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Washington, DC

Being the capital of the United States, Washington, DC is one of the most popular places to visit in America. Filled with things to do, it also is possible to take a Cruise + Land Tour (commonly referred to as a "Cruise Tour") departing from Washington, DC. This means that the trip will start in Washington, DC, as a hotel stay, followed by a cruise that departs from a different city.

The only cruise line that currently offers Cruise Tours from Washington, DC is Princess Cruises, featuring a some Canada & New England itineraries. There are also a selection of cruise itineraries that visit (rather than depart from) Washington, DC.

If you live in or near Washington, DC and are either just looking for a cruise (not a Cruise Tour), or are looking for more of a selection of cruises and don't want to fly, cruises from Baltimore, MD are also available. Check out our Baltimore, MD page for more details.

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Destinations for Cruises to Washington, DC

The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Washington, DC. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:

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Cruise Lines with Cruises to Washington, DC

The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Washington, DC. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Washington, DC:

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River Cruise Lines

Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.

River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.

Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.

Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.

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Specialty Cruise Lines

These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.

On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.

Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).

Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.

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Mainstream Cruise Lines

Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.

Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.

Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.

During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).

American Cruise Lines
  • River / Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 21 (90 - 180 Guests)
  • Destination Immersion┬«
  • Gratuities Included
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Princess Cruises
  • Mainstream Cruise Line
  • Ships: 16 (2,000 - 4,300 Guests)
  • Great Dining & Entertainment
  • Unique Itineraries
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Things to do near Washington, DC

These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Washington, DC, along with a brief description:

♦ United States Capitol

Also known as the Capitol Building, this is the famous meeting place of the United States Congress. It's located on Capitol Hill, at the end of the National Mall.

♦ The White House

Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, this world-famous building is the workplace and residence of the president of the United States.

♦ Lincoln Memorial

Built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, this monument is one of the most famous sites in the United States. It is located at the western end of the National Mall.

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