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Rum Runner II

Bannister's Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
401-847-0299
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Ranked #12 of 41 activities in Newport
Type: Tours
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... more » 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. « less
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Providence, Rhode Island, United States
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Great day for a lighthouse cruise! The Captain Mark and his FirstMate did a fine job giving us the factoids, not only on each lighthouse, but boats and homes in the area. Been in RI my entire life and learned tons on our mini trip around the bay. The Mimosas hit the spot and we had bottomless cups! Definately a... More

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

Thanks for cruising on Rum Runner II. Sounds like you all had a great time on board. It is interesting to learn all the info about sights around the bay. Glad you enjoyed the Mimosas - a morning lighthouse cruise wouldnt be the same without a mimosa and croissants. Thanks for recommending us. Looking forward to having you back on... More

West Kingston, Rhode Island
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Our cruise lasted about 75 minutes and was a beautiful trip, viewing several lighthouses. The Newport scenery can't be beat and the weather was perfect! The crew provided first-hand knowledge about the lighthouses and some of the amazing homes settled along the way. The mimosas and croissants were a special added treat. Would love to do this again!

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

Thanks for your review and so nice to hear you would do this trip again. Our Lighthouse cruise is brand new this year and has been a big hit. For only $25, you get mimosas, croissants and a great cruise on a vintage motor yacht from 1929. Thanks for letting us know how much you enjoyed your cruise. Hope to... More

West Kingston, Rhode Island, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Our office of 20 some employees went on the Lighthouse cruise at the end of September. The weather cooperated and was GORGEOUS. The cruise was simply delightful! We got to see and hear about 5 of the lighthouses in the lower Narragansett Bay area and also learn a bit about the history of the Rum Runner II as well as... More

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

Rum Runner II's Lighthouse cruise is our newest cruise - started our first one this past May and have been running them every day since. Its been a big hit. Its a great way to see Newport and the surrounding area. Our Captain has been with us for almost 20 years and certainly knows quite a bit of interesting information.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I took this tour with our five children. It was a fabulous mix of information and fun. The time flew by and we all agreed that this was the highlight of our trip!

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

The highlight of your trip! Thank you for letting us know. Its not always easy to find something that everyone in the family wants to do but Rum Runner II isnt your average tour boat and people of all really ages love it. We love hearing that you had such a great time and hope to see you on board... More

Long Island, New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

This is the only way to see Newport by sea. Very informative, pointing out sights of interest, lighthouses and alot of Newport history. Where can you enjoy 90 minutes for $25, here. Mark and staff do a wonderful cruise. We went exploring the next day with many of the sights pointed out and we've been to Newport a couple of... More

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

Thanks for your review and Im so glad to hear how much you enjoyed your cruises. Mark has been running Rum Runner II for 18 years now and knows a lot of interesting information on the area. You picked two great trips to go on - Madeleine's sunset sail is probably the most popular sail that we do. We highly... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

We spent a beautiful hour and a half slowly exploring the lighthouses, coves and magnificent waterfront properties that line Newport Harbor on a recent weekend. The tour starts out with a complimentary mimosa and little pastries that the kids enjoyed. As you slowly proceed out of the Marina, the captain and first mate begin pointing out interesting facts about properties... More

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

Thank you so much - we are glad that you enjoyed your experiance on Rum Runner II. We strive to make everyones experiance the best it can be. The Lighthouses and Mimosas cruise is brand new this year and has been a big hit. Next time you visit Newport, perhaps you will want to try one of our other cruises... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

We enjoyed a very leisurely cruise around the harbor. Although the sunset cruise is not narrated, they did point out a few highlights in and along the harbor such as Hammersmith Farm and House on the Rock. Rum Punch is served on the sunset cruise, however there is a cooler full of iced tea and bottled water for those who... More

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

Hello - we're glad you chose to go out on Rum Runner II's Smugglers Cockatil cruise. Its very popular. And, Im glad you enjoyed it enough to come back and take one of our other cruises. The morning Lighthouse cruise in new this year and has been a big hit. Next time your in town, you should try Rum Runner... More

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013 via mobile

We were lucky to enjoy calm seas and it was a truly enjoyable mid-afternoon excursion. Captain and mate were personable and tour was very informative. Make sure to see Newport by boat and Rum Runner II is a great choice!

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

Hi and thank you for taking a ride on RumRunner II. She's a classic built in 1929 - a boat with a lot of history. We enjoy hearing how much our guests enjoyed their trip. We've been operating RumRunner II for many years and always strive to give our guests the best experiance that they can have. Thank you again... More

San Diego, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Took the mimosa lighthouse tour with the Rum Runner on a Sunday morning. A beautiful day and friendly and caring staff made for a great finish to our trip. The crew was excellent, providing great information and really taking care of the customers. If you want to get out on the water in Newport, RI I would hight recommend them!!

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

Thanks for taking a ride on our Mimosas & Lighthouses cruise. Its brand new for us this season and its been a big hit. Im glad to hear that you enjoyed the trip and I hope that you'll come back and ride with us again next time your in Newport. More

Wayne
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13 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We visited Newport during the heat wave and took a boat ride to cool off in the beautiful breezes. After reading the reviews on the Rumrunner II, we took the cruise in the afternoon and were not disappointed. The captain took us to all the usual sites...the mansions, yachts, shipping yard, lighthouse but got up more closely than other cruises... More

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

Hi, We're so glad you were able to get out on RumRunner II during the heat wave we had - getting out on the water is a great was to cool down. Thanks for your comments on your cruise, We work hard to make sure our passengers have a great experiance out there and Captain Mark has been running RumRunner... More

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