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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

Enjoy food, fun, and entertainment with a view of Washington DC on this narrated lunch cruise along the Potomac River. Onboard the elegant Spirit of Washington, choose to cruise from three air-conditioned interior decks or the rooftop lounge. Either way, the view is spectacular, there’s a delicious buffet lunch to enjoy and a DJ is spinning the latest Top 40 hits on spacious dance floors. Look and listen as the captain points out DC’s fascinating history while drifting past the Washington Monument, Reagan National Airport and much more.
  • Buffet lunch and dance cruise in Washington DC
  • See Washington DC's highlights, including the Washington Monument and Admiral's Row
  • Cruise under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, the only active drawbridge on the Potomac River
  • Pass by Alexandria, first settled in the 1600s by Scottish and English tobacco merchants
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2-hour lunch (or brunch) cruise
Buffet menu
Coffee and tea
Service charges
Tax and fees
Other drinks (not listed in Inclusions)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Departure Point

Departure Time

11:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Enjoy a leisurely lunchtime sightseeing cruise along the Potomac River and Washington DC’s beautiful waterfront. This excursion covers the Potomac River with fascinating views of DC’s great landmarks and the city's historic waterfront. No trip to the nation’s capital is complete without a view from the deck of this festive ship.

The Spirit of Washington is a modern dining ship with both inner and outer seating areas. The three inner dining areas offer plenty of comfortable seating with large picture windows to see the sites, while the topside outer deck provides fresh air and an open view of the landscape. There are also spacious dance floors and full-service bars on board.

Before or after eating, grab a drink from one of the onboard bars and dance the afternoon away as a professional DJ spins the latest Top 40 hits.

Throughout the cruise, listen as the captain provides anecdotes and stories about the history and happenings of the nation’s capital while passing the Washington Monument, Reagan National Airport, the United States Naval Research Laboratory, Old Town Alexandria in Virginia, the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge and much more.
Itinerary
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Step aboard the sleek cruise ship and get ready to be pampered and entertained on a 2-hour cruise along Washington DC’s Potomac River. Take in spectacular views of the city's downtown and enjoy a grand buffet with drinks served by the attentive wait staff. It's a great way enjoy all the highlights of Washington DC as you dine and dance the afternoon away!
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Washington Monument
Some highlights you will see along the way include the 555-foot (169-meter) Washington Monument, the world’s tallest free-standing stone sculpture. Pass by the Reagan National Airport, one of the busiest airports in the US with an average of one flight every 30 seconds during peak periods!
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Potomac River
You'll also cruise by Alexandria, Virginia. Alexandria was first established in the 1600s by tobacco merchants from Scotland and England. Additionally, you’ll see the Torpedo Factory, pass by Admiral's Row, cruise under the famous Woodrow Wilson Bridge, view the US Naval Research Lab and more!
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Please Note: Although we offer children 3 years old and under free admission, please enter how many children are attending in the field provided, so that we can accommodate them on the cruise.
  • The ships feature cabaret-style seating. The majority of the tables accommodate 4 to 8 people and guests are sometimes seated with other parties. Please understand that we cannot guarantee specific seating on the deck
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Entertainment Cruises

