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
Since this is another tender port, I opted for the Princess Excursion. This is a relatively stress free excursion, but there are stairs to climb. I found that there is not enough time to explore this great mansion which is packed with history. We were given a headset with narration which was very easy to follow. Don't miss the Tea House, you get very good view of the shoreline from there.
Provider: Princess Cruises
it was everything they described :-)
Provider: Royal Caribbean International