You'll be singing 'I'm on a Party Yacht'
By Fritz Hahn
Friday, July 27, 2012
There are about 1,000 nautical miles of difference between stuffy dinner cruises and the experience you have on the Boomerang Party Yacht.
Instead of historical narration telling you about the Jefferson Memorial or Georgetown University while you dine on dry seafood, the trip down the Potomac on the Party Yacht features a soundtrack of pumping Top 40 songs, punctuated by calls to join the limbo contest on the main deck and passengers chanting “Shots! Shots! Shots!” along with the Lil Jon and LMFAO song. The main attraction at the bar is the “shot ski”: a regular-size ski with four shot glasses mounted on it so four people lifting it can drink their shots at the same time.
A relaxing tour of the monuments this is not. And that’s precisely the point.
Run by the team behind the bar-hopping Boomerang Party Bus, the yacht serves people who want to party. The drinks flow, whether frozen Orange Crushes or 16-ounce cans of Corona, served in buckets of five with free koozies.
The two- to three-hour Potomac River cruises were launched in April and now run several times a day. The two-level, 73-passenger boat has seating on the upper deck and inside, plus there’s room to hang out on the bow and the stern. The first floor features a decent-size bar -- where the taps pour Jose Cuervo margaritas and Jeremiah Weed sweet tea vodka -- and a dance floor that comes in handy for those limbo contests. Capacity is limited on the upper deck, so if you go downstairs to the bar, you might find yourself waiting to rejoin your friends.
The DJ’s music is standard pop radio fodder: Adele, Carly Rae Jepsen, Boyz II Men, Kanye West. And, obviously, “I’m on a Boat.” Passengers dance on the upper deck and the first-level dance floor, singing and hoisting drinks. It’s best to just go with the flow and embrace the cheesy dance music vibe because, let’s face it, you can’t just leave and go to another bar if you get bored.
After leaving Washington Harbour near 31st Street, the Boomerang Party Yacht sails to the Key Bridge, then turns around and meanders downstream to the 14th Street Bridge before turning again and slowly sailing back. You pass the illuminated Kennedy Center -- twice as spectacular after dark when it’s reflected in the water -- and the Lincoln Memorial, with the Washington Monument blinking over its shoulder. From the river, the Georgetown waterfront is a cacophony of color.
One recent Saturday, I watched three bachelorette parties -- each wearing different styles of sashes, thankfully, to avoid confusion -- board the 6:30 p.m. “sunset” cruise. Later, there was shrieking and frenzied dancing. The Boomerang Party Yacht is a good choice for the crowd that wants to get crazy -- it’s like no other party in Washington.