Yacht Rum Runner

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Enjoy a breathtaking classic motor yacht tour of Newport Harbor and relive the speed and thrill of the chase of the smuggler boats from the days of Prohibition. Yacht Rum Runner II was built in the 1940’s and is very similar to those built during the height of Prohibition.  Today she now offers the luxury of a classic motor yacht and the intrigue you would imagine of a high-speed bandit with a history all her own. This vessel is 58 feet and can take up to 49 passengers. Aboard Rum Runner II, you will cruise by Newport mansions and former speakeasies, lighthouses, islands, and many other points of interest along the waterfront. This restored Elco motor yacht carries you swiftly and safely through the local waters of Newport on an adventurous sightseeing cruise. Originally powered with three Liberty aircraft engines, she has been re-powered with twin turbo-charged 350HP Caterpillar Marine Diesels, to ensure your Newport Harbor experience is both thrilling and comfortable. Rum Runner II is a comfortable motor yacht with a covered area aft for guests to get out of the sun and enjoy the tour given by our talkative crew. They will enlighten you to many of the interesting stories of the houses and the people who occupied them back in the day.

Smuggler’s Cocktail Cruise

Join us for this Newport Cocktail Cruise! This cruise on our motor yacht is a leisurely 60-minute cruise along the waterfront in Newport Harbor. Then we’ll pick up the speed out on the bay and work our way down the coastline to Castle Hill at the entrance into Narragansett Bay. While extremely scenic it is not a fully narrated tour. This cruise includes complimentary Rum Punch!  Do keep in mind that weather conditions can change rapidly and that temperatures are lower on the water than on land. Please dress accordingly.

  Depart: Bowens Wharf   Boat: Yacht Rum Runner   Cost: Adult $50 | Senior $48

Lighthouse and Mimosa Cruise

Our newest and fast becoming one of our most popular cruises. The captain and crew will take you on a 75-minute motor boat ride highlighting 5 different lighthouses at the southern end of Narragansett Bay. While we do point out a few other points of interest, this cruise focuses primarily on lighthouses. We’ll also have some light music in the background while we move around between lighthouses.  For your convenience, a public restroom is available on board. Please keep in mind that this is an outdoor activity. Please dress according to the weather. Reservations are highly suggested, particularly on weekends. This cruise includes complimentary Mimosas! 

  Depart: Bowens Wharf   Boat: Yacht Rum Runner   Cost: Adult $45 | Seniors $42 | Children $35

East Coast Passage Express

Join us for a Newport sightseeing boat tour! This is a great cruise on our motor yacht to get an overview of Newport’s waterfront and the history on many of the points of interest. Rum Runner II was built in the 1920s as an original rum smuggler during the height of prohibition. While back in the 1930s she was outrunning the Coast Guard, today she is a Coast Guard inspected vessel that will take you on a safe and scenic passage through Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. The East Passage Express is approximately 75 minutes long and includes a formally narrated tour. We’ll take you up close along the shoreline for some breathtaking views of a number of private estates and Fort Adams.  Remember that weather conditions can change rapidly, and temperatures are generally 10 degrees lower on the water. Please dress accordingly. Sunscreen and a hat are suggested when sitting on deck. Don’t forget to bring a camera! If you want to be guaranteed a seat on board, please reserve ahead – particularly on weekends.

  Depart: Bowens Wharf   Boat: Yacht Rum Runner   Cost: Adults $40 | Seniors $37 | Children $35

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