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Celebrating Black History Month with Belle of Louisville Riverboats

There are so many powerful stories connected to Black Americans in the Ohio River’s history. This February, we wanted to bring some of them to light. Whether connected to the river, steamboats history or our own vessels, here are some of the people we have highlighted this month. York York Statue on the Louisville Belvedere, […]

Has a President Ever Been on the Belle of Louisville?

The Belle of Louisville is known fondly as Louisville’s Leading Lady. A showpiece of the city right in the middle of downtown, the Belle has welcomed thousands of visitors every year for most of her 109-year history.

With President’s Day around the corner, we got to thinking – with so many illustrious guests on board the Belle over the years, have any Presidents ever been on the Belle?

An End-of-the-Year Letter from Belle of Louisville Riverboats

2023 was an exciting year for Belle of Louisville Riverboats. We continued to welcome more people back to cruise after the challenges of COVID, and we launched new programs and cruises that allowed us to lean into our mission to present fun, meaningful and engaging experiences on the water like no one else can.

Winterizing the Belle of Louisville

This undated photograph shows the Belle during her Idlewild years (1914-1947) wintering on the snowy banks of Alton Slough, IL. A Legacy of Care Built in 1914, the Belle of Louisville is entering her 110th year. Her legacy as the oldest operating Mississippi River-style steamboat in the world is due in no small part to […]

Belle of Louisville Riverboats Holiday Shopping Guide 2023

It’s that time of year, when the to-do list is long, but the holiday cheer is on the horizon. You’re here, so we know you have good taste! Read on for more information about one of the most unique gifts you can give this season – the gift of Louisville and the Ohio River’s heritage. Whether you are gifting to the adventurer in your life, the nautical fashionista, the cup collector, or the history buff, you will find something for everyone.

Crew Spotlight: Tom Coursen, Alternate Chief Engineer

Tom Coursen began working as a Fireman and Striker 20 years ago and has since worked his way up to become Alternate Chief Engineer!

Crew Spotlight: Krista Snider, CEO

Meet the CEO of Belle of Louisville Riverboats, Krista Snider, to learn more about the extraordinary role she holds within Belle of Louisville Riverboats and its legacy.

Crew Spotlight: Mike Fitzgerald, Captain

Captain Mike Fitzgerald began working at Belle of Louisville Riverboats as a deckhand 49 years ago and has moved up through various positions including Pilot, Alternate Master Captain and even Executive Director!

Why Belle of Louisville Riverboats is a Must-Visit for Every Louisville Tourist

Belle of Louisville Riverboats is a must-visit location for every Louisville tourist because it offers a unique history, a variety of cruises and views from the Ohio River you cannot find anywhere else.

Crew Spotlight: Martha Gibbs, Calliopist

Martha Gibbs spent years dreaming of playing the calliope aboard the Belle of Louisville and, in 2005, that dream came true when she auditioned and became a calliopist! Meet Martha in our latest Crew Spotlight.