Historic Mount Vernon Excursion Cruises to Feature Colonial Characters


WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 11, 2016) – Spirit Cruises, the quintessential experience of Washington D.C. by way of water, announced today the kickoff event for its Spirit of Mount Vernon Excursion Cruises. On April 23 and 24, cruise-goers can enjoy a free continental breakfast featuring grits from George Washington’s Mount Vernon Gristmill, and all guests will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to the Mount Vernon Spring Wine Festival (May 13-15). Additionally, the first 50 guests each day will receive a pair of Spirit sunglasses and a George Washington election button. A colonial fifer will greet guests at the Mount Vernon dock on April 23, and “George Washington’s niece” will greet them on April 24.

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ALERT For Media on April 23 and 24

SW Waterfront Boarding Time 8:00am | Departure 8:30am

Arrival at Mount Vernon and Character Meet and Greet 10:00am

Return Boarding 1:15pm | Departure 1:30pm

Arrival at SW Waterfront | 3:00pm

“We’re proud to be the District’s only direct cruise to Mount Vernon,” said Dan Leaman, vice president and general manager for Entertainment Cruises in the District’s Southwest Waterfront. “Our family-friendly Mount Vernon excursions transport you from the scenic Potomac River back in time to the beautiful and elaborate home of George Washington.”

The Spirit of Mount Vernon’s open-air rooftop boasts views of the District, Maryland and Virginia. The excursion includes a one-and-a-half-hour narrated tour of the Potomac River’s famous landmarks, a three-and-a-half-hour adventure at Mount Vernon and a return one-and-a-half-hour cruise back to the Southwest Waterfront. Guided and self-guided tours of Mount Vernon are available. One-way excursions and 40-minute turnaround cruises are also available aboard the Spirit from the Mount Vernon dock. For more information about the cruises – which continue through the summer and into October – visit Spirit Cruises’ website or watch this short video: https://youtu.be/9L1N2MKbC2Q. 

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 entertainmentcruises.com.