Picture of Gansett Cruises, a dog friendly attraction in Newport, RI.
Loves the water
Picture of Gansett Cruises, a dog friendly attraction in Newport, RI.
Picture of Gansett Cruises, a dog friendly attraction in Newport, RI.
Picture of Gansett Cruises, a dog friendly attraction in Newport, RI.
Picture of Gansett Cruises, a dog friendly attraction in Newport, RI.
Loves the water


Dogs are allowed to join you as you tour the coast and harbor with Gansett Cruises. Enjoy the scenery of Jamestown and Newport in comfort with Fido by your side. If you get thirsty, you can enjoy the offerings of the cash bar. Be aware that dogs are not permitted to move about the boat and the deck is slippery which might make the trip difficult for senior dogs. Make sure to mention that your dog will be joining you when you make your reservation.


BringFido Traveler Rating

Gansett Cruises has received a rating of 4.5 out of 5 bones by 14 dog owners on BringFido.

  • Oct. 20, 2018
    Excellent Experience

    Sarge had a great time on the boat. The crew was very dog friendly! Yes, the dogs aren’t allowed on the top deck, but we were still able to enjoy all the views from the main deck. The stairs to the top is more like a ladder, so it’s just not safe for a large dog to be climbing up, especially on a boat. The tour guide was very insightful and the views were excellent! We were very happy to be able to have our fur-child with us!

  • Aug. 05, 2018
    Allows pets, but not exactly pet friendly

    To keep it short, dogs cant go on upper deck, can walk around on the boat, cant sit on the sofa.. if ur fur baby is small, u can make him/her sit on your lap and enjoy the view else he/she has to sit at your feet on the floor.. i liked the cruise because it is the only one i found that allowed my baby with me.. but was dissappointed because there is no point in taking him if cant enjoy the view and breeze.. to make our time worthwhile we somehow managed to fit our 90 lbs lab baby into our laps for sometime which made us happy and the trip worth remembering..

  • More than one year ago.

    After seeing these great reviews, we signed up for the sunset cruise. Mak loved to have the wind in his ears and the staff was so accommodating to both us and him. Highly recommend it if you your pup is a fan of the adventurous life!

  • More than one year ago.
    Great Cruise!

    This is a great tour. We had Patrick has our tour guide - hilarious. There were 2 dogs on the boat (including my 1 dog). The staff was polite and asked me to sit in a general area because it's a tight boat and she'd be walking in that aisle a lot to serve drinks. All the guests loved our dog and petted him a lot! Great enjoyable ride. It is tight quarters so just be mindful of other people and you'll have a good time :)

  • More than one year ago.

    I'm a Golden Doodle almost a year-old and had a great time! I was a little nervous that I wouldn't feel very welcome on the boat after reading some reviews, but everyone was very friendly. Patrick our tour guide was funny, informative, and a dog owner/lover. I really enjoyed my first boat ride!

  • More than one year ago.
    Great Trip

    We were looking for an activity we could do with our Cavalier King Charles and found the Gansett Tours website which indicated they were dog friendly. There were 2 dogs on that cruise and we positioned ourselves so that there would be no issues. The crew was great, taking time to talk to each of the owners separately about the dogs being aboard and explaining the details, although the website outlined all the rules for dogs. It was a great experience, and our dog really seemed to enjoy himself watching the waves and other boats go by. We would recommend this trip to dog owners. Make sure you know the rules before you go, and everyone will have a great time.

  • More than one year ago.

    We had such a nice time with Max, he's a baby so it was his first big day out. The tour director approached us to give us some tips and everyone was super nice. They have water and a extremely accommodating. Looking forward to doing it again!!

  • More than one year ago.

    This is a great little cruise for you and your pet. Everyone was extremely nice to my dog. Only issue I had was getting my dog on the boat. She's an English bulldog so she had a little difficulty but the crew helped and there was even applause once we got on! If you have an athletic dog, you will be fine :)

  • More than one year ago.
    Loved it!

    We took our mastiff last year on this tour! we had a blast. it was very relaxing and they took great care of the dogs on tour. The guide even gave him water! we will be doing this again this year!!

