Washington DC

Washington DC Premier Dinner Cruise

Washington, United States

From US$116.92

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You will not receive a refund if you cancel.
  • 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Enjoy delicious cuisine and live entertainment with a view of Washington, DC on this 2.5-3 hour dinner cruise along the Potomac River. On board the elegant Odyssey cruise ship, choose from one of three exquisitely decorated glass atrium dining rooms or head to the open-air observation deck to admire the view. Dine on a delicious 3-course meal, then dance the night away or see the famous sites of the nation’s capital — like the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, Reagan National Airport and much more under a moonlit sky.
  • 2.5 to 3 hour Washington DC dinner cruise
  • Freshly prepared 3-course dinner
  • Dine and dance to live music

What's Included

  • Two and a half to three hour cruise on the Potomac River
  • A three-course plated dinner with attentive tableside service
  • Unlimited coffee, hot tea, iced tea, and water
  • The most breathtaking views of the nation's greatest landmarks, including the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial
  • Curated music selection by onboard DJ
  • Guaranteed table for your party size
  • Other beverages
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 580 Water St SW
    580 Water St SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA

    Boarding: The Wharf DC. Parking: City Cruises does not own or operate any parking lots in the area. Local parking is available at The Wharf Parking Garage.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Enjoy a sightseeing dinner cruise along the Potomac River and Washington, DC’s beautiful waterfront, departing from Gangplank Marina at 600 Water Street SW. This excursion covers the Potomac River with fascinating views of DC’s famous monuments and the city's historic waterfront.

The Odyssey is a modern dining ship with three exquisitely decorated glass atrium dining rooms, offering amazing river views of the nation's greatest monuments from every table. These inner dining areas offers plenty of comfortable seating with large picture windows to see the sites. There is also an open-air observation deck (reminiscent of the European canal ships) and dance floors.

The Captain and crew greet the guests as they arrive and the ship's photographer will record the moment for each party, if desired.

For the 3-course dinner, there is a tasting trio, entrees and desserts. To begin, choose from roasted summer vegetable salad, rock shrimp spheres or whipped goat cheese. The entrees include crab and mussel gratin, Romesco crust salmon, maple mustard glazed chicken, braised short rib, cauliflower steak or steak and lobster tail (additional charge). For dessert, there’s duo of sorbet, Odyssey signature bread pudding, mountain berry shortcake or chocolate decadent cake.

After eating, dance the night away to live music. The evening begins with softer standards before shifting to more high-energy dance music after dinner.

Throughout the cruise, enjoy stunning views of the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Reagan National Airport, the United States Naval Research Laboratory, Old Town Alexandria in Virginia, the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge and much more.

Potomac River

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Dress code is smart casual such as nice slacks and collared shirts. No jeans, shorts, tank tops, halter-tops, gym shoes or flip flops are worn on the cruise
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • All interior areas of the ship are non-smoking, guests who smoke may do so on the outdoor observation decks only
  • Cruise duration is approx 2.5 to 3 hours
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Seating is only guaranteed together for the number of tickets confirmed on this voucher. Reservations may not be combined.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 160 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:Where is the departure point for the Washington DC Premier Dinner Cruise?

A:The Washington DC Premier Dinner Cruise departs from 600 Water St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Apr 2021

Q:Is there parking near the departure point for the Washington DC Premier Dinner 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 Premier Dinner 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 Premier Dinner Cruise?

A:There are no age restrictions on the Dinner cruise.

Apr 2021

Q:Are there high chairs available for my child during the Washington DC Premier Dinner Cruise?

A:Yes, high chairs are available for use during the dinner cruise.

Apr 2021

Q:How should I dress for the Washington DC Premier Dinner Cruise?

A:Business to dressy casual attire is recommended. For men, slacks or khaki pants and a collared shirt with or without a jacket; for women, slacks or skirts with a collared shirt or dress. Please no jeans, shorts, tank tops, flip-flops, or gym shoes.

Apr 2021

Q:How early should I check in for the Washington DC Premier Dinner Cruise?

A:Boarding time is 45 minutes prior to departure.

Apr 2021

Q:Can I smoke on board the Washington DC Premier Dinner 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 Premier Dinner 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 Premier Dinner 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

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Featured review
The staff were so friendly. Food was great overall my husband and I had a great time. I would definitely recommend it.


