The Queen of the Ozarks celebrates her 22nd anniversary in 2017 with a brand-new schedule of family-friendly live shows. Read on to discover how to make the most of your showboat experience.
What to Expect Aboard the Showboat Branson Belle
The largest ship to be built on a land-locked lake in the U.S., the Showboat Branson Belle cruises the tranquil aquamarine waters of Table Rock Lake. The 700-passenger paddlewheel riverboat, built to recreate the magic of showboats that entertained crowds in the 1800s, offers two-hour lunch and dinner cruises.
Seating is available on all three floors of the ship, and pricing depends on the seating area you choose. Guests dine at long tables that face a large main stage, where performers entertain with music, comedy and magic for all ages.
Enjoy opening acts while you are served a hearty meal of "fork tender" beef pot roast wtih espagnole sauce, baked chicken breast with honey dijon sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, buttered sugar snap peas with julienne carrots, a mixed garden salad featuring a vidalia onion dressing, freshly baked yeast roll & butter, and world-famous Silver Dollar City apple cinnamon ice cream pie. Meal includes tea, water & coffee. A vegetarian meal is available upon request.
A short break after the feast gives guests the opportunity to mingle with performers and explore the ship’s lounges, promenades and decks to admire panoramic vistas of the surrounding landscape before the main show.
The Showboat Branson Belle’s show, “Celebrate!” features a dynamic cast of performers, from returning favorites to award-winners and new faces, showcasing their range of talent to deliver an unforgettable two hours of pure entertainment.
Beginning in May, come aboard the Showboat and enjoy the brand new concert cruise, Country on the Lake featuring multi-talented rising country stars backed by their live band performing #1 hits from yesterday's Classic Rock to country favorites of today.
Calling all princesses and pirates - you're invited to dress up in your swashbuckling best and experience an adventure like no other aboard the Showboat Branson Belle. Meet our very own belles of the ball adn jolly first mates, dozens of fairy princesses and pirates, during this enchanted hour and a half experience filled with opportunities for interaction, including photos, hugs and high-fives. Learn more about the Princess & Pirate Cruise here.
History of the Ship
The Showboat Branson Belle was launched in 1995 from the shipyard at White River Landing, located on the 800-mile shoreline of Table Rock Lake. Two tons of biodegradable bananas were used to aid the ship’s launch instead of standard lubricants to minimize harm to the environment.
The 278-foot vessel (nearly the size of a football field) weighs 2.5 million pounds and propels through water using two giant rear paddlewheels. The solid-maple captain’s wheel was restored from a ship that operated between 1928 and 1952.
Planning Your Cruise
Board the showboat south of Table Rock Dam on State Highway 165. Plenty of parking is available near White River Landing. Get detailed directions here.
Be sure to purchase your Showboat Branson Belle tickets in advance to get the best seats. For an extra-special experience, choose a premium-dining package, which includes VIP show seating with romantic lake views. The package also includes specialty menu options like a 14 oz. rib-eye steak and pan-seared chicken breast with beurre blanc.
Make time to purchase souvenirs before or after your cruise at White River Landing’s two specialty shops. Layton Mercantile boasts tasty treats and ladies apparel, jewelry and accessories, while McAdoo’s Boatworks offers an assortment of patriotic and nautical-themed items. The ship’s on-board boutique also supplies keepsakes and necessities you might have forgotten like sunglasses and camera batteries.