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Rum Runner II

Bannister's Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
+1 401-847-0299
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Great Trip, Wonderful Crew, and Beautiful Vintage Motor Yacht!

My son and I took the Sunday morning lighthouse cruise and we had a wonderful time. Jay the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
LarryReview17
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Woodbridge, Connecticut
Good choice for a Newport bay cruise

We booked the lighthouse tour last minute and had a really good time. Conditions in the bay were... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jay405
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Connecticut
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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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“iced tea” (5 reviews)
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Bannister's Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank LarryReview17
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Jay405
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.

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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

Thank Kathy D
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

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

Thank Kate B
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

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

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

Thank kk1249
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

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

Thank Wanda R
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

Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

Didn't plan it but decided to do the evening (5:30p) tour. Had a blast, great crew and Amy was always present refilling our Complimentary Rum Punch which was actually pretty good. We thoroughly enjoyed the music, the sights and the information about the history of...More

Thank 01Elmartillo65
CruiseNewport, General Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

The activities that you didn't plan on our sometimes the funnest. So glad that you loved the Smugglers Cocktail Cruise. Its a great way to end a day of walking around, shopping etc. You can sit back, reklax and enjoy some beautiful sights while listening...More

Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

With no real planning, we took the tour on the Rum Runner II. Such a neat old boat with history. We got to see some really interesting things, enjoyed the water, music and some complimentary rum punch. We had our 6 year old son with...More

Thank Reiser517
CruiseNewport, General Manager at Rum Runner II, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

The unplanned events that you come across when traveling are usually some of the funnest and most memorable. We're glad you chose Rum Runner II to go out on. Sounds like you were on our Smugglers Cocktail Cruise A really scenic cruise and while not...More

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Janice D
12 August 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
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Missy M
14 July 2017|
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Response from Irwin37 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure but they seem pretty easy about things.
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Leslie W
30 March 2017|
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Response from CruiseNewport | Property representative |
Hi Leslie - not yet. Our first day of service is April 29th with our schooner Madeleine. Rum Runner II starts service on May 6th. We are usually the first boat to start up for the season and the last to end the season... More
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