Everything New in 2022 aboard Belle of Louisville Riverboats
Written by Charlotte Mason, Communications Manager
This summer’s forecast calls for cruises! With summer break here, now is the perfect opportunity to take a river cruise, but in case you need an excuse, Belle of Louisville Riverboats is offering upgraded membership offerings, new merchandise, a new celebration package and more in the 2022 cruising season! Whether you are a local looking for a staycation or a tourist looking to explore everything Louisville has to offer, our Captain and crew look forward to welcoming you aboard and sharing our Louisville legacy with you, along with everything new in 2022 aboard Belle of Louisville Riverboats!
new and updated cruise offerings
Belle of Louisville Riverboats values feedback from our guests and utilizes it to create new and improved offerings for future cruises. With this in mind, we are excited to introduce both new and updated cruises in the 2022 cruising season, including a new Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon cruise, two new themes to our Kids Cruise series, a restructured Cultural Pass cruise offering and a revised menu on our popular Picnic Lunch cruises!
kentucky bluegrass & bourbon cruises
Take in the tastes, sights and sounds of Kentucky aboard our new Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon cruise! This 21 & over event aboard the historic Steamer Belle of Louisville starts with a dockside meal featuring a Kentucky-inspired entrée, a complimentary glass of premium bourbon and live bluegrass music. Guests aboard the Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon Cruises will also receive an exclusive discount to a unique selection of bourbon flight options, including one made from authentic paddlewheel wood featuring glasses depicting our three vessels! (A unique souvenir to take home!)
After a delicious meal, guests will be treated to our popular Sunset Cruise…included in the ticket price! This is the perfect opportunity to take in the sights of Kentucky, where guests will see the Louisville skyline fade into the distance as they enjoy a relaxing river cruise.
new kids cruise themes
Following the launch of the popular Kids Cruise series last year, the Education & Programs team is excited to bring back Kids Cruises with two new themes: “Hometown Music” and “Hometown History”! These themes present a unique partnership between Belle of Louisville Riverboats and other local, cultural organizations to create dynamic and engaging children’s programs. Whether you are watching a performance or participating in an activity, these 90-minute kids cruises aboard the Mary M. Miller riverboat are the perfect opportunity to spend time and learn with your little one.
cultural pass cruises
Belle of Louisville Riverboats is excited to participate in Fund for the Arts’ Cultural Pass program again in 2022! The Cultural Pass is a free summer program available to children (ages 0 to 21) in the Greater Louisville area that offers them and one parent per family free admission to a variety of venues, including select cruises aboard the Belle of Louisville and Mary M. Miller. This year, our crew is putting history and education at the forefront of the guest experience through the creation of exclusive Cultural Pass cruises created especially for participants! These 90-minute Cultural Pass cruises feature narration, Adventure Passports and a sightseeing scavenger hunt lead by members of our Education & Programs team. Reservations are required. Additional details on Cultural Pass cruises and how to book can be found on the Cultural Pass page.
new lunch cruise offerings
You have heard of a picnic in the park, but how about a picnic on the river? Featuring live music and a casual atmosphere, our Picnic Lunch cruises are a great dining cruise option. Based on feedback from last year’s guests, this cruise has returned in 2022 with a new and improved menu, featuring a choice from five delicious wraps (which guests can select from when booking), in addition to pasta salad, chips and cookie. With options ranging from a BLT Wrap to a Chicken Bacon Ranch Wrap, there are a variety of tasty options to choose from. Yum!
New items have cruised into the Gift Shop, with many more to come throughout the year! The current new items include:
- Boat Shot Glasses (Belle, Mary, and Life-Saving Station #10)
- Blue and White Baseball Cap
- Calliope Coffee Mug
- Teal Smokestacks Tumbler
- Postcards, stickers and Louisville Icons playing cards from local artist Bri Bowers
- Riverboat Whistle
- Captain’s Wheel Pencil Sharpener.
Whether you are treating yourself or are sending a little piece of Louisville to someone far away, any of these items are sure to be the perfect gift! Even more, gift shop purchases are just one way that guests help support the preservation of the riverboats, as well as the development of educational programming!
(Did you see that we surprised Martha—our TikTok-famous calliope player—with our first piece of calliope merch? Check out her reaction in the video below!)
upgraded membership offerings
With a new season of cruising comes new and upgraded membership offerings! In addition to the many exciting perks that Paddlewheel Society Members receive, all members will now receive priority boarding for their cruise. Members skip the line with extra time to snag their favorite seat, grab snacks and drinks (including their free popcorn!)—just grab a crew member and let them know!
In addition to this new membership privilege, Belle-level members have been upgraded to unlimited sightseeing tickets… a priceless value! These tickets can be shared with families and friends alike, making Belle-level membership the perfect opportunity to treat visiting family to a river cruise, celebrate an event onboard and more. We hope you’ll take advantage of every exclusive opportunity, including invitation to members-only events, with a Paddlewheel Society Membership!
new celebration packages
There are many ways to celebrate a special occasion onboard Belle of Louisville Riverboats, including rose packages, balloon bouquets and more. This year, our crew is excited to offer a new celebration package: cake! This delicious package includes your choice of a chocolate or vanilla cake, a decorative item that reflects your celebration event and a souvenir photo! Whether you are surprising a loved one or treating yourself, this package is yet another great way to make your cruise even more special. Add a cake package to your order at checkout or by calling a Guest Services Representative at 502-574-2992.
celebrate the new cruising season aboard belle of louisville riverboats
Climb aboard the historic Belle of Louisville or charming Mary M. Miller riverboat this summer and see Louisville from the water! Whether you are trying out the new Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon cruise, coming aboard a Kids Cruise, shopping our newest riverboat merchandise, or something different, there is something for everyone aboard the riverboats this summer! Don’t forget that Louisville locals receive 10% Off* most cruises with code “VILLE” at checkout! (*Excludes $10 low-cost cruises) Our Captain and crew look forward to welcoming you aboard, so book a river cruise today!