The Southern Belle Riverboat Master Captain’s Blog
Master Captain Jonathan Edward Reinert
Come experience one of awesome dinner cruises aboard the Southern Belle Riverboat. This dinner cruise is one of the best traditions in all of Chattanooga, we have been dining on the TN River through downtown Chattanooga for 32 years!
From the start you can make a dinner reservation on our website or over the phone with one of our amazingly friendly crew! After telling us the amount of guests in your partuy you will be asked if you would like to add on The Southern Belle Riverboat Over the Top Package. What a wonderful add on package for your dinner cruise on the TN River! The Over the Top Package includes a guarunteed window seat, a bottle of wine or champagne, 2 of our keepsake Southern Belle Riverboat logoed wine glasses, and a commemorative photo! The majority of our dinner guests will choose to do this package, it enhances the dinner cruise experince for your evening!
When you arrive to board The Southern Belle Riverboat, you will park in the well lit parking lot directly across the street or maybe sneak a free spot on the street on Riverfront Parkway in downtown Chattanooga after 6 PM. You will walk down a small ramp and take a beautiful picture of our dockside vessel, Pier 2, which holds our beautiful event space, the Grand Chandalier Deck! This deck holds awesome birthday parties, class reunions, beautiful weddings and receptions, and the best social parties!
Once inside the Pier 2 you will enter Chattanooga’s largest gift shop, you can literally find anything you want in here that involves Chattanooga and even some things you wouldn’t excpect in a tour gift shop! Jordan has done a great job with our gift shop, but especially this year! After grabbing one of our awesome drinkwares and t shirts you will proceed to check out and also check in at the ticket counter! You will get your boarding pass after giving your first and last name, our front office crew memeber will direct you to enjoy a cold beverage in the 3rd Deck Burger Bar, our dockside bar and lounge, before you start the boarding process for your dinner cruise aboard the Southern Belle Riverboat!
After hanging out with Dakota and Kelsay in The 3rd Deck Burger Bar and enjoying a cold beer, glass of wine, or an ice cold cocktail on our beautiful outdoor patio that overlooks the riverfront in downtown Chattanooga, you will come back downstairs and take your picture while boarding!
Once on board thats when the fun starts, you will hear our Dixieland Jazz band and be transported back to days of the riverboat! You will take to your seat, hopefully on window if you purchased the Over the Top Package, and a steward will be over to pour you sweet tea, water and coffee before your beautiful dinner is presented for your dinner cruise!
Our dinner cruise buffet on a friday or saturday night dinner cruise will consist of a beautifully redish pink 24 hour slow roasted prime rib, shrimp creole on a bed of white rice, mixed green veggies, baby red potatoes, mixed green sald, a dinner roll, and a cheesecake for dessert! It is delicious meal and you will be sure that you fill up!
After the dinner is served the dance floor will be opened for all of our guests that are young at heart or if you are looking for romance head upstairs to our open air 3rd deck to enjoy the wind and the views. Everyone is encouraged to hang out with our captain in the wheel house and learn how to steer the boat and even honk the horn!
This dinner cruise is one of a kind in Chattanooga and you will not be dissapointed! Our crew is here to make your riverboat experience the best possible riverboat experience you could have. Make sure you ask our crew for anything that will make you happier during your cruise through Chattanooga on the TN River! They will bend over backwards to make sure that your dinner cruise is an awesome experience for you!