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Washington DC Signature Scenic Lunch Cruise

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Washington DC, United States
Washington DC Signature Scenic Lunch Cruise
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Overview

Enjoy food, fun, and entertainment with a view of Washington DC on this narrated lunch cruise along the Potomac River. Onboard the elegant Spirit of Washington, choose to cruise from three air-conditioned interior decks or the rooftop lounge. Either way, the view is spectacular, there’s a delicious buffet lunch to enjoy and a DJ is spinning the latest Top 40 hits on spacious dance floors. Look and listen as the captain points out DC’s fascinating history while drifting past the Washington Monument, Reagan National Airport and much more.
  • Buffet lunch and dance cruise in Washington DC
  • See Washington DC's highlights, including the Washington Monument and Admiral's Row
  • Cruise under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, the only active drawbridge on the Potomac River
  • Pass by Alexandria, first settled in the 1600s by Scottish and English tobacco merchants
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2-hour lunch (or brunch) cruise
Buffet menu
Coffee and tea
Service charges
Tax and fees
Other drinks (not listed in Inclusions)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Washington DC , Washington DC, Washington DC, District of Columbia

Pier 4 • 580 Water Street SW • Washington, DC 20024

11:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Enjoy a leisurely lunchtime sightseeing cruise along the Potomac River and Washington DC’s beautiful waterfront. This excursion covers the Potomac River with fascinating views of DC’s great landmarks and the city's historic waterfront. No trip to the nation’s capital is complete without a view from the deck of this festive ship.

The Spirit of Washington is a modern dining ship with both inner and outer seating areas. The three inner dining areas offer plenty of comfortable seating with large picture windows to see the sites, while the topside outer deck provides fresh air and an open view of the landscape. There are also spacious dance floors and full-service bars on board.

Before or after eating, grab a drink from one of the onboard bars and dance the afternoon away as a professional DJ spins the latest Top 40 hits.

Throughout the cruise, listen as the captain provides anecdotes and stories about the history and happenings of the nation’s capital while passing the Washington Monument, Reagan National Airport, the United States Naval Research Laboratory, Old Town Alexandria in Virginia, the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge and much more.
Itinerary
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City Experiences By Hornblower
Step aboard the sleek cruise ship and get ready to be pampered and entertained on a 2-hour cruise along Washington DC’s Potomac River. Take in spectacular views of the city's downtown and enjoy a grand buffet with drinks served by the attentive wait staff. It's a great way enjoy all the highlights of Washington DC as you dine and dance the afternoon away!
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Washington Monument
Some highlights you will see along the way include the 555-foot (169-meter) Washington Monument, the world’s tallest free-standing stone sculpture. Pass by the Reagan National Airport, one of the busiest airports in the US with an average of one flight every 30 seconds during peak periods!
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Potomac River
You'll also cruise by Alexandria, Virginia. Alexandria was first established in the 1600s by tobacco merchants from Scotland and England. Additionally, you’ll see the Torpedo Factory, pass by Admiral's Row, cruise under the famous Woodrow Wilson Bridge, view the US Naval Research Lab and more!
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Please Note: Although we offer children 3 years old and under free admission, please enter how many children are attending in the field provided, so that we can accommodate them on the cruise.
  • The ships feature cabaret-style seating. The majority of the tables accommodate 4 to 8 people and guests are sometimes seated with other parties. Please understand that we cannot guarantee specific seating on the deck
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Seating is only guaranteed together for the number of tickets confirmed on this voucher. Reservations may not be combined.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • A valid photo ID for all participating guests is required at check-in as of 1/15 All guests 12+ must show proof of vaccination. Additional information @ City Cruises Safecruise. Guests required to wear facemask as they are interacting with others Cloth face coverings are not required under on young children under age 2, and anyone who has trouble breathing.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Experiences
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Where is the departure point for the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:The Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise departs from 580 Water St SW, Washington, DC 20024
Apr 2021
Q:
Is there parking near the departure point for the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:Local Parking is available at The Wharf Parking Garage. There may be a fee for parking.
Apr 2021
Q:
Is the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise handicap accessible?
A:Yes. Please be sure to notate any special needs or requests in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.
Apr 2021
Q:
Are there any age restrictions on the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:There are no age restrictions. Children ages 3-12 enjoy a discount rate and infants under 3 years old go free as lap children.
Apr 2021
Q:
Are there high chairs available for my child during the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:Yes, high chairs are available for use during the dinner cruise.
Apr 2021
Q:
How should I dress for the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:Business casual attire is appropriate; such as khaki pants and collared shirts. Please no shorts, tank tops, flip flops, or gym shoes.
Apr 2021
Q:
How early should I check in for the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:Boarding time is 30 minutes prior to departure.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I smoke on board the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:Smoking is allowed on the outside decks only. Please dispose of all refuse in proper receptacles. Do not throw anything into the water. Please help us keep our harbors clean.
Apr 2021
Q:
Where do we sit on the boat during the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:As you board, our Captain and Marine Crew will direct you to your deck. From there the Host/Hostess will show your party to your assigned table(s). Seats are assigned based on needs and capacity for each cruise.
Apr 2021
Q:
Are there vegetarian selections available during the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:Yes, vegetarian options are available with notice. If you require any dietary restrictions or have food allergies, please notate them in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I bring my own cake for a celebration during the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:Yes, guests are allowed to bring a cake, which must be in a closed, covered container (e.g. cake box.) You must keep the cake at your table as there is no available storage on board. There may be a cake cutting fee.
Apr 2021
Q:
Are there restrooms on board the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:Yes, there are restrooms on board for your convenience.
Apr 2021
Q:
Are there life jackets available onboard the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:Each vessel is 100% U.S. Coast Guard and Transport Canada certified with life preservers and all required lifesaving equipment, including child life vests.
Apr 2021
Q:
What happens in case of bad weather during the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:Cruises sail rain or shine. In the case of severe weather conditions or upon the direction of the U.S. Coast Guard or Transport Canada, the boat will remain dockside but provide the full dining service.
Apr 2021
Q:
Will I get seasick during the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise?
A:Most guests experience no discomfort at all as we do not leave the calm waters of the harbor. If you tend to have a problem with motion sickness, you may wish to bring Dramamine or other seasickness medication.
Apr 2021

