Public Sailing Tours

Champagne Sunset Cruise

Sunset Cruises in Newport, RI are stunning and a terrific way to wrap up your day and start your evening! Come aboard, sit back, and relax aboard our comfortable 80′ schooner Aquidneck.

Aquidneck is named after Aquidneck Island,  the island on which Newport is located, so when visiting Newport and Aquidneck Island, a sail on Aquidneck is a must! Sunset Cruises are romantic and available on all three of our sailboats- Aquidneck, Sightsailer, and Starlight

Watching the sunset from the deck of one of our boats while sipping your favorite beverage and viewing spectacular sights is often the highlight of a visit to Newport! On sunset cruises, Newport’s sky often turns from a bright, sunny blue, to orange and violet, laced with red. 

Sailing back into the harbor, the entire waterfront is bathed in warm, golden light, and waterfront windows are ablaze with reflections of the sun.

Of course, every sail is different, and although we can’t guarantee you a fiery, red ball and green flash as the sun sinks beneath the horizon, Newport sunset cruises can be spectacular! Newport’s sea breeze often starts to moderate towards sunset, so if you’re looking for a calmer and more leisurely cruise, a sunset cruise should fit the bill.

Read more about sunset cruises on our BLOG.

Where will we sail on a Sunset Cruise?

Sunset cruises in Newport, RI offer magnificent sightseeing! The sightseeing starts as soon as you leave the dock.  You’ll enter beautiful Newport Harbor and often see mega-yachts docked at Bannister’s Wharf as well as vintage 12 Meter America’s Cup boats docked nearby. Your crew will raise sails (you can help if you like!) and then you’ll sail past Goat Island and into Narragansett Bay.

As you sip champagne or quaff your beer, you’ll sail past Fort Adams, get great views of the Pell Bridge, view Hammersmith Farm and see Clingstone, an iconic house on a rock. Depending on tbe wind and tide we may make it past the lawn at Castle Hill and its iconic lighthouse and into Rhode Island Sound. 

Along the way, our friendly captain and crew will point out the sights and provide light, commentary.

 What’s Included on Sunset Cruises?

Ticketed Sunset Cruises include champagne, beer, and water in the ticket price. *  High Noon Seltzers are also available for purchase.  

*Complimentary champagne and beer are included in your ticket price, however, Sunset Cruises are not unlimited “booze cruises”. Although we’ll serve a couple of rounds, we aim to create a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere for all to enjoy.

Sunset cruises, even in the Summer, can be cooler on the water.  We recommend bringing a sweatshirt or light jacket.

We suggest long pants in the Spring and Fall.  Blankets are on board for guests to use for cool evenings.  


We offer Sunset Cruises every day throughout our season. We recommend buying tickets in advance as sunset cruises are one of our most popular cruises and frequently sell out.

See the Schedules & Rates section for a list of departure times.

Have more questions about our booking policies, the weather, or where to park?  Check our FAQ.


"The sunset cruise was amazing. You get to see Newport from a completely different vantage point and its utterly beautiful. - best part of our Newport vacation"