322 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
Showing 1-10 of 322 reviews
Ahaoma_N, Sept 2023
The cruise was very memorable. The three-course meal was very good. The DJ and his choice of music kept everyone dancing. Excellent service overall.
No Cruise
Dennis_F, Sept 2023
We were not able to go on the cruise because Viator scheduled us for a time when the cruise was not available.
Gregory_S, Sept 2023
DJ and food were good, everything else was disappointing. The ship made loops and didn't provide an opportunity to see the monuments.
River Dinner Cruise
MICHAEL_M, Sept 2023
Food was very good, waiters were very attentive and welcoming. Should be aware that the boat route is not a tour, it just circles the same part of the river over and over again. That said it’s a very good evening.
Fun times
joan_r, Sept 2023
Beautiful boat etc. Fun DJ. Food service was terrible though. Staff confused and not attentive. Fun time!
Horrible customer service
Sandy_T, Sept 2023
My husband received a message his 90 year old father had a bad fall and was iICU on life support while we were walking to the Wharf to board the ship for this event. He was quite shaken and we arrived at the gate to board right at 7:00. The gates were locked; however, we could see our ship as well as two employees by the gate. I asked if they would open the gate so we could board, I explained why we arrived right at 7:00 and they said we weee supposed to arrive early that the boat boards before 7:00 and gates are locked and the ship leaves at 7:00. The shop was not leaving and didn’t start to take off for at least ten minutes. We went to the office to ask if they would open the gate prior to the ship leaving and they said no to contact the Cruise Line. This was unacceptable that the gates were locked at 7:00 and they wouldn’t allow us to come in the gates to board. The site says it starts at 7.00 and does not state that the gates will be locked at 7:00. It does not state that you must arrive before 7:00 or you’ll be locked out. This cost $435.00 and we should have been able to get on the boat as we arrived at 7:00 and the ship was still sitting there and did not leave for ten minutes or longer. I’m so disappointed in this Cruise Line for not providing the information that we needed to be there prior to 7:00. My husband is a veteran with a prothsetic leg and had just received a challenging call about his father. My husband and I walked as quickly as my husband could considering his disability and news his father was unconscious on life support back in New Mexico. Shame on these employees to lock the gate at or even prior to 7:00 and not allow us in at 7:00 when the boat was still sitting there not leaving the Wharff for ten minutes while we sat there and watched. Where’s the human factor and understanding. They were not even kind. They said you should have arrived prior to 7:00, we lock the gates and you’re not getting in for any reason. They told us to call the Cruise Line which I attempted to do and even spoke to employees in the office; however, I could get an answer as to what could be done prior to the ship leaving the port. This was a very painful and costly experience
Dinner Cruise 9/4
Rebekah_N, Sept 2023
Everything was great...shout out to MiMi & the young man that helped her..they were both so sweet and had a great personalities. The food was delicious. My husband and I both had the salmon. A review of the dessert buffet. The staff was not keeping it well stocked so there was a delay in everyone getting dessert & the line formed right where our table was..that was awkward..there was the whole area behind the DJ that would have been better to set up buffet as not to crowd tables. I have worked hospitality for years & this would have been unacceptable to inconvenience a patron. A suggestion would be to have the DJ commentating & music piped on to the decks ...he was constantly reminding people to go on the deck but we were disappointed not to hear him outside. He had a great personality and we liked hearing his knowledge of the area.
Not a 2-1/2 to 3 hour cruise
Sue_B, Sept 2023
The cruise part was very nice. The food was bland, the salmon was dry. When booking, they advertised this as a 2-1/2 to 3 hour cruise, it was only 2 hours. The views were beautiful.
You’ll regret booking!
Valencia_C, Sept 2023
I’ll start with the good - the DJ was decent and kept the dance floor packed and cruise flowing. The waitress skylar was top tier. Despite several issues with the kitchen she provided updates continuously and made sure we were taken care of despite several delays. Despite skylarks best efforts the service was terrible as a whole. The appetizers were not as described, the salad had one 1 tomato, 1 peach, and 1 piece of cheese. They literally grabbed spinach and placed it on the plate. The shrimp bisque was cold/lukewarm and the cheese wasn’t melted. The main course: the chicken was dry, the salmon was decent, and the gnocchi was overcooked and inedible. To the chef, succotash should never be a course option when the cruise is $150+ dollars: succotash should be reserved for high school cafeterias…not a dinner cruise. Dessert was a mess. We were back at the port before dessert service was served and we were prompted to leave with the final course being unserved. Two other tables were given the same instructions to disembark the ship despite not being serviced dessert. We complained to the restaurant manager twice before they decided to serve the remaining tables. We had no intentions of leaving without service or money back. Overall this cruise has a lot of areas of improvement! I highly recommend doing something else with your hard earned money and time! You deserve better & so did we! A refund would be appropriate but unfortunately I doubt the cruise will accommodate any passenger’s inconveniences. This review is not an over exaggeration, just facts….if you’re on the fence about booking keep looking.
