America's largest ship built on a landlocked lake In 1993, Silver Dollar City set out to develop a unique lake attraction, themed after the majestic showboats of the 1800s that brought culture and entertainment to towns along the rivers of America.
The Showboat Branson Belle was constructed right here at White River Landing, and on August 12, 1994, was launched into the waters of Table Rock Lake as part of the nationally publicized Great Banana Launch Watch Party. Two tons of bananas packed the launching rails to provide a biodegradable, natural lubricant in place of substances such as grease or oil. Thus, while preserving the water quality of Table Rock Lake , the 2300 ton ship was able to glide into the water in only 9 seconds - at a speed of 14 knots.
Christened April 13, 1995 Length 278 feet Width 78 feet Height 112 feet to top of stacks Weight 2,500,000 lbs. Speed Peak 11 m.p.h. Avg. 6 m.p.h. Draft 7.5 feet Capacity 700 passengers Paddle Wheels 2 twin wheels, 16 feet wide, 24 feet in diameter
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Variety is Key to Success for Showboat Branson Belle With Dining Cruise, Show and Live Talking Dogs! Branson's Premier Lake Experience Sets Sail Spring 2010
Press Released: Branson, Mo. 02/10
Branson, Missouri, known for its wide variety of entertainment, has one musical attraction that stands alone in its offering - the Showboat Branson Belle, the only luxury dining cruise to set sail on the waters of Table Rock Lake. Considered one of Branson's most spectacular attractions, the Showboat Branson Belle offers a cruise, a three-course meal, and a music and dance show complete with its own live orchestra. Sailing from March through New Year's Eve, the Showboat allows visitors to get out on the lake, view the scenery of the Ozark Mountains and be entertained during the two-hour excursion.
The elegant and massive ship is the size of a football field, seats 700, has three stories, a galley and a top viewing deck. Themed to the 1880s, harking to the days when magnificent showboats cruised the rivers of America, the graceful paddlewheels truly help propel the boat, making the experience even more authentic.
"People see how grand the Showboat looks from the docks of White River Landing, but it's the grandeur inside that grabs them, as well," said General Manager, Jim Moeskau. "Literally, from the boarding process through the show finale, guests can get caught up in a unique experience that offers variety on many levels: variety within the show, the cruise and the multi-course meal. Where else can one experience live talking dogs right along with a gourmet meal!"
A new show for 2011 features Funny Fiddle and the coedy and msic of Chris Pendleton plus the high flying fiddler Janice Martin and a new vocal group called The ShowMen.
The Showboat Branson Belle dinner menu includes a main course of Beef Tenderloin, Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs and Chicken Focaccia and a golden brittle lemon-berry Torte, with all meals prepared fresh onboard the ship's galley.
The Paddle Wheel Club Room offers a more private dining area for small groups or couples for a special occasion. With this premium dining experience, guests dine overlooking the ship's paddlewheels and select from a dinner menu including grilled Mahi Mahi with shrimp, Captain's special-cut rib-eye steak, Caribbean stuffed chicken and a choice of desserts. After dinner, guests are seated in prime seats in the main dining room for the show. Another dining option is the Captain's Row, where first row balcony guests enjoy the Showboat Branson Belle main dining room atmosphere while choosing from menu selections.
Cruises sail from mid-March through New Year's Eve. All cruises run approximately two hours and 15 minutes, and begin at noon, 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. For information and reservations, 1-800-775-BOAT, or www.showboatbransonbelle.com.