Cruise Options

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private LOONEY ISLANDS CRUISE (90 minutes) . . .

LooneyIslandDeparting from Volunteer Landing, private 90-minute Looney Islands Cruises head westward (downriver) beyond Calhoun’s Restaurant, meandering through several historic bridges past the VOL Navy docks, Neyland Stadium647, and the Sunsphere of The 1982 World’s Fair. In continues past the famous UT Forensic “Body Farm”, gorgeous UT Gardens and UT Regional Veterinary Medical Center646.  The voyage continues around the Looney Islands643 (home to an active breeding colony of the Great Blue Herron) exposing breathtaking views of the Sequoyah Hills Community where stunning landscapes and multi million-dollar homes can be seen perched high upon the cliffs. The group rate for a private Looney Islands Cruise is just $90 + tax with a maximum of 6 passengers.

All reserved cruises take place after 5 pm during the week and at almost any time on the weekends. To schedule a cruise, please call 865-312-9000. If you reach a recording, please leave a specific message regarding the requested date & time for your cruise and the number of guests in your party. Advance notice of least 2 hours is respectfully requested. Final departure for a Looney Islands Cruise is no later than 8 pm. If you would like to inquire about a reservation several weeks or months in advance, you may wish to use our Availability Inquiry Form at this web site.

April – Nov; After 5 pm weekdays; almost any time on weekends.

GROUP Rate: $90 + tax1 ; 6 passengers max

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private FORKS OF THE RIVER CRUISE (90 minutes) . . .

ForksDeparting from Volunteer Landing, private 90-minute Forks of the River Cruises head eastward (upriver) past the Volunteer Landing Marina, beneath the South Knoxville bridge on a course that drifts past the Island Home Community649, Downtown Island Airport650, Otter Island651 and the boardwalk at Ijams Nature Center to the exact location where the Holston River and French Broad River unite to form the origin of the 652-mile long Tennessee River652. The group rate for a private Forks of the River Cruise is just $90 + tax with a maximum of 6 passengers.

All reserved cruises take place after 5 pm during the week and at almost any time on the weekends. To schedule a cruise, please call 865-312-9000. If you reach a recording, please leave a specific message regarding the requested date & time for your cruise and the number of guests in your party. Advance notice of least 2 hours is respectfully requested. Final departure for a Forks of the River Cruise is no later than 8 pm. If you would like to inquire about a reservation several weeks or months in advance, you may wish to use our Availability Inquiry Form at this web site.

April – Nov; After 5 pm weekdays; almost any time on weekends.

GROUP Rate: $90 + tax1 ; 6 passengers max

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private HARBOR CRUISE (45 minutes) . . .

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Operating within the immediate vicinity of the downtown area, 45-minute Harbor Cruises  feature sights of the Knoxville skyline and nearby Downtown Island Airport. Points of interest include: Calhoun’s On The River, Volunteer Landing Marina, Suttree Landing Park, South Knoxville Bridge, Goc. Ned McWhorter Riverside Landing Park, Island Home Park, Downtown Island Airport, Cliffs at McNutt Shoals, Gay Street Bridge, Volunteer Landing Park, Henley Street Bridge, Neyland Greenway, Vol Navy Docks, Norfolk Southern RR Bridge, Sunsphere at World’s Fair Park, Lady Vol Boathouse, CityView Condominiums, Ayers Hall, Neyland Stadium, Thompson Boiling Arena, and CSX Railroad Bridge.  A popular entertainment combination includes a 45-minute Harbor Cruise before or after dinner at Calhoun’s On the River or Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Boarding passes for a private Harbor Cruise may be reserved for just $15/passenger. A minimum of 2 passengers is required up to a maximum of 6.

All reserved cruises take place after 5 pm during the week and at almost any time on the weekends. To schedule a cruise, please call 865-312-9000. If you reach a recording, please leave a specific message regarding the requested date & time for your cruise and the number of guests in your party. Advance notice of least 2 hours is respectfully requested. Final departure for a Harbor Cruise is no later than 9 pm. If you would like to inquire about a reservation several weeks or months in advance, you may wish to use our Availability Inquiry Form at this web site.

After 5 pm weekdays; almost any time on weekends; Final departure @ 8 pm.

Rate: $15/passenger + tax1 ; 6 passengers max

public VOL NAVY CRUISE (30 minutes) . . .

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Very special 30-minUTe public VOL Navy Cruises are offered on Fridays & Saturdays before University of Tennessee Volunteers home football games. Like our Harbor cruises, these cruises are operated in the downtown area, but mainly in the immediate vicinity of the assembled armada of the famed VOL Navy. Boarding passes for a public VOL Navy Cruise may be reserved for just $15/passenger.   A minimum of 2 passengers is required up to a maximum of 6.

Boarding passes for a public VOL Navy Cruise may be reserved for just $15/passenger. A minimum of 2 passengers is required up to a maximum of 6. Boarding passes are issued on a first reserved – first boarded basis. Depending on the number of seats reserved, passengers may include a mixture of enthusiastic fans supporting both teams.

Friday VOL Navy Cruises begin at 3 pm. The final Friday VOL Navy Cruise departs at 9 pm. Saturday VOL Navy Cruises take place throughout the morning and afternoon prior to kickoff.  The final Saturday public VOL Navy Cruise always departs 4 hours prior to kickoff.   Because of limited seating and the limited number of cruises offered each football weekend, securing your reservation several weeks or months in advance is highly recommended. If you would like to inquire about a reservation several weeks or months in advance, you may wish to use our Availability Inquiry Form at this web site.

IMPORTANT:  VOL Navy Cruises take place rain or shine.  Unless the Captain cancels a cruise due to dangerous lightening or any other reason, NO REFUNDS for canceled reservations may be issued.  Passengers are encouraged to arrive at the boarding site at least 15 minutes prior to departure.  When possible, cruises may begin earlier than scheduled if desired.  Failure to be at the boarding site at the time of scheduled departure could result in cancellation of the cruise with NO REFUND.  If you are going to be late, you must call 865-312-9000 before the scheduled departure to hold the cruise.  The vessel is only permitted to remain at the boarding location 10 minutes after the scheduled departure time.  If a cruise is held for late boarding, the length of the cruise will be shortened accordingly to accommodate other secured reservations.

Final Friday departure @ 8 pm; Final Saturday departure 4 hrs prior to kickoff.
Rate: $15/passenger + tax1 ; 6 passengers max 

Pavillion

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

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

Click on the map for greater detail.

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  • 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)

RESERVATIONS . . . All reserved cruises take place after 5 pm during the week and at almost any time on the weekends. To schedule a cruise, please call 865-312-9000. If you reach a recording, please leave a specific message regarding the requested date & time for your cruise and the number of guests in your party. Advance notice of least 2 hours 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 216 | Knoxville, TN 37920.

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