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Celebrate onboard Belle of Louisville Riverboats!

5 Ways to Celebrate a Special Occasion onboard Belle of Louisville Riverboats

Written by: Charlotte N. Mason, Communications Coordinator

At Belle of Louisville Riverboats, we offer a variety of options to celebrate your special occasion on our riverboats. We can make every occasion special, from two to 200 people. Whether you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary, family reunion, graduation or wedding, we can customize your special celebration onboard Belle of Louisville Riverboats with a variety of options:

add a celebration package

One of the easiest ways to upgrade your celebration onboard is to add a celebration package to your cruise! We currently offer four celebration packages:

  • Wine and Photo: Choose a bottle from our selection of seven wines to enjoy on your cruise. Plus, a commemorative photo from your cruise onboard Belle of Louisville Riverboats!
  • Champagne and Photo: Enjoy a bottle of champagne during your cruise, along with a commemorative photo!
  • Roses and Photo: We offer rose packages in quantities of a single rose, half dozen roses or dozen roses! Plus, a commemorative photo from your cruise.
  • Balloon Bouquet and Photo: This fun package includes three balloons, plus a commemorative photo of your cruise!

In each of these packages, you also have the option to add a special note on a card that is placed with the package. Whether you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary, graduation or something different, one (or multiple) of these excellent add-ons is sure to be a wonderful surprise!

If you are on a dining cruise, the package will be waiting for you at your table. If you are on a sightseeing cruise, the package will be waiting for you at the bar counter for pickup!

These packages can also be combined with two additional options to upgrade your cruise experience: unlimited soda and a window seat upgrade!

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charter the boat

Interested in holding a private, special event onboard our riverboats? Another great option is to charter of one of our riverboats, which reserves the entire boat for your party. Don’t need the entire boat? Another option is reserving a private deck during a public cruise. A second deck charter on the Mary M. Miller can accommodate approximately 100 people and the Texas Deck on the Belle of Louisville can accommodate up to 50 people.

Full charters of the boat can be made for any size group, making it perfect for large events, such as:

  • Corporate Events
  • Weddings
  • Rehearsal Dinners
  • Family Reunions

Chartering the boat comes with a variety of options to personalize your celebration, such as selecting which boat you would like to charter (the Belle of Louisville or the Mary M. Miller), whether you would like to cruise on the river or stay dockside, etc. Some additional options include booking a catering service, a DJ or band and other options to customize your event. We are happy to discuss the rates and the variety of options available to customize the experience to your group’s needs!

For additional information on holding group and private events on our riverboats, visit our Groups and Private Events page or email Allison, our Group Sales Manager.

For information on wedding services, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and other wedding-related events onboard Belle of Louisville Riverboats, visit our Weddings page or email Diane, our Wedding Coordinator.

book a group

Belle of Louisville Riverboats also offers a group discount for groups of 15 people or more. For more information on booking a cruise for your group, email our Group Sales Manager, Allison Hammons.

reserve the captain’s quarters

The Captain’s Quarters is a private room that can accommodate approximately 10 people onboard the Belle of Louisville. This makes it the perfect option for smaller gatherings or to have a private dining room during your cruise. For additional information and to book the Captain’s Quarters on your cruise, contact our Guest Services team at 502-574-2992.

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book a dining cruise

We cannot think of a better way to celebrate a special occasion than to treat yourself to some amazing food while cruising up the Ohio River! A dining cruise also offers the opportunity to utilize our window seat upgrade and our unlimited soda upgrade, as well as have any purchased celebration packages waiting for you at your table.

Belle of Louisville Riverboats regularly offers two dining cruises:

  • Picnic Lunch
  • Steamboat Supper

For more information on our dining cruises and their menus, click here.

join our once-a-month captain’s dinner and boujie brunch

Belle of Louisville Riverboats offers two once-a-month dining experiences that offer the perfect opportunity to celebrate a special occasion on the Ohio River: Captain’s Dinner and Boujie Brunch.

Our once-a-month Captain’s Dinner is an event like no other and has quickly become a fan favorite. Start the evening with a delicious dinner of hot brown casserole, brisket, cheesecake and more while enjoying your choice of red or white wine. (Menu subject to change.) After dinner, explore the historic Belle of Louisville with access to areas not available to guests on other cruises, such as the Pilot House. Plus, you have an opportunity to join a meet-and-great with Belle of Louisville’s Master Captain Mark Doty and crew! After your tour, sit back, relax and enjoy a two-hour sunset cruise up the Ohio River. Captain’s Dinner is a once-a-month event, which makes it the perfect opportunity to celebrate a special event onboard Belle of Louisville Riverboats.

Could dining on the Belle of Louisville get any better than our Captain’s Dinner? If your favorite meal of the day is brunch, we may have a strong contender! Boujie Brunch is our newest high-end dining experience. This cruise offers a delectable meal of Caesar salad, vegetable medley, hot brown casserole, homestyle breakfast potatoes, buttermilk biscuits and much more! (Menu subject to change.) Add in the two complimentary mimosas or Bloody Mary’s—plus the live music—and this new brunch cruise may just win you over! As this cruise only happens once a month, it is the perfect opportunity to celebrate a special occasion while onboard!

frequently asked questions for celebrating special occasions onboard belle of louisville riverboats

can i request a song or shout-out from the dj to celebrate a special occasion?

Of course! On cruises that have a DJ, you are more than welcome to submit a song request or shout-out.

may i bring cake on my cruise?

You are more than welcome to bring cake or cupcakes for your special occasion, but we ask that you do provide your own plates, napkins and utensils. Please note that we do not allow open flames or knives (except plastic knives) to be brought aboard.

If you plan to bring cupcakes or a cake to celebrate your special occasion during your cruise, please contact our Guest Services team at 502-574-2992 so we can make a note on your reservation.

how to celebrate a special occasion onboard belle of louisville riverboats

There are multiple ways to celebrate a special occasion onboard Belle of Louisville Riverboats and we cannot wait to work with you to make your vision a reality! Whether you are looking for celebration options for two or 200 (or more!), our crew is excited to make your experience onboard Belle of Louisville Riverboats a memorable one.

For more information on how to celebrate a special occasion onboard Belle of Louisville Riverboats or to request an additional celebration option, please contact us by phone at 502-574-2992 or fill out the contact form on our website. We look forward to welcoming you aboard!

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