Washington DC Odyssey Lunch Cruise
Washington DC, USA
- Odyssey: Escape from an ordinary day. Odyssey is a cruising vessel that provides luxury and elegance. This two-hour cruise will put you in a great frame of mind as you float down the Potomac.
- Plated lunch: Feast on freshly prepared appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Pair your gourmet lunch with one of our award-winning wines or a non-alcoholic drink.
- After-lunch fun: Dance to live music and work off your meal. Or just gaze at The Washington Monument and the D.C. skyline as the Odyssey sails up the Potomac.
About this Washington DC tour
As our nation's capital, Washington, D.C., is home to the White House, the official residence and workplace of every one of our presidents since 1800. An elegant and entertaining way to get a taste of D.C's presidential history is to take the Odyssey lunch cruise.
When you pass by the Lincoln Memorial, note its 36 columns, one for each state reunited following the Civil War. No truth to the rumor, though, that Abraham Lincoln's hands in the sculpture spell out "A" and "L" in sign language. The Jefferson Memorial shares a similar Parthenon-inspired design – one that was approved by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It originally had a plaster cast of the Thomas Jefferson statue, due to wartime restrictions on metal, but was replaced with a more fitting bronze statue after the war.
The Kennedy Center (quite a cultural treasure), the always-busy Reagan National Airport, and the forest that is Theodore Roosevelt Island are other presidential-themed sights you'll see from your cruise, as is the stirring Arlington National Cemetery, where presidents John F. Kennedy and William Howard Taft, along with 400,000+ service members and others, are buried.
But not every attraction you'll see is a positive reflection on the presidency. Like the Watergate. This office complex was the scene of the President Nixon-authorized break-in of the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in 1972. All of the attractions, though, contribute to who we are as Americans. A lunch cruise with a hearty entree of American lore? That's pretty delicious.
One of the sillier scandals in American political took place along the D.C. waterfront. In 1974, park police pulled over Rep. Wilbur Mills, who headed the powerful Ways and Means Committee, for speeding. Both he and his passenger/mistress, a stripper named Fanne Foxe, were apparently liquored up, too. And Foxe jumped into the Tidal Basin to escape the fuzz. The scandal killed Mills' career, but made Foxe famous.
Please make your way to the Gangplank Marina at 600 Water Street SW, Washington DC 20024.
Please board 30 minutes prior to cruise departure time.
Recommended attire is dressy-casual.
To fully participate may require leisurely walking over primarily even surfaces. There may be a limited number of steps and some standing for extended periods of time. The vessel has a deck and restrooms that can handle most standard-sized wheelchairs.
Boat Tour, Scenic, Food and Wine, Family Friendly
Beverages - Tea & Coffee
Lunch - International Cuisine
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages. Children 2 years of age and younger participate free of charge. Must be 21 or older with valid ID to purchase alcohol.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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