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Rum Runner II

Bannister's Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
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Awesome trip

We took the East Passage Express on the Rum Runner. Omg what an experience. Crew were extremely... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
utuado1968
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Old Bridge, New Jersey
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Lighthouse cruise exceptional!

My sisters and I recently went on a sister vacation and while visiting in Newport we wanted to take... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2017
fruitfulvine
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Birmingham, Alabama
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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 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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Hours Today: 8:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Bannister's Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 24 October 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 18 December 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

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Reviewed 27 September 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 18 December 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

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Reviewed 25 September 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 18 December 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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Reviewed 10 September 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 18 December 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

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Reviewed 28 August 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 1 September 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

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Reviewed 16 August 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 1 September 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

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Reviewed 16 August 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 1 September 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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Reviewed 15 August 2017

We booked this tour as a last minute "thing to do" while we were in Newport for the weekend. The tour was super relaxing, the captain of the ship and the tour guide were super friendly and informative. It was really educational, learning about the...More

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

"So much fun!!" - we love that! Thanks for letting us know how much you enjoyed your cruise. For $25, you get a great boat ride, lots of great up close views along the waterfront and lots of history. We think its the best deal...More

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Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

This boat tour is very fun. It passes by sail boats and cruise ships of all sizes then goes out into the Narragansett Bay with views of mansions and homes of Newport plus and island and lighthouse. Since this ride is not narrated, you can...More

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

Thanks Wanda - I agree that Rum Runner II is really fun. The Smugglers Cocktail Cruise is a nice way to sit back, relax, sip on a rum punch and enjoy the sights while listening to some great music. While not narrated, everyone gets to...More

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cyan20
18 June 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
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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
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Missy M
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Response from Irwin37 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure but they seem pretty easy about things.
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