Yesterday I disembarked the beautiful Norwegian Dawn after a one week Canada New England cruise out of NYC. Me and my nephew (aged 24) took a shore excursion daily at each of the five ports. There were many older folks on the ship but please do not let that discourage you from cruising this itinerary. The last day in Newport Rhode Island I booked directly with a helicopter tour company and saved a boat load of money (hahahhah pun intended). I will write a more lengthy review of the entire cruise when I find the time and learn how on the CC message board but for now I’ll give you some direct info regarding something fun for the thrillseeker you mentioned:
For $75.00 each I booked me and my nephew on 12 minute Bird’seye View Helicopter tour of Newport which included seeing from an aerial view the mansions, bridge, fort, Breakers, Cliffwalk and other stuff but my favorite part was flying above our cruis ship. A nice family runs this business and I never really book excurions outside of the cruiseline but when the cruiseline wanted $199.00 each person I figured I’d give it a shot calling directly to Newort Helicopter Tours, especially since I wasn’t in a foreign country where I’d be worried about a language barrier, danger and trying to find my way about a strange city.
The company can send their shuttlebus van to meet you at the pier for a reasonable fee, we split it with another couple from our ship who did the lengthier 30 minutes in the air Island Tour for $110.00 each and they said they enjoyed it, too. My nephew loved it and although i was a bit scared getting in, it was nothing to worry about and they even make you watch a preliminary safety video first before entering the airfield area. I took a 12 minute video so have no aerial pics to share however I will try to attach pics of their company contact info but please feel free to contact me directly via email if ya want more info about the itinerary or my experience on the helicopter. My nephew and I liked all the other excursions including Peggy’s Cove, Titanic Cemetary, Reversing Rapids and outlet shopping in Freeport. Also, don’t miss comedian Julie Barr if sailing norwegian Dawn.