Our 2 & 3 hour tours affords you the opportunity to see most of the beautiful Newport Harbor, and still have time in your day have time in your to enjoy good quality time at the Balboa FunZone, Balboa Peninsula, and Balboa Island.
Newport Harbor Cruise is proud to be one of the few private charter and tour companies in Newport Harbor to be granted a slip and charter permit located at the Iconic Balboa FunZone. We take great pride in that.
There is nothing like cruising past multi-million dollar homes, Duke Ellington or Yacht Rock radio playing while you enjoy any food and drink you may bring. And if you’re asking, there is no better charter boat on this harbor that goes with an Old Fashioned, or Manhattan better than the Galatea.
What sets us apart from the competition is our concept and fleet, we are all about the Nostalgia of being driven, Chauffeured, pampered, and getting a chance to go boating in an era when Wooden Boats started to become mainstream and recreational for the more than just the ultra-wealthy. Starting with our Newport Harbor Cruise flagship the Galatea, a 1941 Matthews 38’ foot Wooden Boat (or Yacht, depending on marketing value) which has kept and been restored with many of the original nostalgia, but also updated over the past few years with all the latest creature comforts of a modern vessel.
Fully-licensed and insured yachting expert
with over 20 years of experience
For over a decade, Captain Mike has been the esteemed captain and guide of Newport Harbor Tours, offering an unforgettable maritime experience to visitors from near and far. With his passion for the sea and extensive knowledge of the harbor’s history and natural beauty, Captain Mike has become a beloved figure in the Newport community.
Captain Mike’s love affair with the sea began in his childhood. Growing up near the coast, he was captivated by the vastness of the ocean and the allure of maritime adventures. As he sailed with his family and explored the waters, he developed a deep appreciation for the unique charm and tranquility that the ocean and harbors possess.
You may cancel your charter for a full refund up 72 hours before your departure. If cancellation occurs between 72 hours and 24 hours, you are responsible for 50% of the charter cost. The full price of the charter will be charged if a cancellation occurs within 24 hours of the departure. All sales booked within 72 hours of departure are non-transferable and non-refundable. Customers receive a full refund if a cancellation occurs due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
Please plan to arrive at Newport Harbor Tours 30-45 minutes before your departure to allow for traffic, parking, and proper boarding.
Each cruise comes with a knowledgeable captain and an optional deckhand/server, a Bluetooth-enabled stereo system, a cooler with ice and bottled water, sunscreen, and blankets.
Yes! We are BYOB so please bring whatever food or beverages you’d like! Please note: underage consumption of alcohol is illegal and the Captain will monitor and ID card individuals as necessary.
Smoking of cigars/cigarettes is prohibited unless the Captain approves.
Drug use (of any kind, including marijuana) and possession is strictly prohibited onboard and will result in immediate forfeiture of the charter with no refunds. While onboard the vessel, the Captain is held responsible on a Federal level for all illegal drugs and activities. No exceptions.
We provide all that we can to make your trip as smooth, enjoyable, and memorable as possible. However, we recommend packing few things to make your experience even better:
The US Coast Guard sets the boat capacity; therefore, we will not be able to depart with more than 12 passengers. The 12 passengers must include children, toddlers, and infants of any age.
The vessel is located at 600 E Edgewater Place, Newport Beach, CA, 92661. On the dock directly behind the Ferris Wheel. Insert google map satellite view here
Weather needs to be safe for all cruises, and we also want you to have the best experience with us. You will receive a full refund if there is a weather-related cancelation. It is the Captain’s call on the day of the charter.
We have a small head (or toilet) on board, but we recommend using the restroom before your cruise. There is a restroom conveniently located in southern corner of the Fun Zone. A member of the crew team will meet you at the dock upon your arrival to show you around.
Yes! We have one life preserver per guest, including preservers for children of all ages – even infants! Also there is a throwable life ring buoy that the captain will point out while instructing the safety briefing.