Spirit of Washington DC Cruises in Washington, DC

Entertainment Cruises580 Water St 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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Greenville, South Carolina
"Best way to Mt Vernon"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 26, 2019 NEW
Boat leaves from a Wharf area (Waterfront stop on Metro). Whole trip is from 8:30 to 3pm. About 90 RELAXING minute cruise, each way, and lots to see along the river. Then you’ll have 3+ hours to spend at Mt Vernon and that’s plenty of time. Highly recommend the buffet breakfast ($10-12 extra) on way there. It is actually quite good and tasty. Has 3 levels, and bottom 2 are in A/C with great views. Top deck is outside with NO shade, so prepare for that if go up there.
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Annapolis, Maryland
"An elite night on the Potomac"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 07, 2019
We chartered one of the fleet's elite yachts for a evening dinner cruise. The staff was very gracious, the food superb, and the evening an absolute success. The bar and wait staff were the best and I thank them for taking such good care of us. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food for a buffet. It was very delicious. We cruise for 3 hours from the Wharf area to Alexandria and back making several loops. This was great because you could catch the sights from all sides of the ship. Highly recommend for a large family or corporate outing .
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"One-of-a-kind experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 02, 2019
We purchased a breakfast cruise to Mount Vernon for April 19. We picked up our tickets, went through a quick bag check for safety reasons, and boarded. It was so simple. It was relaxing to take a slow trip down the Potomac River. Our cruise featured live narration, which included cool information about Mount Vernon, George Washington, landmarks, and other notable people. The food on the breakfast buffet was pretty good. I’ve read some reviews that complain about the food for what you pay, but I’ve seen a breakfast buffet at a 4 star hotel with less variety than this one. They had scrambled eggs, seasoned potatoes, sausage, bacon, and mini waffles with syrup, plus a substantial spread of pastries and croissants. Considering that this cruise lasted from 8:00-3:00, it pretty much consumes your day. Most attractions in D.C. close at about 5:30, so you may or may not be able to fit something else in. Nonetheless, I think this is the best way to visit Mount Vernon, especially if you’ve had a busy, hectic week in the city. My only suggestion is that they extend the time you have at Mount Vernon. We had 3 hours. If you’re a history buff like I am, you’ll find yourself a little pressed for time to see everything and read the signs. I believe four hours would be perfect. I will definitely take this cruise again.
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Ann A
"Great way to spend a day in Washington"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 01, 2019
Six adults and six children ranging in age from 4 to 13 took the Spirit of Washington cruise to Mount Vernon in mid-April. It was a great way to transport so many people to Mount Vernon together and we saw so much of Washington you can't see in a car or via public transportation. The boat was comfortable and our grandchildren loved the upper deck where games are available to keep kids occupied. There were other kids on the boat and, as kids do so well, they played together. I would certainly recommend this as a great way to spend a day in the Washington, DC area.
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New Port Richey, Florida
"Seen Better Days"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed April 20, 2019
If you've been on this type of cruise ship, you can appreciate the lack of serious comfort or amenities. The boarding took close to an hour for all three levels to be completed. The outside had shown serious sign of poor care and attention to detail. Once underway, the food prep was completed and the serving for dinner began. One of the servers dropped the serving spoon and picked it up, wiped it and placed it back atop the broccoli. The music was "hip-hop" although on the first deck the ~150 passengers were older and not used to this style of music. However, since the completed crew were of Afro-American decent, this was the choice of music. The dance floor had a a few takers, provided you could line dance to hip hop, or get down and twerp. Cash bar, a Scotch (J/W black) and water $10.00. Not a repeat!
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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.