Bodies of water are frequent metaphors in poetry due to their unfathomable depths, unknowable sprawl, and unattainable porpoises. Set sail into the enigma with this Groupon.
- $35 for a 90-minute harbor cruise for two ($52 value)
The 2014 cruise season begins Memorial Day Weekend, weather permitting.
During casual 90-minute cruises, the M/V Gansett totes up to 49 passengers around Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. Cushioned, shaded seating and a rooftop sun deck are among the boat's modern amenities, and on every voyage, guests enjoy a complimentary treat reflective of Rhode Island cuisine, such as coffee cabinet shakes, Warwick's ice cream, Del's lemonade, or morning mimosas. Tour guides, many of whom grew up in the area, share history and facts throughout the cruise. Well-behaved dogs are allowed on board as long as they're on a leash and willing to switch their cell phones to vibrate. A cash bar also offers water, local beers, wine, and soft drinks.
From spring through autumn, morning through nightfall, the M/V Gansett can be spotted skimming gracefully atop the tides of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay's east passage. Built in 1969 as a passenger vessel and later altered into a working lobster boat, it was completely restored with modern amenities before returning to the water in June of 2007. Today, passengers climb aboard to absorb historic sights of Jamestown and Newport during relaxing, 90-minute trips, which were named the Best Harbor Tours in Newport by Yankee Magazine in 2013. Knowledgeable guides share facts throughout every cruise, and complimentary Rhode Island-inspired eats served straight from the galley let guests discover the flavor of the Ocean State without having to plunge a straw into local penny fountains.