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Belle of Louisville & Spirit of Jefferson

401 W River Rd, Louisville, KY 40202-2993
+1 502-574-2992
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Quiet dinner cruise

The food onboard the Spirit of Jefferson dinner cruise was average buffet food. It had little taste... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2016
Glasgow, Kentucky

We really enjoyed this excursion. It was peaceful and relaxing and a great way to spend 2 hours on... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2016
Sara G
via mobile
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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.
  • Excellent36%
  • Very good31%
  • Average19%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible8%
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“dinner cruise” (38 reviews)
“paddle wheel” (20 reviews)
“engine room” (15 reviews)
401 W River Rd, Louisville, KY 40202-2993
Central Business District
+1 502-574-2992
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Reviewed 15 August 2016

The food onboard the Spirit of Jefferson dinner cruise was average buffet food. It had little taste but I didnt have high expectations for the quality so it wasnt too big of a disappointment. It filled us up and was tolerable. The redeeming part of...More

Thank ConfederateMike
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed this excursion. It was peaceful and relaxing and a great way to spend 2 hours on the Ohio River. The staff was extremely friendly and Katie was very informative. Our 16 and 12 year old also really enjoyed it

Thank Sara G
Reviewed 14 August 2016

We spent a very pleasant evening cruising the river (about a 2 hour excursion). A buffet dinner was included with our cruise. The food was acceptable, but not exceptional. The weather was lovely. After dinner, we sat outside enjoying the view. The trip was not...More

Thank Barry S
Reviewed 13 August 2016

Attended with veterans group; we were unable to enter even minutes before scheduled time, despite light rainfall. The staff would not adjust music or air conditioning when requested; food on buffet was fairly good; it would have been helpful to have announcements of historic buildings,...More

Thank Richard G
Reviewed 10 August 2016

Really, I could not have been more happy with our experience working with this company. We did a group lunch tour with 40+ people on a Monday. They opened the tour boat Spirit of Jefferson specifically for our group because we had the numbers (not...More

1  Thank Lara J
BelleOfLouisville, Director of Sales at Belle of Louisville & Spirit of Jefferson, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2016

we are so glad you enjoyed the cruise. Shelly does a wonderful job and makes sure her customers are taken care of. we hope you will come and cruise with us again.

Reviewed 10 August 2016

The reunion group of Vietnam Veterans arrived early for the cruise on the Spirit of Jefferson. Rather than being allowed to board first, another group of fifty were boarded first and the crew ignored the plight of those waiting in the sun. The ship was...More

1  Thank James71542
Reviewed 8 August 2016

We were very pleased with our trip on the Ohio River and watched the sights and the Fireworks for the 4th of July. We had great seats and overlooked the Paddle Wheel and the staff were friendly and very helpful. Great trip well worth it.

1  Thank dgg123
BelleOfLouisville, Director of Sales at Belle of Louisville & Spirit of Jefferson, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2016

We are very pleased that you enjoyed the cruise and will come do another cruise.

Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

And enjoyable and relaxing way to spend an evening. Cruising down the Ohio with views of Louisville is the perfect way to spend your evening. Riding on a steamboat is like stepping back in time to a slower pace and forces you to relax after...More

Thank ga2rwayne
Reviewed 1 August 2016

Our group of 6 traveled on the Spirit of Jefferson and we had a great time! The staff was very pleasant, and the buffet was surprisingly very good, exceeding our expectations regarding the food. Don't expect a gourmet meal, but delicious comfort food. The bar...More

Thank kraze8
Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

We spent the evening on the Belle of Louisiana and had a nice relaxing ride. The buffet tasted good and had a good selection of food. The narrative along the way was welcomed.

Thank lspar
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What if anything is planned for July 4? Would like to take the family out for the 4th.
12 June 2017|
Response from BelleOfLouisville | Property representative |
we do have a evening cruise that boards at 8pm and cruises 8:30pm-10:30pm. It is just a sightseeing cruise with concessions and bar available for purchase. There will be fireworks that evening however we do not guarantee... More
What kinds of tours are offered ? Have been checking site and can't figure out what you see on what tours. what is different from a sight seeing tour and historical tour? other than website where do you go to get information on what is offered.
6 March 2017|
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Response from BelleOfLouisville | Property representative |
The Belle of Louisville and the Spirit of Jefferson offer lunch and dinner cruises and the Belle offers a brunch cruise from June- October on Sundays. You have the option of purchasing a ticket with the meal or a ticket... More
Does the afternoon cruise go up river or down? We'd like to get a view of the East End bridge as we enjoy the cruise.
15 September 2016|
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Response from BelleOfLouisville | Property representative |
Our cruises do go towards the new east end bridge we do not get all the way to the bridge on a 2 hour cruise. On our 3 hour cruises we do get closer to the east end Bridge. We do have a bridge cruise at the end of October... More