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Sail Date: September 2009
Charming community, beautiful old mansions. You can ride the free bus and/or walk around on your own, as well as visit the mansions on your own. We opted to do a ship tour to Doris Dukes mansion ~ spectacular place!
Charming community, beautiful old mansions. You can ride the free bus and/or walk around on your own, as well as visit the mansions on your own. We opted to do a ship tour to Doris Dukes mansion ~ spectacular place! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
We took a city bus RIPTA #67, $1.75 ea way or $5 day pass, to the Bellevue Ave mansions where we bought a ticket and toured Marble House ($11 pp). Packages are available if you wish to tour more than one mansion. Then we walked a portion ... Read More
We took a city bus RIPTA #67, $1.75 ea way or $5 day pass, to the Bellevue Ave mansions where we bought a ticket and toured Marble House ($11 pp). Packages are available if you wish to tour more than one mansion. Then we walked a portion of the famous cliffwalk along the bay and caught a bus back to town for lunch and looking around. It was very easy and relaxing to make our own way without the time restraints or cost of an actual tour. Bus drivers were very helpful. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
We tendered into Newport which was very easy to do. We did the all day city bus pass for $5 each and did the Cliff Walk on our own for about 1.5 miles by the Breakers mansion(cottage). Very beautiful scenery. Lots of sailing yachts in the ... Read More
We tendered into Newport which was very easy to do. We did the all day city bus pass for $5 each and did the Cliff Walk on our own for about 1.5 miles by the Breakers mansion(cottage). Very beautiful scenery. Lots of sailing yachts in the port to see.   Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
Took city bus #67 up to cliff walk. Had sunny day and enjoyed the views. Went to the Beechwood estate. Walked the cliff walk behind that area as well. Unfortunately was not able to get the city bus back to the harbor. Waited an hour. ... Read More
Took city bus #67 up to cliff walk. Had sunny day and enjoyed the views. Went to the Beechwood estate. Walked the cliff walk behind that area as well. Unfortunately was not able to get the city bus back to the harbor. Waited an hour. Walked back and did not see any city bus along the way. Since that walk took about an hour did not explore the harbor area. It was very busy with an Irish festival and Labor Day weekend visitors. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
What a great port! We toured two Vanderbilt estates -- the Marble House and the Breakers. That was four hours of walking, but worth it. The Newport Historical Society does a magnificent job of creating an audio tour. We found it engrossing ... Read More
What a great port! We toured two Vanderbilt estates -- the Marble House and the Breakers. That was four hours of walking, but worth it. The Newport Historical Society does a magnificent job of creating an audio tour. We found it engrossing and very well done. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
We did not go ashore as my wife and I were not feeling well. We had been to Newport before and toured some of the mansions which was very interesting. It's amazing to see how the much money people will spend to try and outdo each ... Read More
We did not go ashore as my wife and I were not feeling well. We had been to Newport before and toured some of the mansions which was very interesting. It's amazing to see how the much money people will spend to try and outdo each other.   Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
Taking a tender to the shore went very smoothly. We took a shore excursion to visit Marble House and The Breakers. We enjoyed seeing both mansions. We had planned to spend the remainder of the afternoon walking around town. When we ... Read More
Taking a tender to the shore went very smoothly. We took a shore excursion to visit Marble House and The Breakers. We enjoyed seeing both mansions. We had planned to spend the remainder of the afternoon walking around town. When we arrived back at the docks, the line for tenders was so long that we forgot about walking around town. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
Newport, Rhode Island - The day was bright and sunny. We went to the information center (a 5 - 10 minute walk from where the tender drops you off) and bought tickets for Bus 67. The info center is located on America's Cup Ave. You ... Read More
Newport, Rhode Island - The day was bright and sunny. We went to the information center (a 5 - 10 minute walk from where the tender drops you off) and bought tickets for Bus 67. The info center is located on America's Cup Ave. You can ask anyone at the dock and they can point you in the right direction. The bus leaves from the info center and it took us to the Breakers and then the Marble House. You will receive a map and can get off and on at the appropriate stop, according to where you want to go. The cost to do two mansions was $23 (We purchased tickets at the info center but you can purchase them at the mansion). The ship's tour cost much more. Both mansions were very nice but I think we liked Marble House better. The self-guided audio about the family that lived there was a bit more interesting and unique. Also, we had time to walk some of the Cliff Walk and ate lunch at a hotel on the Cliff Walk. The tender ride is short and very pretty. Great day. Loved this port. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
Nice. We were familiar with the port previously so we didn't take any tours. We just walked around and rode a bus to check out the sights and the homes. We had toured before, so this was not a new port for us.
