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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Silver Spring, Maryland
"Best cruise I ever had"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 27, 2018 NEW
This was by far the best cruise I've been in. The service was excellent. Our waitress was so lovely and friendly. The DJ was just great. Actually came to our table and got music request from us. How can you beat that. The food was warm and so delicious. In short me and my friends had the best time ever. I am looking forward to visiting again before the end of the summer.
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Oakland, California
"Lovely way to visit Washington's home"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2018 NEW
Can't think of a better way to visit Mt. Vernon. We spent a relaxing and informative voyage on the Potomac River to and from Washington's plantation which was also scenic and an interesting insight into our first President. Came away with a better understanding of the man vs. the historical character.
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New York
"MISLEADING - does NOT go past monuments"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed July 08, 2018
We were in DC for a "bucket list" trip for my husband. We wanted to do a cruise on the Potomac to see the monuments at night. I called twice to confirm times/boats as we wanted a nice dinner, but seeing the monuments was our first priority. I was told the Spirit had a buffet vs sit-down dinner, but more outdoor seating and would be the one to book. HOWEVER, once on the boat - it went in the OPPOSITE direction of the monuments. About 20 minutes into the cruise I asked the onboard manager, he said the boat was too tall to go under the 14th st bridge so they weren't able to go past the monuments. We were FURIOUS, as were other passengers. The manager admitted that they had had issues with several passengers that had been told the Spirit went past the monuments. While the manager apologized profusely, we were leaving the next morning and there was nothing he could do at that point. We travel frequently, and I can say that IF YOU WANT TO EXPERIENCE THE MONUMENTS FROM THE POTOMAC - use a different company or charter a small boat on your own
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"July 4th celebration"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 07, 2018
We decided to do a quick trip to DC for the 4th of July and decided to do the dinner cruise on the Spirit of Washington. It was a great choice. The service and attention to detail was superb. We were also celebrating a wedding anniversary and placed on our table was a hand written congratulatory anniversary card. I thought tat was a nice touch. Our server Jacarra ("J" for short) ensured we were well taken care of. Great food, music, drinks and party crowd. I would recommend this cruise to others.
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Andre D
Beltsville, United States
"Spirit of Washington cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 30, 2018
This is a highly recommended cruise for a couples night out on the town. The food was excellent and the music was fun. After eating, you can go to the upper decks to chill out and enjoy the city on the water. Very peaceful and calm.
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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.