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Admiral Tilp Cruises

A casual setting for sightseeing, events and more.

Ship Overview

Named after a lifelong resident and friend of Alexandria, Fred Tilp was best known for writing books on the history of the Potomac River and has even been referred to as the “Mark Twain” of the Potomac for his unique storytelling. Enjoy two open-air decks, built-in bench seating, bar space, and storage to bring your own food for your event.

Up to 48 guests
Catering available or bring your own
Onboard sound system
Stunning waterfront views
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Let our in-house experts help you every step of the way to create a unique event tailored to you and your group.


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Admiral Tilp Cruises

Starting from: $34.00

Washington’s delicate cherry blossoms and iconic landmarks are the ideal backdrop for an entertaining, engaging sightseeing cruise along the Potomac River.

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Group Events on the River

Our fleet of small vessels includes casual venues for unique events on the water. Each of our boats is equipped with basic accommodations, and the option to either bring your own refreshments and entertainment, or partner with multiple vendors. With expert planners, flexible event packages and monumental views, let us bring it all together on the water.

Departs multiple locations
DC waterfront views
Onboard sound system
Catering available
Up to 49 guests
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Important Information

Get everyone together on the water. Party of 20 or more? Please get in touch.
Express yourself! Most guests choose comfortable, casually stylish attire.
Our ships are equipped to cruise 365 days a year in all weather conditions.
We're docked at multiple locations in the DC Metro area.

Spirit Cruise Route

Pier 4, 580 Water St. SW


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

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.


After a busy and crowded couple of days in Washington, it was a delight to relax on this cruise on the Potomac River. Mount Vernon is beautiful and picturesque and well worth the visit. The Spirit of Mount Vernon was clean and had plenty of room, the air conditioning was appreciated on the return journey!

Carrickfergus, UK
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