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Classic Cruises of Newport

Bannister's Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
401 847-0298
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Ranked #14 of 49 Activities in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ships, Sightseeing Tours
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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.

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Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

A group of us (14) took an afternoon cruise on the Madeline sailboat as part of a 25th anniversary military reunion. It was very nice of the crew to announce the presence of our group and we were given a nice round of applause. The crew was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and very professional as we cruised the harbor for an hour... More

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

Its an honor for us to have you all on board Madeleine for your 25th anniversary military reunion. In fact, in October we have a Salute to the Military and offer complimentary tickets to both active duty and retire military personnel to get out for a scenic day sail on board Madeleine as a Thank You for service to our... More

Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We had a beautiful, relaxing sunset sail on the Madeleine. The crew was very professional and offered us complimentary champagne to enjoy during the cruise. They even let guests help hoist the sails if they wanted to. We enjoyed our trip and the great reggae music that they played; I think we would have liked it even more if it... More

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

We are happy to hear you loved Madeleine's sunset sail. The sunset sail with champagne and beer is our most popular trip on Madeleine. We offer several trips on a couple different boats so you can have a different boating experience every time you come on board. Our motor yacht, Rum Runner II was built back in 1929 and was... More

Naperville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My sister and I took our group of 4 adults and 7 kids on the 90 minute scenic cruise of Newport on the Madeleine. It was absolutely beautiful and we learned a bunch about Newport. The staff was very informative and let each of the kids steer the boat while we were sailing. For 25-30 dollars, it was definitely worth... More

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

Glad you enjoyed it so much that you'll be back to cruise with us again. Between our 2 boats (Madeleine and Rum Runner II), we have 5 different itineraries we do. We have so many frequent sailors that return to cruise with us each time they are in Newport that we thought it would be great to offer more than... More

New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We enjoyed our morning light house tour on The Rum Runner II.It was nice to see the water view of Newport,Jamestown and Narragansett Bay.The informative Captain and his outgoing first mate gave a good historical tour of famous people, homes , sea vessels and places of interest. This vessel has been in operation since 1929. After prior days of continuous... More

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

Our Lighthouses and Mimosas cruise on Rum Runner II is our newest and fast becoming our most popular tour. Rum Runner II gets right up close along the shoreline so there are some outstanding views of several lighthouses at the southern send of Narragansett Bay - we find that includinng Mimosas, croissants, bottled water and ice tea compliment this late... More

Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

My family visits Newport at least once each summer, and often several times. This summer was the 4th time that we booked the schooner, The Madeleine, for a 90-minute scenic day sail around Narragansett Bay. This 72' schooner can accommodate up to 49 passengers, though it's rarely that packed. It departs from Newport harbor (Bannister's Wharf) and sails south in... More

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

Madeleine is a favorite for us too! And even better is all the repeat guests we have that enjoy sailing on her as much as we do. Classic Cruises of Newport is the oldest operating schooner tour company in Newport and we've been sailing Madeleine here for almost 25 years. Looking forward yo having you on board again next summer.... More

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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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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CruiseNewport, Manager at Classic Cruises of Newport, responded to this review

Newport is always best experienced by the water since she is The Sailing Capital. And going on both Madeleine and Rum Runner II give two very different experiences out there as well. While Madeleine offers a great sailing experience, Rum Runner II offers up close views with lots of history. We're so glad you rode and got to experience both.... More

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

Thank you for your kind words - we think Madeleine is the best way to see Newport from the water. So many places along the waterfront are inaccessible so by touring on the water, you get to see so much more of what Newport is all about. More

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

We love letting guests take the helm (at Captain's discretion) to get a feel for her sailing - also makes for a great photo to remember your vacation by. Thanks for sailing on board Madeleine! More

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

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