses, and wakeboarding sirens, then turns back toward the twinkling lights of Kelowna. During the tour, guests dine on chicken, steak, or cedar-planked salmon crafted by the caterers of Cabana Bar & Grille, and caesar, potato, and pasta salads perform their nightclub hypnotism act at an included buffet-style salad bar.
While taking in the open lake air, cruise-goers can imbibe at the bar, foxtrot on a raised dance floor, or soak their toes in a hot tub. A 50-inch plasma TV provides entertainment below decks, and holographic simulations take place on the holodeck. Upstairs, guests can unwind to the nightly guitar stylings of Scott Thielmann or the request-based repertoire of pianist Dana Barnes, depending on the evening's schedule. Cruises leave port every Tuesday–Thursday, with occasional Friday evening excursions.
The Lake Lounge on Okanagan
Even as it soars across the deep, clear blue waters of Lake Okanagan, the Lake Lounge keeps its passengers, crew, and cooperative stowaways connected to a bevy of land-based pleasures. A comprehensive sound system blasts pleasurable beats throughout its two decks, and three flat-screen TVs reaching widths up to 50 inches broadcast the passengers' choice of entertainment. On the lower deck, vaulted ceilings soar over dinner tables and an electric fireplace keeps the room warm in colder weather, and on the open top deck passengers bask in lake breezes and take in panoramic views of the water and evergreen-coated shoreline. When not focused on the scenery, they step across an elevated dance floor lit by multicoloured lights or discuss their favourite childhood pet fish over tipples from a fully stocked bar.
Dinner-cruise passengers sup on a daily-changing menu that cycles through regular entrees such as cedar-plank salmon and peach barbecue chicken. As the Lake Lounge sails past opulent lakeside homes and the city skyline, the sun colours the sky as it sets and the stars sleepily stumble into place to form their constellations. The ship's crews also host wedding receptions, family reunions, and birthday parties on the dual decks.