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

Steamboat Natchez Jazz Brunch Cruise in New Orleans

Partake in a classic New Orleans tradition with a lovely jazz brunch aboard the famous Steamboat Natchez! Journey through time on this 2‐hour cruise along the mighty Mississippi. Stroll the deck, admire the iconic paddlewheel, and snap picturesque shots of the beautiful urban shoreline. This family‐friendly excursion includes a delectable brunch loaded with famous Louisiana dishes and live music from a local jazz trio. 


  • 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

Choose a morning or afternoon cruise time for your Sunday jazz brunch 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 New Orleans shoreline and soak up some classic jazz tunes performed by a local trio. 

When whimsy strikes you, head to the brunch buffet and sample an array of sumptuous Louisiana fare from house‐cured ham and cheese grits to Natchez’s signature bread pudding and warm, sugar‐dusted beignets (full menu included below). Coffee and tea are included with your brunch, or you may purchase wine, mimosas, punch and Bloody Marys.

Your river cruise ends back at the departure point in New Orleans with plenty of time to sightsee (and walk off your hearty brunch)! 

Note: Pricing is per person and a ‘Cruise with No Brunch’ option is available.


Sample Menu

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

Scrambled Eggs

Soup du Jour

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

Red Velvet Cake with a Raspberry White Chocolate Sauce

Natchez Biscuits with Jellies and Preserves  

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Brunch was excellent, staff was friendly, enjoyed the cruise!! would recommend!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a great tour for 5 adults,1 child and even infants2. The buffet was delicious, especially the ham. and having a reservation made the whole operation painless. Don't miss this one.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent food , excellent music.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The buffet brunch was excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The experience was great. I will be doing the cruise again in the future.

United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was an amazing afternoon, good brunch and a great trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

we had a really nice time on the natchez. food was good. enjoyed the organist before boarding. the weather was great!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The steamboat cruise on the Mississippi was absolutely wonderful. The weather was perfect, the river was very calm, which made for a smooth ride, and the information that was given to us as we were on the boat was so informative. whoever was doing the talking was very, very good. we learned a lot about the waterway and enjoyed the 2 hours very much. we did not want it to end. I highly recommend this to everyone, a great excursion to do. great job to all.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

My sisters and I came to NOLA to celebrate our birthdays. We choose the Steamboat Natchez Jazz Brunch Brunch Cruise for a Sunday afternoon and were not disappointed at all. Cruising down the Mississippi with good food, great music and air conditioning, well we couldn't have asked for more. So happy that we had the opportunity!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

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

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