BB Riverboats


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Membership grants unlimited access to sightseeing cruises on Victorian-style riverboats that chauffeur themed tours on Ohio River

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Promotional value expires Dec 31, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per house, may buy multiple as gifts. Must register by 3/1/12, membership expires 12/31/12. Passes will be mailed out 4/1/12, members may redeem package upon receiving their pass. Not valid for specialty cruises or private charters. Not valid for meals on dinner cruises. Extra $20 fee for extra people. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Bodies of water are frequent metaphors in poetry due to their unfathomable depths, unknowable sprawl, and unattainable porpoises. Set sail into the enigma with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a family membership package to BB Riverboats in Newport (a $95 value). This Groupon is valid for up to two adults and two children ages 4–12; extra family members can join for an additional $20 per person.

BB Riverboats' fleet of Victorian-style riverboats chauffeurs guests on sightseeing tours of the Ohio River while captains narrate local history. Family membership allows families unlimited access to four recurrent sightseeing tours, including the daily Harbor Sightseeing cruise from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the Trauth Dairy Ice Cream Social, during which guests receive complimentary Trauth Dairy ice-cream sandwiches to devour or flaunt at envious passengers on passing boats. The 90-minute Pirates of the Ohio cruise delights children with interactive games and a complimentary pirate hat, eye patch, and treasure map. Members can also join in the fleet's lunch cruise for a sightseeing-only version. Families get a one-time guest pass for up to four grandparents and four designated parking spots for cars or eco-friendly elephant-powered rickshaws. Members also receive 25% off dining cruises and 15% off holiday cruises.

BB Riverboats

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.

Customer Reviews

155 Ratings

The riverboat is the centerpiece of Cincinnati's history and this tour is a wonderful introduction to the city from a unique perspective. We traveled on one river boat and another is docked, which serves as the lobby and a reception hall - both are beautifully maintained. The tour lasted about an hour and a half. At the end of the tour, the captain opened the wheelhouse for viewing and a young boy I saw seemed completely entranced by its inner workings. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Food service is available. A wonderful outing for children and adults alike !
Karen B. · September 4, 2016
Great experience.
Shawna N. · September 2, 2016
Captain Mike and crew awesome ! Great views and time
Sally S. · September 2, 2016
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    Newport, Kentucky 41071


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