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  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration:  2 hours (approx.)
Soak up the beauty of New Orleans from the decks of the Steamboat Natchez! On this Sunday brunch cruise, travel along the Mississippi River while enjoying live jazz music and savoring a lovely buffet brunch. This authentic paddle-wheel steamboat will whisk you away to the romance and ambiance of yesteryear. Don't forget your camera, as you'll see amazing panoramas of New Orleans' skyline!


  • Sunday brunch cruise in New Orleans aboard the Steamboat Natchez
  • Take a scenic cruise along the Mississippi River on a traditional paddle-wheel boat
  • Admire views of the city skyline from the spacious decks or indoor cabin
  • Enjoy jazz entertainment from a live trio band
  • Sit down to a wonderful buffet brunch of Louisiana favorites such as Creole shrimp, grits and bread pudding

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What You Can Expect

Steamboat Natchez Jazz Brunch Cruise in New Orleans

River and Skyline

Head to Toulouse Street in the French Quarter at your selected time for your 2-hour Sunday brunch cruise. Board the Steamboat Natchez, an authentic paddle-wheel steamboat that will take you on an old-time ride along the Mississippi River. This steam-powered vessel has everything from a museum-quality engine room to a megaphone to call the ship's orders.

As you steam ahead on the Mississippi River, enjoy marvelous views of New Orleans’ skyline while being treated to live music performed by a jazz trio. There is also live narration on board.

Inside the cabin or on the outside decks, sit down to a delectable Louisiana-style buffet brunch. Savor dishes such as egg frittatas, Creole shrimp, cheese grist, bread pudding and fresh fruit (see full menu below), all tasty Louisiana favorites! Drinks including mimosas, punch and Bloody Marys are available for purchase.

Your brunch cruise ends back at the French Quarter with plenty of time to continue your New Orleans sightseeing on land.


Sample Menu

Carved House-Cured Ham and Bacon
Smoked in-house meats over pecan wood, with a collard green pot liquor

Frittata del Giorno
Chef’s brunch special of farm-fresh eggs, cream, fontina cheese and garden vegetables with chef’s choice of breakfast meats

Filé Gumbo
Shrimp, Andouille sausage, Chicken, and filé powder thickened with a dark roux

Breakfast Sausage

Creole Creamed Spinach
Spinach braised with onions, cream cheese, parmesan and feta cheese

Fruit Salad
Seasonal fresh fruit with honey, mint and house-made limoncello

Creole Shrimp and Pasta Salad
Shrimp, celery, onions and Creole seasoning in a rosemary-thyme vinaigrette, topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese

Cheese Grits
Traditionally milled corn grits with sweet-cream butter and sharp cheddar cheese

Yogurt Cups
European-style yogurt with apple-vanilla granola, slivered almonds, whole rolled oats, cinnamon and African vanilla

Fresh, Hand-made Beignets
The New Orleans classic - French doughnuts, served warm and dusted with powdered sugar

Natchez Bread Pudding
A New Orleans soufflé of La Louisiane French bread, eggs, cream, vanilla and cinnamon with a Jim Beam® bourbon sauce

Breads, Pastries, and Desserts
Natchez biscuits with jellies and preserves, as well as red velvet cake in raspberry white chocolate sauce

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The buffet was excellent, enjoyed the jazz musicians and learning about the history of NOLA.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Tour on the Natchez was great!I think we paid 10 or 11 extra dollars to do the brunch buffet and it was well worth it!!!I would definitely do it again on a return visit to New Orleans

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We were able to see New Orleans from a different vantage point along with a very informational and historical review of the Mississippi river and ports it serves. The buffet was very good with as usual plenty of food. This is a tour that I would recommend to anyone looking to get more knowledge about New Orleans.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

It was a great experience. The food was very good and they provided a lot of history about New Orleans during the cruise. I would recommend it to anyone!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was a wonderful experience. Great food - great service and a fascinating steamboat. Thank you.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The food and drinks were delicious and the cruise with music were great--I wish it had lasted longer!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Loved going during daylight so we could see everything. The food was great and we had a great time!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Had a relaxing afternoon brunch with friends on the Natchez. It was wonderful to see New Orleans from the water and get a feel for the Mississippi River. Great jazz, cocktails were excellent and the food was good.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Enjoyed the brunch and the informational presentation and the music. ..everything went smooth on the cruise..waiting in line was fairly short to board as well. ...wish it would go farther and longer. .

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