Ask We a Question: Family Fun Edition

 

WHERE DO WE BOARD THE PIRATE SHIP?

Please meet the Boomerang Pirate Ship on the dock at the Washington Harbour. We will board in the commercial vessel boarding zone at the Georgetown Waterfront at the end of 31st street, and directly in front of the Fiola Mare restaurant. This is located at the river in Georgetown at 3100 K St. NW DC, 20007. Walking from K St., turn south onto 31st st. and take it all the way to the water. If you are looking at the river from the Georgetown Waterfront, the Boomerang will pull up at the end of the dock, all the way on the right.

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/

Once I’m on the dock, how will I know which boat is the Pirate Ship?

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.  Our boat is painted fire engine red, and it is the only pirate ship on the water.  For photos of our vessel, please look throughout this website. 

What happens during the water cannon battles?

Me friends, a pirate doesn't like to discuss the rough life at sea. However, we will tell you this - when we find the scurvy dog that stole something important related to our treasure chest, we will turn on our water cannons and engage in battle for as long at it takes until we win those items back!

WILL I GET WET?

Piracy is not for the faint of heart! When our water cannons go off, you may get misted during battle. Especially if the scallywag we are chasing fires back! However, me mates, there are areas of the boat where you can go if you'd life to guarantee that you will stay dry.

Is there face painting?

Yes! It is important that we look serious as we search for rogue enemies! If you would like us to help you with a new 'nautical look', we will be happy to 'toughen you up, pirate style'!

Any other entertainment?

You bet! in addition to pirate music, dances, limbo, face painting, treasure, and priate vocabulary, we will also get down to business and engage in a battle at sea!

What is the layout of the boat?

The Boomerang has a large open floor plan with two levels, and an enclosed bar & bathroom area. The upper deck can accommodate 32 passengers at a time, while the entire boat can accommodate 90 passengers (including crew).

Can outside food & drinks be brought aboard?

No. Although me pirates love a good meal, sadly, we do not allow passengers to bring food & drinks aboard.

Can I bring a cake?

No. Unless the Pirate Ship is chartered privately, there is no outside food allowed, including cakes.

Can we purchase food on board?

Yes, light snacks. We do not serve meals on board ye ship, but we do sell a variety of Light snacks for any hungry pirates!  (Items vary, and examples include pretzels, chips, popcorn, etc)

Can we buy alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages on board?

Yes. We operate a full bar inside the galley full of grog, spirits, wine, beer, juices, & sodas. We also have a large cooler of drinking water that is free of charge for thirsty pirates!

Do you accept cash & credit cards?

Yes! We are pirates and we are happy to accept all kinds of booty.

Will I receive any pirate treasure?

Ye landlubber already asking about me loot, eh? Well then, I suppose it's only right for us pirates to share! If we win back the missing items from our treasure chest during our water battles, we will happily share our pirate booty with our new crew!

Do you sell Pirate goodies?

Yes! We sell a $10 pirate kit which includes a treasure map, sword, hat or bandana, gold coins, and an eye patch!

Are there bathrooms on board?

Yes! We have two bathrooms on board. On a pirate ship, however, bathrooms are called ‘heads’. So stop calling them bathrooms, ye land lubber!

Do I have to dress like a pirate?

This here is a tough question for me and my mates... However, we are modern pirates who accept all kinds - land lubbers, scurvy dogs, buccaneers, wenches, and more. So relax, me hearties, we will accept you for who you arrrrrrrr. Just *don't* bring any scallywags.

What should I wear?

Me lads, me lasses, we encourage you to look your plundering best! Once you've swabbed our decks, played with the bilge rats, and walked the plank, no buxom beauty in town will look better than you! Please wear practical shoes for your comfort and safety.

What do I need to bring?

You don't need much to live the life of a pirate. Make sure to bring cash or credit cards for booty on board - snacks, drinks, or souvenirs, and a camera if you'd like. Wear practical shoes since you are boarding a boat, bring your best smile, perhaps an eye patch, maybe a hoodie if it is chilly, shades if it’s sunny, and you should be good to go!

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

Unfortunately, we leave right on time and cannot go back to the dock to pick up any slacking pirates. For this reason it is very important for you to arrive early, or right on time. Because docking times are reserved for commercial boats throughout each hour, we are not able to linger at the dock outside of our assigned time or we stand the risk of making enemies at sea! It is very important that you are ready to board at cruise time. Please plan ahead for parking and traffic, ye scurvy dogs. Arrrr!

What happens if it rains?

Our events operate in the rain.... We are fearless pirates! Be sure to plan ahead for all of the elements by wearing the appropriate attire. If rain is in the forecast, feel free to bring an umbrella, raincoat, or poncho.

What happens if severe weather is in the forecast for my cruise?

If severe weather is in the forecast for our section of the Potomac, our captain might have to cancel a cruise. If this was the case, we would notify tickets holders via email and text message as soon as that decision was made. At that point, we would issue you a gift certificate for a future cruise.

What if we experience severe weather during our cruise?

The captain might make the decision to return to the dock if severe weather occurs during your cruise. If you experienced the majority of your cruise before the captain made that decision, then no accommodations would be made. If you experienced less than half of your cruise, then we would offer you a gift certificate for a future cruise.

How long will the cruise last?

This depends on the cruise that you choose. The exact duration will be listed on each ticketing page and most family fun cruises are one hour.

Do I need to purchase a ticket for an infant?

No, "infants in arms" do not need a ticket. In other words, if your little pirate isn't walking yet, then they are welcome aboard free of charge. The Coast Guard still considers every person aboard as a passenger, so please include a message if you think you will be bringing an infant in the message section when you purchase your ticket.

Can I bring a stroller?

Yes, you are able to bring a stroller on board with you.  Fold-able strollers encouraged due to space on the boat.

Can I buy a ticket at check-in on the dock?

Piracy on the Potomac is serious business, me friends, so the Boomerang usually sells out in advance. However, we never want anyone to miss out on an opportunity to sail the high seas, so if there is a “no show”, we would be happy to sell a ticket on the spot.

Is the boat Coast Guard certified?

The Boomerang Boat is a United Stated Coast Guard certified vessel 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.

Do you have life jackets on board?

Yes, we are US Coast Guard regulated & inspected, and the Boomerang is equipped with state of the art electronics and the latest life saving equipment.

Is smoking permitted?

No. After a harsh life pirating at sea, our voices are coarse and our lungs are full of damp and salty air. Don't be a scurvy dog, please no smoking on board.

Is this a tour boat? Will we be making stops?

Arrrr you crazy? We are not your traditional, tour boat. We are not your traditional boat at all! We will be keeping the treasure hunt alive while enjoying the beautiful DC harbor views and searching for scallywags!

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, Hains Point, the Custis Lee Memorial, Key Bridge, and the Memorial Bridge.

Will I get seasick?

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

Is the boat wheel chair accessable?

Sadly, no. The dock does not have wheelchair access due to tidal changes (which alter river levels) throughout the day.

Can I stow my belonging somewhere on board during the cruise?

You'd like to give a ship full of pirates all of ye possessions? Me mates don't think this is such a good idea so we do not have an area to stow people's belongings at this time.

Can I rent out the entire Boomerang Pirate Ship for a private party?

Yes! For all private charter inquiries, please email info@boomerangpirateship.com or call 202-695-6597 to setup your private event.

Are gift certificates available?

Yes, gift certificates are available and make perfect gifts for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate, please click on the "Gift Certificates: Purchase" link in the box above.