Nice. We were familiar with the port previously so we didn't take any tours. We just walked around and rode a bus to check out the sights and the homes. We had toured before, so this was not a new port for us. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
Great town, very compact. Again, no need to pay for an expensive tour. When you disembark from the tender, go left and walk 1 block to the Visitor information center. Behind that you can catch the City Bus for $5.00 and hop on or off at ... Read More
Great town, very compact. Again, no need to pay for an expensive tour. When you disembark from the tender, go left and walk 1 block to the Visitor information center. Behind that you can catch the City Bus for $5.00 and hop on or off at any stop. It goes to all of the major mansions and you can buy a ticket in front of the mansion you choose to tour. Nice shopping area's Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
Newport is a lovely looking place but if you read all the signs on the buses and billboards it must have a huge drug problem.There seemed the be signs everywhere about rehab clinics and domestic violence. I didn't see any evidence of ... Read More
Newport is a lovely looking place but if you read all the signs on the buses and billboards it must have a huge drug problem.There seemed the be signs everywhere about rehab clinics and domestic violence. I didn't see any evidence of drugs or violence. It was very strange. The place looked very ivy league. It is interesting to see what can be achieved when money is no object. The homes of the U.S. elite from the early last century are something to see. We did a tour which we booked from the information centre. The staff were very informative and I'm sure that because of them we got the most out of the day. The place was also very clean. Again Great lobster and chowder. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
As for Newport.. if you have seen the Biltmore House in Asheville, these homes will be underwhelming but it is a nice tour. We had great clam chowder at the Black Pearl restaurant ( Banister Wharf). There is A Black Dog shop here as well.... Read More
As for Newport.. if you have seen the Biltmore House in Asheville, these homes will be underwhelming but it is a nice tour. We had great clam chowder at the Black Pearl restaurant ( Banister Wharf). There is A Black Dog shop here as well. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
This was the surprise port for us. I'm not sure what we expected, but everything about Newport was awesome. That morning, the weather was cool and promising, so we rode on top of he boat on the tender ride in. We got lots of great ... Read More
This was the surprise port for us. I'm not sure what we expected, but everything about Newport was awesome. That morning, the weather was cool and promising, so we rode on top of he boat on the tender ride in. We got lots of great photo and video footage of all the sailboats in the harbor. We took the tour of Marble House and the Breakers. Wow! Those people had money and spent it on every last detail of those homes! It was a great tour and our tour guide was very knowledgeable. On the way back it was raining, but we rode atop the boat again, along with a few ship employees, and had some great conversation with them. In all, it was a fun port day! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
This was our first visit to Newport and we were excited about seeing the "cottages"! It was a rainy day but we didn't mind the tender into port. We walked to the Visitor's Center, bought tickets to see 2 mansions- the ... Read More
This was our first visit to Newport and we were excited about seeing the "cottages"! It was a rainy day but we didn't mind the tender into port. We walked to the Visitor's Center, bought tickets to see 2 mansions- the Breakers and Marble House, then walked over to wait for the city bus to take us there. We toured the Marble House first. The earphones are great. What opulance and wealth! The grounds are spectacular as well. Walked back to the bus stop and took the bus to the Breakers. We would had walked had it not been raining. The houses are about a mile apart. We loved the Breakers. Lots of history in both houses. We considered doing a third mansion, but decided to return to the port area and walk around for a while. Lots of interesting shops. Bus transportation was great, and if you're a senior citizen, you pay half price! We're looking forward to returning to Newport another time, either on a cruise or by car from PA. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
