Tour code: 3780VIPSTEAM
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 guided 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 live jazz performance. If you want to go all out, upgrade to a full‐bar option.


  • 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

The Steamboat Natchez is the last paddlewheel ship still operating in New Orleans. And 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.

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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.  When you step on board, you also step back in time as calliope music fills the air and the captain’s voice pours through an antique megaphone.
Your exclusive VIP experience begins with a personal reception. 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 tour of the vessel 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 a front-row seat for a performance by the Grammy‐nominated jazz group Dukes of Dixieland. Whet your palate with fresh shrimp cocktail and a glass of wine. 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.

Once you have wined and dined, take a stroll across the deck or sit back in your seat and enjoy live jazz. The music plays on until the evening cruise ends back at the departure point in the French Quarter. Take home a complimentary Steamboat Natchez pin and Dukes of Dixieland CD as tokens of your magical night aboard the Steamboat Nanchez.

Upgrade option
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 SaladOnion, Cucumber, tomato and mixed greens in a lemon herb vinaigrette
Soup du Jour
Southern Fried FishZesty cornmeal crusted and fried to a golden perfection
Pork LoinBlackened in NATCHEZ Creole Spice and served with Creole Mustard sauce
Strip Loin of BeefHand carved, cooked medium rare and served with a bleu cheese‐horseradish emulsion
Penne Quattro FormaggiBlend of baked mozzarella, Fontina, Asiago and Bellavitano Gold cheeses
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Creole Creamed SpinachSpinach braised with onions, artichoke hearts, cream cheese, Parmesan, and feta cheese
NATCHEZ Bread PuddingA 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

Marcy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was definitely worth the extra money! We got to go on the boat first so no standing and waiting in the very long que, had our own reserved table on the deck. Had a great informative tour by the Captain and were able to take a tour of the inner workings. At dinner, we were seated first and allowed to be the first in line for the buffet. We also received a nice swag bag at the end. I only wish we were also escorted off the boat first...that would have made it perfect!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Loved this ! We were treated like royalty. The meal was wonderful and we had special seats inside and outside the boat. We got a private tour of the steamboat and it was very nice. I believe our tour guide was Veronica and she was so kind as well as the captain. When we departed we received a free gift bag with a CD of jazz music, wine glasses, ink pens, and a picture of me and my husband on the steamboat. It was one of our favorite things we did in New Orleans - it was also our first trip to New Orleans. The night cruise was beautiful.

Tabitha C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was AMAZING!! Yvonne, our host, was FABULOUS!! We had reserved seating outside to hear the wonderful jazz band and a table right by the buffet! The food was soooooo good! Then we went back to our table outside to enjoy our cocktails and listen to more music! The tour of the boat was fun and informative. At the end of the night, we got a goodie bag filled with delightful treats! I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting New Orleans for the first time! I would definitely do it again! :

Sharon P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was an awesome experience from beginning to end. Our hostess for the evening set up a private reserved table for us on deck so we had unobstructed views. The private tour with the captain was excellent, we were able to learn a lot about the history of the boat and how it operates. During the meal time, we had a reserved table at the front dinning room in front of the paddle wheel with awesome views. Our hostess was attentive anticipating what we may want before we knew to ask. She brought us beverages throughout the night so we never had to stand in line. The roast beef, spinach and the bread pudding were awesome. I prefer my beef medium well, and my server was gracious to see to it, that I received end cuts. I do not eat shrimp so instead of shrimp cocktail, the chef created a delicious appetizer of cheese and walnuts in a leaf. Our hostess was energetic and made our experience wonderful. At the beginning of the cruise the captain gives a great narrative as we passed significant city highlights. The sunset was gorgeous, and the view from the boat of the city lit up were spectacular. The only down side, we had three passes, and only received two CD sets. I would highly recommend this cruise. The unlimited drink pass was well worth the upgrade, whether ordering virgin or alcoholic drinks, they were all included. It was the first event we did to celebrate my sons graduation, it was a great beginning to a weekend full of memories.

Heather K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was the best part of our trip to New Orleans! Great food, great service and a wonderful part of American history!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Very enjoyable - the hostess we had was very attentive and made the night really stand out. Highly recommended activity.

Jeanne H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

If you want to be treated like royalty, take this VIP tour. Yvonne was wonderful and the tour of the ship with the captain was fun and very informative. Dinner was very good and all the special treatment that comes with the VIP package was well worth the money.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

To start off a wonderful evening with a glass of champagne along with The personal attention throughout the night, skipping the lines, meeting the captain, learning about the ship and to top it off a great band playing while eating a nice dinner with a complimentary bottle of wine. Wonderful!

Steven J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

I already rated our trip. It was fabulous and definitely a great ride, tour and food. Everyone was so wonderful with food and service.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We did pay a bit more for this dinner cruise, but the VIP experience was well worth it. We skipped the long boarding line and was escorted by a lovely guy named Bruce. he continued to care for us all night. We were given an extra entree, bottomless drinks, a reserved table outside, and a personalised tour of the boat from the captain. Then we were given a Gift pack at the end which was a lovely surprise , it contained some goodies as well as the photo that is taken when boarding. Bruce then escorted us off the boat 1st so that we did I not have to fight the queues getting off the boat. There are about 1200 people on this cruise, but we felt quite special. A lovely experience. Highly recommended.

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