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General Jackson Showboat Nashville Lunch & Dinner Cruises

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2812 Opryland Dr Nashville, TN 37214
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General Jackson Showboat Nashville Lunch & Dinner Cruises
Detail The General Jackson dinner cruise lasts approximately 2.5 hours.
Detail The cruise price includes a meal and non-alcoholic beverage.
Detail Appropriate for All Ages
Detail Handicap Accessible
Detail Both Cameras and Video Cameras are Permitted
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General Jackson Showboat Nashville Lunch & Dinner Cruises
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The atmosphere was great. The staff were so friendly and full of information. The talent in the show was awesome. XYZJocelyn Harper - Bowling Green, KyThe atmosphere was great. The staff were so friendly and full of information. The talent in the show was awesome. XYZJocelyn Harper - Bowling Green, KyThe atmosphere was great. The staff were so friendly and full of information. The talent in the show was awesome. XYZJocelyn Harper - Bowling Green, KyThe atmosphere was great. The staff were so friendly and full of information. The talent in the show was awesome. XYZJocelyn Harper - Bowling Green, Ky

A General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise provides an amazing adventure to those visiting Nashville, TN. This famous paddle wheel riverboat takes guests via the Cumberland River to view the Nashville skyline to enjoy a relaxing cruise, live stage show, and delicious dinner. Whether you are celebrating a date night, birthday, or just want to get in some sightseeing during your Music City vacation, it is a must-have addition to your itinerary.

New for 2024: Tennessee Legends Show

Experience brilliant entertainment with the new Tennessee Legends Show. This show features the music that made Tennessee famous, from country to Memphis soul music. Discover the sounds of Dolly Parton, hear Smoky Mountain tall tales, discover Opry legends, and have an amazing time with the guitars, fiddles, and amazing voices. 

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The Cumberland River is a gorgeous and historic waterway winding throughout Nashville. On whichever trip you choose, you will be able to see some of the most glorious sights in Nashville from a unique perspective. The showboat is equipped with amazing ways to see everything, including balconies and outside decks which allow for beautiful panoramic views of the towering skyscrapers and sparkling lights of the city. During warmer months, you may capture sight of local wildlife as well such as fish and birds. Soak in the fresh air and the unforgettable Nashville skyline scenery on this cruise tour, and don't forget to bring your camera to snap a few pictures along the way!

About the General Jackson Showboat

The General Jackson is one of the largest Nashville boat and river cruises in the country and its dock is found on the Cumberland River. Having launched its cruises in 1985, it has provided quality entertainment, live music, and fun to visitors for more than three decades. It is named after the first steamboat to travel in Nashville in 1817. Thousands of people have enjoyed this famous attraction, which is famous for its stately design and special event cruises, drawing in thousands of travelers every year to view its entertainment options. The boat itself has a lot of stunning features, with a length of 274 feet and a towering height of 55 feet, massive decks, and stunning views.

The Nashville river boat can carry up to 1,037 passengers and 135 crew at a time during max capacity. It also features one of the largest paddlewheels that is 36 feet long and 24 feet in diameter. Just the paddle wheel weighs 36,000 pounds! This massive boat has a total weight of 1,489 tons. It travels at an average speed of approximately 5 - 8 miles per hour. The boat is comprised of four decks, which hold features such as the Heritage Hall, a gift shop, the Victorian Theater with a sit-down dining area and comfortable seating, balconies, and tons of outside viewing opportunities. If you are wanting to enjoy a completely unique experience, make sure to board this fantastic riverboat. Additionally, the beautiful General Jackson Showboat is wheelchair accessible and gives a neat way to explore the Nashville downtown area.

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 Pass By  Cumberland River in Nashville, TN
As the largest and most important bodies of water in the city, the Cumberland River offers some incredible insight into local Nashville life. The river runs through the city and expands for an astonishing 600 miles throughout the US. As such, it is a huge transportation hub and offers a central point for boating and more. Get out on the water on the General Jackson to marvel at the river's abundant sightseeing, wildlife, and views of the Nashville skyline.
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 Pass By  Downtown Nashville
Explore Downtown Nashville from the water with tickets aboard the General Jackson. Downtown Nashville's skyline lines the border of the Cumberland River, giving guests the opportunity to see its most notable buildings, landmarks, attractions, and more as they glide along.


The stunning Nashville landscape views aren't the only great thing about a ride on this beloved vessel. As you take a relaxing trip along Nashville's Cumberland River, you can enjoy live orchestra entertainment. Chill out on the main deck and enjoy all of the General Jackson Showboat’s Nashville views. This massive showboat is home to fantastic shows to entertain and delight guests of all ages. These shows take place at the center of the boat in the amazing Victorian Theater. This theater boasts two stories and balcony views for an unforgettable experience. A different band plays on each Nashville dinner cruise, so there is always something new and fun going on.

