General Jackson Showboat
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The General Jackson(R) is a unique 300-ft paddle wheel showboat that cruises the Cumberland River w/ views of the Nashville skyline. Enjoy live entertainment along with a delicious meal and a cruise that you can't get anywhere else. Holiday shows begin mid-November, and special event cruises are scheduled throughout the year, including Valentine's Day, Fourth of July and New Year's Eve. Docking is located on the banks of the Cumberland River on the back side of Opry Mills Mall.
Nashville, Tennessee

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CanuckAlberta
Alberta493 contributions
Nov. 2022
After reading some other reviews we decided to skip the meal options which seems to be what most people complain about(poor meal, pushy staff asking for tips) and just do the Tennessee Legends afternoon cruise. It was a beautiful day so it was no problem spending 2.5 hours out there and with the fall colors it was a scenic trip down the Cumberland. We really enjoyed the afternoon and cant comment on the show as we did not watch it.
Written November 4, 2022
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locotileman
LaFayette, GA1 contribution
Oct. 2022 • Couples
Thank you so much for ruining our week, we had looked forward to the dinner cruise.but they cancelled on Tuesday before our Thursday date. With no reason. Will not be back!!!
Written October 25, 2022
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soupson2015
Paducah, KY22 contributions
Oct. 2022
I felt the Sunday lunch cruise was very much overpriced for what was provided.
I expected to hear a calliope but General Jackson apparently doesn't have one.
Lunch served was only mediocre.
Wait staff was very rushed. They semi seemed to be throwing the plates with food at you, removing plates in a hurried fashion also , often before diners were finished. Water glasses were often filled to the absolute brim in a rushed fashion and more than one person had ice water spilled or dripped on them at our table of 10 people Ten folks per table made for very close seating and we were only a party of two. We did not know the other eight people we were seated with.
Only water was provided. To get a glass of tea or water you had to ask wait staff.
Show provided was not of quality I expected for a Nashville show. I've seen much better shows at Badgett Playhouse in Grand Rivers, KY and Sevierville, TN.
The Cumberland River that General Jackson travels on is very narrow and not much scenery to look at . However, when the Nashville skyline comes in to view it is nice to see.
I personally do not recommend this adventure because the quality of trip provided does not equal the price charged. I won't take it again nor recommend it to anyone.
Written October 25, 2022
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joym99
Denver, CO15 contributions
Oct. 2022 • Friends
This was ok. I would not recommend doing this trip. Food just ok. Entertainment not worth it. The local talent in the area beat the pants off of this entertainment. Coming from superior entertainment on Royal Caribbean it was that of a garage band group. Would not book again.
Written October 22, 2022
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Cheyenne N
East Jordan, MI96 contributions
Oct. 2022
This was or second time on the General Jackson. This time stunk to the point I will not come back. We got the Captains table tickets because of the extra's that were susposed to be included (and were included in the past). Well this time it was a waste of money, we were let on the boat about 10 minutes early but that was it. Everything else was quite subpar. we did not get the tour of the pilot house or early seating, as was part of the reason to get these tickets because we had one person with us that walked with a cane and has a hard time navigating in crowds. On Top of it all the waiter was very entitled and would stand next to you not happy with the tip he was given trying to get more. This has really went in a different direction since we were there 1 year ago. i would not recommend anyone buy the captains table tickets they are a big joke.
Written October 10, 2022
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Seaside481381
Chicago, IL1 contribution
Oct. 2022 • Couples
Best show I’ve seen in a long time. Well worth the money. Food was good, river cruise was fantastic snd the show was great. Definitely a 10.
Written October 6, 2022
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lynn f
Belleville, Canada20 contributions
Sep. 2022 • Couples
The entertainment were a first class show and the boat ride was a lot of fun!! The crew were top notch & so friendly!! I can't comment on the food we didn't get the meal but our cocktail was tasty!!
Written September 20, 2022
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paul l
1 contribution
Sep. 2022
Great evening with the exception of one waiter. He seemed very entitled to a tip (which we gave) but he wasn't happy about a $12 tip given by a couple next to us. Made them feel uncomfortable. They weren't even offered a drink during the meal , but he confronted them about his service. Put a bit of a damper on the last half of the evening.... Table #44 _ Sept 15
Written September 16, 2022
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William R
7 contributions
Sep. 2022 • Couples
The boat, food, staff and entertainers were all great. Beautiful scenery. You don’t feel the boat moving at all. One minor downer was sitting right under the vents. You don’t know exactly where you’ll be sitting so you may wanna take at least a sweater or something to keep you from getting cold. Other than that, I would definitely visit this place again.
Written September 8, 2022
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Tami C
United States3 contributions
Sep. 2022 • Couples
Day cruise. Did not purchase the lunch just cruise. Had a great time. Boat staff was very nice and knowledgeable. Can’t say much for the wait staff as we didn’t eat but one of the servers did ask us for a tip even though we did not eat. Just shook my head and he walked away.
Show was enjoyable and the band and singers were great.
Will be planning to go the evening cruise next time.
Written September 4, 2022
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