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Rum Runner II

Bannister's Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
401-847-0299
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Ranked #13 of 55 Activities in Newport
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Owner description: Enjoy a breathtaking motor boat tour of Newport Harbor and relive the speed and thrill of the chase of the smuggler boats from the days of Prohibition. Motor yacht Rum Runner II, which was originally built for two New Jersey mobsters to elude the Coast Guard offers the luxury of a classic yacht and intrigue you would imagine of a high-speed bandit motor boat with a history all her own while touring Newport Harbor.

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51 reviews 51 reviews
5 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

MANAGEMENT AND TEAM From the moment I communicated with Sara at the office, I knew we were in great hands. The whole team is amazing and run things so smoothly. BOAT EXPERIENCE Amazing. incredible views and perfect smooth riding. Do not miss this place. Wow!

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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this review

Rum Runner II is great for wedding parties, and thanks for your compliments on Sara - she is great at helping guests get the experience they are looking for. While we do a lot of public cruises where guest buy a ticket and walk on board, we do a number of private events too so guests get the boat all... More

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This nis def a gotta-do while in Newport RI type of attraction!!! Awesome friendly staff with excellent hospitality, never ending mimosas and super friendly and informative

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CruiseNewport, Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this review

We too think Rum Runner II should be on everyone's "must do" list when visiting Newport. Our staff love to talk about the various lighthouses, estates, islands and all the other places of interest on the waterfront. The lighthouse cruise is probably our most popular cruise that we do on Rum Runner II. We'll take our guests by several lighthouses... More

Ludlow, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I took my daughter & her friend on the "Rum Runner" cruise. It was billed as informative with rum drinks and snacks served on this hour long coastal cruise. The ship was OVER packed and we could hardly sit down. The music was so loud we couldn't hear one another speak. The "rum drinks" were pineapple juice, orange juice, and... More

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CruiseNewport, Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this review

I am so sorry to hear that your trip was not what you had expected. We have always strived to make each of our itineraries an enjoyable cruise for everyone and it sounds like there may have been miscommunication on what the cruise was like. My sincerest apologies. We offer 5 trips a day and the last one is our... More

New York, New York, United States
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We had a wonderful morning mimosa cruise on the Rum Runner! The mimosas were plentiful, and Nora the first mate kept us entertained with historical facts and funny stories. A great way to spend the morning on the water while learning a little more about Newport's history - if the weather is good, I'd highly recommend a trip on the... More

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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this review

We offer our morning cruise every day of the season and its a great way to start the day. We get a chance to tell our guests on board all about the lighthouses in the area (as well as a few other points of interest) and you get to sit back, relax, enjoy mimosas and croissants (as well as bottled... More

Park City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Nora, 1st mate, and Mark, Captain, gave a great tour of the Bay and harbor with narrative historical info. They are both a pleasure .....would recommend it highly. Smooth boat and interesting sights.

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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this review

Thanks! We think Nora and Mark are a great team on board Rum Runner II. They are fun, informative and Nora is so full of energy. Thanks for recommending us and we hope you'll stop by next time your back visiting Newport. Perhaps try our afternoon cruise or maybe even a sunset cruise. All itineraries are different and you can... More

Brookfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Visited Newport at the end of August and top on our list was a ride on the Rum Runner and they didn't disappoint! Nora was our guide and knew everything about each lighthouse we went by on our lighthouse tour. The mimosas were fabulous and she could not have taken better care of all of us. Loved that she spent... More

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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this review

Thanks for taking our popular Lighthouse cruise on Rum Runner II - taking cruise with Nora is always a fun, entertaining way to see the area. She spent most of her childhood at Rose Island Light and can tell you anything and everything about the lighthouses in the area. We just started this trip last year and it quickly became... More

Succasunna, New Jersey
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We have taken this trip twice, the last time this past weekend. We had the 4 people in my family as well as my 87 year old Mother In Law. This trip is a lot of fun, and Mark the captain, and Nora, the 1st mate were both very knowledgeable about what we saw as we took the 75 minute... More

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CruiseNewport, Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this review

We love hearing from all our returning passengers and its nice to have you back on board. Nora and Mark are a great team and absolutely love what they do. The biggest thrill is hearing from everyone about what a great way to spend part of their day. Our schooner Madeleine offers a completely different experience from Rum Runner II.... More

New Britain, Connecticut
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This was a great way to spend the afternoon. The crew was great and very informative. The tour was better than I expected!

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CruiseNewport, Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this review

Thanks - We think its lots of fun too! Rum Runner II is not your average tour boat. She has so much history behind her (built to outrun the Coast Guard back during Prohibition) and gets into so many out of the way places that many tour boats cant get into. Just about all our guests walk on happy and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This was totally worth it! Saw Jackie O's summer home, mansions, lighthouses etc. all narrated on board. You will get a bit wet when they crank it up. Water was rough but so much fun!!!!

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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your cruise. Rum Runner II was built in 1929 to outrun the Coast Guard during the Prohibition Era so she's a boat with a lot of history to her. We like to show people what she was built for so we definitely open her up if the conditions are right. She also gets in a lot of... More

Branford, CT
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

My best friend and I had the best tour aboard the Rum Runner II! Thanks to Nora and her crew -- we had continuous mimosas, nonstop stories and information, and a fabulous experience! Beautiful and clean boat with breathtaking views!! Definitely will choose this same boat for bringing friends in future!

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CruiseNewport, Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this review

You picked a great trip to go on with your best friend. We get families, couples and friend traveling together out on Rum Runner II and everyone loves it. We offer something for everyone on board. whether your an avid boater or its your first time, you'll walk away with so of the best memories of Newport when you ride... More

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