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Rum Runner II

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Address: Bannister's Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 401-847-0299
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Description: Enjoy a breathtaking motor boat tour of Newport Harbor and relive the...
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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I booked this before even getting to Newport and my boyfriend and I have to say this may have been one of the highlights of our trip. The 1 hour cocktail cruise comes with either... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I booked this before even getting to Newport and my boyfriend and I have to say this may have been one of the highlights of our trip. The 1 hour cocktail cruise comes with either rum punch or an assortment of beers. We actually ended up bringing our own bottle of Veuve Clicquot to celebrate, which no one had a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We did the sunset cruise. We had a wonderful time. You got a beautiful view of Newport harbor and some nice rum punch ( beer and non alcoholic beverages also available for those who didn't want the rum). The views of the sunset were spectacular and the crew was very friendly. All in all, we had a great time. I've... More 

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Stamford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I have been to Newport ten times and this was my first time taking the harbor tour on the Rum Runner. Our reservations were for a day with torrential rains, the staff at the sign in desk were very courteous and helpful in changing our reservation for the next day. This tour was a delight, the best thing that we... More 

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GULF COAST
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Hop in, get your camera ready and off you go. This is a great water tour around Newport. There are many choices for you but you will not be disappointed if you choose the Rum Runner II. You get a nice ride plus learn something about what you are seeing.

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

We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip on Rum Runner II! There are so many great opportunities for photos while you are out on the water, so bringing a camera or a cell phone to take pictures is a must! Our crew is always happy to answer any questions you have while you are out on one of... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We did the 5:30 cocktail cruise. It was unobtrusive and fun. No narration (there are other tours for that), rum punch, and gorgeous views of the harbor. Music was good but not too loud. Get on board first for a good seat (we sat behind the captain).

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

The cocktail cruise on Rum Runner II is a popular cruise and although there is no narration, you will still see all of the sights that you would see on one of our day trips. Our famous rum punch is served on board as well as beer, water and iced tea. Our cocktail cruise is a great way to end... More 

Brunswick, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Rum Runner is a Prohibition era vessel, albeit with some modern upgrades (engines, for instance). Nora and Jay did a great job on the tour: Nora is an attentive, bubbly, knowledgeable hostess, and Jay is a competent Captain, who also has lots of knowledge to impart. If you take this cruise anytime soon, he may no be there, though, as... More 

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

So happy to hear that you had a great time with Jay and Nora! Originally built in 1929 for rum smuggling, Rum Runner II isn't quite as fast as she used to be, but still has a lot of history to her! Nora has been doing tours with us for a few years, however she has also worked on Rose... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Originally we were going to book a different cruise but the management and staff told us we would not be allowed bc we are a bachelorette party and we would be too loud. I was upset. So I did some research and I found the Rum Runner II cruise. I booked all 9 tickets without a problem. We showed up... More 

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

We love to hear that your bachelorette party enjoyed your cruise with Mark and Nora! They make a great team and offer our guests a great tour of the Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. They are also both local to the area and can recommend all of the best local spots to go for dinner or drinks. Unfortunately it does... More 

Wellfleet, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I found the Rum Runner trip very enjoyable. Great antidotes along the way, a very pleasant way to spend the afternoon. I don't remember drinks other then soft drinks but remember having a nice time. I'll be going agin in a few weeks with a friend who hasn't been. I'm looking forward to it.

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

So happy to hear you decided to join us for a second time! During our day trips on Rum Runner II we serve complimentary water and iced tea and offer a guided tour of the harbor and the bay. We also offer hour long cocktail cruises in the evening which are not guided tours, however we do serve complimentary rum... More 

East Brunswick, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015 via mobile

Great time on the Rum Runner II with captain jay and first mate Annie! Very informative and fun, beautiful ship and spectacular views. Highly recommend!

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

So glad to hear you enjoyed your time aboard Rum Runner II with Jay and Annie! The East Passage Express is our most informative tour on Rum Runner II and is a great way to learn about the history of the area. There are so many sights to see in Newport, and with many of them you get the best... More 

Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We randomly picked this 1:30pm 1.5 hour cruise/tour and at $25/person it was well worth it. The crew was extremely friendly and informative. Complimentary water and Iced Tea was provided. The ride was comfortable and fun. We saw lots of sights including landmarks, lighthouses, mansions, boats and sailboats, to name a few. This is definitely worth it.

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

So great you joined us spur of the moment! The East Passage Express offers a great narration of the harbor and the bay. We also have a Lighthouse and Mimosa cruise each morning on Rum Runner II which details the lighthouses you see while you're out on the water. Hopefully you can make it back to try one of our... More 

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