Cumberland River Cruise Highlights

Cumberland River Cruise is the perfect family vacation. The Cumberland River's source is is in eastern Kentucky where it flows into Tennessee, then back into Kentucky before it drains into the Ohio River. One of the most popular tourist attractions in the United States, Nashville, Tennessee is on the banks of the river. Fishing, canoeing, and camping are popular activities, and a variety of cruises to suit everyone's taste are available to visitors to this historic river.

Specialty Cruises

When in Nashville, TN, plan on visiting nearby Lebanon for a specialty Cumberland River Cruise with Cumberland River Cruises. Departures are from the Cherokee Steak House and Marina on Old Hickory Lane; however other arrangements can be made by private parties, and can accommodate up to 26 guests. One of the more interesting ways to experience the Cumberland River is on a RiverBarge Excursion. The R/B Explorer constructed from 3 different barges, the DeSoto, the Miss Nari, and the LaSalle, was completed in 1998. The R/B River Explorer is the perfect getaway, especially for families. The atmosphere is casual with ample time to enjoy the beautiful river scenery. Homestyle dishes are served, and guests will love special amenities such as a 24 hour "raid the fridge," and the bottomless cookie jar. Seating for all meals is open and dress is casual. Local performers come onboard to entertain guests. Packages are all inclusive.

Kid's Summer Cruises are not just for kids. A 3 hour Cumberland River experience is great for the family. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the sights of the river. The Kids Cruise is available Thursday through Sunday at 10 am.

Dinner Cruises on the Cumberland River

The General Jackson is a 300 foot long, authentic showboat, which takes guests on an enjoyable three hour dinner cruise with a live show. Entertainment varies and may include a Broadway-Style Musical or a Country Music presentation. Special events for the Christmas Season are scheduled in the opulent Victorian Theater. Past performances have included talented impersonators of some of the most famous entertainers including Elton John and Tina Turner. A sumptuous three course dinner is served including a green salad with grape tomatoes and crumbled cheese with Ranch dressing. Entrees may include Prime rib with Au Gratin potatoes, and save room for Strawberry Shortcake. Dinner Cruises on the General Jackson are popular, so book early.

Cruises for Private Parties

Blue Heron Cruises offers a unique river experience on a pontoon boat which accommodates 24 passengers. View the lovely Tennessee countryside, small creeks and inlets, and amazing wildlife. All cruises of Blue Heron travel through wildlife refuge areas, and last anywhere from 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours. Nature Cruises are narrated. Light Jazz plays softly as you view spectacular sunsets on a Sunset Cruise. Delight in the brilliant colors of autumn on a Fall Foliage Cruise. A private cruise is the perfect opportunity to celebrate an anniversary, birthday, or other special event. If you prefer camping, Foggy Bottom Canoe Rentals offers scenic tours through historic areas and primitive camping areas.

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