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Rum Runner II

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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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Bannister's Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Our group of 3 knew absolutely NOTHING about Newport so we chose to do this on our 1st day. It was perfect. Boat is comfortable...informative crew...views are terrific!! We were on the 1:45...and were able to bring our own RUM cocktails on board. Sign up...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the highlight of our vacation!! Beautiful tour of the harbor, historic homes, tall ships, and yachts!! Highly recommend this tour! Crew was terrific and entertaining!! And Mimosas were flowing!!More

Thank Andrea W
CruiseNewport, Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for letting us know that your Rum Runner II cruise was the highlight of your vacation - that is fantastic! Having mimosas, you must have been on the Lighthouses & Mimosas Cruise. That's our newest itinerary and its been one or our most...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great time! Excellent staff! 75 minute sail with mimiosas while viewing the local lighthouses. Will definitely recommend.More

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

Thank you, Paula. The morning Lighthouses & Mimosas Cruise on Rum Runner II is the newest of our itineraries and its one of the most popular trips we now offer. Its a lighter version of our afternoon East Passage Express Cruise which is our "original"...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had an awesome time on the 11:30 lighthouse tour with my husband and adult son. Crew was Very informative and friendly. Mimosas, iced tea and water were served as well as croissants. Weather was perfect I would recommend this tour if you are in Newport!More

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

The Lighthouses & Mimosas Cruise is such a popular cruise that we offer it on a daily basis. Its become so popular that on the weekends we now have two departure times to choose from. Lighthouses in New England have so much history to them...More

Reviewed August 10, 2018

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

Thank PGfromClayton
CruiseNewport, General Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2018

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 August 8, 2018

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

Thank sdaTewksbury_ma
CruiseNewport, General Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2018

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 August 1, 2018 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

Thank Kathy M
CruiseNewport, General Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2018

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 July 31, 2018

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

Thank Laurianne T
CruiseNewport, General Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2018

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 July 18, 2018 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 July 27, 2018

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 July 27, 2018

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

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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
Janice D
August 11, 2017|
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Response from dgr1968NewJersey | Reviewed this property |
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
Missy M
July 14, 2017|
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Response from Irwin37 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure but they seem pretty easy about things.