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Nestled among the bluffs on the waterfront, the Queen Priscilla is conveniently located at Volunteer Landing,  just a short walk from Knoxville’s lively downtown entertainment district, the University of Tennessee & Neyland Stadium.  Sit back, relax, and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of our fine city and vibrant waterfront aboard the Queen Priscilla while Captain Kevin & Chief Mate Andrew provide a delightful cruise that will ensure you have a Good Time on the Tennessee River.  This year we are proud to introduce the new Queen Priscilla – a genuine 26′ fully restored 1968 U.S. Navy Whale Boat.  Find out more about the history and features of the new Queen Priscilla by clicking this link.

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private HARBOR CRUISE  45 min

Operating within the vicinity of Volunteer Landing, our 45-minute Harbor Cruise provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy a spectacular panoramic floating perspective of the Knoxville skyline, World’s Fair Sunsphere, Neyland Stadium, UT Campus, and (after sunset) the shimmering lights of the historic Henley Street & Gay Street Bridges. A popular entertainment combination includes a 45-minute Harbor Cruise before dinner at Calhoun’s On the River or Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Boarding passes for a private Harbor Cruise are $15/passenger. A minimum of 2 passengers is required up to a maximum of 6.  expanded description

April – Nov; after 5 pm on weekdays; Almost any time on weekends.
Rate: $15/passenger + tax1 ; 6 passengers max

public VOL NAVY CRUISE  45 min

Special 45-minUTe “public” VOL Navy Cruises are offered on Fridays & Saturdays before home UT football games. Like our Harbor cruises, these cruises are operated in the downtown area – mainly near the assembled armada of the famed VOL Navy. Boarding passes for a public VOL Navy Cruise are issued on a first reserved – first boarded basis and may be purchased for $15/passenger. A minimum of 2 passengers is required up to a maximum of 6.   expanded description

Final Friday departure @ 10:30 pm; Final Saturday departure 4 hrs prior to kickoff.
Rate: $15/passenger + tax1 ; 6 passengers max

private LOONEY ISLANDS SIGHTSEEING CRUISE  90 min

Our private 90-minute Looney Islands Cruise heads westward (downriver) past the world famous “Body Farm” and UT Gardens and on toward the Looney Islands.  Witness the breathtaking views of the Sequoyah Hills Community with its stunning landscapes and multimillion dollar homes. The group rate for a private Looney Islands Cruise is $90 + tax with a maximum of 6 passengers.  expanded description

April – Nov; after 5 pm on weekdays; Almost any time on weekends.
GROUP Rate: $90/group + tax1 ; 6 passengers max

private FORKS OF THE RIVER SIGHTSEEING CRUISE  90 min

Our private 90-minute Forks of the River Cruise heads eastward (upriver) past the South Knoxville Bridge, the Downtown Island Airport, and Ijams Nature Center to the exact location where the Holston and French Broad Rivers unite to form the 652-mile long Tennessee River.  The group rate for a private Forks of the River Cruise is $90 + tax with a maximum of 6 passengers.  expanded description

April – Nov; after 5 pm on weekdays; Almost any time on weekends.
GROUP Rate: $90/group + tax1 ; 6 passengers max

1Tennessee sales tax is 9.25%.

BOARDING . . .

PavillionBoarding ordinarily takes place at the huge concrete steps in front of the “Towers” at Volunteer Landing (pictured to the left) – between Calhoun’s On The River and the Henley St. Bridge. Volunteer Landing is a beautiful riverfront park that runs parallel with the Tennessee River where visitors enjoy fishing, biking, jogging, walking, and relaxing. It is also the place where the armada known as the VOL Navy assembles, creating a sea of orange on UT home football weekends.

Depending on the circumstances of each particular cruise, other boarding site options may be offered. These options are presented on our map below. Click the map for greater detail.

  • A: Volunteer Landing Marina
  • B: Calhoun’s Restaurant
  • C: “Towers” at Volunteer Landing
  • D: VOL Navy Docks
  • E: CityView Docks

  • The Magenta Arrows indicate the walking route toward downtown Market Square from Volunteer Landing Marina.
  • The Blue Arrows indicate the walking route toward downtown Market Square from the CityView Docks.
  • The Orange Arrows indicate the walking route toward Neyland Stadium from Volunteer Landing Marina.

DISTANCE & TIME (WALKING) . . .

  • From the “Towers” at Volunteer Landing (C) to Neyland Stadium (F): ~ 1/2 mile (12 minutes).
  • From Volunteer Landing Marina (A) to VOL Navy Docks (D): ~ 1/2 mile (12 minutes)
  • From Volunteer Landing Marina (A) to Neyland Stadium (F): ~ 3/4 mile (18 minutes)
  • From Volunteer Landing Marina (A) to downtown Gay Street/Market Square Districts: ~ 1/2 mile (12 minutes)
  • From the CityView Docks (E) to downtown Gay Street/Market Square Districts (via Blount & Gay): ~ 1 1/4 mile (30 minutes)
  • From the CityView Docks (E) to Neyland Stadium (F) (via Henley, Cumberland & Stadium Dr): ~ 1 1/4 mile (30 minutes)

Per U.S. Coast Guard regulations, the maximum number of paid passengers aboard the Queen Priscilla at any time (day or night) is six (6). This rule is strictly enforced.

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VOL Navy Photos

A collection of images documenting some of the aspects of "sailgating" with the VOL Navy.

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Forks of the River Cruises

A collection of images captured during some of our Forks of the River Cruises aboard the Queen Priscilla.

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Looney Islands Cruises

A collection of images captured during some of our Looney Islands Cruises aboard the Queen Priscilla.

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RESERVATIONS . . . All cruises are scheduled at the request of our passengers. To request a cruise, please call us at (865) 312-9000, or our alternate number: (VOL) End Zone. If you reach our answering machine, please leave a specific message about the requested date & time and the number in your party.   At least 2 hours advance notice is respectfully requested.

E-MAIL . . .  If you prefer to use email, send your information request to: Captain@TennesseeBoatLine.com

REGULAR MAIL . . . Our regular mailing address is: Tennessee Boat Line | 445 W. Blount Ave., No 210 | Knoxville, TN 37902.

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