Memphis Riverboats
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Authentic American Riverboat Cruises on the Mississippi River. Take a Paddlewheeler a few miles up and down the greatest river in the U.S.A., The “Mighty” Mississippi. Our Memphis sightseeing cruises are a great way to see and learn a bit of Mississippi River history while visiting Memphis, Tennessee. Guests have access to a cash/credit bar serving soda and spirits. Included is the most excellent house band playing a little of everything from R&B to Jazz, and of course the Blues. Special cruises are also offered as well, such as a romantic Valentine’s Day cruise, a beautiful sunset cruise on the Saturday before Memorial Day, and an exciting fireworks cruise on the 4th of July. Rates for our special Memphis cruises vary by event.
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alicia
Philadelphia, PA119 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
This was a fun night 1 activity for my trip in Memphis with my mom. We booked the dinner cruise. Honestly, the food was very subpar and I didn’t eat much more than a few bites - I’d suggest eating in advance. The bar situation was tough because there was 1 bar/bartender for the whole boat and I often had to wait in line for 10+ minutes to get a drink. The Third Deck was great with good views but there was extremely limited seating up there so we couldn’t stay and had to return to the indoor dining section of the boat. The live music was fun and the groups on our boat were fun as well. I would recommend this to others but with the caveat that the food is not worth it.
Written August 12, 2022
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I haven’t been everywhere... yet
Amsterdam, The Netherlands360 contributions
Jul 2022
A 2 hour float down the Mississippi starting at 8pm. Highlight for us was the live band! Classic soul music which turned more 'disco' towards the end of the cruise. Dinner was forgettable (chicken, corn, pulled pork and slaw with bread). Drinks reasonably priced $22 for a bottle of wine, $2.50 for diet coke. You're free to walk around the boat (3 floors in total) and seriously breathtaking views. Although busy, we always had a place to sit (and you can smoke at the back of the second deck). No commentary as you pass signifiant sights on the evening trip... if you want that, it might be worthwhile taking the lunch tour.
Written July 22, 2022
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Bianca M
7 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
As per the website recommended to board early at 1.30pm which we did, we got a good seat however as people continued to arrive they squished in seats anywhere and everywhere so it defeated the purpose of getting to the boat early. We sat on the boat for 1 hour prior to departure with no view and the smell of diesel fumes and prior to the boat departing we were over it and ready to get off.
The bar was extremely busy from the moment we boarded with around a 20min wait time to be served.
Once the boat departed the cruise was pleasant and the host Jordan was great. As we were sitting on the boat for an hour before departure we thought the 90min cruise was a little to long.
If you book this cruise I recommend not arriving to the boat too early prior to departure, once onboard grab a chair (there are stacks of chairs on the boat) and place them around the edges of the boat for an unobstructed view.
Written May 15, 2022
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Arvid P
Spring, TX6 contributions
Oct 2022
This dinner curse was one of the worst events we ever attended. First parking is NOT incuded and requires that you naviagate down a steep incline to the imbarkment point. Parking is $15.00 and was not noted on the dinner curse information. After boarding the riverboat, it was obviouse that the vessel was less was not up to the quality of other riverboats offereing dinner and enterntainment. This should have been a indication of what was to come as all went down from this point. The "meal" consisted of pulled pork served on a bun with a "dry" piece of chicken, canned beans and coleslaw. The meal was served on a flimsy plastic plate with plastic utensels. Water and tea was free however, bar drinks were heavly promoted which we did not take advante of as we do not drink acholol.

The table we were assinged was directly in the path of the HVAC vents and was too cold for dining. The entertainment was basiclly a "garage" band and amplifiers were muct to loud even though we were seated well away from the speakers. The entertainment may appeal to certain individuals however, our
Written October 11, 2022
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Don D
Aberdeen, UK9 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
We did the evening dinner cruise
Food was ok but don’t expect anything fancy You que up and get a plate containing a piece of chicken, a bun with pulled pork, sweetcorn, beans & coleslaw which where all nice, desert was a chocolate brownie. Plastic cutlery.Drinks were reasonable priced and good measures.
The band - The male singer wasn’t great but female singer was good would have preferred to hear her or the guy playing the saxophone seemed to have a good voice but he only sang in the background. Band great playing musical instruments. Dance floor space far far to small.
Would have been nice to see the outside of boat with coloured lights.
We didn’t have the picture done on arrival and was glad cause all it really showed was rails of boat. It would have been nice if you could get picture with boat side on behind you (even if it was just photoshopped in)
Done far better boat trips but it wasn’t the worst and was a nice evening out.
Written November 6, 2022
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Scott
Hilton Head, SC10 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
I think the opportunity to be on the river was the best part. I think the narrator makes the difference and ours chose to play music most of the time. He told a story about a Memphis hero but it could have included much more. Very little about Memphis, the buildings and neighborhoods we were seeing or the history. It was fairly boring.
Written September 5, 2022
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kevinlives
Marysville, WA43 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
Great afternoon—we took the 2:30-4 PM sailing Sunday. Sure the boat is old and getting to the landing is steep and has some loose rock. (It’s not a ton of walking, maybe 7 minutes from where you park, but probably Not good for the elderly who have trouble walking.)
Park across the street in the garage-$15 for 4 hours. Cheaper for 2 hours but that may be calling it too close.

The boat was nearly full when we boarded around 2:10 PM. The cabin on the main floor where we entered houses the bathrooms was tolerable for brief periods but smelled heavily of…I don’t know…dank perfume? Aged diesel fumes? All I know is that I didn’t like it and would NOT want to spend much time there.
The snack bar was equipped with beverages, beer, wine, chips, and more. Bathrooms stinky but reasonably ok for a boat.

We went upstairs and it was a nice sunny day. No tables left on the main floor which was well covered so we sat on a reasonably comfortable life-jacket locker overlooking the water.

Advice: don’t do the meals. (See reviews by others) Just go for the 90 minute ride, grab a snack and enjoy the views. Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to sailing to get a good seat. Arrive at opening time if the weather is unpleasant. Be sure to walk around and explore the ship—90 minutes is too long to sit. The narration was great and fun views/photo ops of Memphis.
Highly recommend if you aren’t too fussy to ride an old boat. Enjoy!
Written October 8, 2022
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KMH_and_BJB
Fullerton, CA27 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
It's a nice relaxing ride on the Mississippi. They play some Memphis type music and the guide gives some history. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase at a reasonable price. They start boarding at least 30 minutes ahead.
Written April 11, 2022
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deni1661
44 contributions
May 2021
We did the dinner and music cruise (2 hours). The staff was very engaging and fun, the food was terrific and the live music was great. There were a lot people on the dance floor! You can go on the upper deck to see the lights of downtown Memphis and the light show on the Big River Bridge. Drinks were priced just like places on Beale St ($7-$12 each). Because of the live band, there wasn't a tour guide explaining the sights so if that's what you're looking for then a daytime cruise would be better. This cruise is about the food, music and dancing. Again, the staff was AWESOME!
Written May 13, 2021
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judy6357
Shelbyville, TN80 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
The cruise basically travels from the old bridge to just a short distance past the new bridge.  Dinner was poor and served on a styrofoam plate.   Their website states that dessert and iced tea/water was included with the meal.  I never saw a dessert and we were only offered water which had about 3 cubes of ice in it.  Music/entertainment was very loud and totally off key, so we went to the upper deck to get away from it.  We were able to watch the sunset, feel a cool breeze and enjoy the river.  The view of the bridges was very nice as they both have lighting that change colors.
Written July 18, 2021
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