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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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, Aug 2022
Cancelled due to ship being broke down and they only have the one. There was no back up or opportunity to reschedule as they did not have a time that the repairs would be complete.
Was going to celebrate my...
, Aug 2022
Was going to celebrate my husband, daughter and my birthday. Boat was docked. We could have still go e for the show and meal but the whole purpose was to cruise.
Cruise showtime
, Aug 2022
The pre cruise music was really great! The actual show was also good but very difficult to understand the words…the sound was rather muffled.
Very fun time
, Aug 2022
Very fun time. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Entertainment. was awesome! Food was very good too, yummy dessert!
Fun adventure
, Aug 2022
The staff on this adventure were great. The entertainment was too shelf. I work for a major ocean cruise line and these performers we're better than the ones we book. Great time and very fun
General Jackson Steamboat Cruise-Hubbard
, Aug 2022
The music entertainment was awesome. The unfortunate part was not being able to leave the dock due to mechanical issues. I was told I would receive a refund of $25 per ticket. However I believe it should be more since I was informed just the day before. This was a gift to my husband for his 59th birthday and he was disappointed the ship didn’t leave the dock.
We loved the cruise! From...
, Aug 2022
We loved the cruise! From the moment our van driver picked us up the fun began. He took us past many points of interest and told stories about them. This was all before we got on board! The meal was delicious and the atmosphere was inviting! We absolutely loved the Texas Legends! Their show was fantastic ! The cruise was smooth and breezy making it a perfect day! Everyone was very welcoming and friendly.
, Jul 2022
Overall it was a great experience. The show was great . The food was ok. But defiantly something you want to do
Fantastic show
, Jul 2022
Great musical show ,very talented! Thoroughly enjoyed the costumes.Entertainers clearly loved their job. Highlight of our vacation
Great experience!!
, Jul 2022
Great show! The singers are so talented and the food was good! I would highly recommend to others. Beautiful lights in Nashville!
Great time
, Jul 2022
It’s always fun to have lunch or dinner on a boat but this one included just an amazing show also Food was good and staff was very friendly
Awesome all the way around!
, Jul 2022
The show was awesome very upbeat. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Food was good as well. We enjoyed the whole experience!!!
Fun and memorable
, Jul 2022
An awesome show! The performers loved that our table was engaged and singing and dancing. Highly recommend!
The Nashville Legends...
, Jul 2022
The Nashville Legends show was fantastic! Great musicians and vocals. Food and staff were wonderful.
Wonderful evening celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary
, Jul 2022
The band before dinner was a little of fun. Dinner was really good. Wait staff did excellent job! Show after our dinner was so good!! Would definitely recommend.
Great experience!
, Jul 2022
Being on the water, enjoying the musical show! The food was good, it was worth it ! Only issue was I had ordered non-meat dinner when I booked and they didn't have that noted for me and served me beef initially - but they changed it for me.
Fun times
, Jul 2022
All round enjoyable experience! Would recommend this to friends.The show was very good. Loved the fiddle player!
Relaxing cruise
, Jul 2022
The dinner was very good and the show was excellent. A relaxing and enjoyable evening. All the waiters and crew were accommodating
Well worth the money. Great entertainment.
, Jul 2022
The music was the best! Upon boarding the boat there was great live music. And then the group that sang and danced after dinner? Wow! Just wow! Loved this excursion. Food was good. Everything about it was worth it!
General Jackson Showboat cruise
, Jul 2022
We had a lovely lunchtime cruise on the General Jackson Showboat. The food was good and the show vibrant. The only slight downside is there was not much time between arrival and lunch to enjoy the cruise itself and the boat was very crowded. Nevertheless well worth doing when visiting Nashville with a convenient pick up from your hotel and back..

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