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“Amazing time” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rum Runner II

Rum Runner II
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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.
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“Amazing time”
5 of 5 bubbles 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!

Visited September 2013
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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this review, September 27, 2013
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 again next time you and your family are in town.
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Long Island, New York
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Great Afternoon”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 times, guess we were missing out on a lot until now. All first timers should take this cruise. We enjoyed it so much we took the Madeline sunset sail the same evening.
Differently, after the cruise stop by Castle Hill Lighthouse and enjoy the views from the land side.

Visited September 2013
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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this review, September 23, 2013
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 recommend Rum Runner II's tour for anyone who is new to Newport. They get a lot of interesting information and get to know the "lay of the land" along the waterfront. I hope we see you again on your next visit to Newport. Call ahead and we will be happy to reserve seats.
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“Fantastic tour, very knowledgable captain.”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 and historic/famous vessels moored in the harbor. The boat itself is incredible and full of history. We luckily had perfect weather and calm water that helped us enjoy the trip even more. Not a tourist trap by any means...worth every dollar! Thanks for the experience Rum Runner II.

Visited September 2013
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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this review, September 27, 2013
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 on Rum Runner II. We look foorward to seeing you again soon.
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“Fun way to see the harbor!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed a very leisurely cruise around the harbor. Although the sunset cruise is not narrated, they did point out a few highlights in and along the harbor such as Hammersmith Farm and House on the Rock. Rum Punch is served on the sunset cruise, however there is a cooler full of iced tea and bottled water for those who do not drink (like my husband and me). The staff are very friendly and attentive.
We enjoyed the ride so much that we came back the next day for the narrated lighthouse tour. Although it was clear sunshine at the wharf, there was a thin haze out over the harbor. When we got out near Castle Hill we couldn't see much but the captain wisely used the opportunity to open up the motor to its full capacity and gave us an exciting ride across the harbor to Jamestown. They had sped up the motor during the sunset cruise too...they do it on every ride...it was a highlight with the kids on board.
The narration is very interesting and informative. For those who are concerned about getting seasick, this is a very smooth ride. This is a great activity for all ages, however those with mobility issues should ask for assistance on the dock as it does sway a bit. The staff are happy to help.

Visited August 2013
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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this review, September 23, 2013
Hello - we're glad you chose to go out on Rum Runner II's Smugglers Cockatil cruise. Its very popular. And, Im glad you enjoyed it enough to come back and take one of our other cruises. The morning Lighthouse cruise in new this year and has been a big hit. Next time your in town, you should try Rum Runner II's East Passage Express which is the one that gives you a great overview of Newport's waterfront and estates.
Its wonderful to hear how much you enjoyed both your cruises. Have a wonderful day!
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Classic Newport”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013 via mobile

We were lucky to enjoy calm seas and it was a truly enjoyable mid-afternoon excursion. Captain and mate were personable and tour was very informative.

Make sure to see Newport by boat and Rum Runner II is a great choice!

Visited August 2013
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CruiseNewport, General Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this review, August 9, 2013
Hi and thank you for taking a ride on RumRunner II. She's a classic built in 1929 - a boat with a lot of history. We enjoy hearing how much our guests enjoyed their trip. We've been operating RumRunner II for many years and always strive to give our guests the best experiance that they can have. Thank you again and I hope to have you cruise with us again on your next visit to Newport.
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