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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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Expected more for the $$$$$

WOW. We were really disappointed. A few snipits of information about the area, but that is about it. We were wanting more history about Louisville, the river, and the boat... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2014
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Independence, KY
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nanticoke,pa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Visited our son in Louisville and took a 3-hour cruise on the Belle of Louisville down the Ohio River to support Catholic Radio. It was great! It's the oldest Paddle Boat in the Country and can hold 600 people. It was so smooth I didn't get at all seasick (and I usually do) The food was good, and there was... More 

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Independence, KY
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

WOW. We were really disappointed. A few snipits of information about the area, but that is about it. We were wanting more history about Louisville, the river, and the boat. Long boat ride to enjoy with no real knowledge to go along with it. We just did the sight seeing tour, most of the attention was spent on the passengers... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Overpriced to just sit onboard for a couple of hours, poor range of food considering you can't take your own, buffet passengers get all the attention despite many sightseers who tried to get buffet tickets and music choices lacked consistency. Only plus was the history snippets and the breeze giving a reprieve from the heat.

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Lebanon, Virginia
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137 reviews 137 reviews
14 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

Our dinner and cruise were okay. The food was, for the most part, decent-to-good. All-you-can-eat. The staff was courteous and the DJ played music appropriate for audience. There could have been a little more narration of the scenery. (Other such cruises use a tape recorded narrative that the staff activates as they approach the various points of interest.) although this... More 

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Carmel Valley, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

If you like living history, this boat ride is for you. They get real steam up. The calliope that summons us to the riverside plays Steven Foster and the Beatles! The paddle-wheel really turns, and no 21st century thrusters or other devices kick in; this boat uses it's own ancient paddle-wheel propulsion system to pull away from the dock into... More 

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Sacramento, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

A wonderfully relaxing and gorgeous day in Louisville as we rolled along the Ohio River on the Belle of Louisville. We sat topside under the shaded canopy, enjoyed the caliope music as we boarded, the DJ music as we cruised and the historical narration by the captain. Greckels the Clown added excitement and balloon fun for our 3 year old... More 

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Palm Coast, Florida
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68 reviews 68 reviews
20 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

At least I can cross cruising on the Ohio River on a steamboat off my bucket list! The scenery and view are lovely and the cruise relaxing. We paid $40 each for a dinner buffet (with little wait service) which was about the quality of Golden Corral buffet, so, if that works for you....Personally, had I known, I would have... More 

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Morrison, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

While traveling through Louisville enroute to Gatlinburg, TN, we stayed over night and decided to go on the Saturday evening dinner cruise aboard the Spirit of Jefferson. We made our reservations the week previous with a very polite lady and when we arrived at the ticket booth our reservation was ready and getting our tickets literally took 45 seconds. When... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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312 reviews 312 reviews
35 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This was a very pleasant two hours on the Spirit of Jefferson riverboat! The buffet lunch was hot and great choices available. Full bar available. They had a DJ who played dance music...dancing available on 1st deck. Our ride was shared with a class trip for middle schoolers, which added to the volume level onboard, but the kids were well... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Traveled from the northeast to attend the Kentucky Derby for the very first time. Made reservations two to three weeks in advance for a party of 5. Paid $250.00 (adults and children--ages 4 and 7-are charged the same) for the Oaks Dinner Cruise which was advertised by the steamboat company as a part of the Kentucky Derby activities. For those... More 

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