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Washington DC:Gourmet Brunch or Dinner Cruise on the Odyssey

1. Washington DC:Gourmet Brunch or Dinner Cruise on the Odyssey

Cruise on the Potomac River and see the sights of Washington DC from a luxury boat, The Odyssey. Get a keepsake photo taken by the ship's photographer, then embark on an elegant dining cruise along the Washington DC shoreline. After being seated at your private table, enjoy a brunch or 3-course dinner, with meals prepared fresh daily by your onboard executive chef. Menu items are subject to change. After your meal, relax on any of the 3 climate-controlled decks as you watch the monuments glide by. Sample Brunch MenuEarly Riser:Breakfast pastries Scottish smoked salmonScrambled eggsBreakfast meats Breakfast potatoes French toast Late Risers:Caesar salad Greek salad Sun-dried tomato pasta saladBaked orecchiette pastaBirria-style chicken Chesapeake Bay rockfish Hand-carved tri-tip steak Kid's station Dessert: Individual dessertsIn-season fruit Sample Dinner Menu Starters (choice of one): Caesar salad Lobster soup Main Course (choice of one): Jumbo forest mushroom ravioli Oven-roasted frenched chicken breast with rosemary and thyme Broiled salmon filet Braised beef short rib Pan-seared fresh Pacific cod Desserts (choice of one): New York-style cheesecake Triple chocolate mud pie Duo of sorbet Freshly cut fruit Odyssey signature warm butter cake

Washington DC: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise on the Spirit

2. Washington DC: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise on the Spirit

See the sights of Washington DC from onboard the Spirit of Washington with a lunch or dinner cruise on the Potomac River. Enjoy a buffet dining experience as you sail, and delight in panoramic views. Board your vessel and receive a personal greeting. Have your photo taken by the ship's photographer to capture the memory before being seated at your private table. Once there, gorge on your lunch or dinner buffet consisting of creative entrees prepared fresh daily and listen to the onboard music. After your meal, visit any of the three climate-controlled decks as you glide by the sights. LUNCH/DINNER BUFFET SAMPLE MENU SALADS FIELD GREEN SALAD (G*)(VG)Tomatoes | Cucumbers | Carrots | Ranch Dressing | Balsamic Dressing KALE QUINOA SALAD (G*)(VG)(V)Quinoa | Roasted Red Pepper | Spinach | Lemon Oregano Vinaigrette GREEN GODDESS PASTA SALAD (V)Sweet Peas | White Beans | Scallions MAIN HONEY SESAME CHICKEN (G*)Scallions | Fresno Chillies OVEN ROASTED WHITEFISH (G*)Spicy Tomato | White Bean Ragu BAKED ZITI PASTA (V)Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Mozzarella Cheese | Spinach Cream Sauce ROOT VEGETABLE FRICASSEE (G*)(VG)(V)Idaho Potatoes | Broccoli | Grape Tomatoes | Gremolata | Cauliflower Coconut Cream Sauce COMPLEMENTSROASTED BROCCOLI (G*)(VG)(V)Toasted Garlic | Chili Flakes GARLIC MASHED POTATOES (G*)(V)Idaho Potatoes | Roasted Garlic DESSERTSIGNATURE DESSERT STATION (V)Cakes | Brownies | Seasonal Fruit | *May Contain Nuts *Menus subject to change

Washington, DC: Old Town Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley City Tour

