Belle of Cincinnati cruise returns July 24

By Morgan McKinniss -

The Belle of Cincinnati will return to Riverfront Park July 24.

POINT PLEASANT — The tenth annual Point Pleasant River Museum and Learning Center River Boat Dinner Cruise will be held July 24 at 7 p.m.

What started, and continues as a fundraiser for the museum, has grown substantially over the years and this year is expected to be no less promising.

The Belle of Cincinnati will be the vessel on which the cruise will take place. It is the flagship of the BB Riverboats company, and offers three, climate-controlled decks, each covered in ornate Victorian styling. Multiple decks offer various options for dinning and drinks. The cruise is handicap accessible, with an elevator on board and a tram to the dock.

This year the cruise will again launch from the Riverfront Park in downtown Point Pleasant, taking its passengers on a two-and-a-half hour ride along the Ohio River, returning to Riverfront Park at 9:30 p.m. that evening. The meal will be a buffet dinner prepared by the on-board chef, and is available immediately after boarding.

Entertainment for the evening will be provided by local musician, Sam Stephens. Stephens, whose father was also a local performer, will be playing a variety of songs and instruments that can be danced to, or simply enjoyed through listening.

Tickets are available by calling the museum at 304-674-0144 and asking for Martha Fout, or by visiting the museum during their business hours. Tickets run $50 per adult, $30 per child from 4-12 years old, and admission is free for children under four, although they will still need a ticket. Boarding will take place from 6:15-6:45 p.m.

According to museum employee Ruth Fout: “Last year over 60 people wanted to go but couldn’t because we were sold out.”

Ruth explained the need to purchase tickets as soon as possible to guarantee the ability to go, since the cruise is a sold out event perennially. The funds are used to benefit the museum. To learn more about the cruise and other events going on with the museum, visit

The Belle of Cincinnati will return to Riverfront Park July 24. Belle of Cincinnati will return to Riverfront Park July 24.

By Morgan McKinniss

Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.

Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.