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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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This was an enjoyable trip. We brought our son and his little family with and had dinner on the river. The food was average, nothing to write home about, but not bad. The... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Franklin, Ohio
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My family and I booked the riverboat cruise and if I could give this a MINUS 5, I would. I'm on here right now writing this review. As far as staff concerned, they were very pleasant and helpful. THEN, 120 teenagers embarked. Absolute yelling screaming and running the entire time. Seriously!! I love kids, but wow. WARNING: Call ahead and... More 

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Bedford, Pennsylvania
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68 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I had been on the Spirit of Jefferson Cruise years ago and was so excited to take my husband this time. I had heard so much history and the buildings along the river were explained and I knew he would love it. We were both disappointed that there was no guide explaining everything. Basically, we just looked at houses along... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was an enjoyable trip. We brought our son and his little family with and had dinner on the river. The food was average, nothing to write home about, but not bad. The atmosphere was great. Our little grandson had a great time. We were able to enjoy each other's company without loud noises while cruising the river. And the... More 

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Plymouth, Indiana
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124 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went on the Spirit of Jefferson - The trip was good and everyone had fun - Great sights - food was great for a Buffet - and entertainer (D.J.) was funny and informative. Highly recommended !!

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

we are so glad you enjoyed your trip on the Spirit of Jefferson. You will have to come back and ride our new Vessel the Mary M Miller she will be taking over for the Spirit of Jefferson later this summer. More 

Bloomington, IN
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137 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I took a Belle of Louisville sightseeing cruise a few years ago, but this time we were on the Spirit of Jefferson. No comparison! Decide what kind of a trip you want first and then pick a boat. Whereas the Belle is a large, ornate true paddleboat, the Jefferson is not. It is smaller and not as fancy, and no... More 

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

We are glad you enjoyed your cruise on the Belle of Louisville, she is a true Steamboat and loved by people all over. We do have a new boat that will be taking over for the Spirit of Jefferson later this summer, she is not a steamboat but does have a paddlewheel, she has 2 indoor decks that will have... More 

Asheville, North Carolina
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105 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 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 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 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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31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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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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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44 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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