Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Lunch On The Riverboat

Our Tennessee Travelers Chapter of FMCA (motorhome club) recently had a little summer get-together for a lunch cruise aboard the Star Of Knoxville riverboat - a 325 passenger paddle wheeler.  The boat headed downriver from downtown Knoxville for a two hour round trip cruise.  This is the docking area with the boat behind it, then out on the river.

Here are some shots of the dining area which included a DJ and a dance floor.  The buffet included salad, rolls, corn, green beans, mashed potatoes, and chicken and it was actually pretty good – better than I expected.  Here are some inside shots.

The upper deck is open air and covered making it a pleasant ride in spite of the 90 degree temps.  The upper level includes a cash bar and view of the paddle wheels.

This is a real strern-wheeler with the paddles being the only means of movement – some of these boats have propellers with the paddle wheel for show.  This one has a diesel engine that powers hydraulic pumps that run hydraulic motors connected to the two independently turning paddles.

We rode past one of Knoxville's exclusive neighborhoods – Sequoya Hills – which contains some nice homes on the lake then just prior to docking we past Calhoun’s On The River (restaurant).  

It was a nice way for a group to get together for a meal and a visit but I thought the ride should have been a little longer and the boat could use a little sprucing up and better cleaning.

Photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


7/20/17 Event Date


  1. Sounds like a fun way to get together, glad you enjoyed it.

  2. We took the kids on the afternoon cruise (no meal) probably 25 years ago. It was a nice ride; slow and leisurely, but not too long for little guys. It probably would have been too short if we had had a meal included.

  3. Larry, Apparently the cruise worked out OK for your group. Good news about the food as too frequently these kinds of meal cruises lack in the food department. I have a dinner cruise coming up on the General Jackson in Nashville about mid-October and I'm a bit dubious re: the food and the cruise. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  4. I was looking at your pictures and all of a sudden this song came into my head.
    Big wheel keep on turning
    Proud Mary keep on burning
    And we're rolling, rolling
    Rolling on the river
    Now that will be stuck in my head for the rest of the day.

  5. The riverboat sounds like a great relaxing lunch.

  6. It's too bad the boat ride was too short but it still looks like it was a fun adventure.

  7. I think I'd skip the meal and stay on the covered, open-air top deck at all times. I hope they will take a clue from you and clean it up and spruce it up a bit because it seems like a lovely activity.


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