Odyssey Cruise Review: Washington DC

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The Bottom Line

The Odyssey offers wonderful cruises along the Potomac River with beautiful views of the Washington, DC area. Enjoy a romantic 3-hour sightseeing tour with a 4-course meal, music and dancing on a Brunch, Lunch, Dinner or Midnight Cruise.


  • Beautiful views of the Washington, DC area and the scenery along the Potomac River
  • Modern cruise ship with a very well thought out layout and design
  • Elegant cuisine, enjoyable music and dancing
  • Excellent service; you set your own pace


  • Expensive, see pricing below.
  • Experience is weather dependent


  • Boarding Location: Gangplank Marina, 600 Water Street, SW, Washington, DC 202-488-6030.
  • Attire:Jackets are recommended for men and cocktail dresses for women.
  • For reservations, call (888)741-0281
  • Beginning in June 2008, Odyssey will also depart from National Harbor, MD
  • Website: www.odysseycruises.com/washington-dc

Guide Review - Odyssey Cruise Review

As you board the ship, the Captain and crew greet you and escort you to your private table where you are given the opportunity to decide for yourself how to pace your cruise. You may take a seat, enjoy a cocktail, or explore the ship. The Odyssey III holds up to 670 persons, but is divided into three dining rooms so that it does not feel crowded. Each section has its own separate music and dance floor and wedding receptions or other large parties can be accommodated in a separate room on the ship. The boat has a sleek design with full-pane windows on the sides and the ceiling to maximize the view. Every seat on this ship is a good one with beautiful views of the sights of Washington, DC including the monuments, the Kennedy Center, Reagan National Airport, Old Town Alexandria and more. The ship is low to the ground allowing it to cruise beneath many of the stone bridges along the Potomac River.

The menu includes a variety of choices of seasonal hors d'oeuvres, appetizers, entrees and desserts. There is an excellent wine list as well as expensive yet creative frozen drinks and mixed cocktails. The music is varied to appeal to all ages. The sound is kept at a reasonable level so that it never got too loud for conversation. Higher energy music is played after the meal to encourage dancing.

Reservations are required.

As is common in the industry, the writer was provided with a complimentary meal for the purpose of the review. While it has not influenced this review, About.com believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest. For more information, see our ethics policy. All prices and offering mentioned herein are subject to change without notice.

Reviewed April 2005, Revisited 2010

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