I took a short 2.5 hour cruise on Blue Moon on Sunday, August 22. Granted, Groupon was what hooked me with a buy-one-get-one free deal, but once on board, the cruise was a fantastic experience. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves nature, water, boats, and a relaxing, interesting day on the river.
The boat is large enough for about 50 people, but on this particular Sunday, there were maybe 20 of us--a great number. The food was served buffet style in the downstairs, enclosed, air-conditioned part of the boat, and it was very well-presented in steel catering dishes (all with lids). Everything was warm (or cold, as appropriate) and the food consisted of: Potato Salad, Slaw, Pulled Chicken, Pulled Pork, buns, barbeque sauce, Potato Chips, Brownies, Cherry Pastries, and the best sweet tea I've had in a long-long time. I probably had six glasses while on the cruise. The buffet was all-you-can-eat, which was nice for going back for a brownie later on.
Upstairs, on the upper deck (no enclosure, but with a nice shade canopy and plenty of seating, there is a cash bar serving beer (about six or eight brands including Fat Tire, Yeungling, and the basics, too) along with mixed drinks--probably most anything you want made from vodka, whiskey, rum, tequila, and so on. The bartender, John, was a wealth of information about the cruise, the boat, the area in general--ask him to recommend a local bar or restaurant. The Terminal is my favorite, next to the Choo Choo Hotel.
The Captain does a great job narrating the cruise--pointing out wildlife and historic areas along the river.
The seating and tables are comfortable and varied.
The boat (including the bathrooms (the Head) is very clean.
The pier where you board is easily accessible and convenient (just "behind" the Tennessee Aquarium on the river)
Parking (at MOST) will cost you $5. But, if you go on Sunday, parking along the street in well-marked spaces is free. If you cannot find a free space along the street--we found one no problem--just park in any of the plenty of spaces opposite the pier.
In summary, this was a great experience. I love boats and the water, so this was a perfect fit for me.
Children might become a little bored--the only things to do are eat, sight-see, have a drink, relax, tour the pilot house--so this is GREAT for adults, and probably PERFECT for seniors. Kids should probably bring their PSP (portable game system). You could even play a few hands of cards with your group if you like.
As you are cruising the river, you never lose cell service, so you can send an e-mail or two, upload a pic to Facebook (I did!) or even chat a little while cruising.
It's all a great experience, and I highly recommend it.
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