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star-4
Was a nice cruise, but...
A_S
, Aug 2022
Was a nice cruise, but would have enjoyed narration with the cruise. There was music and it was like a nightclub. I can't imagine taking this in the evening with children.
star-3
Nice Day Activity
Shelisa_M
, Aug 2022
The food was delicious, the staff was friendly, and the DJ was great. I would prefer more time on the water. By the time we got to eat & then go out on the deck, we were already turned around, headed back to the dock.
star-5
Great!
LaDousca_M
, Aug 2022
The whole experience was refreshing. My friends and I enjoyed trying to recognize where we were with respect to the area. The waiter and his helper (DeWayne Myers and Nya) were fantastic in keeping up with our wants satisfied. The music was upbeat and playful for the adults and kids. An enjoyable brunch!
star-5
Wonderful cruise with lunch buffet
Lisa_C
, Aug 2022
We have a great time! Good foods- lunch buffet. Good service- Dwayne and Good view -from the top Deck Good - dancing floor Will recommend
star-5
A must experience
JikeEre_O
, Jul 2022
Great experience, good food and very amazing view. Seeing the beauty of the DMV area in different level
star-5
Cruising with my baby
Colette_S
, Jul 2022
Beautiful day and great service and excellent lunch. Wait staff was so polite . Wonderful day. The only complaint they wouldn't refund a ticket on a person who could not attend
star-1
No AC - No Cruise
Rachel_S
, Jul 2022
Disappointed that while in line for the lunch cruise, we received an email that there was no AC on the boat. They stated they were working to fix it. Since we came from out of town for this cruise, we were hopeful. However after about a 45 minute wait, we were then told that we were not cruising today - in fear of the boat stalling at sea. Wish this information could have been provided prior to us traveling and standing in line in 90 degree heat for a cruise that was never going to happen.
star-1
I was told to reach out...
Patricia_C
, Jul 2022
I was told to reach out to you for my money back, the cruise was canceled due to no working air conditioning or motor.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Very disappointed
Eugene_F
, Jul 2022
I don't have a story to tell because the cruise was canceled and it was my wife birthday, I had to tell it was canceled with no explanation
star-1
Terrible
Tavaris_S
, Jul 2022
Canceled on me the night before the lunch cruise. This was my 2nd booking. They wouldn’t let me add my kid to the first booking. Lost 400$ on the first booking. Terrible policies and customer service. Wouldn’t recommend
star-3
The crew was very...
Janice_S
, Jul 2022
The crew was very friendly and accommodating. We didn't get to enjoy the full cruise experience due to no AC. We were given the opportunity to stay regardless of no AC which we knew and decided to still stay and go. However midway through our meal the Manager came to us to inform us that we would not be going out on the cruise due to the AC issue not being resolved and therefore we could receive a full refund. After leaving we went to ask the ticket office for a refund and were told that we should have not been told that. We were well aware of the situation but since we didn't go out on cruise at all it would be great to get a refund. Even if it's a partial refund. Again the staff went over and beyond to make us comfortable and provided a great environment!
star-3
The ac was not working so...
Kelly_P
, Jul 2022
The ac was not working so it was extremely hot!! And because of this issue, the boat didn’t leave the dock. BUT, the crew was AMAZING!! So warm, funny, friendly and they all went out of their way to make it enjoyable. I will definitely come back for the experience the way it normally is.
star-2
It’s difficult to rate my...
Jennifer_T
, Jul 2022
It’s difficult to rate my experience due to issues with our boat. We were unable to leave the dock due to the AC being down. The crew/staff were good sports and still did their best to give us a good experience with the unforeseen circumstance.
star-1
Very disappointed
Cara_S
, Jul 2022
No air conditioning on ship, it was my fiancé bday and they canceled cruise at the exact time it was time to start boarding.
star-2
The Spirit of Washington...
Gail_B
, Jul 2022
The Spirit of Washington had no air conditioning and could not sail. My family is moving out of state in two days so we boarded. We should have been given a portion of our funds returned. This turned out to be an expensive lunch. Please consider giving me some type of refund.
star-3
Poor state of Vessel
Chirantan_M
, Jul 2022
Food was okay and the crew was friendly, but the ship was very old and in very poor shape. Even the Air conditioning was not working.
star-2
Don't waste your money!
aaliyah_c
, Jul 2022
The experience was nice but I do not think it was worth $93. The air conditioning on the boat was barely working to the point where someone almost passed out because of the heat. The buffet style food was mediocre and the price didn't include drinks or bottomless mimosas. The DJ was nice and very family friendly. Other than that, it is not worth the money.
star-4
Nice boat ride with grand kids
Angela_H
, Jul 2022
We enjoyed the new boat. The buffet was delicious! However, the dessert bar was limited. Our server, Alexis, was very good and attentive. Nice DJ and lively music.
star-4
Birthday boat party
Dawn_G
, Jul 2022
The brunch boat ride was our first time, it was great!! The staff were friendly and the food was great!
star-3
Sauna brunch tour
Karra_H
, Jul 2022
Wonderful staff, food and music. It was just tooooo HOT inside. There was a women in the bathroom having a heat stroke Thank God i was there to get her water

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