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Find the perfect holiday gift at Belle of Louisville Riverboats!
An assortment of Gift Shop items-including apparel, drinkware and coffee-arranged in a flat lay.

Holiday Gift Guide for 2021

With the holidays right around the corner, the spirit of giving is in the air! Whether you are a Louisville local or a Louisvillian-at-heart, the perfect gifts await you in-store and online at Belle of Louisville Riverboats. Along with old favorites—such as water bottles, wine tumblers and hoodies—a new and expanded assortment of items have arrived to offer more choices this holiday season. After all, when it comes to gift giving, what a better gift than one that also supports a nonprofit and two National Historic Landmarks!

give a piece of the belle for the holidays

Ever dream of owning a piece of a National Historic Landmark? With a piece of authentic paddlewheel wood from the Belle of Louisville, that dream can come true! The wood that makes up the Belle of Louisville’s paddlewheel—an astounding 608 pieces of wood—is replaced approximately every five years due to the wear and tear of the Ohio River. In some cases, the wood is up to 20 years old! However, this wood is not tossed away. Our very own Captain Mike Fitzgerald and crew and utilize their carpentry skills to give our old paddlewheel wood new life by recycling old pieces into unique wall décor, beautiful clocks, useful magnets and more. These recycled pieces can be gifted as everything from large gifts to small stocking stuffers and are perfect for the history buff in your life. Discover the variety of paddlewheel wood art available here.

A red piece of paddlewheel wood art with a compass rose on it leaning up against two bourbon barrels. A decorative rope is draped on it.

give the gift of paddlewheel society membership

A year-long membership to the Paddlewheel Society is the gift that keeps on giving! When you gift a membership to the Paddlewheel Society, the recipient receives sightseeing passes to share between themselves and friends throughout the year, free popcorn every time they cruise and more! Plus, did we mention members also have access to exclusive merchandise and discounts? With three membership levels available (Idlewild, Avalon and Belle), your gift can be customized based on budget and the number of included tickets and benefits. Explore all membership options here.

A view of the starboard side of the Hurricane and Texas Deck on the Belle of Louisville during a cruise. In view is the bridge and the Mayor Andrew Broaddus.

give the gift of a river cruise experience

When you give the gift of a river cruise experience, you are gifting memories that will last a lifetime. With two vessels (the Belle of Louisville and the Mary M. Miller) and a variety of cruise options to choose from (including dining and sightseeing cruises, narrated cruises, special events cruises and more), there are multiple ways to personalize a cruise experience. Even more, we offer a variety of celebratory packages—ranging everywhere from flower bouquets to wine packages—that will make any occasion even more special. In fact, we can think of 5 ways to celebrate a special occasion onboard Belle of Louisville Riverboats!

When gifting tickets to a cruise onboard Belle of Louisville Riverboats, our website offers a wealth of information about the different cruise types offered. Of course, our Guest Services team is always happy to help answer any additional questions, make recommendations and assist in customizing a cruise experience that will make the perfect holiday gift for a friend or loved one.

give the gift of a gift certificate

Not ready to commit to a specific date or cruise? Give a gift certificate! Gift certificates can be used towards future cruise tickets, gift shop items, onboard photos, concessions and more. This allows the recipient the opportunity to create the Belle of Louisville Riverboats experience they want!

Gift certificates can be purchased online or over the phone with a Guest Services Associate at 502-574-2992.

give the gift of apparel

This year, we have not only restocked on popular favorites, but also expanded our collection of apparel! This season’s NEW offerings include:

  • It’s Not Just a Boat T-Shirt
  • Leaving Troubles Behind T-Shirt
  • Louisville’s First Lady Baseball T-Shirt
  • Belle of Louisville Youth T-Shirt
  • Captain’s Crew Youth T-Shirt
  • My First Cruise Baby Onesie
  • Signature Coffee – Belle Blend

A flat lay of two youth t-shirts. A red shirt with the text Captain's Crew on it is laid flat. On top of it in the corner is a folded blue shirt with a graphic of the Belle of Louisville on it.

These new items are just a sample of the awesome apparel items available at Belle of Louisville Riverboats, which range everywhere from t-shirts to sweatshirts to baseball hats! Be sure to check out the entire collection at our Gift Shop.

Two red mugs with the Belle of Louisville logo, one in the background and one in the foreground. Both have marshmallows in the mug and cookies resting against the side of the mug. The mug in the foreground has chocolate syrup being drizzled on it.

give the gift of drinkware…and drinks!

Our captain and crew start the morning with a good cup of coffee. How about you? This is why we are excited to announce Belle Blend: our new signature coffee blend of 100% Arabica beans, roasted and ground locally by our coffee partner, Safai Coffee, a Louisville staple in quality coffee and beverages. This medium roast coffee has a light flavor and robust aroma and can be purchased by itself or paired with one (or multiple!) of our many drinkware items! After all, there’s no such thing as too many coffee mugs, right?

how to give the gift of a belle of louisville riverboats experience or souvenir this holiday season

No matter what gift you give, we are excited to make this holiday season one to remember. View our full range of souvenir items in-person or online at our Gift Shop. You can also visit our cruise calendar or call a member of our Guest Services team at 502-574-2992 to help plan the perfect river cruise aboard Belle of Louisville Riverboats. Our captain and crew look forward to having you aboard! Happy holidays!

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