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Experience the dazzle of New Orleans at night with a romantic dinner cruise aboard the famous Steamboat Natchez. Journey through time on this 2‐hour float along the mighty Mississippi. Stroll the deck, cozy up with family and friends and delight in the sparkle of the urban shoreline at dusk. This excursion includes a Creole‐inspired dinner and live jazz music.


  • Evening jazz cruise aboard the Steamboat Natchez
  • Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Mississippi River from New Orleans
  • Listen to live jazz music performed by the Grammy-nominated Dukes of Dixieland
  • Take in incredible views of the city skyline
  • Savor a casual buffet dinner (if option selected)

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What You Can Expect

Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise

Steamboat Natchez is one of the few true sternwheelers left plying the Mississippi river

Choose one of two evening start times for your dinner 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 — will transport you back to the 19th century when ports bustled with produce-laden cargo ships, steamboats and clandestine privateering. Enjoy the boat’s atmospheric decor, such as the vintage engine room and megaphone.

Take a stroll along the deck as the Natchez begins the 2-hour float along the Mississippi River. Then have a seat in the cabin or on the outside deck, where you’ll get unobstructed views of the striking New Orleans shoreline at dusk, and soak up some live jazz tunes. 

As for dinner, the buffet might include anything from cornmeal‐crusted fish to cheesy penne pasta. Top it off with Natchez’s signature bread pudding accompanied by coffee and tea. Read on to the Itinerary section below for a sample menu.

Your evening cruise ends back at the departure point in the French Quarter.

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

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Sample Dinner Menu
Steamboat Salad: onion, cucumber, tomato and mixed greens in a lemon herb vinaigrette
Soup du Jour
Southern Fried Fish: zesty cornmeal crusted and fried to a golden perfection
Pork Loin: blackened in NATCHEZ Creole spice and served with Creole mustard sauce
Strip Loin of Beef: hand carved, cooked medium rare and served with a bleu cheese‐horseradish emulsion
Penne Quattro Formaggi: blend of baked mozzarella, Fontina, Asiago and Bellavitano Gold cheeses
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Creole Creamed Spinach: spinach braised with onions, artichoke hearts, cream cheese, Parmesan and feta cheese
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 Hot Fresh Bread

Customer Reviews

Camille D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

It was an awesome trip on the Mississippithe highlight of our trip! Narrated about the interesting history and sights of the area on the way upriver, then on the way back music and the beautiful city lights. It was well organized and worth the time and money.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very nice evening on the Natchez. We had a wonderful time enjoying the views and had a nice dinner.

william Keith s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Just a fabulous evening out ,good food lots of drink to choose from wonderful scenery good live music.
A must when visiting New Orleans.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great music, beautiful paddle steamer. Food was average, but that didn't spoil our evening. theh Mississippi is magical at night.

Teresa M D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Brill. You have wonderful staff on board too.

Judith B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Had a great time. The staff were friendly and helpful and the dinner was lovely

Shelly G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

The food was good, and the overall experience was great!

Jennifer M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was a fantastic dinner and cruise. We were met by friendly staff who seated us promptly. It was very relaxing with great music. Food was lovely and two seatings made it easy for people to relax and enjoy the sites, then eat without huge lines for the buffet. Crew were great in explaining the boat and the history. We loved it and would recommend highly.

Allan D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

The food was great and so was the band.

Dominique G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great dinner cruise!!!!!

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