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

Viator VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour

Step up the luxury of your Steamboat Natchez excursion with this Viator VIP dinner cruise! Your exclusive experience begins with a complimentary champagne cocktail while you take a guide tour of the boat’s authentic fixtures and spaces such as the museum‐quality engine room. In the dining room, you’ll have a reserved table where you can relax, indulge in a sumptuous buffet and enjoy a quality live 
jazz performance. Upgrade to a full‐bar option is available. 


  • Steamboat Natchez dinner cruise with private engine room and boat tour, a Viator Exclusive
  • Cruise the Mississippi on an authentic paddle-wheel steamboat and enjoy lots of perks!
  • Go on an exclusive tour of the boat and its engine room led by the first mate
  • Admire New Orleans from your reserved seat while listening to live jazz and savoring a buffet dinner
  • Receive a Champagne cocktail, shrimp cocktail, boarding photo, jazz band CD and more treats
  • Don't miss this insider New Orleans experience -- it can't be booked anywhere else!

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Take a luxury cruise away from the city and back in time to experience a classic steamboat ride. This is the only tour where you get a private look around the boat and the engine room, complete with souvenirs and front row dinner seats for an exclusive night out unlike any other New Orleans staple.

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What You Can Expect

Viator VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour

Steamboat Natchez Paddlewheel

Choose one of two evening start times for your VIP dinner cruise and head to Toulouse Street in the French Quarter to board the beautiful Steamboat Natchez. This paddlewheel ship – the last still operating in New Orleans – offers a unique atmospheric experience for all. Fall back in time as calliope music fills the air and the captain’s voice pours through an antique megaphone, welcoming you aboard 
this historic ship.

Your exclusive VIP experience begins with a personal reception as you board. Ship staff will greet you with a complimentary Champagne cocktail in a souvenir etched glass. Pose for a photo op to capture the moment – you’ll take home a print to mark the special occasion. Then, follow your host (who may even be the captain!) on an insider vessel tour to see all the workings of the ship including the engine room and the enormous paddlewheel.

Afterward, you’ll be escorted to your reserved seat, where you’ll get unobstructed views of the striking New Orleans shoreline at dusk and the headline band, the Dukes of Dixieland, a Grammy‐nominated jazz group. Wet your palate with fresh shrimp cocktail and a glass of wine. When whimsy strikes, head to the dinner buffet and sample an array of sumptuous dishes from cornmeal‐crusted fish and beef loin to cheesy penne. Top it off with Natchez’s signature bread pudding accompanied by coffee and tea.

Then relax and enjoy the music, or take a promenade on the deck and and delight in the glitter of the cityscape as you drift down the river. 

Take home a complimentary Steamboat Natchez pin and Dukes of Dixieland CD as tokens of your magical night aboard the Steamboat Nanchez. Your evening cruise ends back at the departure point in the French Quarter.
Option 2:
Receive all the luxuries of the original tour, but include an open bar (call‐brand select cocktails, beer and house wine) for the entire duration of the cruise. 


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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The VIP element of this trip is well worth the cost! You are really treated like royalty with a private concierge looking after you for the whole evening. The private engine room tour with the captain is interesting and informative. The highlight of my birthday evening was being able to stand right next to the huge paddle wheel! You get champagne on arrival and board the boat without queuing. We also received complimentary drinks with our meal. The bag of goodies that you receive are great too. Could not fault the whole evening, it made a special birthday a truly unforgettable experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

5 Stars Plus.

Do book the VIP tour.

Worth every cent.

Our private concierge - Jordan early-boarded us special seating on the deck pre-dinner cocktails and appetizer engine room tour.

The Full Monty.

Plus the food as very good and so was the jazz.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

My Mom and I had a Fantatic trip on the Steamboat Natchez! We recommend this to anyone who is going to New Orleans!!! It was well worth the for the incredible experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We had a wonderful experience. We highly recommend spending the extra money and book the VIP tour. Definitely worth it. Service and amenities were first class.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A five star night on the Natchez. Our party of 3 were the only VIPs on the night, there were a few jealous customers and some made comment about unfairness but hey we had paid for the privilages given!
We were well looked after with reserved table inside and another on the deck close to the jazz band fab entertainment and the food was just amazing. Fabulous Beef and Pork - very tasty along with other choices and side dishes. The bread pudding was heavenly. We booked the early sitting as the ship doesn't move for the first hour. We were fed and on deck by 7 and in time to see the beautiful sunset.
The highlight of the evening was the tour by the captain. We saw all the workings, engines etc and were even taken alongside the huge paddles at the rear - Fabulous!!! The Natches is certainly an impressive ship!
I do have two complaints however, the first is that the instructions from the tour company were not to queue for tickets as the email would do. However, this was not accepted and so I had to queue to swap it for a different ticket. Not a problem. Maybe just receiption staff training lacking a little. The second is that the gifts are advertised as including a CD each which was not honoured at first and only received one CD between my husband and I initially. Our third guest received hers OK. We were told this is because we shouldn't need two in one household so were presented with a 'couples' gift bag. We had wanted 2 CDs though, to keep one in our car and the other at home so we requested a second we had both paid full price. At first we were told this isn't possible. Eventually, our hostess resolved this by phoning the MD to get permission to give us the extra CD which should have been due to us. We were told few people complain but this may be due to the fact the items are in bags so unless you check you don't know.
Overall view - If you want to have an authentic steamboat experience this is the way to go, you'll love it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Parfait.... un grand merci à nos deux hôtesses, Gina et Leigh !
A great experience ! Many Thanks !!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Absolutely wonderful! The food was great and the tour of the boat was fun and informing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We were met by a host and looked after like royalty. The tour was really interesting, and the meal was plentiful and tasty. It was lovely to come away with the goody bag, cd, glasses etc. We had an absolutely wonderful time and would thoroughly recommend the VIP Natchez dinner cruise. Thank you.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We had a great time and we were treated royally. We loved the tour of the engine room and the boat and it gave us a chance to learn the history of the boat. We also paid additionally for the open bar and it was well worth it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015


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