We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, KY 41071
Phone Number: 859-261-8500
Improve this listing
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sightseeing cruises on the Ohio River.

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 182 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 70
  • 65
    Very good
  • 31
  • 7
  • 9
Fun, Easy, and Cheap

First let me say that the paddlewheel boats look MUCH cooler from the shore or another boat than they do when you are actually riding on them. They are much more plain and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Add Photo Write a Review

182 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Level Contributor
24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First let me say that the paddlewheel boats look MUCH cooler from the shore or another boat than they do when you are actually riding on them. They are much more plain and average on the inside. They are far from upscale. That being said...you WILL have a blast spending an evening or an afternoon going for a ride on... More 

Thank Beauregard70
Saint Ignace, Michigan
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

Visited for a Star Wars-themed cruise prior to a special screening of the movie nearby. Very good time; crew were friendly. We were even encouraged to visit the captain in the pilot house, who was very willing to chat about the boats and cruises. As part of the cruise we had access to two levels indoors and all outer decks.... More 

1 Thank UPhiker99
Cincinnati, Ohio
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Ship was only half full, but had all seats crammed sooooo close together, you could not move. No where to put your winter coat, Service was bad, asked for refills on tea & coffee & never got them. We had a table of 15 & the waitress brought one drink at a time to the table. I am not kidding.... More 

1 Thank CarrieBerger
Level Contributor
110 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Three of us wanted a Thanksgiving adventure since most of the children were with their spouse's families for this holiday. We parked right in front of the entrance at 4:30pm and walked into the welcoming area. The captain gave us our table number on the third deck and we had to wait about 10 minutes in line to have pictures... More 

Thank Ayrshirefarmer
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

We were on the Belle of Cincinnati (apparently the larger boat) on a Saturday afternoon which was called "Lunch with the Captain" (I think). I was not expecting a huge fantastic buffet so I was not disappointed. However, that being said the BBQ pork was really really good. I would have been happy with just the BBQ pork and the... More 

Thank Deborah L O
Tombstone, Arizona
Level Contributor
50 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

We had our navy ships reunion in Cincinnati this year and 40 shipmates and their spouses went aboard The Belle of Cincinnati for a brunch cruise. Imagine 40 experienced sailors inspecting your every move. I didn't hear any complaints about anything, from the chow to the crew to the ships condition to the cruise itself. It was all great. And... More 

Thank Wendell F
Cincinnati, Ohio
Level Contributor
226 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

It has been years since we took a BB Riverboat cruise and so as a part of our recent anniversary we decided to go on one of their Sunday Brunch Dixieland Cruises. We arrived a bit after 11 a.m. to find that we had "second floor seats" - there are 2 floors. The buffet was open and we were told... More 

Thank triptique
Duarte, United States
Level Contributor
56 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

This was one of most beautiful and relaxing things to do in Cincinnati. We found it to be worth the time and money. Picture pricey but aren't thay always...it is a tourist stop.

Thank Sue B
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

I actually visited the riverboat in October. We had a great time. Food was terrific and the staff were awesome. Thank you for a great boating experience.

Thank Jim M
North Richland Hills, Texas
Level Contributor
390 reviews
104 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

We took this cruise on a Sunday afternoon. The Bengals were playing and we could see the stadium from the river. There was a huge screen TV at the stadium, so we could watch the game, as could the other boats in the harbor. The cruise itself offers interesting facts about both Newport and Cincinnati and took a couple hours.... More 

Thank c685710

Been to BB Riverboats? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of BB Riverboats and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Hamilton, Ohio

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from BB Riverboats staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?