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Potomac Riverboat Company

Alexandria , VA

LOCATION

205 The Strand
Alexandria, VA US 22314 (map)

PHONE

703-684-0580

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

The Cherry Blossom is the perfect setting for your dream wedding! Enjoy the beautiful authentic paddle wheeler designed and created for gracious private entertaining on the Potomac... Read more
The Cherry Blossom is the perfect setting for your dream wedding! Enjoy the beautiful authentic paddle wheeler designed and created for gracious private entertaining on the Potomac River. The re-creation of the 19th century Victorian riverboat helps create the perfect setting for any special occasion. The boat was built in 1984 has the most elegant setting from the ornate railings to the plush interior of brass and mahogany. The Cherry Blossom has two interior salons which are heated and air-conditioned for year round comfort. The third deck is open air, offering the most spectacular views of Old Town Alexandria, the Washington D.C. Skyline, or the new National Harbor. The Cherry Blossom sails from her home port of Alexandria, Virginia, just a short 15 minute drive from Washington, D.C. or chose to sail from the National Harbor, MD.

Our 3 hour charter is one of the best deals you will find in the DC/Northern VA area. Our charter cost includes The Captain and crew, tax, fuel, a Cruise Director to assist you with all your day of coordination, your choice of sailing south on the Potomac River past the National Harbor into Maryland, or north into Washington DC, your choice of hosting your ceremony in VA, MD, DC, you can set your own sailing times and the entire boat is exclusively yours.

Our average size charters are between 50-150 guests. We can accommodate up to 350 people for a cocktail style event.

Our website has a full list of our preferred caterers (http://www.potomacriverboatco.com/catering.php) and an explanation of our beverage bar (http://www.potomacriverboatco.com/bar.php).

Call us today for prices or to set up an appointment to view the Cherry Blossom

Potomac Riverboat Company
Phone (703) 684-0580
chall@potomacriverboatco.com
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1984
Describe your venue:
Boat / Yacht, Historic Site
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Coastal, Waterfront
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
250
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
3
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
2800
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Outside vendors welcome
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Outside vendors welcome
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Outside vendors welcome
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

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Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We used Potomac Riverboat Company for a reception hour before dinner on the Miss Christin. We were looking for a casual event - it was wonderful treat for our guests to see the city and enjoy heavy appetizers and drinks.

Lily was our event coordinator - she was WONDERFUL to work with. She was extremely responsive to e-mail - quickly sent me photos of the boat decorated, was quick to respond to questions/email, and helped us set up a walk through with the photographer and wedding planner. She was also there on our wedding day to help our wedding planner decorate.

Thank you for making our day so special!
We used Potomac Riverboat Company for a reception hour before dinner on the Miss Christin. We were looking for a casual Read more...
We used Potomac Riverboat Company for a reception hour before dinner on the Miss Christin. We were looking for a casual event - it was wonderful treat for our guests to see the city and enjoy heavy appetizers and drinks.

Lily was our event coordinator - she was WONDERFUL to work with. She was extremely responsive to e-mail - quickly sent me photos of the boat decorated, was quick to respond to questions/email, and helped us set up a walk through with the photographer and wedding planner. She was also there on our wedding day to help our wedding planner decorate.

