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Belle of Louisville & Spirit of Jefferson

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Address: 401 W River Rd, Louisville, KY 40202-2993
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The Belle of Louisville is the oldest operating Mississippi River style...

The Belle of Louisville is the oldest operating Mississippi River style steamboat in the world. She and her sister vessel, the Spirit of Jefferson, offer river cruises perfect for all ages. We offer cruises nearly year-round, and have special events throughout the season.

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Great tourist attraction!

We had a group of 7 couples that went on the sightseeing/dinner cruise. The food was excellent and the dj was awesome!

Reviewed 9 November 2016
emess99
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Hamilton, Ohio, United States
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Asheville, North Carolina
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105 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

A wonderful way to ring in the new year! We boarded around 9:30, left the dock at 10, cruised up river for about an hour and half or so, toasted the new year and then returned to the dock around 1. A great selection of hor d'oeuvres and sweet bites were served and there was a DJ and dancing. The... More 

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BelleOfLouisville, sales and marketing manager at Belle of Louisville & Spirit of Jefferson, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoyed the New years Eve cruise. We think the river is beautiful at night also with all the bridge lights. We hope you will come back and cruise with us again. Happy New year More 

Borrego Springs, California
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107 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

The Spirit of Jefferson dinner cruise was a great break. The dinner was down-home meatloaf, BBQ chicken, salad, biscuits, corn, mac-n-cheese and, oh was it good! Sweet tea and Carmel bars for dessert. The boat ride was smooth and cool (it was November after all!). Well organized and fun. For added fun, chat up the bartenders and try tasting the... More 

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Hamilton, Ohio, United States
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

We had a group of 7 couples that went on the sightseeing/dinner cruise. The food was excellent and the dj was awesome!

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Thank emess99
Rockville, Indiana
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37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016

We went for a lunch cruise. The food was very average but we didn't really go for the food. It was a neat experience to ride a river boat and see the beauty that Louisville and the Ohio River had to offer. After eating we went upstairs to the open to enjoy the scenery.

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Harleysville, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016

Arrived early (our GPS had a hard time finding the parking location )We got to hear the steam Calliope while waiting to board (it is loud if you stand near them ) A beautiful day for a cruise on the Ohio ..A wonderful run buffet enough tasty food and drink for everyone . Thanks to the Captain and staff for... More 

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Clearfield, Pennsylvania
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113 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

This is a great river cruise. The food is fine and the entertainment is better than average. But don't go at night! You can't see anything out the windows!!

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BelleOfLouisville, Director of Sales at Belle of Louisville & Spirit of Jefferson, responded to this review

we are glad you enjoyed the food and entertainment. There are certain parts of the river that are dark, but the lights on the big four bridge and the city lights when you are coming back in are spectacular. We are sorry you didn't enjoy seeing these lights, from the river is the best way to see these lights. More 

Corydon, Indiana
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

Our dj host on the Spirit of Jefferson made the trip, he narrated the journey, serenaded us and shared a repitoire of classic music. The food was ok, buffet meal, the trip up toward the new east end bridge and the family friendly atmosphere made it a great outing

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Spring Hill, Florida
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128 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Boarding was a snap seating was reserved so no problem finding a seat. The buffet was comprise of breakfast and lunch items. On our trip the food was salad or potato salad, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, green beans, mix of greens, ham, fried chicken, pie and a fruit cup. All food was very good and as usually... More 

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Evansville, Indiana
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19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We won tickets to the Belle of Louisville Riverboat Cruise @ Charitable Event @ almost let the certificate expire. So glad we didn't. We were sightseeing only - but enjoyed the cruise. Next time we'll do the meal. The food smelled great - it was set up buffet style. There was a DJ & dancing - resembled a redemption

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Atlanta, Georgia
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25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

Nice slow long river boat ride...It took 2-3 hrs. We were only on for site seeing during the lunch tour.

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