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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

Indulge in a luxurious evening in New Orleans on the Steamboat Natchez -- authentic steampowered paddle-wheel steamboat still operating today on the Mississippi River -- with this Viator Exclusive. After being welcomed aboard with a Champagne cocktail, go on a private boat and engine room tour led by the first mate. Then settle into your reserved seat in the dining room and listen to live jazz as you savor a buffet dinner full of local favorites. If your looking for a little more, upgrade your your cruise to include an open bar option for the entire duration. Don’t miss this opportunity to cruise through New Orleans in style on an exclusive Viator tour that can’t be booked anywhere else!


  • 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

Your decadent night out in New Orleans begins with boarding the Steamboat Natchez in the French Quarter. The authentic paddle-wheel steamboat is the only one still operating on the mighty Mississippi River today. Pose for a photo as you board -- you'll receive a print as a souvenir of this exclusive experience that can only be booked through Viator!

Uniformed ship staff will greet you with a Champagne cocktail served in a glass etched with an image of the Steamboat Natchez that's yours to keep. Then, follow your officer of the vessel guide on an exclusive private tour of the boat and its impressive, museum-quality engine room. Feel free to ask questions and take photos as you tour the magnificent steamboat.

Afterward, take your reserved seat and listen to the live jazz band, Dukes of Dixeland. As you listen to the Grammy-nominated group play, enjoy a shrimp cocktail and glass of house wine. Then load up on scrumptious Louisiana favorites including Filé Gumbo and Louisiana style fish at the dinner buffet. Sit back, relax and delight in captivating night views of New Orleans as you cruise along the Mississippi for two hours.

Before your luxurious dinner cruise concludes in the French Quarter, you'll also receive a commemorative Steamboat Natchez pin and Dukes of Dixieland CD as souvenirs of your memorable night on the Mississippi.

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:
Louisiana Style Fried Fish
Zesty cornmeal crusted and fried to a golden perfection.
Pork Loin
Blackened in Natchez Creole Spice and served with Creole Mustard Sauce.
Filé Gumbo

Shrimp, Andouille sausage, chicken, and filé powder thickened with a dark roux
Beef Bourguignonne
The classic French beef stew with rice
Penne Quattro Formaggi
Blend of baked mozzarella, Fontina, Asiago and Bellavitano Gold cheeses
Steamboat Salad
Our custom mix of baby lettuces, carrot, red onion, cucumber, grape tomato and artichoke heart, dressed with cane syrup vinaigrette.
Pilot House Potatoes
Diced Red Bliss potatoes roasted with spices.
Maque Choux
Deep roasted corn and tomatoes with creole spices, peppers, and celery.
Creole Creamed Spinach
Spinach braised with onions, cream cheese, Parmesan, and feta cheese.
Natchez Bread Pudding
A New Orleans souffle of French bread, eggs, cream, vanilla and cinnamon with a bourbon sauce.

Dinner is served with French bread and butter and beverages including coffee and iced tea.

Customer Reviews

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We were met at the dock by Yvonne and told that we'd be given a true VIP Experience - she was right, the experience WAS VIP... My wife and I had a blast, were WELL cared for and the entire trip was awesome. We highly recommend that if you are thinking about this trip, book it with VIATOR, it was GREAT!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was a lovely evening. We decided to do the VIP tour with drinks and it was worth the extra money. We were met at the boat by Jordan, who looked after us the whole evening. On boarding the boat we had a welcome drink and canapé. Then we had a tour of the boat and engine room with the captain, who was great by the way. We were then taken to our table for dinner, which was very nice, the pork was cooked perfectly. After the meal we then listened to the jazz band and enjoyed the boat. We met some lovely people during our time on the boat, thanks for a lovely evening to them.
Thank you to Jordan for looking after us and the goodie bag.
I would recommend doing the VIP dinner cruise its worth the extra.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Was awesome food was great. Hospitability was amazing. Enjoyed the private tour of the boat and hearing the history of the area.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Everything was wonderful. Excellent tour, everyone treated us very well. Couldn't ask for anything more. Great job!!! Oh the food was out of this world. Would do it again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

It was truly a wonderful tour and we enjoyed it very much. The private tour of the steamboat by the Captain was informative and enjoyable. I would take this tour again, should I ever return to New Orleans.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Fantastic evening! Wonderful food and the atmosphere great! We were treated royally from the minute we got there! Yvonne and Jasmine were the BEST! The boat ride was beautiful and the Captain did a great job on our tour of the engine/steam room! Loved the Jazz band and even took a beautiful gift bag home!

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