With tons of viewing space, these themed Nashville cruises offer amazing shows, a good time, mouth-watering food, and an energy that is totally unparalleled by any other boat adventure in the South. Be sure to climb aboard and enjoy live entertainment and downtown sightseeing the next time you visit Music City by booking your General Jackson Showboat tickets today. Whether you want to take an hour cruise, lunch cruise, evening dinner cruise, or just want to get out and see Nashville Tennessee on the river, these cruises offer amazing opportunities for adventures. Be sure to book your hotel lodging to the Gaylord Opryland Resort, go shopping at the Opry Mills Mall, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum or get tickets to see the Grand Ole Opry. Regardless of what you do, you're bound to have a blast on your trip to Nashville! Be sure to book a great Nashville hotel in the area. jackson general general jackson's music city queen riverboat nashville tngeneral jackson showboat seating chart gen jackson boat general jackson seating chart

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General Jackson Showboat Midday Lunch Cruise
Available Now until 11/10/2024 View Detailed Schedule
Take this 2.5 hour trip for an afternoon of entertainment along with a delicious lunch! Enjoy the amazing music during the Tennessee Legends show while cruising along the Cumberland River and tasting a mouth-watering Southern-style plated lunch prepared by the boat's very own sous chef. Tennessee Legends is a fantastic musical journey which allows guests to experience some of their favorite songs in a memorable way while enjoying a traditional southern meal. From East Tennessee to Nashville’s Music City to the soulful sounds from Memphis, many of the top musical entertainers of all time call Tennessee home. Hear Smoky Mountain stories from country music’s greatest living legend, Dolly Parton to the sounds of Nashville’s legendary Grand Ole Opry stars to the classics from one of the greatest artists of all time, Memphis’ own Elvis Presley. With guitars, fiddles, and voices ringing, Tennessee Legends is a can’t-miss musical treat. The performers are extremely talented and energetic, creating an explosive performance full of awesome live music and fun for all ages.
General Jackson Showboat Evening Dinner Cruise
Available 7/22/2024 until 11/9/2024 View Detailed Schedule
This three-hour option allows you to spend the evening in the Victorian Dinner Theatre while enjoying a delicious dinner. Sail along the Cumberland River under the Tennessee night sky, and after your fabulous dinner, you can sit back and enjoy the live production, Music City Nights. With this production, guests will witness all-new entertainment with choreography and colorful costuming. Enjoy some authentic country pickin' and singing, with top hits from Opry legends like George Jones, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, and 90s country performers like Shania Twain and Reba McEntire. The finale features modern music from artists like Lainey Wilson and Luke Combs.
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Heather Roark
West Berlin, NJ
Verified Traveler

"This was an amazing event to go to"
This was an amazing event to go to. The food was delicious and the show was absolutely out of this world. I definitely suggest sitting through the entire show before roaming the boat since you have plenty of time after the show's done. The singers are very polite and let you take pictures with them at the end and then they have an amazing second show up on the top of the boat afterwards that is comical and fun. Definitely recommend doing this.
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Lori Rowell
Pearl, MS
Verified Traveler

"The show was fabulous."
The show was fabulous. The service was amazing. And the food was ok. Not sure what i was expecting, but i didn't’t leave hungry. It was a bit crowded in the dining room so my advice is to go to the restroom and get your drinks before you get seated. The servers will get your drinks for you if you’d like. The stage was small but the cast used it well. Not boring at all.
Tip: Enjoy!!!
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Betty Inmon
Ohio
Verified Traveler

"Would recommend this experience to all and hope that it will become your family tradition."
The general jackson cruise at christmas has been a family tradition for the last several years. We are hoping to be there again this year. I love to see the glow on my daughter's face when we board the boat. We have never left the boat without the christmas love and full bellies from the show. The food is always wonderful and my two grandsons are always ready to eat. Would recommend this experience to all and hope that it will become your family tradition.
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Barbara LaBare
Hollywood, MD
Verified Traveler

