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Special Events

Our city and our people celebrate special events throughout the year – why not make them extra special on board the Belle or the Mary M. Miller?

Your own calendar is filled with special events – holidays, family events, reunions, and commemorations, to name just a few. Make them extra special by joining us on board. For a bonus, if you choose to dine with us we do all the cooking and clean up for you!

All cruises (except where noted) feature a a full buffet menu, live music or DJ, and a full bar and concession stand. Sightseeing tickets for upstairs, outside seating without the buffet may not be available for some events. Check our calendar of events for details on upcoming special events and cruises. Please note that ticket prices for special events may be different from regular cruise prices.

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  • Feb. 10

    Valentine Dinner Cruise

    Mary M. Miller
    7:00 pm–9:00 pm
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    Treat your sweetheart to a Valentine Dinner Cruise! A delicious dinner buffet and a DJ for entertainment. $65 + tax per person., ticket price includes an individual sized bottle of champagne.

    Sample Menu: Entrees: Grilled Chicken Breast with a Cherry, Balsamic Glaze, Prime Rib served with Au Jus, Garlic Shrimp

    Sides: Rosemary Roasted Potatoes, Wild Rice Pilaf, Seasonal Vegetable Medley, Strawberry Almond Salad, Cold Vegetable Salad w/ Vinaigrette, Roasted Acorn Squash and Quinoa Salad

    Dessert: Assorted Pies, Cheesecake w/ Strawberry Topping

    Beverage Station: Tea, Lemonade, Water, Coffee

  • Feb. 14

    Valentine Dinner Cruise

    Mary M. Miller
    7:00 pm–9:00 pm
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    Treat your sweetheart to a Valentine Dinner Cruise! A delicious dinner buffet and a DJ for entertainment. $65 + tax per person,  – ticket price includes an individual sized bottle of champagne.

    Sample Menu:Entrees: Grilled Chicken Breast with a Cherry, Balsamic Glaze, Prime Rib served with Au Jus, Garlic Shrimp

    Sides: Rosemary Roasted Potatoes, Wild Rice Pilaf, Seasonal Vegetable Medley, Strawberry Almond Salad, Cold Vegetable Salad w/ Vinaigrette, Roasted Acorn Squash and Quinoa Salad

    Dessert: Assorted Pies, Cheesecake w/ Strawberry Topping

    Beverage Station: Tea, Lemonade, Water, Coffee

  • Mar. 17

    ST. PATRICK’S DINNER CRUISE

    Mary M. Miller
    7:00 pm–9:00 pm
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    Traditional St. Patrick’s Day menu & green beer! Tickets are regular price at $44.32 per adult. Price includes tax.

  • Apr. 1

    EASTER BRUNCH CRUISE-Special Event

    Belle of Louisville
    1:00 pm–3:00 pm
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    $39/Adult, $38 (13-55) /Senior, $25 (55+) /Children (4-12) + tax.

    Entertainment: Easter Bunny & DJ on-board

    SAMPLE BUFFET MENU, WE MAY NOT HAVE THE CATERERS SPECIFIC CHOICES OF THE DAY:
    Scrambled Eggs, Biscuits and Gravy, Sausage & Bacon, Fresh Fruit, Mac & Cheese, Mashed Potatoes, Honey Ham, Fried Chicken Tenders, Southern Green Beans, Pasta Salad & Garden Salad with Assorted Dressings.

    There are always Rolls and Butter on the buffet.  The caterers will usually have two desserts that vary from: Assorted Pies & Cakes

    Tea, Lemonade, Water, Coffee and Orange Juice are included with the buffet, sodas and other adult beverages can be purchased from the concessions stand or bar.

    Because we offer a buffet service for our cruises, it is difficult to accommodate any special dietary request.

