What You'll Get
Bodies of water are frequent metaphors in poetry because of their unfathomable depths, unknowable sprawl, and unattainable porpoises. Set sail into the enigma with today's Groupon: for $15, you get two tickets to the one-hour Amazing Grace Harbor Tour around Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay from Oldport Marine Services (up to a $30 value) in Newport. This deal is valid for cruises Monday–Friday until Labor Day and can be used any day of the week after Labor Day. Check the summer and fall schedules for available times.
Oldport's fleet of seaworthy vessels steer sightseers across the Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay's stunning maritime vistas with a slew of edifying water tours. During the one-hour Amazing Grace Harbor Tour, tour-goers can gain a new perspective on Jamestown's architectural opulence, as well as such notable sites as the Newport Bridge, Rose Island Lighthouse, and the patch of water where the first baby yacht took off its training buoys. A knowledgeable tour guide wittily imparts enriching anecdotes about the area's voluminous history as guests relax on two spacious decks of indoor, outdoor, and inside-door seating. A full-service bar slings spirits and snacks to fuel sightseeing adventures, and the vessel also sports two spick-and-span restrooms.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 10, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. Must reserve exactly 1 day in advance. Subject to availability. Subject to weather. Not valid weekends before 9/5/11. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Oldport Marine Harbor Tours
Since he was 14 years old, Matt Gineo has heard the sea’s siren call. As a youth he joined the Sea Scouts, where he learned how to sail, tow, and safely traverse the water. Now the owner of Oldport Marine Harbor Tours, he maintains a fleet of boats that tour Newport’s rocky coastline daily, showing off the area’s sparkling waters and natural beauty.
Harbor tours work their way up the shoreline, dotted with lighthouses, historical mansions, and bottles containing unread pirate grocery lists. As boats pass by sights such as the Newport Bridge, Jamestown, and the early-19th-century Fort Adams, guides share facts and anecdotes about Newport’s historical role in the pirate world and the slave trade. As tours travel back down the coast, the narrative returns to the present, with tales about the America's Cup and the city’s success as a fishing center.
Oldport Marine Harbor Tours offers a number of other aquatic services as well. Staffers build and repair boats, install engines, and run a water taxi that zips customers across the city faster than riding on the back of a sea serpent.