Everything We Saw on Our SS Tiki Tours BYOB-Booze Cruise Along the Ohio River


Calling all Parrotheads: There's a new tiki tour boat hitting the Ohio River upon which you can live out your best Margaritaville fantasies.

Helmed by SS Tiki Tours, the Feeding Frenzy — named after the Jimmy Buffett album — is an 18-person party boat complete with its own bar, bathroom and solar-powered tiki torches, all decorated with an island vibe (and at least one pirate flag).

The boat is BYOB — yes, alcohol is OK onboard as long as you bring it — and if you want food or ice, you need to bring those, too. Note: The boat will make a stop for carryout from Hooters on the river.

Schmidt and his team provide cups, plates, utensils, garbage bags, hand sanitizer and paper towels, along with a United States Coast Guard-certified captain and deckhand. The boat also comes complete with speakers and a karaoke machine. If you want a narrated scenic tour, that's available as well.

"All tours embark from Rivertowne Marina and the most common route is to cruise at a leisurely pace six miles downriver to Paul Brown Stadium and back," says SS Tiki Tours owner Kevin Schmidt. "But all cruises are customizable within limits. Just let your captain know where you want to go and/or anchor, and we will accommodate within reason, weather and time constraints."

Dogs are welcome, and passengers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (See a full list of FAQs at sstikitours.com/faq.)

SS Tiki Tours is now booking rides through October. The rate for the 18-person Feeding Frenzy is $500 Monday-Thursday and $550 Friday-Sunday; each tour is 2.5 hours long. Schmidt also runs six-passenger pontoon tours aboard the Schmidt Show for $225-$450.

All leave from Rivertowne Marina, 4601 Kellogg Ave., East End. Get booking info at sstikitours.com.

| Photos by Hailey Bollinger