Newport cruises

It’s a rich man’s world. Well, it certainly is among the fabulous millionaire mansions. Renaissance, Rococo, French and Victorian – Newport’s clifftops are a showcase of extravagance in all its forms! From city sidewalks to a stroll along the sandy shore, Newport has an enticing selection of public beaches, ideal for taking in the bracing Rhode Island sea breeze.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Colonial Newport Walking Tour

    Take a guided tour through the quaint colonial streets of Newport, which read like a ‘Who’s Who’ of American architecture.

    Colonial Newport Walking Tour

    Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the heart of Newport’s National Registered Historic Landmarks District. Along the quaint and shady streets, you will hear the stories of how this long neglected neighbourhood became one of the most celebrated communities of American colonial restoration. Along the way, you will pass by the Brick Market, now a museum, the Old Colony House, White Horse Tavern and the Quaker Meeting House. You will also stroll past Trinity Church and its burial grounds as well as Touro Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the country and one of the many sites visited by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and others.

    During your tour, you will probably spot pineapple carvings on many of the colonial buildings in Newport. Let your guide entertain you with the stories behind this and how the pineapple has become a sign of hospitality throughout New England.

    This excursion operates on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking, at a slow and leisurely pace, some pavements can be uneven. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. At the end of the tour, you may opt to remain in town and return to the ship independently.

    Tour code

    NPT_005

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    1½ hours

  • Cliff Walk & The Breakers

    . Stroll along the magnificent Cliff Walk Trail and visit one of the most opulent mansions ‘The Breakers’.

    Cliff Walk & The Breakers

    Enjoy a walk along a portion of the Cliff Walk Trail, designated as a National Recreation Trail in 1975. With New England’s rocky shore and crashing surf on one side and Newport’s most extravagant mansions on the other, the trail has become one of Newport’s top attractions. Your guide will be happy to share the stories of America’s Gilded Age and the cast of characters that made Newport one the nation’s wealthiest summer resorts.

    Close by to the Cliff Walk is ‘The Breakers’ mansion, designed by an American architect, Richard Morris Hunt, for Cornelius Vanderbilt II. ‘The Breakers’ is an Italian Renaissance palace and it was completed in less than three years and stands as one of the grandest of Newport's cottages. Perhaps its most impressive features are the Grand Hall and the Music Room, constructed from beautifully carved stone and marble and rising to almost 50 feet, ranking it the largest room in any Newport mansion.

    This excursion operates by coach and on foot. The Cliff Walk will take up to one hour at a leisurely pace. The terrain is uneven in parts with some inclines. There are 40 steps leading to and from the Cliff Walk and a further 20 steps during the walk. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are advised. Due to the popularity of the Newport mansions, you may experience some queuing. Non flash photography is permitted at the Breakers, however tripods and selfie sticks are not permitted. Exterior photographs are permitted with all devices. Guests are advised that there is a flight of 30 steps to climb at the mansion. Highlights may operate in reverse order.

    Tour code

    NPT_006

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3 hours

  • The Breakers & Rosecliff

    Visit Rosecliff and The Breakers, two of Newport’s finest mansions.

    The Breakers & Rosecliff

    You’ll gain a sense of the lavish lifestyle from a bygone era as you drive along the famed Bellevue Avenue.

    Rosecliff was commissioned by Nevada silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs in 1899. Completed in 1902, at a reported cost of 2½ million dollars, the home was known for its fabulous parties and entertainment. The beautiful grounds and gardens have been the set of several films including The Great Gatsby.

    Designed for Cornelius Vanderbilt II, ‘The Breakers’, described as one of the grandest Newport cottages, is an Italian Renaissance palace. It’s most opulent and magnificent feature is the Grand Hall. The Music Room was originally constructed in France from beautifully carved stone and marble and re-assembled here. Large glass doors on the first floor open out onto a spectacular panoramic view of the cliff and ocean.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Due to the popularity of the Newport mansions, you may experience some queuing. The itinerary may operate in reverse order. Non flash photography is permitted at the mansions, however tripods and selfie sticks are not permitted. Exterior photographs are permitted at both mansions with all devices. This tour involves negotiating some stairs at the mansions. The internal visit is conducted by personal audio headset.

