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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"Great fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 11, 2018
The spirit of Washington was an amazing experience. The food, staff and view were all great! It was a Funtime! It is an experience that anyone in the area should partake in. It would also be a great idea for special events.
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Sara W
"Birthday Celebration"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 31, 2018
I celebrated my 75th birthday aboard this cruise-ship on October 27th for lunch. I had a FANTASTIC time. Great staff! The food was delicious! The DJ played some great music and recognized everyone that was celebrating birthdays. The next time i’ll go on the dinner cruise!! HOORAY!!
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"Pleasant journey to Mt. Vernon"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 21, 2018
Yes, there are cheaper and faster ways to reach Mt. Vernon, but who would pass up this relaxing voyage from DC to Mt. Vernon with accompanying narration by a man who sounds exactly like Marco Werman of public radio’s “The World?” The very informative narration is a cut above other boat excursions. Don’t bother with the snack bar; that’s not why you’re here. Sit back, relax, and let “Marco” guide you down the Potomac.
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Charlotte, NC
"Spirit of Mt. Vernon - A-Okay!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 13, 2018
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
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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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.