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Saturday, June 1, 2013

BB Riverboats Dining Cruise (Cincinnati)

  If the thought of combining a river cruise and an all you can eat buffet sounds like something you would enjoy, but you don't want to drive more than an hour and a half to do it, then you might want to consider taking one of the BB Riverboats cruises down in Cincinnati.

  We took the Belle of Cincinnati for their Tropical Dinner evening cruise.  Above you can see a sample of their buffet.  While I enjoyed the corn and bean salad, as well as the summer squash and vegetable medley quite a bit, I was not as excited over the fact that white rice and macaroni and cheese made up a full third of our choices.  Yes, there were exactly 6 items to choose from.  The food was fine, and I really did like the roast beef, though the barbecue sauce started burning my mouth, and they did not have any A1 sauce.  I think I've just been utterly spoiled by the choices offered at some of the mega buffets, such as Golden Corral.


  I really enjoyed the cruise itself quite a bit.  They had a nice mix of mostly 50's, 60's and 70's music, with some newer songs thrown in here and there.

  Here is an example of the excellent views you can expect as you travel up and down the Ohio River.  We got to see the sun set in the west, and then the moon rose up to the east as we floated past a Cincinnati Reds game in progress.  Nearby on the Covington side of the river you might want to consider visiting Mainstrasse Village (, or on the north side, see a show at the Showboat Majestic (

  As for the BB Riverboats cruise itself, I would give it 9 out of 10 stars for the scenic cruise, 7.5 out of 10 stars for the buffet food quality, and a 4 out of 10 stars for buffet variety. (really could have used some seafood, or at the very least 2-3 different choices of barbecue sauce)  Keep in mind that we only tried the Tropical Dinner Cruise, but there are a number of different theme cruises offered, including a Dixieland Jazz Brunch, a Beer and Barbecue cruise, and several others.

Address: 101 Riverboat Row, Newport Kentucky
Telephone: (800) 261-8586

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