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

Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise

Indulge in 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 an exquisite dinner featuring Creole‐inspired dishes 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
  • Enjoy 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 
museum‐quality engine room and vintage megaphone.

Take a promenade 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. 

When whimsy strikes you, head to the dinner buffet and sample an array of sumptuous dishes from cornmeal‐crusted fish and beef loin to Natchez’s signature bread pudding (full menu included below).  Coffee and tea are included with your dinner, or you may purchase wine and cocktails.

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

marc b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This tour was great. A really nice evening on board the Natchez. The food was excellent. Must admit the food was way above expectations!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Food was good, the scenery nice and just the right length of time on the water.

Roberta B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It was an awesome night, the crew and food was fantastic!

Judith I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Loved the cruise. The band, Dukes of Dixieland, was terrific!

Benita D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We had a very nice time and really enjoyed the ride and dinner.

Edward A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Absolutely enjoyable cruise. The dinner and jazz band were both wonderful. I would definitely recommend this as a and #34;need to do and #34; for travelers.

Rebeca S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a wonderful Dinner Cruise and tour on the river. We completely enjoyed the narration as well as the music and have recommended this to others since returning home.

Christopher M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The steamboat was surprisingly smooth! Nice dinner, and, my favorite part of all, the Dukes of Dixieland...fabulous entertainment from a very talented group of musicians!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The cruise and crew were wonderful. A very relaxing part of the vacation for us.

Louis S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tour with very,very good food!

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