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Belle of Louisville Riverboats

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401 W River Rd, Louisville, KY 40202-2993
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Belle of LOUISVILLE

This boat tour of the LOUISVILLE River/area was great. The weather was perfect. Since it was a... read more

Reviewed July 10, 2017
bonnieh899
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Georgetown, Kentucky
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Belle of Louisville 4th of July Fireworks Cruise Disappointment

We did this six years ago and had good memories. Unfortunately, this time it was a huge... read more

Reviewed July 5, 2017
LittlePupsMom
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Mount Carmel, Illinois
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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 Mary M. Miller riverboat offer river cruises perfect for all ages. We offer cruises nearly year-round, and have special events throughout the season. The Mary M. Miller replaced the Spirit of Jefferson in July of 2017. She is named after the First Female Steamboat Captain. The Mary M Miller is not a steamboat but she does have a paddlewheel. She is climate controlled and has 2 indoor decks and a top deck under cover but open air.
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  • Average18%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible7%
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401 W River Rd, Louisville, KY 40202-2993
Central Business District

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Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

This boat tour of the LOUISVILLE River/area was great. The weather was perfect. Since it was a business event we had music on board, thank goodness, that carnival music is annoying to say the least. Loved going under the bridges. Fun night, glad I did...More

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BelleOfLouisville, sales manager at Belle of Louisville Riverboats, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2017

we are glad you enjoyed the cruise. The calliope music the carnival music played at boarding was how they used to announce when they were coming in town in the old days. Some people love it some don't.

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Reviewed July 5, 2017

We did this six years ago and had good memories. Unfortunately, this time it was a huge disappointment. Instead of cruising the river, the Belle of Louisville simply made a few short loops. The fireworks were delayed, as they had to coordinate with the baseball...More

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Reviewed July 4, 2017 via mobile

I expected to have some information shared on the cruise. It was very difficult to hear what the speaker said. In addition, he was primarily wishing people happy birthday. The boat was situated with the front directly facing the fireworks, therefore, it was impossible for...More

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Reviewed June 28, 2017 via mobile

We went on the Spirit of Jefferson river boat for the 12 noon cruise as sightseers, i.e. we didn't have lunch. The facilities on board were good - seating outside in the sun or shade plus indoor seating with a/c. There was also a full...More

Thank pacuthbertson
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BelleOfLouisville, sales manager at Belle of Louisville Riverboats, responded to this reviewResponded June 30, 2017

We are sorry that you were disappointed in the cruise. Our entertainment is to point out areas of interest along the way, like the water tower, the shipyard, the waterfront park. If you are looking for a full narrated cruise our 1 hour harbor history...More

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Reviewed June 22, 2017

These boats, along with their new counterpart, are a fun way to enjoy some time on the river on a historic paddleboat with a meal. Some reviewers complain about the food, but the meal is standard catered food prepared en-masse for the group. If you...More

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BelleOfLouisville, sales manager at Belle of Louisville Riverboats, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2017

We are glad you enjoyed the cruise and the meal. we do hope you will come back and bring your friends

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Reviewed June 21, 2017 via mobile

We took the lunch cruise. It is well organized and even though the boat seemed full the buffet line went very fast. The food was good and plentiful. The main floor is air conditioned. The outside decks provide plenty of shade or sun.

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BelleOfLouisville, sales manager at Belle of Louisville Riverboats, responded to this reviewResponded June 23, 2017

We are so glad you enjoyed the cruise and the food. We do hope you will come back again.

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Reviewed June 16, 2017

We did the evening cruise only. The guide was informative but the sunset was the best. I ordered a rose for my wife as an extra which I had to get myself. It would have been better if they had delivered it to her.More

Thank onceayeartraveler50
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BelleOfLouisville, sales manager at Belle of Louisville Riverboats, responded to this reviewResponded June 19, 2017

we are glad you enjoyed the cruise, the river is beautiful at night. I'm glad you received the rose you ordered, since you did just the cruise it would be hard for our staff to know who to deliver it to. If you order the...More

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Reviewed June 13, 2017

Terrible food, lousy loud music, oppressively loud all the time, little naration of the sights. Seems to attempt to be a party boat but fails badly. Also fails at being a sight seeing cruse. A wasted two hours and money.

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BelleOfLouisville, sales manager at Belle of Louisville Riverboats, responded to this reviewResponded June 15, 2017

we are sorry you did not enjoy the food or cruise. The Dj's are instructed to play music and talk about points of interest along the way. We do try and make our public cruises family friendly, and not a party boat.

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Reviewed June 4, 2017

Booked a dinner cruise, about $43 / person, on the Spirit of Jefferson. We took a shuttle from our hotel, but parking is available in the immediate area if you drive there yourself. Dinner was wonderful, served buffet style, with many different selections (chicken, pot...More

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BelleOfLouisville, sales manager at Belle of Louisville Riverboats, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2017

we are so glad you enjoyed your cruise and do hope you will come back and cruise with us again

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Reviewed June 3, 2017 via mobile

We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary on the Belle of Louisville. It could not have been better. The calliope played for about 30 minutes before boarding. Boarding was handled very professionally. Remember to read the rules of whay you can take on board. The lady...More

Thank Denise M
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BelleOfLouisville, sales manager at Belle of Louisville Riverboats, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2017

Happy Anniversary, we are glad you celebrated with us. we are glad you enjoyed the cruise and hope you will cruise with us again.

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Betty W
February 23, 2018|
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Response from Martin R | Reviewed this property |
The Galt House hotel, an iconic property right on the river. The Belle of Louisville dock is directly across the street, accessible via a pedestrian bridge, imminently walkable. We had a good experience staying at the Galt... More
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Mark T
July 4, 2017|
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Response from BelleOfLouisville | Property representative |
yes, we have had several on the boats. we also make a perfect venue, for weddings, receptions or rehersal dinners
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June 12, 2017|
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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
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