  • Apr. 21

    THUNDER OVER LOUISVILLE

    Belle of Louisville
    3:00 pm–11:00 pm
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    THIS IS A DOCKSIDE EVENT- THE BOAT DOES NOT CRUISE
    BAR: Cash bar on-board
    CONCESSIONS: Available
    GIFT SHOP: Available
    PHOTO: Taken during boarding, available for sale on-board.
    ENTERTAINMENT: SYNC WITH DERBY FESTIVAL OFFICIAL STATION
    Security on-board
    Seating: Open seating, no assigned seats
    Belle Boarding @ 2:30pm
    Dinner @ 5pm
    Dessert @ 7:30pm
    FIREWORKS NORMALLY BETWEEN 9:30-10PM

    Menu: TBD

  • Apr. 21

    THUNDER OVER LOUISVILLE – SOLD OUT

    Mary M. Miller
    3:00 pm–10:30 pm
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  • May. 2

    GREAT STEAMBOAT RACE

    Belle of Louisville
    5:30 pm–8:00 pm
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    TICKET TYPICALLY INCLUDES: FOOD, BAR AND ENTERTAINMENT.
    TO PURCHASE TICKETS OR FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 502-584-FEST OR VISIT WWW.KDF.ORG

  • May. 2

    Mary M Miller Boat chase

    Mary M. Miller
    5:30 pm–8:00 pm
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    $50+tax/person

    Each person will recieve 2 drink tickets for Beer, Wine, Well Drinks or Sodas.

    reserved seating – sightseeing option not available on this cruise

    Bar: CASH
    Concessions: CASH
    Gift Shop: AVAILABLE
    Photo: TAKEN AT BOARDING, SOLD ON-BOARD
    Entertainment: DJ

    SAMPLE MENU: ENTREES: Chicken Cordon Blue, Chicken breast cutlets marinated and filled with ham and swiss cheese.

    Pork Tenderloin: Sugar cured and roasted, sliced thin and topped with a seasonal peach barbecue sauce.

    SIDES: Garlic Whipped, Mashed Potatoes, Tender Potatoes whipped with sour cream, melted butter, garlic, salt, pepper, and parsley, Fresh Roasted Green Beans.

    Greek Pasta Salad: Tri-Colored rotini pasta tossed with a Greek vinaigrette, feta cheese, sun dried tomatoes, and red onions

    Kentucky Garden Salad: Romaine mix, topped with fresh, local vegetables and croutons. Served with Ranch and Italian Dressing.

    DESSERT: Kentucky Derby Pie

    Sodas and Adult beverages can be purchased from the concession stand or bar.

    Because we offer a buffet service for our cruises, it is difficult to accommodate any special dietary request.

  • May. 4

    OAKS DINNER CRUISE

    Mary M. Miller
    8:00 pm–10:00 pm
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    $49/person, + tax

    Buffet: TBD

    Cash bar and concession stand available, DJ for entertainment.

  • May. 13

    Mother’s Day Brunch

    Belle of Louisville
    12:00 pm–2:00 pm
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    Bar: Cash bar available
    Concessions: Cash available
    Gift Shop: Available
    Photo: Taken at boarding, sold on-board
    Entertainment: DJ, Coloring sheets and crayons provided for the kids

    SAMPLE BUFFET MENU, WE MAY NOT HAVE THE CATERERS SPECIFIC CHOICES OF THE DAY:
    Scrambled Eggs, Biscuits and Gravy, Sausage & Bacon, Fresh Fruit, Mac & Cheese, Mashed Potatoes, Honey Ham, Fried Chicken Tenders, Southern Green Beans, Pasta Salad & Garden Salad with Assorted Dressings.       There are always Rolls and Butter on the buffet.

    DESSERTS: The caterers will usually have two desserts that vary from Assorted Pies & Cakes

    Tea, Lemonade, Water, Coffee and Orange Juice are included with the buffet, sodas and other adult beverages can be purchased from the concessions stand or bar.

    Because we offer a buffet service for our cruises, it is difficult to accommodate any special dietary request.

