Although tattered ragamuffins with gambling hands are prone to dining with the fishes, it's the esteemed members of land-society who dine atop the fishes. Merge seafaring and supping proclivities with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 toward a lunch or dinner cruise for one or more people from Tennessee Riverboat Company.
Tennessee Riverboat Company glides guests along the sparkling Tennessee River for an aquatic experience filled with entertainment, friendly staffers, and delicious eats. Silence midday humdrum solos with a 90-minute lunch cruise, which departs for the high seas at noon, promptly returning at 1:30 p.m. ($14.95 for kids ages 4–11, $22.95 for adults). Board the ship 30 minutes before departure to secure an ideal cruising seat or to set booby traps at the lunch buffet.
Skip a nightly appointment to watch dust settle and take a dinner entertainment cruise, held Sunday through Wednesday evenings, featuring live entertainers and a buffet-style supper ($17.50 for kids, $29.95 for adults). The deluxe dinner entertainment cruise, running Thursday through Saturday, provides amplified amusement with two hours of live entertainment and dancing ($19.90 for kids, $34.90 for adults). Recovering landlubbers can enjoy a full dinner consisting of both prime rib and chicken florentine, a salad, a baked potato, a side of vegetables, and dessert, followed by free rides around the deck atop the captain’s shoulders. See the schedule for upcoming cruises.
Tennessee Riverboat Company
Water churns under the circular red paddles of a massive, wooden wheel, and, as dusk falls, the green shoreline slowly waves goodbye. Strings of bright holiday lights shimmer on two wooden decks, reflecting in the water’s darkening surface. The moon looks on.
On both evening and day cruises, Tennessee Riverboat Company’s captains steer the Star of Knoxville and its passengers past the river’s shoreline foliage. Buffet-style meals and an ever-changing lineup of live entertainment captivate guests without forcing them to bunk with prop comedians. Seasoned captains pilot their ships through calm waters, pointing out spots of interest while passengers lounge in air-conditioned or heated interiors. Participants may also take to the dance floor as decks fill with gospel or country tunes on themed music cruises, where performers encourage participation to help expose stowaway Dolly Partons.
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