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Elementary & High School Events

Host Your Next Event on the Water

Students of any age love dining & dancing on the Potomac River with the nation’s iconic landmarks as their backdrop. Hornblower offers not only a safe venue for hosting large groups of young students, but also seemingly endless opportunities to teach and inspire. Ideal for proms, awards ceremonies, faculty events and more, let our expert event planners create an unforgettable experience for your students and staff.

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Our Event Venues

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An Odyssey Venue on the River

Enjoy a three-course plated menu aboard the glass-enclosed Odyssey DC, designed to showcase the city's iconic skyline. Soak in European-inspired elegance with gourmet plated dishes, refreshing cocktails and live music—it's the nation’s capital, served tableside.

An Odyssey Venue on the River

Enjoy a three-course plated menu aboard the glass-enclosed Odyssey DC, designed to showcase the city's iconic skyline. Soak in European-inspired elegance with gourmet plated dishes, refreshing cocktails and live music—it's the nation’s capital, served tableside.

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All About Odyssey DC

All About Odyssey DC

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Ship Details
Sample Menu for Odyssey DC

Our freshly prepared, three-course plated menu is included in the base ticket price for all Odyssey dining cruises. Our chefs are happy to prepare vegetarian and vegan options, and we can also accommodate most dietary restrictions - just inform your event planner.

Core Odyssey 2020 Dinner Plated

Our freshly prepared, three-course plated dinner menu is included in the base ticket price for all standard dinner cruises. Our chefs are happy to prepare vegetarian and vegan options, and we can also accommodate most dietary restrictions - just inform your server onboard. Menu items subject to change.

Choice of one

 

Caesar Salad
Buttermilk Caesar Dressing | Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese | Herb Croutons | Italian Parsley

Lobster Bisque
Rock Shrimp | Brioche Croutons | Scallions

Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail
Bourbon Cocktail Sauce
Available for an additional price

Seafood Tower
Maine Lobster | Alaskan King Crab | Jumbo Shrimp | Bay Scallop Ceviche | Bourbon Cocktail Sauce | Parsley Aioli
Available for an additional price

2.5oz 1/2 Lobster Tail
Available for an additional price

Choice of one

Jumbo Forest Mushroom Ravioli
Spanish Red Lentils & Sage | Arugula | Shallots | Toasted Walnuts | Basil Pesto Oven

Roasted Frenched Chicken Breast with Rosemary & Thyme
Warm Yukon Gold Potato Salad with Scallions | Haricot Verts | Creamy Cremini Mushroom Sauce

Broiled Fresh Salmon Filet
Roasted Yukon Potatoes | Steamed Bok Choi | Micro Arugula & Pickled Sweet Ginger | Creamy Vegetable & Fresh Herb Sauce

Braised Beef Short Rib
Idaho Potato & Horseradish Mash | Baby Carrots | Pearl Onions & English Peas Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce

Pan-Seared Fresh Pacific Cod
Lemon Beurre Blanc Sauce | Baby Spinach & Potato Mash | Steamed Rock Shrimp 

8 oz USDA Choice Filet Mignon
Potato & Horseradish Mash | Steamed Romanesco | Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce
Available for an additional price

18 oz USDA Prime Striploin
Potatoes & Horseradish Mash | Steamed Romanesco | Café de Paris Butter
Available for an additional price

Two 5 oz Broiled Maine Lobster Tails 
Truffle Potatoes | Celery & Apple Slaw | Corn on the Cob | Drawn Butter
Available for an additional price

Choice of one

Eli's New York Style Cheesecake
Strawberry Compote

Triple Chocolate Mud Pie
Orange & Ginger Preserves | White Chocolate Covered Strawberry

Duo of Sorbet
Seasonal Sorbet | Fresh Cut Fruit

Freshly Cut Fruit & Fresh Strawberries
Madagascar Vanilla & Orange Custard | Fresh Mint  

Odyssey Signature Warm Butter Cake
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream | Blackberry Sauce

Included In Your Ticket
Coffee | Hot Tea | Iced Tea | Water

Craft Cocktails, Beer & Wine
Available to purchase onboard

Odyssey III Lunch Cruise

Fun From Start to Finish

Great for parties of all sizes, a Spirit cruise gives you the chance to dine, dance and see the city’s skyline like never before. Enjoy a fun atmosphere, a freshly prepared buffet meal and attentive service as you sail the Potomac River.

Fun From Start to Finish

Great for parties of all sizes, a Spirit cruise gives you the chance to dine, dance and see the city’s skyline like never before. Enjoy a fun atmosphere, a freshly prepared buffet meal and attentive service as you sail the Potomac River.

