$49 for Family-Membership Package from BB Riverboats in Newport ($95 Value)


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In a Nutshell

  • Unlimited trips on four cruises
  • 25% off on most dining trips
  • Good for four family members
  • Trips depart year-round

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Dec 31, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Must activate membership by 6/1/11, membership expires 12/31/11. Reservation required; subject to availability. Membership must be used by the same 4 family members. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Contrary to popular belief, boats are actually much safer than cars, which inexplicably sink every time you drive them on water. Take a proper water road ride with today’s Groupon: for $49, you get a family-membership package from BB Riverboats in Newport (a $95 value).

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 season family membership gains your nuclear unit free entry to four Family Fun cruises, including the tasty Ice Cream Social, swashbuckler-themed sightseeing Pirates of the Ohio Cruise, the 3–4:30 p.m. Daily Sightseeing Harbor Cruise, and the sightseeing-only option on the lunch cruise.

Trawl the Ohio River on these cruises as many times as you wish to memorize the nuances of the ancient waterway and spot river merpeople, a smaller-boned species than their sea-dwelling cousins. For families wishing to broaden their river-sailing ventures to include on-board eats, membership bestows a 25% discount on specialty trips, including the Dixieland Jazz Dinner Cruise and others. The hallowed halls of membership boast a bevy of other benefits, such as 15% off admission to any holiday cruise, free parking (in one of four designated Members Only spots), and a one-time Grandparents Pass for up to four grandparents.

The grandiose steamers that BB Riverboats sends downstream exude Victorian–era elegance with open-air upper decks for viewing, climate-controlled interior dance floors and seating areas, and full cash bars for taking the edge off of pointing out landmarks to nearsighted relatives. Enjoy a family-friendly venture that has been introducing ground-bound families to the splendors of the Ohio River for more than 30 years.

A $20 charge per extra family member will apply if larger families wish to partake.


Yahoo! Travelers and five Yelpers both give BB Riverboats a four-star average. BB Riverboats has more than 4,560 fans on Facebook.

  • It was pretty nice! The buffet dinner was good and the dj played some nice old jams, it was a tropical theme. – Kristan H., Yelp, 12/16/10
  • The atmosphere was excellent, the food was also very good. Value for the money was about par. – Ronald, Yahoo! Travel

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

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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