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Dinner and a Show – Come Aboard the Showboat Branson Belle

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We received tickets for a Showboat Branson Belle dinner cruise as part of a promotional blogger tour of Branson, MO through the US Family Guide. All opinions are 100% my own.

As I finally get settled back into a routine from our whirwind action-packed vacation to Branson, MO I sit and reflect and think — “WOW! This is one of the BEST trips we went on and everyting about it was awesome.”

Branson is a fabulous place for family entertainment, and we didn’t waste any time getting started. Literally we pulled into the parking lot of our hotel, ran inside our room to get change quickly and then headed to Table Rock Lake to get onboard the Showboat Branson Belle for a dinner cruise!

Boarding the Showboat Branson Belle

I have never been on a showboat cruise before, so I wasn't for sure what to expect. The cruise ended up exceeding our expectations and was one of the highlights of my trip. I will be sharing everything we did while on the cruise, so hopefully if you and your family ever go to Branson, you will be sure to check out this majestic beauty.

History About the Showboat Branson Belle

Operating for almost twenty years now, the Showboat Branson Belle takes passengers on a two-hour tour of the gorgeous Table Rock Lake– you have to see it to really admire the beauty. Passengers eat dinner while onboard, with meals prepared fresh in the ship’s galley. There is live entertainment during the meal, followed by a chance to tour the ship and enjoy the views. After stretching your legs, the entertainment resumes with award-winning shows that celebrate our American heritage.

If you are planning on taking a cruise aboard a showboat, my advice is to arrive about 30 minutes early. The view is gorgeous and will allow for time to take photos of the area and your family as well.

Getting on board the Showboat Branson Belle

After snapping a few photos outside, we walked right onboard, met some of the bloggers on our trip and then we were immediately seated.

Dinner service started immediately — with unlimited sweet tea, a roll, and salad. My teenagers really enjoyed the entire meal.

Along with the salad, they served a delicious entree of roasted chicken, roast beef with real smashed potatoes and sugar snap peas with julienned carrots.

Showboat Branson Belle Food

Dessert was a delicious lemon torte served with unlimited amounts of coffee. For this coffee lover, that made me extremely happy!

The ship has seating that is in rows. It looks like it might be a tight squeeze or that you would be crowded, but it is not. There are two people per table and the seating comes in rows.

We were about 2 – 3 rows away from the stage, so we were in perfect place to see the show and really enjoy the entertainment.

48.-Showboat-Branson-Belle-Theater-1024x705Courtesy of Showboat Branson Belle

After dinner — tour the outside of the ship

Following dinner, you have about 30 minutes to check out the deck and enjoy the view before the Made in the USA show begins. If you walk all the way up to the wheel house, you can meet the captain and get a picture taken with him.

I didn't realize that until it was too late, but I did get a picture of the wheel house from the deck below.


Table Rock Lake on Showboat Branson Belle


After checking out the ship, we settled back in to watch the show, Made in the USA.

The show was amazing! The show pays tribute to the USA, through song, dance, acrobat acts, and some good old clean fun, and because it starts right after you’ve had a chance to walk around the boat, everyone is feeling fresh and ready to enjoy the entertainment.

I was having so much fun singing all the songs — I recognized many of them and you will too. You might even find yourself wanting a sparkly outfit or two from the amazing arial violinist. Her sparkly cowgirl boots are on my wish list for Christmas!

Not only will you enjoy a live band, but there is also a magician, and he was fabulous – funny for the adults, and had fun tricks for the audience as well.


Christopher James on Showboat Branson Belle


The magician, Christopher James, was also the Emcee. He was so funny, and definitely had my teenager's attentions with his comedy and magic acts.


He will definitely keep you laughing every time he takes the stage. It helps take off those pounds after dessert 🙂

There were also performances by the live band and a group of vocalists called The Showmen, who performed songs you and your kids will know and love.

The Showmen Showboat Branson Belle (click that link to listen to their version of “Life is a Highway”) (will open in your media player on your computer)

But the headliner was mine and my son's favorite!  She totally made a huge impression on him. Janice Martin (who has appeared on America’s Got Talent) is a violinist, singer, pianist, aerialist, and Army veteran. She wowed the crowds with her amazing acrobatic playing!


After the show ends, you have the chance to go and talk to all the performers, which is what we decided to do. This is the last year for the Made in the USA show, so if you have not had a chance to get to Branson and see it, NOW is the time.

The Showboat Branson Belle offers dinner and lunch cruises. Ticket prices start at $25 for kids and $49 for adults. You can book tickets and see the cruise schedules here

If you have questions, just leave them in the comments and I will do my best to answer them for you!

Have you ever been on the Showboat Branson Belle?

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