It's Showtime on Board the General Jackson Showboat Beginning March 5

Cruises Offer a Unique Dining and Live Entertainment Experience in Nashville.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 23, 2021) — The General Jackson Showboat, one of Gaylord Opryland Resort’s most popular attractions for the past 36 years, will begin rolling on the Cumberland River for the spring season on March 5 with midday lunch and evening dinner cruises.

The year-round cruises include first-class live entertainment, delicious meals, and views of Nashville not found anywhere else. Every year, thousands of visitors make the General Jackson a part of their memorable Music City experience.

“We’re excited to welcome guests back on board The General Jackson Showboat this spring, just as the Tennessee weather begins to warm up again,” said Patrick Walker, general manager of the Showboat. “The lively shows, delicious food served with our well-known Southern hospitality, and lovely views of Nashville from the Cumberland River make this a truly one-of-a-kind experience.”

With four massive decks offering outside and inside access, the boat hosts not only show cruises, but it is also an in-demand venue for private events, such as corporate meetings, parties, weddings, and proms. Guests can also choose to enhance their holidays by booking a special event cruise.

Whether cruising for lunch or dinner, inside the beautiful Victorian Theater guests will partake in delicious meals prepared by Gaylord Opryland Resort’s award-winning chefs. Midday and dinner cruises alike feature a delectable, three-course Southern meal.

Afterwards, guests will enjoy music-filled, on-board entertainment. The Tennessee Legends afternoon show (also performed on evening cruises thru June 30) pays tribute to worldfamous musicians who have roots in Tennessee, including Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley and more, complete with guitars, fiddles, and live singing. Music City Nights, the evening show performed July 1 through November 13, is a spirited celebration of the many musical styles making up the Nashville nightlife, featuring a live band, six rising stars, dynamic musical arrangements, dazzling choreography and stunning costumes, all supported by state-of-theart lighting and sound.

The General Jackson Showboat, built by Indiana-based Jeffboat, was launched April 20, 1985, and was christened July 2, 1985. The boat can hold 1,000 passengers and up to 172 crew members. The paddlewheel riverboat stands 77 feet tall and 300 feet long, making it one of the country’s largest showboats. The paddlewheel itself is 36 feet long, 24 feet wide and weighs 36 tons. Two Caterpillar 3512 engines, each with 1050 horsepower and 880 kilowatt generators, are responsible for powering the vessel, which has a maximum speed of 13 miles per hour.

As the safety of its guests and STARS (employees) is of paramount importance, the General Jackson Showboat’s cruise experience has been developed in accordance with Marriott’s “Commitment to Clean” program and with enhanced protocols and social distancing measures. Face coverings must be worn by all guests ages two and older in all indoor/outdoor public areas; face coverings may be removed while seated to enjoy a cocktail or for dining in the Victorian Theater. Programming will also operate in consideration with the latest local, state and federal legislation.

Cruise options include main floor seating, second floor seating or a one-of-a-kind Captain’s Table experience featuring a tableside greeting and tour of the pilothouse by the captain, upgraded dessert plus a souvenir specialty drink and shirt from the on-board gift shop.

For tickets and more information on the General Jackson Showboat, please visit


The General Jackson Showboat has a rich history in its 36-year existence. The showboat was built by Jeffersonville, Ind.-based Jeffboat, launched April 20, 1985 and christened on July 2, 1985. At 77 feet tall and with the capacity of 1,000 passengers and up to 172 crew members, the General Jackson Showboat is the largest of its kind in the world. Available for midday and evening cruises year-round, the General Jackson Showboat offers exceptional dining and entertainment options, including country music, parties and special event cruises. For more information, visit

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