Newport, Rhode Island

In the 19th century, Newport was America's Versailles. It was here that the great merchant princes and robber barons of the Gilded Age erected the elaborate summerhouses they so ingenuously dubbed "cottages." At the height of its splendor, a Newport season was a giddy whirl of grand fêtes, yacht races and elaborate beach picnics for assorted Vanderbilts, Astors and Morgans. Today, it is the privileged traveler who marvels at the splendor of great mansions like The Breakers, The Elms, or Rosecliff. Gone are the days when "Tessie" Oelrichs, one of Newport's fabled hostesses, had 12 skeleton ships anchored offshore and dramatically lit for her legendary "White Ball."

Please Note: Newport is an anchorage port. Transfer from the ship to shore will be via the ship's tender service.
In ports where guests utilize tender boats to go ashore, Princess staff will make every effort to assist but are not allowed to individually physically lift more than 50 lbs. (22kg). Guests requiring physical assistance must travel with an able-bodied companion. With your safety and comfort in mind, the final decision to permit or prohibit passengers from going ashore will be made on each occasion by the ship's Captain.

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Points of Interest

  • The Breakers
  • The Elms
  • Rosecliff
  • Marble House
  • Rose Island Lighthouse
  • Rough Point
  • Cliff Walk
  • Newport's Rocky Coastline
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  • The Breakers

    One of the grandest of all the Newport summer cottages, this Italian Renaissance-style palazzo is a fitting symbol of the Vanderbilt family's place of prominence in turn-of-the-century America.

  • The Elms

    The Berwind family's stunning home, modeled after an 18th-century French chateau, showcases a fine collection of Renaissance ceramics and Oriental Jades and features elaborately landscaped gardens.

  • Rosecliff

    Designed in 1899 to replicate the garden retreat of French kings at Versailles, silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs was a legendary socialite who threw elaborate parties in this magnificent mansion.

  • Marble House

    The Vanderbilt family envisioned this home to be the "Temple of the Arts" in America. This opulent stone palace, inspired by the Petit Trianon at Versailles, was commissioned in 1888.

  • Rose Island Lighthouse

    Overlooking Narragansett Bay, this restored 1869 lighthouse still serves as a navigation aid for sailors and is operated by vacationers who act as "lighthouse keepers" in exchange for accommodations.

  • Rough Point

    Home to heiress Doris Duke until her death in 1993, this Gothic-style estate has remained untouched and offers a personal glimpse into the life of this legendary Newport resident.

  • Cliff Walk

    Stroll along a picturesque mile and a quarter of Newport's famous Cliff Walk, the path between the rocky coastline and the "backyards" of many of Bellevue Avenue's palatial cottages.

  • Newport's Rocky Coastline

    Famous for its seaside beauty, Newport's rugged coastline showcases magnificent views of rocky coves, wind-swept beaches and a yacht-filled harbor seen along the spectacular 10-mile Ocean Drive.

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Newport Colonial Walk

1.5 hours | Newport | NPT-385

Surrender to the timeless charms of Newport during a leisurely walking tour through the heart of the National Registered Historic Landmark District. Marvel at the colonial architecture as you stroll past the Brick Market Museum, Old Colony House, White Horse Tavern, Quaker Meeting House and Touro Synagogue.

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Easy Newport Highlights Scenic Drive

1.5 hours | Newport | NPT-215
  • The Elms
  • Rosecliff
  • Marble House
  • Newport's Rocky Coastline

Discover fascinating Newport on a comprehensive driving tour that orients you to more than 150 points of interest. Travel along 10-Mile Ocean Drive for panoramic views, venture down Bellevue Avenue, home to the "cottages" built during the "Gilded Age," and see landmarks that mark the city's influence on America's history.

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Easy Newport Highlights Scenic Drive (Wheelchair Accessible)

1.5 hours | Newport | NPT-216
  • The Elms
  • Rosecliff
  • Marble House
  • Newport's Rocky Coastline

Discover fascinating Newport on a comprehensive driving tour that orients you to more than 150 points of interest. Travel along 10-Mile Ocean Drive for panoramic views, venture down Bellevue Avenue, home to the "cottages" built during the "Gilded Age," and see landmarks that mark the city's influence on America's history.

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Newport Scenic Drive and Touro Synagogue

2.75 hours | Newport | NPT-205
  • The Elms
  • Rosecliff
  • Marble House
  • Newport's Rocky Coastline

Celebrate Newport's most treasured sights on a fascinating narrated tour. Highlights include Trinity Church and Church of Saint Mary plus a drive down famed Bellevue Avenue, home to The Elms and Marble House. A visit to the Loeb Center offers a look at the roots of America's religious freedoms.

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Grand Mansions & Ocean Scenic Drive

2.75 hours | Newport | NPT-115
  • Newport's Rocky Coastline
  • The Elms
  • Rosecliff

Enjoy a narrated drive through Newport, see the spectacular coastline along 10-Mile Ocean Drive, and take a guided tour of one of Newport's palatial summer cottages.

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Newport Highlights by Land & Sea

2.75 hours | Newport | NPT-600
  • The Elms
  • Rosecliff
  • Marble House
  • Newport's Rocky Coastline

Discover the scenic wonders of Newport by land and by sea! Enjoy a narrated drive through Colonial Newport featuring the spectacular coastline vistas and heritage sights along famed Ocean Drive. Then cruise the city's historic waterways onboard a classic wooden motor vessel on a memorable adventure with wonderful photo opportunities.

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Rose Island Lighthouse & Harbor Cruise

2.5 hours | Newport | NPT-610
  • Newport's Rocky Coastline
  • Rose Island Lighthouse

Take a scenic harbor cruise to tour the restored 1870 Rose Island Lighthouse, see the remains of 200-year-old Fort Hamilton, and enjoy a guided nature walk in a wildlife refuge and bird sanctuary.

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Newport Cliff Walk & The Breakers

3 hours | Newport | NPT-380
  • Newport's Rocky Coastline
  • The Breakers
  • Cliff Walk

Newport is as famous for its coastal beauty as it is for its architectural magnificence. Enjoy both of the city's splendors on a tour that combines a spectacular stroll along the Cliff Walk trail with a visit to The Breakers, one of Bellevue Avenue's most spectacular mansions.

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Best of Newport, The Breakers & Marble House

3.75 hours | Newport | NPT-100
  • The Breakers
  • Marble House

Experience the opulence of the "Gilded Age" when you explore the famed summer homes of America's elite. Newport was the chosen playground for the Vanderbilts, one of America's wealthiest families. Visit two of their palatial mansions, Marble House and The Breakers, and step back in time to this golden era.

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America's Cup Sailing Experience

2 hours | Newport | NPT-820
  • Newport's Rocky Coastline

Discover the thrill of an international yachting competition in this hands-on adventure that puts you on the team! Newport was home to the America's Cup for more than 50 years and you're invited to climb aboard a private vessel and experience an ultimate America's Cup sailing experience.

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LOCAL CONNECTIONS: THAMES GLASS BLOWING EXPERIENCE WITH MASTER GLASS ARTIST

2.25 hours | Newport | NPT-300

Master the ancient art of glassblowing and create a keepsake ornament of your own design at Thames Glass Studio following a coach tour of Newport's historic district and drive along the famous, ten-mile Ocean Drive. (Your glass handy-work will be shipped to your home a few days later).

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