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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Stafford, Virginia
"Lunch cruise "
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed August 23, 2019 NEW
We just saw a message identifying this as a religious cruise. Nonetheless we don't know which faith, this was not advertised. We only found our via private message and at this point, we have no idea what this means.
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"On of our favorites!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 06, 2019 NEW
My family of 4 (2 kids ages 13 & 9) decided to book the Spirit to visit of Mount Vernon Cruise the day before to give our legs a break from all the walking in DC. The cruise is about 1.5 hours long each way with about a three hour visit to Mount Vernon. This trip quickly became our favorite thing we did on our week-long trip. The cruise was nice with information about passing landmarks. You can purchase snacks and drinks if you want and the boat has entertainment for the kids such as a foosball table on the open upper deck. The middle deck was nice to visit since it was air conditioned. Mount Vernon was fabulous and a must see! Definitely add this to your list of ‘must-dos’ during your DC trip!
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Laurel, Maryland
"A Beautiful Sunday on the Potomac"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 28, 2019 NEW
Kaye and I spent a fabulous afternoon onboard the “Spirit of Washington.” We met a number of fellow travelers with whom we had a great time. The buffet was excellent and the drinks were excellent as well. The crew was quite courteous and professional. The view was phenomenal and we danced for over two hours. What a great time!
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Karen T
Newark, United States
"Family Celebration on the Spirit of Washington Independence Day Fireworks Dinner Cruise 7/4/2019"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 22, 2019
Excellent "Independence Day Fireworks Dinner Cruise on the Spirit of Washington DC" on 7/4/2019 celebrating with our adult daughter and boyfriend! The attendents were very friendly and the food was good on the cruise. Since President Trump has taken office Patriotism has escalated! We witnessed the Flyovers on board! Everyone was singing "God Bless America" to the music while watching the best and longest Fireworks ever displayed on Independence day!
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Jamie C
Frankfort, Kentucky
"Father's Day morning trip to Mount Vernon with breakfast buffet"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2019
Perfect morning cruise with breakfast on the Potomac River to Mount Vernon, toured the grounds for 3 hours and came back, great way to start the morning, delicious hot breakfast meal, enjoyed getting to move about the boat while in transit to take advantage of the views along the way, tour guide described points of interest and facts about George Washington's home
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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.