Once you've booked your cruise, click on "Log In to My NCL" and enter your user name and password. If you are a new user, create an account. Once you're logged in, you should see a summary of your booked cruise(s). Click the button for "Shore Excursions". If this button is not clickable, you may need to wait at least 60 days prior to your vacation date. Once you get to the Shore Excursions shopping page, you should see each port city offering Shore Excursions for every day of your cruise itinerary. Click through each port city to get more info and pre-book excursions for each guest you’re traveling with. You can also call 1-866-625-1167 if you have any questions.
Board your mini-coach for a scenic drive to Rough Point, the magnificent English manor estate of famed heiress Doris Duke. Built by Frederick W. Vanderbilt in 1889 on a windswept promontory overlooking the Atlantic, Duke's father purchased the home in 1922 from the widow of railroad magnate William Leeds for less than $200,000. He spent an additional $700,000 enlarging the house to 105 magnificent rooms. Preserved with Duke’s original furnishings, the home showcases her extraordinary collection of European art, French furniture, Turkish carpets and Chinese artifacts. Among the treasures is a 15th century collection of Ming Dynasty porcelain, 16th century tapestries from Brussels, and a number of Gothic and Renaissance paintings.
Watch for the ivory inset side tables bearing the marks of Catherine the Great in the Yellow Room. Duke died in 1993, bequeathing Rough Point to the Newport Restoration Foundation, along with all clothing, jewelry, and furniture in the house. What sets this tour apart from the other Newport mansions is that until her death, Duke occupied the home so it still feels lived in and although grand,it maintains a feeling of a hominess. At the completion of your tour, enjoy a scenic drive back to the tender pier.
Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
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.
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.