Cruises are a luxurious way to relax and see the sights, unlike boarding dolphins equipped with saddles, which usually results in whiplash and water-filled lungs. Tour the blue in comfort with today's Groupon: for $75, you get the Lake Mead Paddleboat Breakfast Tour from Comedy on Deck Tours (a $149 value). Tours are scheduled Monday through Saturday, and run from approximately 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., with pickup available at seven different locations on the Las Vegas strip (see sidebar for details). You must schedule your trip at least seven days in advance, and this Groupon is not valid during the blackout months of December and January.
Outfitted with passionate paddle-people and witty tour guides, Comedy on Deck Tours specializes in providing guest riders with a Lake Mead and Hoover Dam marine jaunt that is at once informative, intimate, and entertaining. The tour kicks off at the historic Boulder Dam Hotel, where guests will be treated to a hot, made-to-order breakfast at the same noshing place where stars such as Bette Davis and John Wayne once engaged in profanity-laced food fights. Upon completion of star-studded stomach-stuffing, an engaging, helpful, and comical guide will lead landlubbers on a 30- to 45-minute walking tour atop the Hoover Dam, learning all about the historic site's highs and lows, and its bouts with earthquakes, deaths, and envious beaver tycoons. Following that, a massive, charming, and authentic Mississippi-style paddlewheeler, the Desert Princess, will arrive to pick up lakefarers. For roughly 90 minutes, boaters will cruise the gorgeous environs of Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States.
The lovely Desert Princess's open promenade affords superb views and photo opportunities of Lake Mead's dazzling surroundings, which overflow with wildlife such as roadrunners, bighorn sheep, eagles, and invisible mastodons. Insiders can retreat at any time to the two enclosed, climate-controlled decks, with the boat holding up to 300 riders. Buy up to six of today's Groupon to tote along a family of deckhands or to impress a band of Mark Twain impersonators.
While Comedy on Deck Tours has yet to receive many online reviews, five Yahoo! Locals give it a perfect five-star rating:
Comedy on Deck Tours
Based in Las Vegas, Comedy on Deck Tours began escorting sightseers on tours of nearby natural wonders in 2003. The company stands out among other tour companies by employing big personalities as tour guides. Comedy on Deck's tours are led by fun interactive guides, who are trained to keep things light and interact with everyone onboard. After catching their breath, tour takers have complimented the guides for seamless weaving of history, geography, and family-friendly fun.