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Washington DC Signature Scenic Lunch Cruise

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Washington DC, United States
Washington DC Signature Scenic Lunch Cruise
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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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Washington DC , Washington DC, Washington DC, District of Columbia

Pier 4 • 580 Water Street SW • Washington, DC 20024

11:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
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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City Experiences By Hornblower
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 within 48 hours of booking, 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
  • Seating is only guaranteed together for the number of tickets confirmed on this voucher. Reservations may not be combined.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • A valid photo ID for all participating guests is required at check-in as of 1/15 All guests 12+ must show proof of vaccination. Additional information @ City Cruises Safecruise. Guests required to wear facemask as they are interacting with others Cloth face coverings are not required under on young children under age 2, and anyone who has trouble breathing.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Experiences
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • 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
Apr 2021
Q:
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.
Apr 2021
Q:
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.
Apr 2021
Q:
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.
Apr 2021
Q:
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.
Apr 2021
Q:
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.
Apr 2021
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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.
Apr 2021
Q:
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.
Apr 2021
Q:
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.
Apr 2021
Q:
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.
Apr 2021
Q:
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
Q:
Are there restrooms on board the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:Yes, there are restrooms on board for your convenience.
Apr 2021
Q:
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.
Apr 2021
Q:
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.
Apr 2021
Q:
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

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star-5
As much as I hoped for
Karen_S
, Jun 2022
The DJ was awesome. Our fellow passengers knew how to get into the spirit of fun and the food was tasty.
star-3
First, we had an issue...
Joan_B
, Jun 2022
First, we had an issue with the parking which made the experience bad. The locations we were told to park in where not available because one place said we would be towed and the other place said the garage was full. Also, the distance we had to walk was extremely long for elderly people. The choices of food provided was very disappointing.
star-3
The DMV Scenes and Sites.
LouiseP_H
, Jun 2022
Scenery was very nice especially looking from the boat. That's all I have to say. It was really nothing special.
star-3
Poor service
Yanira_H
, Jun 2022
We had a very good experience because we were with family and friends and because the ship itself is something different. However, the service was generally poor. they did not have a table ready for us, the food was little and spicy (our children could not eat it) and our waitress did not attend us at all. The bar manager had to come to attend to my complaints. We also didn't have the play area available for the youth. They had nothing. The DJ was very good and we were able to dance and have fun.
star-4
05.29.22 - Cruise DC with Lunch Buffet
Michelle_G
, May 2022
Enjoyable experience cruising Potomac River with my visiting mom. Buffet-style was a good menu, with dessert, some dancing and celebrating bday celebrants, anniversaries, engagements..it was fun! Would recommend to a friend. Servers were fun too!
star-3
Not how I expected
Claudia_R
, May 2022
Nice cruise but Is just a lunch into a boat! Food is cheap not a lot of if variety! I pay 400 for a group of 4 but my 2 kids they didn’t even eat! DJ was great and make it fun with the dancing I’ll recommend if at least they will have a taking during the cruise
star-5
Chill laxing on the spirit party line.
Tracy_D
, May 2022
The staff was very professional and polite. The DJ was on fire. We enjoyed the music very much. I wound do it again next year. But get someone to drop us off because parking is very expensive. Other than that i highly recommend it to anyone. It relaxes you cruising.
star-5
Its great!
Sida_D
, May 2022
It was awesome! The food was great and staff was very friendly. I had a great time and would do it again. I regret not booking the evening cruise also.
star-4
A Great Time!
Jennifer_J
, May 2022
I chose this cruise because it had buffet-style lunch, which was great. However, I do wish they offered a larger spread. They had chicken, fish, salad, broccoli, mashed potatoes, and pesto pasta along with an assortment of cakes for dessert. The cocktails were delicious, but one of my friends was not served a drink until about an hr later because there was only one drink sever in attendance. We also were free to go outside and sit on the two top decks, which was lovely on a sunny day. All-in-all, we enjoyed ourselves.
star-1
Mechanical issues
clphillips2012
, May 2022
Boat docked the whole time due to mechanical issues. Food choices were the same as when we came years ago.
star-4
The staff was excellent...
Gail_K
, Apr 2022
The staff was excellent and the manager Monica was fantastic,she made sure me and my wife was very comfortable and laughing...I loved it...it was my wife's birthday and her first time and she and her staff made the trip great! My only complaint was the unorganized boarding,there was 2 ships there loading at the same time which caused havoc for alot of customers waiting in line because of the over crowding and not enough seating prior to boarding...we didn't board on time at 1130 or really 1045...we didn't board until about 1230 but still unboarded on time at 130 which really we all lost time.....but at the end of the day Monica washed all that away and we enjoyed ourselfes!
star-3
Food was good. On...
Martin_D
, Apr 2022
Food was good. On boarding process lacked organization and efficiency. Left dock 15 minutes late but returned on time. Given the price of the ticket the package should include tea, soda, coffee, etc. those should not be extra. There was no interaction telling us what we were seeing - or where we were during the cruise. The DJ played the whole time so no real opportunity to point out sites or locations.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Birthday Celebration
Tanisha_T
, Mar 2022
Wonderful experience love it and the music and dancing.. celebrated my Birthday it was amazing!!!!!!
star-2
Ehh not that great
Alyssa_R
, Mar 2022
Service was terrible. Drinks were never refilled. Food choices were limited and ran out quickly. They didn’t replace the food with more when it ran out. We went outside on the top deck after the meal and that was nice. We didn’t go down the river side to see any of the monuments, all we saw were industrial areas so the views were just okay.
star-5
Birthday Celebration 🎉 2022.
Lisa_J
, Feb 2022
Lunch Cruise was continued celebration of my Birthday, that was February 12. My very good friend and I truly enjoyed every minute of the cruise. The food wonderful and the Servers was very professional and gracious. Great music from the Dj. The table settings and seating arrangements very nice.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Awesome ride
Tanisha_C
, Nov 2021
This is a new experience for us and we really enjoyed it. The staff was excellent our waiters were very nice and accommodating. The DJ was awesome and made it fun. My only complaint is there is a lot of construction going on and there werent signs pointing to the correct location but overall it was wonderful and we would definitely do it again.
star-4
The DJ and servers were...
Nyrka_S
, Nov 2021
The DJ and servers were great! The food was good too! The only issue is when you arrive at the gates, there seems to be a lot of confusion and disorganization.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Great time in DC
Azariah_M
, Nov 2021
Great time and atmosphere. Crew members were extremely helpful and friendly. I would recommend this lunch to friends and family.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
37th Anniversary
Kenneth_R
, Nov 2021
Top level dancing we could hear the music everywhere and DJ played our request of Neon Moon to celebrate our anniversary
star-5
Great opportunity to make memories!!
Deborah_T
, Sep 2021
We were there to celebrate my Sister's Birthday!! We had a wonderful time. The food was plenty the music outstanding and made for a great experience. Staff was warm and welcoming.

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