Washington DC Dinner Cruise

From: $133   


Pier 4, 6th & Water Streets - Washington DC


Most weekends & some weekdays
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*Rates do not apply for holidays, Valentine's Day weekend (Feb 13 and 14) and specialty cruises

Add a splash of sightseeing to wining, dining and entertainment on the water, and experience an evening of sheer delight aboard the Washington DC Dinner Cruise.
  • Admire stunning sights from the Spirit of Washington's panoramic windows, exterior decks and rooftop lounge as you float past breathtaking DC attractions.
  • Enjoy freshly-prepared buffet cuisine in the chic, climate-controlled comfort of a dining room on one of the ship's three interior decks.
  • This 2.5- to 3-hour Potomac River cruise features cash bars and a fun array of Top 40 dance hits, spun onboard by local DJs!
  • Embark on a memorable evening that you'll talk about for years to come with family, friends or a special someone.

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Surround yourself by dazzling city sights and harbor lights on the Washington DC Dinner Cruise! With just one step onto the Spirit, you'll know you're in for an evening out on the water that's beyond compare.

Once you are escorted to your table, order drinks and explore the ship while the crew casts off for an exciting evening on the Potomac River. The Spirit of Washington comes with full-service cash bars ready to get a favorite drink in your hand. So grab a beer, wine or cocktail, then stroll one of the four magnificent exterior decks before settling in for dinner.

This scenic cruise from Washington gives guests a DC sightseeing opportunity unlike any other. The gorgeous views you'll encounter once you depart provide the perfect backdrop for a number of memorable snapshots! Marvel at historical landmarks and renowned DC attractions like Fort Lesley J. McNair, Woodrow Wilson Bridge, Admiral's Row, the Torpedo Factory, Jones Point Lighthouse and much more all from a truly unique perspective.

Ready to enjoy the main event of this festive Washington DC Dinner Cruise? Make way to your dining room table and prepare to savor a most delicious buffet spread. Creative, contemporary cuisine awaits every type of appetite on board. Indulge in a favorite dish, or try a little bit of everything! Start with a variety of salads to choose from, then have your fill of delectable entrees and sides, such as (subject to change):

  • Oven-baked fish filet
  • Chicken
  • Whole-roasted pork loin
  • Braised beef short ribs
  • Baked ziti
  • Vegetable sides
  • Casserole
Save room for dessert and pick from platters of fruit, cannolis, cakes, cobbler, and custard. Sip a cozy tea or coffee as your food settles, admiring the sparkle of the city skyline through the Spirit of Washington's impressive panoramic windows.

As this scenic DC cruise gradually makes its way back to the dock, finish your evening off with some relaxing on the rooftop lounge with family and friends. Or let the pulsing tunes of the DJ entice you to the dance floor to move your feet to vibrant beats!

Whether you're celebrating a special occasion, looking for fun things to do in DC, or impressing someone with a unique date on the water the Washington DC Dinner Cruise is your ticket to an unforgettable evening on the Potomac River!

Key Info >

Essential Information:

  • Coffee, tea and iced tea are complimentary
  • Additional beverages may be purchased on board: juice, soda, mixed drinks, fine liqueurs, specialty waters, champagne and wine
  • Rates are inclusive of taxes and fees

Dinner cruises running Wednesday through Saturday will last approximately 3 hours. Dinner cruises running Sunday through Tuesday will last approximately 2.5 hours.

Maximum Participants:
The cruise ship can accommodate up to 500 people.

Only those on board will be able to enjoy this experience.

Weather Dependent:
This experience takes place indoors and will not be affected by weather conditions.

What to Wear:
Slacks and a collared shirt are recommended for men. Dresses, dress pants or capris are recommended for women.

Booking Information:
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings 5 days in advance.

Cancellation Policy:
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9 Living's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, no refunds will be given but rescheduling your dinner cruise is allowed up to 72 hours prior to your boarding time. Rescheduling is subject to a $25 per person transfer fee. Failure to appear on your booked date, cancel, or reschedule at least 72 hours prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience.

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View FAQ's >

  1. What type of food is served?
    The cruise features all-you-can-eat dinner buffets with delicious choices prepared on board by the executive chef and their galley staff. With advance notice, special meals for guests with allergies can be arranged.

