Review: Showboat Branson Belle

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Image courtesy of the Showboat Branson Belle

Do you like to travel?

Do you enjoy dinner theaters?

Do you love to hear new music and meet new people?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you're going to love the Showboat Branson Belle!

My family and I headed to the Showboat Branson Belle after our adventure at Silver Dollar City. The showboat is located fairly close, so if you live in Branson or you're planning a trip, you can easily visit both places. Parking is free and very convenient at the Showboat Branson Belle, and the showboat itself is located on Table Rock Lake.

Yours truly on my way to the showboat!

One of the most lovely parts about this dinner cruise is simply walking to the boat. There's a lovely walking trail from the parking lot to the boat itself. I did find a couple of polar bears on the way and I had to stop and take pictures!

Once you reach the boat, you'll find a couple of guest shops and some places to sit and relax. You can pick up your tickets, use the restroom, and browse the guest shops at your leisure. When it's time to board the boat, you'll line up and simply head down to the Showboat Branson Belle. Easy peasy!

The view of Table Rock Lake from the dock was fantastic. My family had never been there before, and although I spent many family vacations in Branson, the view was seriously gorgeous. We all had to stop and just take in the scenery for a few minutes before we boarded the boat.

All of the staff members at the Showboat Branson Belle were very kind and helpful. We were nervous that our seats wouldn't be together because our tickets had two different table numbers, but in actuality, guests are seated at tables in sets of two's, so don't let your ticket worry you. Our seats were close to the front of the room, but I'm going to guess there's no bad seat at the Showboat Branson Belle. We walked around and the view of the stage was clear. Also, tables are lined in rows facing the stage, but there is plenty of room to get up. If you need to stretch your legs or use the bathroom, it won't be a problem.

We went for lunch, but the Showboat Branson Belle offers several different dining options, including dinner. We had our own server who brought our drinks and food, which was tasty and delicious. There is a separate menu for children, which is fantastic. I loved the chicken and roast, but my kids liked their macaroni and cheese.

Please note that gratuity is not included for the servers, so you will be asked and expected to tip. Make sure you plan for this. There was a sign on our table that requested approximately 20% for excellent service. The service was outstanding and our server made sure our drinks were full and that all of our questions were answered.

My husband and I loved exploring the Showboat Branson Belle!

There was an intermission after lunch where we could explore the boat. We all got to meet the captains of the ship, and the gentlemen answered questions about what it's like to be on the ship and how everything runs. There is plenty of seating on the upper deck, which meant we could relax for a little while before the show began. This was my husband's favorite part of the experience. We all loved relaxing on deck, getting to learn more about the ship, and chatting with the captains about their jobs.

The show itself was a lot of fun and the production value was really incredible. All of the singers were entertaining and interesting. My sons had a great time. This was their first dinner theater experience and they weren't disappointed.

If you've never heard of this fantastic dinner cruise before, check out this information on the current offerings:

America’s Most Entertaining Dinner Cruise, the Showboat Branson Belle takes its headliner show Celebrate! into the Christmas season, featuring a blend of classic and contemporary Christmas carols and holiday favorites November 4 – December 31, plus January 1, 2018, as the ship cruises Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri. The show features the male vocal group The ShowMen; Cassandré Faimon-Haygood, known for a voice as pitch-perfect as it is powerful; the dance troupe, Rhythm, billed as The Fastest Feet West of the Mississippi; and the ultra-sharp comedian emcee Christopher James, with the live band The Rockin’ Dockers. Noon and evening Celebrate! cruises include a 3-course dinner, show and lake cruise.

The Showboat presents Christmas adventure for kids on Santa’s Pancakes & PJs cruises, with kids invited to wear their holiday PJs for a treasure hunt-themed romp throughout the huge paddle-wheeler’s four decks. Kids can visit Sugar Plum Fairy Sweet Stops, visit the Captain in the Pilot House for a special gift, visit face-painting stations and write letters to Santa. As the ship sets sail, all gather in the dining theater for breakfast – pancakes and more - as a cast of holiday characters presents story time and sing-alongs. Kids can visit with Santa on the dock following the cruise. Santa’s Pancakes & PJs cruises are featured on Saturday and Sunday mornings November 4 -December 23, plus noon cruises on SundaysNovember 26 – December 17.
Information and cruise schedules: 800-775-BOAT(2628) or

Have you ever been on the Showboat Branson Belle? Leave me a comment and let me know!

*Author's note: My family was provided with complimentary guest passes to the Showboat Branson Belle in exchange for a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed within this post and photos #2 and #3 are my own.

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