3. Washington, DC: Old Town Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley City Tour

Named "Washington's Best Tour" by the Washingtonian Magazine and one of the top 10 hop-on hop-off tours in the world by Forbes, the Old Town Trolley offers the most comprehensive tour of the nation's capital. Relax while expert tour guides help you discover the beauty and majesty of Washington, D.C. This popular tour covers Washington's major attractions such as the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, and Vietnam Veteran's Memorial. Expert guides share colorful anecdotes, humorous stories and well-researched historical information. Upgrade to include a trolley tour of Arlington National Cemetery, an enduring tribute to those who’ve dedicated their lives to defending the nation. You’ll be transported to some of the most notable graves and memorials. DC City Tour Trolley stops: 1. 1001 E. St. NW: Washington Welcome Center/Ford's Theatre/Peterson House 2. 1401 Pennsylvania Ave: The White House/The White House Visitor Center/WWI Memorial 3. 701 Constitution Ave NW: National Archives (West/East Gallery of the NGA, Navy Memorial) 4. 400 New Jersey Ave NW: Japanese American Memorial/Hyatt Regency 5. 50 Massachusetts Ave NE: Union Station and the Smithsonian Postal Museum 6. 1st St. NE: US Capitol (Botanic Gardens, Supreme Court and Library of Congress) 7. 600 Independence Ave SW: Air/Space Museum, Museum of the American Indian/Eisenhower Memorial 8. Maine Ave SW at 9th St. SW: The Wharf 9. 700 L'Enfant Plaza SW: International Spy Museum 10. 1398 Independence Ave SW: Washington Monument, Smithsonian Museums and Castle, Holocaust Memorial Museum 11. 16 E Basin Dr SW: Jefferson Memorial/George Mason Memorial 12. 1964 Independence Ave SW: Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial/Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial 13. 2 Lincoln Memorial Cir. NW: Lincoln Memorial/Vietnam Veterans Memorial/Korean War Veterans Memorial/World War II Memorial 14. 1400 Constitution Ave NW: National Museum of American History/National Museum of African American History & Culture/National Museum of Natural History 15. 800 F St. NW: National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum (temp closed for Holiday Market) Arlington Cemetery Trolley stops: • Arlington National Cemetery • President John F. Kennedy Gravesite • US Coast Guard Memorial • John J. Pershing • The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier • Arlington House • US Marine Corps War Memorial Iwo Jima • Arlington Niche Wall Columbarium Courts

From Washington, D.C.: Mount Vernon Sightseeing River Cruise

4. From Washington, D.C.: Mount Vernon Sightseeing River Cruise

Experience a great American adventure on this boat trip to the home of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Enjoy a round-trip cruise from Washington, D.C. to Mount Vernon, including entrance to the estate of George and Martha Washington. Start your tour with a fully narrated cruise down the Potomac River to Mount Vernon. Tour the gardens and grounds of this national historical landmark and learn the history of one of the country's most important leaders. Spend 3 full hours at the estate viewing the gardens, strolling the many trails, visiting the farm, and stopping by the many restaurants and shops, on a tour that allows you to travel back in history to the time of colonial America.

DC: Tour with U.S. Capitol Ground Access

5. DC: Tour with U.S. Capitol Ground Access

See the most important sights in DC on the most comprehensive, top-of-the-line, and exciting tours of the historic city. Experience an 6-hour day in DC jam-packed with stops while making memories to last a lifetime.  Join your expert live guide, both on and off a climate-controlled touring bus, for an entertaining, fact-filled tour highlighting the history, culture, architecture, and sights of this beautiful city.   Your day includes the city's important monuments and memorials (listed below) including the exterior of the a visit to the outside of the Capitol Building, the White House, World War 2 Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, Dr Martin Luther King Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial, the Women in the Vietnam Memorial, The Iwo Jima Memorial (The Marine Corp Memorial).  Have a lunch break at either the Georgetown waterfront (April-October) or The Wharf (October-April) where you can purchase lunch from one of several delicious locations. From April to October, you’ll also take a 1-hour boat ride on the lovely and historic Potomac River to experience DC's monuments and views from the unique perspective of the water. At each stop, your guide will accompany you on foot giving an informative, insider's view and great photos of each special place, before conveniently boarding the bus again.   Tour includes the following stops: Capitol BuildingWhite House (exterior)World War II MemorialKorean War Veterans MemorialVietnam Veterans MemorialVietnam Women’s MemorialMartin Luther King, Jr. MemorialFranklin Delano Roosevelt MemorialWashington Monument Time permitting there will be additional surprise stops. Sights seen from the bus include the National Archives, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Castle, Treasury Building, and much more.

