Boat Cruises Common Questions - Washington, DC

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Boat Cruises Common Questions - Washington, DC

Where do we board the Boomerang Boats?

At the dock at the Washington Harbour in Georgetown. All cruises board at 3100 K street NW in front of & in between the restaurants Nick's Riverside Grill and Fiola Mare (at the very end of 31st street where it meets the water).

Is there parking near the dock? How do I get there?

Yes! In addition to on-street parking, there are 20 parking lots and garages in Georgetown with over 3,800 total combined parking spaces. You can visit www.georgetowndc.com/parking for detailed information. You could also take a cab directly to the Georgetown Waterfront, and for bus and Metro information, please visit: http://www.georgetowndc.com/content/getting_here/

How will I know which boat is Boomerang?

Our reserved docking time is 30 minutes past the hour, so if you arrive early, you will not see our vessel tied to the dock. Have no fear, you will see us close by on the river waiting our turn to dock at 30 minutes past the hour. For photos of our vessel, please look to the top of this page and throughout the website.

What if someone in my party misses the boat? Can we go back to pick them up?

Unfortunately, we cannot go back to the dock to pick up any latecomers because docking times are reserved for other commercial boats throughout the hour, and we are not allowed on the dock outside of our assigned time. Please plan ahead for parking and traffic and arrive a few minutes early to check in and board. Thank you!

Can we bring our own alcohol?

No. Passengers cannot bring outside beverages as we are operating a full bar inside the main cabin. We could lose our liquor license if outside alcohol was consumed on premise, so our crew will be checking for those items prior to boarding, if necessary.

What are the drink prices like?

We operate a full bar on all three boats accepting cash and credit cards. Our beer, wine, and cocktails range from $5-$9. We also have a free water cooler for your convenience.

Can outside food or cupcakes be brought aboard?

No. We recommend that our guests eat lunch or dinner before or after the cruise. We do not have a galley (kitchen) on board, and we are not a dinner boat, but we do have pre-packaged snacks available for purchase. (Our options vary, but examples could be: chips, pretzels, popcorn, nuts, etc.)

Are there bathrooms on board?

Yes! We have two-three bathrooms on board each boat.

What happens if it rains?

Our events are rain or shine. We have both outdoor and indoor space, so be sure to plan ahead for all of the elements.

Can I buy a ticket on the dock?

The Boomerang Boats usually sell out in advance, so unfortunately the answer is most likely no. However, we never want anyone to miss out on a trip on the Boomerang, so if there is a “no show”, we would be willing to sell a ticket on the spot.

Can I follow you on Social Media?

Yes! For Instagram, please follow #boomerangyachtsandpirateship. On Facebook, follow the Boomerang Pirate Ship, and The Boomerang Party Yacht & Pirate Ship Company.

Do I have to be 21 to ride?

Yes, guests on our cruises must be 21 years of age or older AND have a government-issued, valid ID available (US or International drivers' licenses, passports, or other government issued ID). Our family fun treasure hunt cruise aboard the pirate ship, however, is open to all ages.

Is the boat Coast Guard certified?

All of the Boomerang Boats are United Stated Coast Guard certified vessels and safety is our number one priority. If anyone is acting unruly or is harmful to themselves or others, the boat will return to the dock and our security will have these guests removed. In addition, we have the right to deny boarding to any person at any time. Safety is our first priority and entertainment is our second, so please sail responsibly.

Is smoking or vaping permitted?

We do not allow smoking of any kind on our cruises. Please note, this includes, but is not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes or vapor pens

Can I rent out an entire Boomerang Boat for a private party?

Yes! Please visit our charter page for more information. To reach our Sales Director, contact us at (202) 695-6597 or info@ridetheboomerang.com.

Do you offer a discount for a large group?

Yes! We offer 20% off of bulk ticket purchases for 10+ passengers. Please call our Sales Director to reserve at (202) 695-6597 or info@ridetheboomerang.com.

What happens if the Boomerang is sold out?

Boomerang does not keep a waiting list for our cruises. Cruises do sell out, and often well in advance, so please make sure to purchase your tickets far in advance, especially if you have limited time availability. You are welcome to come to the dock and hop onboard before departure if any reservations no-show. Remember, if the party yacht is sold out, don’t forget that you can also cruise on our Pirate Ship, and vice versa!

How long will the cruise last?

Cruise times change, so this depends on the cruise that you choose. The specific cruise times and durations are listed on each ticketing page.

What should I wear?

Although we do not have a specific dress code for this event, we encourage you to look your nautical best! We love when groups of friends show up in a funny theme. You are also more than welcome to sport beach attire in the warm summer months. Note: high heels are discouraged since cruising the Potomac can create an unstable environment.

Which historical sights will I see during the trip?

All the good ones! You will be able to see the Georgetown waterfront, boathouse, and University, the Watergate, Kennedy Center, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, the Pentagon, entrance to the Tidal Basin, Hain’s Point, the Custis Lee Memorial, Key Bridge, and the Memorial Bridge.

Is this a tour boat?

No, we are not your traditional boat and we do not offer a narrated tour. Instead, we will be keeping the party alive as we cruise by all of the historic sights while enjoying great music and the beautiful DC harbor views!

What do I need to bring?

Make sure to bring your valid ID, along with cash or credit cards for drinks or snacks on board. Wear practical shoes since you are boarding a boat, bring your best smile, sunglasses, maybe a hoodie if it is chilly, beach attire if it’s sunny, and you should be good to go!

Will I get seasick?

Most likely no. The Potomac River is very narrow and it is usually a very calm waterway.