Odyssey Washington DC FAQs
Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions about Odyssey. If you need further assistance, or information that cannot be found on this site, please contact Odyssey Reservations at 866/305-2469.
Is the Odyssey Wheelchair Accessible?
Yes. The Odyssey has a deck and restrooms that can accommodate most standard-sized wheelchairs. Our crew is happy to aide passengers that need assistance. Please call 866.305.2469 to discuss any accessibility concerns and ensure that you are seated on an accessible deck.
What is the difference between "Boarding Time" and "Cruising Time" ?
"Boarding Time" is the earliest you and your guests may board the ship. You are free to board any time after that up until the "Cruise Time." The ship will leave port at the "Cruise Time." We recommend allowing plenty of time for parking and getting to the ship. The ship leaves promptly at the listed “Cruise Time” and passengers will not be able to board once the ship sets sail.
Guests are more than welcome to bring their own camera for personal pictures aboard the ship. In addition, as you are boarding, the ship's photographer records the moment for your entire party. As you depart, you'll find your boarding photo ready for purchase.
I need to cancel my cruise, what can I do?
Although your purchase is a final and non-refundable, we will be happy to reschedule for another available date of your choosing up to a year from the date of your original reservation. You will be assessed a $25 per ticket re-booking fee and are responsible for any price difference if you happen to choose a cruise with a different price.
Are children allowed on the dinner cruise?
Children are welcome on the cruise; however, a child rate is not available for our dinner cruises Monday through Saturday. On Sunday, children between the ages of 3 and 12 are eligible for a 40% discount off the dinner price. On Lunch and Brunch cruises, children between the ages of 3 and 12 are 40% off. On all cruises, children 2 and under are complimentary but require a boarding ticket so please mention when making a reservation. Discounts may not be offered on select specialty cruises.Is there a coat check where my jacket and briefcase may be kept during the cruise?
Coat checks are available when needed. Your server would be more than happy to check any items for you at the beginning of your cruise.
What is our cruise route?
The only vessel designed specifically to travel beneath the historic bridges spanning the Potomac, Odyssey offers exclusive river views of the nation's greatest monuments from every table. At times when wind and tide conditions prevent navigation to the Kennedy Center and Georgetown, an alternate route south on the Potomac and past historical Old Town Alexandria will be taken. How far off shore does the ship travel?
The ship is licensed to travel as far as 3 miles off shore, however, our cruise route typically remains only one mile off shore.
Can I bring a birthday cake on-board?
Small cakes that do not require refrigeration are allowed to be brought on board. Your server will place the cake in our pantry until it is ready to be cut and served.
What is the dress attire?
The atmosphere is special and we hope our guests experience it to its fullest. Please see our recommended dress by cruise type below.
Odyssey can be your opportunity to dress up. For women, cocktail wear, a dress or dressy-casual attire is appropriate. For men, collared shirts and dress pants are recommended. Nice, designer jeans are acceptable. However, casual jeans, t-shirts, athletic shoes or flip flops are discouraged.
Lunch, Brunch or Moonlight Cruises:
For women, dressy-casual attire such as pants, sundress, nice shorts or a nice outfit are recommended. For men, we suggest dressy casual attire such as nice pants or shorts and a collared shirt. Nice, designer jeans are acceptable. However, casual jeans, t-shirts, athletic shoes or flip flops are discouraged.
Odyssey offers an inviting dance floor and a variety of live music from classic jazz on our brunch cruise to contemporary favorites from a four to five-piece band on our dinner cruise. Please refer to the Entertainment Page for more details.
Do you offer Gift Certificates?
Yes, Gift Certificates are available for purchase in increments of $50, $100, $250, and $500 or for any type cruise. Certificates for specific cruise types are not valid for holidays or special events.
We accomodate groups from 2 to 600. We are constantly opening new cruises so please check back often or call if you don't see the date you are interested in.
If you would like to view our standard menus please click here.
Do you offer Kosher meals?
Yes we do offer a Kosher Meal option on our lunch and dinner cruises. We order from an outside establishment who delivers the meal to us fresh that day/evening. The meal typically consists of a plated chicken dish with vegetables. We can do fresh fruit for your dessert option. You will be served your Kosher Meal in place our standard 4-course meal at your private table. Please notify your Odyssey Reservation Agent of any kosher requirements at least 48 hours in advance of your event.
Yes, please check our menu for our vegetarian options. If you have any special dietary concerns please notify your Odyssey Reservation Agent to make special arrangements.
Is there a phone on the boat that receives calls?
The Odyssey does not have a phone for use by guests. However, most cellular services are available on the water as we do typically do not cruise beyond one mile off shore.
I do not have a credit card. Can I make reservations?
Yes, reservations may be made in cash at the Odyssey's corporate office located at 600 Water Street SW, Washington, DC 20024. The office is open during normal business hours Monday through Friday.
When does the season end?
We cruise all year round! In fact, December is one of our most popular months due to the many Holiday Parties we have aboard. We also cruise for both New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day!
As you board, our captain and marine crew will direct you to your deck. From there, our hostess will show you to your assigned table(s).
How many people may be seated at one table?
Anywhere from 2-10 people may be seated at one table, depending on the total number of individuals on the ship during a given cruise. If your party requires more than one table, we will ensure that they are located next to each other.
Is smoking allowed on the cruise?
Smoking is allowed on our observation deck.
Where do I pick up my tickets?
Your tickets will be at the Odyssey Ticket Booth, located next to the ship. For your convenience, you can pick up your tickets 30 minutes prior to boarding.What kind of security check is required when I pick up my tickets?
Your photo identification and reservation number are required at our Ticket Booth when picking up your tickets.
What time does the boat leave?
Please refer to the Reservations Page for complete boarding and cruising schedules.
How soon will my party begin eating on our cruise?
Once on your deck, our hostess will greet you and escort you to your private table where your wait staff will introduce themselves and give you the opportunity to decide for yourself how to pace your service. Serving may begin immediately.
Can I get married on the boat with a party of less than 20?
Yes, we can accommodate small wedding parties. An additional fee may apply. Please contact a reservation agent for more information. If you have a party larger than 20 please visit our wedding site here.
What sites will I be able to see from the ship?
Please refer to the Cruise Route Page for details.
What if it rains or snows?
Odyssey will cruise in most weather conditions all-year round. Each enclosed deck is climate controlled and the weather will not affect your cruise. In the case of severe weather conditions or upon the direction of the U.S. Coast Guard, the ship will remain dockside for the length of the event.