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Maria
Wedding:
4/13/2014
5.0/5.0
We had the most wonderful experience with the Potomac Riverboat Company on Sunday, April 13, 2014. We rented the Cherrry Blossom Riverboat for a Wedding Brunch Cruise following my daughter's wedding at the Lyceum in Old Town on Saturday. The venue....the classic gorgeous riverboat could not have been more beautiful and romantic. The staff of the Potomac Riverboat company, including Charlotte and Chelsea, could not have been more thoughtful, kind and accomodating! The set up was stunning....the cruise relaxing and intimate. Kudos to the Potomac Riverboat Company. We would use them again in a heartbeat!
We had the most wonderful experience with the Potomac Riverboat Company on Sunday, April 13, 2014. We rented the Cherrry Read more...
We had the most wonderful experience with the Potomac Riverboat Company on Sunday, April 13, 2014. We rented the Cherrry Blossom Riverboat for a Wedding Brunch Cruise following my daughter's wedding at the Lyceum in Old Town on Saturday. The venue....the classic gorgeous riverboat could not have been more beautiful and romantic. The staff of the Potomac Riverboat company, including Charlotte and Chelsea, could not have been more thoughtful, kind and accomodating! The set up was stunning....the cruise relaxing and intimate. Kudos to the Potomac Riverboat Company. We would use them again in a heartbeat! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
4/5/2014
5.0/5.0
Excellent venue, unique experience, high quality service. The staff ensured our day felt special and everything went off without a hitch. My only reservation for future patrons is to carefully research reviews of their catering options you must use. We used Carriage House (Bugsy's), and while the tasting was great, the food quality the night of was not the same positive experience.
Excellent venue, unique experience, high quality service. The staff ensured our day felt special and everything went off Read more...
Excellent venue, unique experience, high quality service. The staff ensured our day felt special and everything went off without a hitch. My only reservation for future patrons is to carefully research reviews of their catering options you must use. We used Carriage House (Bugsy's), and while the tasting was great, the food quality the night of was not the same positive experience. Read less
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Former Chicky
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
We chose this venue for our wedding because we wanted something different than the norm. It was a pleasure to have our wedding aboard the Cherry Blossom Riverboat. Our guest complimented us on choosing such a great place. Even though our wedding was 4.5 hours long, it did not feel long and none of my guests felt like hostages on the boat (that I'm aware of).
Charlotte helped us out a lot with the last minute details, by providing an aisle runner that someone from a previous wedding had left, gathering my bridesmaids to hand out bubbles at the end of the wedding, and other details like that. She did an excellent job as a coordinator. Our guests had also said that the wedding seemed to be well-planned.
Our photographer told us that he really appreciated the venue reaching out to him to make sure that he was familiar with the boat.
We chose this venue for our wedding because we wanted something different than the norm. It was a pleasure to have our Read more...
We chose this venue for our wedding because we wanted something different than the norm. It was a pleasure to have our wedding aboard the Cherry Blossom Riverboat. Our guest complimented us on choosing such a great place. Even though our wedding was 4.5 hours long, it did not feel long and none of my guests felt like hostages on the boat (that I'm aware of).
Charlotte helped us out a lot with the last minute details, by providing an aisle runner that someone from a previous wedding had left, gathering my bridesmaids to hand out bubbles at the end of the wedding, and other details like that. She did an excellent job as a coordinator. Our guests had also said that the wedding seemed to be well-planned.
Our photographer told us that he really appreciated the venue reaching out to him to make sure that he was familiar with the boat. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Great venue we loved it. The Cherry Blossom is a simply beautiful and very unique venue. We did our wedding ceremony and reception on the boat everything went off without a hitch.
Great venue we loved it. The Cherry Blossom is a simply beautiful and very unique venue. We did our wedding ceremony and Read more...
Great venue we loved it. The Cherry Blossom is a simply beautiful and very unique venue. We did our wedding ceremony and reception on the boat everything went off without a hitch. Read less
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patti
Wedding:
9/2/2012
5.0/5.0
We couldn't have been happier with our choice to have our wedding on the Cherry Blossom (Potomac Riverboat Company). Gorgeous boat and outstanding staff. They took so much of the work and worry out of my hands, and we feel that we got an outstanding value for our money even though there are cheaper venues out there. Between the stunning scenery, the gorgeous setting of being on the river, the fantastic staff, and all the attention to detail, we definitely got our money's worth. My only regret is that the day went by so fast and that we're only having one wedding--- I would absolutely love to host or attend another event on this beautiful riverboat!
We couldn't have been happier with our choice to have our wedding on the Cherry Blossom (Potomac Riverboat Company). Read more...
We couldn't have been happier with our choice to have our wedding on the Cherry Blossom (Potomac Riverboat Company). Gorgeous boat and outstanding staff. They took so much of the work and worry out of my hands, and we feel that we got an outstanding value for our money even though there are cheaper venues out there. Between the stunning scenery, the gorgeous setting of being on the river, the fantastic staff, and all the attention to detail, we definitely got our money's worth. My only regret is that the day went by so fast and that we're only having one wedding--- I would absolutely love to host or attend another event on this beautiful riverboat! Read less
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ming15
Wedding:
8/25/2012
5.0/5.0
This was by far the most unique venue we looked at and with my husband being from New Orleans, brought our New Orleans theme full circle on the Cherry Blossom. Charlotte was amazing and was able to meet our needs. She always returned calls and did a fantastic job. Our guests were amazed and had a fantastic time.
This was by far the most unique venue we looked at and with my husband being from New Orleans, brought our New Orleans Read more...
This was by far the most unique venue we looked at and with my husband being from New Orleans, brought our New Orleans theme full circle on the Cherry Blossom. Charlotte was amazing and was able to meet our needs. She always returned calls and did a fantastic job. Our guests were amazed and had a fantastic time. Read less
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kateham
Wedding:
3/24/2012
5.0/5.0
This was truly a fantastic venue for our reception!!! We got nothing but compliments from our guests about how fun and unique the riverboat was. The staff was amazingly easy to work with, from planning all the way through the event. I expected to have at least a few things to worry about on my wedding day (having not hired a planner), but everything just appeared in the right places at the right time, all the way down to the deviled eggs and champagne that showed up for me as I was getting "bustled" up after arriving from the ceremony. I didn't ask for it, but it was a welcome surprise before we headed in for our first dance and the formalities. It may cost a little more than doing a hotel reception or something more traditional, but we had a fabulous night and so did our guests.
This was truly a fantastic venue for our reception!!! We got nothing but compliments from our guests about how fun and Read more...
This was truly a fantastic venue for our reception!!! We got nothing but compliments from our guests about how fun and unique the riverboat was. The staff was amazingly easy to work with, from planning all the way through the event. I expected to have at least a few things to worry about on my wedding day (having not hired a planner), but everything just appeared in the right places at the right time, all the way down to the deviled eggs and champagne that showed up for me as I was getting "bustled" up after arriving from the ceremony. I didn't ask for it, but it was a welcome surprise before we headed in for our first dance and the formalities. It may cost a little more than doing a hotel reception or something more traditional, but we had a fabulous night and so did our guests. Read less
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Tracey
Wedding:
4/16/2011
5.0/5.0
Laura at Potomac Riverboat Co was amazing to work with. Everything turned out wonderfully despite the 8 inches of rain and tornado warnings. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Laura at Potomac Riverboat Co was amazing to work with. Everything turned out wonderfully despite the 8 inches of rain and Read more...
Laura at Potomac Riverboat Co was amazing to work with. Everything turned out wonderfully despite the 8 inches of rain and tornado warnings. I would do it again in a heartbeat. Read less
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Erin Henry
Wedding:
4/24/2010
5.0/5.0
We had our reception on the Cherry Blossom Riverboat, docked at the end of King Street, Old Town Alexandria. We originally wanted a destination wedding and after family requests we stayed local. The boat was phenomenal. We had a wonderful experience with the staff of the Potomac River Boat Company, Charlotte and Laura were fantastic. They assisted with all my needs in a timely fashion and the service they provided was exceptional. They are not ADA certified, and I have a sister in law in a wheel chair, they were able to accommodate her wonderfully and made her feel comfortable.

