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

Set out on a journey of discovery normally experienced by local residents with a 90-minute tour of Newport's Historic District, a National Historic Landmark. Learn how over 200 homes and public buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries were saved as you walk past establishments such as the 245-year-old Brick Market, considered one of Newport's architectural treasures. The Old Colony House, built between 1736 and 1739, is the fourth oldest statehouse still standing in the U.S. Over on Marlborough Street stands the White Horse Tavern. Dating back to 1652, it's renowned as the oldest drinking establishment in the U.S. Nearby is the 314-year-old Quaker Meeting House, the oldest house of worship in the state. The country's oldest acting synagogue is the Touro Synagogue, famed for its contribution to America's Bill of Rights. At tour's end return to the square where Hollywood producer-director Stephen Spielberg filmed "Amistad" in 1997.

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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. Board your transportation for a scenic drive through the city. Your narrated tour passes the town's historic section with its many authentic and restored buildings. Continue to the towering Trinity Church with its magnificent Georgian design. See Redwood Library, the oldest lending library in America, and a fine example of Palladian architecture. The beautiful Gothic Church of Saint Mary's is the wedding site of Jacqueline Bouvier and JFK. Your tour continues with a drive along a spectacular stretch of Ocean Drive. You'll enjoy glorious views of Newport's rugged southern coastline as well as a promenade down famed Bellevue Avenue to view the fabulous "summer cottages." Many additional sights are included and at the completion of your tour you may opt to remain in town for independent sightseeing and shopping.

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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. Board your transportation for a scenic drive through the city. Your narrated tour passes the town's historic section with its many authentic and restored buildings. Continue to the towering Trinity Church with its magnificent Georgian design. See Redwood Library, the oldest lending library in America, and a fine example of Palladian architecture. The beautiful Gothic Church of Saint Mary's is the wedding site of Jacqueline Bouvier and JFK. Your tour continues with a drive along a spectacular stretch of Ocean Drive. You'll enjoy glorious views of Newport's rugged southern coastline as well as a promenade down famed Bellevue Avenue to view the fabulous "summer cottages." Many additional sights are included and at the completion of your tour you may opt to remain in town for independent sightseeing and shopping.

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Grand Mansions & Ocean Scenic Drive

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

Your narrated drive through Newport takes in the town's colonial section, including Washington Square, The Tennis Hall of Fame, Trinity Church, and Redwood Library. Drive down Bellevue Avenue, home to fabulous summer cottages, and get a glimpse of the Gothic Church of Saint Mary's where Jacqueline Bouvier wed Senator John F. Kennedy. The highlight of your excursion is a visit to one of the area's palatial summer cottages, either The Elms or Rosecliff. Both are fine examples of Newport's Gilded Age and your knowledgeable guide will share fascinating lore from those bygone days as you explore the magnificent grounds.

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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

Soak up Newport's incredible 376-year history with a half-day tour that begins with a drive past Trinity Church. Built in 1726, it's the state's oldest Episcopal parish. Further on is Church of Saint Mary's, completed in 1852. Journey along magnificent coastal scenery and down Bellevue Avenue, home of palatial mansions called "summer cottages" by the wealthy. One of the first residences you'll see is The Elms, completed in 1901 at a cost reported at approximately $1.4 million. Another eye-popping sight is Marble House, built between 1888 and 1892 for the Vanderbilts at a cost of $11 million. Drive past the 1902 Rosecliff and stop at the John L. Loeb, Jr. Visitors Center at Touro Synagogue, the oldest acting synagogue in the U.S. After a presentation explore the Loeb Center; later, you can remain in town for independent sightseeing and shopping or return to the tender pier via transportation.

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Newport Highlights by Land & Sea

2.75 hours | Newport | NPT-600
  • The Breakers
  • Cliff Walk
  • Newport's Rocky Coastline

Discover the scenic wonders of Newport by land and by sea! Board your transportation for a panoramic drive through Newport. Your narrated tour passes the town's historic section with its many authentic and restored buildings. See Trinity Church with its magnificent Georgian design, the Redwood Library, the oldest lending library in America, and the Church of Saint Mary's, where Jacqueline Bouvier wed John Kennedy in 1953. A drive along a spectacular stretch of Ocean Drive affords glorious views of Newport's rugged southern coastline as well as famed Bellevue Avenue to view the fabulous summer cottages. After your land portion, you will board your cruising vessel. Experience the spirit of the Vanderbilt lifestyle aboard the "M/V Gansett," a restored classic wooden vessel. During your relaxing harbor tour you will learn more about Newport and your guide will point out major landmarks in "The City By The Sea."

