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Belle of Louisville & Spirit of Jefferson

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Address: 401 W River Rd, Louisville, KY 40202
Phone Number: 502 574 2992
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Description: 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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Relaxing, but not very interesting

Our trip was on the Spirit of Jefferson - we had the lunch buffet, which was fairly good. The cruise was relaxing and plenty of seats (it wasn't a full ship). Narration about... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
Randy B
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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Our trip was on the Spirit of Jefferson - we had the lunch buffet, which was fairly good. The cruise was relaxing and plenty of seats (it wasn't a full ship). Narration about the river and sights was minimal. More time was spent telling people to go outside and to request music from the dj, than telling us what we... More 

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We had a group of 10 people with advance purchase tickets. There were no problems picking up the tickets at the booth. We all had our picture taken before embarking and it turned out really good! We all bought one for $5 which is very reasonable. It was a nice souvenir. The lunch buffet was more than we expected! Roast... More 

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Centerville, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We were on the Spirit of Jefferson. The staff had our reservation perfect for our 40th anniversary dinner cruise. The cruise lasts about 2 hours. Food was plentiful and good.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We took the Belle of Louisville for a short river cruise. It was a nice relaxing time to go up and down the river but there's not much of a view. There were food and drinks available but we didn't purchase any. During our cruise there was a large group that had booked the dining area. I can't imagine why... More 

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Marion, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Just a little outdated style on the boat. Otherwise, it was an awesome experience with my mom, sister and sister in law. We had fun and the buffet had pretty good food!

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Macedonia, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We went on The Spirit of Jefferson on the river. They helps us on the boat and was very helpful on the ride. We had a delicious lunch buffet style and sat inside to eat. After lunch we went outside to enjoy the sites. The weather was great. Very enjoyable

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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Really disappointed in the experience. I'd like to see them invest in better speakers so you can hear the presentation no matter where you are sitting. Also more history about the river and the cities on either side would be nice, less about the barges waiting for use. The narrator wasn't very informative. Wouldn't recommend at all.

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Clayton, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We went on the day time sightseeing tour. It was very nice, the weather was perfit. The only issue we had was when we got their around 1115am they started playing loud music, it was so loud folks was using anything they had to plug their ears. So take some ear plugs with you.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

I attended a dinner cruise as part of an event. There were about 150 of us, and the cost was $43 per person. The riverboat is incredibly charming, and my girlfriend absolutely loved it. For the boat's age, it's beautiful and very well maintained. The heads were clean and in good working order, and there was plenty of outdoor seating... More 

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San Jose, California, Usa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Enjoyed the relaxing ride down the Ohio River, but didn't hear any history. Don't know if announcements were even made. If you go, don't bother with the dinner. The buffet is not worth the extra money. Even without dinner, it's wonderful to enjoy drinks up on the deck at sunset.

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