4.5 star rating: Recommended 118 Reviews

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  • Location:Nashville, Tennessee
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Nashville Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise on the General Jackson

Board one of the country’s largest paddle-wheel boats for a spectacular lunch or dinner cruise down Nashville’s Cumberland River! Relax and admire views from the decks, indulge in a Southern meal and enjoy live entertainment including talented musical performers, dancers and comedy.

Highlights

  • Boat cruise on Nashville’s Cumberland River
  • See the city skyline from an authentic paddle-wheel showboat
  • Enjoy live entertainment including music, comedy and dancers
  • Dine on a 3-course Southern meal on board
  • Choose a lunch or dinner cruise

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What You Can Expect

Nashville Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise on the General Jackson

General Jackson Plying the Cumberland River

After a Nashville hotel pickup, climb aboard the General Jackson, one of the largest and grandest paddlewheel riverboats in the country. This majestic vessel was designed to recreate the impressive showboats that cruised the waters of America’s rivers in the 19th century. 

Travel along the Cumberland River, admiring the view of Nashville’s city skyline and neighboring landscape while relaxing on the outer deck or indoor cabin. Then enjoy a savory Southern-style mean in the boat’s onboard Victorian theater. 

For lunch, the buffet typically consists of a mixed green salad with a choice of dressing, then roasted chicken in rich country gravy or slow-roasted, sugar-cured country ham with mustard-molasses glaze and corn bread. For dessert, there’s pumpkin cheesecake. Appetizers are also available for purchase. The lunch cruise features a lively comedy/variety show called “Nashville Live.”

For dinner, start with a mixed iceberg wedge salad followed by braised short ribs with barbecue demi-glaze, sweet potato gratin and the chef's choice of a seasonal vegetable. Dessert is a chocolate tart with Jack Daniels whiskey-spiked seasonal fruit. Appetizers are also available for purchase. The dinner cruise offers a production of “Heart of Tennessee: A Musical Journey,” featuring a live orchestra and a cast of dancers in extravagant costumes.

The evening concludes with a Nashville hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

Michael B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

We had our friends with us from England for this cruise. We all really enjoyed the meal, which was very professionally served. The servers were very helpful in suggesting drinks, serving and removing plates and overall, were so friendly and fun. The entertainment was first rate and we really enjoyed the quick-change for the women during the show. We were lucky in that we had a Christmas show. Really lovely.

Opie N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great food, entertainment wonderful, Enjoyed every minute of it.

Amelita M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

2nd time I wentLiked it just as much. Decent food, fabulous show. Definitely worth the money. Try and get table of main level in center not too far back.

CJ

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Fantastic time spent on the Lunch Cruise. Next time will book the Dinner Cruise. Hospitality and entertainment was the best. High recommend this cruise.

Patty J Edwards E United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great place to visit....LOTS of things to do and see!

John F United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Amazing experience, brilliant show and lovely food. Pick up was efficient and friendly.

Deborah M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

It was a great trip, we did the evening tour. It was a perfect southern evening, warm, beautiful sky, great hospitality. I was somehwhat concerned when I read the menu because some in our party were vegetarians and one 5 year old. It was a great surprise to find prime rib rather than fried chicken in gravy and there were lots of vegetarian side dishes. The entertainment was country music show and it was the first night, it was great. We met the bus driver at the harbor and he was late getting there. It would have been nice to know it is reserved seating because I was paniced that we would't have seats together........no worries, we were right up front. Highly recommend.

Kathleen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Loved the cruise and the entertainment was great!

Ian S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Had a great time paid extra to do captains tour very good

stewie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This tour was brilliant picked up from our hotel so could drink, meal and show were top class our waiter was at our sides most the night for drinks and advice a beautiful boat we had a lovely clear night too ,then dropped to our hotel again would recommend this dinner tour to everyone well done

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