Washington DC: New Year's Day Gourmet Brunch River Cruise

6. Washington DC: New Year's Day Gourmet Brunch River Cruise

Celebrate the New Year on the water with a New Year’s Day gourmet brunch in Washington DC. You and your guests will enjoy a festive brunch buffet freshly prepared by the chef, and full bar service. While onboard, experience exceptional views of Washington DC’s iconic landmarks, DJ entertainment, and festive décor. The crew will happily take care of the details, leaving you to celebrate the holidays on the Potomac River with your friends and family. Sample Brunch Menu LATE RISERSKALE QUINOA SALAD Quinoa | Roasted Red Pepper | Spinach | Lemon Oregano VinaigretteGREEN GODDESS PASTA SALAD (V)Sweet Peas | White Beans | ScallionsCAESAR SALADRomaine Lettuce | Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Herb Croutons | Traditional Caesar DressingOVEN ROASTED WHITEFISH Spicy Tomato | White Bean RaguKID'S STATIONChicken Tenders and French FriesHAND CARVED STRIP LOIN Signature Spice Rub | Horseradish Crème | Au JusHAND CARVED OVEN-ROASTED TURKEY Cranberry Sauce DESSERTSIGNATURE DESSERT STATION Cakes | Brownies | Seasons Fruit **May contain Nuts EARLY RISERBREAKFAST PASTRIESAssorted Muffins and Danishes | *Contains NutsSCRAMBLED EGGS American Cheddar CheeseBREAKFAST MEATS Applewood Smoked Bacon | Pork Sausage LinksBREAKFAST POTATOES Carmelized Onions | Red & Green Bell PeppersFRENCH TOAST Whipped Cream | Maple Syrup Holiday menu subject to change without notice.

Washington DC: Christmas Eve Gourmet Brunch or Dinner Cruise

7. Washington DC: Christmas Eve Gourmet Brunch or Dinner Cruise

Celebrate the magic of the season on the water with a Christmas Eve gourmet brunch or dinner cruise in Washington DC. You and your guests will enjoy a brunch buffet, or a 3-course plated dinner prepared by the chef, and full bar service. While onboard, experience exceptional views of Washington DC’s iconic landmarks, DJ entertainment, and festive décor. The crew will happily take care of the details, leaving you to celebrate the holidays on the Potomac River with your friends and family. Sample Brunch Menu LATE RISERSKALE QUINOA SALAD GREEN GODDESS PASTA SALAD CAESAR SALADRomaine Lettuce | Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Herb Croutons | Traditional Caesar DressingOVEN ROASTED WHITEFISHSpicy Tomato | White Bean RaguKID'S STATIONChicken Tenders and French FriesHAND CARVED STRIP LOIN Signature Spice Rub | Horseradish Crème | Au JusHAND CARVED OVEN-ROASTED TURKEY Cranberry Sauce DESSERTSIGNATURE DESSERT STATION EARLY RISERBREAKFAST PASTRIESAssorted Muffins and Danishes | *Contains NutsSCRAMBLED EGGS American Cheddar CheeseBREAKFAST MEATSApplewood Smoked Bacon | Pork Sausage LinksBREAKFAST POTATOES FRENCH TOAST Whipped Cream | Maple Syrup Sample Dinner Menu STARTER (CHOICE OF ONE - ALL STARTERS ACCOMPANIED BY FRESH BREAD AND BUTTER)BEET & BABY ARUGULA SALAD SIGNATURE SEAFOOD CHOWDER MAIN (CHOICE OF ONE)TURKEY DINNERGarlic Mashed Potato | Traditional Stuffing | Haricot Verts | Turkey Gravy | Cranberry SaucePAN ROASTED CODRock Shrimp | Crispy Couscous | Lemon Beurre BlancBRAISED BEEF SHORT RIBS WITH FRESNO PEPPER DEMI GLACE Garlic Mashed Potatoes | Baby Carrots | BroccoliFALL VEGETABLE RAGU Butternut Squash | Brussel Sprouts | Cauliflower | Carrots | White Bean Ragu DESSERTSEASONAL DESSERT STATION

