5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

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

Highlights

  • 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.

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 for the entire duration of the cruise.

Itinerary

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 August 2014

treated like a Queen !
The moment we arrived for the trip we were greeted and welcomed.
upon boarding we were shown our reserved seats both inside and outside the boat. The music was great and as this was our first night in the city it gave us a true meaning of New Orleans !
The buffet food was lovely. Lots of choice . The table service was excellent. we were able to walk around the boat easily as not too packed.
As we sailed up the river the operator gave us some history and local knowledge.
We got to meet the captain and get a personal tour of the ship including the engine room.
Our tour rep was nearby all the time ensuring we were having fun. The only problem was I would like it to be longer was just getting into the atmosphere !!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

This was a trip that we have always wanted to do and were not disappointed. From the point of booking to the actual trip communication and organisation was excellent. The engine room tour was vey interesting and informative. Food and entertainment was fab, we had the second sitting for dinner which personally I thought was much better as you didn't need to leave for other people to have their meal. We sat on the dock side of the steamboat as it is better views when the cruise commences. We have nothing but positive's to say about the whole experience and would like to thank all of the staff.

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