    Tour code

    NPT_014

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3¾ hours

  • Wines of Newport by Trolley

    Step aboard an old fashioned trolley bus and head off to 2 of Newport’s wineries to sample some fine wine.

    Wines of Newport by Trolley

    Newport is in the heart of the New England wine growing region and is home to some of the finest award-winning vineyards.

    Leaving Newport on your trolley bus, you’ll take a drive to Portsmouth, home to Greenvale Vineyards. Greenvale has been operated for 4 generations by the same Parker family and the estate grown fruit and award-winning wines are nurtured by an idyllic setting, rich history and commitment to the preservation of open space. After a tour of the vineyards, you’ll be offered a selection of wines to sample in the restored stables that now serve as a tasting room.

    Afterwards, you’ll re-board your trolley bus and drive to neighbouring Middletown to visit the Newport Vineyards. Another family-run winery, Paul and John Nunes chose to establish a winery rather than surrender 60 acres of family farmland to real estate developers. Enjoy a tour of the vineyards, before discovering the taste and aroma of a selection of wines in the tasting room.

    As your tour draws to an end, step aboard your trolley bus once more for the return drive to the pier.

    This excursion will operate by trolley and on foot. This tour is not suitable for children. Guests must be over 21 to participate in the wine sampling. Proof of age may be requested. The tour itinerary may operate in reverse. This tour will involve some walking over rough and uneven ground and some standing. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    NPT_012

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3¾ hours

  • Rose Island Lighthouse & Harbour Cruise

    A scenic harbour cruise to Rose Island is an excellent way to appreciate the colonial heritage and yachting history of Newport.

    Rose Island Lighthouse & Harbour Cruise

    Your tour will begin exploring this fully restored lighthouse and see remains of the two hundred year old Fort Hamilton, now an important wildlife sanctuary. First lit in 1870, the Rose Island Lighthouse was lovingly restored to its original late 19th-century ambiance in 1993, and remains a classic example of American maritime architecture.

    Due to its strategic location, Rose Island has been of military importance since the Revolutionary War. Today, it plays an important role as home to a number of migrating birds. A visit to this ‘living museum’ offers an insight into a life spent tending the lighthouse and raising families in dedicated self-sufficiency. Following your visit to the lighthouse, re-boarding your vessel for the return to the pier.

    This tour will operate rain or shine. Rose Island is exposed to weather; wear comfortable non-slip footwear, and a windbreaker or rain jacket. There is approximately one hour of walking involved in this tour at a leisurely pace.

    Tour code

    NPT_010

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Newport Food & Wine Festival

    The Newport Wine & Food Festival is the sell-out wine tasting event of the year on Rhode Island!

    Newport Food & Wine Festival

    Enjoy an afternoon at the Newport Food & Wine Festival, an event that attracts top wineries and chefs from around the world. Your VIP ticket will allow you early access to make the most of your time at the event.

    You’ll be transferred from the pier to the opulent Marble House estate, built by William K Vanderbilt. The festival takes place on the idyllic Marble House lawn, which offers lovely views across the Atlantic Ocean. Meander at your leisure amongst marquees filled with fabulous wines from around the world. The festival also hosts culinary demonstrations, lively discussions and tasty food samples.

    You’ll have around 2½ hours to enjoy what’s on offer, before returning to the ship.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The closing date for bookings is 6th July 2017, after which time tickets will be non-refundable. One ticket per person must be booked. This event operates come rain or shine. Participants must be aged 21 years and over. Guests will be required to walk and stand at the festival. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. This tour includes a local guide, transportation and a VIP entrance ticket. It does not include entrance to Marble House. Please remember US dollars for purchases. Guests may be required to take a short walk from the coach parking to the festival entrance.

    Tour code

    NPT_015

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4¼ hours

  • The Vanderbilt's Newport

    The nouveau rich Vanderbilt family built Newport’s most elaborate ‘summer cottages’. Here’s your chance to see two of the best.

