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Classic Cruises of Newport

Bannister's Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
401 847-0298
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Ranked #15 of 47 activities in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ships
Owner description: Classic Cruises operates the 58' classic motor yacht Rum Runner II and the 72' sailing vessel Madeleine. Rum Runner II offers guests an exhilarating... more » Owner description: Classic Cruises operates the 58' classic motor yacht Rum Runner II and the 72' sailing vessel Madeleine. Rum Runner II offers guests an exhilarating passage through Narragansett Bay taking guests back to the era of prohibition. Experiance the breeze as it fills the sails on Madeleine, a traditional schooner, as she glides past Newport's historic scenery. « less
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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We booked an afternoon sail on the Madeline, and a morning lighthouse tour on the Rumrunner II. Our afternoon on the Madeline was amazing - warm & sunny, and clearly, the captain knew what he was doing as it was the most amazing sail. The crew was knowledgeable, professional and courteous. Complimentary ice tea/soft drinks/water. Our morning lighthouse cruise on... More

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Des Peres, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Sailing Newport Bay, a cruise that almost put my sensory perception on overload, with my wife and adult daughter on a 72 foot Bermuda rigged schooner called Madeleine on the breathtakingly sunny day of June 16, 2014 with flat seas was cathartic in effect. This is a beautifully crafted two-masted wooden hull schooner that simply glides through the water. Upon... More

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New York City, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We took a cruise on the Madeleine with 2 children and it was a delightful experience. The view, was great the captain was very informative and our 7 year old got to steer making the experience so memorable to us all.

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Brighton, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

We went out on the Madeleine for an afternoon sail the wind was perfect we had a great time on the boat. The 2 man and one woman crew was wonderful and very informative. If you have the good fortune to go out with good wind it is a great value and a good time.

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CruiseNewport, Manager at Classic Cruises of Newport, responded to this review

Thanks for your review and I am so glad you had such an enjoyable time. Madeleine is a great vessel that sails exceptionally well. Newport has long been known as one of the sailing capitals of the world and the predominant wind here is South West which is so favorable to sailing in Narragansett Bay. We love to sail and... More

Shreveport, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Though it was a bit chilly (they did provide blankets) we had a blast sailing on the Madeleine sunset cruise got some beautiful pictures especially a sunset picture with the US flag in it. Very informative and easy to listen to captain on board nice little refreshment added in made for a wonderful time so glad we did it.

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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Classic Cruises of Newport, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for letting us know how wonderful you sail was. It does get chilly on the sunset sails this time of year but if you dress for it (and we do have blankets too), there is great sailing and some of the best sunsets of the sailing season. We provide beer, champagne and a selection of... More

East Haven, Connecticut, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

The Madeleine Classic Cruise was a wonderful, enjoyable, relaxing, inexpensive, personal wonderful experience. The crew was fun, friendly and knowledgeable ... They felt more like friends than tour guides... My fiancé and I will take the cruise again when we return to Newport. Money well spent!

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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Classic Cruises of Newport, responded to this review

Hi Debra, So glad you loved it. We think our boats are the best deal in town for the money. All our cruises range anywhere from $20 to $40 and that includes the cocktails on several of them. Its a wonderful way to see the area and Im so glad you enjoyed it enough to want to come back and... More

Vernon, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Peter and his crew did a great job on our tour of the harbor and bay area. He and his crew were very informative of the history of the bay, fort and other questions from us. We would look forward to another cruise on our next visit to Newport. The Madeleine is a top notch sail boat with beautiful masts.... More

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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Classic Cruises of Newport, responded to this review

Hello Ferguson Family! Thank you for choosing to sail on Madeleine. Peter is a great captain and knows a lot about the area and Madeleine is a great boat to sail. Im glad that you all enjoyed your time on board and it would be great to have you on again next time your in town. Hope everyone enjoyed the... More

Northern Ireland
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62 reviews 62 reviews
17 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

It looks like such a placid boat, but when they open up the engines, it can sure move! Wonderful way to see Newport, thoroughly recommend!

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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Classic Cruises of Newport, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. Im so glad you enjoyed your experiance on Rum Runner II. She was build back in 1929 and has so much history to her. This past Saturday Rum Runner II was in the Classic Motor Yacht Race - about 20 boats from teh 1920-1930s got together and raced out in the bay. What a sight to... More

Hopkinton, NH
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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Six of us took the cruise this year. It got windy (storm cell) and we got some speed going this round. Lots of fun. Staff was attentive and told good stories. They provide beer (Narragansett Cans) and champagne as part of trip. The harbor is beautiful and a must see.

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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Classic Cruises of Newport, responded to this review

Thanks for coming back to sail with us again. While its wonderful to have people try us out for the first time, its even more wonderful to have guests come back to sail again. Im glad Madeleine "got some speed on" and was able to show passengers how she sails. We'll be looking forward to your next visit back to... More

Hartford, Connecticut
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

There is a good bit of difference between the tourist sailing boats in Newport and, having tried them all, I like the performance of the Madeline by far. This ship is very responsive to the wind, and most days, sails by wind power only, giving an exhilarating ride. Crew is friendly and informative. Over the years, I have been on... More

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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Classic Cruises of Newport, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review! Madeleine is a great sailing vesssel and we think its the best sailing experience in Newport. While we love all the sailboats that do what Madeleine does (its the sailing capital), Madeleine was built to sail in these waters and she is one of the finest traditional schooners in the area. She can give... More

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