United States of America
The tour was great. The perspective of DC from the Potomac was extremely captivating. Snapped a lot of pictures which from the water added a different perspective of the great monuments I have seen so many times while traveling through DC by car. Great trip!
Doing what: Cherry Blossom Riverboat Cruise on the Potomac
If you have a short time to visit and want to see the most, then this is a MUST DO!! Andy was the most entertaining gentleman, full of knowledge and surprise for everyone. A man who has a genuine love for his city, it's history and his chance to share it, a true gem.
We had done the monument cruise before and enjoyed it very much. There were 6 of us on this cruise and the sole purpose was to view the cherry blossoms. Unfortunately they weren't out yet!! It is a great cruise, though and a wonderful way to see DC.
Very nice trip down the river. Cherry blossoms were in bloom. Enjoyable.
Good variety. Two very disappointing aspects...the tour guide was too soft spoken. I asked 4 times on the bus for him to speak up..he fell back to speaking away fromyhe mike..many of just tuned out at the end. Secondly the guides need to coordinate the narrative...we got the same thing from the boat tour/ bus tour. Also, if one has done any tours, the jokes are stale. Eg anyone not here raise their hand,etc. probably could do all the siitess at less cost elsewhere..the amazing tour guide was attached to the capital..obviously a professional - first class..made the others look like wanna be's
Cruise was upgraded to the Odessy - I would book on that cruise ship when I return as the place was total glass - sides and overhead - super. Live music was great - DJ type music later in the eveing and everyone got up to dance. Bar service was outstanding - service was great overall however, the food was not very good. We had Steak and Lobster - paid 25.00 for each as an upgrade. The steak was terrible - little seasoning made it very bland - no one ate it. Lobster was a half lobster - not very good - I would stick to the pre-paid items such as short ribs which were tastey actually and other choices. Desert was very good. Overall - we had a ball and I would do it again for the fun and music and dancing but keep your expectations for the food in check as it was barely a 5 on a scale of ten!
Doing what: Washington DC Sunset Dinner Cruise with Buffet
Bad and good -- arrived as requested by viator 30 minutes early in very cold and wet conditions. No Viator rep as email indicated no response from viator phone number altho several families called. We took shelter under the porch of the building and different members of the different families would go downstairs to check every few minutes. When a rep arrived late traffic problems she found one family in the appointed spot that family told her of the others waiting up the steep stairs, and was told Too bad, they aren't here they will be left. The rep stayed put the other family climbed the stairs and told almost 10 people the rep had arrived. This seemed unprofessional to me and no reply from the numerous phone messages left with viator.
The good was the tour itself - exceptional tour guide, Joan, and driver. Almost compensated for paying for a tour wherein a representative is late and unwilling to gather the group together.
Enjoyed the tour of the capital and the informative guide. The long lines and wait at the National Archives was not what I expected for a VIP tour, which stated Your guide will lead you past the long lines. We were always running behind schedule so did not get to tour the Viet Nam Memorial, Washington Memorial, Korean Memorial, and a couple of others. It was a cold and rainy day, so I certainly didn't expect to have lunch on a open air cruise of the Potomac. The tour says in Winter lunch will be in a local indoor market. I fully expected the market and not a very cold airy cruise. In fact, after visiting with people coming off of these cruises and their remarks about it being so cold, we chose not to go. Instead went to Marc Fare for a Lobster Bisque stated awful which I didn't eat, and coffee. With tip it cost over 30! Expensive lunch of bread and coffee!! Boxed salad we were given went in the trash. All in all, I certainly didn't get what I paid for!
Tour was billed as VIP- far from it - as is the company's response to complaints!! I emailed immediately X2 after - yet to receive response. The tour of the Capitol was good ( due to Mr Malone Capitol guide) Had relief guide - didn't know schedule and we missed our boat trip! Bus was cramped and old
Better signs should be in place for finding your boat. Time is wasted looking all over the place and everyone asking each other.
nothing VIP about it! started late didn't see anything you couldn't see on your own , poor tour guide poor driver some people gave up and left part way , important places not visited or even pointed out eg the ford theatre , despite confirming food it was not there , boat unsafe to board if elderly
first time to DC unfortunately I got off at the wrong metro stop I walked for over 1hr to get to the meeting place. google maps on my phone took me a long round about route. I missed my tour, so upset. I contacted the # on my confirmation to reschedule, I never received a call back. dissapointed
There was a replacement tour guide who seemed frazzled and the itinerary got confusing. We missed the boat lunch due to running late. I wouldnt reccommned this to other people
Do not buy a tour through Viator, this company does not accept it, they turned us away.
Couldn't give a zero star so had to select one. We were booked on a cruise that never existed!! Clearly these people do not know what is available and what is being booked. For our 'cruise' at 3 p.m., we drove all the way with the kids and waited at the designated area from 2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. We paid a much higher price than the other boats running there at that time. When asked, we were told that those cruises would probably start at 4 and would not even allow kids happy hr cruises!. Our ticket clearly includes children for the given time and date. DO NOT waste your time on this. I will be disputing the payment and will stay away in future!
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