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General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

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.
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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

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
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.

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.
Itinerary
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General Jackson Showboat
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. 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.
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge
Cruise down the Cumberland River aboard the General Jackson Riverboat.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Gray Line Tours
Transportation offered through Gray Line Nashville
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Tennessee

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville.
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
See all safety measures taken by General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville.

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Traveler Tips


  • "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." See review
  • "A very organized event that was well worth the money!" See review

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star-4
Good experience albeit pricey
Jeff88
, Aug 2021
Friendly staff, nice cruise, tasty dinner, great show! Could have used more staff at the bar upon boarding or an additional bar somewhere else on the boat as the lines were very long. Dinner was small for the price. Left hungry.
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star-3
Good show… mediocre meal & bar…
Anthony_B
, Jul 2021
Show was really good, Legends Band played “Old Skool” country music mixed with a little bit of newer country. Meal (lunch cruise) was just “alright.” Bar was understaffed and took forever, only two stations serving about 500+ people. Recommend for classic country music fans… circa Elvis, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Charlie Pride, et al.
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star-5
Awesome cruise!!
Sharon_P
, Jul 2021
What a delightful experience!! I was celebrating my 70th birthday with a couple friends and we did the lunch cruise for my birthday. Food was good but the stage band was awesome!! Met some really nice people and had a GREAT time!! Wohld highly recommend it to anyone visiting Nashville!!
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star-2
Bad before hand experience
Ananda_V
, Jul 2021
The driver for the bus bringing us from river front pickup area to where boat launching is located was a TERRIBLE driver! Everyone in our party did not feel good after his driving… Even other people that weren’t in our group were talking and making comments about what a bad driver he was. It was so bad that we paid for Uber‘s after the river boat cruise just so we didn’t have to get back in with him. Made for the whole experience to be not great.
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star-5
One Great experience
Rosalind_M
, Jul 2021
The Dinner Cruise in Nashville for General Jackson Showboat was great. We enjoyed the cruise very much. The timing for all the activity were perfect. There were no long waits between activity on the cruise. The band was awesome.
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star-4
Nice family environment
Julie_O
, Jul 2021
Food was ok … the salad was just adequate and not flavorful &the ribs were a bit bland. The grits were decent - the coffee was excellent and the lemon cake was tasty. Facility was clean but I do feel the stairs were steep and you had to be very aware. The view was AWESOME and the show was very good! An enjoyable overall experience.
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star-5
Great trip
Charles_H
, Jul 2021
It was not explained to me that the 5:30 start time is when you would have picked me up. We drove to the boat and got there at 5:15 I hour before loading time. Did I pay extra for the pickup service??
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star-4
Yes - go
Susanb
, Jul 2021
The entertainment was very nice. Loved the review highlighting the different enertainers. Food was good too. The boat ride was very nice and smooth
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star-5
Wonderful!!!
Joyce_G
, Jul 2021
Wonderful! Great food, great entertainment & a great experience all around. Would recommend. Smooth ride. Ok scenery.
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Boat trip
Jane_S
, Jul 2021
Surprise at the level of talent in the show! The servers were very attentive as well. We loved the smooth ride on the showboat. Very fun!!
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