Yes, children of all ages are welcome onboard. Children 11 and under are $5 off the adult ticket price on both Madelein & RumRunner II. Please note that all children must be fully supervised while onboard, as well as on the dock during boarding and disembarking.
Yes, there are public parking lots on either side of Bannister's Wharf, at the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina and at the Mooring's Restaurant. However, on busy summer days these lots can fill up quickly. The Newport County Convention and Visitor's Bureau offer a larger parking lot which is located on America 's Cup Avenue about a ten minute walk from Bannister's Wharf. For a complete map of Newport public parking please click on this link
Madeleine & RumRunner II are located on Bannister's Wharf, right in the heart of historic down town Newport. Our ticket booth has a dark green awning and is right next to the outdoor patio of the Black Pearl restaurant. For GPS purposes, our official address is 24 Bannister's Wharf, Newport RI 02840. See map here.
Yes, All of our boats have a marine ‘head' or restroom for our guests comfort and convenience.
Please dress accordingly to the weather, as conditions can change rapidly. Keep in mind that the temperatures are lower on water than on land. A light jacket or sweater is usually enough in the spring and fall. During sunny summer days, do not forget to bring sun block and a hat. We suggest shoes with flat soft soles for your own comfort and safety.
We offer complimentary bottled water and other non-alcoholic beverages on all our boats on all trips. Madeleine also offers complimentary champagne and beer during the sunset sail, and Rumrunner II offers complimentary rum punch and beer during the cocktail trips. Mimosas and Croissants are served on Rum Runner II’s Lighthouses & Mimosas cruise. You are more than welcome to bring a snack or a drink in a plastic cup, but unless you have chartered the boat for a private event, coolers with drinks or large spreads of food are not permitted onboard.
We sail on our schedule cruises, rain or shine, unless the Captain decides that the weather conditions are unsafe for our passengers. In such case where we cancel a trip, your ticket is fully refundable. Should you decide to cancel and we are still sailing, please call us at least 2 hours prior in order to receive a refund.
Madeleine is a sailing vessel and Rumrunner II is a 1929 classic motor yacht. While Madeleine is more for the sailing experience, RumRunner II is more about the informative and historic tour, as she gets closer to the shoreline and deeper into coves. Both boats offer exception views of Newport Harbor & Narragansett Bay.
Yes. The RumRunner II offers a fully narrated tour on the microphone. Although not formally narrated, between handling the lines and sails, the crew on Madeleine points out the sights and high lights along the way.
Madeleine goes out for 1 ½ hour sails during the day. The sunset sail varies depending on the sunset calendar. During peak season, the sunset sail can lasts for about 2 hours. RumRunner II goes out for 1 ¼ narrated cruises during the day, and 1 hour cocktail cruises in the evening.
Yes, both Madeleine and RumRunner II are available for private charters and can accomodate up to 49 guests. They make the perfect platform for any event such as family reunions, graduation parties, birthday parties, anniversaries, wedding groups, corporate outings or incentive trips. For larger groups, there are several options for sailing in company with several vessels. We can arrange a multi-boat charter for most any size group. For more information and help with planning your private charter, please call 800-395-1343 or 401-835-2409. Or you may e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.