Washington DC Dinner Cruise

Washington DC

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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!
Pier 4, 6th & Water Streets - Washington DC
When Do I Choose A Date?
If giving as a gift, your recipient can choose a date at their convenience; otherwise, you can choose one after checkout.

April - November:
Friday through Sunday - 7:00 PM

*Rates do not apply for holidays, Valentine's Day weekend and specialty cruises

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.
Experience Provider Info
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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
We recommend casually stylish attire such as nice pants or jeans, polos, button-down shirts, and sundresses or skirts. Although allowed, we strongly discourage t-shirts, casual jeans, shorts, and sneakers.
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
Chocolate Cake
Strawberries & Vanilla Custard
Apple Cobbler

What is the dress code?

We recommend casually stylish attire such as nice pants or jeans, polos, button-down shirts, and sundresses or skirts. Although allowed, we strongly discourage t-shirts, casual jeans, shorts, and sneakers. 

Are there any age requirements?
There are no age requirements for this cruise. Please note, children under 3 can board for free. Please notify Virgin Experience Gifts at the time of booking if you will have additional guests under the age of 3 so seating can be planned accordingly.
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.
How do I get to the ship?
The ship is docked at Pier 4 where 6th & Water Streets meet in SW Washington, DC.
Is the ship wheelchair accessible?
Yes. The ship can accommodate wheelchairs for boarding and provides a handicap-accessible restroom. Please notify Virgin Experience Gifts of any special-assistance members in your party prior to the cruise so you will be provided with appropriate assistance upon arrival.
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.
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.
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.

Does the ship sail in inclement weather?
This experience takes place indoors and will not be affected by weather conditions.

Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be returned hassle-free within 30 days. All refunds will be made to the original purchaser.
Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be exchanged for anything else in our marketplace at any time.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs more, you'll simply have to pay the difference. If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs less, you'll have a credit towards your next booking with Virgin Experience Gifts.

Cancellation Policy

Once you have scheduled a date and have received a booking confirmation, all bookings are final and no rescheduling or cancellations will be allowed.

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Customer Reviews

This experience has a customer rating of 3.5
based on 13 reviews.
The staff was great!!! Very friendly. However, the food brought the star rating down. The meat was fatty and tasted low quality. We did very much enjoy the enter
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Laura, Thank you for sharing your review with us. I am pleased to hear that the staff was wonderful and friendly. I realize this can add a lot to the experience, but understand there was some issues with the food. Our partners strive to provide the best tasting/quality food possible and always appreciate your feedback. All in all I am glad the staff and entertainment could help make up for the food and I hope we can get you out on another experience soon! Best, Brooke
Lovely time on The Spirit of Washington. The dinner cruise was a fun Family Date Night - good for our family with a 12 & 10 year old, but probably too long of an event with younger kids. Also, as this is a bit pricey (especially since drinks are not included...) it would have been better for a couples night out, but we all had a great time and enjoyed our evening out!
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
We are so glad to hear you had a wonderful cruise, and your kids enjoyed themselves too. Good advice on a couple's night out. Thanks for sharing and let us know if we can get you out on a date night sometime soon. Enjoy your week!  Best, ​Brooke
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.
Food was excellent! Music could have been a bit more diversified.
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.
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