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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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  • Oct. 6

    Oktoberfest

    Belle of Louisville
    12:00 pm–2:30 pm
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    This is a Special Event therefore the special event cancellation policy applies.

  • 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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    This is a Special Event therefore the special event cancellation policy applies.

  • Oct. 14

    104TH BELLE BIRTHDAY LUNCH-SS

    Belle of Louisville
    1:00 pm–3:00 pm
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    This is a Special Event therefore the special event cancellation policy applies.

  • Oct. 15

    LOUISVILLE TO MADISON

    Belle of Louisville
    10:30 am–5:00 pm
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    This is a Special Event therefore the special event cancellation policy applies.

  • Oct. 15

    MADISON SUNSET CRUISE

    Belle of Louisville
    7:00 pm–8:30 pm
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    This is a Special Event therefore the special event cancellation policy applies.

  • Oct. 16

    MADISON TO LOUISVILLE

    Belle of Louisville
    10:30 am–5:00 pm
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    This is a Special Event therefore the special event cancellation policy applies.

  • Oct. 20

    Oktoberfest

    Belle of Louisville
    12:00 pm–2:30 pm
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    This is a Special Event therefore the special event cancellation policy applies.

  • Oct. 20

    Craft Beer Moonlight

    Belle of Louisville
    10:00 pm–11:30 pm
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    If you’re ready for a late night party on the river, this is the cruise for you! The historic steamboat Belle of Louisville is just the place to be for this moonlight trip on the Ohio River. Get ready for a craft beer tasting during the cruise! A cash bar, concessions, and a DJ are available. It’s all open seating on a first come, first served basis. Because of the nature of this cruise, all members of your reservation must come into the ticket office to show their photo ID’s before tickets are dispensed. Please ask your group to gather on the wharf first, so they can come into the ticket office together. Tickets: $21 per person – must be at least 21 years old to participate in this cruise

  • 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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    This is a Special Event therefore the special event cancellation policy applies.

  • Oct. 27

    Haunted Halloween Cruise

    Belle of Louisville
    9:00 pm–11:30 pm
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    CRUISE NOTES:
    Haunted Halloween Cruise
    October 27, 2018
    8:30pm-11:30pm

    Halloween Details
    $45.00 per person

    Boarding starts at 8:00pm
    DJ/Music (DJ Jill Aguiar w/Triangle Talent from 8:30 to 11:30 pm)
    Cruise from 9:00pm to 11:30pm

    Costume contest
    1 grand prize-$500 visa card and 4 BELLE Thunder Over Louisville tickets ($900.00 value)
    2 runners up -$250 visa card and 2 BELLE Thunder Over Louisville tickets ($450.00 value ea.)
    4 Door prizes -$50 visa card and 2 dinner cruise tickets per winner ($140.00 value ea.)

    Costume Contest Rules:
    * In order to be considered for the costume contest it must be “PG-rated”. Nothing vulgar or inappropriate. BOL reserves the right to decide what is appropriate.
    * Belle of Louisville and their costume judges’ decisions are final
    * Costume will be judged on creativity, humor, and originality
    * Costumes are encouraged but not required for this event

    Door prizes will be drawn by BOL staff from boarding pass stubs collected at the gangway when entering the vessel. Passes are required to be picked up from the ticket office prior to boarding the vessel.

    (1) Alcoholic drink ticket per person included
    Designated Driver – soft drinks and coffee is FREE (identify yourself as a DD at the snack Bar)
    Complimentary cup of Halloween Hooch at Boarding

    Cash Bar
    Cash snack Bar

    Complimentary Chips/snack mix

    Decorated appropriately for Halloween

    Must be 21 years of age – Bring your ID

  • Nov. 22

    THANKSGIVING CRUISE

    Mary M. Miller
    1:00 pm–3:00 pm
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    This is a Special Event therefore the special event cancellation policy applies.

  • Nov. 23

    PRE-LIGHT UP LOUISVILLE CRUISE

    Mary M. Miller
    4:30 pm–5:30 pm
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    This is a Special Event therefore the special event cancellation policy applies.

  • Nov. 23

    LIGHT UP LOUIVILLE MOONLIGHT CRUISE

    Mary M. Miller
    9:30 pm–11:00 pm
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    This is a Special Event therefore the special event cancellation policy applies.

  • Dec. 8

    BRUNCH W/ SANTA & MRS. CLAUS

    Mary M. Miller
    11:00 am–1:00 pm
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    This is a Special Event therefore the special event cancellation policy applies.

  • Dec. 15

    BRUNCH W/ SANTA & MRS. CLAUS

    Mary M. Miller
    11:00 am–1:00 pm
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    This is a Special Event therefore the special event cancellation policy applies.

  • Dec. 31

    NEW YEARS EVE – LATE NIGHT BASH

    Mary M. Miller
    10:00 pm–1:00 am
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    Ring in the New Year in style with a cruise on the riverboat Mary M. Miller!  A DJ will provide music, and with lavish hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast at midnight, and some holiday favors, you’ll be ready to party the old year out and the new year in. Tickets (tax added on at purchase): $70 per person – all ages (including children).

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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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