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Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner Option

New Orleans, United States

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Journey through time on a paddle-wheel boat ride 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 a Creole‐inspired dinner (if option selected) and live jazz music.
  • 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
  • Savor a Creole-inspired buffet dinner (if option selected)

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

Shoreline views are enhanced by a Creole dinner and Dixie tunes on this sunset ride.

What's Included

  • 2-hour Paddle-wheel Boat Cruise
  • Calliope Concert
  • Entertainment by the Grammy Nominated Dukes of Dixieland
  • Live narration of the history of New Orleans and the Mississippi River
  • Southern style dinner buffet (if option selected)
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Gray Line New Orleans
    400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

    The Gray Line 'Lighthouse' ticket office is located at Toulouse St and the Mississippi River (Steamboat Natchez Dock), just one block from Jackson Square in the French Quarter. Boarding begins at 6pm and departs at 7pm. The boat will return at 9pm. The band begins at 6pm, so be sure to arrive early!

Start time

07:00 pm

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Head to Toulouse Street in the French Quarter and board your beautiful riverboat. 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.

Take a stroll along the deck as you begin the journey 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 shoreline at dusk, and soak up some live jazz tunes from the Grammy-nominated Dukes of Dixieland, a true New Orleans-style band.

As for dinner, your Creole-inspired meal might includes favorites like from chicken and sausage gumbo and cheesy penne pasta. Top it off with signature bread pudding accompanied by coffee and tea.

Your evening cruise ends back at the departure point in the French Quarter.

Please Note: The "starting from" price displayed is based on the cruise only option.

Steamboat NATCHEZ

Enjoy 1-hour dockside before the riverboat begins her 2-hour cruise down the Mississippi River.

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Mississippi River

Your riverboat is a time machine that fills its passengers with the romance and marvel of yesteryear! Cruise along the Mississippi River and be whisked away with its atmosphere and ambiance. As you steam ahead, soak in breathtaking views of the city skyline while enjoying a New Orleans cultural experience – a live jazz performance performed by the New Orleans band Dukes of Dixieland, a Grammy nominee. Enjoy dining inside or outside, and your Louisiana-style buffet dinner includes tossed salad, chicken and sausage gumbo, rice, baked chicken, bayou seafood pasta, paddlewheel primavera, herb-garlic fingerling potatoes, green beans almondine, white chocolate bread pudding, bananas foster, and vanilla ice cream. Two separate dining times give you the flexibility to enjoy the evening at your own pace. Please note: cruise with dinner option must be selected in order to confirm that your cruise includes the meal.

Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The tour cruises rain or shine.
  • In order to help preserve the French Quarter from vehicular traffic, it is requested that you please walk, if possible, to the convenient tour departure point - just a short stroll from most downtown hotels.
  • The riverboat is handicap accessible. However, access to the top & bottom decks are by stairs only. Please call before finalizing your plans if you have questions on access or personal equipment.
  • Cruise is suitable for wheelchairs, but restrooms stalls are not wide enough to accommodate and there are no elevators on board.
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Anyone looking to book a group of 9 or more should contact the booking site directly. Different rates apply.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 250 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:Where is the departure point for the Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner Option?

A:The evening jazz cruise departs from Toulouse Street Wharf behind Jax Brewery in the heart of the French Quarter (400 Toulouse Street.)

Jun 2021

Q:Is parking available near the departure point for the Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner Option?

A:There are parking lots in the French Quarter on Decatur Street and adjacent to the dock. These lots offer hourly or daily parking rates.

Jun 2021

Q:What time should I arrive for the Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner Option?

A:Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure. It is best to arrive 30 minutes before departure or sooner.

Jun 2021

Q:Are vegetarian options available during the Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner Option?

A:Yes - There are vegetarian selections including Natchez tossed salad, Herb-Garlic Fingerling Potatoes, Green Beans Almondine, Pasta Primavera, Garlic Rolls, Bananas Foster and White Chocolate Bread Pudding.

Jun 2021

Q:Is alcohol available during the Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner Option?

A:There are bars available on all three decks for guests 21 and over. Alcoholic beverages include beer, a wine list, and specialty drinks.

Jun 2021

Q:Is the Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner Option handicap accessible?

A:Yes - the main deck is accessible, however, access to the top & bottom decks is by stairs only, and restroom stalls are not wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I bring an animal with me on the Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner Option?

A:The Steamboat Natchez allows animals to cruise with their owners as long as they are a Service Animal as defined by the ADA. Other animals/pets are not permitted. Please note if bringing a service animal in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.