  • More than one year ago.
    It's OK

    So first of all, the address on this site is wrong. It is not at 142 Long Warf. Secondly, this site, I think, is for those individuals who treat their pets like family and want them to be comfortable. Gansett Cruises is not comfortable for pets. I took to very well behaved dogs with me, I was the only one on the boat with dogs which made it awkward for me at least and from the get go, just calling in, it was less of a "dog friendly" event. When I think of dog friendly, I think of what is exactly written for this activity on bringfido.com, not the case. They ALLOW dogs but they are not friendly towards them. Let me correct that, they are friendly as in polite, but they are not friendly as in they provide a blanket and can sit on the cushion seats, bring them treats or water. In fact they ask you to find your seat and stay there. Honestly that was OK for me as I have an older dog with hip problems that could not grip the boat deck and was sliding around. However, if you have a dog that is younger and has more energy to move about, forget it, it's not allowed. Everyone was nice, everyone was friendly towards my dogs, it's just not DOG FRIENDLY if you know what I mean. There's a big difference between dogs allowed and dog friendly. I hope you know the difference and expect bare minimum when it comes to allowances.

  • More than one year ago.

    I went out on a cruise on Gansett Cruises last Sunday and it was an awful experience. The captain of the ship is incredibly rude, unresponsive, and condescending.

    My boyfriend and I have a very well behaved retriever. We called ahead to ask if we could bring her. We were told not only could we bring her “but [they] welcome dogs and are excited to have her on board!” No one told us there were any sort of restrictions.

    Getting on the boat we went to the upper level. We were told that dogs could not sit there we must sit down on the lower level and that the captain didn’t really like dogs on his boat. Please note, the crew and tour guide were fantastic, the captain was a jerk. He never even greeted those of us on the boat and looked very surly. Our dog was on a leash (obviously) and laid down in front of us. The two children next to us were apparently afraid of dogs and started screaming. We asked if we could move to the front of the boat so the kids wouldn’t be bothered and were told no because we had a dog. So essentially the children screamed and crawled on their poor parents the entire 90 minutes. Not fun for anyone. We took out a Tupperware of food for the dog since it is a 90 minute cruise and were told we could not have any dog food. Strange, as they serve adults and children food and drinks.

    Upon exiting the boat I approached the gentleman working the booth and asked who I could direct my concerns to. The captain quickly approached and asked “what my problem was.” I explained and he told me I could have sat in the front of the boat (no apology for being told I couldn’t, though) and that he had 11 dogs on his boat last week. Not really sure what that had to do with anything. He was incredibly rude, told me people don’t bring their dogs on the boat “to wander and feed” – neither of which we were doing.

    I certainly understand having restrictions. But a company has an obligation to advise passengers of those restrictions. Just as I should have been told my dog was only allowed on certain parts of the boat, the families should have known there was a possibility of a dog being on the boat so they could choose another boat given their children’s fear.

    If we had have been advised of the restrictions prior to boarding we would not have taken the cruise.

    We are out $52, 90 minutes of our lives, and are incredibly offended.

    We are from Massachusetts where false advertisement and deceptive practices is governed by Chapter 93A. I will be looking into the Rhode Island law mirroring this and plan on writing the equivalent of a 93A letter to the relevant authorities. The captain had a duty to inform us of the restrictions and he breach that duty. And, he was a jerk.

    Try one of the many other cruises. This isn’t worth your time or money.

  • More than one year ago.

    Great tour! We felt very welcome on the boat! Our cockapoo enjoyed the covered shaded area and the cool breeze off the water!

  • More than one year ago.
    Our special needs girl

    Just wanted to let you know what a great job the crew did taking care of our special needs girl (11 years old). This is the first time we've used Gansett and both my husband and I were very pleased!! We especially appreciated Karen's care, we could not be more happy with the service.

  • More than one year ago.
    Love it!!!!

    I took my boyfriend and my pup Sasha with me, the service was simply excellent. We loved the crew John and Karen. Sasha had such a good time and lots of attention.

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