Riverboat cruises coming

By Frank Lewis

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What’s your perfect riverboat adventure? Maybe it’s a romantic evening for two under the stars, or a leisurely Sunday brunch with the family. Perhaps you and your friends are looking to just experience the sites along the river. Whatever motivates you to travel along the Ohio River, BB Riverboat Cruises can make your dreams come true.

BB Riverboat Cruises will offer four cruises in Portsmouth on July 23 and 24. On Thursday, July 23, there will be a dinner cruise from 7:30-9:30 p.m.; On Friday, July 24, a lunch cruise will sail from 12 noon to 2 p.m.; a sightseeing cruise from 3:30-5 p.m. and a dinner cruise from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

“We travel our boat here in Cincinnati mainly,” Ben Bernstein of BB Riverboat Cruises said. “We’re one of Cincinnati’s top attractions.”

BB Riverboat Tours has been doing a summer tour for over 10 years to river cities that are a little too far away from Cincinnati to regularly take the tour.

“With the times we’re living in it makes it a much more expensive night when you have to think about a hotel room and things like that,” Bernstein said. “So typically in the middle of the summer we travel the boat upriver and hit a lot of your river cities between here (Cincinnati) and the furthest point we get to – Point Pleasant, West Virginia.”

Bernstein said Portsmouth has been one of their stops every year during the summer tour and has always experienced a successful turnout.

“We bring our operation up there,” Bernstein said. “We operate two boats here in Cincinnati. The boat that does this (Portsmouth) tour is the largest excursion boat that operates on the Ohio River. It’s a 1,000 passenger paddlewheel boat that was built as a casino boat back in 1991 and we renovated it into an excursion boat and we’ve gone since 1999.”

Bernstein said reservations can be made by going to the company’s website – www.bbriverboats.com/summertour or by calling 800-261-8586.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

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