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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Northern Virginia, Virginia
"Surprise anniversary Dinner cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 16, 2019 NEW
My husband and I had an AMAZING time at the Spirit of Washington. What impressed me the most beside the food,drinks,music and the scenery was the staff!! My husband had planned a surprise anniversary dinner cruise and unfortunately due to HORRIBLE traffic, our commute to the Wharf was just a nightmare. I didn’t have any idea where exactly we were going but once we FINALLY got to the destination I saw the boat and was overly excited! We had LITERALLY 6 mins to get to the boat from where we parked. The first person who was amazing was a gentleman named Richard who checked my husband in, handed him the tickets and checked in to make sure we still had sometime to make it to the actual boat. Next we ran up the ramp in which we were greeted by another gentleman by the name of Daryl. He walked us all the way to the boat and ensured we made it and was all set. Thanks to those 2 gentleman we made it just in time!! Next person that made our anniversary special was our server Victor! He was very professional, patient and carried an amazing attitude the entire time. The bartender made drinks just perfect (sorry I didn’t get her name) and in a timely manner. Last but not least, the last person who was just professional and amazing was the manager on duty by the name of Marquita. She came by our table to thank us for coming and wished us a happy anniversary. My husband and I dine out quite often and not a lot of times would you see a manager let alone get to speak to one! Not only that Marquita was absolutely professional and respected her staff and just smiles all around. I wrote this long survey to thank everyone of the staff members that made our 1st anniversary so special although it started off not to good because my husband was just in a panic. My husband and I definitely plan on coming back because our overall experience was phenomenal!! Thank you again!
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Fort Washington, Maryland
"A very merry Christmas on the water."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2019
Our Christmas party cruise was the best! The music was festive, the food was surprisingly unique in a good way. The service was first class. I'm a native Washingtonian but seeing the city from the water is always a wonder for me.
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Kisha M
"Perfect lunch cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 02, 2019
My Girl Scouts and their Moms received excellent customer service, delicious food, and awesome music for all ages!!
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"Spirit of Washington DC Dinner Cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 21, 2018
Anniversary cruise and it was beautiful. The food was delicious and hot, the wait staff were all amazing. My only suggestion is to mix up the music a little more. I know it can be hard to find hip hop appropriate for all but it can be done.
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Jacksonville, North Carolina
"Nice lunch time boat ride....nothing more"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed December 19, 2018
The scenic lunch cruise was ok. Nothing spectacular. The boarding was slow, we were crowded trying to get on the boat. The food was basic. The views were not that impressive. The top deck was so crowded and noisy you couldn't carry on a simple conversation. One plus, the service was friendly. Will not be doing this again.
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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.