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So much fun! Great crew, sights, music, and drinks!

My husband, 15 year old son, and I went on the 5:30 cocktail cruise on July 30th. It was our last... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
PGfromClayton
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Clayton, North Carolina
Great cruise around the harbor

We went on the Rum Runner Passage tour at 3:30. We were 3 adults and two kids ages 13 and 11. The... read more

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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...more
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband, 15 year old son, and I went on the 5:30 cocktail cruise on July 30th. It was our last night in town after coming up for the Newport Folk Festival. A couple years ago we went on a sunset cruise on a schooner...More

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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Its always great to try something different and while the schooners (like our 72' Madeleine) are great, Rum Runner II is something different. Shes got so much history to her and she was built for speed back in the 1920 during the height of the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on the Rum Runner Passage tour at 3:30. We were 3 adults and two kids ages 13 and 11. The cruise was great! Just the right amount of time to see the harbor and some of the interesting places on shore. Nothing like...More

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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you! We are so happy to hear you loved The East Passage Express tour on Rum Runner II. She's got so much history to her and she's fast - she was built for speed back during The Prohibition Era just to outrun the US...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent an hour cruising around Newport Bay checking out the boats,mansions and children sailing their little sunfishes. Up and close to the light houses and mega-yachts our Captain and Tour guide were fun and informative! The sea spray in our face was the icing...More

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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Sea spray! That rarely happens so you got pretty lucky and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Since the 1929 Rum Runner II was a real rum runner from the Prohibition Era, she was built for speed and we like to go fast when we can....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I always take scenic boat tours wherever I travel. I loved this one!!!! The rum runner is a wooden boat that cuts through the water smooth as silk. They have an excellent stereo system providing delightful music . We took the lighthouse/mimosa tour and saw...More

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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for letting us know how much you enjoyed your cruise. The Lighthouses & Mimosas Cruise is one of our most popular trips that we offer. Between our two boats, we have 5 different itineraries so there is definitely something for everyone. The nice thing...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was betwixt and between doing a trolley tour and this one, SO glad I chose the latter!! We did the 1:30p tour on Tuesday 1/17. I forget the names of the young people who took us on our guided tour, but we had a...More

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CruiseNewport, Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Fabulous - one of our favorite descriptions! The trolley tour is great but we're happy you picked Rum Runner II. She was built in 1929 during the height of the Prohibition Era to outrun the US Coast Guard while smuggling cases of illegal alcohol. She...More

Reviewed June 27, 2018

My husband and I went on the lighthouse mimosa cruise...we would highly recommend this cruise. The boat used to be for running alcohol back in the prohibition days, hence the name Rum Runner II. It was painted black and had 4 car engines so it...More

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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Rum Runner II's Lighthouses & Mimosas Cruise is our newest itinerary and has fast become one of our most popular cruises. This trip highlights the lighthouses that we go by at the southern end of Narragansett Bay and on board we serve Mimosas Croissants, Water...More

Reviewed May 20, 2018 via mobile

We took the East Passage Express on the Rum Runner. Omg what an experience. Crew were extremely knowledgeable and really friendly. I loved this trip and will do it again when we visit Newport again.More

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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this reviewResponded May 26, 2018

We love that your trip was awesome! The East Passage Express is a great cruise with lots of up-close views of estates, islands, lighthouses and many other points of interest. Its the perfect cruise to see and here what Newport is all about. Our crew...More

Reviewed October 24, 2017

My sisters and I recently went on a sister vacation and while visiting in Newport we wanted to take a lighthouse tour by boat. Rum Runner II fit the bill! Nice history with the boat (a bootlegging boat during Prohibition), plus great hosts who gave...More

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CruiseNewport, Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2017

Exceptional - We LOVE that! Thank you so very much and we're so glad you chose to come out on Rum Runner II. She's a great boat with loads of history to her (Built in 1929). The Lighthouse & Mimosas Cruise in the mornings is...More

Reviewed September 26, 2017

My son and I took the Sunday morning lighthouse cruise and we had a wonderful time. Jay the captain and Katie on crew were extremely friendly, knowledgable, and made the trip really enjoyable. Jay did a great job and even let my son and another...More

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CruiseNewport, Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2017

So glad you enjoyed your trip! Its one of our favorite and most popular too. Jay is a great Captain who's been with us for several years and Katie is our newest team member but she fit right in and its like she's been at...More

Reviewed September 24, 2017

We booked the lighthouse tour last minute and had a really good time. Conditions in the bay were pretty rough and the captain navigated it with confidence. It's very much worth seeing Newport from the perspective of the middle of the bay. Mimosas were a...More

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CruiseNewport, Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2017

Sometimes the last minute choices to do a tour are some of the funnest. The Lighthouse Cruise is our newest itinerary and now one of most popular. Its a great way to start your day (we have trips leaving as soon as 9:30 am), get...More

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cyan20
June 17, 2018|
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Response from CruiseNewport | Property representative |
We do take children of all ages on board Rum Runner II on all trips. The earlier trips (all departures between 9:30am and 3:45pm) are definitely family friendly. We do take children on our 5:30pm and 7:00pm Smugglers... More
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Janice D
August 11, 2017|
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Price was around $25 or $30 per person. I was there in mid-June, made a reservation, and the boat had maybe 10 people total on it. The captain gave us a lot of info that probably wouldn't have been included if it was full... More
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Missy M
July 14, 2017|
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Not sure but they seem pretty easy about things.
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