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Rum Runner II

Bannister's Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
401-847-0299
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Ranked #14 of 47 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

A group of friends and I really enjoyed this boat ride. We relaxed with a drink in our hand as we took in the beautiful view of Newport. Great tunes and a relaxing ride! Would do again!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Unlimited mimosas and croissants while you get a tour of the water. The captain and crew were well educated for the tour and great. A fun boat ride to start the trip.

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We enjoyed a nice tour of the harbor and bay. Friendly captain and first mate made the tour enjoyable and interesting.

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

We're happy to hear you enjoyed your cruise on Rum Runner II. Captain Mark and his crew love to make sure everyone enjoys their time on board. Its a great way to see so many beautiful sights and all the hidden gems along Newport's shoreline. More

Falls Church, Virginia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

WSe took a 45 minute tour of the harbor on the Rum Runner II and had a great time. The captain gives a running commentary, shows you sever America's Cup yachts up close and points out the local sights - like Jackie O's girlhood home! We even got a taste of the Rum Runner's past when the captain opened up... More

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

We are so glad you enjoyed your cruise. There is no other vessel in Newport like Rum Runner II with so much history to her. She was built in 1929 and was an original rum smuggler during the prohibition era. I hope that you'll come back and visit us again on your next trip to Newport and perhaps try our... More

Providence, Rhode Island, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
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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
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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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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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25 helpful votes 25 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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