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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 stroll along the Cliff Walk trail with a visit to The Breakers, one of the most spectacular mansions. Resplendent with wildflowers, colorful birds, and interesting geology, Cliff Walk is a scenic stretch that takes you between Newport's rocky coastline and the "backyards" of many palatial cottages. Along the way, your guide will share stories of America's "Gilded Age." Upon arrival at The Breakers, you are immediately struck by the grandeur of the property. Designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt for Cornelius Vanderbilt II, this Italian Renaissance palace was completed in 1895. The interiors are spectacular and the grounds are populated with mature trees. At the conclusion of your tour, your transportation will return you to the tender pier.

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Doris Duke's Mansion at Rough Point

2 hours | Newport | NPT-110
  • Rough Point

Explore Rough Point, the exquisite English Manor home of legendary Newport resident and heiress Doris Duke. A guided tour of the property reveals priceless treasures, spectacular grounds, lush gardens and sweeping ocean views. Board your transportation for a scenic drive to the Rough Point estate. Built by Frederick W. Vanderbilt in 1889 on a windswept promontory overlooking the Atlantic, Duke's father purchased the home in 1922 from the widow of railroad magnate William Leeds for less than $200,000. He then spent $700,000 enlarging the house to 105 magnificent rooms. Preserved with Duke's original furnishings, the home showcases her extraordinary collection of European art, French furniture, Turkish carpets and Chinese artifacts. What sets this tour apart is that until 1993, Duke occupied the home, and the rooms feel very real and lived-in. Although opulent, there is a sense of hominess. A scenic drive back to port completes the day.

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Rose Island Lighthouse & Harbor Cruise

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

Take a relaxing harbor cruise through Narragansett Bay en route to the restored 1870 Rose Island Lighthouse. Enjoy panoramic views of Newport's legendary rocky coastline and lively commentary by your captain, who will point out important landmarks en route to the Rose Island. Explore the functioning beacon and living museum for an opportunity to learn how lighthouse keepers live and work. Built on Rose Island during the Revolutionary War, Fort Hamilton protected Newport from attack until the end of WWII. Today it is a wildlife refuge and home to a host of migrating birds. When you complete your exploration of this scenic area, the cruise vessel will bring you back to the pier.

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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 summer homes of the legendary Vanderbilt family. Board your transportation for a scenic drive through the historic section of Newport en route to the Breakers, the most-visited attraction in Newport. Designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt for Cornelius Vanderbilt II, this Italian Renaissance palace was completed in 1895 in less than three years at a cost of approximately 7 million dollars, which would be over $200 million today! The Grand Hall boasts 50-foot ceilings and is the largest room in any Newport mansion. You will also visit the magnificent Marble House. Built by William K. Vanderbilt for his wife Alva's birthday in 1892, it features more than 500,000 square feet of white marble and was intended as Vanderbilt's "Temple of the Arts." The grounds include a Chinese Tea House overlooking the Atlantic. Return to the pier via your transportation.

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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 for an ultimate sailing experience! A short walk from the tender pier brings you to the dock of America's Cup winners and contenders from the 1950s through the 1970s. Step aboard your private vessel and join the crew who show you the workings of this America's Cup 12 Meter Yacht. Don't worry about your level of experience: your crew will match you to the job that best suits your ability, or you can simply relax and watch. The course is designed to highlight Newport's coastal scenery and picturesque Narragansett Bay. Enjoy views of such famous sites as the stately lighthouses, Newport Bridge and the lavish estates including Hammersmith Farm, Jacqueline Kennedy's family home and the summer White House for JFK.

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LOCAL CONNECTIONS: THAMES GLASS BLOWING EXPERIENCE WITH MASTER GLASS ARTIST

2.25 hours | Newport | NPT-300

Discover the manmade and nature made beauty of Newport beginning with a scenic drive that showcases the historic district of Colonial, Federal, and Victorian homes, many of which are designated National Historic Sites. Watch for Trinity Church, Redwood Library, and the Gothic Church of St. Mary, where Jacqueline Bouvier married then-Senator John F. Kennedy. Continue along the famous Ocean Drive and enjoy spectacular views of the rocky coastline and the opulent mansions of the Vanderbilt, Astor and Morgan families. You'll have the opportunity to create your own piece of beauty when you arrive at the Thames Glass Studios. Once inside, you'll meet local glass artist master Matt Buechner who'll share his secrets and step-by-step instructions to making a keepsake ornament. Each finished piece must be placed in an oven so that it can cool gradually over two days to ensure it won't crack and will be shipped to your home.

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