Jun 2021

Q:What is the dress code for the Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner Option?

A:"Dressy Casual" is recommended for the Dinner Jazz Cruise based on the decor and service.

Jun 2021

Q:Are restrooms available during the Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner Option?

A:Yes - restrooms are available on board for your convenience.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I smoke during the Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner Option?

A:The Steamboat Natchez is a non-smoking vessel, so unfortunately smoking and vaping are prohibited both indoors and on the outer decks.

Jun 2021

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Traveller Tips

It’s very romantic and relatively cheap for such a great experience!
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Another great evening in New Orleans
Esmeralda_B, Oct 2022
Had a great time, the staff was wonderful and very helpful. The food was very good👍 we have been on other dinner cruises and usually the food is ok at best. We highly recommend the Natchez dinner cruise to everyone that reads this.
Nice ride
David_T, Oct 2022
Very nice, trip. Calming, watching the scenery. There were rowdy women, but they calmed down as the tour continued. Interesting watching the employees tossing the rope tie down the boat. The lines appeared to be long & slow to get sodas.
Pictures say it all.....
Taylo065, Oct 2022
Pictures say it all.. Will definitely do this again. Beautiful, Beautiful, beautiful!! Great place to make a dinner date.
Nice way to spend a couple hours
Shannon_H, Oct 2022
Easy boarding, plenty of seats to move around, great music! Nice way to spend a couple hours on the river
The evening cruise was...
Carrie_W, Oct 2022
The evening cruise was delightful. The jazz band was excellent. We had a good dinner buffet. Thank you, Carrie
Best of NOLA
ItalaR_G, Oct 2022
Excellent service we have soo much fun! We have a someone in our party with alergies to peppers they accommodated to her needs and cook something different for her
Romantic date night
Jennifer_L, Oct 2022
We absolutely enjoyed the entire trip from dinner to ending the evening relaxing and listening to the incredible jazz band.
Must do !
Michael_V, Oct 2022
It was my anniversary and we enjoyed the band the food was good the drinks where “spicy” good. The whole experience of being on the calm water with spouse and being able to dance and be surrounded by friendly ppl was awesome!
Best anniversary experience!❤
Alice_W, Oct 2022
The most memorable was the city lights!!! The band was fun and the people were friendly! And the FOOD! We'll definitely do it again!
Great dinner cruise!
Cindy_A, Oct 2022
The dinner, the music & the beautiful nightscapes of New Orleans. The service was good, the bartender nice. We had a nice time listening to the band up on the top deck--the weather was perfect!
The river ride and jazz...
Cindy_H, Oct 2022
The river ride and jazz were good. The food was really not. Next time I would skip the dinner and just do the jazz for half the price.
Beautiful scenery but not a lot of music
Nathaniel_M, Oct 2022
The food was great! When the Band played they were good too, but they only played for 30 minutes while the boat was sailing.
Not much to see
charles_M, Oct 2022
The meal was good and the service was great. The Jazz band was small and was put in a little area where only a few people could watch them play. The paddle boat was cool and the view of the city when you first left the dock was really nice but after that it was dark on both sides of the boat and nothing to see. They did give a little history but could not hear it over their speaker system.
Loved the experience!
Gail_D, Oct 2022
Our meal was wonderful. The young women who served our meal was Antonuage Gray and her attention to detail was outstanding. The band was wonderful and had great depth of skill. Just a magical evening as we celebrated our wedding anniversary.
We had wonderful weather...
Danielle_W, Oct 2022
We had wonderful weather on our night. Food was good and the jazz band was fantastic!! Beautiful views from the boat
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Everything about it was...
Dana_S, Oct 2022
Everything about it was great! My husband and I were very pleased. It’s a must our family and friends join us next time
Carnisha_W, Oct 2022
The food was amazing, I wished there would've been a band playing the entire time though. I was pretty quiet while cruising everything was wondeful only complaint is it was a little to quiet.
The food was great and...
Willie_E, Oct 2022
The food was great and the vibe is immaculate. Make sure you try that Jazz Punch, it will get you feeling great.
Jolines Birthday Dinner Cruise
brthwbrwn, Oct 2022
The entire cruise was a memorable experience for not only Joline but the entire family. We mostly enjoyed the dinner setting and of course the food was delicious. Our waiter, James, we called him Jimmy, was exceptionally nice and very attentive to our table. The ride down the Mississippi River was just nice.
Cruising the river at...
Sandra_B, Oct 2022
Cruising the river at night! Great to see the city lights! Quality time spent with the family. Enjoyable experience


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