Open Hours: Apr-Dec Departure Times - Breakfast: 8a-9:30a M-Sa, Lunch: 11a-1p M-Sa, Early Dinner: 4:30p-6:45p M-Sa, Sunset Dinner: 8p-10:30p M-Sa. Boarding begins one hour before departure. Lunch cruises are featured on some Sundays.
The sweeping panoramas of Table Rock Lake provide the backdrop for musical entertainment and a gourmet, unhurried dinner on a ... More
Showboat Branson Belle
The sweeping panoramas of Table Rock Lake provide the backdrop for musical entertainment and a gourmet, unhurried dinner on a cruise aboard a four-deck, stern-wheeled showboat. Shows range from comedy ventriloquist performances at breakfast to a full-blown music history revue for dinner. There is always something to do for every member of the family aboard this floating show palace. Meals are included in the ticket prices. Breakfast specials include Three-Cheese and Kiwi Krepes as well as steak and eggs. Lunch and dinner entrees are usually of the grilled or baked chicken variety.
basically a sales pitch from the beginning were you are wound around thru merchandise while waiting in line to get your tickets & on throughout the show to buy some of the goods offered, if you don’t like having your ear drums blown out , don’t go here, cramped seating, food marginally good, expected much more for money spent (compared to other shows I have visited in Branson)
this one rates lowest.
We attended the show July 8th. standing in line was a bit miserable as the heat has been incredible. Once on board we were greeted by our waitress, service was prompt, the food was fine. Nothing special, but we understood given the amount they must need to prepare. We had time for pictures, but again the heat was almost too much too handle. The show was much improved over previous years. My girls loved the violin player, she also kept them engaged during her piano playing and singing. She truly was gifted and fun to watch. The highlight for us was the magician. He used our youngest during dinner for a magic trick on stage. My husband swore that he must use plants in the audience because he had a joke for every situation that came up during the show. The boys were also entertaining, we enjoyed several of their songs. After the show, we met the violinist and the magician and couple of the singing boys. They were all very friendly and took time to sign our photo and talk with each of my girls. We were concerned that the program would be lacking because of loss of the talking dogs, but I found the show much more fun and overall more entertaining. I've never laughed as hard as I did that night and my girls keep saying "and that was magic". We left the parking lot singing a few of the tunes and laughing together. We will definitely be back!
Well, we had not done the showboat before, My husband and I have started a family tradition of Branson every summer with our 2 small kids. We decided to do the showboat and were not impressed, wished we had spent the money for another day at Silver Dollar City and watched the evening show there. 1st of all, the waitress did not enjoy her job, I told her my 3yr old needed a kids cup she told me they didnt have one, then I asked about a souvenier cup w/a lid and she replied "Well, those cost money, and they are like 15 dollars" like i couldnt afford it! Anyway, the lady selling the cups finally came by..after my kid spilled her drink everywhere, and offered us a cup with a smoothie for 6 bucks,,to wich the waitress replied :"Well, I can get her a small plastic cup with a lid" REALLY??!!! Then, due to the forecast, we couldnt leave the dock even tho they just returned from a cruise when we arrived...i could have dealt with that if it werent for the rest of my experience. 3rdly, the entertainment was "OK" my kids liked it..but after the show when my 6yr old asked for autographs, they just took the picture she had and signed it, very unfriendly, and did not speak to her..come on...at least ask her if she had fun...especially the magician which she loved...he was a real jerk. Last but not least, we have been to Dixie Stampede..WONDERFUL FOOD....we were expecting close to the same quality here...NOPE, Id rather ate a "heat and heat" microwavable for 99cents from the grocery store...No menu..dont know where these other folks got to choose..we were in the 3rd row and they gave ya what they wanted...which would have been ok if it were good!!! The showboat itself is beautiful, such a shame the entertainment couldnt be friendly! Needless to say...Never again...go to the Stampede if you want great food and entertained!
We enjoyed the food and the show very much, but when we left I had left our vidio camera on the table and and when we went back to get it was gone. they only people in the room when left was the staff. Well guess what know saw it on the table. The waiter is a thief. So be careful when you go not to leave anything. They said that they would call us if it was found, but never got the call. We will never take the cruise again.
First, it is worth the extra money for the paddlewheel seats. The meal was so flavorful. You get to pick from a menu. It is also available for viewing on their website. The Mate Special was delicious. It is quiet because this area does not usually have children. The waiter was attentive to our every need. Then you can walk around the boat and the view is gorgeous. Next is the show. The show is Tony award winning songs which for me I am not into the broadway show but I greatly enjoyed every minute. Next is Todd Oliver and his talking dogs and it was neat but even better when the audience participated. This a must stop if you are in Branson.
We went all out and paid for the paddle wheel room for dinner on 7/22/2010, for the twighlight show. The waiter was excellent and treated everyone first class, your glass was never more than 1/2 empty. The steak was excellent you could cut it with a butter knife. The show Todd Oliver was great as was the singers. Worth the extra $ to upgrade trust me.
My husband & I have been to Branson 28 times & went on the Branson Belle for the first time June 17 2010. We had a great time, food was excellent, great dessert too. The entertainment with Todd and the dogs was so funny, we laughed til we were in tears, and the great 4 dancers who changed outfits in one show 29 times was super great. The Branson Belle was definitely better than we ever imagined. The Cunningham's from Southwest Ark.
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