"This was the best by far."
This was the best by far. We were seated at table #2 which was right by the corner of the stage. We got to see the entire show without anyone being in front of us and it was great. The entertainment was great and the dinner was fantastic. This was a special trip for my nephew who has been in a wheel chair since birth. He is now 42 years old and this was his first visit to tennessee. I wanted to do something special for him while we were there since his parents gave him the trip as a christmas present. I could not have asked for a better time nor could he. It was a surprise up until 10 minutes before we pulled into the parking lot. He had no clue what we were doing. So from the mongeau and labare family, thank you for making that day special for him.
Frequently Asked Questions for General Jackson Showboat Nashville Lunch & Dinner Cruises:
  • What type of parking do you have?
    The General Jackson shares a parking lot with Opry Mills and there is no charge for parking.
  • Approximately how long are the cruises?
    The entire experience is approximately 2.5 hours long.
  • How many decks or levels are there aboard the boat?
    The boat has four decks.
  • What lake or river does the boat cruise on?
    The boat sails on the Cumberland River.
  • How many passengers does the boat hold?
    The boat holds 1,037 passengers along with 135 crew members.
  • What is the dress code?
    Casual dress for all cruises. Shirts and shoes are required to be worn at all times. No halter top or bathing suit tops are allowed.
  • Does General Jackson Showboat Nashville Lunch & Dinner Cruises feature a bar?
    Yes, there is a full-service bar on deck for all your favorite alcoholic drinks.
  • Are alcoholic beverages served at General Jackson Showboat Nashville Lunch & Dinner Cruises?
    Yes, there is a full-service bar.
  • Is the boat air-conditioned?
    Yes, the interior of the boat is air conditioned.
  • What is the policy in case of inclement weather?
    The boat makes an effort to always sail even during weather-related instances in which the boat may be delayed.
  • Are strollers allowed on the boat?
    Yes, strollers are permitted on board.
Midday Buffet Lunch Cruise

Midday Buffet Lunch Cruise

Salads

  • Garden Salad
    Romaine Iceberg Blend - Shredded Kale - Cornbread Croutons - Crumbled Cheese Curds - Grape Tomatoes - Heirloom Carrots - Tangy House Dressing 
     
  • Loaded Baked Potato Salad
    Green Onions - Bacon - Sour Cream 

Entrees

  • Sweet Bourbon Glazed Chicken
    BBQ Spices - Brown Sugar - Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Hickory Smoked Prok Shoulder 
    Sweet Molasses BBQ Sauce

Sides

  • Baked Mac and Cheese
  • Root Beer Baked Beans
  • Chef's Seasonally Inspired Vegetables
  • Buttered Soft Rolls with Cherrywood Smoked Sea Salt

Desserts

  • Seasonal Fruit Cobbler
    Cinnamon Streusel Topping with Caramel and Vanilla Cream Sauce

Tea, Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee 

(Menu Subject to Change without Notice)

Evening Cruise Plated Dinner Menu

Garden Salad
Romaine Iceberg Blend - Shredded Kale - Cornbread Croutons - Crumbled Cheese Curds - Grape Tomatoes - Heirloom Carrots - Tangy House Dressing 

From the Carver

Slow-Roasted Prime Rib of Beef
Garlic and Shallot Salt Crust - Fresh Herbs - Horseradish Cream

Main Course

  • Roasted Chicken Breast
    Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Demi
     
  • Baked Mac and Cheese
    Garlic with Cheddar Crumb Topping
     
  • Steakhouse Potatoes
    House Blend of Spices
     
  • Chef's Seasonally Inspired Vegetable
  • Glazed Carrots and Spring Peas
    Shaved Parmesan - Citrus - Honey - Thyme
  • Buttered Soft Rolls with Cherrywood Smoked Sea Salt

Dessert

  • Chocolate Torte
    Whipped Cream - Vanilla Creme Anglaise - Bourbon Caramel - Toffee Cookie Crumble

Tea, Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee 

((Menu Subject to Change without Notice))

Vegetarian Menu

Please mention at time of reservation. Vegetarian menus, while change each night, are often the same menu as the regular cruise minus the meat. They often include a pasta dish with additional vegetables. 

*subject to change. 

Holiday Dinner Plated Cruise Menu

Salad
Arcadian Baby Lettuces with Dried Assorted Fruits, Toasted Pecans, Chevre Goat Cheese & White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Main Course

  • Braised Short Rib with Merlot Demi-Glace OR Roasted Chicken Breast with Creamy Chicken Demi

Sides

  • Roasted Steakhouse Potatoes
  • Citrus Honey Glazed Carrots
  • Buttered Soft Rolls with Cherrywood Smoked Sea Salt

Dessert

  • Apple Cinnamon Crumb Cake
  • Oat & Honey Streusel, Sea Salt Caramel Cream

Tea, Coffee, or Decaf Coffee

(Menu subject to change without notice)

Holiday Midday Plated Dinner Cruise

Salad

  • Arcadian Baby Lettuces with Dried Assorted Fruits, Toasted Pecans, Chevre Goat Cheese, White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Main Course

  • Roasted Chicken Breast with Herb Brined, House Spices, Creamy Demi
  • Roasted Steakhouse Potatoes
  • Citrus Honey Glazed Carrots
  • Buttered Soft Rolls with Cherrywood Smoked Sea Salt

Dessert

  • Apple Cinnamon Crumb Cake

Tea, Coffee, and Decaf Coffee 

Menu Subject to Change without Notice.


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