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In a city full of great places to eat, dinner on board the Belle or the Spirit is a truly unique dining experience.

Dinner cruises feature our buffet, live entertainment or DJ service, plus narration of historic facts throughout the cruise. The Belle and the Spirit each feature a full-service bar, outdoor observation decks, dance floor, bandstand, wheelchair accessibility to portions of the vessel, easy passenger drop-off, and nearby parking.

Sightseeing tickets may be purchased in the Ticket Office the day of the cruise (subject to availability) or in advance on this website or over the phone. Our Ticket Office is located adjacent to the Belle of Louisville. Sightseeing tickets are subject to outdoor seating, there are stairs – this deck is not handicap accessible.

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  • Mar. 28

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Mar. 31

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    6:00 PM–8:00 PM
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  • Apr. 1

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Apr. 3

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Apr. 6

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Apr. 7

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Apr. 8

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Apr. 13

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Apr. 14

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Apr. 15

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Apr. 17

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Apr. 20

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Apr. 22

    THUNDER OVER LOUISVILLE-DOCKSIDE

    Belle of Louisville
    3:00 PM–10:30 PM
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    If you’re looking for a great way to view one of the largest fireworks displays in the country, then it’s the Historic Belle of Louisville for you! A delicious dinner buffet, cash bar & concessions. This is a kickoff event for the Kentucky Derby festivities, and while activities and times are determined by the Kentucky Derby Festival.  Dockside Event. This event goes on regardless of the weather or river conditions, so there is no refund or exchange for tickets on the day of the event. Please note our cancellation policy requires cancellations no less than two weeks prior to the event date, and there is a 10% cancellation fee. Open seating, no reserved seats. Please come prepared for an outdoor experience for viewing the fireworks! Tickets (tax added on at purchase): $100 per person – all ages (including all children)

  • Apr. 22

    THUNDER OVER LOUISVILLE-DOCKSIDE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    3:00 PM–10:30 PM
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    If you’re looking for a great way to view one of the largest fireworks displays in the country, and a little more intimate atmosphere, then it’s the Spirit of Jefferson for you! Hors d’oeurves will be served after boarding, then a delicious dinner meal will follow, while you’re preparing for Thunder Over Louisville fireworks. This is a kickoff event for the Kentucky Derby festivities, and while activities and times are determined by the Kentucky Derby Festival, you can be sure there will be a lot going on on the wharf that day. Dockside Event.

    Note: This event goes on regardless of the weather or river conditions.Reserved seating for the buffet, sightseeing is first come, first served. Please come prepared for an outdoor experience for viewing the fireworks!   Tickets (tax added on at purchase): $125 per person – all ages (including all children)

  • Apr. 27

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Apr. 28

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Apr. 28

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Apr. 29

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • May. 1

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • May. 3

    GREAT STEAMBOAT RACE – SPIRIT BOAT CHASE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    5:30 PM–8:00 PM
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    If you’d like to have a great view of both racing riverboats – the steamboat Belle of Louisville and riverboat Belle of Cincinnati – as they compete in the Kentucky Derby Week Great Boat Race event, then come on board the riverboat Spirit of Jefferson as she follows in their wake. A delicious buffet dinner, reserved seating, cash bar, concessions & a DJ!  Tickets (tax added on at purchase): $50 + tax per person – all ages (including children)

  • May. 4

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • May. 5

    OAKS DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    8:00 PM–10:00 PM
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    After an exciting day at the races for Churchill Downs’ Oaks Day, this cruise will be the perfect way to spend a spring evening on the Ohio River. A scrumptious dinner buffet will be served, cash bar & a DJ! This cruise will leave on time as scheduled. If you go to the races at Churchill Downs, and stay for the last race, the traffic leaving the Downs will be extremely heavy, and getting to our boat on time will be difficult, if not impossible. There is no refund or exchange for the tickets if you miss the boat, so please plan accordingly. Tickets (tax added on at purchase):  $49 per person – all ages

  • May. 9

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • May. 11

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • May. 12

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • May. 13

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • May. 14

    Mother’s Day Dinner

    Belle of Louisville
    5:30 PM–7:30 PM
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    Take Mom out on her special day for a great evening on the historic steamboat Belle of Louisville! This two-hour Ohio River cruise is just the ticket for celebrating by yourselves or with the whole family. Include the delicious buffet dinner (guaranteed inside seating, advance reservations required) or choose sightseeing only (upstairs, all-weather outside seating without the buffet) and make some new memories. Call for information or to make a reservation, or purchase tickets on line.

    Tickets with buffet (tax added on at purchase): Adults – $48, Seniors – $47, Children (ages 4 – 12) – $32

  • May. 18

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • May. 19

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • May. 20

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • May. 25

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • May. 26

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • May. 27

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • May. 31

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jun. 1

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jun. 2

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jun. 3

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jun. 6

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jun. 8

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jun. 9

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jun. 10

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jun. 13

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jun. 14

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jun. 15

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jun. 16

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jun. 17

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jun. 20

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jun. 22

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jun. 23

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jun. 24

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jun. 26

    MCALPINE LOCK DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    6:00 PM–9:00 PM
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    What a great river adventure – a cruise through McAlpine Lock! Narration is about the history of the lock and the impact it has made on river transportation.  Get ready for a great downriver cruise on the riverboat Spirit of Jefferson! The buffet dinner sells out quickly. Make your reservations now!

    If river conditions do not allow us to go through the lock, we’ll take a terrific cruise upriver instead. There is no refund or exchange for tickets if we are not able to go through the lock.  Tickets with buffet (tax added on at purchase): Adults – $46, Seniors – $45, Children (ages 4 – 12) – $30.   Sightseeing rates also available.