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All About Spirit of Washington

All About Spirit of Washington

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Ship Details
Sample Menu for Spirit of Washington

Our freshly prepared, multi-course buffet menu is included in the base ticket price for all Spirit dining cruises. Our chefs are happy to prepare vegetarian and vegan options, and we can also accommodate most dietary restrictions - just inform your event planner.

Core Spirit 2020 Dinner Buffet (post-COVID)

Our freshly prepared, multi-course buffet is included in the base ticket price for all standard dinner cruises. Our chefs are happy to prepare vegetarian and vegan options, and we can also accommodate most dietary restrictions - just inform your server onboard. Menu items subject to change.

 

 

Caesar Salad
Romain Lettuce | Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Herb Croutons

Bow Tie Pasta Salad 
Scallions | English Cucumbers | Roma Tomatoes | Dill & Mustard Vinaigrette

 

 

Roasted Broccoli Florets
Toasted Garlic | Chili Flakes

Creamed Corn & Cheddar Cheese Casserole
Green Chilies | Scallions | Fresh Cilantro

Mashed Potatoes
Idaho Potatoes | Roasted Garlic

 

 

Oven Baked Flounder Filet
Tomato, Shallot & Caper Sauce

Baked Ziti Pasta
Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Mozzarella | Cheese Spinach Sauce

Honey & Sesame Chicken
Scallions | Fresno Chilies

Italian Beef Meatballs
Creamy Mushroom Sauce | Italian Parsley

Braised Beef Short Ribs
Baby Carrots | Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce

Spirit Seasonal Dessert Display
 

Included in Your Ticket
Coffee | Hot Tea | Iced Tea | Water

Craft Cocktails, Beer & Wine
Available to purchase onboard

Spirit Cruise Route

Pier 4, 580 Water St. SW

Address

Pier 4 | 580 Water St SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA

The City's Most Distinctive Event Venue

The refined Capital Elite is ideal for smaller celebrations on the Potomac River. With an elegant enclosed dining area and open-air spaces, you won’t find a venue like this on land.

The City's Most Distinctive Event Venue

The refined Capital Elite is ideal for smaller celebrations on the Potomac River. With an elegant enclosed dining area and open-air spaces, you won’t find a venue like this on land.

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All About Capital Elite

All About Capital Elite

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Ship Details
Sample Menu for Capital Elite

All menu selections are prepared freshly on board for Elite private charters. Our chefs are happy to prepare vegetarian and vegan options, and we can also accommodate most dietary restrictions - just inform your event planner.

Capital/ National Elite Menu

(Pre-Select 1)
All Salads Accompanied By Fresh Breads And Butter

Caesar Salad
Romaine Hearts | Herb-Garlic Croutons | Caesar Dressing | Parmesan Cheese

Spinach Salad
Baby Spinach | Bacon | Sliced Almonds | Radish | Roasted Mushrooms | Raspberry Vinaigrette

Garden Salad
Mesclun Mix | Sun-Dried Tomatoes | Cucumbers | Red Onion | Aged Balsamic Vinaigrette

(Pre-Select 2)
Half Portion Entrées To Be Served As A Duet

Petite Filet Mignon
Red Wine Demi-Glace | Broccolini | Sweet And Sour Shallots

Herb Roasted Chicken Breast
Lemon Butter Sauce | Thyme | Rosemary

Crab Stuffed Jumbo Shrimp
Cajun Cream Sauce

Roasted Salmon Fillet
Lemon | Dill Cream Sauce

Oriecchiette Pasta
Jumbo Lump Crab Cake | Sun-dried Tomatoes | Garlic | Baby Spinach | Grilled Cron & Scallion | Lemon-Infused EVOO

(Pre-Select 1)

Seasonal Roasted Vegetables

Mediterranean Baked Rice

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Cheese Tortellini

Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

(Pre-Select 1)

Red Velvet Cake

Ricotta Cheesecake

Chocolate Truffle Torte

Spirit Cruise Route

Pier 4, 580 Water St. SW

Address

Pier 4 | 580 Water St SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA

Elevate Your Event Experience

Unique and distinctive, your options for entertaining on National Elite are endless. The ship is elegantly appointed with sleek, modern finishes and features a full-service bar, dance floor, open-air decks and flexible, comfortable seating.

Elevate Your Event Experience

Unique and distinctive, your options for entertaining on National Elite are endless. The ship is elegantly appointed with sleek, modern finishes and features a full-service bar, dance floor, open-air decks and flexible, comfortable seating.

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All About National Elite

All About National Elite

Find directions, parking information, plus photos and virtual tours.

