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Sail Date: September 2011
This was a tender port and no problems. Nice little town. We bought the all day Ripta bus pass for $6 each. Went up to the Breakers mansion and I did the tour while my husband and son walked the "cliffs". We also walked around ... Read More
This was a tender port and no problems. Nice little town. We bought the all day Ripta bus pass for $6 each. Went up to the Breakers mansion and I did the tour while my husband and son walked the "cliffs". We also walked around the town as it was a beautiful, sunny day. Having the pass you can hop on and off all day. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2011
We sailed through a fog bank to Newport with the ship's horn blowing, very eerie! The around 7am it cleared and the sun emerged. We took a tender to shore and walked around the harbour and into the Brick Market shopping area. We ... Read More
We sailed through a fog bank to Newport with the ship's horn blowing, very eerie! The around 7am it cleared and the sun emerged. We took a tender to shore and walked around the harbour and into the Brick Market shopping area. We then walked up to Trinity Church and on to St Mary's Church where John F Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier. On the outside the latter was very plain and we much preferred the white Trinity Church ourselves. The people of Newport were very friendly and chatty and we enjoyed our time there. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2011
Newport was easy to walk around, no need for a tour. There were a lot of gift shops and clothing stores right by the dock. We followed a walking map to the old church, where a lady volunteer gave us a guidebook, and an explanation of some ... Read More
Newport was easy to walk around, no need for a tour. There were a lot of gift shops and clothing stores right by the dock. We followed a walking map to the old church, where a lady volunteer gave us a guidebook, and an explanation of some of the interior. There were notices around the town showing the dates and history of some of the older buildings, with drawings so you were sure which ones they were talking about. We had clam chowder in an Irish pub, and really enjoyed ourselves. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2011
A visit to the church that was the site of the Kennedy wedding, a visit to Trinity Church, and lunch at the White Horse Tavern made our day. Another great city for doing your own thing - walking to see what you want to see.
A visit to the church that was the site of the Kennedy wedding, a visit to Trinity Church, and lunch at the White Horse Tavern made our day. Another great city for doing your own thing - walking to see what you want to see. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2011
You can understand why the rich and famous come here. We just enjoyed the day wandering around.
You can understand why the rich and famous come here. We just enjoyed the day wandering around. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2011
Newport is also a beautiful place. The tours were all sold out before we reserved one, so we walked everywhere when we got to shore. We enjoyed seeing the catholic church where JFK married Jackie in 1953 and also toured one of the mansions ... Read More
Newport is also a beautiful place. The tours were all sold out before we reserved one, so we walked everywhere when we got to shore. We enjoyed seeing the catholic church where JFK married Jackie in 1953 and also toured one of the mansions that was not too far from the cruise terminal. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2011
We had an absolutely wonderful time in Newport, Rhode Island. We had beautiful, sunny weather with warm temperatures. Newport is a quaint little town, with lots of shopping, restaurants, and beauty. It truly was a pleasure to visit this ... Read More
We had an absolutely wonderful time in Newport, Rhode Island. We had beautiful, sunny weather with warm temperatures. Newport is a quaint little town, with lots of shopping, restaurants, and beauty. It truly was a pleasure to visit this seaside gem! We didn't have any excursions planned for Newport, so we took the tender in from the ship and spent a few hours exploring, shopping, and taking pictures. The locals were very nice, the buildings were beautiful, and the harbor was absolutely amazing. Boats everywhere! I wish we had gone on an excursion, because fellow cruise-goers had so many amazing stories about the mansions they visited - as well as the cliff walk! We will definitely take part in some shore excursions next time we are in Newport! Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2011
Newport Rhode Island exuded wealth and class and had a great feel to it
Newport Rhode Island exuded wealth and class and had a great feel to it Read Less
Sail Date: August 2011
A lovely port where we took a Trolley Tour which we had found on the internet. all our ports were DIY and much cheaper than ships tours.
