Great Steamboat Race Presented by Kroger

PURCHASE TICKETS!

 

The Great Steamboat Race has been taking place on the Ohio River since 1963, as part of the original Kentucky Derby Festival events. Ask any local, this event has become a Louisville tradition in the leadup to Derby weekend!

One of the longest standing traditions of the Kentucky Derby Festival,  The Great Steamboat Race Presented by Kroger will pit 3 vessels against each other in this year’s race! The Belle of Louisville, Belle of Cincinnati and American Duchess will compete for bragging rights on the Ohio River, with limited capacity on board the vessels.

The Race will begin at 6:00 PM, with the Race’s Victor awarded the pair of Golden Antlers following the finish. (The Awards Ceremony Following the Race is for judges and media only.)

 

 

FOR TICKETS:

AN EXTREMELY LIMITED NUMBER OF BELLE OF LOUISVILLE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE DUE TO REDUCED CAPACITY.

TICKET INFO

 

For tickets aboard the Belle of Cincinnati, call 1-800-261-8586.

For tickets aboard the Chaser Boat, the Mary M. Miller, Click HERE.

 

FOR TICKET HOLDERS:

GREAT STEAMBOAT RACE SCHEDULE:
4:30PM – 5:30PM: Boarding
5:45PM: Departure
6PM: Race Begins

A ticket on The Belle of Louisville will include – a cruise on the Ohio River, dinner, beverages and open bar featuring Four Roses Bourbon, plus live entertainment!

 

HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS:

COVID protocols will be followed, including: 50% reduced capacity, required temperature checks at boarding, contactless ticket scanning and payment options in all areas, and dedicated crew to clean throughout cruises. Both of the participating boats have a large amount of outdoor space, which is utilized on every single cruise.

For details on Covid guidelines, please visit the Belle of Louisville’s website: https://belleoflouisville.org/2021/03/08/covid19-update-for-the-2021-season/

 

1963 – Delta Queen
1964 – Belle of Louisville
1965 – Delta Queen
1966 – Delta Queen
1967 – No race (due to high water)
1968 – Delta Queen
1969 – Belle of Louisville
1970 – Belle of Louisville
1971 – Belle of Louisville (by default)
1972 – Belle of Louisville
1973 – Delta Queen
1974 – Delta Queen
1975 – Belle of Louisville
1976 – Julia Belle Swain (from Peoria, Illinois)
1977 – Delta Queen
1978 – Delta Queen
1979 – Belle of Louisville
1980 – Belle of Louisville (by default)
1981 – Belle of Louisville
1982 – Natchez (from New Orleans, Louisiana)
1983 – Belle of Louisville
1984 – Delta Queen
1985 – Delta Queen
1986 – Delta Queen
1987 – Belle of Louisville
1988 – Belle of Louisville
1989 – Delta Queen
1990 – Delta Queen
1991 – Belle of Louisville
1992 – Delta Queen
1993 – Belle of Louisville
1994 – Delta Queen
1995 – Belle of Louisville
1996 – Belle of Louisville
1997 – Delta Queen
1998 – Belle of Louisville
1999 – Spirit of Jefferson (racing for the side-lined Belle)
2000 – Belle of Louisville
2001 – Delta Queen
2002 – Belle of Louisville
2003 – Delta Queen
2004 – Belle of Louisville
2005 – Belle of Louisville
2006 – Delta Queen
2007 – Belle of Louisville
2008 – Delta Queen
2009 – Belle of Louisville
2010 – Belle of Cincinnati
2011 – Belle of Louisville
2012 – Belle of Louisville
2013 – Belle of Cincinnati
2014 – Belle of Louisville
2015 – Belle of Louisville
2016 – Belle of Cincinnati
2017 – Belle of Cincinnati
2018 – American Duchess

2019 – Belle of Louisville

April 1 - May 1
April 15 - April 25
April 17 - April 25
April 19 - April 30
April 19