Public River Boat Cruises in Nashville

River Boat Cruises in Downtown Nashville

Our public cruises are famous in Nashville by offering a guided party experience by our distinguished crew, and views only available aboard the Pontoon Saloon.
Cruise Duration: 2 hrs
Price: $50 - $55
Availability: Wednesday - Monday
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Cruise the River on a Pontoon Party Cruise

Our public cruises are famous in Nashville. It’s hard to beat the unique guided party experiences from our distinguished crew and views only available aboard the Pontoon Saloon. Our public cruises are BYOB and available at various times and will typically host about 40 people per cruise. Each group will be greeted by our licensed USCG Captain & Deck Hand who will help ice down your drinks while you settle aboard the Pontoon Saloon in preparation for the scheduled cruise departure. The bar-style atmosphere is amplified by your Deck Hand bringing hit tunes, entertainment, and engaging games that bring a crowd together on the dance floor. Thanks to our amazing crew, unique boat design, and amazing views, no other tour operator knows how to get the party started like the Pontoon Saloon. Aside from the time of day, our public cruises are all similar—each offering BYOB or pre-purchase buckets of beer/seltzer.  

What’s Included

  • USCG Licensed Captain & Deckhand
  • Party Host, Server, DJ
  • 2 hours on the water
  • The best views of Music City
  • Ice, cups, coolers, mixers (Coke & Sprite), water
  • BYOB
  • Large sound system
  • Restroom
  • Bar area, high-top tables & stools

Add-Ons

  • Shuttle Service ($300 roundtrip, $150 one way)
  • Beer/Seltzer Buckets, Mimosa Beer Option

Departure Locations

Riverfront Dock East — All public cruises will depart from Riverfront Docks except for event dates noted below or stated otherwise in your confirmation email.
Lock One Marina — Public Cruises will depart from Lock One Marina on 10/1, 10/28 & 10/29

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Mimosa Cruise

The USS Mimosa departs each morning before noon. This cruise is the best way to start your day in Nashville. Bring aboard your favorite bottle of Champagne, and we provide a variety of juices for mimosas. This cruise will cure your hangover as you sip on mimosas, enjoy the river breeze, and listen to our curated Pontoon Playlist. Two mimosas later, you’ll be dancing to Cardi B with all new friends and ready for Broadway! This is a bachelorette must-do!

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Pontoon Party Cruise

Our afternoon Pontoon Party Cruise is the best pregame for a night on Broadway! There is no better place to be on a hot sunny day in Music City than aboard this party barge enjoying a cool 10-knot breeze and making some great Nashville memories. Grab a friend and come experience it for yourself. Our Deck Hand gets the pontoon party started with a curated playlist, and our famous pontoon dance-off will surely get you moving! Enjoy the beautiful views along the Cumberland River and skyline views of Downtown Nashville.

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Sunsets & Skylines Cruise

The evening cruise brings the best nighttime skyline views of Downtown Nashville. Our licensed captains will first cruise downriver for a picturesque sunset view only available aboard the Pontoon Saloon. As the sun sets, drinks flow, and the party starts to hit the dance floor, you’ll be cruising by Broadway soaking up all the city lights.

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Reviews From Our Guests

It’s a great way to get off Broadway and still have some good ‘ole Nashville fun!!! Seriously so much fun! Beautiful views, awesome crew, clean bathroom and great music.

Teresea

My bridesmaids surprised me with the boat cruise for my Nashbach! It was the best time ever!Highly recommend this event for any group looking to spend an evening partying on the river!

Nikki

Went on the pontoon saloon for my bachelorette party. We had a blast!! There were multiple parties with us and we all danced together. At one point we were playing limbo with a broomstick. I do recommend getting there earlier to secure a good spot on the boat. Plus, having the bathroom on board made life so much easier.

Kirstin

We had a team meeting (12 people) in Nashville and took an evening cruise on the pontoon saloon. It was the perfect choice for a group activity as they had dinner and beer as we cruised the Cumberland River. Awesome views of the Nashville skyline!! Andrew was great!

Mark

Pontoon Saloon was a great experience! The owner and staff are super cool, the boat was clean and roomy! It was a beautiful day on the Cumberland River even in November! We had a big group, so did the private tour! Highly recommend!

Rachelle

Frequently Asked Questions

CANCELLATION POLICY

PUBLIC CRUISE CANCELLATION POLICY

The policy is a full refund 14 days prior to your cruise date. If you cancel within 14 days of your cruise departure date there will be no refund. If we can fill your reservation with another reservation we provide a 100% credit toward a future cruise within a year. If you no show or if you are late for the cruise we will not provide a refund or credit. This policy applies to any change in guest count for a reservation.

WEATHER CANCELLATION POLICY

Our cruises operate rain or shine since 3/4 of the boat has a covered roof. If we cancel due to severe weather, we provide a full refund minus the booking fee or a full credit toward a future cruise. Do not assume your cruise is canceled due to severe weather, we will notify you prior to the cruise if canceled. We reserve the right to delay cruises as needed.

CHANGES TO EXISTING RESERVATIONS

If you need to cancel or make changes to an existing reservation, including adding or reducing the number of people in your party, please email us at info@pontoonsaloontn.com.

WEATHER POLICY

Our cruises operate rain or shine since 3/4 of the boat has a covered roof. If we cancel due to severe weather, we provide a full refund minus the booking fee or a full credit toward a future cruise. Do not assume your cruise is canceled due to severe weather—we will notify you prior to the cruise if canceled. We reserve the right to delay cruises as needed.

CHANGES TO EXISTING RESERVATIONS

If you need to cancel or make changes to an existing reservation, including adding or reducing the number of people in your party, please email us at info@pontoonsaloontn.com or call us at (615) 601-1464.

IS THERE PARKING?

We are a simple 10-15 minute walk from the Broadway side of the river. Walking is generally recommended, as there are often many events going on downtown. If driving, we highly recommend that you take Uber/Lyft. We don’t want anyone drinking and driving! We don’t provide parking & parking is limited around the dock and Nissan Stadium due to events. Please plan a head and come early if you are driving. There are paid lots around the stadium that are a 10-minute walk to the dock.

HOW EARLY SHOULD I BOOK MY TRIP?

We recommend booking as soon as you decide on your cruise time. Especially if you have 8+ in your group, you will want to book at least 45 days out. Our Friday & Saturday cruises sell out fast.

WHEN WILL MY CRUISE BE CONFIRMED?

Our cruises have to meet a 15-passenger minimum to be confirmed for departure. Once the minimum is met, you will receive a confirmation email and your payment will be processed.

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