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  • Location:New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

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. This paddlewheel ship – one of the last of its kind in New Orleans – is the ninth steamer to bear the name Natchez. Fun for all, boat enthusiasts will particularly enjoy viewing the boat’s vintage decor, such as the museum‐quality engine room.

Take a promenade along the deck as the Natchez begins the 2‐hour float along the Mississippi River. Then find a seat in the cabin or on the outside deck, 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 and his buccaneers teamed with Andrew Jackson to defeat British invaders in the Battle of New Orleans. 

If whimsy strikes you, purchase the optional buffet lunch. You’ll 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

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 Gravy
Served over mashed potatoes

Vegetarian Pasta Salad 

Chef’s Daily Selection

Vegetable du Jour 

Cole Slaw
House 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 a
Callebaut® Belgian white chocolate sauce

La Louisiane Fresh Sliced French Bread 

Customer Reviews

Paul W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

A nice relaxing tour for the whole family. The food was great, and the jazz was sensational!!

David J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

A real treat. Highly recommended.

Holly S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

My family was in town for Thanksgiving and had never gone on a riverboat tour, so I sent them on the Natchez with lunch. They raved about the whole experience, the food was fantastic, the ride was so relaxing and everyone got to enjoy themselves with no hassles.
The family was treated like royalty from the time they checked in to the moment they departed. With a large party the table was reserved for them, no pushing, no shoving. They loved it! I definitely would do this again

Jeaneen W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The boat cruise was so much fun! There is plenty of room on this ship to roam around and explore. You can be on top and still get in the shade if you want. The brunch is totally worth it! The food was excellent and gives you a taste of New Orleans! I loved the guide who informed us on everything we saw as we went by. I recommend this to everyone!

Emory M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The food was great and the steamboat ride was well worth it. It was a bit windy for the day in the morning but once the wind died down it was fantastic. Everyone you sat next to gave you good conversation. The walk on the dock was a added bonus.

Helen J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was great, the lunch was typically southern, the Jazz band was great, and the cruise was very relaxing

Gino D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Neat boat good guide nice breeze beautiful scenery good band.

Ange B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The fellow that gave the information about N.O did a fantastic job. The people were so intent on listening to what he was saying that one could hear a pin drop. He was informative and educational. We loved it .

james l

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015


Maria L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Awesome and fun! Had a great time! Would do it again!

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