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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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We've been on luncheon cruise and dinner cruises, both had decent food but typical banquet fare, chicken, meatloaf,corn, brownie & derby pie squares for dessert.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 October 2016
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Xenia, Ohio
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Manhattan, Kansas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Only the Spirit of Jefferson was running for a Sat evening dinner cruise. The meal and dessert were average - nothing special (although the meat loaf was tasty) for the price. Disappointed in the interior condition of the boat - could be updated a little, especially stained carpet. We were put on the upper level for dinner, away from the... More 

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Xenia, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

We've been on luncheon cruise and dinner cruises, both had decent food but typical banquet fare, chicken, meatloaf,corn, brownie & derby pie squares for dessert.

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Thank Connie C
Florida
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100 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

I'm surprised by some of the poor reviews because my experience was EXCELLENT. Went on a sightseeing tour on the Belle of Louisville and had a great time. Did not purchase the buffet because I typically don't eat much and I'm glad that I didn't. They have a great bar and snack area where you can purchase food and drinks... More 

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Tilghman, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

The boat was very relaxing. I found the second floor bar area to be air conditioned, clean and the bartender was nice. I did not get the buffet, just wanted to take a boat ride and learn about the river. The ride was relaxing, but other than talking about the bridges, the water tower area and the boat building yard... More 

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Aurora, Colorado
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Reserved and paid for tickets online, never got any confirmation. When I wrote and asked for some sort of confirmation the emailed response was very contrite and I was told a confirmation had "already been sent." Even the email still provided no reservation number, but I printed it out and packed it. The email noted the importance of "parking in... More 

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

We are sorry that you did not enjoy your experience with us. The parking is in Joes crab shack lot it is the cheapest parking near us, we are sorry it is not clear that you can pull further down in the lot. Not sure if the person at the front desk was confused when saying that is no parking... More 

Mason, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

We booked the dinner cruise for Friday night. Early arrivers were allowed to board a bit early, which got us out of the rain. Concessions were available prior to eating/leaving port, very reasonably priced. Recommend you get a window seat. Buffet dinner began at 7 p.m and the food was great -- choice of baked chicken or yummy meat loaf,... More 

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Stanford, Kentucky, United States
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Mom I wanted to do something relaxing so I took her to Louisville for a nice Sunday ride up and down the river on the Belle of Louisville. We just wanted to ride so I did not make reservations for the lunch buffet. I have had a buffet before on the Belle but boy did Hall's do a good job... More 

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Bloomington, Indiana
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

We found for the price ..the history ride was awesome..cool to learn and relax with a drink in your hand on the water...will be trying the dinner cruise next time.

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Blountville, Tennessee
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Evening dinner cruise on a paddle wheel boat on the Ohio River. Good food and good service. A wonderful night to enjoy the river sights.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

When reviewing, please specify which boat you went on - the Spirit of Jefferson or the Belle of Louisville. They are both included as you can see by the title here on TripAdvisor.

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