The Desert Belle Saguaro Lake Sightseeing Cruises, Arizona
Do I have to purchase tickets in advance
To guarantee a seat on board, you must purchase tickets in advance. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
How far are you from…?
Phoenix: 35-45 minutes
Mesa: 20-30 minutes
Scottsdale: 25-35 minutes
Glendale: 45-60 minutes
Tempe: 25-30 minutes
Tucson: 2 hours
Cave Creek: 45-60 minutes
Sun City: 50 -60 minutes
Please note that all times are approximate, and depend heavily on traffic conditions, your starting point, and time of day.
**Mid March to Mid April of 2016 please allow extra travel time since Bush Hwy will be under construction.
What can we expect to see on the tour?
On this relaxing, 90 minute-narrated cruise you will see exotic Arizona wildlife, towering canyon walls, and dramatic desert vistas. It’s the perfect spot to bring out-of-town guests because it allows you to experience the magnificent desert beauty and natural wildlife of spectacular Saguaro Lake—one of the Valley’s hidden treasures.
Are food and drinks available on board?
Beer, Wine, Water and soft drinks are available for purchase aboard the Desert Belle. No credit card services available at the boat – please bring cash or check.
What type of ticket should I buy if I’m bringing a very young child?
For children between the ages of 5 and 12 you must purchase a Child ticket. You do not need to purchase tickets for children ages 4 and younger, but please be sure to indicate the number of non-paying children you are bringing with you when you purchase your tickets. Upon “sell out” or a full boat, children 4 and under will need to sit on their accompanying adult’s lap.
Is seating assigned on the cruise?
No. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
When do I check in?
Check in is required for all passengers. Whether you buy your tickets online or through our reservationists you must still check-in at the ticket booth located at the Lake. The coast guard requires that we know the exact number of people aboard each cruise therefore EVERYONE must check-in. No exceptions. Check-in begins *approximately 11:30 am for the 12:30 pm cruise, 2:00 pm for the 2:45, and 4:15 pm for the 5:00 pm.
Passengers are boarded by the number they receive when they check-in. Therefore, the earlier you check-in, the lower the number on your boarding pass, the sooner you get boarded.
*These times are an approximation. Our crew may be checking in slightly later or earlier than the times given on a day-to-day basis.
Are lifejackets available for use?
Yes, we do have life jackets on board for every passenger. Arizona State Law requires that all children ages 12 and under wear life jackets.
What should I wear?
Please make sure you dress appropriately for the weather. Casual attire is usually preferred and a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended year round.
Is there air conditioning aboard the Desert Belle?
YES! The lower level of the Desert Belle is climate controlled. On the upper level there are awnings overhead to help protect you from the sun. Again, please be sure to dress appropriately for the weather–we always recommend bringing a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
Is the boat handicap accessible?
Yes, the Desert Belle is handicap accessible. This includes a wheel chair accessible bathroom and grab bar. The Marina also has ramps that lead to the dock for boarding the Desert Belle via wheelchair or stroller.
Does the boat have a bathroom?
Yes, there are two bathrooms on board the Desert Belle.
Is smoking allowed on the cruise?
No. Due to Arizona State Law, smoking is not allowed aboard the boat.
Do I need to buy a parking permit?
Parking is Free and NO parking permit is required to park for the Desert Belle in the Marina parking lot.
What happens if it rains?
The Desert Belle runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where we are forced to cancel the event, you will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability). Please keep in mind that in the event of light rain, there are enclosed areas on the boat to which you can move.
Are private charters available?
Yes! We offer private charters, including weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. For more information regarding charters contact us directly at: (480) 984-2425 or (877) 749-2848 ext 702
What is the cost of a private charter?
Private charters start at $1500 for up to 125 people, for a two-hour charter. For more information regarding charters contact us directly at:(480) 984-2425 or (877) 749-2848 ext 702
How long is a private charter? And, can the time be extended?
A private charter is 120 minutes long, however, charters may be extended in half hour increments at a rate of $375 per additional 30-minutes. For more information regarding charters contact us directly at:(480) 984-2425 or (877) 749-2848 ext 702
Can a private charter be catered or do I bring my own food?
Either way you desire is great by us. If you would like your private charter catered, you may do so. If you would like to bring your own food aboard, you may do that as well. For more information regarding charters contact us directly at: (480) 984-2425 or (877) 749-2848 ext 702
Is there a restaurant at the Marina?
The Lakeshore Restaurant is located at the Saguaro Lake Marina just above the Desert Belle dock. It is open every day at 9 am serving breakfast. Monday and Tuesday the restaurant is open until 3 pm, Wed, Thurs, and Sunday the restaurant is open until 8 pm and Friday and Saturdays it is open until 9 pm. Breakfast prices are $7 – $10 Lunches start at $7.95 and dinners are from $10.95 – $22.95. The phone number is (480) 984-5311.
Are gift certificates available?
Yes! Gift certificates are available for any occasion. To purchase a gift certificate, please call 480-984-2425