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I was betwixt and between doing a trolley tour and this one, SO glad I chose the latter!! We did... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
fabtimealwayshad
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New York City, New York
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Great crew on beautiful antique wooden boat

My husband and I went on the lighthouse mimosa cruise...we would highly recommend this cruise. The... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Roxy827
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Raymond, Maine
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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 5 days 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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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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

Reviewed September 9, 2017

Although they tell you the cruise is without narration, a crew member did point out a couple items of interest. Crew and desk folks friendly. Rum punch was weak. Does not go by the mansions if you expect that.More

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

Hi and thank you for taking Rum Runner II. Yes, our Smugglers Cocktail Cruise is not a narrated tour like the earlier trips during the day but our crew does talk with the guests and will answer questions and point out a couple highlights along...More

Reviewed August 27, 2017 via mobile

Was presented as 1 hour cruise. Barely got that. Expected narrated tour. At start, Capt said it would not be narrated as he found booze and narration didn't mix. Well this was no booze cruise. Rum punch with very little rum. Boat approx 3/4 full....More

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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2017

Hi Kathy - I'm very sorry the cruise didn't meet your expectations. Our morning and afternoon tours are narrated tours but we never narrate on our Smugglers Cocktail Cruises. We do not offer a booze cruise but what we do offer is a cruise where...More

Reviewed August 16, 2017

Overall very nice part of our weekend getaway. We went on the hour ride in the early evening. Got our tickets last minute on a Friday night. Friendly crew, not intrusive and let you just enjoy the ride. This is by no means a booze...More

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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2017

Thanks Kate! We do get a lot of people who are looking for a "Booze Cruise" but we don't market the Smugglers Cocktail Cruise as a booze cruise. This trip is really a great way to see the area and enjoy looking at different estates,...More

Reviewed August 16, 2017

This is a great way to get a fast tour by boat of Newport. You'll see the highlights (spot of JFK & Jackie's wedding, lots of lighthouses, and Fort Adams) and get to drink mimosas. The guides were engaging, friendly, and knowledgeable. This was a...More

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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2017

Hi Mary and thank you for taking Rum Runner II. The Lighthouses & Mimosas Cruise is our newest itinerary and its become one of our most popular trips. The mornings are a beautiful time to cruise on the bay and the lighthouses are always great...More

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cyan20
June 17, 2018|
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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
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Not sure but they seem pretty easy about things.
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