    Sample Buffet Dinner Menu
    *subject to change

    Fresh Salads:
    Organic Mixed Field Greens
    Organic Spinach & Kale Salad
    Mediterranean Couscous & Chickpea Salad
    Roasted Red Beet Salad
    Orzo & Bay Shrimp Salad

    Roasted Broccoli Florets
    Creamed Corn & Cheddar Cheese Casserole
    Baked Ziti Pasta
    Mashed Potatoes

    Oven Baked North Atlantic Sole Filet
    Honey & Sesame Chicken
    Whole-Roasted Pork Loin
    Braised Beef Short Ribs

    Seasonal Cut Fruit
    Chocolate Drizzle Rice Krispy
    Cheese Cake
    Chocolate Cake
    Strawberries & Vanilla Custard
    Apple Cobbler

  2. What is the dress code?
    For evening cruises, appropriate attire is between business casual and dressy. Men traditionally wear slacks and sport coats, with or without ties. Women wear dresses or nice pants. T-shirts, jeans, shorts and sneakers are not recommended.
  3. What is boarding and departure time?
    Boarding time is when guests are able to board the ship. Departure time is when the ship leaves the dock. Boarding occurs 30 minutes prior to departure.
  4. Can you hold a reservation and pay later?
    Reservations cannot be held without payment.
  5. Are there any age requirements?
    There are no age requirements for this cruise. Please note, children under 3 can board for free. Please notify Cloud 9 Living at the time of booking if you will have additional guests under the age of 3 so seating can be planned accordingly.
  6. Where does the cruise go?
    The ship cruises past several historic and national sites along the Potomac River including the Washington Monument, Fort McNair, General's Row, Old Town Alexandria and the Torpedo Factory.
  7. How do I get to the ship?
    The ship is docked at Pier 4 where 6th & Water Streets meet in SW Washington, DC.
  8. Is the ship wheelchair accessible?
    Yes. The ship can accommodate wheelchairs for boarding and provides a handicap-accessible restroom. Please notify Cloud 9 Living of any special-assistance members in your party prior to the cruise so you will be provided with appropriate assistance upon arrival.
  9. Are gratuities included in the price package?
    Gratuities are not included in the package price and are suggested for all on-board purchases and outstanding service.
  10. What do drinks cost?
    Mixed drinks and cocktails begin at $7.00, beer begins at $5.50 and wine by the glass begins at $8.00. Soft drinks and juice are available for $2 each. Please note drink prices are subject to change.
  11. If my party is not able to make it or we miss the ship will we receive a refund?
    There are no refunds once the dinner cruise is booked, however with a 72-hour notice we are happy to reschedule your cruise date. Failure to appear on your booked date or reschedule with 72-hour notice will result in a loss of your dinner cruise.
  12. How is seating arranged on board?
    The ship features cabaret-style seating. The majority of tables accommodate 4 - 8 people and guests are sometimes seated with other parties. Review our enhancement packages for private seating upgrades.
  13. What is the layout of the ship?
    The cruise ship is spaciously designed with 3 climate-controlled interior decks, outdoor strolling decks at the bow and stern and the largest outdoor patio deck in Boston topside. It is handicap accessible and Coast Guard approved for up to 600 passengers. Amenities include full service bars, two dance floors (or staging areas), spacious bathrooms, flexible seating arrangements and huge, panoramic windows.
  14. What is the smoking policy?
    Smoking is allowed on the outside decks only.
  15. Does the ship sail in inclement weather?
    This experience takes place indoors and will not be affected by weather conditions.

Customer Reviews:

  • Washington DC Dinner Cruise

  • October 16, 2015

  • 5

  • Washington DC

"My wife and I were there for our 35th anniversary, and I informed Cloud 9 Living of this when scheduling the cruise. The original cruise we booked was full so they upgraded us to the gourmet cruise for no additional charge. I felt that was great. The only disappointment was that all of the of the other guests had flowers and an anniversary card and a lit candle, but we did not.It was probably a simple oversight but on special occasions its the little things that make those events even more special. "

  • Washington DC Dinner Cruise

  • July 06, 2015

  • 3

  • Washington DC

"Food was excellent! Music could have been a bit more diversified."

  • Washington DC Dinner Cruise

  • October 13, 2014

  • 0-half

  • Washington DC

"This was a terrible anniversary experience. With two toddlers at home we are definitely not foods snobs. However, the cold cafeteria food served at the buffet was exceptionally bad. When we arrived on the boat the food was already sitting out soggy and cold. After sitting at our table we learned there was no food service and had to wait 45 minutes for a server to bring our drinks."