Ship Details
Sample Menu for National Elite

All menu selections are prepared freshly on board for Elite private charters. Our chefs are happy to prepare vegetarian and vegan options, and we can also accommodate most dietary restrictions - just inform your event planner.

Capital/ National Elite Menu

(Pre-Select 1)
All Salads Accompanied By Fresh Breads And Butter

Caesar Salad
Romaine Hearts | Herb-Garlic Croutons | Caesar Dressing | Parmesan Cheese

Spinach Salad
Baby Spinach | Bacon | Sliced Almonds | Radish | Roasted Mushrooms | Raspberry Vinaigrette

Garden Salad
Mesclun Mix | Sun-Dried Tomatoes | Cucumbers | Red Onion | Aged Balsamic Vinaigrette

(Pre-Select 2)
Half Portion Entrées To Be Served As A Duet

Petite Filet Mignon
Red Wine Demi-Glace | Broccolini | Sweet And Sour Shallots

Herb Roasted Chicken Breast
Lemon Butter Sauce | Thyme | Rosemary

Crab Stuffed Jumbo Shrimp
Cajun Cream Sauce

Roasted Salmon Fillet
Lemon | Dill Cream Sauce

Oriecchiette Pasta
Jumbo Lump Crab Cake | Sun-dried Tomatoes | Garlic | Baby Spinach | Grilled Cron & Scallion | Lemon-Infused EVOO

(Pre-Select 1)

Seasonal Roasted Vegetables

Mediterranean Baked Rice

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Cheese Tortellini

Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

(Pre-Select 1)

Red Velvet Cake

Ricotta Cheesecake

Chocolate Truffle Torte

Spirit Cruise Route

Pier 4, 580 Water St. SW

Address

Pier 4 | 580 Water St SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA

Customize Your Event with Onboard Enhancements

Photo Packages

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Photo favors, photo booth with props, roaming photographer

Entertainment Enhancements

Odyssey Boston - Live DJ

Live band, rooftop DJ

Bar Packages

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Juice & soda, beer & wine, premium and platinum packages, signature cocktails, outdoor bar

And Much More

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Party favors, flexible boarding and cruising times, transportation and more—just ask!

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Important Information

Our ships are equipped to cruise 365 days a year in all weather conditions.
Take virtual 360 tours and view more photos of all our Hornblower vessels.
We dock at Washington, DC and National Harbor, MD.
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Meet Our Fleet

Discover the perfect event venue on the water.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I purchase tickets online? +

For parties of 19 guests or less, tickets are available for online purchase. We ask that groups of 20 or more contact us so one of our event coordinators can assist with your event.

How do you accommodate for food allergies? +

Our vessels do not permit any outside food, however, for specific dietary requests, please call us to ensure we are able to accommodate your concerns.

While we do our best by trying to offer gluten and allergy free products as well as gluten sensitive menu items, we openly handle several allergens throughout our galleys. While we take precautions to keep ingredients separate, we cannot guarantee a gluten free environment. We do not have separate prep surfaces, cook tops or equipment. Our chefs prepare and cook in common areas with shared equipment, therefore the items may come in contact with other food products.

Is my boat wheelchair accessible? +

The majority of our fleet decks and restrooms are able to accommodate most standard-sized wheelchairs. We ask that for specific accessibility concerns you please call the local Hornblower number and ensure that you are seated on an accessible deck.

What do I need to bring in order to pick up my tickets? +

We ask that guests have photo identification and their cruise order number handy to pick up the tickets. Our ticket booths open one hour prior to cruise boarding time and are conveniently located near our ship's docking location.

What happens in inclement weather? +

Our cruises take place rain or shine. However, in the rare event that the Coast Guard prohibits cruises due to inclement weather, our staff will contact you directly to make other arrangements.

What is your cancellation policy? +

- Cruise tickets are non-refundable, however, we do allow guests of parties 19 or fewer to reschedule their cruise at no extra charge, provided at least seven days advance notice is given.
-A rebooking fee will be incurred by guests who are unable to provide the minimum of seven days notice. For Lunch and Moonlight Cruises, rebooking fees are $15 per person. For Dinner Cruises, rebooking fees are $25 per person. The cruise will hold the balance of your payment on your account to be applied towards a future cruise booked within the next year.
- All Holiday & Special Event Cruises are non-refundable and non-transferable.
- Should your group be larger than 20 guests, we ask you to refer to your Terms of Contract for specific cancellation policy details.

Review

The Spirit is a great activity for teens and above. We were a college group that brought 40 high schools students to visit some colleges in the area. Our participants had a great time. The staff was friendly and the food was delicious. I have been on several Spirit cruises, and by far this was the best.

Author
Djones159
Location
Atlanta, GA
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