For $49.50, today's deal gets you a family membership to BB Riverboats (a $95 value) in Newport, Kentucky. Family membership covers up to four family members.
BB Riverboats sails the high seas of the Ohio River on its luxurious sightseeing and dining cruises, carrying passengers year-round in two 19th-century-inspired riverboats. The 2011 family membership gains your nuclear unit free entry to four Family Fun cruises for the season, including the tasty Ice Cream Social, swashbuckler-themed Pirates of the Ohio cruise, and the 3 p.m.–4:30 p.m. daily sightseeing cruise, where the captain pumps fascinating facts to the squadron of seafaring guests. Trawl the Ohio River on these cruises as many times as the gills desire. The climate-controlled triple-decker riverboats welcome guests to rest in the luxury of the Victorian décor and embark on a romantic moonlit stroll on the upper deck.
The hallowed halls of membership boast a bevy of other benefits, such as a 25% discount on BB Riverboats' specialty trips, such as the Dixieland Jazz dinner cruise; 15% admission to any holiday cruise; free parking (with four designated members' only spots); and a one-time Grandparents Pass. Red bowties and hoop skirts are not required—guests are welcome to cruise in the dorsal-fin attire of their choosing. Reservations are required for all voyages.
A one-time $20 charge per extra family member will apply to families with more than four members who wish to partake.
BB Riverboats began with a deceptive motto and a fleet of zero. In 1977, Ben Bernstein opened a restaurant in a converted steamboat, whose motto was “The Romance of Riverboat Dining.” Intended as tongue-in-cheek, the motto instead confused customers, who arrived hoping for a scenic cruise down the Ohio River. To placate his clientele, Ben Bernstein went into business with riverboat industry veteran Betty Blake, and BB Riverboats—named for their shared initials—was born.
Now run by Bernstein’s son, BB Riverboats has increased its fleet to three vessels, including the Belle of Cincinnati, a riverboat outfitted with Victorian details and two climate-controlled decks. On daily cruises down the Ohio, historical narration compliments the scenery, while passengers play swashbuckling games and learn to read treasure maps on family-friendly pirate cruises. On the company’s dining cruises, visitors drink in the scenery while noshing on a Hawaiian buffet spread or sampling award-winning wines from StoneBrook Winery. Additionally, holiday cruises honor occasions from Valentine’s Day to Thanksgiving.
101 Riverboat Row
Newport, Kentucky 41071Get Directions