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  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)
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 pickup from your Nashville hotel, board the General Jackson Showboat, one of the largest paddle-wheel boats in the country, and travel down the Cumberland River. This grand vessel was designed to recreate the showboats that plied the waters of American rivers in the 19th century.

Admire views of the Nashville landscape as you relax on the indoor or outdoor decks. In the beautiful Victorian theater on board, you’ll feast on a traditional Southern meal. For sample lunch and dinner menus, see the Itinerary section below.

You’ll then be treated to live entertainment! On the lunch cruise, enjoy a comedy production full of classic Southern humor. On the dinner cruise, enjoy a live orchestra accompanied by a dynamic cast of dancers in elaborate costumes.

After your cruise, you'll be taken back to your hotel.

Itinerary

Sample Menu

Lunch:

Appetizers (available for purchase)
Shrimp cocktail with lemon and cocktail sauce
Cheese plate with crackers
Roma tomato bruschetta with basil, red onion and Parmesan cheese on toasted garlic French baguette
Crab cakes served with remoulade
Baked nachos with black olives, green onions, melted cheese, salsa and jalapenos
Breaded mozzarella sticks with marinara sauce

Buffet:
Mixed green salad with choice of dressing
Roasted chicken in rich country gravy
Slow-roasted sugar-cured country ham with mustard molasses glaze
Corn bread
Pumpkin cheesecake

Dinner:

Appetizers (available for purchase)
Shrimp cocktail with lemon and cocktail sauce
Cheese plate with crackers
Roma tomato bruschetta with basil, red onion and Parmesan cheese on toasted garlic French baguette
Crab cakes served with remoulade
Baked nachos with black olives, green onions, melted cheese, salsa and jalapenos
Breaded mozzarella sticks with marinara sauce

Salad
Crisp iceberg wedge lettuce and Benton Mountain bacon crumbles, Sweet Water Valley buttermilk cheddar cheese with red and yellow tomatoes and cucumber ranch dressing

Main Course
Braised short ribs with BBQ demi-glaze, sweet potato gratin and chef's choice of seasonal vegetable

Dessert
Chocolate tart with Jack Daniels whiskey-spiked seasonal fruit

Please note: Menus are subject to change.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

It was a good trip. Food and entertainment were great. Boat ride was so smooth you didn't realize you were moving. I would rate it great overall

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The cruise and the show was awesome. The food was great even for a buffet style.
A must see in Nashville. We will do it again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Had a wonderful time on the showboat. Everyone was very friendly. I highly recommend this on your trip to Nashville.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The trip on the General Jackson Cruise was great, good music, great seats for dinner and wonderful show, only bad part is that the boat is so cold the waiters come around with tablecloths to drape yourself with to stay warm with the AC on. Seems silly just fix the AC. Can't tell you how many people opted for the tablecloths. The shuttle was on time and also waiting for us when we disembarked. The drivers were informative and very courteous.
I would use Viator tours again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was one of the greatest things we all did in Nashville!!! It is a must!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great tour!! The show and food was excellent!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Even though it rained hard during our trip, we had a wonderful time and a great meal!! All 3 couples are Very happy with our experience .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent trip. Food was good and the show was very enjoyable, Thoroughly recommend

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

It was very nice ,it made me proud of Nashville and the General Jackson!

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