Not as advertised in so many levels.
Juan_M, Aug 2023
We were quite looking forward to our dinner cruise experience, especially given the premium pricing and the advertised route. Unfortunately, our expectations were not met. Despite the boat being well below its full capacity, the air conditioning was nonfunctional on a warm 80°F evening, making the interior uncomfortably warm. Concerns about cleanliness were raised when we noticed that one of the water glasses still had lipstick marks from a previous customer. It might be beneficial for the establishment to receive a visit from a health inspector to address this. We also noticed that the staff seemed stretched thin, which resulted in delays in service and visibly uncomfortable working conditions for them. The waiters appeared to be sweating and were apologetic about the service delays, which made the experience less than enjoyable for us as well. Furthermore, the presentation left something to be desired; our bread was unceremoniously placed on the table rather than on the bread plate, and the waiter responsible for this seemed less than courteous. To add to the disappointment, the cruise did not follow the advertised route. Despite clear weather conditions, we found ourselves circling past the DCA airport twice, without the promised sights of bridges or the Lincoln Memorial, as indicated in the promotional video from Viator. Overall, considering the price point and the promises made in advertising, we were left feeling that the experience was neither value for money nor as advertised.
Don’t go
Steven_H, Aug 2023
From the first greeting to the final farewell, this was the worst river cruise that we have ever been on. We arrived at 6:05, photographer couldn’t take a picture with The Washington Monument in the background. We were taken to a table not next to a window. We asked to be move, “you can’t, it’s pre scheduled” came the reply. Complaint to the manager and e were sat by a window. 6:15 ordered a drink. 6:50 asked for our drinks. After 7 received our drinks. Ages later received starter. Main course served by first server ( who said we couldn’t sit by the window) sge pitched the plates - dropping them the last inch, without speaking. I asked another server for another drink and after 20 minutes, gave up and went to the bar myself.
Potomac River Cruises
Sabrina_B, Aug 2023
Dancing, great food, enjoyed friends, good environment, good music, relaxing boat rride and awesome staff.
There for 30 anniversary...
Ralph_K, Aug 2023
There for 30 anniversary we sat early and there was open seats by the window he asked 2 other couples in our roe if they wanted to sit by the window I have 3 black kids wich he didn't know but he didn't ask us because we are white my opinion though
Not as advertised
Tony_D, Aug 2023
Not as advertised - was supposed to be 2 1/2 - 3 hrs. We were back in 2. Didn’t see the sights that were promoted.
The staff were so...
Marie_C, Aug 2023
The staff were so friendly. Food was great overall my husband and I had a great time. I would definitely recommend it.
Service and entertainment not worth the money
Jeffrey_P, Aug 2023
Nice scenic views along the Potomac basin. Good to capture moments. Service, Food and music below average. My waitress didn't collect the extra cost until we were exciting, she called us out, which was a little embarrassing. Food was cold and music was targeted Mostly to one age or era.
Loved our dinner cruise
Sherry_L, Aug 2023
The whole thing was amazing. Beautiful sunset, music and dinner was fantastic. Our wonderful waiter made us a special dessert that had 30th on it for our an anniversary. The night was perfect!!!
My Wife & I will make this dinner cruise again for Sure!!!
George_T, Aug 2023
The water ride was smooth and relaxing. There was not a lot of people on the boat and the waitress did a phenomenal job of serving our needs and surprising us with a bouquet of roses for our 11TH Wedding Anniversary!!! The food was delicious and they had a variety of desserts to choose from. The DJ did a fabulous job of playing music for everyone on board, and the atmosphere was so relaxing.
What an awesome birthday!
Louise_G, Aug 2023
Sharing moments with friends and the queens of Ms. Black USA! It was my birthday and I had an awesome time with family and friends. The food was delicious! The music was nice.
Managers take care of your customer first
James_A, Aug 2023
Food was good, the views were great. The service onboard after the desert was brought out could have been better. Ordered two drinks which were additions cost and waited almost 30 min each time. Instead of the manager taking action, she blew it off and preferred to hit the dance floor while no customers were on the dance floor.

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