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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Delray Beach, Florida
"Ehhhh not worth it"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 18, 2018 NEW
It was ok. It seemed very Bar Mitzvah cheesy. The food wasn’t great and drinks were expensive with service being so so. I wouldn’t recommend it unless you really love dinner cruises to no where.
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Corey S
"Wasn’t close to any monuments"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 08, 2018 NEW
We took the dinner cruise to see the monuments at night. The problem was the only one you can see from the ship is the Washington Monument which is 2 miles away. The webpage mentions the Washington Monument and other iconic DC sights. That doesn’t include anything you would expect to see. You leave the dock, head south away from DC, turn around and come back. If you want to see Monuments go with the Odyssey which apparently goes into the tidal basin. Waste of money as far as I am concerned, if you want to go on the Spirit of Washington take the cheaper Lunch cruise and save your money.
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Columbus, Ohio
"Nice Yacht with Good Food"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 27, 2018 NEW
From the Perspective of a 14 year old traveling with a large school... The yacht's interior was well kept up from what you could see, walking up the gang plank you could see where the ship was starting to show its age. When you board you enter into a large stairwell as we were the largest group on the boat at the time we defended to the bottom deck. Inside there was a large dance floor seating for over 200 people without being crowded and a large two sided buffet that for our group that had tacos, salad, chicken breasts, macaroni, green beans, fruit (watermelon, pineapple, and cantaloupe), cookies, and brownies. I would expect that if you were coming with a group that wasn't a school you would have a lot better options served off a menu. Our DJ was very nice and the staff that I had conversations with were very helpful and friendly. Music wan't only on the dance floor, throughout our meal they had music playing from speakers hidden in the ceiling. Only complaint was that on the top deck the music would randomly cut in and out, which was very confusing. Also, on the top deck was a nice shuffle board and an old foosball table along with some chairs, couches, and high top tables. I was very disappointed to find that the experience was ruined from the perspective that smoking was allowed on the top two decks. This was ridiculous because we were a group of students! At least make those smoking go to the back of the boat! There was really nothing interesting to see from the tour that we went on as we didn't get to go all the way to see Mount Vernon from the water. It was just down the Potomac for an hour and then turn around and go back. The boat didn't rock very much and no one that I talked to got sea sick as it was a very smooth ride. Would recommend this tour to those going to DC with a large group that could fill up a floor of the yacht.
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Susie K
Boston, Massachusetts
"Excellent trip from DC and Mount Vernon"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 12, 2018
We enjoyed the narrated Potomac River cruise and visit to Mount Vernon. We loved the time seein the Washington’s Home and grounds. The learning center was an excellent experience. The boat has an enclosed area and an open observation deck. Strongly recommend this tour.
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Melissa R
Worcester, United States
"Easter Brunch Cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 08, 2018
Food was great! Staff was friendly. We had a great time. The views of Alexandria, the National Harbor and DC were fabulous. We will definitely be back.
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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.