Savannah Riverboat Cruises Offer Special Gullah Heritage Cruise

You might have seen the three-story, red and white Savannah Riverboats cruising along the river at night with lights shining brilliantly off the water and heard the music drifting through the air as the boat docked along River Street. Every week they offer all kinds of cruises, but on October 7 they’re offering a special seasonal cruise – the Gullah Heritage Dinner Entertainment Cruise.

This special two-hour cruise not only features a Southern inspired dinner buffet and magnificent sights along the Savannah River, including the spectacular sunset behind the Talmadge Bridge, but also a performance with storytelling, dance and music by the Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters, the only group in the world to have set the Guinness Book of World Records out of London for the largest ring shout.

“We thought how grand it would be to let people experience the culture of the Lowcountry,” said Lisa Shea, the marketing assistant at the Savannah Riverboat Cruises. “Guests experience through stories, music, dance and song a living history of African American culture from slavery to emancipation.”

Their performance was taken from their ancestors who lived on southern plantations, where the roots of gospels and blues were introduced in work songs and “field hollers.”

“This culture is dying as the younger generation has little to no interest in preserving it. One of the Shouters is 95 years old,” Shea said.

The cruise boards at 6 p.m. and sails from 7-9 p.m. and tickets for this cruise are $65.95 for adults and $36.25 for children (ages 5-12); kids under 5 years are free. For more information about the Savannah Riverboat Cruises, go to www.savannahriverboat.com.

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