FAQs

PRIVATE EVENT FAQs

What options do we have for food and drink?

We have relationships with a number of restaurants and caterers in Old Town who are familiar with our ship, our facilities, and local regulations. We are happy to share a list with you and make recommendations based on your preferences.

Can we have music aboard the ship?

Great question. Live musicians are fine, but each person counts as one of your guests. There is one standard outlet available on the main deck that can be used for a microphone. We do have a sound system aboard the ship if you’d like to play your favorite tunes, as long as the volume does not interfere with any communication the captain needs to make.

Do you have air conditioning/heating aboard the ship?

We do! We like our guests to be comfortable, plus it helps keep the ship in good condition. Win-win!

Can we bring small children and babies aboard?

You may, but each person counts as one of your guests and must be ticketed, even babies. The Coast Guard takes the same position as Dr. Seuss on this one: “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

Can you drop off some of my guests in DC?

Sorry, but that’s a hard no. We need to have dock reservations for any place we dock, and those can take months to get or be completely unavailable for a ship of our size. However, the Potomac Riverboat Company operates in the Old Town marina and provides easy access to downtown DC.

Is smoking okay?

Smoking (or vaping) of any kind is not allowed in any of our facilities. See below for a complete list of prohibitions.

Is there a bathroom aboard the ship?

There’s a marine head. This does not function like the toilet in your house and requires a bit of instruction to use. We strongly encourage our visitors to use the public restroom located near the Blackwall Hitch restaurant in the marina before coming aboard. You will be happier and so will we.

How many guests may I invite?

Your party may include up to 35 people, including babies and children. This is our legal capacity according to the Coast Guard and there will be no exceptions. If you would like to hire an additional staff person (i.e., a pirate or Character Interpreter), we have to subtract one guest.

Are there any extra charges I should be aware of?

Your rental fee includes the sailing crew aboard the ship and the efforts of our event planner on your behalf. Food, beverages, service and taxes are extra. Also, there may be an additional cleaning fee, to be levied at our discretion, if the ship needs more significant cleaning than is typical (if someone misuses the head, for example).

Are there any fun add-ons I could buy?

There certainly are!

$100 A Historical Interpreter can join your party to share the history and adventures of Providence and answer any questions you might have about the local area, the Continental Navy, or maritime history in general.

$100 A Character Interpreter playing the role of one of the former captains of the ship can regale your guests with stories of Providence’s days in the Continental Navy.

$100 Your very own pirate can come aboard to thrill your guests with true and tall tales from the days when pirates ruled the waves. Learn to use a cutlass and sing a few sea chanteys as well!

$200 Always wanted to hear cannons fired in your honor? Here’s your chance! Starting in Summer 2020, for $200 you can have five cannon shots fired during your event.

ADDITIONAL PROHIBITIONS

  • Underage drinking
  • Smoking or vaping of any kind
  • Drug use
  • Behavior that could interfere with the safe operation of the ship, cause harm to any passenger or property, or jeopardize safety in any way
  • Firearms of any kind
  • Diving, swimming, or fishing from our deck or dock
  • Detours to unauthorized destinations except in cases of emergency
  • Disrespectful treatment of our captain or crew

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