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Sail Date: September 2015
Love history. Very knowledgable guides. Fun and interesting.
Love history. Very knowledgable guides. Fun and interesting. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
It was a nice tour but when you see one mansion, you have seen them all. Didn't need to see the same homes by land then by sea. It was a slow tour overall and not all that interesting. The tour guide was good, but there isn't ... Read More
It was a nice tour but when you see one mansion, you have seen them all. Didn't need to see the same homes by land then by sea. It was a slow tour overall and not all that interesting. The tour guide was good, but there isn't much to really talk about during the trip. The exciting part was the many dolphins (50?) that were unexpectedly in the bay and swam & jumped around our boat & seemed to enjoy the attention. The captain said it was unusual to see that many in the bay this time of year (Oct.) I was glad I was in the right place at the right time! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
Newport was nice, but tourist shops all over the place. Decided to do my own thing and ordered Uber cars to Castle Hill Inn which was very nice.
Newport was nice, but tourist shops all over the place. Decided to do my own thing and ordered Uber cars to Castle Hill Inn which was very nice. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
Newport was another tender port. Again seas were calm and the process went very smoothly. There was a bit of a wait to reboard but not that bad. NCL staff was handing out water and chowder while waiting on line.
Newport was another tender port. Again seas were calm and the process went very smoothly. There was a bit of a wait to reboard but not that bad. NCL staff was handing out water and chowder while waiting on line. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2014
Have vacationed Rhode Island before and in the Newport area and love it. Decided just to go on the tender and walk around port area. Warning, have to tender in quite aways so takes awhile from ship to dock. Have to obtain a tender ticket ... Read More
Have vacationed Rhode Island before and in the Newport area and love it. Decided just to go on the tender and walk around port area. Warning, have to tender in quite aways so takes awhile from ship to dock. Have to obtain a tender ticket in the morning and given a number to tell when you can go. If you have an excursion ticket you can go down to loading area at any time. If not, you have to get a number. We waited until after breakfast and got number 11. It was noon before we were called. Got off in port and walked around to some of the shops. Had lots of end of season sales. Sat in little park by dock area and had free clam chowder provided by the ship. There must have been and antique car show going on and for over an hour we watched cars go by....we love old cars so were in our glory. Tendering back the lines weren't long and enjoyed watching all the sailboats of all sizes and yachts. Just a beautiful water port and scenery. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2013
A nice place to visit, even if you just walk around. We've been here many times and taken tours. The mansion tours is fantastic, as is the harbor tour.
A nice place to visit, even if you just walk around. We've been here many times and taken tours. The mansion tours is fantastic, as is the harbor tour. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2013
Took the #67 city bus to the cliff walk and explored on our own. Had a wonderful lunch at the Newport creamery in Newport.
Took the #67 city bus to the cliff walk and explored on our own. Had a wonderful lunch at the Newport creamery in Newport. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2012
We tendered into the port and caught a local bus, just a few blocks away. We decided to take the CLIFF WALK on our own. The bus takes you about one block away from it, where you can see the beautiful mansions.The CLIFF WALK was about 1/2 ... Read More
We tendered into the port and caught a local bus, just a few blocks away. We decided to take the CLIFF WALK on our own. The bus takes you about one block away from it, where you can see the beautiful mansions.The CLIFF WALK was about 1/2 mile on paved walkway. The remaining 4 1/2 miles or so, was more of a rock climbing adventure. The elderly English couple, thought it was nothing out of the ordinary, as they had walking sticks, and hiking boots. They were prepared unlike us!The scenery was lovely, as well as the day. Unfortunately we weren't as prepared as our English hikers. The trail was quite strenuous for a non-hiker. Some of the rocky areas involved sitting down on a rock and sliding down. Certainly not what I had expected! I guess I should have researched this more! My husband , who is a runner, had no problems!!My advice is use the restroom before you start and bring along some bottled water as there are no facilities along the way.It is about a mile WALK on pavement to get back to the bus-stop. It took about 15 minutes to get back to the port ,where plenty of shopping is available. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2012
Not much to see if you are not on an excursion other than the tourist shops and waterfront restaurants.
