Afternoon Cruise with Gansett Cruises in Newport, RI

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From USD 35.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Take in Rhode Island’s scenic shoreline on a scenic sightseeing cruise through Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. Aboard an open-air, fully restored lobster boat, enjoy a narrated tour as you pass Newport and Jamestown harbor fronts, and see landmarks like Fort Adams, Newport Bridge, and the famous Clingstone house. Your afternoon trip includes a Rhode Island-styled refreshment, as well as a cash bar.
  • Explore Rhode Island's scenic shoreline on a sightseeing cruise
  • Get a different perspective as you sail across Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay
  • See iconic landmarks such as Claiborne Pell, Newport Bridge, and Castle Hill
  • Indulge in an included traditional Rhode Island refreshment

What's Included

  • 90-minute Narrated Sightseeing Cruise
  • Live Commentary On-Board
  • Light refreshments
  • Complimentary Dels Lemonade or Coffee Cabinet Milkshake
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Additional refreshments (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 30 Market Square
    30 Market Square, Newport, RI 02840, USA

    Departure Point: Bowen's Wharf Address: Gansett Cruises 2 Bowen's Landing Newport, RI 02840

Start time

02:30 pm

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Arrive early to the launch point at Bowen’s Wharf, where your memorable sightseeing cruise departs at set morning and afternoon hours. (Please see ‘Important Info’ tab for sail times.) Board the lovely MV Gansett and find a comfortable seat in the cabin or on the open deck for a float through Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay's East Passage. Relax and admire unobstructed views of the shoreline and attractions like Fort Adams, Hammersmith Farm, the Kennedy Compound and the fascinating Clingstone ‘House on the Rock’.  

As for refreshments, morning cruisers are offered a complimentary mimosa, freshly-brewed coffee, tea, and juice. Afternoon guests partake in a complimentary offering of regional beverages like Del's Lemonade, Yacht Club soda, and Coffee Cabinets. A cash bar is also available, serving local beers, wines, and hard cider.

Your cruise ends back at the departure point with plenty of time to explore the bayfront.

Fort Adams State Park (Pass By)