The boat is much larger than it appears we were able to fit 110 people comfortably on the lower level for buffet dinner and did the dancing on the second level. It was PERFECT!!
We had our reception on the Cherry Blossom Riverboat, docked at the end of King Street, Old Town Alexandria. We originally Read more...
We had our reception on the Cherry Blossom Riverboat, docked at the end of King Street, Old Town Alexandria. We originally wanted a destination wedding and after family requests we stayed local. The boat was phenomenal. We had a wonderful experience with the staff of the Potomac River Boat Company, Charlotte and Laura were fantastic. They assisted with all my needs in a timely fashion and the service they provided was exceptional. They are not ADA certified, and I have a sister in law in a wheel chair, they were able to accommodate her wonderfully and made her feel comfortable.

The boat is much larger than it appears we were able to fit 110 people comfortably on the lower level for buffet dinner and did the dancing on the second level. It was PERFECT!! Read less
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elhager
Wedding:
3/20/2010
5.0/5.0
My wedding ceremony and reception were both on the Cherry Blossom Vessel. I cannot express how perfect my wedding day was on their boat. Laura, our event coordinator, went out of her way to make sure everything was beyond perfect. She was so calm the entire time but made sure everything was done perfectly. We had our ceremony on the upper third deck while the boat was docked in Old Town Alexandria. I loved having the option of doing our ceremony inside and outside. We were so fortunate to have great weather to allow us to have the ceremony outside. The boat gave our guests the option of being inside or out for the reception. We ventured down past the National Harbor and then back up to the 14th Street bridge on the Potomac. They are so flexible and are willing to do what they can to make your day great.

