National Cherry Blossom Cruises Offer Unparalleled Panoramic Views of Blossoms and Fireworks

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 16, 2016)Entertainment Cruises, the quintessential experience of Washington D.C. by way of water, has announced its lineup of Cherry Blossom Festival-themed cruises. Entertainment Cruises features five versatile vessels including the glass-enclosed Odyssey, festive Spirit of Washington, fun and educational Spirit of Mount Vernon, and distinctive yachts National Elite and Capital Elite. Cherry Blossom-themed cruises begin March 19 and end April 17.

“Imagine yourself drifting over the Potomac River, overlooking the city – cherry blossoms, monuments and all – during our nation’s greatest springtime celebration,” said Dan Leaman, vice president and general manager for Entertainment Cruises in the District’s Southwest Waterfront. “There is no better place in our nation’s capital to experience such a historic annual event. Not only will cruise-goers be surrounded by an abundance of natural beauty, but dinner patrons will enjoy an exclusive front seat to the colorful Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival.”

Brunch, Lunch, Dinner and Fireworks Cruises from: 

Enjoy 360 degree views of the monuments and blooming cherry blossom trees with a buffet-style brunch or a seasonal three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner cruise options. After an informative narration highlighting the history of the cherry blossom trees, guests aboard the Odyssey can enjoy a walk around the outer deck as well as live band entertainment and dancing. The Odyssey also offers a dinner cruise with spectacular views of the fireworks during the Southwest Waterfront Firework’s Festival.

The Spirit lines offer lively lunch and dinner cruises daily, including a special narration showcasing the cherry blossom trees and historic landmarks, as well as a live DJ on deck. Spirit Cruises offers a three-hour cruise where guests have the opportunity to enjoy the Southwest Fireworks Festival show from the comfort of their dinner table or the Spirit’s rooftop lounge.

Sightseeing Cruises from:

The Elite yachts, typically for private charter only, are made available to the public during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. For those looking to experience the quick but classy side of the nation’s capital in bloom, enjoy a 45-minute sightseeing cruises around Haines Point and East Potomac Park.

Historical Cruises from:

Journey past the blossoms on an educational excursion back in time to George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon. Guests can enjoy the open air as they relax aboard the Spirit of Mount Vernon’s open-air rooftop boasting views of DC, Maryland and Virginia. The cruise includes a narrated tour of the Potomac River’s famous landmarks, and three-and-a-half-hour adventure at Mount Vernon while taking in the cherry blossom sights on the way to and from the estate.  

Entertainment Cruises is the largest dining cruise company in the United States. Headquartered in Chicago, Entertainment Cruises now serves 1.5 million guests annually with a fleet of 30 ships in cities that include Baltimore; Boston; Chicago; National Harbor, MD; Norfolk, VA; Philadelphia; New York; Fort Lauderdale; Miami; Boca Raton; Palm Beach; and Washington, D.C. From luxury dining cruises and skyline tours to speedboat excursions, Entertainment Cruises maintains an impressive portfolio of vessels and brands which includes Odyssey Cruises, Spirit Cruises, Mystic Blue Cruises, Bateaux New York, Seadog Cruises, Elite Private Yachts, and Windridge Yacht Charters. The brands are collectively defined by operational excellence, superior service, quality entertainment, exceptional views and an unwavering commitment to delivering high-value, high-enjoyment experiences. For more information or to inquire about reservations, visit

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation’s greatest springtime celebration. The 2016 Festival, March 20 – April 17, includes three spectacular weeks and four weekends of events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Visit for more information, and find us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram