Devon Energy paid $2 million of the $3 million price for the three river cruisers, two of which are already ferrying passengers. The third boat is expected to arrive soon.
Larry Nichols, Devon's chief executive officer, said businesses are willing to invest when the city is willing to invest in itself as it did with MAPS.
"It really laid the foundation for this river and the foundation of resurgence of all of Oklahoma City,” Nichols said of MAPS. "Here you see yet another testament to how the business community of Oklahoma City has played their role in the rebirth of this community. Devon is very proud to play the role we have in financing these three new river boat cruisers.”
Mayor Mick Cornett said he expects the cruises will catch on quickly.
"I think this is going to be the thing to do in Oklahoma City for the rest of this year,” Cornett said.