The Potomac Riverboat Company were incredibly easy to work with from day one for the planning and the actual day of. It is a gorgeous vessel and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a venue in the DC area.
My wedding ceremony and reception were both on the Cherry Blossom Vessel. I cannot express how perfect my wedding day was Read more...
My wedding ceremony and reception were both on the Cherry Blossom Vessel. I cannot express how perfect my wedding day was on their boat. Laura, our event coordinator, went out of her way to make sure everything was beyond perfect. She was so calm the entire time but made sure everything was done perfectly. We had our ceremony on the upper third deck while the boat was docked in Old Town Alexandria. I loved having the option of doing our ceremony inside and outside. We were so fortunate to have great weather to allow us to have the ceremony outside. The boat gave our guests the option of being inside or out for the reception. We ventured down past the National Harbor and then back up to the 14th Street bridge on the Potomac. They are so flexible and are willing to do what they can to make your day great.

The Potomac Riverboat Company were incredibly easy to work with from day one for the planning and the actual day of. It is a gorgeous vessel and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a venue in the DC area. Read less
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Livy
Wedding:
7/6/2008
5.0/5.0
we had our reception on the cherry blossom boat and it was FANTASTIC! We had an ice cream buffet while we cruised up and down the potomac river during sunset with the city skyline glowing in the background. It was perfect! And the boat staff were very accomodating to our florist and caterer and dj. it was all wonderful.
we had our reception on the cherry blossom boat and it was FANTASTIC! We had an ice cream buffet while we cruised up and Read more...
we had our reception on the cherry blossom boat and it was FANTASTIC! We had an ice cream buffet while we cruised up and down the potomac river during sunset with the city skyline glowing in the background. It was perfect! And the boat staff were very accomodating to our florist and caterer and dj. it was all wonderful. Read less
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Tammie
Wedding:
10/23/2010
3.7/5.0
We were very happy with the boat and service of Potomac riverboat....we would not change the venue!
We were very happy with the boat and service of Potomac riverboat....we would not change the venue!
We were very happy with the boat and service of Potomac riverboat....we would not change the venue! Read less
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Charles
Wedding:
12/31/2011
3.4/5.0
We recently had our wedding on The Cherry Blossom Riverboat and we had mixed feelings about the overall experience. It is hands down one of the most unique and beautiful venues in the Northern Virginia area, but we would like to give some caution as well. It would be best for a smaller wedding during the winter, we had around 100 and it was perfect, anymore and I think it might have felt a little crowded. Also, the overall price of the boat rental is actually a good deal when you consider you can have both the ceremony and reception in one location. Also, its amazing getting married in beautiful Old Town then cruising to see the DC skyline and the boat company is very quick to respond to all emails and phone calls. However, we were a little disappointed in the limited vendor selections for catering companies, they were all either very upscale and very pricey or their more budget-friendly options did not respond to us, but if you have the budget for a fancy catering company this venue can't be topped. The only other things we had minor issues with were the very rigid rules about when the boat can be set-up and cleaned-up, and the extra charges for ordering champagne which we didn't find out about until late in the game. Overall, beautiful and perfect venue for someone with a bigger budget to avoid some of those issues.
We recently had our wedding on The Cherry Blossom Riverboat and we had mixed feelings about the overall experience. It is Read more...
We recently had our wedding on The Cherry Blossom Riverboat and we had mixed feelings about the overall experience. It is hands down one of the most unique and beautiful venues in the Northern Virginia area, but we would like to give some caution as well. It would be best for a smaller wedding during the winter, we had around 100 and it was perfect, anymore and I think it might have felt a little crowded. Also, the overall price of the boat rental is actually a good deal when you consider you can have both the ceremony and reception in one location. Also, its amazing getting married in beautiful Old Town then cruising to see the DC skyline and the boat company is very quick to respond to all emails and phone calls. However, we were a little disappointed in the limited vendor selections for catering companies, they were all either very upscale and very pricey or their more budget-friendly options did not respond to us, but if you have the budget for a fancy catering company this venue can't be topped. The only other things we had minor issues with were the very rigid rules about when the boat can be set-up and cleaned-up, and the extra charges for ordering champagne which we didn't find out about until late in the game. Overall, beautiful and perfect venue for someone with a bigger budget to avoid some of those issues. Read less
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