Hammersmith Farm (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Strollers and care seats are not allowed on board, but can be stored in the ticket booth.
  • Wheelchair access down the dock to the boat, must be able to manage 3 steps to get on and off the boat. Wheelchair cannot come aboard, it can be stored in the ticket booth. Please advise if assistance is needed.
  • Please dress appropriately to current weather conditions
  • A maximum of 9 people per booking.
  • For your safety please wear soft soled shoes. No heels allowed
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years old
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • All passengers are required to be checked in at the ticket booth 20-25 minutes prior to departure time to receive a boarding pass.
  • Soft soled shoes only. No heels, wedges on board for safety reasons.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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1,240 reviews
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Great narration by host....
BruceP_A, Oct 2022
Great narration by host. Lots of interesting and amusing history in this old port. Comfortable ride and beautiful sites.
A wonderful experience that we would recommend and do again!
Margie_D, Oct 2022
The narration was wonderful! A learning experience for sure! We had a wonderful time! Highly recommended!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you for your review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your cruise with us.
Great time
Barbara_P, Oct 2022
Patrick was a very knowledgeable and lively tour guide! The boat ride was lots of fun. I learned a lot about the area and enjoyed the beautiful scenery.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your cruise with us! Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback.
Fun Newport Harbor Tour Experience!
Greg_S, Oct 2022
The crew on the boat were very accommodating. Patrick our narrator was a wealth of knowledge and personality. The weather was perfect and the boat was comfort. I highly recommend this experience.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
We appreciate your review! Happy to hear that you enjoyed the entire Gansett experience!
Awesome water tour !!
Paul_T, Sept 2022
Awesome trip !! Tremendous trip with beautiful sites and a very knowledgeable and friendly guide !! Let’s do it again !!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you for your review! Come out again any time!
Fun tour!
joanne_s, Sept 2022
Coffee should be free. Diabetics cant have the 2 free sugary drinks offered. We had to pay a lot for hot drinks plus tip.
Response from Host, Sept 2022
Hello, I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed a fun tour but disappointed that you did not get to enjoy an alternative to our Dels Lemonade or Coffee Cabinet. We usually offer coffee or water as an alternative to our complimentary Rhode Island specialties if anyone asks! In order to keep our ticket prices low we offer drink purchases of nonalcoholic from $1-$3 and alcoholic from $5-$7. We hope that you might join us again next time with this in mind! Thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback!
Newport water extravaganza
Lorraine_B, Sept 2022
Great day ! The navigator was terrific.and the narrator was fun! It was a little chilly but they provided blankets.
Kristina_T, Sept 2022
Wonderful day and our tour guide Patrick was amazing! Very relaxing, good beverage and enjoyed with family!
Response from Host, Sept 2022
Hello and thank you for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the trip and Patrick's stories with your family.
Great narration by...
Gina_R, Sept 2022
Great narration by Christopher! We really enjoyed the experience and would do it again! The boat was not rocky at all although the weather could have been better (cold and windy that day).
Response from Host, Sept 2022
We are happy to hear that you enjoyed Christopher's narration- he has been with us for over 10 years! You are one of the brave ones to come out on a cold and windy day! We are hoping for some more warm and calm days before the end of our season :)
Fun voyage
Helen_D, Sept 2022
Patrick and crew were awesome! The refreshments were delicious! Dress warm! I recommend the Gansett voyages!
Response from Host, Sept 2022
Hi Helen, Thank you for your kind review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us aboard Gansett.
Entertaining/Educational Excursion!
Beth_D, Sept 2022
Our guide, Patrick, was very knowledgeable and entertaining. There weren’t many people on the boat, but it took an hour for me to get my glass of wine… which was 30 minutes longer than the passengers who opted for the free drink.
Response from Host, Sept 2022
Hi Beth, Thank you for your review and kind words about our tour guide Patrick. We're sorry to hear that there service you received was sub par. We strive to do our best to serve people in a timely manner. So that we can improve our experience, do you mind letting us know which trip you were on and which day? Thank you in advance!
Kimberley_M, Sept 2022
We are on our honeymoon!! This was a great excursion! We highly recommend it! Beau was fun and entertaining.
Response from Host, Sept 2022
Hi Kimberly, congratulations on getting married and thank you for joining us in your celebrations! We hope to see you again some time!
best trip ever and the...
Jamie_P, Sept 2022
best trip ever and the man speaking was so fun! he did a great job to explain everything we were seeing!
Response from Host, Sept 2022
Hi Jamie, thank you for your review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your cruise with us!
Cute Boat Ride!
Saverio_B, Sept 2022
It was a great trip; I would pair this with a trolley ride. All the mansions you get to see from the front on that, you can see from the water/back on this boat ride! Great narrator & good mimosa!
Excellent tour guide. He...
Lisa_D, Sept 2022
Excellent tour guide. He was knowledgeable and sunny and very engaging. Everyone was extremely pleasant and friendly and welcoming and there was a great deal of knowledge and parted along with some good laughs. Beautiful scenery and a very lovely boat. Perfect way to see Newport.
We love being on the...
Sue_J, Sept 2022
We love being on the water, very relaxing and saw amazing yachts and mansions along the way. Very friendly staff.
Response from Host, Sept 2022
Hi Sue, thank you for your review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your cruise with us and hope to see you again next time.
Great views of Newport!
Jennifer_R, Sept 2022
Great cruise - perfect amount of time. Crew was amazing! I’ve been to Newport many times, but never saw it from the water.
Would recommend!
Dorothy_P, Sept 2022
Patrick did a great job narrating the Cruise. Most impressed by his knowledge of those EXPENSIVE ships!
Great Boat Tour
Ellyn_R, Sept 2022
The entire cruise was a wonderful experience for our entire family. The crew was very pleasant, accommodating, and informative to make this cruise a worthwhile event.
It was a great...
Cheryl_R, Sept 2022
It was a great experience. A very different perspective than the trolley tour. Both were amazing! ..