Newport's Marble House, built in 1892 by for William and Alva Vanderbilt, features a dazzling Chinese tea house facing the sea and is one of the most extravagant waterfront estates in America.
The house is fabulous. Having read the book, Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt, I was interested in seeing the house that Alva designed and where she plotted her daughter's loveless marriage to the Duke of Marlborough.
There is a small snack bar on the premises, which is important if your excursion runs straight through lunch as ours did.
Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
it was everything they described :-)
Provider: Royal Caribbean International