BB Riverboats

Belle Of Cincinnati

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Participate in the Kentucky Derby Steamboat Race aboard the Belle of Cincinnati, boarding and sailing from Louisville

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Apr 30, 2014. Amount paid never expires. Not valid for the purchase of alcohol. Limit 8 per person, may buy 8 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Boat captains must master nautical lexicon before sailing the seas to ensure that they can distinguish "port," which means left, from "starboard," which means launch the vessel into deep space. Count down to a launch with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $30 for a Great Steamboat Race ticket for an adult or senior) ($60 value)
  • $20 for a Great Steamboat Race ticket for a child aged 4–12 ($40 value)

Boarding begins at 4:30 p.m., and the Great Steamboat Race departs at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30.

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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    Belle Of Cincinnati

    (In front of Joe's Crab Shack)

    131 River Road

    Louisville, KY 40202

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