Jamestown Newport Ferry Tours and Cruises Overview

Friends, Please Read Our Updated Statement Below


Statement From Jamestown Newport Ferry

The Chief of Police and Interim Town Administrator's first act was to coordinate and pressure the Town Council into stripping Jamestown of its no-barrier, wheelchair accessible ferry and otherwise killing an important service and business that has been in operation on the Island for some 30 years. This act also affects the quality of life island residents enjoy. Please click this link for a downloadable pdf of the Jamestown Newport Ferry's timeline from 2015 to the present. At the end of the timeline is a call to action that includes the email addresses of all of the folks that you may reach out to, so we ask that you read to the end and take action.

In addition, we have a Microsoft Word document you may copy and paste into your email to send to your local officials located here. It is also available as a pdf located here.

If you would like to sign our petition to the Town Council and Interim Town Administrator, please visit this link. There is no charge for this, so please disregard and skip that option when it comes up, as it is a default on the platform.

UPDATE TO THE ABOVE: To view the latest document from our legal council, please visit this link. The team at KSP Law summarizes this document in this note:

March 11, 2023—
In an effort to continue to provide transparent information in a manner which is understandable, our team has been researching the relevant documentation surrounding this matter, specifically the federal grant documents and grant guidance documentation in conjunction with the Subrecipient Agreement.  

A review of these documents in conjunction with one another make it clear that in accepting the Subrecipient Agreement and the Federal funds that flow from the grant and agreement the Town has committed the use of the subject area to that of a Ferry Terminal Facility.  

The private monies expended by Conanicut Marine Services, Inc. (CMS) as acknowledged through the Subrecipient Agreement were spent in reliance on the fact that once completed the area would always be that of a Ferry Terminal Facility. In the event that the area changes into anything other than a FerryTerminal Facility (i.e. full time public touch and go) then the concrete float, paid for exclusively with private funds would no longer be part of the Ferry Terminal Facility and ownership would be that of the Private entity and all Federal Funds initially used to build the Ferry Terminal Facility would need to be returned. 

The grant and grant guidance documents do state that if the Concrete Float is part of the Ferry Terminal facility the Town would have ownership of the Concrete float. It is crystal clear within these documents that with the payment of monies in excess of the grant funds and the authority granted throughout those documents that CMS does have at a minimum an equitable interest in the Ferry Terminal Asset and Facility. Those documents go further in stating that CMS is the entity which “controls the terminal area” so there are no disturbances in the schedule as approved and regulated through the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission. Furthermore, those documents make it clear that CMS is the only entity that can operate from the Ferry Terminal without multiple state and federal signoffs. 

At this time the potential state breach of contract and equitable claims in favor of CMS are only the tip of the iceberg and that with the new information there are clear Federal Claims and remedies available to CMS in order to resolve this matter. CMS remains confident that the Town Council will re-open negotiations and be able to come to an agreement with the Town in order to preserve Ferry service for the 2023 season and beyond.

Click to view Exhibit A and Exhibit B here.

Thank you!



The Jamestown Newport Ferry operates from May through October and has five Hop-On Hop-Off stops that include Jamestown, Rose Island Lighthouse, Fort Adams, Ann Street Pier and Perrotti Park. Explore the shops, restaurants and attractions all day long. Options include round-trip or one-way tickets and a reduced-rate evening special, daily after 4 pm (special not available during festivals). Check out the five stops' locations listed below and at the bottom of all pages.
See the Routes and Schedules page for departure times.


• Evening Special Round-Trip Tickets,
after 4pm, $18. View specials

Express Service to best way to get to Newport's events. Take me to Express

• Private Charters. Plan an event


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Hop-On Hop-Off Ferry

The daily unreserved service has five stops:

• Jamestown 
   1 E. Ferry Wharf
• Rose Island Lighthouse
• Fort Adams 
   90 Ft. Adams Dr., Newport
• Ann Street Pier

   365 Thames St., Newport
• Perrotti Park
   39 America's Cup Ave., Newport

Options include round-trip or one-way tickets and a reduced-rate Evening Special after 4pm. All vessels have an onboard bar for refreshments.

Coming Next Season

The Jamestown is a charming vessel which will be offering evening Sunset Cruises next season. These Newport boat rides are a close-up way to see lower Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor and include a complimentary "drink of the night." Private cruises are also available. Departures are from 1 East Ferry Wharf in Jamestown. Additional cruise options are also available on our sister cruising boat, Coastal Queen.

Go to Express Service
Express Service

Jamestown to Newport Express service to:

Newport Oyster & Chowder

Newport Folk Festival
Newport Jazz Festival
Newport International
  Boat Show

Bowen’s Wharf Seafood

Check out the FAQ page for parking options in Jamestown and Newport.

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Private Event Charters

Give your guests an event they will remember by taking them on a cruise around the Jamestown shoreline and beautiful Newport Harbor on one of our tour boats. Coastal Queen has 140-passenger capacity for large events, ferries Katherine and The Jamestown are perfect for smaller gatherings. All three boats have onboard bars. If you need event transportation, we have a fleet of launch-type shuttle boats available as well.

Looking for express tickets to Newport's events? Click here.

Looking for the Evening Special? Daily, after 4pm,  round-trip tickets are only $16. Click here and then on "Specials."

Our ferry service and sunset cruises are the perfect things to do in Newport or Jamestown. Jamestown Newport Ferry offers:
• Hop-On Hop-Off ferry service
• Sunset cruises (dates to be announced)
come with a complimentary cocktail.

For a list of all Hop-On Hop-Off departure sites and locations, see the Routes and Schedules page or click here. Stop #1 on the ferry and sunset cruises are from 1 East Ferry Wharf, Jamestown, RI.  

Looking for more day cruises? Our Coastal Queen offers these tours and boat rides:
• Scenic Bay Cruises
• Morning Mimosa Lighthouse Cruises
• Sunset Cruises
• Special-event cruises

Click here to see Coastal Queen's cruises and boat tours.

Coastal Queen departs from 5 Bowen's Landing, Bowen's Wharf, Newport with some special events departures from 1 East Ferry Wharf in Jamestown.

All vessels are available for private event charters.

See the tourist locations where our ferry service stops.

The Five Hop-On Hop-Off Stops

Our ferry destinations and scenic cruises offer opportunities for sightseeing and exploring the area. Whether you’re visiting or commuting, these boat rides are a great way to get outdoors and get up close to all the beautiful Jamestown, Newport and Narragansett Bay vistas.

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