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“Nice ride but a bit tired” 3 of 5 stars
Review of BB Riverboats

BB Riverboats
101 Riverboat Row, Newport, KY 41071
859-261-8500
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Ranked #5 of 20 Attractions in Newport
Type: Tours, Bodies of Water, Adventure
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Owner description: Sightseeing cruises on the Ohio River.
Ohio
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Nice ride but a bit tired”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We were in Cincinnati for a family weekend and wanted to do something fun and different. We booked the dinner cruise for our family of four (2 adults, 2 children 8 & 10). It was a nice experience and I am glad we did it once but I don't think I would need to do it again. It was kind of weird the way the tables were set up so that you ended up practically dining with strangers. It could be a little uncomfortable being so close but luckily we sat next to a nice older couple so it worked out okay. It was kind of like being at a wedding reception with the buffet and also the entertainment. The food was good, not exceptional but acceptable. After dinner, there was a DJ on the first deck so we went to check it out....our girls had a fun time doing the chicken dance! The boat itself could use some sprucing up,it was kind of shabby, worn and tired looking, like its time has come and gone......the bathrooms especially could use a good cleaning . It could be a really exceptional experience but it is definitely time to update.

Visited September 2012
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Very nice afternoon experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

Three of us decided that it might be fun to take the riverboat ride on a spur of the moment whim. We called the ticket office and got a very friendly and efficient staff member who handled the necessary details and gave us good directions on both how to get to the dock and when we should arrive. We arrived on time and spent only a few moments waiting before they scanned out tickets and we went on board. Because the day was beautiful, we opted to sit on the very top deck. It was a good decision because we could see every detail of the Ohio and the Kentucky side. It was also impressive to go under all of the river bridges and watch the smokestacks be lowered to miss hitting the bridges. About the only thing we felt was substandard was the actual tour. It sounded quite canned with a very bored delivery. The jokes were particularly funny and, for those of us who know history of the Civil War and the flight of those seeking freedom from slavery, some just plain wrong "facts". It would be good if they could have their script vetted by local historians occasionally and monitored to see if those "un-true" stories are creeping in. But, aside from that, we all enjoyed the trip and would recommend it to others.

Visited September 2012
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Maysville, Kentucky
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“Awesome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

Took my grandson 31/2 years old on his first big boat ride we took a day cruize. such a special time for the both of us

Visited July 2012
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Mason, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Wedding reception”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

This was the best reception I have ever been to! The food was delicious, the staff so helpful and accomodating. The cruise made it seem so much more relaxing! No one could leave, so we really just slowed down and enjoyed the veiw and the celebration!

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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Nice ride the Ohio”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

Perfect day to travel down Ohio. Like the boat. Disappointed in lunch buffet and waiter service. Not attentive. Had to find server to ask for drinks.

Visited August 2012
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