Cherry Blossom Boat Tour!

*** It's a great day for this trip! Don't forget, I'll be the one with a red flag, see you there! ***

UPDATE #5: If you were unable to secure a spot for this event online, you have the option of "flying standby." There are usually 9 no-shows for this event, so you just might be able to get on board. Make sure to come early with exact cash.

UPDATE #4: The weather looks like it will be great this Sat. and the captain has allowed us to open up additional spots.  So get them while you can!  In the *small* chance the weather doesn't pan out, those that sign up Tues. Mar. 26th or later will not be able to join us and will get a full refund.

UPDATE #3: If you are on the waiting list, the captain has informed me that we may be able to open up more spots the week of the event should weather forecasts indicate a nice day.  We'll then be able to make use of the open deck area.  Check back here then.  I'll also send an email to the wait list when / if I get the green light from the captain!

UPDATE #2: The early-bird price has ended and the ticket price is now $25. Looking forward to seeing you there!

UPDATE #1: There are 5 early bird spots left and the price will increase from $20 to $25 when the early bird spots are gone or before Sat. Mar. 23rd (whichever comes first). To be fair to those who want to join in and are ready to make payment, I'll be removing those that haven't paid before Tues. Mar. 5th. So make payment to *truly* lock in your spot.

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Let's check out the cherry blossoms!

I've reserved a 65-foot double decker boat for us, and made special arrangements with a captain and crew to take us down the Potomac for a 90 minute tour that:

  • Highlights the panoramic view of the ~4000 cherry blossom trees surrounding the Tidal Basin, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, National Mall, and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial!
  • Along the way, we'll get a great view of Washington DC's skyline as we pass by famous landmarks to include Watergate, the Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Memorial
  • Sunset is at 7:30pm, so the timing will be perfect for a spectacular view of the flowering trees reflecting off the water.  Bring a camera, and make use of your panoramic mode feature!

DC's cherry blossom collection is one of the largest and most historic in the U.S.  Given as a gift from Japan in 1912, they symbolize clouds in Japan due to their nature of blooming en masse, besides being an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life.  We'll get to see the numerous different types of cherry blossom trees, including the famous Yoshinos, as well as the Kwanzan, Weeping Japanese Cherry (or Higan Cherry), Uussuzumi Cherry, Sargent Cherry, and Snow Goose varieties.  Peak bloom over the past 9 years has averaged out to Mar. 30th, which coincidentally is the day of our charter.  =)

The normal charge for this 90 minute tour is $40. We've got an early bird special for this event of $20! The first 50 paid sign-ups, or those who pay before Sat. Mar. 23rd (whichever comes first) get the early bird price!  After that it will go up to $25. Secure your slot by rsvp'ing yes AND making payment!

Also please know that your RSVP is not guaranteed unless we receive payment. When you pay, your online receipt is confirmation that we have received your payment.

So come join us, tell your friends, and let's have a great evening taking in the Washington DC's panoramic skyline featuring the lovely DC cherry blossoms!

J.T.

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Metro and Parking

We will be leaving out of Georgetown Washington Harbor. The boarding point is 1/2 block away (you’ll see waterfront) from the address listed. Look for the red flag! The closest Metro stop is Foggy Bottom (Orange & Blue line), about a 15 minute walk. We suggest using wmata for travel planning. We will check people in at 5pm and the boat will leave PROMPTLY at 5:30pmDon't forget to account for Metro and traffic delays. If you are driving, you will need to find street parking or a garage.

Payment Instructions (Paypal account not required):

Please follow the instructions below for making payment.  Payment at the door will be permitted only should the event not sell out.  Most of our events do sell out, so we recommend you secure your spot online early. If you make payment for less than the current ticketed price without prior correspondence, your RSVP will be removed.

