A Tennessee River Cruise is a completely unique experience, and unlike anything on a large, luxury ocean liner. The beautiful Tennessee River traverses a 27,000 acre canyon that took thousands of years to carve out. It's the fourth largest of the river canyons that run east of the Mississippi River, and the only river canyon to border a medium sized U.S. city.The unique landscape in the canyon provides a home for over 200 different bird species, and at least a thousand varieties of plants, trees, grasses, and lovely flowers. Eagles, hawks, herons, and kingfishers can be spotted. Learn about the history of the river and the early cultures that inhabited the land. Of the Ohio River tributaries, the Tennessee River is the largest. The eastern side of Knoxville, Tennessee is where the river is formed. The Tennessee is among the few rivers in the United States that leaves a state then flows back into it.
Nature and Wildlife Cruises
Among the types of Tennessee River Cruises available are sightseeing, lunch, dinner, or moonlight cruises. Cruises generally last about two hours. Additional options are available for passengers interested in the area's wildlife species and local culture. The Tennessee Aquarium offers Tennessee River Gorge cruises aboard its sleek catamaran, the Chattanooga Riverboat. A naturalist from the aquarium is onboard to answer questions about the wildlife and the many historic sites along the river. Since the Tennessee River was used for transportation both by the North and South during the Civil War, there's alot of history.
Special Event Cruises
If luxury is what you're looking for, book a cruise on Chattanooga's luxury riverboat, The Blue Moon. The Blue Moon affords plenty of viewing space on its two decks. The upper deck is perfect for passengers who love the outdoors and the feel of the wind. The lower deck has a climate controlled area, for those who prefer to be inside. The naturalist crew is knowledgeable about the wildlife species that inhabit the river's banks. The Blue Moon offers private charters for family reunions, private parties, and even weddings. The enchanting Southern Belle Riverboat in Chattanooga whisks passengers back to the Civil War Era with a narrated sightseeing cruise. A delicious Prime Rib Dinner is served on the Southern Belle's dinner cruise, sailing nightly. Special events can also be hosted aboard the Southern Belle. Guests enjoy dinner at the Pier 2@the Landing, then board the Southern Belle for a moonlight cruise.
An Evening on a Historic Riverboat
A once in a lifetime cruise experience awaits passengers for BB Riverboats cruises between Cincinnatti and Chattanooga in the fall of 2010. The Belle of Cincinnatti takes guests on a 7 day cruise from the Ohio River, along the Tennessee River to Chattanooga. Guests will stay in a different hotel every evening, then board the Belle for spectacular views, delicious, cuisine, and great entertainment. Upon arrival in Chattanooga, guests will spend the night on one of the most historic of all riverboats, the beautiful Delta Queen.