Private Sailing Cruise Aboard The Schooner Aquidneck

Day Trip, Private Tour
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Sail around Newport aboard the Schooner Aquidneck on this private highlights tour and view one of the prettiest harbors in the world and experience the sailing capital of the United States.

Private Sailing Cruise Aboard the Schooner Aquidneck

Sit back and relax or get involved as you sail you through Newport Harbor, into Narragansett Bay and along the shoreline of Newport's picturesque Ocean Drive. This private tour offers unparalleled beauty of two of the most beautiful bodies of water in the world aboard a schooner with billowing sails and extraordinary wood trim.

Be afforded, amazing and picturesque views of the Pell Bridge; Fort Adams, the largest coastal fortification in North America; Clingstone, "the house on a rock" and Hammersmith Farm, the former Summer Whitehouse of President Kennedy. Vintage America's Cup boats, lighthouses, super yachts and weekly races are common sights. No sailing experience is required as the 80-foot schooner was designed to carry guests in safety and provides a smooth, stable and comfortable sail. Teak benches and chair-height cabin tops provide comfortable seating and lounging for everyone. The uncluttered decks and wide beam enable guests to move about with ease.

Our local and very knowledgeable captains and crew know the history of the sights you will pass and will point out the highlights with light, informal commentary. No two trips are exactly alike since the wind and tide vary daily making each outing a unique experience.

Guests are welcome to help raise sails, take the wheel and sail or relax and enjoy the sights. Since we sail in protected waters, the sailing is very smooth. Queasiness, even for our most apprehensive guests, is never an issue.

This private tour is fun for all ages and will make for one of the most memorable days you can have with your family, friends or small group. Book now and enjoy an exciting schooner sail in Newport aboard Aquidneck.

Please Note: This boat can accommodate a maximum of 49 guests. No children under the age of six years old are allowed. Guests are permitted to bring food and drink onboard the vessel, no hard alcohol will be permitted.

WEATHER POLICY: This tour will operate in moderately inclement weather conditions. Tour operator will not cancel a charter due to intermittent rain, light to medium fog, cool or overcast conditions. Rain ponchos are kept onboard in the event of a passing shower. We suggest all guests bring attire appropriate for going out on the water in less than optimal conditions. Tour operator, reserves the right to cancel a sail due to heavy sustained rain, lightning, high winds, rough seas, imminent severe weather approaching or other conditions which the company considers dangerous. Dockside radar will be used as an aid in determining whether to depart or to continue a charter. The final decision to sail resides with the tour operator.

Decisions to sail will be based on real-time, actual conditions at departure time, not on forecasts. Weather conditions in Newport can change rapidly. Therefore, a decision to cancel a charter because of the weather is rarely made until 30 minutes to departure time.

About Shore Excursions Group
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Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.

We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.

Our Approach
We believe quality service is not only highly valued by customers, but ultimately leads to better experiences and higher satisfaction. Unlike the cruise lines and other tour companies that rely almost entirely on websites, we encourage customers to call us. We want to invest our time answering your questions, providing input, and selecting the excursions that best meet your needs.

Our Tours
Our goal is to provide customers a wide array of exciting, appealing, and enriching tours. For those customers who prefer to travel in smaller groups with more personalized service, we offer a wide variety of small group tours around the world. These tours generally range in size from 2-12 people compared to larger tours which can number up to 50 people. While exploring the destinations and ports on this website, feel free to search for these "Small Group Tours". For those customers interested in private tours, we offer many outstanding excursions that allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your tour. Search for "Private Tours" if you are interested in this experience. Our "Scenic" tours provide up close and personal access to some of the most spectacular natural environments on Earth from majestic glaciers in Alaska to spectacular reefs in the Caribbean. Our "Cultural" tours allow customers to experience local customs, entertainment and culinary delights ranging from tribal dances in Alaska to an outstanding local meal in Santorini, Greece. Our "Active" tours offer a multitude of exciting and adventurous ways to experience our destinations. Our customers can kayak the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, hike to a spectacular waterfall in Hawaii, or bicycle through quaint villages in France. Our "City" tours allow travelers to see the highlights of great cities around the world with unique insights provided by our expert tour guides.

Our People
In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the leading tour guides and tour providers around the globe. We hold our people to very high standards which we measure by our comprehensive Quality Control process and, most importantly, by our customer feedback, which we will actively seek from each of our customers.

Our Owners
Shore Excursions Group is owned by seasoned travel executives possessing extensive experience across many sectors within the travel industry.

Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.

Michael Bonner
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.
Starting At
$48.00 USD
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Active, Scenic, Water/Beach
Tour Duration
1.75 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
Bowen's Wharf
Food/Beverage Provided
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable weather-appropriate clothing, cap, sunglasses, walking shoes and sunscreen. A light jacket or long sleeves may be worn on cooler days.
Guests must be able to walk unassisted up and down five stairs with a handrail to get on and off the boat. Tour is not wheelchair accessible. No children under six years old are permitted.