Spirit of Washington DC Cruises in Washington, DC

Entertainment Cruises600 Water Street SWWashington, DC 20024
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Hop aboard the Spirit of Washington and cruise around the Potomac for the lunch or dinner cruise of your choice. See Washington, DC’s historic landmarks including the Washington Monument, Old Town Alexandria, the National Harbor, and so much more. While listening to the expert narration from your knowledgeable tour guide, dine on world-class dishes from the ship’s buffet among other entertainment.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Washington Travel Experts
  • Children are welcome aboard. Kids under 3 cruise for free.
  • The ship has climate-controlled interior decks for year-round cruising.
  • Experience fine dining with the buffet-style meals on board.
  • Stay entertained with the dance floor and live DJ.
  • Bring your camera to take pictures of landmarks, the skyline, and more as you cruise by.


from Spirit of Washington DC
With the sunshine reflecting off the Potomac, there’s no better place to enjoy in Washington, D.C. than aboard a Spirit Cruise. Treat yourself to an onboard historical tour of some of the most iconic landmarks in the country like Old Town Alexandria, National Harbor and the Washington Monument, as you sample creative dishes from our buffet menu.

Parking is limited, but we're accessible from the Waterfront Metro station (Green Line). Our decks are climate-controlled to cruise year-round in all weather conditions. Most guests choose comfortable, casually stylish attire.
Children are welcome and infants under three cruise free. We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions. Please let your server know if you have any serious food allergies.

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Charlotte, NC
"Spirit of Mt. Vernon - A-Okay!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 13, 2018 NEW
On Columbus Day we took the Spirit of Mt. Vernon to ....Mt. Vernon. We came to the pier at about 7:45 and we boarded promptly at 8:15 am. They were very organized and reasonably friendly. When we boarded the vessel, we were taken up to the top deck. There was plenty of seating up top but everything was wet (morning dew?) so maybe pack a small towel for wiping down seats if you care about a damp fanny. The cruise was super smooth. We have one teen who gets motion sick on bass boats and speed boats, but does okay on cruise ships. We were a little iffy on this one but they cruise at such a steady and even pace that you feel virtually no listing. He was fine and said it didn't bother him at all. On the way there, we sat starboard side and we were able to see a lot of interesting sites on the way (I won't spoil it for you). It took 90 minutes to get there and the disembarkation process was painless. We had 3 hours to run around Mt. Vernon (which given the size of the estate really wasn't enough time....) but we saw what we came to see. Admission to Mt. Vernon was included in the ticket price. I think they had a bar open to purchase snacks and things of that nature but we didn't purchase anything. It was worth the price at any rate and it was a fun way to make that trip down to see George Washington's estate. I'd certainly do it again!
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 08, 2018 NEW
My husband and I went for our 1 year wedding anniversary. Food was good and from beginning to end customer service was spectacular!
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High Point, United States
"Cruise for my Birthday!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 05, 2018 NEW
This was soooo much fun! The weather was fantastic! The DJ and guitar player were awesome! Food was delicious! Only thing I didn't like was the smoking on the top level (I understand ya have to have a smoking area, just sucks for me with asthma) and someone had 3 kids (about age 8-11) that were running around like crazy! NOT the place for kids in my opinion.
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Kathy M
Garland, Texas
"Anniversary Trip to Washington D.C."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 30, 2018 NEW
The Spirit of Washington cruise was very nice. The crew was very attentive and professional (especially our waiter). The food was delicious; the D.J. played great music; the view while cruising was enjoyable. We will definitely book this cruise again when we're back in the D.C. area.
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Highland Beach, Florida
"Very expensive for buffet cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed September 29, 2018 NEW
Just average food and very loud music made this trip a very expensive and uncomfortable trip. The staff was very friendly but the price for four people on the cruise was over $600. I expected table service and much better food. The DJ played music so loud we were forced out of the main cabin to an upper deck so we could carry on a normal conversation. Not very classy operation and super expensive for what you received.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Spirit of Washington DC

Are children allowed on the cruise?
Yes. Children are welcome on board. Children under the age of 3 can cruise for free.

Does the cruise require a dress code?
Yes. For men, appropriate attire includes slacks and a polo or button-down shirt. For women, nice pants or a dress is recommended. Designer jeans are also acceptable. Although allowed, we strongly discourage t-shirts, casual jeans, shorts, and sneakers.

How long is the cruise?
The cruise is approximately 2 hours.

Does the cruise have a bar?
Yes. A cash bar is available onboard and serves cocktails, wine, and beer. Unlimited coffee, tea, and water are also offered.

Is parking offered?
Parking is limited at the Gangplank Marina off Water Street. Several metered lots are available nearby. In addition, the cruise ship is easily accessible via the Waterfront Metro station (Green Line).

Can the staff accommodate my dietary restriction?
Vegetarian menu options are available. While we offer gluten and allergy free products and gluten sensitive menu items, we openly handle several allergens throughout our galleys. While we take precautions to keep ingredients separate, we cannot guarantee a gluten-free environment. We do not have separate prep surfaces, cooktops or equipment. Our chefs prepare and cook in common areas with shared equipment, therefore the items may come in contact with other food products.

Is the ship wheelchair accessible?
Yes. The Spirit of Washington has one deck and restrooms that can accommodate most standard-sized wheelchairs. Our crew is happy to aid passengers who need assistance.

What is the difference between "Boarding Time" and "Cruising Time?”
"Boarding Time" is the earliest you and your guests may board the ship. You are free to board any time after that up until the "Cruise Time." The ship will leave port at the "Cruise Time." We recommend allowing plenty of time for parking and getting to the ship. The ship leaves promptly at the listed “Cruise Time” and passengers will not be able to board once the ship sets sail.

May I bring my own camera on board?
Guests are more than welcome to bring their own camera for personal pictures aboard the ship.

Are there restrooms on board?

Is smoking allowed on the cruise?
Smoking is allowed on the observation deck.