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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"Mt. Vernon cruise with breakfast buffet "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 28, 2019
My husband and I were interested in visiting Mt. Vernon, and in searching for travel tips, I found this tour. It is a slow cruise of the Potomac from the DC harbor to Mt. Vernon. For an additional $10, a breakfast buffet was available. Since we needed to be at the harbor fairly early it seemed like a good option. Boarding was quick and easy and the ship had lots of seating. On the lower decks, the seats are at dinner tables; on the upper deck, there are sofas and chairs. The buffet was quite good- there were many choices and it was an excellent value. There is also a cash bar available. Mt. Vernon was somewhat busy but not crowded. You can either walk about a half mile up the hill from the dock to the home, or there is a shuttle that will take you up. We waited about half an hour in line to tour the home with a timed ticket, provided as you exit the ship. We had enough time to tour the grounds, and there is also a museum, a shop, and a café at the property. The cruise back was a pleasant way to relax after touring the home and grounds, and we were back around 3 or 3:30. It was an enjoyable way to see Mt. Vernon without traffic or parking hassles.
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Ellicott City
"October Evening to Remember"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 27, 2019
The food and service were exceptional. Thanks Danyel! It was a clear windless Oct night so the views from the top deck were awesome.
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"Spirit of Mt Vernon breakfast cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 04, 2019
My father and I took a quick weekend to visit Washington DC as he is never been there before and one of our activities was a breakfast buffet cruise up the Potomac River to Mount Vernon George Washington‘s estate upon the spirit of Mount Vernon. It was a beautiful relaxing three hour round-trip to visit our founding father and where he retired after serving his country as both the general of the union army and the United States of America!!!!
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Ellen H
Blacksburg, United States
"Great trip on Spirit of Mount Vernon"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 27, 2019
We took the Spirit of Mount Vernon cruise in mid September and it was absolutely delightful. We have been traveling to DC for decades and always wanted to get a sense of the city from the water. We also wanted to make a second trip to Mt. Vernon. This was a two-fer for us! The cruise was very scenic, the breakfast was delicious and of course the three hours at Mt. Vernon was just inspiring. All the cruise staff were gracious and solicitous and the narration was most informative.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
"Pastor Anniversary Cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 10, 2019
Cruised the Potomac this past Saturday 9/7/19. AM cruise enjoyed the Brunch, however trip seemed very short, would've loved to have sailed longer, as it was a bit pricey for 2 hour ride.
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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.