  • May. 13

    Mother’s Day Dinner

    Belle of Louisville
    5:30 pm–7:30 pm
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    $47/Adults (13-55), $46/Seniors (55+), $31/Children (4-12)

    Bar: Cash bar available
    Concessions: Cash – Available
    Gift Shop: Cash – Available
    Photo: Taken at boarding at sold during the cruise
    Entertainment: DJ

    CRUISE NOTES: Coloring sheets and crayons for the children.
    SAMPLE BUFFET MENU, WE MAY NOT HAVE THE CATERERS SPECIFIC CHOICES OF THE DAY:
    SALADS: There will be two to three salads on the buffet that vary from: Garden Salad with a Variety of Dressings, Greek Pasta Salad, Macaroni Salad
    SIDES: There will be three sides on the buffet that vary from: Mashed Potatoes, Southern Green Beans, Seasonal Vegetable Medley, Macaroni and Cheese
    ENTREE’S: There will be two entree’s on the buffet that that vary from: Roasted Chicken, Meat Loaf, Chef’s Choice
    There are always Rolls and Butter on the buffet.
    DESSERTS: The caterers will usually have two desserts that vary, Assorted Pies & Cheesecake
    Tea, Lemonade, Water and Coffee are included with the buffet, sodas and other adult beverages can be purchased from the concessions stand or bar.

    Because we offer a buffet service for our cruises, it is difficult to accommodate any special dietary request.

  • May. 26

    Louisville Crashers Dance Cruise

    Belle of Louisville
    8:00 pm–11:00 pm
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    $25/person   Opening the season with the Louisville Crashers, sure to drawl a big crowd so get your tickets before this cruise sells out…

  • May. 27

    MCALPINE BRUNCH LOCKS CRUISE

    Mary M. Miller
    1:00 pm–4:00 pm
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  • May. 28

    MEMORIAL DAY MCAPLINE LOCK LUNCH / SIGHTSEEING

    Belle of Louisville
    1:00 pm–3:00 pm
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    $38/Adult(13-55), $37/Senior (56+), $28/Child (4-12) + tax

    SAMPLE BUFFET MENU, WE MAY NOT HAVE THE CATERERS SPECIFIC CHOICES OF THE DAY:
    SALADS: There will be two to three salads on the buffet that vary: Garden Salad with a Variety of Dressings, Greek Pasta Salad, Macaroni Salad,
    SIDES: There will be three sides on the buffet that vary from Mashed Potatoes, Southern Green Beans, Seasonal Vegetable Medley
    (Sometimes the caterer may throw in Macaroni and Cheese for the little ones)

    ENTREE’S: There will be two entree’s on the buffet that that vary: Roasted Chicken, Chef’s Choice.    There are always Rolls and Butter on the buffet.

    DESSERTS: The caterers will usually have two desserts that vary, Assorted Pies & Cakes

    Tea, Lemonade, Water and Coffee are included with the buffet, sodas and other adult beverages can be purchased from the concessions stand or bar.

    Because we offer a buffet service for our cruises, it is difficult to accommodate any special dietary request.

  • Jun. 17

    FATHERS DAY BBQ LUNCH CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    1:00 pm–3:00 pm
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    $38/Adult (13-55) $38/Senior (56+), $26 Children (4-12) + tax

    Bar: Cash
    Concessions: Cash
    Gift Shop: Available
    Photo: Taken at boarding and sold during the cruise
    Entertainment:DJ, coloring sheets with crayons for the kids

    SAMPLE BUFFET MENU, WE MAY NOT HAVE THE CATERERS SPECIFIC CHOICES OF THE DAY:
    SALADS: There will be two to three salads on the buffet that vary, Creamy Cole Slaw, Kentucky Garden Salad, Greek Pasta Salad,
    SIDES: There will be three sides on the buffet that vary from, Maple Baked Beans, Southern Green Beans, ,Rustic Potato Salad, Mac & Cheese
    ENTREE’S: There will be two entree’s on the buffet that that vary, #1 Award Winning Baby Back Ribs, Shredded BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, Pulled Pork
    There are always Rolls and Butter on the buffet.
    DESSERTS: The caterers will usually have two desserts that vary, Assorted Pies & Cakes

    Tea, Lemonade, Water and Coffee are included with the buffet, sodas and other adult beverages can be purchased from the concessions stand or bar.
    Because we offer a buffet service for our cruises, it is difficult to accommodate any special dietary request.