  1. Select "Yes" under "Will you attend?"
  2. Enter the number of guests coming and click "rsvp"
  3. Verify correct dollar amount for number of people you're paying for, click "Pay Now" button
  4. If you don't have a Paypal account, click "Pay with a Debit or Credit Card"
  5. If you have a Paypal account, simply log in, and pay as you normally would via Paypal

Event Check-in

We will have a master list of all those that have paid.  It’s not required, but you may print out your payment confirmation as a backup.  When you check-in, your RSVP will be listed under the name of the Paypal or credit card account used to make payment.  Typically, this is your LEGAL name as shown on your driver's license.  Sometimes, it may be under a company name if you set up your Paypal or credit card account that way.  If you are not sure what it is, please take a moment to log into your Paypal account (it will say "Welcome, [your account name]" at the top) or your credit card account to find out.  If you are RSVP'd under someone else's payment, please use that name for check-in.

Refund Policy & Ticket Resell

Since we paid in advance for this event, all sales are final unless the event is cancelled or rescheduled.  Similar to a concert ticket or a football game ticket, you are free to sell your ticket to someone else if you are unable to attend.  I suggest posting in the comment box for the event, that you have a ticket for sale.  Work out payment between yourselves, and send us an email letting us know the full name and Meetup profile URL of the person taking your spot.Thanks for understanding. =)

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  • HB

    Great event. Thanks for organizing this JT!

    April 1, 2013

  • Anja

    No cherries? no problem! I had plenty on my phone case :) Kudos for the lonely shy half blooming tree we did get to see and the sunset on the river compensated for lack of pink sightseeing!

    March 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Could you please send me a photo of those lonely cherries?

      April 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I unfortunately have 2 tickets up for grabs......

    March 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Its OK - I wasn't upset :)

      March 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm sorry. Oh well.

      March 31, 2013

  • Mike M.

    Well the cherry blossoms didn't really cooperate, but luckily everything else worked out! Good trip today, and it was nice meeting new people. Looking forward to finding another group event to do. Thanks JT for setting this up! Good times :)

    March 31, 2013

  • Farah

    Hello everyone. I would like to sell my ticket. I don't feel too good and trying to avoid the commute. Only $20 if you want it.

    March 30, 2013

    • Em C.

      I would have taken you up on it Farah but I am running late - I am hoping to meet up with folks at a bar on the water front after the tour. Hope you feel better.....

      1 · March 30, 2013

  • Em C.

    Is anyone going to a bar on the waterfront after the tour?

    March 30, 2013

  • Laura

    Parking is horrible! I hope we can make it.

    March 30, 2013

  • Marisol

    Here, where exactly are you

    March 30, 2013

    • Lorraine

      Also here and not sure where to be

      March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ticket available. Still painting before carpet people arrive in a few hours. Hit me up on the messaging thing.

    March 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      OK, please let me know.

      March 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Can sell for the $20 early bird price.

      March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Falicha is taking my spot.

    March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not able to make the event. Have 1 ticket available (paid early bird price of $20). If you have paypal, we can exchange & I'll inform JT.

    March 30, 2013

    • Falicha

      Great and have a happy Easter!

      March 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I just sent J.T. a message. Have fun.

      March 30, 2013

  • Don

    Does not look like us in the waitlist will get in. Maybe another time.

    March 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have a ticket available.

      March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    JT- please confirm that Christine can give you the money since my accounts were hacked- as payment towards the zip line event.

    March 30, 2013

    • J.T. [20s & 30s G.

      Heather please arrange payment between each other. You can rsvp for the zip line event and follow instructions to make payment with paypal or credit card. Thanks!

      March 30, 2013

  • Grace

    I have a ticket if anyone wants to go tomorrow...early bird price of $20.

    March 29, 2013

    • Lei

      Done! Please check it and email JT thx!

      March 30, 2013

    • Grace

      Great, I will message JT now.

      March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone else coming from Rockville/North Bethesda area? I am debating whether to drive or take metro. If Metro, is the 15 mins walk an easy walk or is taxi the way to go?

    March 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Good to know about the Circulator--thanks. Joshua, what time are you leaving from white flint metro? not sure how long it will take and my day is nuts beforehand.

      March 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      thinking of leaving from white flint metro on the 4:04pm in case you are leaving around then let me know...

      March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am sorry I cannot join you. My arthritis is very bad.

    March 30, 2013

  • Lei

    Anyone resell ticket maybe?

    March 29, 2013

  • Denise S.

    My first event with the group :)

    March 29, 2013

  • Matt C.

