New 600-Passenger Riverboat Could Be Docking Alongside Nashville's Riverfront This Summer

A Knoxville-based riverboat company is hoping to expand into Nashville, possibly bringing a new 600-person riverboat to Riverfront Park as early as this summer.

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New 600-Passenger Riverboat Could Be Docking Alongside Nashville's Riverfront This Summer

Posted by Gary Ashton: Blog on Thursday, February 16th, 2017 at 11:47am.

Nashville Riverboat Switching gears to lifestyle news for a bit, it appears another attraction could be coming to Nashville’s riverfront as early as this summer, if all goes according to plan. According to multiple reports, Knoxville-based Tennessee Riverboat Co. will be seeking approval from the Metro Board of Parks and Recreation to dock a 600-passenger riverboat at Riverfront Park beginning this summer, which would be available to host anything from dinner cruises and wedding receptions to sightseeing tours and any number of entertainment cruises than include live music.  

As noted by the Nashville Post, Tennessee Riverboat Co. has been operating in Knoxville for over 20 years and seems ready to expand into the larger Nashville market, which of course enjoys a much heavier stream of incoming tourists each and every year. Despite being an expansion of sorts, however, Tennessee Riverboat Co. President, Mike Cheek, is originally from Nashville, and even worked on a Nashville river boat before moving to Knoxville to start his own business back in 1994. 

While no deal is in place yet, early plans for the new Nashville riverboat would be to have it run seven days a week and perhaps have more of a country music theme given Nashville’s renowned country music scene that also helps drives tourism to the city significantly. 

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