A lovely port where we took a Trolley Tour which we had found on the internet. all our ports were DIY and much cheaper than ships tours. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2011
Little information about Newport was provided on the ship. The tender ride to the pier took about 20 minutes. We discovered a tourist information centre about a five minute walk to the left of the pier. At the information centre we were ... Read More
Little information about Newport was provided on the ship. The tender ride to the pier took about 20 minutes. We discovered a tourist information centre about a five minute walk to the left of the pier. At the information centre we were able to buy a $6.00 all day ticket for the local buses. It was a little confusing as to where the buses travelled, but after asking a couple of bus drivers, we set out on two routes, one heading to the Mansions area and the Cliff Walk and the second bus route terminated at a Walmart shopping centre. If given the chance again, we would probably book a tour/s from the ship. This would be a great port to hire a car and explore on your own, but very little car hire information is available. Doing more research about Newport would make this port a much more enjoyable stay. Newport with its beautiful harbor is a boating paradise! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2011
At 9:00 when we were suppose to leave the ship there was no line for the tender, but by 9:45 when my family finally were ready we had about a 20 minute wait. When we docked, we walked 2 blocks to the visitors center, picked up a map and ... Read More
At 9:00 when we were suppose to leave the ship there was no line for the tender, but by 9:45 when my family finally were ready we had about a 20 minute wait. When we docked, we walked 2 blocks to the visitors center, picked up a map and took the #67 bus to the Breakers at the cost of $2 pp. We did the self guided tour of the Breakers, which was beautiful. We took the #67 bus back to town, and found an Italian restaurant to get a pizza for lunch, then headed to the Touro Synagogue was able to catch the 2:00 tour (given every 1/2 hour), which costs $12 for the tour and house unless you have the Senior National Parks pass and then you and your guests pay $8. It is an interesting tour, although only of the sanctuary of the synagogue and they have a small, but well done museum to tour. We did a bit of shopping and then headed back to the tender at 3:45 and caught the tender without any wait. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2011
We hopped on a city bus and toured the Breakers mansion - Again - I thought that I had no need to tour such a place, and afterwards was very glad that we did. Flo's clamshack - go there - eat clams - become happy
We hopped on a city bus and toured the Breakers mansion - Again - I thought that I had no need to tour such a place, and afterwards was very glad that we did. Flo's clamshack - go there - eat clams - become happy Read Less
Sail Date: August 2011
Bought tickets to see the Newport mansions on the internet from the Newport preservation society. The ticket entitles holder to see up to 5 mansions. Walked a short distance from the dock to the Tourist centre and bought an all day bus ... Read More
Bought tickets to see the Newport mansions on the internet from the Newport preservation society. The ticket entitles holder to see up to 5 mansions. Walked a short distance from the dock to the Tourist centre and bought an all day bus pass for the bus that goes to the mansions. We saw 3 mansions and they were phenomenal. Enjoyed it enormously. We would have seen more but the bus was extremely crowded and passengers at the bus stops complained about the scarcity of the buses. We decided to head back to port after 3 mansions, and a brisk walk along the cliff walk. Do not use the cliff walk to go from 1 mansion to the other unless you are physically fit- the walk sometimes required walking from rock to rock. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2011
We tendered and walked around the shops near the dock. Mostly generic t-shirt stores that can be found in any resort town. A mansion tour probably would have been more interesting.
We tendered and walked around the shops near the dock. Mostly generic t-shirt stores that can be found in any resort town. A mansion tour probably would have been more interesting. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2011
While tendering took a while, very enjoyable day in Newport. Did the Cliff Walk, which was wonderful. Just know that it's pretty rocky towards the western half, which is exciting, and once you're on it there aren't as many ... Read More
While tendering took a while, very enjoyable day in Newport. Did the Cliff Walk, which was wonderful. Just know that it's pretty rocky towards the western half, which is exciting, and once you're on it there aren't as many exits as you might think. So wear sturdy good shoes (hiking boots or sneakers) and allot enough time to get back to the ship if you want to walk the whole route (3.5 miles) and take the public RIPTA bus back ($2 fare). We loved this walk but I was surprised by how many folks were doing it with flip flops or sandals. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2011
Been here before and as always love the area, the sights and the town. Never buy a lot but did browse the excellent history museum, then visited the Truro Synagogue (oldest in North America with a letter welcoming them signed by George ... Read More
Been here before and as always love the area, the sights and the town. Never buy a lot but did browse the excellent history museum, then visited the Truro Synagogue (oldest in North America with a letter welcoming them signed by George Washington to prove it!) and we hit a few antique shops for some odds and ends. The place is less laid-back in season, which this visit was, than our last time in early Spring, but still friendly people everywhere and fair prices. Do avoid the 3 t-shirts for $35 shops near the tender dock and walk down the main street to see and shop the real Newport! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2011
The last port was Newport, RI, and it was my favorite. Newport is gorgeous, and was the closest to a quaint New England town on the whole cruise. The lines for the tenders were very long, I think it took about an hour between the time we ... Read More
The last port was Newport, RI, and it was my favorite. Newport is gorgeous, and was the closest to a quaint New England town on the whole cruise. The lines for the tenders were very long, I think it took about an hour between the time we started waiting until we touched land, maybe more. We got a free map of the town and walked all the way through to the beach by the cliff walk. There is a really cool tower structure in the middle of town, "The Newport Tower" which was built by unknown persons, possibly Vikings according to the docent. The kids loved building sand castles on the beach. We walked along the cliff and toured The Breakers -- summer home/mansion of the Vanderbilts ($20 each for adults, $5 each for childdren.) The audio tour was outstanding and we all enjoyed the Breakers very much, even my husband who doesn't like that kind of thing. We had to catch a city bus back to port ($2/each with a bus stop on the street behind The Breakers). We made it to the ship on the last tender. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2011
Newport is an awesome place and very DIY, we took a tour bus to see the mansions. Was very informative, but equally waste of time since you are better off renting a bicycle, hopping on a local bus for cheap or similar to pass these ... Read More
Newport is an awesome place and very DIY, we took a tour bus to see the mansions. Was very informative, but equally waste of time since you are better off renting a bicycle, hopping on a local bus for cheap or similar to pass these places. There is also a cheap ferry ride right at the port where the tender drops you off, this ferry goes to 5 or 6 different islands, we didn't take it since we were kinda tired after all the walking. The much touted Cliff Walk was "OK", did a partial walk, guess you have to do it since everyone talks about it, personally I should have google map it and skipped it. Read Less

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