Rose Island Lighthouse & Harbor Cruise Shore Excursion Detail
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Port: Newport, Rhode Island
Approx. Duration: 2½ hours
Adult Pricing: $69*
Child Pricing: $49*
*Prices vary by sail date.
Enjoy a scenic harbor cruise to Rose Island to visit the fully restored lighthouse, see the remains of the 200-year old Ft. Hamilton and learn about the Island’s new role as a wildlife refuge and bird sanctuary. 
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Rose Island Lighthouse & Harbor Cruise

Enjoy a scenic harbor cruise to Rose Island where you will have an opportunity to visit the fully restored lighthouse, see the remains of the 200-year old Ft. Hamilton and learn about the Island’s new role as an important wildlife refuge and bird sanctuary. First lit in 1870, the lighthouse was lovingly restored to its original turn-of-the-century ambiance in 1993 and remains an inspiring example of classic American maritime architecture. A visit to this 'living museum' offers insight into a bygone way of life in which lives were spent tending the light and raising families in dedicated self-sufficiency. You will have an opportunity to explore the station from the windmill to the cellar cistern and learn about the working lives and amusements of lighthouse families through their own possessions and photographs. Following your visit to the lighthouse, you will join your naturalist guide for a leisurely walk of the island. Due to its strategic location, Rose Island has an interesting history dating back to the Revolutionary War. Today, the island plays an important role as a wildlife refuge and home to a number of migrating birds including Little Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Great and Snowy Egret and Glossy Ibis. En route to Rose Island, you will enjoy a scenic harbor cruise of Narragansett Bay. With fresh sea breezes and beautiful coastal scenery, your Captain will be happy to share with you the 350-year history of the city-by-the-sea and how it earned the title 'yachting capital of the world'. Rich in maritime heritage, past and present, a scenic cruise on the bay is an excellent way to fully appreciate the colonial heritage, yachting history and opulent summer 'cottages'. Note: You’ll board the harbor cruise boat from the ship’s tender pier. The nature walk involves approximately 35 minutes of slow walking over dirt paths. The visit to Rose Island Lighthouse involves two flights of stairs. Sightseeing boat as well as lighthouse and pathways on the island are not wheelchair accessible. Please dress in layers.
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Port: Newport, Rhode Island
Approx. Duration: 2½ hours
Adult Pricing: $69*
Child Pricing: $49*
*Prices vary by sail date.

  1. Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
  2. Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
  3. Tours with this activity level involve physical exertion for extended periods of time; can involve uneven or steep terrain or swimming in a light current. Recommended only for physically fit and adventurous travelers.