Although the weather wasn't cooperating we enjoyed Newport. The 1st tender appeared to be a local and after 15 minutes of trying to tie up, they gave up and herded us down to midship to board a Celebrity tender. Finally reaching land, ... Read More
Although the weather wasn't cooperating we enjoyed Newport. The 1st tender appeared to be a local and after 15 minutes of trying to tie up, they gave up and herded us down to midship to board a Celebrity tender. Finally reaching land, we stumbled around a bit thinking we could pick up the public bus to the mansions anywhere. We were directed back to the visitor's center / bus terminal. There we picked up all day passes and some directions to a drug store to buy a curling iron since my better half had not only forgotten but left plugged in back home. The 10 minute ride to the Breaker's on Bus #17 was garbled with an occasional grunt from the bus driver about what we were passing. I shouldn't have expected more. How they tolerate us tourists is beyond me. The bus dropped us right outside the Breaker's and we got right in after buying tix at the gate. The individual head sets were great although anybody who didn't have them and talked alot during the tour was distracting. After a nice 45 minute tour of the opulence of the Vanderbilt's we found our way to the Cliff Walk which would have been nicer in better weather. I originally had intentions of walkig most of the 6+ miles of Cliff Walk but ended up only doing about 45 minutes. The next exit was over a mile and we had seen enough. We made our way back to the street and easily caught another bus. We might have had time for another mansion but it would have been pushing it and besides, we were on a mission to purchase a curling iron. The lines back at the dock were a little long but moved well when a tender was available. I would recommend seeing the mansions and Cliff Walk and hope you have better weather. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
The weather was bad so we choose not to do much. Saw Touro Synagouge - very interesting. Did not did to see mansions or Cliff Walk :-( becuase it was wet in the AM and I have a new hip (fear or slipping). I would be very, very happy to ... Read More
The weather was bad so we choose not to do much. Saw Touro Synagouge - very interesting. Did not did to see mansions or Cliff Walk :-( becuase it was wet in the AM and I have a new hip (fear or slipping). I would be very, very happy to go back again. Those who did/saw more loved it. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
Tendered to port. Not much to do on a rainy morning but we moseyed around the fish docks and in a few shops. A truly beautiful port - magnificent mansions and a great cliff walk way. Renting the segways was a blast and very easy to master. ... Read More
Tendered to port. Not much to do on a rainy morning but we moseyed around the fish docks and in a few shops. A truly beautiful port - magnificent mansions and a great cliff walk way. Renting the segways was a blast and very easy to master. I wish to return for an extended land trip in the off season. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
Newport is fabulous when the weather is nice. However, on our cruise the weather was miserable - cold and rainy. Again, this is a wonderful walking town and a must is a visit to the mansions. Also, if you really like a good walk, go to the ... Read More
Newport is fabulous when the weather is nice. However, on our cruise the weather was miserable - cold and rainy. Again, this is a wonderful walking town and a must is a visit to the mansions. Also, if you really like a good walk, go to the Cliff Walk which runs along the ocean and behind the mansions. There a many many great restaurants in Newport and it's hard to go wrong. The Black Pearl is one of my favorites. We had to tender in Newport and seeing the ship at night in the distance was a treat. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
Newport was beautiful. Not that much to do. If you have seen the Breakers and Cliff Walk, there is not much else. I would have preferred another day in Bermuda.
Newport was beautiful. Not that much to do. If you have seen the Breakers and Cliff Walk, there is not much else. I would have preferred another day in Bermuda. Read Less

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