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Where is the departure point for the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:The Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise departs from 580 Water St SW, Washington, DC 20024
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Is there parking near the departure point for the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:Local Parking is available at The Wharf Parking Garage. There may be a fee for parking.
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Is the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise handicap accessible?
A:Yes. Please be sure to notate any special needs or requests in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.
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Are there any age restrictions on the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:There are no age restrictions. Children ages 3-12 enjoy a discount rate and infants under 3 years old go free as lap children.
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Are there high chairs available for my child during the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:Yes, high chairs are available for use during the dinner cruise.
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How should I dress for the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:Business casual attire is appropriate; such as khaki pants and collared shirts. Please no shorts, tank tops, flip flops, or gym shoes.
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How early should I check in for the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:Boarding time is 30 minutes prior to departure.
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Can I smoke on board the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:Smoking is allowed on the outside decks only. Please dispose of all refuse in proper receptacles. Do not throw anything into the water. Please help us keep our harbors clean.
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Where do we sit on the boat during the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:As you board, our Captain and Marine Crew will direct you to your deck. From there the Host/Hostess will show your party to your assigned table(s). Seats are assigned based on needs and capacity for each cruise.
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Are there vegetarian selections available during the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:Yes, vegetarian options are available with notice. If you require any dietary restrictions or have food allergies, please notate them in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.
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Can I bring my own cake for a celebration during the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:Yes, guests are allowed to bring a cake, which must be in a closed, covered container (e.g. cake box.) You must keep the cake at your table as there is no available storage on board. There may be a cake cutting fee.
Apr 2021
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Are there restrooms on board the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:Yes, there are restrooms on board for your convenience.
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Are there life jackets available onboard the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:Each vessel is 100% U.S. Coast Guard and Transport Canada certified with life preservers and all required lifesaving equipment, including child life vests.
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What happens in case of bad weather during the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:Cruises sail rain or shine. In the case of severe weather conditions or upon the direction of the U.S. Coast Guard or Transport Canada, the boat will remain dockside but provide the full dining service.
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Will I get seasick during the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:Most guests experience no discomfort at all as we do not leave the calm waters of the harbor. If you tend to have a problem with motion sickness, you may wish to bring Dramamine or other seasickness medication.
Apr 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise.

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Amazing fun with friends
Mona_B
, Apr 2021
Came out for a reunion and decided to book this trip. The food was great and had options for everyone. Rarely were our champagne glasses empty and the servers were incredible. Venus was a great server and very attentive. Maddy was also very helpful during our trip. If visiting Washington DC again I would come back.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Hi Mona- Thank you for leaving us with a positive review- we love seeing this kind of feedback. Sail with us again soon! 
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Customer Service
Melody_S
, Aug 2020
We had an amazing experience on the Spirit of Washington, from the moment we stepped on the boat until the moment we stepped off of the boat. The wait staff and restaurant manager were on their A game. The customer service and willingness to accommodate us to a different seat away from the DJ were effortless. It was a very humbling experience and we would definitely do this again if in the area. Thank you for all you do!!
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Upgrade to Bottomless Mimosa brunch on the odyssey, excellent
Pat_F
, Aug 2020
I recommend the chicken 🥰 Had a great time! 30th anniversary visiting DC in the middle of a pandemic laugh out loud. Sure glad we took the trip
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Good Experience
Nancy K
, Sep 2019
Food was great, clean cruise. Very nice way to spend an afternoon. Make a wonderful experience with wonderful staff and people. Recommend it to anyone.
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Overall good
Paul W
, Jun 2019
Ship was well maintained. Views good. Friendly crew. So so food. Nice live entertainment. Extra characters.
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river cruise
mikepoulsen24
, Jun 2019
Great staff and great food . Very nice lounge area on the top of the boat to take in the sights. Dj was great also
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My birthday cruise!
miguel m
, Sep 2018
As for the food and entertainment it was a five star. What monuments? From afar you see the Washinton memorial and the Capital. Near by some buildings that were described. No photo moments.
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fun trip on the spirit of washington
thereseharding
, Sep 2018
My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed the lunch cruise.The staff was great, super attentive. The DJ was out of this world. We loved the food and variety.The ride was fine, but not many sights to see and the Potomac was full of trash which was off putting.I would totally recommend the cruise.
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Family Reunion
yolande9171
, Aug 2018
I enjoyed the cruise. The crew was polite and helpful and the variety of food was very good. When we docked, the crew lined up on both sides and sang to us as we left the boat.
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Was a nice trip down the Potomac on...
Thomas y
, Feb 2018
Was a nice trip down the Potomac on a clear cool day. The food was ok - nothing special at all. The staff was especially nice and attentive, and the DJ kept everyone dancing and smiling throughout the trip
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