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General Jackson Showboat Offers New Cruise

By Jeaneane Payne

general jackson showboat
General Jackson Showboat, Nashville TN

Folks are sneaking off to Music City to climb aboard the General Jackson Showboat. This 300 foot paddlewheel riverboat is one of the largest showboats in the country.

You will enjoy relaxing on a two-hour midday cruise down the Cumberland River while being entertained by Steve Hall and the Shotgun Red Show, a "jaw-dropping, gut-busting comedy."

As you board, feast on a tasty family-style lunch prepared by the General Jackson's executive chef. Lunch includes a mixed green salad, creamy potato salad, green bean casserole, cranberry chicken and slow-roasted country pit ham, cornbread muffins, buttermilk biscuits and a to-die-for strawberry shortcake. How's that for Southern hospitality?

Docked in downtown Nashville during July and August, the General Jackson Showboat allows visitors to the Nashville area an opportunity to take advantage of more that Music City has to offer.

During those romantic summer nights, the General Jackson's "little sister," the Music City Queen, offers Twilight Excursion Cruises. These are hour-long cruises which depart from Riverfront Park on Thursdays and Fridays through September 16, 2011 and offer live music and scenic views of the skyline of downtown Nashville from the river.

The General Jackson Showboat launched on April 20, 1985 has a rich history. It was named after President Andrew Jackson. Built by Jeffboat which is based in Jeffersonville, Indiana, the boat is 77 feet tall and has a capacity of 1,200 passengers and 182 crew members.

The General Jackson is owned by Gaylord Entertainment, a leading hospitality and entertainment company based in Nashville. For more information, visit

Published July 23, 2011


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