    The Vanderbilt's Newport

    You will gain a sense of the lavish lifestyle from a bygone era as you drive along the famed Bellevue Avenue.

    Marble House is one of the most opulent estates in America. Built by William K Vanderbilt in 1892, it features more than 500,000 square feet of white marble and was built as a ‘Temple of the Arts’. Enjoy exploring the public rooms and stroll around the grounds of the Chinese Tea House, perched on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

    Designed for Cornelius Vanderbilt II, ‘The Breakers’ described as one of the grandest Newport cottages, is an Italian Renaissance palace. It's most opulent and magnificent feature is the Grand Hall. The Music Room was originally constructed in France from beautifully carved stone and marble and re-assembled here. Large glass doors on the first floor open out onto a spectacular panoramic view of the cliff and ocean.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Due to the popularity of the Newport mansions, you may experience some queuing. The itinerary may operate in reverse order. Non flash photography is permitted at the mansions, however tripods and selfie sticks are not permitted. Exterior photographs are permitted at both mansions with all devices. This tour involves negotiating some stairs at the mansions. The internal visit is conducted by personal audio headset.

    Tour code

    NPT_003

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3¾ hours

  • Doris Duke's Mansion at Rough Point

    Enjoy the exquisite fine arts and fabulous furnishings at Rough Point Mansion, the former home of Doris Duke.

    Doris Duke's Mansion at Rough Point

    Perched on a dramatic windswept promontory overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Rough Point Estate finely preserves the memory of Newport's elaborate Gilded Age.

    In 1922, James Duke, the founder of fortunes in electric power and tobacco and the namesake of Duke University, purchased Rough Point, a vast English manor house built by Frederick W Vanderbilt. Upon his death in 1925, his only child, Doris, inherited his enormous legacy. Duke is perhaps most well known for her philanthropy but also for her high living and eccentricities. Doris had a keen eye as a collector and followed this passion throughout her life. Her home is filled with artists’ work such as Renoir, Van Dyck, Joshua Reynolds, as well as artisans from the Ming Dynasty. Upon her passing in 1993, she bequeathed the estate to the Newport Restoration Foundation, an organisation she had founded to help preserve Newport's architectural heritage. Today the estate remains virtually unchanged since her death.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour has limited places and early booking is advised. The guided tour of the manor house takes approximately 1½ hours. Guests are required to stand as no seating is available.

    Tour code

    NPT_011

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    2 hours

  • Scenes of Newport

    Sit back and relax and enjoy all the sights of the city without leaving the comfort of your coach.

    Scenes of Newport

    This is the perfect way to capture a taste of Newport’s rich history and beautiful coastal scenery. Your orientation takes you past the city’s most important historical sites of the colonial period and Newport’s most famous landmarks, including Trinity Church, said to be based on the designs of Christopher Wren and Redwood Library, which is believed to be the oldest continuously used library building in the US. You will also pass the gothic Church of Saint Mary’s where Jacqueline Bouvier married Senator John F Kennedy.

    Make sure you have your camera to hand, as you journey along the world famous Ten Mile Ocean Drive renowned for its rugged beauty and spectacular coastline. A visit to Newport would not be complete without a drive down Bellevue Avenue, where society’s millionaires built their famous ‘summer cottages’. You will pass by the palatial mansions of the Astors, Vanderbilts, and Morgans, many of which have been beautifully restored to their original splendour by the Newport Preservation Society.

    This excursion will operate by coach. This is purely a sightseeing tour and no stops will be made. The tour duration allows for heavier traffic conditions that can sometimes be experienced along Ocean Drive and Bellevue Avenue. If less traffic is experienced the tour duration may be shorter. .

    Tour code

    NPT_001

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    1½ hours

  • Schooner Sail

    Sail away on an 80-foot schooner and enjoy the lovely coastline surrounding Newport.

    Schooner Sail

    Newport has played host to some of the world’s major sailing events and is often referred to as the sailing yacht capital of the world. Discover why this coastline is the ideal place to enjoy a leisurely sail.

