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General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville

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Nashville, United States

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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
Live Entertainment On Board
Lunch or Dinner Cruise Options Available
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
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Boat Cruise along the Cumberland River in Nashville
Additional food and beverages
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. 

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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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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
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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.
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.
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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Thoroughly enjoyed the excursion.
, Jun 2021
The entertainment was fabulous both before and after dinner. The food was warm and tasty. Staff was friendly. Wife and I had a great time.
Good but long dinner
, Jun 2021
We really really liked the cruise! The food was really good! It was fun to be on, it lasted a decent amount of time- it was beautiful! We opted out of watching the show because dinner took so long to serve that we didn’t get to be outside much and wanted to be outside to see downtown. It was fun!
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, Jun 2021
Our ride to the lunch cruise was great. Our driver Big Jerry was very friendly, told us about the history of Nashville. The cruise was very nice. Entertainment was excellent. The lunch was okay, the dessert was disappointing. food could be alot better.
Would do it again
, Jun 2021
This experience was amazing. From the views, food and show I would do it again!! So happy to have been able to celebrate our anniversary on this boat!!!
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Fabulous night of entertainment!
, Jun 2021
The food was good, but the entertainment was great! What a bunch of talented musicians that can sing, dance, and make their instruments sing. Definitely a must do when visiting Nashville.
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A good nighy
, Jun 2021
The views from the boat were beautiful. The show was good. The food was delicious. All of the crew members that we had contact with were helpful and friendly.
Dinner cruise
, Jun 2021
The show was great and the boat tour was very nice. The captain show us were the wheel paddles were so I could look at them. It was nice of him to take the time to do this for us.
Perfect Nashville fun
, May 2021
The staff was friendly the show was entertaining the food was delicious a good time all the way around! A must do when in Nashville!
Cruise down the River of Disappointment
, May 2021
We did not enjoy this tour. Signed up to cruise for our 17th anniversary thinking it would be a fun way to spend a few hours, but it was rather disappointing. Granted, we aren’t HUGE country fans, so we tempered our expectations early on, because we knew the live performance would be the focal point if the cruise, but it was literally the ONLY entertainment... The lunch meal was sad. No menu options to choose from; just the saddest, most bland chicken quarter with institutional sides. Neither of us finished our meals. We also didn’t expect to be seated at large tables with other people. The trip down the river was scenic, but we hoped and expected to get a narrated tour or some information about the boat, Nashville, or the river while aboard. Nope. Just lots of people with over-priced drinks. The live performance was good, I suppose, if you are a big country music fan. We aren’t so we left after two or three songs to go wander the boat free of other guests. On a side note, our GreyLine bus driver, Big Jerry (Steve?) was phenomenal. Heck if a guy and an even better driver.
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Awesome time
, May 2021
The band, the band, the band! Great music, EVERYONE w so courteous and helpful! The dinner was ok, but the bartenders and wait staff made up for it!

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