Tour code: 3780STEAM
Journey back in time to when cotton was king and New Orleans was a budding port town that dazzled visitors with its colorful Creole culture. Board the historic Steamboat Natchez for a 2‐hour morning or afternoon float down the mighty Mississippi. Stroll the deck, admire the iconic paddlewheel, enjoy live music and snap picturesque shots of the beautiful urban shoreline. This family‐friendly excursion offers an optional buffet lunch (additional expense).


  • Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise
  • See the bustling activity of America's second largest port
  • Select option to add on a delicious buffet lunch for 11:30am and 2:30pm departure
  • View the skyline of 'The Crescent City' from the decks or climate-controlled comfort of the Steamer Natchez

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What You Can Expect

Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

True to tradition in every detail, boarding the Natchez makes you feel as if you have entered another era.

Choose a morning or afternoon start time for your harbor cruise and head to Toulouse Street in the French Quarter to board the beautiful Steamboat Natchez — one of the last of its kind in New Orleans. Fun for all, boat enthusiasts will particularly enjoy viewing the boat’s vintage decor, such as the museum-quality engine room.
Stroll the deck as the Natchez begins its 2-hour float along the Mississippi River. Then find a seat in the cabin or outside, where you can admire unobstructed views of the striking ‘Crescent City’ shoreline and enjoy live jazz music. Learn some riverside history as you pass sites like the Chalmette Battlefield, where the famous pirate and privateer Jean Lafitte teamed with Andrew Jackson to defeat British invaders in the Battle of New Orleans. 
Purchase an optional buffet lunch to sample an array of sumptuous Louisiana fare from cornmeal-crusted fish and red beans and rice to Natchez’s signature bread pudding and fresh fruit. (Full menu included below). Coffee and tea are included with your lunch, or you may purchase adult beverages.
Your river cruise ends back at the departure point in New Orleans with plenty of time to sightsee!

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Sample Lunch Menu
Menu Subject to Change*

Southern Fried Fish*Zesty cornmeal crusted and fried to a golden perfection
Red Beans and Rice New Orleans classic red beans with andouille sausage and served over Jazzmen® rice
Roast Beef Debris and GravyServed over mashed potatoes
Vegetarian Pasta Salad 
Chef’s Daily Selection
Vegetable du Jour 
Cole SlawHouse prepared creamy cole slaw
Cornucopia of Fresh Fruit
NATCHEZ Bread Pudding A New Orleans soufflé of La Louisiane French bread, eggs, cream, vanilla and cinnamon with aCallebaut® Belgian white chocolate sauce
La Louisiane Fresh Sliced French Bread 

Customer Reviews

Martin N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

My parents were visiting from out of town and we wanted to leave them with some great memories of their trip to New Orleans. This 2 hour excursion was probably the highlight of the trip. The narrator gave some great historical information, the food was great and the boat ride was just a great time. I highly recommend taking this excursion if you come to New Orleans.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

A wonderful experience from dockside to emgine room. Sounds and sights that will stay with us forever. GREAT commentary full of information. Highly recommended for all ages!

Margaret M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

It was great!!!

Debra M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Very affordable dinner cruise. We drove to New Orleans for a day, and decided to try this cruise. The jazz band was vey nice, and the food was really good. They even discussed the historical places, and their significance to the city as we cruised by it.

Patricia A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This cruise was a birthday gift for my husband he was pleasantly surprised and the cruise was EXCELLENT. It ended up being a rainy day but that did not stop us from having a wonderful time. The food was excellent and the tour of the steamboat was great. We can't wait to do it again. THANKS!!!!

John B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

great trip, we had the afternoon lunch buffet and with the exception of the fried alligator everyone seems to serve it was worth it. we enjoyed the sights of the Mississippi along with the history narration given onboard. i would do it again.

Diana S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Loved the historical information, the lunch was delish and the people on board were very happy, helpful, and knowledgeable. Had a great time!

Sandra D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The harbour cruise was thoroughly enjoyable and would definitely recommend it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

A very informative and relaxing cruise. Well worth the time and cost.

Cindy D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Everything was great! We had lunch on the boat and it was delicious. With so many people on the cruise I thought it would be standing room only but we found a comfortable spot to watch the lazy river go by. We enjoyed the cruise!

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