  • Jun. 27

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jun. 29

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jun. 30

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jul. 1

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jul. 6

    MCALPINE LOCK DINNER CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    6:30 PM–9:30 PM
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    It’s always fun to take a downriver cruise through the lock, and on the historic Belle of Louisville it’s a great trip. An historian will narrate the cruise. The buffet dinner will sell out quickly, so make your reservations now! Tickets with buffet (tax added on at purchase): Adults – $46, Seniors – $45, Children (ages 4 – 12) – $30.   Sightseeing rates also available.

    We plan to go through the lock, but if river conditions prohibit it, we will have a great cruise upriver instead. There are no ticket refunds or exchanges if we cannot go through the lock.

  • Jul. 7

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jul. 8

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jul. 11

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jul. 13

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jul. 14

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jul. 15

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jul. 18

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jul. 20

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jul. 21

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jul. 22

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jul. 25

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jul. 27

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jul. 28

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jul. 29

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Jul. 31

    MCALPINE LOCK DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    6:00 PM–9:00 PM
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    What a great river adventure – a cruise through McAlpine Lock! This narrated cruise about the history of the lock and the impact it has made on river transportation. Get ready for a great downriver cruise!

    If river conditions do not allow us to go through the lock, we’ll take a terrific cruise upriver instead. There is no refund or exchange for tickets if we are not able to go through the lock.  Tickets with buffet (tax added on at purchase): Adults – $46, Seniors – $45, Children (ages 4 – 12) – $30   Sightseeing rates also available.

  • Aug. 1

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Aug. 3

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Aug. 4

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Aug. 5

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Aug. 8

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Aug. 10

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Aug. 11

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Aug. 12

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Aug. 15

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Aug. 16

    SIGHTSEEING/DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    6:30 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Aug. 17

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Aug. 18

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Aug. 19

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Aug. 22

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Aug. 24

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Aug. 25

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Aug. 26

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Aug. 28

    MCALPINE LOCK DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    6:00 PM–9:00 PM
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    What a great river adventure – a cruise through McAlpine Lock! This narrated cruise is about the history of the lock and the impact it has made on river transportation. Get ready for a great downriver cruise!

    If river conditions do not allow us to go through the lock, we’ll take a terrific cruise upriver instead. There is no refund or exchange for tickets if we are not able to go through the lock.  Tickets with buffet (tax added on at purchase): Adults – $46, Seniors – $45, Children (ages 4 – 12) – $30.   Sightseeing rates also available.

  • Aug. 29

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Aug. 31

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Sep. 1

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Sep. 2

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Sep. 7

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Sep. 8

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Sep. 9

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Sep. 14

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Sep. 15

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Sep. 16

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Sep. 21

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Sep. 22

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Sep. 23

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Sep. 28

    SIGHTSEEING / DINNER CRUISE

    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 PM–9:00 PM
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FAQs

  • Where do I pick up my tickets?

    Tickets should be picked up prior to your cruise in the ticket office, which is the green-and-white vessel beside the Belle.

  • What is the dress code?

    The vessel is casual; sightseers should dress according to the weather. On Sightseeing Tours, shorts and t-shirts are welcome. For Lunch Cruises, shorts or slacks and t-shirts are fine. On Dinner Cruises, casual attire is suggested. No sleeveless shirts for men, please. The Spirit of Jefferson is air-conditioned, and the Belle of Louisville has air-conditioning on the ballroom deck.

  • What is the difference between the Belle and the Spirit of Jefferson?

    The Belle is our nearly 100 year old National Historic Landmark and a much larger vessel. She is original to the steamboat era and a living operating museum. The Spirit of Jefferson is a smaller, newer riverboat.

  • Where do I park?

    The Wharf parking lot is a pay lot at 129 River Road (entrance by Joe’s Crab Shack). This lot stretches along the wharf to the Belle area. If this lot is full, the Riverview Parking Garage off of 6th Street is just a walk across the street from the Belle.

  • What are your ADA arrangements for the disabled?

    The Belle has an elevator lift to help with wheel chairs and provide access to the Ballroom Deck, however the Texas & Hurricane decks are not accessible. Wheelchairs on the Spirit can go to the first deck only.

  • What is a Sightseeing Ticket?

    A Sightseeing ticket provides a two-hour sightseeing ride on the Texas Deck (top) of the Belle or Spirit. Sightseeing passengers can also enjoy a self-guided tour of the boat, a full concession café, and full bar service. After lunch is over for those who purchased meal tickets, Sightseers are welcome to enter the ballroom for dancing and a break from outside.

  • How do I get reservations for the lunch or dinner options?

    When calling, state the type of ticket you are interested in and if they are available they will be sold to you; sometimes we sell out for meals because of limited capacity. All meal ticket reservations require a 48-hour advance notice because our caterer requires a final count the day before the cruise. Those with sightseeing passes can upgrade for a flat price posted on the certificate; this needs to be done when you make your reservation.

  • Can I bring my own food and beverages aboard the boat?

    No food or beverages can be brought onto the vessel.

  • What do I need to bring?

    You will need your confirmation number from your reservation and proper identification to pick up pre-paid tickets. Other than hopefully your sunglasses, nothing else is needed.

  • What happens if I lose my confirmation number?

    Tickets are filed by last name. Be prepared to show a photo ID in order to pick up the ticket.

  • What if it rains?

    The vessels go out in the rain unless there is a threatening storm. Should weather dictate that we cannot cruise, dockside lunch/dinner is still served and passes for another sightseeing cruise are given out based on management’s discretion.

  • When do I get on the cruise?

    Boarding is usually ½ hour before the cruise departure. Cruises depart on time.

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