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BB Riverboats

101 Riverboat Row, Newport

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

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

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Chrissietop reviewer
15 ratings10 reviews
October 11, 2021
Experience was great, fun and relaxing. The banjo player was an added joy.
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59 ratings23 reviews17 photos
September 27, 2021
We had a great time. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed the ride seeing and hearing about the history along the Ohio river.
Barbaratop reviewer
22 ratings13 reviews
July 9, 2021
I liked it but the kids activities should if been uptop so they could enjoy the river!
Mayatop reviewer
12 ratings5 reviews
July 6, 2021
I bought a pass right before the pandemic and i was displeased that they only extended the benefits until June even though it only got safe to do more activities around that time. Also they never notified me. I never got to use this pass and it really upset me. Such a waste of money. The company should have been more understanding that i wasn't able to use the benefits until more people were vaccinated and it was safe to do more activities.
1 ratings1 reviews
July 2, 2021
Loved the cruise but the drinks were too expensive!
Katherinetop reviewer helpful reviewer
14 ratings10 reviews
June 23, 2021
Great experience. Staff was excellant!
Pattytop reviewer
12 ratings6 reviews1 photos
May 30, 2021
Had a wonderful time in spite of the cool weather. U always enjoy the riverboat cruise.
Shanelltop reviewer
21 ratings16 reviews1 photos
May 3, 2021
We had a great time. Narration and the drinks were amazing. We will definitely do it again
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About This Deal

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

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.

About 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 River, historical narration complements 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.