Dinner cruises in Kentucky have the tendency to be along the Ohio River, Mississippi`s largest tributary and the unofficial “Mason Dixon Line,” which will separate the North from the South. Travelers to Kentucky, pretty much of which will lie in the hill country of Appalachia, might enjoy sightseeing dinner cruise tours which are open to the larger public or simply available for any scheduled private charters.
Belle of Louisville & Spirit of Jefferson Cruises
Travelers to Louisville might enjoy dinner cruise trips on the Ohio River on board two different river ships, the Spirit of Jefferson boat, and the Belle of Louisville steamer, which is considered a National Historic Landmark. Dinners will be served in buffet-style and will include sliced ham, barbecue port, or fried chicken. Cruises will depart from downtown Waterfront Park, Louisville and take in nighttime views of this beautiful city. Travelers might select lunch trips or sightseeing tours, but also special dance cruises that include live music offered on a few nights during the summer season. Both these vessels will be available for private charter trips.
Queen City Riverboats
Queen City Riverboats will provide dinner cruise trips on the Ohio River with a departure from Dayton, across the river from Cincinnati. The 2-hour cruises will include buffet dinners that will consist from side dishes and various entrees of chicken parmesan, Southern-style green beans or roasted red-skin. The captain will provide story telling about the historical facts or folklore of the river as well as its nearby area. The Ohio River will play a prominent role in the Civil War and the shores of the river close to Cincinnati were home to 6 artillery batteries built by the Union Army for protecting this city from Confederate soldiers. One of these, in the close town of Fort Wright, will be open to the whole public. Private charter or public cruise trips are provided from early March through later December and will take place on board two sightseeing ships, the Spirit of Cincinnati and the Queen City Clipper, both of which will have two open-air top decks to offer.
Celebrations Riverboats will provide private charter dinner cruise trips on the Ohio River from the historic town of Ludlow. The 3-hour cruises will follow this river near Cincinnati, and may accommodate anywhere from thirty to over 370 guests. Dinners are normally served buffet-style, although a sit-down option will be available for a slightly higher fee. Cruise trips will take place on board a boat that has an open top deck, ideal for viewing sights as Ludlow`s waterfront, which in the nineteenth century was very popular for its public houses; graceful trees or bushes which line both parts of this river; and remnants of Civil War artillery batteries. Various menu options will range from regular entrees like roasted barbecue chicken, baked cod or lasagna. Themed menus may be available as well, providing such choices as Lobster bake, Tex-Mex or Cajun Creole and, during the month of October, an Oktoberfest menu providing German specialties like sauerbraten, dumplings or bratwurst. For an additional fee, the cruise line will provide live entertainment that will include karaoke, live bands and DJs.