Not much to see if you are not on an excursion other than the tourist shops and waterfront restaurants. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
We did the Cliff Walk. It was quite a walk. You should wear sneakers or hiking boots. Parts of it are ROUGH!! But we managed to finish it. You can see mansions from the walk but many have high shrubbery to prevent you from seeing them ... Read More
We did the Cliff Walk. It was quite a walk. You should wear sneakers or hiking boots. Parts of it are ROUGH!! But we managed to finish it. You can see mansions from the walk but many have high shrubbery to prevent you from seeing them (understandable, I guess). The beaches were not pretty. The one at the end of the Cliff Walk was segregated, one side for the mansion dwellers and the other, smaller side for the public. That was strange to me. There was a lot of history in Newport as well. Doris Duke's mansion as well as other summer homes of famous, wealthy people. We are not really into that so we didn't do an interior tour.They have many specialty shops and high end stores. Souveniers were pricy and we did not get any there. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2012
NEWPORT may have been my favorite port on the route. You absolutely should line up as early as possible for your tender tickets or you will find yourself getting off the ship in the mid afternoon. You have to tender from the middle of ... Read More
NEWPORT may have been my favorite port on the route. You absolutely should line up as early as possible for your tender tickets or you will find yourself getting off the ship in the mid afternoon. You have to tender from the middle of Naraganset Bay to the Newport Waterfront. The captain even extended our departure to 07:30pm because this is a long process. We headed straight to the visitor center and brought a Breakers Plus Ticket which allowed us to See the Breakers plus one other mansion of our choice. This was worth every dime of $25 ticket price. Next we had an absolutely delicious but pricey lobster roll at the Brick Alley Pub. Then we spent $2 each way on the #67 bus to Bellevue Avenue from the bus station behind the visitor center. Hop off at the first stop for the Cliff walk. Enjoy the stunning views as you walk along the Ocean to the Breakers. If you enjoy beautiful Mansions at all, the Breakers is the queen bee of Newport. If this house doesn't make your jaw drop, you numb to beauty. Next we walked the road to tour The Marble House, another gloriously overdecorated Vanderbilt confection that is also very worthwhile. Catch the #67 back from The Marble House or points south or north rather than The Breakers. The buses were full when they got to the Breakers, which always has the biggest crowds. If you are lining up for the tenders around 4:30 pm as we did, expect a wait. Newport is a wonderfully old New England Village with lots of Colonial area houses, and plenty of other worthwhile attractions in town. I wish I had more time here. I understand that Newport may be discontinued from the route because of the tendering logistics. What a shame. No word on what port may be substituted when the Grandeur assumes this route next year. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
Newport was a great place to visit as well. Because of the whale migration, we were a little off the original times of our visit. We were scheduled to arrive in Newport and to begin the tendering process at 12 noon. However, we arrived ... Read More
Newport was a great place to visit as well. Because of the whale migration, we were a little off the original times of our visit. We were scheduled to arrive in Newport and to begin the tendering process at 12 noon. However, we arrived earlier than expected and they started to tender folks at 11:20 am. It went very quickly. I believe our tender was #9 and we were probably on the boat by 11:45. When arriving in the city, the visitor's center is extremely easy to find. We stopped at it and purchased tickets to tour the Breaker's. Cost was quite reasonable and it was a welcome stop as we walked the Cliff Walk in 90+ temperatures. We didn't walk the entire trail because of the ease of getting on and off. We took public transportation ($2 per rider each way) and exited at the 40 steps location. We walked along the trail until the first place to exit and the Breaker's was at the top of the hill. The tour was quite interesting and they were able to handle to multitudes of visitors easily. We then got back on the cliff walk and preceded on it to the southern most tip before exiting (due to impending storms with lightening already in view). The views from the cliff walk were breathtaking. I must admit though that I don't think I fully understood the difficulty in maneuvering the trail until we were on it. Of course, keep in mind we were going absolutely as fast as we could so we could get to the end before the storm hit. The rocks were more difficult than I expected and that they told us at the Visitor's Center they would be. I definitely wouldn't attempt this with flip flops! You could do the first part from 40 steps to the Breaker's exit, but not much more. It's also good to know that there are two large pipes you need to walk through along the way. Unfortunately, on the return back to the visitor's center our trolley had to pass many folks because we were already full. That was the one negative. I believe on ship days at least they should have more public transportation available. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
The port has a lot of souvenir shops and dining choices. We took a public bus to Cliff Walk to see the mansions and to check out the town. It was okay. We then walked back to have lunch and then back to the ship. We think our time was ... Read More
The port has a lot of souvenir shops and dining choices. We took a public bus to Cliff Walk to see the mansions and to check out the town. It was okay. We then walked back to have lunch and then back to the ship. We think our time was better spent enjoying the ship than the port. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
You can rent bicycles ( but it's very hilly!) or you can rent scooters or scooter cars for 2 for about $50 that will get you around town. we did a Segway tour for about $65 per person 2.5 hrs. Beware that while we arrived in port at ... Read More
You can rent bicycles ( but it's very hilly!) or you can rent scooters or scooter cars for 2 for about $50 that will get you around town. we did a Segway tour for about $65 per person 2.5 hrs. Beware that while we arrived in port at 9am, the tendering process for non excursion guests can take several hours. We arrived off tender at about 1130am. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
We walked around a lot. loved the scenery there with all the sailboats and bay to see. plus a lighthouse. Very nice shopping district with a nice sweet shop and got ice-cream/ Wish we would have done a ferry trip to see other ... Read More
We walked around a lot. loved the scenery there with all the sailboats and bay to see. plus a lighthouse. Very nice shopping district with a nice sweet shop and got ice-cream/ Wish we would have done a ferry trip to see other lighthouses but it didn't work out. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2012
Tendering does take a while as the tenders have to slow down to 5 mph. But it's beautiful. The self-guided walking tour of the historic city is very nice (and free!)
Tendering does take a while as the tenders have to slow down to 5 mph. But it's beautiful. The self-guided walking tour of the historic city is very nice (and free!) Read Less
Sail Date: May 2012
This is a tender port, so get up early and get your ticket on deck 4 atrium or you will need to wait a few hours to get off the boat. We had number 20 and got off the boat around 2:00 p.m. (arrived around 11:30) This is a charming ... Read More
This is a tender port, so get up early and get your ticket on deck 4 atrium or you will need to wait a few hours to get off the boat. We had number 20 and got off the boat around 2:00 p.m. (arrived around 11:30) This is a charming seaside town, great shopping. Recommend tour of mansions or walking the ocean cliff walk as well. Great lobster places around Bowen's pier. Most places are busy doing final construction work for the high season and may not be fully ready for folks until later in June. Read Less

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