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Schooner Madeleine

Bannister's Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
401-847-0298
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Ranked #9 of 49 Activities in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours, Adventure
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Owner description: Enjoy our sailing tours and sunset harbor cruises through Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay aboard our classic sailing yacht Madeleine. We offer sailing harbor tours and sunset sailing cruises aboard a 72-foot schooner sailing yacht Madeleine, which was specifically designed and built to carry passengers easily and safely sailing through the local waters of Newport. The sailing yacht Madeleine maintains 19th century sailboat style with a 21st century sailing yacht comfort and convenience.

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Baltimore
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117 reviews 117 reviews
23 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The crew was fantastic, and the sail was the perfect time and location . Saw all the harbor, the bay and the beautiful surroundings. Recommendation for a bad back to sit in the rear of the boat was perfect. Better than an amusement ride! What a great time! thanks.

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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Schooner Madeleine, responded to this review

Glad you had a great time on sailing on Madeleine. You are correct about the seating arrangement. Back aft in the cockpit (where the Captain steers from) is seating the has backs to it. Good place to sit if guests want to lean back against something. Up forward, the seating is more casual - guests can lounge on the cabin... More

greenville
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Captain Peter, Chris and Charlie were a perfect crew. Their job was to safely get us around the harbor and back. In addition to a perfect, albeit a bit cold day it was a perfect sail. You always knew safety was first and this is a very well cared for schooner. The crew also made sure everyone was comfortable ,... More

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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Schooner Madeleine, responded to this review

Our last sailing of the year had great wind and glad you were able to experience it right before we put the boats into maintenance mode for the winter season. As long as everyone dresses for the cooler weather, there is great sailing later in the fall and less crowds as well. Charlie is one of our newest deckhands and... More

Felton, California
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458 reviews 458 reviews
228 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We sailed on a very good sailing day--go wind, good weather. Good crew. Nice views of places of interest on shore. Only sails in the bay so no opportunity to view the large mansions on the ocean side. Would recommend. Very nice ship.

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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Schooner Madeleine, responded to this review

Thanks for sailing on Madeleine! Good wind and good crew make for a great sailing experience on her. Most of our sails are an hour and a half so we don't get to go over to the ocean side of the island but we do sail down to the mouth of the bay to get a good look out on... More

New York City, New York
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46 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

If you have a nice afternoon/evening in Newport, this is a wonderful way to spend some time before dinner. (I'm sure the sailings during the day are fun as well, but we had only a couple of days to see the mansions, so the champagne cruise at 4:30 - it goes later during the summer - fit in perfectly.) The... More

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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Schooner Madeleine, responded to this review

Our Sunset Sail on Madeleine is so popular and Im glad you were able to experience it on your visit to Newport. We are the oldest operating day sail schooner in Newport and we have such a huge following of guests that sail our sunset sail whenever they are back in Newport. The better part of the season the sunset... More

Ogden, Utah
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48 reviews 48 reviews
20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Went on the schooner Madeline in Rhode Island it was a lot of fun the captain and crew handle the boat perfectly. It was amazing how they could put it into the wind and it would tip on its side and go real fast. During the ride the crew would tell us about the mansions in Newport Rhode Island and... More

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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Schooner Madeleine, responded to this review

The more wind there is, the more adventurous the sail. She was built to sail well and its all about the sailing experience on Madeleine. We're glad you enjoyed the adventure. Typically the morning sails are the calmest and then the breeze picks up in the afternoon for faster sailing. Our crew is very knowledgeable on the area, are trained... More

Montgomery, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We vacation in Newport each September and make sure we book the Madeleine Sail each time. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable of many of the sites along the way. We have done both sunny and overcast days and it is always enjoyable. Downside - only 1 1/2 hours long, I could do a half day!

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CruiseNewport, Manager at Schooner Madeleine, responded to this review

Thanks for sailing on Madeleine each September. The fall has some of the best sailing of the season. It can be much cooler on the water so everyone should dress for the temperature of the day but the air is crisp and clear, the leaves are starting to change colors and not necessarily as many guests on board as in... More

Middletown, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I've been on Madeline probably a dozen times now, as I take work visitors on the boat when I can. So I have sailed with many different captains and crew, but they all seem professional and while narration is not necessarily included, I have found that a crew member or the captain will provide plenty of information when asked. Newport... More

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CruiseNewport, Manager at Schooner Madeleine, responded to this review

We LOVE hearing from a frequent sailor - thanks for sailing with us so many times. We are planning on implementing a frequent sailors program next season so please inquire with us when we start sailing again in the spring. Madeleine is a great sailing experience and a great way to show visitors the area. Rum Runner II is our... More

San Diego, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

We bought tickets for this sunset cruise after a horrific customer service experience at Gansett. They were a bit pricier than Gansett, but since drinks were included, it ended up evening out. This trip was amazing. Great sights, the sunset was beautiful and the tour guides were friendly. They certainly mended our bad experience at Gansett! When we got to... More

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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Schooner Madeleine, responded to this review

We are so glad to have been able to give you a great experience on Madeleine. The sunset sail sail is so popular and frequently sells out so I'm glad you were able to get on board. Getting out on the bay, enjoying the breeze filling the sails, the beautiful scenery and a great sunset all make for a great... More

Cortlandt Manor, New York
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

It's a ninety minute sail on a 72 ft boat that features three sails and two very informative deck hands James and Dillon. They were pretty funny as well and were generous with waters, soft drinks and blankets for those who came unprepared for the evening chill on the water.

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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Schooner Madeleine, responded to this review

James and Dillon make a great team of deckhands sailing Madeleine. We have enjoyed having both on board for multiple seasons and are looking forward to having each of them return next season. We think there is no better way to enjoy the sights along Newport's waterfront than on board Madeleine. While we always recommend a sweater or jacket on... More

Hartford, Connecticut
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

One of the most pleasant sails in Newport is the sun set cruise on the Schooner Madeleine. It leaves approximately at 6:30 and takes you on a 1 1/2 to 2 hour tour of the Newport Harbor. The tour ends with a picturesque sun set over Jamestown. This tour includes complementary beer and champagne for the adults. The crew is... More

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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Schooner Madeleine, responded to this review

Madeleine's sunset sail is the most popular trip we offer. Sunsets on the bay can be amazing and what better was to watch than by sailing along on a Schooner. Our crew love chatting with our guests and even though Madeleine is not a formally narrated tour, they do point out highlights and are eager to answer any questions guests... More

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