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General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville

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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

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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

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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. 

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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
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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." See review
  • "A very organized event that was well worth the money!" See review


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Excellent show
, Jul 2022
The show was excellent, the performers were such a high quality. Food was good but the actual boat was a disappointment. You could have been in any tired looking banquet hall were the lunch and show was held.
Everything was good from...
, Jul 2022
Everything was good from dinner, drinks and entertainment. Very well organized. Good hot and cooked just right.
The scenery was...
, Jun 2022
The scenery was beautiful. Lunch was nice. Loved the whole experience. Was romantic wit girlfriend. Definitely would recommend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great boat ride.
, Jun 2022
It was great. Loved the ride. The band up on deck was wonderful. Very entertaining. Kept our attention.
Relaxing on the River
, Jun 2022
Fun evening on the river. So relaxing and enjoyable. Dinner and a show to experience the feeling of the south and the music 🎵
Very disappointing.
, Jun 2022
First, let me say, the show, it was amazing. In fact, the show is the reason I gave the cruise the three stars I did. The food…..well to say that it was a disappointment would be kind. For what we paid, it was very poor. A Shortrib, which was very tasty. That’s all it was really, a taste. a small piece of chicken, that had no flavor, and looked as though it had been boiled, and thrown on the plate, with a little gravy (I assume to give it some flavor), some green beans, and cold baby potatoes. Oh, and for dessert, a half blueberry muffin, with pudding and granola on top. All in all, aside from the show, a wasted evening. It was family style seating, assigned tables, which is fine, however unfortunately we were seated with people that couldn’t have been more opposite than ourselves. But, I guess that’s what makes the world go round. And lastly, our waiter. I assume, he thought he was being cute, but he was so loud and obnoxious, and frankly harassed everyone at the table, until we gave him a tip. He hovered over us, holding money In His hand, the whole time repeating over and over, that he was done for the evening. Very very rude. Personally, as I never hold the wait staff accountable for bad food, he would have gotten a much better tip from us, had he been more reserved, and less obnoxious. Unfortunately, when you add it all up, between the bad food, irritating obnoxious waiter, the the mere fact that the boat was so crowded, that you couldn’t really move around, I would not recommend this adventure. Certainly not for the price. There are too many other venues, in the immediate area, for around the same price, for an overall much better experience.
Great show and very good...
, Jun 2022
Great show and very good food and the nicest staff!!! We were helped every step of the way and we LOVED the show! Great performance
great dinner cruise
, Jun 2022
People at our table were great. The entertainment was wonderful . Wverone was very helpful and the servers were very accommodating.
The show and food were...
, Jun 2022
The show and food were exceptional. Only complaint was wait staff requesting tips. 20 dollar minimum?? Not cool.... ☹️
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Jun 2022
Everything was Excellent The service was great the food was excellent the boat ride was fantastic everything was just very nice and relaxing would recommend it and do it again. Very well organized And the entertainment was superb.
Fun boat ride.
, Jun 2022
Alot of fun. Great entertainment. I recommend doing this if you travel to Nashville. Make sure to go out and get pictures with Nashville lite up.
Not a ten
, Jun 2022
Entertainment was good. Waiter was annoying, kept asking one couple for tip. Repeatedly saying hello.
Great dinner and show.
, Jun 2022
Dinner And show was great. The ride down the river was very smooth. Staff was great. Very accommodating.
Ohio visitor
, Jun 2022
Short rib ,potatoes and green beans were good. Chicken was over cooked and dry The role felt stale Small portions so don’t go hungry!
Luncheon was atrociously terrible
, Jun 2022
Musical show was excellent. Boring river ride (perhaps historical narration would be nice, although little to see along the river),
Very enjoyable
, Jun 2022
The entertainment was great; very talented group. The only downside was the long line to get a drink before the food was served.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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, Jun 2022
After dinner show, enjoyed the bridges, took great pics. That’s all I have to say, please accept my comments so I can complete this survey.
Great show
, Jun 2022
The trip was great from the beginning. Shuttle picks you up at your hotel. Driver was very informative with some fun facts. Dinner, music and entertainment was fantastic! Highly recommend.
Superb talent
, Jun 2022
This was a fantastic experience! Lunch great and the show was Beyond fantastic!! What talent and fun!!! Highly recommend. A MUST see!!
Amazing do it
, May 2022
Great music playing the entire time great good great service and even better show. Love the sights would recommend

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