This 100-yard paddle-wheeler cruises the Cumberland River each day. Once aboard, the atmosphere and hospitality ushers ... More
General Jackson Showboat
This 100-yard paddle-wheeler cruises the Cumberland River each day. Once aboard, the atmosphere and hospitality ushers visitors back to the 19th century. Daytime cruise includes a lunch buffet and service by a singing staff. The three-hour dinner cruise includes a three-course meal and entertainment provided by a swing band and dancing in the ballroom.
This is an extremely good time just waiting for you to board. My wife, and I went on this cruise last night and not only was in fun, but entertaining at the same time. We had cruise only tickets which means that we couldn't go in the show or the buffet, !BUT! before the show one of the workers approached my wife, and I and asked why we were sitting there all alone (very politely as to just check on us) and we replied we were watching the water, and land pass. He invited us (free of charge) to go into the show. All the crew members are GREATLY helpful, and knowledgeable of the ship. We asked one of the workers the history of the ship and she told us the entire background of the ship. We did pay $5.50 for a thing of nacho's, but I have no regrets. In fact I'm looking forward to making future reservations. It was just that good!!!
The web site is not updated, so when I called Opryland's number to buy some tickets; a very old and rude lady told me that the price on the web site stopped a month ago. $100 ticket is way over priced. Don't bother with this company that doesn't care about it's customers.
I did enjoy the view of the city and the quiet ride. The entertainment on the top deck was very good. However, the meal was really poor quality. It tasted like cafeteria food, and definitely not worth the price. The wait for food was long and hot. The tables and chairs on deck were picnic like and did not accommodate everyone. The drinks were too expensive and served in plastic glasses. After waiting a long time for the drinks to arrive, the waitress announced she couldn't get our drinks until we paid for them first. (What's with that.) After she was paid and delivered the drinks, she announced they were more than she quoted and wanted more money. The whole experience was tacky. I am glad that it was not my only Nashville experience.
Compared to other cities that offer options of riverboat rides that do not force you into purchasing dinner and show tickets this is just way overpriced. The show is what it is - hokey old style Nashville . I would love to have options like other cities (Pittsburgh PA) where a small fleet of boats offer reasonably priced rides up the river and back.
First, I want to say that the entertainment was fantastic. The musicians and singers worked very hard and did a top notch job, and they're probably the lowest paid people on the cruise! We waited over half an hour for someone to take our drink orders once we were at the table. I wanted decaf coffee at the end of the meal, and the regular coffee drinkers had received two refills before almost everyone at our table castigated our waiter for not getting my decaf. Again it was over half an hour. Our table was finished eating, and the table next to ours had not been served yet. The drinks that we waited over half an hour for cost $36 for two drinks! The entire cost of the evening was over $250. The cruise itself is not even particularly scenic. You're on a muddy river, cruising past factories and people's backyards.
I took my g-daughter to Tennessee to visit family - and we stole away for an afternoon full of delightful entertainment! We took the VIP Captain's Tour - very affordable and informative; it allows you early entry onto the ship and personal "hands on" topics from the Captain!
Friendly staff - offering to help and offer tips (short cuts to upper/lower decks...deer in the headlights look, from following my g-daughter around, I guess, lol)
The band on the hurricane deck full of positive attention to the guests, and funny as well!
Food - excellent! Service impeccable, and you know I have high standards, I am a YANKEE!!!!!
I paid for the ride and buffet. You could also ride only and save a few dollars or go all out and get the show in the theater. The food was suprisingly good. The boat is very nice and clean. The staff was friendly. Band on the upper deck were very good. Young children may get bored after a while. Ride lasted about 3 hours and was a relaxing time. They had a photographer take your picture with the boat in the background. They gave you a book with a large picture and a picture of just the boat as well as a 5x7 and two 3x5 all for 20 dollars. I pay more then that for school pictures. I recommend for anyone visitng Nashville
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