  • Jun. 25

    MCALPINE LOCKS / DINNER CRUISE

    Mary M. Miller
    6:00 pm–9:00 pm
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  • Jul. 4

    INDEPENDENCE SIGHTSEEING/SUNSET CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    8:30 pm–10:30 pm
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    $25/person Join us for a sightseeing / sunset cruise of downtown Louisville! The fireworks are sponsored, so we can’t guarantee those but we can guarantee an awesome cruise!!!

  • Jul. 4

    INDEPENDENCE SIGHTSEEING/SUNSET CRUISE

    Mary M. Miller
    8:30 pm–10:30 pm
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    $25/person  Join us for a sightseeing / sunset cruise of downtown Louisville! The fireworks are sponsored, so we can’t guarantee those but we can guarantee an awesome cruise!!!

  • Jul. 30

    MCALPINE LOCKS / DINNER CRUISE

    Mary M. Miller
    6:00 pm–9:00 pm
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  • Aug. 27

    MCALPINE LOCKS / DINNER CRUISE

    Mary M. Miller
    6:00 pm–9:00 pm
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  • Sep. 2

    MCALPINE BRUNCH LOCKS CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    1:00 pm–4:00 pm
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  • Oct. 6

    Oktoberfest

    Belle of Louisville
    12:00 pm–2:30 pm
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  • Oct. 7

    MCALPINE BRUNCH LOCKS CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    1:00 pm–4:00 pm
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  • Oct. 13

    Oktoberfest

    Belle of Louisville
    12:00 pm–2:30 pm
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  • Oct. 14

    104TH BELLE BIRTHDAY LUNCH-SS

    Belle of Louisville
    1:00 pm–3:00 pm
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  • Oct. 15

    LOUISVILLE TO MADISON

    Belle of Louisville
    10:30 am–5:00 pm
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  • Oct. 15

    MADISON SUNSET CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    7:00 pm–8:30 pm
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  • Oct. 16

    MADISON TO LOUISVILLE

    Belle of Louisville
    10:30 am–5:00 pm
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  • Oct. 20

    Oktoberfest

    Belle of Louisville
    12:00 pm–2:30 pm
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  • Oct. 22

    LOUISVILLE TO MADISON

    Belle of Louisville
    10:30 am–5:00 pm
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  • Oct. 22

    MADISON SUNSET CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    7:00 pm–8:30 pm
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  • Oct. 23

    MADISON TO LOUISVILLE

    Belle of Louisville
    10:30 am–5:00 pm
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  • Oct. 27

    Boo Sightseeing Cruise

    Belle of Louisville
    12:00 pm–2:00 pm
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  • Oct. 27

    Halloween Cruise

    Belle of Louisville
    9:00 pm–11:30 pm
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  • Nov. 22

    THANKSGIVING CRUISE

    Mary M. Miller
    1:00 pm–3:00 pm
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  • Nov. 23

    PRE-LIGHT UP LOUISVILLE CRUISE

    Mary M. Miller
    4:30 pm–5:30 pm
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  • Nov. 23

    LIGHT UP LOUIVILLE MOONLIGHT CRUISE

    Mary M. Miller
    9:30 pm–11:00 pm
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  • Dec. 8

    BRUNCH W/ SANTA & MRS. CLAUS

    Mary M. Miller
    11:00 am–1:00 pm
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  • Dec. 15

    BRUNCH W/ SANTA & MRS. CLAUS

    Mary M. Miller
    11:00 am–1:00 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 Mary M. Miller is air-conditioned, and the Belle of Louisville has air-conditioning on the ballroom deck.

  • What is the difference between the Belle and the Mary M. Miller?

    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 Mary M. Miller 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 Mary M. Miller 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 Mary M. Miller. 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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