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Cruises to Newport

Newport (Photo:Enfi/Shutterstock)

About Newport

A stop at Newport makes for a great day ashore. There are simply so many dimensions to enjoy, from the well-known Gilded Age mansions to a Historic District that is one of the best preserved Colonial neighborhoods in the United States, boasting more than 200 structures that predate the American Revolution.

Fine early churches like the 1726 Trinity Episcopal Church, the oldest synagogue in North America, historical centers dedicated to tennis and yachting, the nation's oldest library and the largest coastal military fortifications in the U.S. make Newport a fine destination for any history buff. Newport's also an exceptional destination for its famous 3.5-mile Cliff Walk winding between the mansions and the sea, the super-scenic Ocean Drive and Bellevue Avenue, plus several accessible beaches, a magnificent harbor and myriad shops and seafood restaurants along the wharves off Thames Street.

Newport, Rhode Island, has enjoyed a long and complex history. Unlike puritanical Boston, it was a haven for religious freedom, welcoming Quakers and Jews whose meeting house and synagogue are among the historic buildings surviving today. By the 1760s, Newport was one of the five largest ports in Colonial America and was a major exporter, as well as part of the infamous slave trade. Many fine Colonial homes went up during this period, and Newport-made furniture was among the finest in the colonies. The first American Navy was established there in 1775, but this prosperous period ended when the British burned the harbor and fleet, once during the Revolutionary War and again during the War of 1812.

The scenic beauty of the town and its beaches began to attract summer residents. By the late 19th century, Newport had become a mecca for the wealthy. Families like the Vanderbilts and Astors put up opulent palaces by the sea, which they called "cottages," to be used for a feverish six-week summer season that was America's most elaborate social scene. Though wealthy residents remain, that legendary Gilded Age died out with changing times. The mansions, saved and restored by the Preservation Society of Newport County, serve as major tourist attractions drawing millions of visitors each year.

The Navy kept its ties to Newport over the years, and the U.S. Naval War College and Naval Undersea Warfare Center still are headquartered here, but the naval base that had helped support the local economy was closed in 1973. It was after the naval destroyers moved out that the yachts began to move in. The city fathers turned their attention to tourism, the waterfront wharves were restored, shops and restaurants bloomed, and visitors flocked.

With its many assets, Newport has emerged as one of New England's most popular resorts and a major stop for cruise ships, especially during the fall foliage season.

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Caribbean Princess
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14 Night
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Leaving:Quebec City
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Oct 20, 2022
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Leaving:Montreal
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Oct 31, 2022
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Sep 24, 2022
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Oct 1, 2022
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Oct 28, 2023
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Leaving:Baltimore
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Oct 6, 2022
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Leaving:Bayonne
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
May 13, 2022
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Leaving:Bayonne
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
May 23, 2022
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:P&O Cruises
Sep 6, 2022
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Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Oct 21, 2022
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Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Sep 30, 2023
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Leaving:Marseille
Cruise Line:Costa Cruises
Jan 12, 2023
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Leaving:Montreal
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
May 20, 2023
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Leaving:Montreal
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
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Leaving:Dover
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Aug 1, 2023
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Leaving:Montreal
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Oct 11, 2023
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Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
Sep 2, 2022
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Leaving:Quebec City
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Sep 18, 2023
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Why go to Newport?

Pros:

Newport's Gilded Age mansions are a dazzling site

Cons:

During the busy season, you might have to wait in line to visit the more popular mansions

Bottom Line:

History buffs leaf-peepers and seafood-lovers will love this scenic beach town

Newport Cruise Port Facilities?

There's lots to do within an easy walk of the docks in Perrotti Park. Walk along Thames Street (pronounce the "TH" as in the), the harborfront street lined with shops and restaurants. When you see something that interests you on one of the cobblestoned wharves (Bowen's, Bannister's, Perry Mill, Brown and Howard), turn right and go exploring. Find a seat and watch the busy harbor traffic, sailboat races and ferries plying out of Narragansett Bay to Block Island and under the sweeping Jamestown-Newport suspension bridge to Providence.

Good to Know?

You'll find little to worry about in Newport, but as in any popular port, it's best to keep your money stashed out of sight in a secure purse or inside pocket. Leave excess cash in your stateroom safe.

Getting Around?

By Bus and Trolley: Newport offers excellent public transportation for visitors. RIPTA (Rhode Island Transportation Authority) buses and trolleys leave from the visitor center to most of the popular attractions in town, including downtown, the Cliff Walk, beaches and Fort Adams; No. 67 goes to the mansions. All-day passes are available for about $6. Viking Tours offers trolley and bus narrated tours from the center that include scenic drives along Bellevue Avenue and the spectacular Ocean Drive. Tours also can include mansion visits.

By Taxi: Cabs are available at the visitor center. A ride from town to The Breakers, the Vanderbilt mansion, is around $9.

By Boat: From Memorial Day to Columbus Day, you can sightsee by boat from Perrotti Park aboard the Newport Harbor Shuttle, which makes seven stops around the harbor. Riders can get on and off all day for $10.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

ATM machines are available at the visitor information center, one block from the tender dock in Perrotti Park. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Bank of America also has several centrally located ATMs -- at 62 Americas Cup Avenue near Bowens Wharf, 514 Thames Street and 181 Bellevue Avenue.

Language?

English is spoken in Newport.

Where You're Docked?

Most cruise ships anchor in Narragansett Bay off Newport and use tenders to take passengers to Perrotti Park, within easy walking distance of the visitor center and local public transportation as well as shopping.


Newport Cruise Reviews
I’ve been to Newport before and so did not do any excursions. Walked around town after a short tender ride and had a nice lunch. It’s a very walkable town with plenty to see right off the tender even on your... Read More
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SignorinaPinguina
Beautiful little town. Allow extra time to tender. Visit the Newport Vineyards/Taproot Brewery for some tasty food and beverages.... Read More
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kfhintx
I didn't know much about Newport, but the Cliff Walk was gorgeous. We learned a lot of local history just by walking around & reading historical marker signs. The town was adorable.... Read More
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Pixachii
Because we had to tender and it was foggy we couldn't get off the ship until about 1p.m. This limited the amount of time spent in Newport. We took the local bus to the Forty Steps and walked the cliff walk for... Read More
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