    I'm interested in buying a ticket if there any left. But, where is the "Will you attend" text on the site? I looked for it to attempt paying folloiwng the instructions above, but did not find it. Could you explain futher?

    March 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      What would I need to pay you?

      March 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have 2 tickets up for grabs...... mother-in-law is surprising us with a visit :)

      March 29, 2013

  • derek m.

    I can't make it so I've got 2 tickets for sale to anyone who wants both of them.

    March 26, 2013

    • derek m.

      That's strange I sent you an email about it through Meetup - maybe it didn't go through. Have fun anyway!

      March 27, 2013

    • Kelly

      Thanks Elizabeth

      March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to going! Since dinner is not included I'm wondering if group will head somewhere to eat afterwards?

    1 · March 22, 2013

    • Scott V.

      So what does it even mean to be on the waiting list...if people drop off we move on I assume?

      March 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      makes sense JT and your suggestion sounds great if you get a moment...look forward to meeting everyone. this will be my first gathering with the group.

      March 26, 2013

  • James F.

    this is nice :)

    March 26, 2013

  • Kristine

    Does anyone know if the cherry blossoms have started blooming yet? I know we have been getting some cold and snowy weather lately and I do not work downtown to check it out for myself.

    Also, they have moved the peak bloom to the following week, will the boat tour also be moved to the following week if there are no blooms yet by this weekend?

    March 22, 2013

    • John

      Great app thx

      March 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You're welcome :-)

      March 25, 2013

  • Brooke

    I would love to go, my sister is flying that day and has never been to DC.
    She will be arriving at BWI at 3:30, do you think we would be able to make it there in time for the tour? I am new to the area so I don't know if that would be pushing it too close or not?

    March 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      MARC doesn't run on Saturdays though. Amtrak still does.

      March 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      The WMATA bus B30 leaves BWI at 3:40pm to arrive at the Greenbelt Metro (DC) at 4:11pm which would get her there in time to grab the Metro and arrive at 5:08pm to check-in. Would be cutting it extremely close! http://www.wmata.com/...­ http://www.wmata.com/...­

      March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Why don't you buy a bigger boat?

    I'd love to have something to eat around 5:30 or 6. Eating later than that isn't so good for me.

    March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    101 people on the waiting list? "You're gonna need a bigger boat".

    4 · March 24, 2013

  • E seul K.

    Wow I want to join.

    March 19, 2013

  • John S

    I may go if tiket avail.

    March 15, 2013

  • Marisol

    Are all the "yes" paid in full? I'm ready to pay for two spots but am on waitlist :(

    March 12, 2013

    • Mike M.

      I'd assume so. It didn't appear to put me on the list until i paid online.

      March 14, 2013

  • FQ

    Looking forward to meeting everyone

    March 14, 2013

  • faiza

    Let me in lol

    March 14, 2013

  • Dede P.

    Let me in!!! lol

    March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It won't be too crowded will it?

    March 11, 2013

  • John

    I'll buy a ticket if anyone can't go.

    March 9, 2013

  • Nicole

    Two of us still really hoping to join if there are any other tickets going!

    March 5, 2013

  • Mark R.

    I guess I'm late for purchasing tickets here, there's only 1 left. If anyone decides they can't go and needs to get rid of two tickets, please let me know. Thanks!

    March 5, 2013

  • Mike M.

    Looking forward to this event! Sounds like fun! And if anyone from Southern MD wants to carpool, let me know. Always helps to save on gas money! lol.

    March 4, 2013

  • Kristine

    Bringing along a friend! Can't wait! Sounds like lots of fun!

    February 28, 2013

  • FQ

    How many people can the boat fit?

    February 27, 2013

  • FQ

    this sounds like fun

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sounds like fun!

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could, but I will be out of town that weekend.

    February 27, 2013

  • Toor

    I would have loved to come to this one but I will be out of town.

    February 27, 2013

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Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
  • the Meetup is rescheduled

Additional notes: Since we paid in advance for this event, all sales are final unless the event is cancelled or rescheduled. Similar to a concert ticket, you are free to sell your ticket to someone else if you cannot attend. Send us an email with who will take your spot.

Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.

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