    Your guide will meet you at the pier for a walk to Bowen’s Wharf, where you’ll step aboard the Adirondack II, an impressive 80-foot sailing schooner. Sit back and relax amongst the mahogany trim and teak decks as your crew raise the sails and you set off.

    Admire the surrounding scenery as you head through Newport Harbour, passing by Fort Adams and down the east passage of Narragansett Bay as far as Castle Hill Inn, before turning around and sailing back. Look out for interesting landmarks such as Hammersmith Farm, the former Summer White House of John F Kennedy. Your Captain and crew will regale you with stories and historical facts of the area, and for those who wish to, may have a go at steering under the Captain’s watchful eye!

    During your sail, a glass of Mimosa, wine or beer will be served.

    This excursion will operate on foot and by schooner. The walk to Bowen’s Wharf is approximately 15 minutes over relatively flat ground. Flat, comfortable non-slip shoes are essential. A degree of agility is required to board the boat. Please wear the appropriate clothing according to the weather. The time spent on the schooner is around 1½ hours. Toilet facilities are available on board the boat. Adirondack II may be substituted with an alternative boat. This is not a hands-on sailing tour however guests may have the opportunity to try their hand at steering the boat if they wish.

    Tour code

    NPT_013

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2 hours

  • Newport Land & Sea

    Capture the highlights of charming Newport and cruise onboard a classic wooden motor vessel for a relaxing harbour tour.

    Newport Land & Sea

    Your tour begins with a drive along the Ten Mile Ocean Drive offering you spectacular views of Newport’s rugged southern coastline and the famous Bellevue Avenue, where you can view fabulous ‘summer cottages’ of the rich both past and present. As you travel through Newport’s colonial district, you will see Trinity Church, the Tennis Hall of Fame and Redwood Library. You will also pass the Gothic-influenced Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, where Jacqueline Bouvier wed Senator John F Kennedy in 1953.

    Afterwards, it’s onto the water to experience the spirit and feeling of the Vanderbilt lifestyle aboard M/V Gansett, a beautifully restored classic wooden vessel. During your relaxing 1¼ hour harbour tour you will learn all about Newport and why this scenic harbour is recognised as ‘The Yachting Capital of America.’ As you sail the calm waters of this picturesque and historic seaport, your guide will point out the major landmarks close to the shoreline.
    <>br> A wonderful experience to see Newport, by land and sea.

    This excursion will operate by coach, motor vessel and on foot. Guests are advised that conditions on the water can change and extra layers of clothing are recommended. The order of highlights may vary.

    Tour code

    NPT_009

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    2¾ hours

  • Grand Mansions of Newport

    Explore one of Newport’s magnificent mansions, with over 250 years of social and architectural history.

    Grand Mansions of Newport

    Driving through Newport, have your camera ready as you pass by the restored homes and historic buildings of the 1700s in colonial Newport.

    Enjoy a fabulous opportunity to explore one of the area’s most sumptuous palaces. Dependent on the day, you will visit either ‘The Elms’ or ‘Rosecliff’; both are fine examples of the opulent lifestyle of Newport society. Marvel at the endless blanket of green lawns, manicured gardens and the unbroken horizon of blue sky that form a spectacular backdrop for these grandiose residences.

    Enjoy a leisurely scenic drive along the world famous Ten Mile Ocean Drive and Bellevue Avenue, admire the awesome palatial ‘cottages’ that hug the coastline and take in the rugged beauty of Newport’s spectacular southern scenes.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Due to the popularity of the Newport mansions, you may experience some queuing. Highlights of the tour may operate in reverse order. Non flash photography is permitted at the Elms, however tripods or selfie sticks are not permitted. Exterior photographs are permitted at both mansions with all devices. Guests are advised that there are some steps and stairs to negotiate during this tour. At the Elms there is a short walk from the parking area to the mansion house. Internal guiding may be done in person by a guide or audiotape; on some occasions visits are self-guided.

    Tour code

    NPT_002

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    2¾ hours