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About Newport

A stop at Newport makes for a great day ashore. There are simply so many dimensions to enjoy, from the well-known Gilded Age mansions to a Historic District that is one of the best preserved Colonial neighborhoods in the United States, boasting more than 200 structures that predate the American Revolution.


Fine early churches like the 1726 Trinity Episcopal Church, the oldest synagogue in North America, historical centers dedicated to tennis and yachting, the nation's oldest library and the largest coastal military fortifications in the U.S. make Newport a fine destination for any history buff. Newport's also an exceptional destination for its famous 3.5-mile Cliff Walk winding between the mansions and the sea, the super-scenic Ocean Drive and Bellevue Avenue, plus several accessible beaches, a magnificent harbor and myriad shops and seafood restaurants along the wharves off Thames Street.


Newport, Rhode Island, has enjoyed a long and complex history. Unlike puritanical Boston, it was a haven for religious freedom, welcoming Quakers and Jews whose meeting house and synagogue are among the historic buildings surviving today. By the 1760s, Newport was one of the five largest ports in Colonial America and was a major exporter, as well as part of the infamous slave trade. Many fine Colonial homes went up during this period, and Newport-made furniture was among the finest in the colonies. The first American Navy was established there in 1775, but this prosperous period ended when the British burned the harbor and fleet, once during the Revolutionary War and again during the War of 1812.


The scenic beauty of the town and its beaches began to attract summer residents. By the late 19th century, Newport had become a mecca for the wealthy. Families like the Vanderbilts and Astors put up opulent palaces by the sea, which they called "cottages," to be used for a feverish six-week summer season that was America's most elaborate social scene. Though wealthy residents remain, that legendary Gilded Age died out with changing times. The mansions, saved and restored by the Preservation Society of Newport County, serve as major tourist attractions drawing millions of visitors each year.


The Navy kept its ties to Newport over the years, and the U.S. Naval War College and Naval Undersea Warfare Center still are headquartered here, but the naval base that had helped support the local economy was closed in 1973. It was after the naval destroyers moved out that the yachts began to move in. The city fathers turned their attention to tourism, the waterfront wharves were restored, shops and restaurants bloomed, and visitors flocked.


With its many assets, Newport has emerged as one of New England's most popular resorts and a major stop for cruise ships, especially during the fall foliage season.


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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Newport

    Leaving:
    Bayonne
    Visiting:
    Newport, Charleston ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Newport Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
    • Day 2
      Newport
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Charleston
    • Day 5
      Charleston
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      King's Wharf
    • Day 8
      King's Wharf
    • Day 9
      King's Wharf
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
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    Celebrity Summit - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Smaller size means consistent service; heavy emphasis on food and wine, with good results.

    Cons

    Nighttime entertainment is hit or miss, with some live music shows more snooze fest than snappy.

    Bottom Line

    The ship presents some of the best features of Celebrity, without being too overwhelming.

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    Celebrity Summit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Immediately upon stepping foot onboard Celebrity Summit, one gets a sense of the ship's elegant...

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    nancyhirwin
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    A Tad Bit Disappointed
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    celebrity summit southern carribean get away
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Newport

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Newport, Boston ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Newport Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 2
      Newport
    • Day 3
      Boston
    • Day 4
      Bar Harbor
    • Day 5
      Saint John (New Brunswick)
    • Day 6
      Halifax
    • Day 7
      Sydney (Nova Scotia)
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Saguenay Fjord
    • Day 10
      Quebec City
    • Day 11
      Montreal
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    Insignia - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    ** Excellent food and attentive service accompany an intimate and mature atmosphere onboard

    Cons

    ** Activities are few, which can prove either relaxing or slightly dull

    Bottom Line

    ** Insignia is a small, quiet and comfortable ship oriented toward adults

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    Insignia Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    On Oceania's Insignia, size matters. At 684 passengers, the ship is large enough to have most of t...

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    stoshb
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Small ship is the way to go
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    BrocktonCruiser
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Great Small Ship Experience - Happy Holidays
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Newport

    Leaving:
    Bayonne
    Visiting:
    Newport, Boston ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to Newport Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
    • Day 2
      Newport
    • Day 3
      Boston
    • Day 4
      Bar Harbor
    • Day 5
      Saint John (New Brunswick)
    • Day 6
      Halifax
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
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    Empress of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Small, uncrowded ship with plenty of window-lined seating and personalized service

    Cons

    Ship's age is evident in plumbing issues; lack of activities for teens might be a problem

    Bottom Line

    Empress has charm and offers a well-rounded cruise experience at a bargain price

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    Empress of the Seas Reviews

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    3.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    The 2016 return of the 1,602-passenger Empress of the Seas to the Royal Caribbean fleet marked ...

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    ClarkMD
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Good Price, Great Service, Mediocre Ship
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Smallest ship with the Biggest Heart
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Newport

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Newport, Boston ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Newport Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 2
      Newport
    • Day 3
      Boston
    • Day 4
      Bar Harbor
    • Day 5
      Saint John (New Brunswick)
    • Day 6
      Halifax
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      New York (Manhattan)
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    Sky Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    First-rate dining, jazz club and high-energy theater entertainment

    Cons

    Standard rooms run small; OceanMedallion technology is buggy

    Bottom Line

    A lovely modern cruise ship with excellent dining and evening entertainment

    Reviews

    Sky Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Sky Princess is an elegant addition to the Princess Cruises fleet. It maintains many of the line's...

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    westhalton
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Sky princess not for everyone!
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    Richard js
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Mostly Very Good...Some Not So Good
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 8 Night
    Cruise to Newport

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Newport, Boston ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Crystal Cruises
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    8 Night Cruise to Newport Route (Crystal Cruises)
    • Day 1
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 2
      Newport
    • Day 3
      Boston
    • Day 4
      Bar Harbor
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Quebec City
    • Day 9
      Quebec City
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    Crystal Serenity - Crystal Cruises

    Pros

    Extensive enrichment and entertainment, inclusive fares, top-notch service.

    Cons

    Can feel clubby with many older, repeat passengers.

    Bottom Line

    You'll be pampered but never bored on luxury's largest ship.

    Reviews

    Crystal Serenity Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    The 980-passenger Crystal Serenity takes the best of big-ship cruising and the best of luxury t...

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    CruiserFromMaine
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    We had a great cruise on the Serenity
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    alwaysonaship
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    We Jumped Ship In Cabo!
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Newport

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Halifax, Saint John ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Newport Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Halifax
    • Day 4
      Saint John (New Brunswick)
    • Day 5
      Bar Harbor
    • Day 6
      Portland (Maine)
    • Day 7
      Newport
    • Day 8
      New York (Manhattan)
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Pearl - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Plenty of dining, nightlife and family options to easily accommodate short sailings

    Cons

    Unless you're onboard for a theme charter, evening entertainment might feel a bit dated

    Bottom Line

    Whether you're just taking a long weekend or sailing with superstars, Norwegian Pearl is a cheerful ship to call home

    Reviews

    Norwegian Pearl Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Norwegian Pearl is a fantastically fun ship from its imaginative decor (blown-up photos of wild...

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    Green Oreos
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Just an average cruise
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Classy Ship, Had Lots of Fun!
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    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.