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General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville

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  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
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  • Offered in: English


Cruise on Nashville's Cumberland River aboard one of the country's largest paddle-wheel boats, the 'General Jackson Showboat', during this excursion. Book for a lunch or dinner cruise, enjoying the scenery on the riverbanks as well as live entertainment. Round-trip transportation from local hotels included.
  • Paddle-wheel 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 Southern meal on board
  • Choose a lunch or dinner cruise
  • Pickup and drop-off included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Feast on a Southern-style lunch or dinner while enjoying live music, comedy, and views of Nashville’s skyline.

What's Included

  • General Jackson Showboat Admission Ticket in Nashville
  • Lunch or Dinner Cruise Options Available
  • Boat Cruise along scenic Cumberland River in Nashville
  • Experience the General Jackson Showboat, on one of the largest paddlewheel riverboats in the country
  • Enjoy a musical performance for dinner in the riverboat’s beautiful Victorian dinner theatre
  • Live Entertainment On Board
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off (from select downtown Nashville hotels only)
  • All local taxes & fees
  • Additional food and beverages
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

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Pickup details

Please note: Hotel pick-up is offered at select downtown Nashville hotels only. • Lunch Cruise: Please be ready in the Hotel Lobby for pick up by 10:30am for the Lunch Cruise at 12pm.  • Dinner Cruise: Please be ready in the Hotel Lobby for pick up by 5:30pm for the Dinner cruise at 7:00pm.

What To Expect

Begin your showboat cruise with convenient pickup at your Nashville hotel prior to departure time; the lunch cruise departs in the late morning and the dinner cruise departs in the early evening.

Board the historically recreated General Jackson Showboat, one of the country's largest paddle-wheel boats, and set off down the Cumberland River. Find a spot on one of the outdoor or indoor decks to enjoy the riverside scenery, then make your way to the boat's onboard Victorian theater to be seated for your meal. Dig into a traditional Southern meal, then sit back and enjoy a show featuring live comedy and music. The dinner show includes a live orchestra and talented dancers. 

When the General Jackson pulls back into the dock, transfer to ground transportation for the ride back to your Nashville hotel. 

Please see Itinerary section for a sample menu.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free meals are available upon advance notice
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

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Wheelchair access is easy and by ramp or lift to everything except the shop where there is a very small bump, so I avoided there.
A very organized event that was well worth the money!
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It was awsome!! Lot of...
Frances_H, Nov 2022
It was awsome!! Lot of fun and nice dinner. Very friendly staff . Entertainment was great!! Thank you
Great Time!
Alan_L, Nov 2022
This was a great experience from the boat tour, to the food, to the entertainment…highly recommended!
Love paddle boats
Beth_Z, Nov 2022
Very organized boarding and seating. Meal was good and plentiful. Alcohol is not included and this is not made clear when handed the drink menu. Souvenir glass but bot bag to carry it around. Entertainment was amazing. Best dinner show I have seen. The view of the Nashville skyline was beautiful. Highly recommend this dinner cruise
Great Choice to make.
Darren_R, Nov 2022
It’s just a great time to spend with someone, and to meet new people. Good food and great entertainment!
BFF day trip
Jennifer_D, Nov 2022
My best friend and I had a great time. The entertainment was awesome the food was OK and the cruise was lovely
It was a really good meal...
James_S, Nov 2022
It was a really good meal and then the show was good. Just a little too much fog or smoke affect. But otherwise very well worth the money and time.
Danielle_L, Nov 2022
We went here on our honeymoon trip to Nashville. Waitstaff were great, and the show was beautiful. Food was very good. Everyone of the crew were exceptionally friendly
Great fun entertaining night
Eve_Q, Oct 2022
Entertainment and meeting new couples was great. Riding on a paddle boat was very nice. Food was disappointing.
I want my own boat now!!!
Shelby_S, Oct 2022
It was absolutely amazing, very peaceful. The show that was put on was so enjoyable, i would love to come again and again!!!!
Fall 2022
Tara_M, Oct 2022
The entertainment was amazing. What a tribute to the musicians. The food was great and Amgad was the best server.
A must experience cruise and show
Jeoffrey_F, Oct 2022
Best part is the show. Very enjoyable and entertaining. The show band and singers were excellent. Actually more enjoyable than the Opry show we went to tye night before.
Must Do
Mary_S, Oct 2022
The food was good, good service, but the entertainment was exceptional. Would recommend this as a "must do" event when in Nashville.
A GREAT Experience on the General Jackson!
Geoff_F, Oct 2022
My wife and I celebrated our 27th anniversary on the General Jackson. We didn't know what to expect and it turned out to be the highlight of our 3 day trip to Nashville. We did the dinner was a well organized, first class operation, food was good and entertainment was outstanding! We hung out on the deck for an hour before the boat departed to watch the sunset and experience the talented band that played before we were seated for dinner. Additionally, they picked us up at our hotel and brought us home after the event. We would recommend this experience for people of all ages!
Go for it,
MARION_D, Oct 2022
Great experience..must do in Nashville. Food and entertainment were as expected for a dinner show. The lights downtown very nice.
Just ok
Carol_V, Oct 2022
The waiter was super rude. He spilled our wine and water all over the table. Food was ok. Show was very good
sheila_r, Oct 2022
Everything about it was perfect! The food and entertainment were both great and the service was awesome.
Very enjoyable evening, excellent value
Lisa_M, Oct 2022
The entertainment spectacular! Awesome! Staff great too! Food pleasant as well! Views wonderful. Ship very pleasant ride!
carmela_c, Oct 2022
I cannot say one bad thing about this dinner cruise the show was spectacular extremely talented dancers and singers the food was great and the service was exceptional the vein was incredible
Wonderful experience
Elizabeth_M, Oct 2022
We took the Dinner Cruise. The dinner and server’s were great and the entertainment was like a Vegas Show. The entertainers were great. Would recommend this cruise for a different experience for dinner and entertainment all in one place.
Wonderful experience!
Thomas_H, Oct 2022
What a wonderful evening that we were able to share with our friends. The staff, the dining and the entertainment were all first rate!


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