Washington DC: Thanksgiving Buffet Lunch River Cruise

8. Washington DC: Thanksgiving Buffet Lunch River Cruise

Make this holiday truly special with a special Thanksgiving lunch cruise in Washington DC. You and your guests will enjoy a celebratory lunch buffet with all the trimmings freshly prepared by the chef. While onboard, enjoy incredible views of many of the famous landmarks in and around Washington DC, full bar service, a live DJ and festive décor. The crew will happily take care of the details, leaving you to enjoy Thanksgiving on the Potomac River with your friends and family. Sample Lunch Menu SALADS (ALL SALADS ACCOMPANIED BY FRESH BREADS AND BUTTER) MESCULIN SALAD Dried Cranberries | Feta Cheese | Sliced Almonds | Orange Champagne Vinaigrette | *Contains NutsKALE QUINOA SALAD (G*)(VG)(V)Quinoa | Roasted Red Pepper | Spinach | Lemon Oregano Vinaigrette MAINTHREE CHEESE BAKED MACARONI American Cheddar Cheese | Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Monterey Jack CheeseOVEN ROASTED WHITEFISH Spicy Tomato | White Bean RaguHAND CARVED OVEN ROASTED TURKEY Cranberry SauceHAND CARVED STRIP LOIN, USDA CHOICE Signature Spice Rub | Horseradish Crème | Au JusFALL VEGETABLE RAGU (AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST) Butternut Squash | Brussel Sprouts | Cauliflower | Carrots | White Bean Ragu COMPLEMENTSGARLIC MASHED POTATOES MASHED SWEET POTATO HARICOT VERTS TRADITIONAL STUFFING TURKEY GRAVY DESSERTSEASONAL DESSERT STATION Assorted Cakes | Brownies | Pastries and Seasonal Fruit | *Contains Nuts

Washington DC: Thanksgiving Gourmet Dinner River Cruise

9. Washington DC: Thanksgiving Gourmet Dinner River Cruise

Celebrate Thanksgiving on the water with a Thanksgiving gourmet dinner cruise in Washington DC. You and your guests will enjoy 3-course plated dinner with all the trimmings freshly prepared by the chef, and full bar service. While onboard, experience exceptional views of Washington DC’s iconic landmarks, DJ entertainment, and festive décor. The crew will happily take care of the details, leaving you to celebrate the holidays on the Potomac River with your friends and family. Sample Dinner Menu STARTER (CHOICE OF ONE - ALL STARTERS ACCOMPANIED BY FRESH BREAD AND BUTTER) BEET & BABY ARUGULA SALAD Feta Cheese | Cherry Tomatoes | Balsamic VinaigretteSIGNATURE SEAFOOD CHOWDERClams | Idaho Potatoes | Cream MAIN (CHOICE OF ONE)TURKEY DINNERGarlic Mashed Potato | Traditional Stuffing | Haricot Verts | Turkey Gravy | Cranberry SaucePAN ROASTED CODRock Shrimp | Crispy Couscous | Lemon Beurre BlancBRAISED BEEF SHORT RIBS WITH FRESNO PEPPER DEMI GLACEGarlic Mashed Potatoes | Baby Carrots | BroccoliFALL VEGETABLE RAGU Butternut Squash | Brussel Sprouts | Cauliflower | Carrots | White Bean Ragu DESSERTSEASONAL DESSERT STATION (V)(N)Assorted Cakes | Brownies | Pastries | Seasonal Fruit | May Contain Nuts.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 631 reviews

Took bus in front of union station. Need to validate at desk inside front of station but did not know. Driver accepted pass and validation at end of line where switched bus quickly to do initial stops. Bus does not take you to Arlington cemetery. You have to make own way there where there is another smaller hop on hop off tram tour. Also excellent. There’s a stop close by but would have to walk a while and over busy bridge so not safe. Could stop there and cab or Lyft/uber

The boat was very beautiful and our server was so accommodating and friendly. It was a great experience, though there was some trouble with the tickets and the scanner that they had so I had to walk a few yards to the ticket office and have it printed out. If you come with both the digital and printed you should be fine though.

We had a blast! The only reason this wasn't a five star rating was because there weren't many good choices at the buffet and definitely not any vegan options. Brunch cruise.

I rather wanted to have real soul food than broccoli or green pasta you need to fix the menus

Great energy and service Food was really good. Would have loved more options